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By: Able Orthotics  09-12-2011

  1. Buy good quality shoes that are appropriate for your foot type and your activities.
  2. Make sure your shoes fit you properly.  If you slide your foot forward so your toes touch the front, you should be able to get a pencil between the back of your heel and the back of your shoe.  Your foot should feel hugged, but not squeezed in your shoes.
  3. You shouldn’t have to break in your everyday footwear or athletic shoes.  Make sure they feel great right from the first time you put them on.
  4. If you are active around the house, avoid bare-feet and flimsy slippers.  Wear a comfortable, supportive shoe when you are on your feet for any extended time.  If you have reduced sensation in your feet, avoid bare-feet and sock feet altogether to avoid injuries and infections.
  5. Replace your shoes when they are worn:
    • every 500 miles for running shoes,
    • every 8-12 months for shoes worn 80% of the time,
    • or when you notice bad wear patterns –wrinkles in the midsole, uneven tread, badly worn down soles, etc
  6. Inspect your feet regularly and watch out for, cuts, corns, and calluses.  If required get help.
  7. Be active: regular exercise will not only benefit your heart and lungs but also your feet.
  8. Change your socks every day. Yup Mom really was right, and while you are at, it make sure they aren’t too tight or too short.

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