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Health Tip: Using Orthotic Shoe Inserts

How to help your feet

(HealthDay News) -- Orthotics are prescription inserts worn in the shoes to help correct a deformity or problem with the foot. For example, the devices can help many people with flat feet walk, run and stand with more comfort and less pain.

The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these suggestions for those who wear orthotics:

  • Choose shoes that are supportive and wide enough to comfortably accommodate your orthotics.
  • When shoe shopping, bring your orthotics along to try on with shoes, making sure they fit comfortably together.
  • Wear appropriate socks when shopping for new shoes.
  • Have recommended follow-ups with your podiatrist to be sure your feet and orthotics are working well together.
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