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What are the best shoes for orthotics?

What are the best shoes for orthotics?

For some of us, our orthotics have become a part of our daily lives. They provide great relief from the aches, cramps and twinges we experience during our daily activities, typically as a result of our faulty foot biomechanics or external strain/forces. Yet, after finally attaining those custom-made insoles, the process of finding the correct shoes to fit them in, then becomes quite tedious. There are definitely a few limitations in regard to footwear choice, but sneakers DON’T have to be your only go to, several sandals will work just as well.

Here are a few shoe features that we recommend you look for when purchasing shoes for your orthotics. Also remember to take your orthotics with you when going shopping.

1. Removable insoles – to swap out for your orthotics

2. Heel counter/heel support – so your orthotics don’t’ fall out

3. Deep heel cup – so that the orthotics will fit well in the shoe and your heels won’t lift when walking.

4. Deep and wider toe box – again for good orthotic fit

5. Some form of adjustable fastening – such as laces or velcro

6. Low heels – usually no more than 3 – 4 cm is recommended

Did you know, Podiatrist’s can also make custom made orthotics for narrow/high heeled shoes (cobra orthotics)?

Understandably, these types of orthotics won’t provide the same type of support as regular orthotic molds, but they are worth considering, especially if you’re in high heels all day.

These cobra orthotics are particularly popular with lawyers and those in the corporate field.

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Grishko Pointe Shoes – Elegance and Safety Balanced on Toe Tips

Grishko Pointe Shoes – Elegance and Safety Balanced on Toe Tips

Pointe shoes are an essential tool in a ballet dancer’s life. They allow the dancer to dance ‘en pointe’ or on the tips of their toes. They were initially used so the dancer looked like she was effortlessly gliding across the stage. It is vital to obtain a well-made pointe shoe that fits the foot perfectly to reduce risk of injury and pain.

The Grishko Pointe Shoes

Grishko Pointe Shoes - Ballet ShoesGrishko Pointe Shoes are beautiful, handmade pointe shoes manufactured in Russia. They are completely handmade using natural and environmentally-friendly glue/paste which becomes flexible on exposure to high temperature and humidity, which allows the box to mould perfectly to the shape of the foot. One of the special characteristics of a Grishko shoe is a well flattened sole: this promotes stability when standing flat. Most pointe shoes made by machine cannot achieve this and the sole can be quite thick and uneven. The platform of a Grishko shoe is hammered and smoothed by hand and extra attention is given to the sides of the platform so that it is even and well-defined. The shoes must stand upright by themselves before they leave the factory.

Grishko offers multiple models, and in these various models, the company offers five width fittings plus five different shank strengths ranging from Super Soft to Super Hard. Some models also come in a performance ready shank.

Traditionally made pointe shoes are only designed to last between 6-12 hours of use and require 36 hours to dry out. The shoes will last longer if a dancer has multiple pairs in rotation. Contrary to popular belief, the shank strength has no influence on the longevity of the shoe. The dancer’s strength and size should be taken into consideration when selecting a shank strength. The dancer should feel uplifted and supported, yet at the same time be able to roll through the shoe and get up and over the platform.

In summary, Grishko’s attention to detail includes:

  • Balancing each shoe by hand.Grishko Pointe Shoes Fitting
  • Using cotton drawstrings to protect against tendonitis that over-tightened elastic can cause.
  • Using glues that help the toe box mould beautifully to the foot.
  • Maintaining shank mobility at the heel without sacrificing support.
  • Designing both platforms and soles to be flat and stable for excellent balance on and off pointe.
  • Selecting only the finest satin for a beautiful appearance.

Pointe shoes must be fitted by an experienced trained fitter. A poorly-fitted pointe shoe can lead to injury, pain or even prevent the dancer from getting on to the box. Lauren is a podiatrist with 12 years’ experience, current adult ballet dancer and a trained pointe shoe fitter. She offers professional Grishko Pointe Shoe fittings at the Perth Foot & Ankle Clinic.

The Durability of Grishko ShoesThe Durability of Grishko Shoes

This study performed dynamic testing of the pointe shoes to highlight the fatigue properties (cycles to failure) of the toe box under repetitive loading conditions. Grishko Pointe Shoes lasted three times longer than a Capezio Point Shoe and eight times longer than a Freed Pointe Shoe, making them a durable and thus cost-effective shoe.

Try them out! You’ll like them!