Appropriate footwear is important for people with CMT, but many patients struggle to find well-fitting shoes because of their high-arched feet and hammered toes. For this reason, custom-made shoes may be necessary. Large shoe stores often have pedorthists on staff who are certified in fitting shoes for the special foot. They can cast the foot for custom-made shoes or design inserts to make ready-made shoes fit more correctly.
Because of lack of good sensory reception in the feet, CMT patients may also need to see a podiatrist for help in trimming nails or removing calluses that develop on the pads of the feet. It is important to consult a medical professional so that the patient does not injure himself/herself doing these procedures.
To find out more about how Charcot-Marie-Tooth impacts your feet, click here. For important tips on foot care, read the following article: Important Foot Care for People with CMT.
The Perfect Fit
If you are willing to order shoes, consider Aetrex. Aetrex is a leader in both shoes and orthotics, and is also a partner with the CMTA. Those living with CMT know that CMT may lead to a loss of sensory functions and structural changes in the feet, which can lead to difficulties finding shoes that fit correctly. Many people cannot wear a stylish shoe with their orthotics due to a shoe that is too shallow or narrow.
Aetrex offers fashionable styles with innovative features designed to help anyone feel good on their feet and promote a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, Aetrex has several footwear styles with a velcro heel strap which allows for rear entry, making it easier to put on and take off the footwear. Learn more.
Need more shoe solutions?
With over 100 stores nationwide staffed with Pedorthists and Certified Fitters trained to help, Foot Solutions, a health and wellness specialty retailer focusing on properly fitting shoes, offers footwear and orthotics to properly support your feet and help relieve concerns related to CMT. CMTA members are also eligible for discounts and other services at participating franchises. Click here to learn more.
CosySoles Heated Slippers—Warm your Feet and Improve Circulation
CosySoles is a Canadian family business, creating heated products for those who need them most. CMT runs in the CosySoles family and so the products are uniquely designed with this in mind. The heated products are made from a soft polar fleece and contain natural grain that retains heat, providing instant relief and increased circulation of blood flow throughout the body. CosySoles offer heated slippers, body warmers, and hand warmers- providing therapeutic warmth for the entire body. CosySoles is a proud supporter of the CMTA and offer a discount to members of the CMTA. Visit www.cosysoles.com and use code CMTA for 10% off.
CosySoles Microwave Heated Slippers were designed for individuals with CMT. They provide a direct heat source to the foot while maintaining a flat bottom for ease of mobility. The Velcro strap allows for ease of use and provides a tighter fit around the ankle. CosySoles slippers are available in multiple sizes and colours including grey, black, blue, beige, and maroon. Shop here
CosySoles Body Warmers are compact and versatile, allowing use for wherever the cold or pain may be. The body warmer can be used on the neck, back, knee, or stomach, providing comfort and relief when needed. Shop here
CosySoles Hand Warmers are one size fits all and allow for easy slip on and off. They provide a direct heat source to the top of the hand, aiding in circulation, swelling, and pain. Shop here