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Orthopedic Shoes in 2023: Benefits, Selection, and Advice

Sometimes your foot health depends on orthopedic shoes. For people with bunions, hammertoes, flat feet, arthritis, and other foot deformities, orthopedic footwear can make the difference between a painful day and a day where you can manage simple activities. Let’s take a look at the benefits of orthopedic shoes, the best practice for selecting orthopedic shoes, and how to use them. 

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Benefits of Orthopedic Shoes

Orthopedic shoes come with a wide array of qualities that promote foot health and tackle foot conditions. Here are some of the most notable: 

  • Studies show that orthopedic footwear can improve the ability to maintain continuous walking in people with chronic foot and ankle injuries
  • Many patients report their foot pain diminished after using orthopedic shoes for 1-2 years
  • Orthopedic shoes can help you manage bunions so they don’t get worse and require surgery later. 
  • They can help with proper foot alignment for people with plantar fasciitis and flat feet. 
  • They usually provide extra heel cushioning and arch support. 
  • To accommodate wide feet, orthopedic shoes often come with features like adjustable straps, extra wide toe boxes, and flexible fabric. 
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Selecting Orthopedic Shoes

Since choosing orthopedic shoes can be difficult, you should schedule a foot assessment with your chiropodist who will then prescribe orthopedic footwear. That said, here are three of the most important tips for finding the right orthopedic shoes for you:

  • Since your foot size can over time, especially with age, you should always triple check that your shoes fit snugly. 
  • Make sure your new shoes are designed to best support your specific concern. For example, shoes with adjustable straps are good for wide bunions. 
  • Consider your lifestyle and daily needs. Search for orthopedic sneakers if you’re trying to be more active, or orthopedic dress shoes if you need something for work. 
  • Ensure any accessories like socks or custom orthotics fit properly with your shoes.

Usage of Orthopedic Shoes 

You should use orthopedic shoes for activities they are designed for. For instance, if you have orthopedic dress shoes, use them for work and special occasions. 

Furthermore, after wearing your shoes for some time, schedule a check up with your chiropodist so they can assess your progress and make any necessary adjustments or recommendations. 

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Do You Have a Foot Condition That Requires Orthopedic Shoes?

Not sure where to start on your orthopedic footwear journey? We offer non-custom orthopedic shoes and modified orthopedic shoes at Feet First Clinic! Following a foot assessment, your chiropodist can prescribe orthopedic footwear. Call us at (416) 769-3338 or book an appointment using the form below or the button at the top of your browser!

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