Orthopedic Footwear

Definition: specially-designed footwear to relieve discomfort associated with many foot and ankle disorders

Medical terminology: orthopedic footwear

Orthopedic footwear offers features such as increased cushioning, medial support and increased rigidity to help reduce foot pain from certain foot disorders. It is important to discuss with a foot specialist what the features are needed to help with your foot discomfort

What is an orthopedic shoe?

Orthopedic shoes are designed to accommodate specific foot deformities and provide more support for the foot and ankle than basic footwear. Different types of orthopedic shoes can be used to provide relief for different conditions such as flat feet (fallen arches) or bunions.

What are the benefits to an orthopedic shoe?

Properly fitted orthopedic shoes may significantly decrease symptoms like pain and swelling from certain foot conditions. Orthopedic shoes offer better arch support and heel cushioning which can lessen chronic foot pain. These shoes are also more rigid than convention shoes allowing the ankle to have more support which may decrease the chance of an ankle sprain.

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General features of an orthopedic shoe

  • Better arch support
  • Increased heel cushioning
  • More room for toes
  • Less agitation in footwear for hammer toes and bunions
  • Improved ankle support

Features found in orthopedic shoes generally add foot cushioning and support which will help make walking easier for you.

Where do I find orthopedic shoes?

A variety of specialty shoe stores carry different brands of orthopedic shoes. Some large medical equipment stores may also carry orthopedic shoes. There are many online retailers that carry different brands of orthopedic shoes.

The Cooksville Foot Care Clinic offers several different brands of orthopedic shoes and our foot specialists will gladly assist you with choosing the appropriate style for your feet.

How much do orthopedic shoes cost?

Orthopedic shoes have much higher prices than conventional shoes due to their special features. It is important to note that medically prescribed orthopedic shoes may be covered by insurance plans.

Consult your extended health benefits provider to determine if you have coverage for orthopedic shoes.