Are you aware that January 23rd is National Measure Your Feet Day? While it may seem odd to celebrate a day to measure your feet, it’s actually pretty important. So today, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, explains why by answering some commonly asked questions.
Why should you have your feet measured annually?
If you don’t have your feet measured regularly, the shoes you’re wearing may not fit correctly. If your shoes aren’t fitting properly, you could be at risk of several issues, including:
- Deformities such as corns, calluses, and hammertoes.
- Foot pain.
- Ingrown toenails.
- Improperly fitting shoes can also change your gait, which will put extra pressure on your ankles and knees and can result in joint issues later in life.
How often do you get your feet measured?
Many patients we see don’t get their feet measured again after childhood. But what many don’t realize is that as we get older, our feet change in size. Even though they don’t actually grow, they can get wider and flatter, and your shoes may not fit as well as they did previously. Your feet also change size if you lose or gain weight.
How can you recognize National Measure Your Feet Day?
Why not get your feet measured to determine if you’re wearing the correct shoe size? You can have this done at your favorite shoe store or at your podiatrist’s office. There are also some online guides for measuring your feet at home.
What should you do if you’re wearing the wrong size of footwear?
It’s time to head to the store! You’ll need to try on the shoes you plan to purchase before you buy them. When doing so, keep in mind that your feet are larger after exercise and at the end of the day so that’s the best time to do it.
Don’t just look after your foot health on January 23. If you have any problems, concerns or just want to schedule your first appointment for 2023, contact Dr. Hubert Lee and his team at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936.