Who are ShoeMed?

ShoeMed opened their first shop in Stratford upon Avon in August 2011, a  unique retail concept as people with problem, hard-to-fit feet simply had nowhere to go before to find comfortable, stylish shoes.  The focus has always been on service first and foremost, so people have a great experience when they buy their footwear.  So if you have any foot pain or problems, such as bunions, hammer toes, if you have arthritis, wide feet or swollen feet, ShoeMed can help you!  


What conditions do we cater for?

We select quality comfort and therapeutic footwear from around the world, attending buying fairs to select our seasonal styles and colours.  We do this to provide the perfect solutions for the following issues:

Wide feet, swollen feet, gait issues, back pain, ankle pain, forefoot pain, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, morton's neuroma, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and more.  There are many health conditions which affect the feet and legs.


What inserts do you offer?

We provide a range of off the shelf inserts that will assist with:
High arches, low arches, plantar fasciitis, morton's neuroma, forefoot pain, heel pain, sports, or just comfort!


    Do you sell rocker sole shoes?

    It is very important to state that we mainly sell stable 'heel-to-toe' rocker sole footwear, as there are many fashion brands that claim to offer a rocker sole, but often the material is too soft.  The stability is important as it offers a gentle heel to toe motion, but without instability that could encourage excessive pronation or supination. We do however, offer different types of rocker sole shoes so please come in and see which type is for you.  Rocker sole shoes can greatly benefit people with ankle pain or after surgery.


    Which shoes are best for swollen feet?

    We often see people with very swollen feet wearing a low cut court style shoe, as it is easy to slip on. But this type of shoe can make the condition worse, as it preforms an elastic band effect on the foot, causing the fluid to accumulate and a 'bubble effect' on the foot. As long as the shoe is deep enough, it is much better for them to come up and over the swelling with strap or lace fastenings. There are many wide shoes for both men and women, also shoes with stretch technologies that can help with the swollen foot.


    What are graduated compression socks?

    Graduated compression socks are socks that assist with your circulation and prevent blood from pooling in your ankles. Compression socks help with getting the blood from your legs and back to your heart. These socks are tight, as they must apply pressure to the the legs in order to do their work. Graduated compression socks apply the most pressure at the ankle, and gradually decrease in pressure as it goes to the top of the sock.


    What are the benefits of graduated compression?

    As previously stated, graduated compression socks assist in getting the blood from your legs back to your heart. The increase in circulation boosts your energy, reduces ankle swelling, and minimises muscle soreness and fatigue. It also prevents DVT on long-haul flights, relieves varicose veins and assists those with poor circulation.


    What are Sockwell Graduated Compression socks?

    Sockwell graduated compression socks are made in the USA. Unlike other compression stockings or hosiery, Sockwell are made from natural, homegrown merino wool, alpaca and bamboo fibres that are breathable, and keep your feet and legs fresh and comfortable every day from start to finish. The graduated compression aids in increasing circulation by assisting the veins in getting the blood from your legs and back to your heart. The triple-zone graduated compression applies the most pressure around your ankles and gradually decreases in pressure up the leg with the least amount at the top of the sock. Best of all, these socks come in wonderful styles and colours that you can wear with virtually anything in your closet. Designed by Mercedes Marchand, who previously designed hosiery for Ralph Lauren, these socks have a designer look and a luxury feel that you don't get from medical compression stockings from the chemist.


    Why do I need graduated compression socks?

    You may find that graduated compression socks are right for you if you:

    Stand on your feet all day, stay seated all day, walk, run, cycle, any sporting activities.
    Exercise, are on a flight or taking a trip, are pregnant, have varicose veins, suffer from oedema, have poor circulation, have swollen ankles, have had a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), are on a flight or taking a trip.

      If there is any doubt about compression socks being for you, do see your podiatrist, chiropodist, GP or other health practitioner.


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