Choosing Footwear

May 27, 2011 10:15 am

Medical conditions that can arise from improper shoe fit include new-onset bunion pain (from narrow shoes or those with rigid material covering the forefoot); metatarsalgia, or Morton neuroma (from shoes that are too tight across the forefoot); and black toe (from a shallow toe box). Toe deformities such as hammertoe, claw toe, and overlapping fifth toe may become symptomatic in individuals whose shoes have toe boxes that are either too narrow or too shallow. Though calluses and blisters are more or less expected in many sports, they are more common with a shoe that rubs the skin excessively or allows the foot to move or slide around. Here are some tips to help you head off foot problems by buying shoes that fit well:

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