Footwear is extremely important when it comes to the functionality of an orthotic or brace and will play a very big role in terms of support, which is a crucial aspect. Orthotics and braces will be ineffective unless you wear the proper shoes, so the next time you need to purchase a new pair, be sure to look for the following characteristics:
- Torsional stability. Try to twist the shoe you like before you buy it to see how stable it is. Hold the heel in one hand and the toe end in the other and twist the shoe. This will tell you whether it’s a good shoe or not because if you can ring it out like a rag, it’s not something you should purchase.
- Sole stability. Check to see whether or not the shoe bends and if you see that it can bend in half, then it means it’s too flexible and not the right shoe if you have orthotics or braces. Hold the shoe with the heel in one hand and the toe end in the other and try to bend it because it should only bend at the toe and not in half.
- Heel stability. You should not be able to push down the heel counter of the shoe, nor should you be able to squeeze it. Test this aspect by holding the shoe at the heel and attempt squeezing it and pushing it in to find out.
It’s also important to consider the kinds of activities you will be doing when selecting a pair of running shoes so that you choose a pair that will work well with your orthotic or brace. There are generally three types of running shoes that are available, including:
- Neutral runners. These are shoes that have torsional, sole, and heel stability along with a single density midsole and a neutral cushion.
- Stability runners. These are shoes that also meet the torsional, sole, and heel stability requirements but have a dual-density midsole, meaning the shoe has extra pronation control built into the midsole.
- Motion control runners. These are shoes that meet all of the stability requirements but have a dual-density midsole that is more aggressive than most stability shoes.
A neutral supportive runner is generally recommended for anyone wearing orthotics because this type of shoe allows the orthotic to provide the right amount of control. It all depends on the situation as certain cases require different shoes, which is why it is always best to consult a health service provider to be certain. Always take your orthotics with you whenever you’re picking out a new pair of shoes because you’ll be able to choose the pair that is most comfortable by trying on different models.
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