Supportive, well-fitting footwear is essential in maintaining overall foot health, avoiding pain and injury, and staying active. For many people, well-structured standard footwear is sufficient to maintain foot health and avoid injury. When customers come to us looking for an orthotic shoe, what they’re usually in search of is better defined as an orthopaedic shoe. Orthopaedic shoes are designed with specific materials, structural features, and are made in multiple widths and depths to accommodate various foot conditions. For some people who have more complex needs or a severe foot injury, orthopaedic shoes may be recommended as part of your treatment plan.
What are Orthopaedic Shoes for?
According to the Pedorthic Association of Canada, orthopedic shoes are designed specifically to support or accommodate the shape and/or mechanics of the foot and lower limb. Orthopaedic shoes may have several medically indicated features that make them different from everyday footwear including:
- A torsionally strong, well-rockered midsole and outsole. This means the sole doesn’t twist easily and is rounded to help you walk normally
- Removable sock liners. Many people who require orthopaedic shoes also need custom orthotics. A removable sock liner provides the space required to accommodate a custom orthotic.
- Are available in a variety of widths and shapes to ensure they properly fit a variety of foot shapes
- A firm heel counter
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Who can Benefit from Orthopaedic Shoes?
As we get older, some of the joints of the body can break down, resulting in joint restrictions, pain or other related conditions that require orthopaedic shoes. Older adults, however, are not the only people who can benefit from orthopaedic shoes. Poor foot mechanics, traumatic injuries or complex disease processes affect people of all ages, making orthopaedic shoes a great option for younger people too. Thankfully, orthopaedic shoe design has come a long way in recent years, making for many stylish and fashionable options.
The Pedorthists at SoleScience can help you find the proper orthopaedic shoes
If you think you may benefit from orthopaedic footwear, consult with your Canadian Certified Pedorthist. Not all orthopaedic shoes are created equally, and some shoes may not have the structural features you need. Your Pedorthist can provide you with specific recommendations as to which orthopaedic shoe is right for you and will also expertly measure your feet, ensuring you are fitted with a shoe that is not only the right length but also the correct width and depth for your needs.
Want to know more about the role shoes play in your health? Contact us today to book an appointment with your SoleScience Pedorthist!