If you are like me, then odds are you are not wearing the same pair of shoes every day.  I have shoes for nearly every type of weather and activity I do.  So why won’t my orthotics fit in all of my shoes?! Just like shoes, there are several types of orthotics; running, skiing, golfing, high heels, flats; you name it and they make an orthotic for it.  So, depending on the type of orthotic you have, the activity you will be doing, and the type of shoes you want to wear; the two may not work for each other.  High heels, flats and dressier shoes are narrower and lower profile than gym shoes. Which means that no matter how hard you try, those cute ballet flats won’t accommodate your sport orthotics and feet without some serious blistering and/or looking like Cinderella’s stepsister trying on the glass slipper.

There are different modifications that can be done to accommodate your orthotics and your sense of fashion.  If you are experiencing pain and require an orthotics while exercising, then we usually suggest a sport/athletic style that is to be worn when you are working out, running, or just wearing your gym shoes.  The same is true for people who experience pain while wearing dress shoes; a dress style orthotic will be recommended. We understand that everyone is not able and/or not willing to wear gym shoes on a daily basis, so we take the “shoe talk” very serious in our office to fully understand the needs and expectations of our patients.  Ideally, we recommend orthotics be worn as much as possible and may recommend 2 pairs of orthotics be made to fit in different shoe styles.

It is important to set realistic expectations with your practitioner in terms of shoe gear, when you will be wearing your orthotics, and the amount of relief to expect when you take all of those factors into account.  If you feel like you are in need of better support or have any other questions, please call our office to schedule an appointment today.

Dr. Misty McNeill
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