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Footwear has come a long way in terms of offering orthopaedic features without affecting style, however sometimes the shoe may need modification to produce better results. 

The types of footwear modifications a Canadian Certified Pedorthist – C. Ped (C) can complete range from the simple to complex and include:

  • STRETCHINGA standard shoe stretcher can increase the width, depth or volume of the upper.
  • ROCKER SOLEUsed to reduce painful pressure on the bottom on the foot, reduce energy consumption and reduce stress on stiff or painful joints in the foot and ankle.
  • BUTTRESSUseful with extreme hypermobility or deformity of the foot that cannot be controlled by an orthotic and shoe alone.
  • CHARCOT MODIFICATIONUsed to accommodate severe deformity and reduce pressure on the bottom of the foot. Examples: Charcot foot, plantar bony prominences, plantar foot ulcers.
  • EXCAVATIONSUsed to reduce vertical pressure on areas of the bottom of the foot.
  • FLAREIncreases stability of the shoe and gently forces the foot away from the modified side.
  • SACH HEEL- Reduces shock at heel strike and compensates for diminished ankle motion.
  • SHOE EXTENSIONAccommodation for structural leg length difference and occasionally functional leg length difference, scoliosis or pelvic imbalance following injury or surgery.
  • SHUFFLE PLATEUseful with an inability to fully lift the forefoot or a shuffle gait.
  • THOMAS HEELProvides added support for an excessively pronated foot.
  • WEDGEUsed to prevent distorting of the upper and sole of the shoe and improve control in feet.

These modifications can be made to everyday footwear – as well as some athletic footwear. Some modifications are not appropriate for all types of footwear and your options should be discussed carefully with a Canadian Certified Pedorthist.

Please book an appointment for an assessment.