Add “Measure Your Feet” to Your To-Do List

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One of the best ways you can take care of your feet is to buy shoes that fit well. To do that, start by measuring your feet. Try it on January 23 – National Measure Your Feet Day!

Who should have their feet measured?

Children need to have their feet measured often. A child’s foot can grow into a new size in as little as two months! Adults, too, should remember to measure their feet from time to time. Your foot stops growing along with the rest of your body, but your shoe size can still change depending on factors such as pregnancy, age, and weight gain.

Who should do the measuring?

Ideally, ask a qualified salesperson at a specialty shoe store to measure your feet. But if there’s no sales staff around to help you, there’s probably a foot measuring tool available for your use. The most common tool has been around since the early 20th century and is called a Brannock device.

How do you use a foot measuring tool?

The Brannock device measures the width, length, and arch length of your foot. Use all three measurements to find your correct shoe size. Follow the device instructions as to where to position your left foot and your right foot (hint: use different ends of the device).

Is it okay to measure just one foot?

A person’s feet are rarely the same size. Measure both and buy shoes that comfortably fit the longer or wider foot. 

Can you buy shoes based on size alone – without trying them on?

While people do this (think “online shopping”), our skilled podiatrists, Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey don’t recommend it. Individual shoe manufacturers aren’t always consistent with their sizing. A “D” width from one company may not be the same “D” width as another. Moreover, different shoe styles will fit your feet differently. Try before you buy!

Patients from all over Geauga, Portage, Cuyahoga, and Summit counties have come to Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland for neuromas, bunions, and hammertoes caused or made worse by wearing the wrong size shoes. If you’re in the same boat, contact us online or call our Solon, Ohio office at (440) 903-1041 for expert podiatric care.