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Fitting Problem Feet

Did you know most of us will walk the equivalent of three times around the world in our lifetime?

Feet are one of the hardest working parts of our bodies and staff at The Athlete's Foot are highly trained in fitting shoes for all feet, including those of us who suffer from foot ailments such as narrow, wide or long feet or illnesses including diabetes, arthritis, bunions and others. Correctly fitted shoes can help relieve pain, irritation and discomfort.

Top Tips for fitting Problem Feet:

1. Look for variety in footwear widths and sizes
Some shoe brands cater for very narrow, wide or long feet. The Athlete's Foot stock running shoes from New Balance, Brooks & Asics & casual shoes from Propet in multiple widths and half sizes. We also stock school shoes from Ascent and Clarks in various widths and half sizes to ensure the perfect fit for kids' feet as they develop.

Ascent also range a IIFit range, which sells a range of shoes in single sizes, great if you have trouble finding a shoe pair that fits both feet.

2. Designed for Orthotics
If you wear orthotics, The Athlete's Foot have a range of shoes with extra depth to accommodate this. Bring your orthotics in with you so we make sure you get the best fit. Two of the best shoes to fit orthotics are the Brooks Dyad Walker or the Saucony Echelon, Mizuno Ultima or a wider range in store.

3. Seamless
If you have diabetes, bunions or other problems, footwear seams can actually cause pain and injuries. The Athlete's Foot ranges shoes with seamless uppers to reduce the risk of irritation for running, walking and casual activities.

4. Light & comfortable walking shoes 
As we get older, we need lightweight walking shoes that are still comfortable and supportive. The Athlete's Foot stock a range of lightweight options in all categories including walking, running, outdoor and lifestyle shoes. Try Propet or Instride instores as two of our leading specialist shoe ranges that feature comfortable walking shoes.

5. Look for Velcro
Shoes with velcro closures are easier to get on and off and are better fits for those with foot injuries or arthritis. The velcro can reduce the pressure that laces normally put on the top of your feet. The Athlete's Foot has a range of running, walking, outdoor and casual shoes with velcro closures. Propet has an excellent range of specialist shoes featuring velcro.