Supportive, well-fitting footwear is important in keeping us mobile and pain free. However, if you have a foot or toe deformity, a complicated foot injury, extremely wide bunions, an open sore or a neurological disease affecting your feet, you may require orthopaedic shoes.
At CuraFoot Clinic we will conduct a full assessment of your lower limbs and tell you if orthopaedic shoes will help. We will also measure your feet properly and let you know which orthopaedic features are required for your foot type and condition.
What makes Orthopaedic Shoes different?
Orthopaedic shoes are shoes that are specifically designed to support or accommodate the mechanics and structure of the foot, ankle and leg. They have a number of medically beneficial features that make them different from everyday footwear. The more abnormal your foot mechanics, the more likely you will require orthopaedic shoes.
Orthopaedic shoes may have a number of features, including:
- 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 an orthotic
- Available in a variety of widths and shapes to ensure they fit different foot shapes
As people age, parts of their body begin to break down, so often older people require orthopaedic shoes. However, orthopaedic shoes are not just for seniors. Poor foot mechanics affect people of all ages so orthopaedic shoes are often recommended for young people too.