Consumer FAQ

Your feet more important than you realize. They’re are not just how you get around, but are also key indicators of health. That is why it is so important that you take care of your them and see a pedorthist about addressing concerns with your footwear. Common ailments can be relieved and effectively treated simply by wearing proper footwear and care. 

What does a pedorthist do?

A pedorthist is a healthcare practitioner whose area of expertise lies in footwear, footwear modifications, lower extremity orthotics, and the interactions of these devices. Pedorthists provide the patient better stability, decreased pain, and better gait patterns through biomechanics.

Why should I visit a pedorthist?

Pedorthists have specialized training in footwear, shoe fitting, and how to modify footwear for specific foot issues that need correcting or accommodating. Pedorthists are also able to fabricate foot orthotics that may not be available through conventional orthotic labs. Many times pedorthic modalities are utilized as an option rather than surgical intervention.

Do I need a prescription for special shoes or orthotics?

If the shoes will be covered by insurance, then a prescription (and possibly additional paperwork) would be needed prior to the shoes being dispensed. Over the counter orthotics would not require a prescription, however custom foot orthotics would require a prescription.

Do you have to have foot issues to see a pedorthist?

No, however it might just prevent an injury. The pedorthist might recommend a better shoe for you depending on your foot type, as well as possibly recommending an over the counter insole or custom foot orthotic.

Why is proper shoe fit so important?

Proper shoe fit means comfort, better performance, and prevention of injury.

Do you have to wear different shoes for different activities?

Footwear does not just look different, it is different. A running shoe is made differently than a basketball shoe, and a dress shoe is different than a work boot. They each offer different levels of protection, and design properties to help with specific activities.

Why are high heels bad to wear?

They force the foot into an unnatural position, putting excessive pressure on the ball of the foot, and usually crunching the toes into a pointed toe box (front of the shoe). They also are considerably more unstable than a flat.
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