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Make sure your shoes fit

Years of wear and tear can be hard on feet. So can disease, bad circulation, poorly trimmed toenails, and wearing shoes that don't fit right. Protect your feet by wearing shoes whenever you go outdoors. Wearing comfortable shoes that fit well can prevent many foot problems. Here are some tips for making sure your shoes fit: Shoe size may change as you age so always have your feet measured before buying shoes. The best time to measure your feet is at the end of the day when your feet are largest. Most of us have one foot that is larger than the other; fit your shoe to your larger foot. Don't buy shoes by the size without trying them on first. The size marked inside the shoe may not fit you. Walk in the shoes to make sure they feel right. Choose a shoe that is shaped like your foot. Styles like high heels or pointed toes can hurt feet. Stand up when trying on shoes to make sure there is about a half inch between your toe and the end of the shoe. Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe. Don't buy shoes that feel too tight and hope that they will stretch. The heel of the shoe should not slide up and down on your heel when you walk. The upper part of the shoes should be made of a soft, bendable material to match the shape of your foot. Soles should give solid footing and not slip. Thick soles cushion your feet when walking on hard surfaces. Low-heeled shoes are more comfortable, safer, and less damaging than high-heeled shoes. The Senior Connection is a column provided by the Clinton County Office for the Aging. For more information about services for senior citizens, contact their office at 135 Margaret St., Suite 105, Plattsburgh or call them at 565-4620

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