Orthopedic shoes are the perfect option for those who are suffering from problems of the feet. They are also an extremely comfortable option if your job, or any other occasion, entails standing for long hours. Usually, when standing or walking for long hours, the effects become evident in the form of pain in the ankles and calves, swollen feet, aching heels and soles, etc. Also, you may develop painful blisters or corns, that make walking for short distances difficult. At such instances, these shoes come to your rescue, and enable you to perform all your daily activities with ease.
Usually, the aforementioned problems emerge when you wear shoes that are not suitable for your feet. They may be tight, the material may not be suitable, or there may be some other feature that is not suitable for you. Now all you men may assume that orthopedic shoes are ugly and meant only for the elderly with foot problems, particularly if you are one of those who wears only branded and trendy shoes. However, it should be noted that, there is a whole array of stylish and fashionable orthopedic shoes available, and you can use them without compromising on the style factor. What are the features of such shoes that promise the comfort for feet all the time? Let's take a look.
- If you have a condition such as flat feet, you can find these shoes with arch support, that will enable your feet to develop a slight arch and eliminate problems which are caused by flat feet. Another type allows you to add arch supports whenever needed.
- They are also available with metatarsal pads or cushioned insoles, that help you avoid the pain which is accompanied by standing for long hours. These are soft soles which are helpful to the people having pain in the balls of their feet.
- Another feature that is common is a wide toe box, which is helpful for those with bunions that may have developed due to wearing tight shoes with a narrow toe box. Those who are diabetic, or are aging, may also develop a condition known as hammertoes; the pain of which can be reduced by wearing orthopedic shoes with a wide toe box. Thus, they also provide comfort in this zone.
- They also allow for sufficient ventilation to the feet, in that they are airy.
- With all the aforementioned features, they also prevent chafing ― the formation of calluses due to high amounts of pressure on the feet.
- Finally, they are very flexible, and therefore provide premium comfort to the feet. They do not have any seams from within, so check for this when you make a purchase.
While ready-made types are also available, there are options to have them custom-made, so as to gain the comfort. You can even purchase them online and take your pick from the huge variety available. However, purchasing online may not be the best idea, as you will not be able to determine the fit of the shoe, and end up with a pair you cannot use.