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.