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Orthaheel's Women's Walker is a removable, lightweight biomechanical footbed that helps support your feet and helps realign the lower legs, helping improve posture and balance. It is designed for anyone with medium to wide feet as an all purpose walker. This all-purpose Walker features full-grain leather uppers combined with a lightweight EVA midsole for flexible comfort. The TPU midfoot stabilizer and durable rubber outsole help provide stability and traction on uneven surfaces. • Comes in Medium Width only • Thermo-plastic heel counter for stability. • May be worn everyday • Best when initially worn for short periods for the first week as your feet may not be accustomed • Half sizes should size down for the best fit (Example: if you are a size 5.5, please order size 5) • Made in China Included: • Orthaheel Women's Orthotic Walker
Heel Pain Heel pain is usually caused by rolling over of the foot (Excess Pronation). As the foot pronates, the arch collapses and the muscles (plantar fascia) and supporting structure are forced to stretch and elongate. By supporting the arches and re-aligning the lower limb to its natural angle, orthotics reduces the traction and strain on the plantar fascia, taking away this common cause of heel pain. Ball of Foot Pain This condition commonly occurs with women, however many men suffer from pain in the ball of the foot. Sometimes a callous develops in the centre of the foot and footwear may wear out in a similar fashion. It causes a burning sensation in the ball of the foot and can become very painful. Orthotics align the central three metatarsal shafts using an inbuilt met raise to correctly position and maintain the Metatarsal bone position. By balancing the weight distribution over five metatarsal bones, this helps remove excess weight & friction which commonly causes the callous and burning sensation. Morton's Neuroma This condition is generally caused by entrapment of the interdigital nerve lying between the third and fourth metatarsal bones. Ball of Foot Pain (Morton's Neuroma) exhibits similar symptoms to Metatarsalgia, but may also cause numbness, tingling and discoloration of the third and fourth (lesser) toes. Orthotics greatly assist in the early stages of Morton's Neuroma when damage to the nerve sheath is minimal. Orthotics re-align the metatarsal shafts and prevents interdigital nerve jamming. Flat Feet/Fallen Arches A true flat foot is rare. Generally, a flat footed person is only suffering from a functional flat foot caused by excess pronation. Excess Pronation causes the foot's arch to collapse & elongate giving the appearance of a flat foot. A functional flat foot is quite common and generally exhibits symptoms ranging from sore/tired feet to general leg fatigue and body aches. Orthotics are designed to control excess pronation (the common cause of functional flat feet), thereby restoring the foot's arch to normal. Bunions Bunions are a bony lump that gradually develop on the big toe joint over many years. Bunions can sometimes be very painful and at other times exhibit no pain at all. The common cause of this condition is a combination of genetic factors and poor foot function. Orthotics control excess pronation, which is a common factor causing Bunions. Orthotics redistribute the weight evenly over the foot to prevent (or reduce) the gradual growth of a bunion. Orthotics are very successful in reducing symptoms with painful Bunion conditions. Achilles Pain Achilles Tendonitis commonly occurs from shearing and stretching (tractional) forces placed on the Achilles tendon at the back of the heel. Excess Pronation causes the heel bone to tilt excessively and places extra strain on the tendon. Inflammation of the tendon is a common result along with tightening of the calf muscles.
Orthotics align the heel bone and significantly reduces the shearing and stretching forces on the Achilles Tendon, thereby providing relief from Achilles Pain. Callous and Corns Callous and Corns develop from excess friction and rubbing on the foot. Corns normally develop on the upper joints of the toes, whilst callous generally develops under the sole of the foot (especially under the big toe/little toe joint and central ball of the foot). Corns and callous commonly develop when excess pronation disrupts the normal metatarsal bone relationship in the foot and this causes the toes to claw. Friction & rubbing from your footwear then causes corns and callous to develop on the tops of your toes and/or the bottom of your feet. Orthotics control excess pronation and prevents dropping of the metatarsal bones and furthermore clawing of the toes. Thereby removing this friction and rubbing which causes corns and callous.
Tired/aching legs are commonly caused by strain and traction on the calf muscles at the back of the legs. This occurs when the feet roll over and the legs rotate internally. In turn, this places stress on the leg muscles.
