Two Feet Wider


Changing Shoe Sizes


Have you noticed that as you age or gain weight, your shoe size increases? While looking through the closet, you may find old and forgotten shoes. These are two sizes smaller than the ones you now wear. Are cobblers measuring differently now or did your feet grow that much?

I hate to step into this conversation with bad news, but it is likely that your feet are getting larger. Each individual average human foot is made up of at least 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. That is a significant amount of anatomy, especially when multiplied by two. Both hands and feet combined can amount to over half the bones in your body.

Foot depths
Plantar (bottom) aspects of foot, varying depths (superficial to deep)

Over the years, gravity and bearing the weight of your body stretches foot ligaments and tendons. As a result, your arches become lower as feet lengthen and widen. Your need for podiatry visits increases. By some estimates, feet can grow as much as a half size every decade after the age of 40.

As you get older, have your primary physician examine your feet to identify conditions like diabetes or circulatory problems. You may need treatment for common problems like corns, cracked skin and ingrown toenails. Podiatry doctors treat ailments of the feet. Large or small, take care of yourself by the foot.

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Kevin Williams is a health advocate, artist, pro­gram­mer, and writer of hundreds of articles for multiple web­sites. He has 17 years experi­ence as a Neutrogena Research and Scientific Affairs graphics con­sul­tant.

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