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A Guide to Measuring Shoe Size at Home

Measuring shoe size accurately at home can ensure a comfortable and proper fit for footwear, especially when unable to visit a store. Begin by gathering a ruler or measuring tape, a piece of paper, and a pencil. Place the paper flat on the ground and position your foot on it, ensuring your heel is against a wall. Use the pencil to mark the longest part of your foot, usually the tip of your longest toe. Measure the distance from the heel to the toe mark in centimeters or inches. Repeat the process for the other foot, as they may differ slightly in size. Once both measurements are obtained, refer to a shoe size chart, typically available online, to determine your correct shoe size. It is advisable to measure your feet in the afternoon or evening when they are at their largest due to natural swelling. By following these simple steps, you can confidently find the right shoe size from the comfort of your home, ensuring both comfort and style in your footwear choices. If you are seeking additional information about the importance of finding your right shoe size and how to accomplish this, it is suggested that you confer with a chiropodist.

Finding the right shoes can be a hassle, however, wearing properly fitted shoes is one of the best things that you can do to prevent future foot problems. For more information about the importance of wearing the right shoe size, please consult with Chiropodist Stephanie Poupore from North Bay Foot & Ankle. Our clinician can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility.

Tips for finding shoes that fit

  • Measure your foot - This should be done later in the day when your feet are naturally at their largest. An associate at a shoe store can measure your foot using a Brannock device. 

  • Wear the right socks - You should be wearing the socks or other hosiery that you intend to wear with the kind of shoe you are looking for. For example, if you are shopping for running shoes, wear the socks that you would normally wear while running.

  • Remember these numbers - When trying on shoes, there should be about ½ an inch of space between the end of your longest toe and the end of the front of the shoe, and ⅛ of an inch between the back of your heel and the shoe

  • Don’t “break them in” - Any shoes you buy should be immediately comfortable; don’t settle for shoes that you have to “break in" before you can wear them out. 

A chiropodist can help you find the best shoes and orthotics to help maintain the health of your feet. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs. 

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