The media tends to go on and on about how much women love shoes, but for women who have to stand up at work all day, it is more of a love-hate relationship. Can you say in all honesty that you own a pair of high heels that does not hurt your feet? If you wear high heels at work, can you really resist the temptation to slip them off under your desk and give your toes a chance to stretch? Unfortunately, most shoes that were designed with fashion in mind are very uncomfortable and can even contribute to chronic foot, leg, and knee pain.
If you work in a hospital, doctor’s office, restaurant, or school or another environment where you have to stand up for eight hours or more at a time, you have probably already discovered orthopedic shoes. Your patients and students probably do not know that you are wearing orthopedic shoes, since many people think that all orthopedic shoes look like something that Alice on The Brady Bunch would wear. In fact, orthopedic shoes are available in a wide variety of styles. Care Outfit has ladies’ orthopedic shoes in casual, athletic, and formal styles; we even carry orthopedic shoes with heels. That means that if you are a diminutive woman who likes to add a few inches to her height to get into the mindset for work, you can do just that with shoes that properly support your feet.
In a perfect world, everyone would wear orthopedic shoes; if you learned about podiatry in nursing school, you are probably already spreading this message to everyone you know. So many popular shoe styles for women, from spike heels to dressed-up flip-flops, promote poor walking posture and do not offer any arch support. Even flats can be tight around the toes and lacking in support. Wearing uncomfortable shoes almost feels like a rite of passage into adult womanhood, but all those uncomfortable shoes take their toll. Wearing orthopedic shoes can make your foot pain disappear; if you wear orthopedic shoes, you might even still have the energy to go for a walk after work.
If you suffer from bunions or fallen arches, orthopedic shoes can be the deciding factor in whether you feel like going for a walk at all. As people age, they need more and more arch support, but you are never too young to start wearing orthopedic shoes.