Fitting the right shoes properly
- Always try shoes on standing up, this evens out the foot pressure.
- There should be ample space between your toe and the end of the shoe (the toe area usually has stiffeners and will not give).
- The heel area should be a firm fit.
- The bunion joint of your big toe should coincide with the widest part of the shoe (this where your foot and the shoe both bend as you walk).
- Leather shoes will mould to your foot, but will not stretch unless a lot of pressure is applied.
- Synthetic shoes have less moulding properties.
- Shoes should be worn for short periods to start with.
- Open sandals are easier to fit, with length being more of a personal choice.