You rely on your feet to get you from A to B while keeping you stabilized. They put up with a lot of pressure, so they count on your shoes to provide the necessary support.

The problem, though, is that shoes might be the last thing on your mind. When you’re running out the door, it’s easy to grab the nearest pair. And when you’re shoe shopping, things like price and style may feel more important than a comfortable fit.

Unfortunately, that leads to a lot of people visiting Samantha Childers, DPM, Ricky Childers, DPM, and our team at North Central Texas Foot & Ankle for foot problems caused by their shoes. To give you an idea of the importance of good-fitting footwear, let’s look at some of the issues that arise from bad shoes.

Why properly fitting shoes matter

When your shoes don’t fit right, they pinch and squeeze where they shouldn’t. Not only can that lead to blisters, but it can also result in a number of diagnosable podiatric conditions. Those include:


When you continually squeeze your feet into badly fitting shoes, it puts unnecessary pressure on the nerves in your feet. Over time, that can develop into a nerve problem called neuropathy. While treatable, neuropathy can lead to stabbing pain, numbness, pins-and-needles sensations, heightened sensitivity, and more.

Skin conditions

Too-tight shoes can cause a variety of serious skin conditions, from corns and calluses to diabetic ulcers.

Toenail problems

If your shoes are too small, they can bruise your toenails or cause ingrown nails.

Toe problems

Bunions can develop from shoes with a too-small toe box, causing an enlargement at the base of your big toe, which can make finding properly fitting shoes even more challenging. Similarly, overly small toe boxes can cause hammertoes.

This is just a sampling of the issues badly fitting shoes can cause.

Your foot changes sizes

Many people wear the wrong shoes because they continue buying the same size throughout their lifetime. Actually, though, your feet change over the years. As you age, your tendons lengthen and your body might retain more water. Ultimately, you may need to increase your shoe size.

Watch your feet for signs that your current shoes are too small. If you notice blisters, changes in your toenails, or unexplained foot discomfort, your shoes could be to blame.

Whether you need advice on properly fitting shoes or care for a podiatric problem that you’ve developed because of wearing the wrong shoes, we’re here to help. Call or message one of our offices, located in Roanoke and Decatur, Texas, to schedule an appointment.

Jan 12th, 2022

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