Üsküdar University NPİSTANBUL Brain Hospital Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Specialist Assoc. Dr. Nihal Özaras evaluated orthopedic shoes and foot health.
The role of shoes in protecting foot health is very important, protecting the foot from traumas and facilitating movements while walking, working and doing sports. Experts recommend the use of orthopedic shoes with a design that provides extra support for heavy-duty points such as the heel and metatarsal region for foot health. According to experts, orthopedic shoes should be made of light and soft material, fit the foot perfectly, and should not cause hitting or pain.
Shoes protect the foot from trauma
Pointing to the importance of shoes in protecting foot health, Assoc. Dr. Nihal Özaras, “Shoes protect our feet from trauma; It facilitates our movements while walking, working and doing sports. Shoe selection is affected by many factors such as fashion, economic situation, cultural influences. However, the most important feature of shoes that will be used for a long time during the day should be comfort and make the foot comfortable.” he said.
Shoes should be comfortable and make the foot comfortable
Assoc. Dr. Nihal Özaras said that the shoes with the design that are designed to make the foot comfortable and provide extra support to the heel and metatarsal areas of the foot, such as the heel and metatarsal region, are called "orthopedic shoes".
Orthopedic shoes should be made of light and soft material.
Drawing attention to the features that orthopedic shoes should have, Assoc. Dr. Nihal Özaras, “Orthopedic shoes should be made of light and soft material, fit the foot perfectly, and should not cause hitting or pain.” warned.
Soft shoes should be preferred for toddlers.
Noting that orthopedic shoes can be used in all age groups, Assoc. Dr. Nihal Özaras, “Since they start walking, soft shoes that allow the foot to move comfortably should be chosen to support the development of the ligaments and muscles around the feet in children.” said.
Standing workers should prefer orthopedic shoes
Emphasizing that orthopedic shoes should definitely be preferred in adults, especially in occupational groups who work standing up all day or walk a lot, Assoc. Dr. Nihal Özaras, "Again, it would be appropriate for people who stand a lot at home, due to kitchen work, etc. to use orthopedic slippers." said.
Diabetes or rheumatism patients pay attention to the choice of shoes!
Assoc. Dr. Nihal Özaras, “Orthopedic shoes that do not strain the tissues and joints of the feet should be used in the elderly, those with diabetes or rheumatic diseases.” said.
Special insoles should be used for some foot problems.
Assoc. Dr. Nihal Özaras emphasized that the orthopedic shoes sold in the market are not sufficient for those who have flat feet or different structural problems, and said that these people recommend using specially designed insoles according to their foot structure.