Which Shoe Fits Your Lifestyle?

The way your shoes look and complement your wardrobe and style is important, but so is their ability to support your feet and keep them healthy. Your shoes don’t just form the foundation of your wardrobe, they support your entire kinetic chain.

At Hoosier Foot and Ankle, the experienced podiatrists can help you choose just the right pair of shoes – especially if you have a condition such as diabetes or bunions. Even if you have generally healthy feet and no concerns, ask yourself the following when determining which shoes fit your lifestyle.

What’s your work environment?

 Work is a place where you likely spend a lot of time. Consider your office environment. A dressier office may require a more elegant pair of shoes than a casual setting.

Women beware, however. Heels often define a woman’s dress shoe, but heels can be a big culprit when it comes to foot health. Although you may like the slimming look they provide, you may pay for it with resulting bunions, osteoarthritis, and chronic foot pain.

Elegant, supportive flats are the way to go, and if you must wear heels, do so for as short a period of time as possible. Men’s dress shoes always tend to be flat, but aren’t necessarily supportive. Men should choose breathable shoes, which aren’t too tight and have a supportive sole. Good-looking shoes can still be healthy for your feet.

Do you spend a lot of time on your feet?

If you have a job or hobby that keeps you on your feet all day, keep this in mind when choosing shoes. Well-fitting athletic shoes are appropriate for most people. If you plan to use the shoes for athletic activity, take your shoe evaluation a step farther, and choose ones designed specifically for your sport — such as running or basketball.

Athletic shoes are often designed with your specific foot structure and gait style in mind. So, it’s a good idea to have one of our podiatrists evaluate your feet to determine if you overpronate or supinate. If so, choose a foot appropriate to your gait pattern to maximize comfort and minimize injury.

What do you do in your spare time?

If you’re a homebody, you still need a good shoe to support you when you work around the house. Avoid cheap flip flops and flimsy slippers, which offer little to no support and can cause tripping or foot pain.

Athletic shoes or a supportive sandal are your best bet. Even shoes that you wear around the house should fit well and support your feet.

If, of course, you spend a lot more time being active, remember to wear the right shoes for your activity. Plus, make sure those shoes aren’t worn out or too tight.

What should I always consider when choosing a shoe?

Every shoe, regardless of your lifestyle, should:

Replace your shoes regularly. When shoes wear out, they lose their supportive qualities. If you have a pair that you love and you just aren’t sure if they’re still wearable, bring them into our office to have our podiatrists check their status and fit.

Do you have special considerations?

If you have a foot or ankle condition, you should always keep it in mind when considering your shoe choice.

Achilles tendinitis, arthritis, diabetic feet, flat feet, and plantar fasciitis are some of the conditions that may influence your shoe choice. The doctors at Hoosier Foot and Ankle can help you know what to look for in your individual case. They can also offer custom orthotics to fit in shoes to support your feet.

To learn about your unique footwear needs, call one of the offices of Hoosier Foot and Ankle in Carmel, Indianapolis, Franklin, and Greenwood, Indiana. There’s also an office at Indiana University (IU) Health Saxony Hospital in Fishers, Indiana. You can also book a consultation using this website.

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