Many people are unaware shoe size can change with age, from manufacturer to manufacturer and for many women during pregnancy. Ill-fitting shoe is a major contribution to painful foot conditions like blisters and unsightly corns and ingrown toenails. All of this makes it important for adults to have their feet measured regularly when buying shoes. According to the recent survey from American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), 40 percent of male and female respondents cannot remember the last time their feet were measured when buying shoes. Some 65 per cent of women between the ages of 18 and 49 had not had their feet measured within the last five years. On a positive note it seems comfort supercedes style when purchasing shoes with 84 per cent of respondents (male and female) opting for comfort as the key criteria.
The APMA make the following recommendations when buying shoes.
Wear the same socks or stockings you expect to wear in your new shoes. Wait until later in the day when feet are swollen before having them measured and always have the feet measured when you are standing. This captures the full length and breadth of the foot. (Some measuring devices such as the Brannock do cater for a non weightbearing position, if in doubt chat to the assistant). Feet are seldom the same size so always have the bigger foot fitted and try both shoes in the store. Take a trial walk before purchasing. Properly fitting shoes should be comfortable immediately and there is no need to have a "break-in" period.