If the shoe fits…How do you know?
On average a person takes 3,000 – 5,000 steps per day, or roughly 4.3 miles. A 150 pound-person walking one mile exerts 127,000 pounds on each foot. That’s more than 540,000 pounds (273 tons) per foot in one day. By the time you are 35 years old the average person has walked 55,000 miles. With that much stress on our feet it is estimated that every person will suffer from foot pain or injury at some point in his or her lifetime.
As a podiatrist, the majority of people I treat have already experienced the pain or injury. I spend a great deal of time working with my patients to find shoes that are best suited for their needs. This doesn’t mean that foot surgery is not a necessary part of treatment, but I often tell my patients that it is easier to change the shoe than it is to change the foot. Even surgically corrected feet need a stable shoe before returning to walking. Changing shoes is often the first line of treatment.
In public the most common question I get is,
What are good shoes to wear?”
That’s not such a simple question to answer. First of all I usually know nothing of that person’s daily activities and usually have not examined their feet. Unfortunately that doesn’t stop people from showing me their feet in public places, but still there are many things to consider. What is your foot type, activity level, are you a pronator or supinator, do you have any deformities, is perspiration a problem, what’s the quality of the shoe materials, do you wear orthotics or not, and so on.
Advertising might make you want one brand of shoe so you can play basketball like LeBron James or run like Usain Bolt. Don’t be fooled, professional athletes possess special physical abilities that most of us don’t have. It is not the shoes that make them able to jump higher or run faster. Think of it this way. Usain Bolt wears his shoes for at most 200 meters, which takes him less than 20 seconds. His shoes are so uncomfortable that he has to remove them in order to run his victory lap barefoot.
Patients like to know what brand of shoe I use. The shoes I wear are comfortable for me and perform as I need, but that does not make them a good shoe for you.
Another problem is that there is no standardized sizing in the shoe industry. One company’s size 9 medium width is another company’s size 8 ½ wide. Knowing how a shoe is supposed to fit is more important than knowing what size you wear. But who teaches you that? If you were lucky enough to grow up without hand-me-downs you might have been shown by an educated shoe salesman or woman. Even so, most of us don’t receive any training in how shoes are supposed to fit.
If the shoe fits…How do you know?” was written for you.
In this report you will learn how to determine your foot type, what pronation and supination are, how to tell if the shoe fits correctly, the anatomy of a shoe, and how to care for your shoes. You can download it here: (insert link to report)
Dr. Stephen Geller, AZ Podiatrist