eWellness: Shoe Hygiene


Dr KK Aggarwal    18 December 2017

  1. Avoid poorly fitting shoes.
  2. Diabetic patients should avoid walking bare feet.
  3. Shoes that are too tight can cause pressure ulcers.
  4. High heels are okay for occasions but if you wear them all the time, significant foot pain and other problems can develop. These problems can range from bunions, corns and calluses to more complex problems like misshapen hammer toes or worsening excruciating pain in the ball of the foot.
  5. Whenever you wear shoes that are tight, they will cause foot pain.
  6. Whenever you wear shoes that constrict the natural shape of the foot, it is bound to cause foot pain.
  7. Women, who regularly wear high heels, walk with shorter, more forceful strides and require more muscles to walk.
  8. Shoes can be classified under following three categories:
    1. Good shoes or low risk shoes: athletic and casual sneakers.
    2. Average mid risk shoes: hard or rubber–soled shoes – special shoes and work boots.
    3. Poor or high risk shoes are the ones that do not have support or structure such as high heels, sandals, sleepers.
  9. Pointed toed shoes are equally bad as they disrupt the natural shape of the feet.
  10. If you love to wear heels, then choose heels that are not higher than 2" and are wide.
  11. It is always better to buy shoes in the evening as the foot swells up by evening. If you buy them in the morning, the shoes may feel tight in evening hours.
  12. Always try both shoes as one foot may be smaller or larger than the other one in some people.
  13. Always wear the shoes that are wider than your foot.
  14. The actual size of the shoe may vary between different manufactures.
  15. The selected shoe should be wider than broadest part of the foot.
  16. Your foot tends to become longer and wider as you age, always check the size of your shoes every two years.
  17. Narrow shoes with heels should only be used for a function, dinner or a formal party, specially a party where you do not have to stand for a longer time.

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