Orthopedic Shoes And Compression Socks

How do I know if I need medical grade compression socks?

Do you have tired achy legs? Swollen ankles? Varicose veins? Spider veins? Skin colour changes, or rough skin around the lower legs/ankles?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may benefit from medical grade compression socks.

If the veins in your legs are not working optimally, any or all the above symptoms may occur. These symptoms occur because blood ‘pools’ in the legs. Medical grade compression stockings help prevent venous pooling by circulating blood from the legs/feet back toward the heart.

See a Foot Specialist / Chiropodist who can assist you with the appropriate supply and fitting of compression socks and garments. All our staff are certified fitters of medical grade compression.

Fashionable textiles or all colors, materials and styles are available to ensure your medical compression socks or garments are practical as well as effective.

Ask a Foot Specialist / Chiropodist for advice on styles with these attributes:

  • Different colors
  • Different fabrics and textiles
  • Grip top
  • Open toe

What is orthopedic footwear and how is it different than regular footwear?

For footwear to be considered orthopedic, it must follow certain criteria as outlined below:

  1. Full instep adjustable closure. (e.g., buckles, laces, Velcro)
  2. Torsional stability (e.g., stiff shank)
  3. Heel counter, which provides stability or decreased pressure on the heel
  4. Upper, size, shape, and materials to accommodate and protect the feet. May include features such as:
    a. Soft, smooth, and protective interior lining
    b. Stretch and/or heat mouldable upper materials to accommodate deformity
    c. Extended openings
  5. Outsole requirements:
    a. Size and shape match or exceed the width of the upper
    b. Material may provide greater stability, traction, or reduced friction
    c. Conducive to permanent modification(s)
  6. Last shape matches the shape of the foot and supports treatment plan
  7. Rear-foot and forefoot rocker soles and/or toe spring to promote a natural gait cycle
  8. Footwear must be provided by a qualified professional
  9. Footwear selection must be justified as forming an integral part of treatment with supporting documentation

A foot specialist/chiropodist can recommend the appropriate shoes for your specific needs.

Trying shoes with the right width and depth fitting for the first time you really notice the added comfort they offer. Different sole shapes and materials can help cushion feet or are sometimes designed with stability or the ability to rock.

Soft, shock absorbing rubber soles can make shoes ideal for people with arthritic joints. Strong, stiff shoes with anti-pronation features can be better for people with flat feet. Shoes with forefoot rockers can benefit those with forefoot pain or arthritic big toe joints.

Finding your chosen style in a variety of widths and depths, is important to find that true comfort fit. Removable insoles in many styles enable even more variability to accommodate difficult-to-fit feet, special insoles or custom foot orthotics.

Ask a foot specialist/chiropodist for fitting advice on styles with these attributes:

  • Shock absorbing soles
  • Supportive Shank
  • Heel Stabilizers
  • Padded Tongue
  • Padded Collar
  • Extra Depth
  • Extra Width