One of the most common questions that patients ask is “What size shoe do I wear?”. Many people are concerned that they are in the wrong shoe size and rightfully so. Wearing the wrong shoe size can cause more harm than people realize. If your shoes are too small, it causes pain and if your shoes are too big, you are at risk for falling. Here are our recommendations to ensure that you are buying the right size:
Use a Brannock Device
A Brannock device, pictured here has been used to measure feet for as long as we can remember. The key is knowing how to properly use it. Don’t worry, it’s not difficult. We will walk you through it!
First, you want to make sure that your heel is all the way back against the heel cup. This will ensure that you get an accurate measurement.
Next, you want to make sure that you measure the longest toe. For some people this is the big toe, for others, it is the second toe. If your toe is right on the line for a size, go up half a size to give your toes room.
Repeat the process for both feet.
Most shoe stores have a Brannock device available for use, but if you feel uneasy about using one, we are more than happy to measure your feet for you. Make an appointment online or call us at 859-264-1141 to see our foot care specialist, Amanda. She will be able to give you an accurate measurement and answer any questions you have about buying the appropriate shoes.
Shoe Brands Vary
Just like pant sizes (ladies you know what we’re talking about!) shoe sizes vary by brand. For example, if you are a size 8 in Asicsyou could be a size 8.5 in Brooks. It all comes down to how the shoes are made. The best advice we can offer is to try shoes on before you buy them! Start with your true size that was measured by the Brannock device and adjust accordingly, making sure to leave your toes some wiggle room.
One of my favorite places to shop is Fleet Feet, located in the Summit. The owner, Amy, is extremely helpful when it comes to picking out the right shoes. They also have a 3-D scanner that will not only tell you what size shoe you wear, but will give you additional information about the structure of your feet.