For some of us, our orthotics have become a part of our daily lives. They provide great relief from the aches, cramps and twinges we experience during our daily activities, typically as a result of our faulty foot biomechanics or external strain/forces. Yet, after finally attaining those custom-made insoles, the process of finding the correct shoes to fit them in, then becomes quite tedious. There are definitely a few limitations in regard to footwear choice, but sneakers DON’T have to be your only go to, several sandals will work just as well.
Here are a few shoe features that we recommend you look for when purchasing shoes for your orthotics. Also remember to take your orthotics with you when going shopping.
1. Removable insoles – to swap out for your orthotics
2. Heel counter/heel support – so your orthotics don’t’ fall out
3. Deep heel cup – so that the orthotics will fit well in the shoe and your heels won’t lift when walking.
4. Deep and wider toe box – again for good orthotic fit
5. Some form of adjustable fastening – such as laces or velcro
6. Low heels – usually no more than 3 – 4 cm is recommended
Did you know, Podiatrist’s can also make custom made orthotics for narrow/high heeled shoes (cobra orthotics)?
Understandably, these types of orthotics won’t provide the same type of support as regular orthotic molds, but they are worth considering, especially if you’re in high heels all day.
These cobra orthotics are particularly popular with lawyers and those in the corporate field.