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Orthopedic Shoes

Orthopedic shoes are specially designed footwear that provides support, comfort, and proper alignment for people with various foot and lower limb conditions. These shoes are typically prescribed or recommended by healthcare professionals, such as chiropodists, to help alleviate pain, improve mobility, and prevent or manage foot-related problems.

Here are some key features of orthopedic shoes:

  1. Supportive structure: Orthopedic shoes have a sturdy and supportive structure to provide stability and maintain proper foot alignment. They often feature firm soles and heel counters to minimize excessive foot motion and provide arch support.
  2. Extra depth and width: Orthopedic shoes typically have extra depth and width to accommodate orthotic inserts, braces, or foot deformities, such as bunions or hammertoes. This additional space allows for a comfortable fit and reduces pressure points.
  3. Cushioning and shock absorption: These shoes incorporate cushioning materials and shock-absorbing features in the soles to reduce the impact on the feet and joints during walking or other activities. This feature is particularly beneficial for individuals with conditions like arthritis or plantar fasciitis.
  4. Adjustable closures: Many orthopedic shoes have adjustable closures, such as Velcro straps or laces, to provide a customized fit and accommodate foot swelling or different foot shapes. This adjustability allows for easy on-and-off and prevents pressure points caused by tight-fitting shoes.
  5. Breathable and moisture-wicking materials: Good orthopedic shoes are often made from breathable materials that allow airflow, preventing excessive moisture buildup and promoting foot hygiene. This is especially important for individuals prone to sweating or fungal infections.
  6. Non-slip outsoles: Orthopedic shoes usually have non-slip outsoles to enhance stability and reduce the risk of slipping or falling. These outsoles are designed to provide good traction on various surfaces, including wet or slippery floors.

Orthopedic shoes come in a variety of styles, including athletic shoes, casual footwear, and dress shoes, allowing individuals to find options that suit their preferences and lifestyle while still providing the necessary support and functionality. It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the specific requirements and features needed for your individual foot condition before purchasing orthopedic shoes.

At Footprint Health and Wellness Centre we carry a selection of orthopedic shoes from brands such as Cambrian and Apex. Chiropodists are able to prescribe orthopedic shoes and these shoes are typically covered by most insurance companies. Book an appointment today to have your feet assessed by one of our chiropodists to see if orthopedic shoes are the right fit for you!