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Types of Orthosis

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Types of Shoes

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Betty McTague
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  • Shoes are meant for protection, warmth and comfort.
  • Both feet need to be measured when standing and preferably at the end of the day. Usually one foot is larger than the other, so always fit the larger of the two. The other shoe can be adjusted or modified to feel better. Your shoe store should be able to accommodate you for this or  they should be able to recommend a reputable repair person.
  • Length, width and depth are all equally important and must be considered comfortable.
  • Laced shoes, with 4 eyelets on each side, are generally much  more appropriate than a slip on type of shoe, especially if  an orthosis to be worn.
  • A dress shoe is better if it has an ankle strap to hold the heel back into the shoe thus not allowing the foot to spray forward.
  • There needs to be a full finger width between the end, the longest toes and the end of the shoe. A more rounded toe generally fits the overall shape of the foot better than a tapered toe box.
  • Leather is always preferred over synthetics, as it allows perspiration to be evaporated naturally. Soft uppers and firm soles.
  • REMEMBER Shoes need to be as comfortable the day they are put on, as the day you finally discard them.

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