Providing support to your feet is the primary purpose of foot orthotics, but they can only accomplish this goal if worn with proper footwear. At Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics, our tips for choosing footwear to go with your orthotics are as follows:
- Bring your orthotics with you—The biggest mistake you can make is not bringing your orthotics with you to try on new shoes. Do not assume that a shoe will properly accommodate your orthotics – try it out with them before making a purchase.
- Compare the fit of many shoes—When selecting footwear, always try on more than one pair of shoes with your orthotics so you can compare the fit. However, try to stick with three or four pairs of shoes, so you don’t get overwhelmed by the decision.
- Leave enough room for your toes—Most people have one foot that is longer than the other. When sizing shoes to wear with your orthotics, always pick a shoe that fits well with the longer foot. You should have at least 1/8″ to 1/2″ of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.
- Don’t let price dictate your decision—You may assume that the pricier the shoe, the better the orthotics will fit. Although price often indicates quality, the most expensive shoe may not necessarily be the most comfortable. Instead of being influenced entirely by price, look for shoes that fit your foot with the orthotics as comfortably as possible.