How do you know if you actually have wide feet? According to Bruce Pinker, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist and foot surgeon of Progressive Foot Care in New York, if you feel pressure on the sides of your feet while wearing shoes, then you likely have wide feet. To confirm this, use a Brannock device, the metal contraption available at most shoe stores for determining your shoe size to measure the width of your feet.
|Dr. Bruce Pinker|
“If one has an enlargement of the foot just behind the little toe or big toe, it’s a sign of a bunionette and/or a bunion. Both of these conditions can cause one’s feet to be wider," says Dr. Pinker. Brands like New Balance, Naturalizer, Brooks, and Vionic all offer lots of shoes in multiple widths, and some labels like Altra are specifically made with wider toe boxes, allowing toes to splay naturally. Choose wide, extra-wide, or extra-extra-wide options depending on your foot measurement. “The width should be snug, but not tight,” he says.
Source: Ashley Davis, Footwear News [3/10/22]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News