Form and Function Meet With Dress Orthotics

We at the Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic have written quite a bit about custom orthotics. They are very important to maintain the proper alignment and function of your feet. The style you may imagine is a sturdy, full-length device made for sneakers or tennis shoes. But what about the days when you’re wearing dress shoes, or even high heels? The good news is, there are orthotics for those shoes too.

A dress orthotic is generally designed to be thinner, more narrow, and shorter- they often go to just the ball of the foot. They still contain the all-so-important arch support, and can be switched from shoe to shoe to allow for more comfort in your various dress shoes. Dress orthotics work well for both men and women- and ladies, for those high heels you love (or love to hate), there are specialty “high heel” custom orthotics as well.

So when you are thinking about custom orthotics, consider a second pair for your dress shoes!  Different shoes call for different orthotics, so it’s important to discuss your shoe choices with your podiatrist. What a wonderful feeling, to have comfortable, supported feet both during the workweek, and while at home or on the weekends- dress orthotics can make this a reality.


Foot and Ankle Surgeon Dr. Caitlin MaddenDr. Caitlin Mahan Madden works in our Rockville, MD (Shady Grove) and Wheaton, MD offices.

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