If you suffer from foot problems and have thought about buying orthopedic shoes in Dallas TX, you’re probably picturing the clunky, boxy, one-color-fits-all orthopedic shoes of the past. But today there’s a huge selection of shoes made for people with specific foot or gait problems. In addition, there are many orthopedic shoe stores that sell name brand shoes that aren’t specifically made for orthopedic problems but that are attractive and work as well as traditional orthopedic shoes.
When you’re shopping for orthopedic shoes in Dallas TX, be sure to look for shoes that are designed to provide the correct amount of support and comfort for your specific foot problem. If you have diabetes, look for shoes that have adjustable closures (like velcro) and that are closed front and back. Open-toe or open-heel shoes like sandals and mules can leave your foot vulnerable to cuts and scrapes. If you have bunions, it’s important to look for shoes with a wide toe box for the comfort of the front of your foot. If Achilles tendon pain is a problem, select shoes with more-than-average heel cushioning. Your best bet is to shop at a store that specializes in orthopedic shoes and whose staff can give you the best advice about selecting a shoe.
Some mistakes to avoid when selecting orthopedic shoes in Dallas TX are:
▸ Letting price be the only factor when you’re deciding on a shoe. Some brands of orthopedic shoes or name-brand athletic shoes can be pricey; but the money will be well-spent if you can walk without pain. Also, a well-built shoe will last a long time, which means you won’t have to spend more money on new shoes every few months.
▸ Not getting your feet measured by a professional. You may think you know your shoe size but it’s best to let a shoe store employee measure your feet to make sure you get the correct size shoe. Also, keep in mind that sizing can be different in different brands.
▸ Not bringing your own socks or orthotics to a shoe fitting. Don’t rely on thin, shoe store socks when it comes to figuring out the proper fit of orthopedic shoes. Using your own socks and any orthotics you may need to insert in shoes is the best way to know if your new shoes will fit the right way.
▸ Not submitting a claim for your shoes through your insurance company. Many insurance companies will pay for all or part of at least one pair of orthopedic shoes. Some specialty orthopedic shoe stores will submit the claim for you. If they don’t, keep your receipt and get a doctor’s prescription for the shoes, if possible, and submit a claim yourself.