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Shoe Fitting Tests for Older Adults Using a Brannock Device and 3D Foot Scanning

Ensuring accurate shoe fitting in older adults is essential for comfort and mobility. The Brannock device, a traditional tool used for decades, measures foot length and width manually. While it is reliable for basic measurements, it does not capture the full complexity of foot shape. In contrast, three-dimensional, or 3D, foot scanning technology offers a more comprehensive analysis. This advanced method creates a detailed digital model of the foot, accounting for variations in arch height, toe shape, and other nuances. Older adults, who often experience changes in foot structure due to aging, can benefit significantly from the precision of 3-D scanning. This technology provides tailored recommendations, enhancing both comfort and support. Although the Brannock device remains a valuable tool, the detailed insights from 3-D foot scanning represent a significant advancement in ensuring the best fit for older individuals. If you are wearing shoes that do not fit properly and have developed a foot condition, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can help you with relief options and guide you on the best way to determine your shoe size.

It is important to find shoes that fit you properly in order to avoid a variety of different foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Bangor Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Shoes have many different functions. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet, and allow us to safely play sports. You should always make sure that the shoes you wear fit you properly in order to avoid injuries and deformities such as: bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more. It is important to note that although a certain pair of shoes might be a great fit for someone else, that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for you. This is why you should always try on shoes before buying them to make sure they are worth the investment. Typically, shoes need to be replaced ever six months to one year of regular use.

Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting

  • Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot
  • Don’t buy shoes that fit too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit
  • Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to ½”) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right
  • Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot

The shoes you buy should always feel as good as they look. Shoes that fit properly will last longer, feel better, and improve your way of life each day.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Bangor, Brodheadsville, and Bethlehem, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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