Family Shoes

My FootDr Children School Shoes

What Are Orthopaedic Shoes?

The shoes you wear become your ground. They can give you support, stability and comfort – or put you at risk of injury or pain from blisters, corns, ankle sprains and more. 

Orthopaedic shoes are shoes containing features that are designed to help your feet and legs, providing support to your lower limbs to keep you walking comfortably step after step, day after day. 

We are not referring to custom-made shoes for unique foot problems – a good, supportive shoe with the right features can be considered an “orthopaedic” (foot-friendly) shoe and these are the types of shoes that we stock at My FootDr retail centres.

What Do Orthopaedic Shoes Do?

Good shoes can give you the support you need, in the area you need it. This may look like:

  • Support in the arch
  • Heel and forefoot cushions for better shock absorption, pressure distribution and off-loading
  • Different widths to better suit an individual’s foot (we fit you with the specific shoe width you require)
  • The right strapping mechanisms for best support, whether that be laces, velcro or buckles
  • Seamless designs – fewer potential areas for friction and rubbing
  • Firm heel counters for optimum rearfoot support and control
  • Wide toe boxes to minimise the risk of damage to the toes and maximise comfort

Do I Need Orthopaedic Shoes?

While all shoes serve as a barrier between the skin of our feet and the outside world, protecting them from damage like cuts, orthopaedic shoes can also do a lot more for us. This is why we recommend these foot-friendly shoes for anyone, whether they are recovering from pain or injury, are wanting to reduce their risk of future injury, or just want to stay comfortable on their feet. We recommend these shoes in any circumstances that you’re doing a significant amount of activity on your feet – whether that’s going for daily walks or runs, at work as a nurse, tradie or other high step count role like running after the kids.

Why Is Correctly Fitting Footwear Important?

A comfortable and correctly fitted shoe is paramount to good foot health, the effectiveness of foot orthotics, and an active and happy quality of life. It can improve your comfort on your feet significantly, reduce your risk of injury from things like muscle/tendon overuse and falls, as well as help you recover from any problems or pains you may be experiencing currently.

What Shoe Brands Are Orthopaedic Friendly?

We stock a large range of orthopaedic footwear including Ziera, Naot, Vionic, Merrell, Saucony, Clarks, Revere, Birkenstock and more. You can view our range in our clinics or shop online. To learn more about each brand, click on the links at the bottom of the page.

Where To Get Orthopaedic Shoes

Finding the right shoes, and knowing what to look for, is not always an easy task, especially if you wear orthotics or have foot or leg problems. Orthopaedic shoes are available from most My FootDr clinics with fully trained shoe fitters capable of finding and fitting the perfect shoe for you. Call ahead to check with your local centre.

If your nearest My FootDr does not stock a shoe range, we will be happy to recommend the best shoe brands, styles and where you can purchase them locally – just ask your podiatrist.

Footwear FAQ’s

What is the best orthopaedic shoe?

The best shoe for you may be different from what the best shoe is for someone else. This depends on your foot type posture, where the areas of high pressure beneath your feet are, any areas of rubbing, whether you have bunions or other prominences, your stability on your feet, injury history, and more. The range of shoes we stock is a great start if you want to browse yourself, though we recommend taking advantage of our free trained shoe consultant to help you find the best orthopaedic shoe for your feet.

What running shoes do podiatrists recommend?

Like we mentioned in the last question, it really depends on your foot type, foot characteristics, and what kind of support you’d benefit from the most. This can also change depending on what kind of physical activities you take part in and how often. 

What shoes do podiatrists recommend for plantar fasciitis?

Due to the nature of plantar fasciitis, shoes that offer a good level of arch support tend to feel best for those suffering from damage to their plantar fascia. Remember, it’s always important to consider shoes in relation to their suitability for your feet.