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According to the College of Podiatry, the average foot has increased by two sizes over the last forty years.  In the 1960s, the average size for a woman’s foot in the US was 6.5.  Now, it’s between 8.5 and 9.  Men’s feet have been following the same trend, shifting from a norm of 6s and 7s to today’s range of primarily 9-12.  In Britain, retailers have been calling this trend Bigfoot Britain even though the scope is much wider. 

This foot growth is the natural result of overall body expansion.  Over the years, better nutrition has lengthened the human frame.  Escalating obesity rates have also contributed to this shift, and have forced feet to broaden so that they can accommodate extra weight. 

Not wearing the right shoe size increases risks of bunions, hammertoes, and joint problems.  For help finding appropriate footwear, see podiatrist Dr. Mayer Salama, D.P.M. of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will show you how to properly measure your feet and teach you exactly what to look for then you go shopping.

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:

·foot pain
·knee pain
·blisters
·swelling

Don’t assume that you will always wear the same size in a shoe. Often manufacturers size shoes differently.

For more information about Getting the Right Shoe Size, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices, located in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, and Trenton, MI.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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