Many of us wear orthotics as a treatment for a foot condition. For orthotics to work effectively, podiatrists recommend that your wide shoes have the following features:

    • Extra depth at the toes and the heel to allow the foot to fit comfortably into the shoe.

    • An adjustable fastening to hold the foot securely in the shoe. Slip-on shoes are less suitable as they may press on the top of the foot when the orthotics are in place.

    • A low heel of no more than 4cm (1½").

    • Shoes with removable insoles have increased depth and are preferred by podiatrists when fitting orthotics.

It is best to break in your orthotics with a new pair of shoes that have not been broken down or stretched out. Properly fitting footwear is essential for the orthotic to work correctly. You should begin by wearing the inserts gradually, building up your wearing time daily until you can wear them comfortably all day.

Audrey

Audrey style from Cosyfeet which takes orthotics