- Ask your local shoe store if they sell split sizes. If not, ask if they can order them from a nonretail company like P.W. Miner.
- Some retail stores have policies that allow you to purchase shoes in different sizes without the cost of two pairs. Companies that have “split-size” shoe policies include Nordstrom’s department store (the original Mrs. Nordstrom had polio and needed split-size shoes) and Birkenstock. Of course, retailers may vary in their policies, but it pays to ask.
- Try the National Odd Shoe Exchange, a nonprofit organization that deals in donated shoes.
- Try Mix Match Shoes, a company that sells shoes one at a time.
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How can I get shoes that fit if I wear two different sizes?
Shelley Peterman Schwarz, Neurology, answeredIf you wear two different-sized shoes due to an ankle foot orthotic (AFO) or leg brace, here are some suggestions for getting shoes that fit.
What is a Charcot foot?
Charcot (say "shar-ko") foot is a foot deformity that results from nerve damage in the foot or ankle. The nerve damage may cause minor pain and then a loss of sensation that increases the risk of injury to the feet. When the foot is repeatedly injured, the weight-bearing joints start breaking down.
This condition most often results from nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) caused by type 1 or type 2 diabetes. People whose blood sugar levels have not been controlled well are more likely to develop Charcot foot.
Early signs of Charcot foot include redness, swelling, and increased temperature of the foot. A skin sore or infection may be present. Later, the foot becomes unstable and deformed.
Early detection and treatment of the condition can prevent deformity and loss of function as well as possible amputation.
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How should I treat a grade 1 ankle sprain?
To treat a grade 1 ankle sprain, rest your ankle by not walking on it. Apply ice for 20-30 minutes, two to three times a day. Compression wraps will immobilize and support the injured ankle. Elevate your ankle above your heart. (This answer provided for NATA by the Weber State University Athletic Training Education Program.)
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