Monday 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

585 Montreal Road, Ottawa ON
(613) 746-9292

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Orthopedic Footwear
It's All About The Fit

Buying yourself a pair of shoes is all about the fit. Your feet are pretty amazing, but unfortunately they don't get as much attention as they deserve.

In an average lifetime your feet will walk 100,000 miles! The best way to be sure your feet never let you down and always feel great is to treat them to properly fitted shoes.

There isn't one "best" shoe

Everybody's feet are different
The best shoe for you is the one that fits you the best. This will be the one that gives you the proper support, flexibility, cushioning and corrects any biomechanical foot issues you might have. Wearing comfortable footwear that's properly fitted can actually help prevent foot problems.

With all of this in mind, it's important that somebody is taking the time to properly assess your feet before selling you a pair of shoes. The person fitting you for your footwear should be telling you what size or style of shoe or sneaker is right for you, instead of the other way around. Many people are walking around in the improper size and style of footwear because they've never been properly fitted for their footwear.

At PODOCANADA we offer personalized, professional footwear fittings for a wide range of athletic, walking and orthopedic footwear and sandals.
Tips to use when getting footwear

• Your feet change size as you grow older, so have your feet measured before buying shoes.

• The best time to measure your feet is at the end of the day when your feet are largest, as they tend to swell a little during the day.

• Most of us have one foot that's larger than the other, so fit your shoe to your larger foot.

• Don't select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot.

• Make sure there's enough space (3/8" to 1/2") for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you're standing up.

• Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe.

• Don't buy shoes that feel too tight and expect them to stretch to fit. You should not feel any pinching or pressure while walking.

• Even new shoes should feel comfortable straightaway. If they feel like they need breaking in they're not the shoes for you.

• The correct width is as important as the right length for your footwear. If a shoe feels tight be sure to ask for a wider size.

• Your heel should fit comfortably in the shoe with a minimum amount of slipping. The shoes shouldn't ride up and down on your heel when you walk.

• Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right. Then take them home and spend some time walking inside to make sure the fit is a good one. Most retailers will allow you to return footwear if they haven't been worn outside and can be re-sold as new.

• Try on new shoes wearing socks, stockings or tights similar to those you will be wearing with them.
Shoe Anatomy

• The heel: This takes a large proportion of your weight and for maximum comfort should have a broad, supportive base. For women especially, the height is often dictated by fashion, not by the needs of the foot. For all-day wear the height should ideally be no more than four centimetres.

• The heel counter: This is the inside part of the shoe that grasps your heel at the sides and back, preventing it from sliding up and down while walking. It should complement the shape of your own heel. This part softens with wear, losing shape and support with time.

• The sole: The bottom of the shoe. This should be flat, except for a gentle slope upwards under the toes, and made from a durable material. Some orthopedic shoes will have a firm, curved sole called a rocker sole that prevents flexion through the forefoot for various medical conditions like osteoarthritis.

• The upper: The main part of the shoe covering the top of the foot. Ideally, it should be made from a natural material (i.e. leather) and not have any buckling or ridges.

• The lining: Found inside the shoe. This should be smooth and without seams or obtrusive stitching.

• The insole: This is the insert in the shoe where your foot rests. It's usually slightly contoured for the arch of your foot and has some degree of cushioning. Ideally, the insole should easily come out of the shoe so that a custom orthotic can be inserted if required.

• The fastenings: These hold the foot in the shoe and ideally should be laces or straps with buckles or Velcro.


PODOCANADA 585 Montreal Rd, Ottawa, ON K1K 4K4 - Phone (613) 746-9292 - Fax (613) 746-9293