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Wondering why your shoes just don’t fit well anymore?. . ‘Cause you now have Big Feet!  Really. . . what is happening is that over time our feet slowly flatten out. As they flatten, the arch lengthens and your feet get longer. In addition, they splay out and your feet get wider. This may only apply to my older sisterfriends right now, so younguns take notice. I have always preferred to purchase shoes because I never have to worry if a shoe will fit my average foot.  Not like when I gain a few lbs and the size I used to wear is no longer the size that fits. My size in clothing fluctuates but my shoe size did not.  I can still fit into all of my shoes, but they are not as comfortable as before. What the hell happened?I became a senior citizen. Those golden years you hear about . . . well, all that glitters is not gold my friend. The foot is a complicated machine. It contains 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments. When you get older, your Feet flatten out because the supporting tendons and ligaments lose their elasticity. As the tendon along the length of the sole elongates, the arch lowers. This condition contributes to bunions, which are inflamed swellings of the small fluid-filled sacs on the first joints of the big toes.  Another reason feet enlarge is that the force of your weight thins the fat pads cushioning the bottom of the feet. The loss of padding can cause corns and calluses, which are protective layers of compacted, dead skin cells. Thinner pads also lead to soreness. Read more here.

Besides Age, Why Else Do Feet Get Bigger?

1. Weight gain can cause feet to get bigger.  If you are carrying extra weight, you are going to carry extra fat everywhere including around your feet with the result of larger feet.

2. Pregnancy can cause feet to get bigger.  During pregnancy the same hormones that relax the ligaments of the birth canal also relax the ligaments in the rest of your body including the feet. Since the feet are carrying extra load during pregnancy due to normal weight gain, the feet will often flatten leading to lengthening and widening of the feet.

How to Stop Your Feet from Getting Bigger

There may not be a way to completely stop your feet from getting bigger. But you may be able to slow the progression:

1. Use arch supports in your shoes.  By using arch support to stop the flattening of the feet you may be able to stop or slow the splay that leads to feet getting bigger. The key is to get an arch support that conforms very close to the arch of foot. The closer it grabs your arch the better it will be at stopping your foot from flattening and splaying.

2. Custom orthotics offer more protection against feet getting bigger.

3. Wear stable shoes.  Stable shoes that don’t flex too much will also help support your feet and prevent the flattening that leads to larger feet.

4. Lose weight to shrink your feet.  Extra weight puts a lot of flattening force on the foot. If you can take off a few pounds you will decrease those harmful forces on your feet.

OhKhay. . . add one more to the Aging phenomena. Plus, every.other.damn.thing comes around to excess body weight. My clothing sizes, my bra sizes and now my feet may get bigger if I gain weight! Yes, I should lose a few pounds. But, I live on a fixed income now and those expensive clothes I have accumulated over the years, are definitely out of reach if I had to replace them.  Therefore, can I have a size 8 1/2 in that shoe please. . . .

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9 Comments

  • Reply Antionette Blake

    Thankfully, my feet stopped growing, however, they did grow from a size 7 to a size 8.5 after the birth of both of my sons. We have the same size feet and I would love to raid your closet!

    07/11/2017 at 12:08 pm
    • Reply Neti*

      Thanks Sis. You have a solid shoe game and I would love to come play in your closet. Lately my shoe size is dependent on the manufacturer and most of my shoes are 8.

      07/11/2017 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Eugenia Russell Hargrove

    Neti,
    This post is so funny! I probably need to lose a few pounds too. But like you I plan to keep wearing most pieces that I have in my wardrobe, and hopefully, my size 8s don’t change.

    07/12/2017 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply NERLINE

    Wow! So much to learn here. I never thought about all this, but my feet has gotten bigger over the past few years. I think having children has a lot to do with that too. Thanks for sharing, big sis!

    07/15/2017 at 2:15 am
    • Reply Neti

      Yes Sis, child bearing does make your feet larger.

      07/16/2017 at 6:37 pm
  • Reply Vivi

    One of my problem areas are my feet. To the naked eye, it looks small and stumpy. Oh no. Due to the unpredictable swelling and wideness, I wear a size 10. And this is where the frustration begins. Not a lot of stores carry Wide shoes and if they do, it’s not the standard wide. It’s maybe a couple of inches larger than the Narrow offerings. That’s why I’ve been relegated to buying 99% of my shoes online.

    I do know that losing weight does help my feet get smaller. Within the past 2 years, I gained back the weight that I lost. In doing so, my feet ballooned. And now I’m over here trying to lose that weight again. Same ol’, same ol’.

    07/15/2017 at 11:37 am
    • Reply Neti*

      This gain/loss thing is a problem for me too. Thanks Vivi.

      07/18/2017 at 12:54 am
  • Reply Lenya

    Wow! I didn’t knew that. Well, not something to look forward to, lol. *Those golden years you hear about . . . well, all that glitters is not gold my friend* lol, you made me giggle, sis. I love your sense of humor!
    much much luv, Neti
    Lenya
    new look: Dinner Date

    07/20/2017 at 10:19 am
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