Have you ever found the perfect pair of shoes that happened to be a little too tight? No problem, you tell yourself. Once you “break them in,” the fit will be just right. Not so, according to Medicine.net. Don’t buy shoes that are too small, expecting them to stretch to fit, they advise. Shoes that are too small can lead to varying foot ailments. The importance of foot health goes beyond what you may think. Medicine.net explains:

Years of wear and tear can be hard on our feet. So can disease, poor circulation, improperly trimmed toenails, and wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. Problems with our feet can be the first sign of more serious medical conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and nerve and circulatory disorders.

Not only does Medicine.net outline ten great tips for a proper shoe fit; they also offer a list of ways you can prevent foot problems in general.

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