Orthotics & Shoes


orthoticsIt is important to buy footwear that provides the best advantages in protection, support and foot comfort for you. It is often a good idea to get yourself professionally measured and fitted with suitable footwear at least once a year.

Shoes should be lightweight, flexible and allow the air to circulate around the foot.

The ideal materials are leather and canvas, however most modern materials are well designed to accommodate feet. A good example of a lightweight shoe that can accommodate foot deformity is the common jogger or running shoe that is easy to put on and secure with laces or velcro straps to suit arthritic fingers.

Shoes must have a broad deep toe box that will provide additional comfort and reduce frictional points that can cause corns and calluses. Heel height ideally should not exceed half an inch. Soles should have a non-slip grip pattern.

The shoe should be the width of your thumb longer than your longest toe. The shoes should have a firm fastening device around the instep a bar, a lace or a velcro-strap. This is to hold the foot back against the heel and to prevent the foot sliding forward and the heel slipping out of the shoe.

Always choose the right shoe for the job – i.e. walking, gardening, etc. to protect the arthritic foot and support them during the activity.

Shoe Recommendations

Discuss with Dr. Shumate

It is important to discuss your mobility and foot care problems with Dr. Shumate. He can advise which service or professional support is most appropriate to your needs. Dr. Shumate, after assessing your foot function, may recommend orthoses or insoles to help relieve foot pain and discomfort.