Buying the Right Shoe

Jody Weightman, C.Ped (C), discusses buying the right shoe.

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Jody Weightman, C.Ped (C), discusses buying the right shoe.
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Ms. Jody Weightman

Ms. Jody Weightman

C.Ped (C), Pedorthist
Pedorthist
Vancouver, BC
Video transcript

Featuring Jody Weightman, C.Ped (C)

Duration: 2 minutes, 7 seconds

When looking for a shoe there's a couple of things that we'll typically look for.

You want to lok and make sure that there's a nice strong heel to the shoe, so if you squish and try to push on the heel it shouldn't move. You want where the shoe bends to match where your foot bends, which is usually up by the ball of the foot.

So if you take the shoe and push it from either end. It should bend a little bit up in here. You don't want the shoe to bend or twist in through the middle part. So if you take the shoe and try to twist it, you shouldn't get any movement out of that part there.

When you're fitting the shoe with an insole, if it's a full length insole, like this sort of thing, you want to make sure that the insole of the shoe comes out. If you're fitting a shorter insole, you can just generally put it in on top of the liner that's already in there.

When you're fitting the shoe with or without an orthotic, you want to make sure that the top of the shoe doesn't interfere with the ankle bones at all.

Whether you're fitting a short or a longer insole you want to make sure that you have it with you when you go to buy new shoes. And you want to make sure that when everything's in, your foot's in, you should have a half-thumbs-width to a thumbs-width between the end of your longest toe and the end of the shoe, its not always your big toe, it could be your second toe.

And you want to make sure that your foot's not sort of bulging over the sides of the sole of the shoe. That's an indication that your foot's too wide and you should go up a width. And you want to also make sure that on the inside there's nothing that's irritating - no seams or anything like that.

If you have an improper shoe or an inappropriate shoe for either the activity that you're doing or the style of shoe i guess then it can cause injury to the foot. And so it's best to get a proper fitted shoe from a store that knows what they're doing, and won't just sell you the prettiest shoe off the rack, that they're actually going to sell you the shoe that's best for you.