It is reported that up to one in every six people--have trouble with their feet, often resulting from improperly-fitting shoes. This represents a huge public health risk.
We’re all susceptible to foot and ankle injuries, but we can reduce our risk for them by wearing properly-fitting shoes that conform to the natural shape of our feet. In selecting shoes, keep this basic principle of good fit in mind: Your feet should never be forced to conform to the shape of a pair of shoes.
Although style is often a key consideration in choosing a pair of shoes, the most important quality to look for in shoes-from a practical standpoint-is durable construction that will protect your feet and keep them comfortable. Shoes that do not fit can cause bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, metatarsalgia and other disabling foot disorders.
Recommendations for Footwear
There are various tips to help you reduce your risk of foot problems. You might find this guide useful when you’re shopping for shoes for you and your family:
Fig.2. Radiograph of foot squeezed into a high heeled shoe.