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Shoe and Footwear Modifications

Shoe and Footwear Modifications

Modifications can play an important role in the non-surgical management of foot and ankle pathologies.

Modifications include flares and buttresses to provide stability for the ankle and foot; extended shanks and rocker soles to reduce forefoot pressures; and relasting, or re-shaping shoes to accommodate deformities.

Our Orthotic/Prosthetic Technician is a highly skilled craftsman who integrates specific orthopedic requirements into footwear.

Common modifications include:

  • Stretching to decrease pressure on various parts of the feet.
  • Lifts to compensate for a short leg / leg lenght discrepancy.
  • Rocker soles to decrease pain under the ball of the foot and assist with heel to toe transfer for ankles with reduced mobility or arthritis.
  • Buttresses and flares to increase stability and equalize weight distribution to the foot and ankle.
  • Adjustments to make it easier to place ankle-foot orthoses in shoes.
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