You Deserve Shoes that can Help You Stay Active

You deserve shoes that can help you stay active

Many of us in the Northwest lead healthy, active lifestyles. When maintaining a significant level of activity is important to you and to those around you, but “Mother Nature” does not cooperate, medical shoes may be what it takes to help keep you going. Don’t be fooled by the term “medical shoes”. They don’t have to be ugly and frumpy. Many manufacturers today realize that customers need and want shoes that are both supportive and good looking.

Proper fit begins with accurate foot measurement

Kurt Doctor is a Pedorthist at Foot Solutions. Kurt and his wife Sylvia own and operate the Foot Solutions store in Tigard, OR.

We see and measure thousands of feet every year. Rarely are both feet the same size. Often, our clients are surprised to learn that their foot size today may be somewhat different than it once was, and that the left and right feet are not identical. It is clearly best to fit the larger foot and accommodate the extra room for your smaller foot rather than jam a slightly larger foot into a small shoe. Specialty shoe store experts can make adjustments like these with ease; don’t settle for less if you want to look and feel your best.

A good rule of thumb concerns the measurement of your feet. When shoe shopping, if you are simply asked “What size do you wear?” be very concerned. Look to have both of your feet skillfully measured with the results carefully recorded.

Look for a store that is staffed by professionals with skill and knowledge in the way your feet are structured and how shoes and shoe inserts can help you stay active. At your favorite shoe store, ask if a “Pedorthist” is available to assist you. A board-certified Pedorthist is a healthcare professional specifically trained in comprehensive foot care using therapeutic footwear and supportive orthotic devices for the foot. A Pedorthist helps the patient prevent or reduce painful or disabling conditions of the foot and ankle.

Some of the common foot conditions that can be aided with proper footwear include:

  • Bunions
  • Calluses
  • Corns
  • Plantar Fasciitis/heel pain
  • Heel Spurs
  • Foot Injuries
  • Metatarsalgia/Ball of foot pain
  • Osteo Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Overpronation
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Gout

Few people over age 40 have “pretty” feet. Most of us have crooked bones, calluses or corns. Many experience heel pain or the agonizing effects of arthritis. Even perfectly healthy feet can benefit from supportive footwear to maintain a healthy foot structure. At Foot Solutions, when your feet feel good, we feel good!