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Foot Problems: Finding the Right Shoes

Footwear plays a large role in the development of foot and toe problems such as bunions, calluses and corns, and hammer, claw, and mallet toes. Shoes that don't fit properly make these conditions worse and more painful. But wearing the right shoes may help keep foot problems from becoming worse.

Key points

  • A comfortable, well-fitted shoe offers you the best chance of:
    • Relieving pain in the foot or toe that is caused by a deformity or joint problem.
    • Preventing a foot or toe problem from getting worse.
    • Preventing a toe joint problem from returning after corrective surgery.
  • Before shopping for shoes for your foot problem, ask your foot doctor for recommendations.

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Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Gavin W.G. Chalmers, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
Last Revised February 24, 2012

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Last Updated: February 24, 2012
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