FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What exactly is orthopedic footwear?
Orthopedic footwear provides adequate support for the foot, arch of foot, heel, ankles, and lower legs. When the feet are not properly supported, it can cause leg and back pain. If you suffer from flat feet or any other foot issues, an orthopedic shoe can help reduce the pressure on certain parts of your foot, minimize pain, and allow for better posture.
How do I know if I need orthopedic shoes?
If you suffer from foot pain, leg pain, or back pain, you can benefit from orthopedic shoes. Symptoms such as swollen feet, sharp heel pain, and balance problems that are present when you were shoes, are all signs that you may need some extra support with supportive shoes. If you have flat feet, very arched feet, or if you suffer from diabetes complications, you may also benefit from orthotic insoles or supportive shoes.
How do I choose the right orthopedic footwear?
To choose the right orthopedic footwear, you should start by assessing the type of pain you have. If you have heel pain, you may find heel lifts very helpful. They can take loads of pressure off of your heel by slightly elevating it. If you feel as though there is too much pressure on the ball of your foot, you can try shoe inserts that will balance the pressure as you walk and relieve stress on the ball of the foot. If you are unsure which footwear is best for your foot problem, you can consult with an orthopedic surgeon to find out which shoe supports would be best for you.
Is there a difference between supportive footwear and orthopedic footwear?
Supportive shoes can refer to any comfortable shoe, like a running shoe, for example. These are shoes that generally offer good support so you can perform your daily activities without discomfort. Orthopedic footwear is a little different. It is specifically designed to target pain and offer pressure relief that is needed to prevent injury to the foot, ankle, leg, or even back. They can be designed for specific issues (like arch support or heel support) to target specific problems.
Can anyone wear orthopedic shoes?
Anyone can wear supportive shoes but orthopedic shoes shouldn't be worn unless you need them. There is no harm in wearing shoes with excellent support. However, you have to be sure you do not wear a pair that targets a specific problem you don't have. For example, if you choose a pair with arch support but don't have very arched feet, you're like to do more harm than good.
What is the difference between foot orthotics and orthopedic shoes?
Foot orthotics are orthotic inserts that can help support the foot and ankle properly. They can make shoes much more comfortable but they do not correct foot or ankle problems. If you have painful foot or ankle problems, you should consider orthopedic footwear instead.
Should orthotics be worn all the time?
When you first begin wearing them, you may need to wear them more often to help your body adjust. However, you shouldn't wear foot orthotics like cast shoes, for example, all of the time. The muscles in your feet will become reliant on them and you will have trouble walking without them. They should be used for a set period of time. If they need to be worn for years, then you should consider taking breaks and working on strengthening exercises for your feet and legs, if possible.
Where can I buy orthopedic shoes?
You can buy orthopedic footwear, orthotic insoles, supportive shoes and sandals, and heel lifts, cushions, and inserts from Allegro Medical. You can read all about the different supportive products and find out which ones are the best for you. Then simply add them to your cart, complete your purchase, and they'll be shipped directly to your home.
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