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The Pedors Shoes Guide to Shoes For Swollen Feet

How To Order Shoes For Swollen Feet

Pedors Shoes are designed for people with swollen feet. The design features of accommodative footwear are many and address both the range of swelling in the foot, from relatively mild to extremely severe, and the number of different foot conditions that may also be present. 

The challenge for us at Pedors Shoes is to offer shoes that fit all the different sizes of feet and the accompanying degrees of swelling of those feet. The goal is to provide as close to a custom sized shoe as possible at an affordable, off the shelf price. We get as close as we can with over 150 unique size, width and girth measurements. 

We believe that health and well-being is directly correlated to mobility and independence. Further, once mobility is restored independence and in some cases emotional and mental health can be restored. Independence is often cited as the primary concern by seniors as they strive to maintain their mobility. And sometimes it can be as simple as finding a pair of shoes that work. 

“Restoring dignity, independence and well-being by improving mobility through the innovative design of affordable stretch therapeutic footwear”  
Pedors Shoes: Company Mission Statement

Top Ten Considerations When Choosing Shoes for Swollen Feet 

  1. Wider Not Longer: When trying to accommodate a swollen foot inside a shoe, the key to creating the room for the additional girth of the foot is to fit a wider width shoe which increases the volume inside the shoe. The most common mistake made when trying to fit a swollen foot is to go with a longer shoe to get the additional volume and this results in ill-fitting shoes and also increases the risk of tripping.

  2. Easy On and Off: The shoe needs to open up so the swollen foot can be easily placed on the footbed. In most instances a touch closure (like Velcro®) is preferred over laces.

  3. Stretch and Moldabilty: A material that can stretch and be modified if necessary to accommodate a forefoot deformity like a bunion or a hammertoe, resolves associated issues that may be evident with a swollen foot. We use a proprietary blend of neoprene and EVA called Pedoprene™. Here is a page and video dedicated to Pedoprene and its stretch and heat-moldabilty capabilities.

  4.  Compression: Stretch materials not only help accommodate any swelling that may occur over the course of the day, but will also offer some compression to help keep the swelling down.

  5. Ease of Adjustability: Touch Closures (Velcro®) vs Laces: There may be other contributing factors to consider such as the difficulty tying laces with limited manual dexterity (arthritis) or a when there is a limited range of motion. A shoe with a touch-closure strap makes it easier to adjust the closure for more comfort, especially if swelling progresses over the course of the day. For really swollen feet, a two strap closure allows the shoe to open up more.

  6. Deep wide toe box: An extra depth shoe with a wide or oblique toe box will ensure swollen toes have plenty of room and are not compromised by the confines of the shoe. A blister can lead to an ulceration and even an amputation, especially for patients with peripheral neoropathy or Diabetes.

  7. Toe Spring and Heel Strike: For seniors or where gait is compromised, soling design features such as a delayed heel strike and toe spring help to minimize the risk of stumble, carpet grip or trip. Traction needs to be not too slick nor have too much grip. 

  8. Consider the Weight of the Shoe: A heavy clunky shoe can be cumbersome and difficult to wear. A light-weight shoe is much more likely to be worn and one of the most important reasons for wearing shoes is to protect the foot from trauma. An injured foot not only limits mobility but also independence, well being and quality of life.

  9. Check out the interior of the shoe: Of all the considerations on this list, this is the most under-valued. The interior of the shoe should have as few seams as possible and ideally the forefoot should be made of one piece of material without any seams. This reduces the risks of an abrasion which leads to further complications. 

  10. Returns and Exchanges: If you are buying shoes online, be sure that the company has a really strong return and exchange policy. Getting the right fit is really important and if an exchange is needed then be sure to take the time and effort to get the right size. 

How to Measure a Swollen Foot

When it comes to sizing a swollen foot there are three measurements to consider, length, width and girth. The easiest way to measure the length and the width is to take a tracing of each foot and measure the longest length (from heel to longest toe) and the widest width (usually at the ball of the foot) to the nearest 1/8th of an inch to provide an idea of the template of the footprint. It’s not an exact science but it gets us close. To measure the girth of a swollen foot, take a tailor’s tape and measure the circumference around the arch of the foot - usually where the swelling is at it’s most severe (you can also use a piece of string and then measure the amount of string using a ruler or a measuring tape).

With those measurements in hand go to our sizing chart here. If you need guidance interpreting your measurements then fill in the free consultation form here and someone will call you at your convenience. 

What Design Features should there be in a shoe for swollen feet?



This graphic shows some of the design features of our most popular shoe for people with swollen feet, the Pedors Classic MAX. The MAX has two straps to make it really easy to open up and get on the foot. It is available in three widths, starting in XW  and then XXW and XXXW. Generally speaking, the more swollen the foot the wider you need to go to get the girth in the shoe to accommodate all the swelling in the dorsum of the foot. 

Swollen Feet and Diabetes: For Diabetics, appropriate shoes and inserts are really important. Peripheral neuropathy, a common indication of diabetes, often renders the foot insensate. More information on the design features of diabetic footwear and the science behind it here.

Bunions, corns, hammertoes, arthritis, diabetes, more - orthopedic solutions for footwear. 

Finding the right solution for your particular footwear need can really make a difference to your overall mobility, independence, quality of life and overall well being. We address how we can help the numerous medical conditions here

Shoes for Swollen Feet and Braces or Custom Orthotics
In some instances where an orthotic or a brace is worn, finding a shoe to accommodate both the swelling and the device can be particularly challenging.  Here is a blog post discussing footwear for accommodating lower extremity orthopedic and therapeutic devices.

Shoes for Mom and Dad and Shoes for Seniors
If you are looking for shoes for a parent or grandparent or even helping an elderly friend or patient having difficulty finding shoes for swollen feet then here is a checklist of steps to help make the process as easy as possible.

Looking for Fashionable Orthopedic Shoes?
For orthopedic shoe companies, it’s known as the holy grail. But some shoes that are ugly in the shoe box transform into a thing of beauty once they are on the foot, where beauty really is in the eyes of the beholder.  Why is it so hard to design a nice looking orthopedic shoe to accommodate swollen feet? Find out here.

Free Pedors Catalog
Our catalog is available to anyone who wants one. If you have a friend or family member who you think might want one as well we’d love to send one for them also. Please fill in the Pedors catalog request form here.

Free Product Reference Guide (Foot Care Professional)
Our Product Reference Guide indicates Pedors products by associated medical condition and is used to review product options with patients in a clinical setting. Please fill in the form here. 

Product Testimonials.
Sometimes it’s hard to see the wood for the trees. With so many product options it’s tough to decide what would work best for you and your particular need. With over 3,000 customer reviews most likely there will be someone with similar conditions to your own. Cruise through our reviews here to help you decide which products will resolve your foot problem. 

Warranties and Guarantees
We stand behind the quality of our products 100 %.  Please contact us here if there is an issue and we’ll be sure to rectify the issue to your satisfaction. Simple as that. More here. 

Domestic USA Shipping
Shipping within the USA is free. This includes returns and exchange shipping also. More information here.

International Shipping 
We subsidize the cost of international shipping. More information here.

Find A Foot Health Professional Near You
You should find our company website to be easy to navigate and intuitive to use. While we continually strive to improve our customer service and to ensure that our products meet your expectations it’s always a good idea to be fitted by a foot healthcare professional if at all possible, please check out our Pedors Authorized Dealer locator. If there’s no one near you, other resources to check out are: 

Pedorthic Footcare Association

ABC Directory

APMA Directory