You can avoid many foot, heel and ankle problems with shoes that fit properly. Here's what to look for when buying shoes:

  • Adequate toe room. Avoid shoes with pointed toes.
  • Low heels. Avoiding high heels will help you avoid back problems.
  • Adjustability. Laced shoes are roomier and adjustable.

These additional tips may help you buy the right shoes:

  • Buy shoes at the end of the day. Your feet are smaller in the morning and swell throughout the day.
  • Don't assume your shoe size hasn't changed. As you age, your shoe size may change — especially the width. Measure both feet and buy for the larger foot.
  • Ask for just the right fit. A shoe repair store can stretch shoes in tight spots.
March 15, 2013