Canadian Certified Pedorthists separate shoes into two main categories:
Occasional shoes – shoes you only wear a few times, to a party or an event, so the evaluation process is not as crucial.
Functional shoes – shoes you wear everyday, for work and play. Because these shoes provide your feet and legs with support for the majority of the day, the selection process is very important to maintaining your healthy, active lifestyle
When selecting functional shoes, it is important you carefully consider their fit and function to ensure they will provide you with maximum support. This is important for all ages, particularly:
- Children whose feet are developing
- Adults who spend hours on their feet and often suffer from foot and leg discomfort (they may be unaware it’s caused by improper footwear)
- Senior citizens – as studies have shown that improper footwear is one of the leading causes of falls