The feet you had as a teenager might not look or feel the same as you get older.  As we age, our feet have a tendency to get wider and longer. We often find that people think they are a size smaller than they actually are.

Wearing shoes that are too small is one of the major reasons why people come in with ingrown toenails.  The best way to get the right size shoe for your foot is to have a professional measure your feet. This gives you a starting point to make sure that you are trying on the right size shoes.

Most people have one foot bigger than the other

Usually your bigger foot is the opposite of your handedness. A right-handed person usually has a bigger left foot. A left-handed person will usually have a bigger right foot.

When you have your feet measured, make sure to fit the bigger foot first.  You can always adjust the bigger shoe to fit the smaller foot.  You never want to have one shoe that is too tight.

A size in one brand may feel different than another

Just like in clothes, some brands of shoes run big and some run small. A size 9 with one brand might be bigger than a size 9 in another brand. After your feet are measured, try that size on first.  You can always go up or down in size to adjust for the difference in the cut of the shoe.

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Your foot shape may determine what brand of shoe feels good

There are different types of foot shapes.  Not every shoe is going to be good for everyone.

If your foot is:

  • wider in the front, look for a more square shaped toe box
  • thinner, look for a shoe that isn’t as deep
  • narrow, look for a shoe that is more tapered or ask if the shoes come in narrow

Don’t buy shoes that are too tight

Don’t buy shoes that are too tight thinking they will stretch.  What usually ends up happening is that the shoes never really stretch enough and you still have shoes that are no good for your feet.

How Much Space Do I Need In The Front Of My Shoe?

You want to have about a 1/2 inch of space from the end of your shoe to your toe.  A good guide is to press down in the toe area and use a thumbnail’s length.

Making sure that your shoes don’t slip in the back can be just as important as making sure they aren’t too tight.  Shoes that don’t fit properly in the back can lead to rubbing and uncomfortable blisters and callouses.

Now that you have the right size and shape shoe for you – take them for a spin.  Make sure they are comfortable while you walk around the store. When you get them home, try them on a carpeted service for a little while to see how they really feel.

If you find that no matter what type of shoe you buy you are still uncomfortable in shoes, it may not be the shoes!  Call our office at (845) 298-9074 to have one of our doctors see why you are having discomfort.

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Always arrive to a pleasant cheerful staff! They make you feel welcome and get you situated quickly! The Doctor is friendly and makes your feet feel great! I travel a bit to get to this office, but it is so worth it! The staff is always helpful and customizes my appointments to my needs!

- Bob D.

bob 5 star review

GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!! Very nice, friendly, and thorough doctor. Wonderful staff too! Very clean office. They fit me into there schedule the same day. They recognized my issue right away and got me out of discomfort painlessly.

- Jordan C.

jordan 5 star review

I came here today for the first time what a wonderful group of people, very professional and friendly and the Dr. I saw, Dr. Geshev, he is absolutely the first podiatrist I’ve ever seen that made me feel very comfortable, and he knows what he’s doing. I would recommend this podiatrist office to everybody.

- Valerie G.

john 5 star review

Great experience. They got my son in as soon as possible as made sure his foot was ok. Will definitely use them again!

- Irene T.

irene 5 star review

Wonderful staff (warm and inviting). Clean office. Dr. G is knowledgeable and listened to me. He knew 3 ways to help my situation and I know that I will feel better under his care and instructions. I recommend Hollowbrook Foot Specialists!

- S.G.

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Our Wappingers Falls
Podiatry Office
89 E. Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Phone: 845-298-9074

Office Hours:
Monday: 11am - 7pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 5pm
Friday: 9am - 3pm
Saturday: By appointment only

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