What should I look for in shoes for seniors?

Here are some tips to follow when shopping for shoes for seniors:

Go in the afternoon or evening to find shoes that will fit even when your feet swell during the day. Wear the socks you will use, and get your feet measured each time, because feet change in shape and size as you age.

Make sure the shoes are sturdy. If you squeeze the heel, it should feel firm and not collapse. You shouldn’t be able to twist the shoe in the middle, but the toe area should be a bit flexible. It should also have room for your toes to lie flat without being pressured or pinched.

Your shoes should feel comfortable right away, and they should help you feel steady on your feet. Walk around in them for five minutes or more. When you remove them, check for redness on your feet that would indicate pressure spots.

For more information, or for help with any foot concern you have, call Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates in Orange City, FL, at (386) 775-2281, or one of the other locations listed on our website. We want your feet to grow old with you—gracefully and free of pain.