Picture this: John works as a paving operator at a local construction company in Florida. He pours hot, molten-like asphalt on freeways in the unforgiving humid Florida summers. Do you think John can get by with tennis shoes purchased from the discount store at the mall? He has more of a chance growing wings and flying to the mall. He needs a hardwearing and durable work boot to protect his feet. John also happens to be one of the 25.8 million Americans suffering from diabetes and has a high risk of developing foot ulcers. Now, a foot ulcer is something John can’t afford. It would require a costly hospital visit and the doctor’s order to stay off his feet for a month or even longer. What’s John to do? Luckily, John’s doctor told him about orthopedic work boots.
Orthopedic shoes are used by anyone who experiences pain while walking or standing. They make common conditions to the feet and ankles like bunions or fallen arches go away. With that being said, if I asked you if you knew you could prevent these problems from occurring in the first place just by wearing this specialized shoe, I’m sure you would be halfway down your driveway before I finished this sentence.
So why isn’t everyone joining the orthopedic fan club and buying a pair of these shoes? In the past, orthopedic shoes have this unfortunate stigma for being worn strictly by the elderly. But thankfully that’s changed. Nowadays they’re worn by everyone – young, old, men, women and even children. And for those of you who would rather be thrown in jail rather than being spotted wearing last season’s shoe style, here’s some good news: shoe manufacturers are getting crafty with designing subtle styles of orthopedic shoes so no one will even have to know.
Still not convinced you need an orthopedic shoe? Ask any podiatrist and they’ll probably say the majority of foot problems stem from shoes that don’t fit properly. To top it off, the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society found in a study that 88 percent of women and 70 percent of men wear the wrong shoe size everyday.
Just imagine how many feet could be saved from the throbbing achy torture of chronic foot pain? The problem is stores design their shoes for the flash, but don’t really give enough substance. This all means you need to be extra choosy when picking out the right shoe. Especially if you’re working hard on your feet at the daily grind you call your job.
Here are some tips when trying on orthopedic shoe:
1. To make the painstaking process of finding the right shoe for you try tracing a drawing of your foot. Don’t even try a shoe on if it doesn’t fit the tracing.
2. Here’s a little known fact: feet expand during the day. This is why the best time to shop for shoes is in the afternoon. Your feet can also swell in warmer weather.
3. Understand that feet change with age. It’s really a good idea to get measured every time you buy new shoes. Make sure to have both feet measured so you can see if one is wider or longer than the other. If this is the case, then buy the larger size.
4. Determine if the sole of the shoe has enough cushion and support to withstand your daily work activities. Turn the shoe over and determine whether the shoe can take blows from sharp objects.
5. It’s also a good idea to walk on both hardwood and carpet to see if they provide cushioning on impact.
6. And finally, when you stand up in your shoes you should have at least a quarter – to a half inch of space between the end of the shoe and your longest toe.
So now I bet you’re drooling at the mouth in anticipation for some new shoes, and I don’t blame you. But it’s important to understand something about the orthopedic shoe industry. There are loads of marketing ploys out there for orthopedic shoes that don’t have any science to back them up. Luckily, The American Podiatric Medical Association’s website lists which shoes meet their stamp of approval. You can view the list here: http://www.apma.org/
We found a list of the mightiest orthopedic shoes in the internet world today. Whether you’re on your feet all day pouring cement or using a treacherous piece of machinery like a jackhammer, these shoes will definitely keep your toes and your budget in shape.
The Timberland Pro Women’s TiTAN Work Leather Boot is on the top of the list for comfort. This boot was voted 4.6 out of 5 possible stars. It’s also exceptionally durable and waterproof. Want to know how these boots fare in rainy weather? One user wore these boots in the rain for six hours. The result? Totally and absolutely 100% dry. One thing to keep in mind is these shoes may run a half size larger.
This leather boot is steam-sealed to offer complete moisture protection. This durable shoe offers amazing stability with a shank embedded into the midsole. What the heck does that mean? For one thing, this will provide incredible arch support for those of you with fallen arches. If you don’t have an arch problem it will certainly prevent them from happening in the first place. It also guarantees a softer, smoother gait so you can have nimble cat-like reflexes on the job. Maybe the guys will call you the next Paul Hamm? Who knows.
This trendy shoe has a rubber and leather sole. This shoe has a lot of people talking about its ruggedness and durability so it’s perfect for doing the dirty work. A tough lug sole gives serious traction on wet and icy surfaces and a moc-toe moccasin stitching balances out all the stiffness with great flexibility. This is an all-around perfect shoe for all you rough – neckers out there. It’s advisable to break these boots in and let them form to your feet.