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One Huge Step In The Right Direction When you hear the expression, orthopedic shoes, you probably turn up your nose like most people. However, there have been many significant changes to the design and style of orthopedic shoes. These options have evolved just as technology itself has evolved. Some people purchase shoes in order to prevent serious harm to their feet, while others are prescribed orthopedic shoes because of a chronic foot condition. Most shoes sold in stores, do not make shoes that offer proper cushioning or support. They are simply interested in selling shoes. Since our feet experience the most pressure of any other part of our body's, it seems to reason that they may experience a great deal of discomfort, at times. Wearing such shoes will minimize the pain and discomfort caused from walking or running. Another benefit to wearing those shoes is that they allow for proper blood flow. When the blood is flowing properly our feet will less likely experience any swelling. Orthopedic shoes are designed to stimulate the flow of blood in our feet in order to minimize swelling. If you suffer from diabetes, have chronic foot, back or leg pain, you can certainly benefit from wearing orthopedic shoes. People with bunions, corns, hammer toe, heel spurs and stand for an extended amount of time throughout the day, can also benefit from wearing orthopedic shoes. They come in various styles, such as; mules, sneakers and dress shoes. 5 Basic Characteristics of a Quality Orthopedic Shoe 1. Removable Insoles This is especially helpful if you experience foot swelling. The insoles allow you to remove them whenever swelling occurs. 2. Wide Toe Box Stuffing your foot into a shoe that is not wide enough can cause long-term damage to the health of your feet. 3. Firm Heel Counter This is important because they enable the shoe to be more stable. If you were to press the back of the heel and it easily bends inward, you do not have a shoe with a firm heel. Orthopedic shoes are designed with firm heel counters. 4. Rocker Bottom Sole They have an out-sole which points upward, at the back of the heel and the toe, slightly. This allows the for a smoother stride so that there is no extra pressure applied to ball of your feet. 5. Slight Heel These are designed with a slight lift for those who would like to wear a heel but are conscience

of the health of their feet. Slight heels are typically between ½ inch to 1 ½ inches high. When those shoes are worn for therapeutic reasons an orthopedic specialist can discuss the type of shoe that will be most appropriate for your condition. Purchasing the wrong type of shoe could be counterproductive if the proper shoe is not chosen.

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