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Posts for: October, 2013

By Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois
October 15, 2013
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Proper Footwear   Shoes   Footwear  

Footwear for a health fitLooking fabulous in your favorite pair of heels does have a price. In fact, poor fitting shoes are a frequent cause of foot problems and discomfort, including calluses, corns, bunions and blisters, just to name a few.

All footwear eventually shows signs of wear and tear. Inspect the condition of your own shoes, and if they appear stretched out or worn, you probably need a new pair. Creasing of the midsole is also a good indication that your shoes have lost their cushion and support.

Maximize Fit, Minimize Discomfort: How to choose the best shoes for your feet

The following tips can help you avoid purchasing a pair of shoes that may contribute to a long list of foot problems.

  • Try on shoes late in the day, when the feet tend to be a bit larger due to natural swelling
  • Women should opt for low, stable heels
  • Try on both shoes to be sure that they fit comfortably on both feet
  • Choose breathable shoe materials, such as leather to prevent excessive sweating and blisters
  • Have your feet measured to ensure the best fit
  • Avoid pointy-toed shoes which cause bunions and hammertoes
  • Walk around the store with both shoes on to make sure the fit is comfortable
  • For athletes, choose shoes that are specific to the sport you play
  • Choose the right shoe for your foot type (e.g. if you have flat feet, select shoes with good arch support)

Still not ready to part with your favorite pair of sneakers or trendy heels? Not sure if the shoes you currently wear are right for your feet? Visit us at Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois. A professional podiatrist at our Springfield office can evaluate the condition of your feet and work with you to find the best pair of shoes for your feet.


“I’ve known Dr. Sigle for a number of years,” said Jonathan. “He is a
personal friend and my adviser when it comes to my foot care. He is so
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for foot care. He’s been interviewed on public radio and local talk shows,
and is a spokesperson for the Podiatry Association. His articles on foot care
are also reaching a lot of people. My feet take quite a bit of pounding when I
am on tour, so every now and then I like to get his help to keep them in good
shape. I can always count on his advice. Springfield has a real gem.”