1 THE CORRECT SIZE
Not only children’s shoes, but men’s and women’s footwear should also fit properly. The toes must have roughly a thumb’s breadth of space from the shoe tip when walking, but the feet must not be allowed to permanently slide back and forth.1 When buying or trying on shoes, remember that the feet swell over the course of the day. It is a therefore better to try shoes on in the afternoon.2
2 THE CORRECT WIDTH
Anyone who permanently wears footwear that is too tight may develop “Cinderella syndrome”, where the metatarsal bones shift laterally, leading to a widening of the foot. The result is that many shoes become uncomfortable and too tight to wear. Bunions (hallux valgus) may also develop.3
3 FLAT SHOES
When wearing high heels or other high shoes, the metatarsus is excessively stressed and squashed into the narrow tip of the shoe. This can also lead to splayfoot and fallen arches, chronic pain and bunions (hallux valgus).4 That’s why we recommend changing between flat and medium-high heels.5
4 CHANGE YOUR SHOES
It is recommended to regularly change between different shapes of footwear and styles to ensure your feet are exercised in different ways. This also counteracts strain on muscles, ligaments, bones and the spine on one side of the body.