Best Shoes For Arch Supports
What are the best shoes for arch
Depending on the style and brand you
are looking for sometimes you will have a hard time getting your arch
supports to fit properly and allow enough room for your feet.
They will often cause your heel to sit
too high in your shoes. Or they will feel like they take up too much
room entirely and your feet will feel cramped.
You know well the importance of wearing good shoes but are having a tough time finding the best shoes for arch supports.
What To Look For When Buying
Shoes For Arch Supports
Here are a few things to consider when
you are looking to purchase shoes for arch supports in order to get
the right fit:
- Always take your arch supports
with you anytime you are shopping for shoes ( you should already be
wearing them). When you are trying the shoes on be sure you take out
the factory insoles, if possible, and insert your arch supports.
Don't just try them on for size. You need to walk around for a few
minutes to ensure that they feel comfortable and function properly
with your orthotics in them.
- If you are unable to remove the
factory insoles because they have been glued down, estimate the
thickness of the insoles and see if they will give you enough heel
height after removing them and inserting your arch supports. Don't
buy shoes if they will not permit the use of your arch supports as
that will serve no benefit and may actually cause more harm to your
- If you are buying laced shoes and
unlaced shoes you will actually need two pair of orthotics. One pair
that is full length for lace shoes and another that is ¾ length for
unlaced and tight fitting shoes such as loafers, western boots or
other pull-on boots.
- Shoes should feel tighter in the
mid-foot and heel for proper support and stability. They need to be
roomier in the forefoot so to not cramp the toes and metatarsal
joints together and cause or aggravate bunions and other foot
- You need a wide heel base for heel
strike when walking that allows for support and stability. At the
same time you need enough room on the front sole to toe off properly
and distribute the majority of your weight on the large toe and its
metatarsal pad. (If you have Morton's Foot click here for more
suggestions and information)
- A shoe with a continuous solid
sole and heel is much better than one that has a separate heel
block. This separate heel block elevates the heel from the sole and
will permit too much collapse of the arch. This arch collapse will
only worsen with use and cause eventual breakdown.
If you want, or need, a dress shoe
that has the classic traditional heel block, try to purchase shoes
that also are reinforced with a steel shank. This steel shank will
effectively minimize arch collapse. Don't settle for less or you
will defeat the purpose of good shoes and quality arch supports.
- As soon as you purchase your shoes
take them to your shoe repair store and have them put on rubber or
synthetic heel plates (cleats). They will place them where the heel
strikes the surface and this will help keep your feet more properly
aligned during the gait-cycle (walking). This will minimize toeing
out or foot flair. If you toe out excessively that will promote
pronation and flat feet. This will cause undue stress on your
ankles, knees, hips and lower back.
As a bonus, the heel taps will prolong
the life of your shoes by preventing heel wear. For a few dollars
you will reap large benefits in return.
- Lastly, no shoe will last forever,
or will your arch supports. Arch supports will perform best in good
shoes. Old shoes that are worn and broken down will prevent your
arch supports from doing what they are intended to do.
Your body and particularly your knees,
hips and lower back will function best and suffer less when you are
wearing the best shoes for arch supports.
To view shoes with custom-made arch supports already built in the shoes click here.
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