Orthotics control 'excess pronation' - decreasing internal rotation of the leg and traction on the calf muscles, thereby taking away this common cause of tired/aching legs.
Rolling over of the feet - excess pronation - causes the lower leg to rotate internally. As a result, the pelvis is forced to tilt forward, which can cause an increased curvature of the lower back. This is referred to as 'poor body posture'. Especially after standing up-right for longer periods the curvature in back will cause tightness and stiffness of the lower back muscles.
By controlling 'excess pronation' of the feet, orthotics help improve your body posture. Because the feet are now properly aligned, internal rotation of the legs and forward pelvic tilt are greatly reduced, thereby easing low back pain.
A common condition in athletes caused by abnormal friction & rubbing of the Ilio-tibial band muscle over the knee & hip joints. This condition commonly exhibits a gradual but rather severe pain on the outside knee joint and less commonly on the outside hip section. Sometimes, simply walking up or down stairs may aggravate this condition. The pain usually subsides immediately upon rest but re-occurs with activity.
Orthotics control the internal rotation of the shin bone (tibia) and furthermore the rotation on the knee & hip joint via the in-built 4 degree rearfoot varus wedge. Thereby, reducing stretching (tractional) and frictional forces on the Ilio-tibial band muscle. Stretching of the Ilio-tibial band muscle is advised.
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from hamilton, ont.
I love them. They are really comfortable to wear right off the bat. I wore them shopping and felt great at the end of the day, first time. No need to try them for a couple of hours first. I have problems with my heels and pain, so these were awesome.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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( 2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
This shoe is amazing, I tested mine out the other morning on a long walk and they are the best, I got them at the TSC store on Orfus and just love them, the only thing is the size is off, I am always a size 10 with these I went to a size 9 and the 8.5 would have been fine to, anyone want these for a great pair of walking shoes go ahead you will not be sorry just be careful on the size.Orthaheel sizing is really bad in some shoes you need your size in other you need to size way down, so make sure they are returnable and order 2 pairs in different sizes to try them out!
( 1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Whitecourt Alberta
Purchased these in a white/pink color and my wife won't take them off. She just loves them. She needs a very wide fit and these were just what she wanted.
I was looking forward to receive this but it was disappointed. I agree some of reviewers here. #1 Sizing they are big for size 6, i usually wear size 6 and also too wide. #2 not too good looking too bulky (they look better on tv than in person)
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I got these at the TSC Store on Orfus Road today (April 27)just loved them can't wait to wear them, I also got myself another two pairs, I love the Orthaheel line this should be my 6 pairs as of today, (warning) I find they fit a bit on the big side, I am always a 10 but I ended up in a size 9 in these shoes either then that orthaheel is great, beats having to buy Orthitics for $750 dollars!
I would buy this product over and over
By anne the nurse
I would buy this product again. I have had three pairs in as many years. I work 12 hour shifts on my feet and findd these very good.
( 1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
from Kanata, Ontario
I purchased these in a size 6 which is what I usually wear. Although they are extremely comfortable, They fit more like a 7 and I have to keep re-tightening the laces to make sure my foot doesn't slide down. I would definitely have rated these highter if the sizing was more accurate. The size chart should provide more information such as lenght and width of the foot.I would recommend these to a friend but ONLY if they ordered a size smaller.
By fussy shopper
from Leamington, Ontario
I find these walking shoes to be just what I was looking for, the fit is acurate and the style is comfortable, so glad I finally ordered them after seeing them several times. Good purchase
( 3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
By Daily Walker
I bought a pair and initially really enjoyed the comfort and support. However, after 3-4 months of use, the interior material lining the heel on one shoe began to tear and the foam underneath it came out in chunks so the shoe could no longer be worn. I bought another pair thinking perhaps it was just a "lemon" but the same thing happened, again just with one shoe. I've never had a similar problem with other well-known athletic shoes. I'm better off in terms of longevity and price with a name brand shoe and an orthotic insert.
I am a nurse, so the orthotic is extremely comfortable. Shoe does fit larger, so order a half size or full size down. They do tend to make your feet quite warm, but I am very happy with them so far.