Orthopedic Shoes

Orthopedic shoes refer to a specific category of shoes, designed to help relieve pain, or heal feet and generally provide assistance and support to people with specific medical conditions. The anatomy and characteristics of the shoe are based on the medical condition of the person that will wear it. Some indicative medical conditions addressed by different kinds of orthopedic shoes are listed below:

Arch pain:Arch pain (or strain as it is also frequently called) refers to an inflammation and/or burning sensation at the arch of the foot. The symptoms of this condition are usually pain and tenderness in the arch region of the foot. Orthopedic shoes to treat this condition have very low or no heels and include high quality insoles that take pressure and pain away from the arch.

Bunions: Bunions is a common forefoot deformity, consisting of the displacement of the bone under the first toe, causing the big toe to move towards the smaller toes. This shifting of the bones causes a bony prominence on the side of the patients foot (the bunion joint). Over a period of time the big toe may come to rest under (occasionally over) the second toe. Shoes for treating bunions are wide fitting shoes, usually with a leather upper that allows stretching.

Heel pain: Pain under the heel, particularly in the morning can indicate poor foot function and should be dealt with. Orthopedic shoes addressing heel pain have shock absorbing and/or pressure relieving materials in the interior bottom part of the shoe, where the foot's heel rests. Commonly soft silicone material is used to manufacture the padding for the heel area.

Hammertoes: The term hammertoes is used to describe a toe deformity, in which the middle toe joint has a permanent, sideways bend. This deformity can be further aggravated by tight shoes and usually results in pain over the prominent bony areas on the top of the toe and at the end of the toe. Orthopedic shoes for feet with this condition are designed to better accommodate the foot's morphology and avoid putting pressure on the deformed toe(s). These shoes may also include soft pads inserted in the parts of the shoe that have direct contact with the deformed areas.

Diabetic shoes: Diabetics are at risk for developing blisters, bleeding and lesions between their toes. In response to these threats diabetic shoes are designed to offer extra protection. They are often seamless in order to support and aid sensitive feet. Many diabetic shoes have conforming removable insoles that provide extra support, while such insoles can also be inserted and/or removed as needed, to achieve a particular fit. They usually have a high and wide toe box in order to prevent chafing and pinching that can inflict injury and harm on toes. Since proper fit is especially important in the case of diabetics, many shoes of this kind have adjustable closures in order to make the shoe larger or smaller as needed.