With a variety of shoes and boots available in the market, it becomes difficult to make your choice. If your choice goes wrong, you might end up hurting your feet that can further cause blisters, bunions, sore feet, hammer toes, Achilles tenditis etc. Heel pain is one thing that is very common amongst those wearing high heel shoes and sandals all the time. It is better to take precautions before you invest your money in buying a pair of shoes such as women's black leather boots online. Nov 09, 2009 By Diana Rodriguez Photo Caption Physical Therapy After Bunion Surgery Photo Credit Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Nina Once you have found a shoe store that does in fact carry varying sizes and widths, the next step is to ensure that the store has clerks that are properly trained and educated in the brands the carry and how to fit them. You should expect to always be fitted for your shoes. If they expect you to find your own shoes, then frankly you need to find a new store. For, while shoe sizes are more or less universal, they are simply meant as a guideline as different manufacturers and styles produce slight size variations that may not exactly match a stated size. It is more common in women as they tend to wear tighter, narrower shoes with increased heel height. These shoes place a lot of pressure onto the joint and predispose to deformity. It is common for patients to wear shoes that are too small and this can predispose to the problem. In a study we have performed, 95% of patients were in the wrong size shoes. If the deformity is mobile, then this may help prevent progression although there have been no scientific studies to analyse the benefit. If the deformity is fixed, then orthotics will not cure the problem but may reduce the associated symptoms. It’s easy to take your feet for granted. Day after day they perform without a hitch until that one day when something is just not right. Sit in a busy podiatrist’s office one day and watch the people hobble in on crutches canes, splints and bandages, and you’ll quickly get the drift of this problem Wear wider toed or open toed shoes to give the toes room to move around. The hammertoe may rub in your shoes or cause your shoes to be too tight because of the different shape of your toe. Make sure the hammertoe isn’t irritated in your footwear. That can cause calluses or corns to develop. Being overweight puts tremendous pressure on the feet, which could cause the nerves to get compressed, or the muscles and tendons to develop tiny tears. Feet are incapable of adapting to the sudden weight gain and are unable to cope with the extra load they have to bear. This leads to the feet feeling pain in the morning. The pain is usually in the heels, but can be felt in other parts of the foot as well. Women who gain too many pounds during their pregnancy can also find their feet hurting in the mornings. While you might normally feel some pain in your heels after a hectic day, or after driving a few hundred miles, frequent pain or pain that comes without any such reason should always be consulted with a podiatrist. A podiatrist will require an x-ray to be taken to rule out the possibilities of internal injuries, bone spur or crystal formation. Sore toes, which do not heal by themselves after a good nightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sleep and some rest, need careful examination by a podiatry Houston. Only a good podiatrist would be able to suggest pads, supports and insoles to add that extra layer of comfort for your feet to alleviate any pain. A hammertoe is commonly mistaken as any type of toe deformity. The terms claw toe, or mallet toe, although technically different than a hammer toe, are commonly referred as such. The toe may be flexible with movement at the joints, or it may be rigid, especially if it has been present for a long time. With a true hammertoe the deformity exists at the proximal interphalangeal joint only. The true mallet toe has its deformity at the distal interphalangeal joint only and more commonly causes a callous on the tip of the toe as pressure is placed there.