Feet hurt? Have arthritis, neuropathy, bunions, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, hammertoes or diabetes? Today, there’s a wide range of stylish shoes to help relieve the pain and discomfort of these foot conditions.
While you may think you have properly diagnosed your foot condition, before shopping for any shoes, a visit to a health professional is advised. Still, selecting the appropriate pair of shoes is better left in the hands of a comfort shoe retailer, especially those with pedorthists on staff, individuals trained to asses foot conditions and recommend footwear to properly address them.
Now, don’t think it’s necessary to give up on fashion for comfort. Increasingly shoe companies have found fresh ways to marry the two in looks ranging from flip-flops to tailored pumps and the popular athleisure category.
Many styles have been approved for reimbursement by Medicare under the Therapeutic Shoe Bill, depending on an individual’s Medicare plan.
Drew offers footwear for those with everyday foot issues to consumers who require custom orthotics. The collection includes sandals, athletic looks and casuals, many designed with two removable footbeds to accommodate custom inserts and modifications, and a wide selection of sizes and widths. Select styles keep the diabetic customer in mind incorporating soft, foam-padded collars and flexible outsoles.
Propet features a range of proprietary features including those with its Rejuve Motion Technology designed to help correct alignment, and Flexible, a series of looks with low-profile outsoles with extra flexibility to allow the foot to move more naturally. Enhancing the comfort, especially for sufferers of hammertoes and bunions, select styles are designed with stretchable faux leather uppers with neoprene panels to accommodate these issues. If a custom orthotic is required, many styles feature removable footbeds that can easily be replaced.
3. Finn Comfort
Finn Comfort from Germany puts the emphasis on its anatomically and ergonomically designed footbeds to enhance underfoot support and enhance the natural heel-to-toe walking motion. The footbeds take a natural approach, using natural cork and latex that conforms to the foot and can be removed for airing and washed with mild soap and water. The generous fit can accommodate a wide foot.
4. Dr. Comfort
Dr. Comfort targets the diabetic customer as well as those with foot conditions with footwear designed with removable footbeds to accommodate prescription and non-prescription inserts. The shoes, running the gamut from sandals to hikers, may be eligible for coverage by Medicare as well as other insurance plans. In addition, the company has a lab where custom shoe inserts can be made using 3D printing techniques.
Vionic is built around a proprietary biomechanical technology designed to promote natural alignment and has received the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance, certifying select styles are beneficial in promoting foot health. The signature footbeds are anatomically designed to follow the contours of the foot but may require a period of adjustment. The company recommends wearing the shoes for a few hours at a time to adjust to the level of support.
Aetrex enhances the comfort and wellness benefits of its footwear collection with a 3D personalized foot scanning technology that provides users with data about their feet — size, length, width, height, pressure and arch type — that can be used to create custom 3D-printed orthotics. In addition, there’s a range of over-the-counter orthotics that can be ordered online, with the appropriate version determined by a series of simple questions. The footwear range incorporates built-in arch support to help stabilize and align feet in addition to aiding in the relief of common foot pain and plantar fasciitis.
Spenco incorporates its Total Support Shape in all footbeds, a patented design, shape and technology, that features a metatarsal pad to redistribute forefoot pressures for comfort, deep heel cup that helps stabilize the foot to counter problems such as overpronation and supination, forefoot cushioning to enhance an efficient stride from heel strike through toe off, and anatomically designed arch support to help alleviate discomfort caused by plantar fasciitis.
Orthofeet is designed with a proprietary Ortho-Cushion contoured insole with arch support, gel padding under the heel, and ergonomic sole with air cushioning, all coming together to help relieve heel and foot pain, while reducing pressure under the bottom of the foot. The comfort continues in the upper with soft, foam padded linings, seam-free constructions for a gentle fit for those with issues such as bunions. If custom orthotics are required, there are extra-depth designs that will accommodate a range of custom inserts.
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