Determine your personal requirements
No two feet are the same when it comes to shape and size. Most people even find that they have one foot that’s larger than the other. This fact, compounded with a variety of walking and standing styles, means that each individual has specific requirements in shoes that need to be addressed for maximum comfort. In order to diagnose the correct type for each patient, investigating their footprint and the way in which weight is distributed across the foot is very useful. This allows Dr. Robert Parker to diagnose footwear that supports your feet in all the right places. Bringing in your old pair is also a smart move, as our team of professionals is trained to analyze the wear patterns on them and get an in-depth overview of a patient’s gait. If a problem is found in the foot and ankle biomechanics, corrective and prescription footwear is utilized to improve the positioning of structures within the feet.
Be aware of lifestyle differences
Who you are and the way in which you go about your daily life has a large impact on the forces affecting the health of your feet. The problems that children’s footgear is known to solve won’t do anything for adults. In fact, men and women have very distinguished differences in footwear problems. This stems from designer developments rather than the actual structures themselves. Men’s shoes tend to have a large toe box in comparison to those of women. The pointed nature of women’s styles crowds the toes together and leads to many problems related to the increased pressure. This problem is often even further stimulated by the downward force generated by wearing high heels.
An active lifestyle also presents certain challenges to foot care that can be overcome with the right knowledge. Patients who participate in athletics sustain a lot more damage to the feet than those who lead a sedentary lifestyle. By becoming aware of the athletic shoe guidelines for each sport, people are better able to care for their feet in an effective and efficient manner. In the working world, various conditions will also require different kinds of work shoes.
Finding the right pair
Once a patient knows what they need in footgear for their physical and lifestyle requirements, the final step is finding a pair that fits. Knowing what to look for in footwear can prove to be especially difficult without a professional diagnosis. Our trained staff is ready to answer all of your questions so that you know all the tips and tricks of getting a proper fit. A great place to start before shopping would be to familiarize yourself with the anatomy of a shoe; this can help in the understanding of how all the parts work together to provide adequate stability and support to the feet and ankles.
If you have any concerns about your current footwear or are simply interested in finding out which type will help you make the most of every day, then contact our Houston office at 281-497-2850 or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Robert Parker.