Don’t get us wrong – having wide feet isn’t the end of the world. However, when you live with wide feet, your perspective on shoes definitely changes! When someone has wider feet, their risk of developing several foot-related conditions increases if the width of their feet isn’t accommodated. Wide width shoes on wide feet = happy feet! But improperly fitting shoes on wide feet are a different story.
How can you tell if you have wide feet? Easy! See your trusted podiatrist for an exam! In addition to this, taking a trip to your local shoe store where a professional can measure your feet for you is another efficient way to see if you have wide feet. However, if you can’t immediately get in with your podiatrist or take a trip to your local shoe store, there are some other telltale signs of wide feet: blisters! Are you prone to developing blisters? Blisters can come about simply from walking too much, even in properly fitted shoes, but properly fitted shoes sure do help with blister prevention.
Besides blisters, wearing ill-fitting shoes with wide feet can set you up for developing corns and calluses due to the friction of not having adequate space for your width. Wide feet can even be more prone to developing hammertoes when your toes aren’t given enough space and get crammed up against the top of your shoes. If you’re an active person, it’s a good idea to get your wide feet and ankles the support they need for physical activity.
There are a lot of myths about how someone gets wide feet, but you can consider those myths busted – wide feet are almost entirely genetic! In some cases, wide feet can be due to physical trauma, obesity, or going shoeless too often during early development…but the most likely reason is purely genetics.
Keep your feet happy and see your podiatrist to talk about what you can do for your wide feet. Give us a call at (713) 946-1500 to schedule an appointment at one of our 8 convenient locations in the Houston, Texas and the downtown area.