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Orthopaedic Footwear


What Are Orthopaedic Shoes?

Orthopaedic shoes are specially designed footwear that provide more support for the feet and ankles than basic footwear. Contrary to popular belief:
  1. Orthopaedic shoes are worn by people of all ages, not just the elderly – poor foot and gait mechanics affect people of all ages
  2. Orthopaedic shoes combine fashion and function

What Are The Benefits Of Orthopaedic Shoes?

Orthopaedic shoes are good for the sole. After all, ‘ortho” means ‘correct’ and ‘pedic’ means ‘foot’. By definition, they are as good as shoes can get for your feet. Orthopaedic shoes are designed to fit correctly – remember, 80% of foot problems are due to ill-fitting shoes – in order to support and accommodate the structure and mechanics of the feet and legs in all the correct places.
Compared to basic off-the-shelf footwear, orthopaedic shoes usually have these key structural characteristics:
  • Extra firm heel counter
    Cradles the heel to anchor the foot and reduce overpronation
  • Wide toe box
    Extra room allows toes to move freely, reducing crowding, rubbing, and excess pressure on bunions and hammertoes
  • Stretchable upper
    Ensures your feet maintain the correct or natural shape when you wear them. In other words, an orthopaedic shoe conforms to the contours of your foot instead of your foot conforming to the shape of the shoe.
  • Extra sizing options
    Available in a range of widths such as wide, extra wide, and extra extra wide, to offer a more precise fit
  • Protective Interior
    Soft, smooth, and breathable interior fabric that provides gentle contact with the foot to prevent blisters, calluses, and corns, which can be especially important in individuals with diabetes.
  • Performance midsole
    Absorbs shock and promotes a natural gait
  • Removable insoles
    Many people who need orthopaedic shoes also need custom orthotics so this makes it easy to swap in custom devices or over-the-counter insoles that provide further comfort and support

Who Can Benefit From Wearing Orthopaedic Shoes?

Orthopaedic shoes are an important piece of the treatment puzzle for those suffering from functional or structural foot problems, such as:

What Styles Of Orthopaedic Shoes Are Available?

Feet First Clinic carries orthopaedic sneakers, shoes, boots, booties, loafers, sandals, slippers, and even pumps from designer brands including:
  • Aetrex
  • Birkenstock
  • Clarks
  • Asics
  • FitFlop
  • Ara
  • Anodyne
  • Apex
  • Mephisto
  • Portofino
  • Naot

Are Orthopaedic Shoes By Insurance?

Orthopedic shoes are covered under many supplemental insurance plans according to the guidelines of the Pedorthic Association of Canada. However, each insurance company has their own stipulations about what brands that they will cover.

If you are unsure about your benefits and orthopedic footwear coverage, check with your employer’s HR department or your insurance provider. Insurance quotes for orthopedic footwear are recommended to ensure that specific makes and models are approved or Feet First Clinic can get a policy breakdown on your behalf.

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Book an appointment for orthopaedic footwear

You do not need a referral to become a patient at our foot clinic. Schedule an appointment by using the Appointment Request form below or contact the clinic at 416-769-FEET(3338).