Good footwear is im­por­tant

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and the toes) which can cause the feet to be painful.

As a high arch could cause dis­abil­ity, it is ad­vised that they fit them­selves with proper foot sup­port.

Or­thotic in­soles and shoes are de­signed to cor­rect faulty foot func­tion, re­duc­ing the amount of an­kle role and arch flat­ten­ing when walk­ing or run­ning.

By cor­rect­ing over-prona­tion, or­thotics re­aligns feet and an­kle bones to their neu­tral po­si­tion, restor­ing nat­u­ral foot func­tion.

There are a num­ber of dif­fer­ent types of or­thotics avail­able, even one that can be worn with high-heeled shoes. They are all de­signed to achieve the same goal.

Gen­er­ally, there are two types: cus­tom­made rigid ones and off-the-shelf pieces that are read­ily avail­able.

Cus­tom-made rigid or­thotics can only be pre­scribed and dis­pensed by an ortho­tist for pa­tients with se­ri­ous biome­chan­i­cal dis­or­ders or foot de­for­mi­ties.

Off-the-shelf in­soles, how­ever, do not ad­dress the biome­chan­i­cal prob­lem of over­prona­tion, as an or­thotic does.

While or­thotics plays a role in cor­rect­ing foot arches, good footwear is im­por­tant. When buy­ing shoes, have your feet mea­sured and al­ways use the shoe side from your big­ger foot as a guide.

Go shoe shop­ping in the af­ter­noon as that is the time when your feet swells the most.

Buy shoes only if they are com­fort­able. If you have trou­ble find­ing shoes that fit, seek an ortho­tist for ad­vice.

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