If you wear the wrong size shoes, expect foot, ankle, knee, hip and low back problems to eventually arise.
Most people purchase shoes that are the right LENGTH but pay no attention to the correct WIDTH.
The width is just as important because every time you step, your metatarsal bones absorb your body weight by spreading out like a fan.
This is how your body absorbs shock and takes pressure away from ankles, knees, hips and lumbar/pelvic joints.
If you ignore correct width you are overloading your back and leg joints with every step. And considering that most of us walk on unnaturally hard surfaces all day (cement, hardwood floors, etc), we cannot take away the body’s natural shock absorption and expect to be pain free.
OKAY! HOW CAN I MAKE SURE TO GET THE RIGHT SHOE SIZE?!!
Easy as pie.
Stand up barefoot with a piece of paper under each foot & have someone trace each foot with a pencil:
Measure the LENGTH and the WIDTH (in inches) of each foot.
Take the BIGGEST of each.
For example, if your right foot is longer than the left, but the left is wider than the right, you will use the length of the longest foot AND the width of the widest foot for your final measurement.
**MAKE sure to use the widest part of the foot (see picture) to measure width
Now that you have your number, use the following chart to determine:
A) your size according to the length measurement
B) your width according to your width measurement.
When you are buying shoes, you will declare your size and width measurement.