Between 1870 and 1980, the average height for the European male shifted from 5’ 5” to 5’ 10.” Better nutrition, and recently problems of overeating, has caused a trend in overall body expansion. This trend includes foot size.
According to the College of Podiatry, averages for both men and women have increased by two shoe sizes over the last forty years. To accommodate the extra weight, feet are becoming broader. This is especially visible in cases of childhood obesity, because children’s bones are still supple and very able to spread under added pressure.
This increasing foot size is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as feet are not forced into footwear that is too small. Wearing the wrong shoe size increases risks of hammertoes, bunions, and joint problems. For help with footwear choices or any other foot or ankle concerns, see podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will attend to any of your podiatric needs.
Getting the Right Shoe Size: How To Keep Your Feet Happy
Are your shoes the right size? Many people are walking around with ill-fitting shoes. Picking the right shoe size is not rocket science, but there are a few things to remember when selecting your next pair.
- Make sure your toes are not cramped
- Be able to wiggle your toes
- There should be one inch between your toes and the shoe’s tip
Most shoe stores and department stores have rulers for measuring your feet, and these can give you an exact size. Be sure to measure with your shoe on. Measuring your foot will give you a different size than your shoe. If you do measure your foot size, you will need to add 1-2 inches to get the proper sizing.
If your shoes are not properly sized, you can experience:
Don’t assume that you will always wear the same size in a shoe. Often manufacturers size shoes differently.
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