Top shoe inserts are the most commonly used orthopedical shoes, and they are widely available, but they are also more expensive.
A survey of 1,000 adults in the U.S. found that consumers pay about $600 for a pair of high-quality orthopedically designed shoes.
That is far more than the $50 they spend on orthopedists and other medical professionals, and many patients have to wait months to get their next pair.
A recent survey of orthopedist assistants found that more than a third said they were considering going back to their primary job, such as a physical therapist, because they were not satisfied with the performance of their current employer.
The survey also found that about two-thirds of respondents said they had heard about orthopedias on television, and half of them said they would pay $100 to see an orthopediologist.
Many doctors who specialize in orthopedie have made their careers by giving patients the best possible care and are willing to work long hours to do it, said Dr. David T. Loomis, president of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Many of them are also reluctant to leave the office until the patient is ready for an appointment.
Dr. William B. Schoenfeld, chief medical officer for Orthopedics Inc., which makes the orthopedes and other orthopedico products used in the United States, said orthopedia was a specialty field in its own right.
But he acknowledged that it was a relatively small field and not well-represented in the medical profession.
He said the ortho- and orthopedos industry has grown at a much slower pace than other industries.
In 2000, the industry made $7.4 billion, according to the National Orthopedical Association.
By 2016, it had grown to $15.3 billion, the association reported.