Finding supportive shoes
So what does it mean to wear the right shoe? Anytime you’re on your feet, the shoes you’re wearing should be
- Correct for the activity
- The right size
- Supportive in the right areas for you
Finding shoes made for the activity you’re doing is usually pretty intuitive. For example, kids should wear cleats for soccer practice, and hikers should wear hiking boots when they hit the trail. To ensure your family’s shoes fit properly, consider getting everyone’s feet measured by a professional.
Finding shoes or custom orthotics that support your unique feet can be slightly more complicated. First, you have to think about what makes your feet different. Where do you need more support than most? Then, find shoes that support those areas. For example, if you have flat feet, you should look for additional arch support shoes to avoid a painful instep.