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Understanding Shoes

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Understanding the anatomy of a shoe can help you when you are selecting the perfect shoes for your feet.

Shoes are made up of five different components:

  • The toe box. The toe box is the tip of the shoe. It provides space for the toes. Toe boxes are generally made either pointed, rounded or squared. When you are picking out shoes, it is important to choose a shoe with toe box that has plenty of room for your toes. You don’t want your toes to be squashed inside your shoes.
  • The vamp. The vamp is the upper middle part of the shoe. The laces or Velcro are commonly placed on the vamp.
  • The sole. The sole of a shoe consists of an insole and an outsole. The insole is inside the shoe and the outsole is the bottom of the shoe that touches the ground. The softer the sole is, the better shock absorber it will be.
  • The heel. The heel is the bottom part of the back of the shoe. It provides elevation. The higher the heel on the shoe is, the greater the pressure will be on the front of the foot.
  • The last part of the shoe is the part that curves inward near the arch of the foot. It conforms to the average foot shape and enables you to tell the right shoe from the left.

The material of the shoe changes how it fits as well. A softer material decreases the amount of pressure the shoe puts on the foot. Stiffer materials can cause blisters.

For more information on selecting a good shoe, you can watch the video The Perfect Shoe Selection.

If you would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.

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