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Select Proper Orthopedic Shoes

How to properly choose the orthopedic boots

Wearing orthopedic shoes is an integral part of the program aimed at prevention and correction of foot deformities. You should approach the choice of sandals, shoes, boots with full responsibility, because their properties affect not only the state of the feet, but also the health of entire legs and spine.

Selecting proper orthopedic shoes for childrenWhile getting ready buy pay attention to the following parameters: shoe size, design features, materials from which the shoe is made.

Determine the size

While choosing children orthopedic shoes make sure you know what size is needed. It should not compress the leg or be too loose. In order not to miscalculate you can prepare templates: put both child feet on a piece of paper, draw around them with a pen, then cut out the forms. According to these templates measure the length of each foot. When selecting shoes it is recommended to use higher value – left and right foot may be slightly different in length.

In «OlviShoes» catalog you can see the size sheet which contains the length of the foot, use that number as a guideline. Note that the distance from the big toe to the shoe front edge (from the inside) must not exceed 1-1.5 cm.

Periodically check if shoe size is still relevant. If you insert a finger between your baby's heel and shoe backdrop, you should feel that it is not too tight. Otherwise it's time to change shoes. It is also important to examine the baby's feet after returning from a walk. If the skin has traces of seams or other internal parts of shoes perhaps they are too small and it's time to pick up another pair.

Designing orthopedic shoes

Pay attention to the toes, backdrops, heels, soles and fasteners of the products.

Orthopedic shoes can not have narrowed toe caps, only rounded or wide. While choosing children orthopedic shoes for your baby who is just beginning to walk you have to be very careful not to pick shoes that are too large (to grow into). Because if the shoe is too big there is a risk that the child will slide forward inside these shoes while walking.

Backdrops must be tough on the outside and high enough to provide good fixation for the foot. On the inner side backs are covered with a softer material, it must not have any stitches of joints.

Orthopedic footwear heels should be low and stable. It is believed that the heel height allowed is no more than 1/14 the length of the foot.

Soles of orthopedic footwear products are often made with special heels which are sticking out inward (Thomas heels) or outward (for clubfoot).

Shoe insoles are equipped with special arch supports. Their main purpose is fixing feet in the physiologically correct position and supporting the arch.

Orthopedic shoes must be fastened tight enough to adjoining the foot to prevent sprains and tucking, as well as feet deformity.
The materials from which shoes are made

When choosing children orthopedic shoes material is also important. Almost mandatory requirement is that the material is natural, because such material quickly takes the shape of a foot, "breathes" and lets moisture through. Typically, the shoe upper and insole are made of leather. Suede or textiles can also be used. Soles for shoes are made of thermoplastics rubber, foam rubber (EVA), cork or polyurethane.

When choosing shoes give preference to certified products, read reviews about the manufacturer, contact professional advisers. Remember that by choosing the right orthopedic shoes is vital to the health of your child.

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