All You Need To Know About Orthotics

Orthotics can be a great addition and can make your feet a lot more comfortable and also even prevent pain. Here’s what you should know before investing.

Tip #1:

While the more costly shoe may be attractive, but it is not always the more comfortable shoe.  In fact, it is more often than not the average-priced shoe that offers greater comfort and suitability for a person’s foot type.  Do not allow price to influence your decision when choosing the best shoe for your feet!

Tip #2:

If you opt for orthotic insoles, be sure to search for a shoe that has a heel cup with suitable depth to hold the orthotic without feeling tight.  Remember to keep your orthotics with you when purchasing new shoes, particularly if you plan on trying the shoes on!

Tip #3:

The width and size are often printed inside the shoe; however, they are merely guides for the customer and not always accurate.  In fact, people report that there is little consistency in shoe sizes from one shoe store to the next.  For instance, you may be wearing a shoe with size 10 in one store, but feel as comfortable in a shoe with size 9 in the next.  Always trust your feet and not the size tag when purchasing a pair of shoes.

Tip #4:

When buying shoes, it is important that you try on more than a single pair so that you can compare the fit of the shoes.  However, you must not exceed three or four pairs or you could land up confusing yourself and making incorrect decisions.

Tip #5:

During sizing, it is recommended that you fit the length of the longer foot.  For example, a person should have anywhere from 1/8 to 1/2 inch of space between the toe of greatest length and end of the shoe (which does not need to be your big toe).  If the shoe fits snugly across the arch of the foot and the hell, but it provides suitable toe movement then it is a good fitting shoe.

Tip #6:

The best shoe fit will come from shoes that are shaped like your foot.  The shoe’s base should be at least the same width as the foot because shoes will stretch during wear according to width and not length.  If the shoe is too short, your toes will often pay the price experiencing corns, blisters and even black toenails.

Tip #7:

If the ankle can rotate from the outside to inside flattening the arch, then you should consider a shoe with a harder heel counter and more stable inside pieces.  If you present with flat feet, it is recommended that you search for a shoe with straight cut down the inside of the shoe.  However, if you have a high arch with reduced motion around the ankle; then you should consider shoes with cushioning to avoid any shock-related accidents.

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