Prevent foot pain: Six steps
Foot pain isn't normal. Here are six ways to prevent it.
3. Wear shoes that fit - and match your activity continued...
Sizing for shoes has become less standardised, Frisch says. That means you may be a size seven in one shoe and a smaller or larger size in another.
"Measure your feet every time you get shoes," Frisch says. Buy shoes at the end of the day, because your feet tend to swell as the day progresses.
If you are buying athletic shoes for walking, running or other workouts, buy the appropriate shoe for the activity, Ross says. Walking shoes, for instance, have different features to running shoes.
Next, pick the shoe that's best for any foot problem you have. For instance, if you are an over-pronator - your feet roll inwards too much - you should consider motion control shoes, Ross says.
If you read the marketing information that accompanies athletic shoes, Ross says, you can educate yourself about features the shoe has that you may need.
4. Give your arches the support they deserve
Foot specialists talk about the importance of proper arch support, but how can you tell, besides looking at your foot and guessing whether your arch is flat, high or normal?
You can ask your GP or podiatrist to take a look or you can evaluate your arches at home, Frisch says.
''Take a brown paper bag, wet your foot and put your foot on it," Frisch says. "If you see just [mostly] the heel and the toes and a big gap, you have a high arch."
If you see a wide footprint, all filled in, your foot is probably flat, and needs more support than other types of arches.
"A flat foot needs the most [support]," Frisch says. If yours is flat, you might consider over-the-counter orthotic arch supports, he says. If those don't keep your feet comfortable, ask your doctor to refer you to a foot specialist to get customised orthotics, Frisch says. They're made to fit just your foot, and sometimes give better results.
Orthotics don't last forever, Frisch tells us. They should be inspected by a foot specialist every couple of years to be sure they're still working properly and in good shape.
5. Reconsider the stilettos and flip-flops
Women's shoes with heels that are 7.5cm or 10cm (3in or 4in) or even higher may look glamorous but they're not wise choices, chiropodists say.
However, many foot specialists are realistic and know many high heel lovers aren't about to ditch their shoe collection.
So many, including Frisch, take a moderate stance, saying OK to wearing high heels occasionally - if the occasion doesn't call for standing on your feet for hours.
"If you are going to wear a heel, and you are going to a function, sitting down, getting up and leaving, I don't have a problem with that," Frisch tells his female patients. He suggests they keep the heel height to 4-5cm (1.5-2in), however.