Orthopaedic shoes are shoes that are specifically designed to support or accommodate the mechanics and structure of the foot, ankle and leg and they have several medically beneficial features and functions that separate them from everyday footwear. The more abnormal your foot mechanics are the more likely you will require orthopaedic shoes.
Orthopaedic shoes have many features including:
• Stiff sole that 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.
• A variety of widths and shapes to ensure they properly fit in numerous foot shapes.
• A firm heel counter.
As people age, parts of their body begin to break down, so often older people require orthopaedic shoes. However, orthopaedic shoes aren’t just for seniors. Poor foot mechanics affect people of all ages so orthopaedic shoes are often recommended for young people too. Fortunately, orthopaedic shoes have come a long way from the clunky, black styles of years past. Today, there are several relatively stylish options available for people of all ages and fashion sensibilities.