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Finding the Right Shoe Size With Consideration for Orthotics Fit

Navigating shoe sizing can be a perplexing endeavor, compounded by variations in size between brands and styles. To ascertain the right shoe size, inspecting your existing footwear collection is beneficial, making note of sizes across different brands and styles. This knowledge proves invaluable in choosing the appropriate size for your desired comfort. When shopping for shoes, emphasize aligning the width, flex point, and instep with your foot to ensure a proper fit. Additionally, be mindful of how the choice of materials can affect stretching over time. Context plays a significant role; consider the intended use of the shoe and any foot-related health concerns. Comfort is most important for the perfect fit. Experimenting with at least three sizes is advisable to identify the most comfortable. Be aware that sizing discrepancies can even exist within the same brand. Above all, avoid forcing a fit that may result in discomfort and potential injury. Additionally, ensure that any orthotics you use fit seamlessly with your chosen shoe size for optimal foot support and comfort. If you are having trouble getting the right shoe size for your needs, including fitting orthotics into shoes, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can guide you in this quest.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Troy Wilde, DPM from Practice. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Phoenix, Gilbert, and Chandler, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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