Comfort should be the main consideration when choosing footwear. Soft uppers (the part of the shoe that covers the toes, tops and sides of the feet, and the back of the heel) and a flexible sole are usually best. An adjustable fastening will improve fit generally and help if your feet swell.
Remember that your feet change shape as you get older so don’t automatically buy the same size you’ve always worn. A Healthcare Professionals Council (HPC) registered podiatrist will be able to help with general footcare problems, while an orthotist will be able to advise on special insoles and custom-made or adapted shoes.
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