Lancaster, OH (PRWEB) December 6, 2006
According to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, more than 43.1 million Americans experience foot maladies. That means one in six Americans are hobbling, grimacing or groaning as a result of foot discomfort.
Many of these problems are caused by shoes that don't fit well or that are too small. But the good news is there is an answer to this problem. It has been reported that proper fitting shoes can prevent disease and other disabling foot disorders, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Drew Shoe, a retail industry leader and provider of therapeutic,
orthopedic and diabetic shoes, have over a hundred years of research that also support these findings. Jerry Regosin, spokesperson for Drew
Shoe says, "The right shoe can control symptoms of diseases, such as arthritis and diabetes. A correct fit is important even to healthy feet,
because medical findings have shown that poorly fitting shoes can create discomfort and pain throughout the entire body."
Drew Shoe carries an extensive line of therapeutic footwear designed to treat foot ailments such as flat feet, bunions, hammer toes and more. Often the consumer is not aware of what to look for in order to find a supportive and well-fitting show. Drew Shoe offers some simple guidelines:
- Look for a firm counter. The counter is a curved 'U" shaped piece of material that goes around the heel. It shouldn't be too soft or "give" immediately when you feel it between the thumb and the forefinger.
- Look for a wide, not a "pointy" toe box.
- The insole (also known as the footbed) should have different layers or "dual densities" to provide cushioning and to absorb shock and "wick away" moisture.
- Choose full-grain leather for durability.
- A padded collar helps reduce heel slippage. The collar is the edge on the top of the shoe surrounding the ankle.
The complete line of shoes by Drew offers these health promoting features and more. A tempered steel "shank" in the midsole, added width under the arch and an extended counter give support when standing, control when walking and arch support. Drew's "dual density insoles are removable to accommodate medically prescribed foot orthotics. It's easy for individual consumers with medical problems to shop directly from Drew by clicking "shop by condition" at http://www.drewshoe.com. Or they can click "store locator" to find a retail outlet to buy shoes that promote healthy feet.
About Drew Shoe: This industry leader offers shoppers a variety of well-crafted, comfortable footwear - backed by over 135 years of research for superior fit and style. Drew helps keep feet healthy and offers the widest range of sizes in the industry. Its customers include many of the best independent retailers in the United States, as well as many independent podiatrists and prosthetic shops.
About the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (http://www.aofas.org) is a national medical specialty society comprised of orthopaedic surgeons with special training and interest in the prevention and treatment of foot and ankle conditions.
About the American Podiatric Medical Association: The American Podiatric Medical Association (http://www.apma.org) is the premier professional organization representing the nation's Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (podiatrists).