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Shoe ModificationsShoe Modifications

Shoe modifications involve altering a shoe so that the shoe behaves in a different way than originially built. Shoe modifications usually involve changing the biomechanics of the shoe -- to alter gait. Shoe modifications were all pedorthists had before foot orthoses became popular in the 1970's. Shoe modifications are very powerful, but today are underutilized.

 

Name/Description Explanation

Medial Stabilizer

We developed this modification to provide additional support for people who collapse along the medial aspect of their foot, i.e. posterior tibial tendon dysfunction.

The medial stabilizer involves adding rigid material to the medial aspect of the shoe (see yellow highlights in image at right) to increase the medial lever arm of the shoe. When combined with a foot orthosis, it provides a very effective way to increase medial support for a collapsing foot. Our technicians hide the modification so that it is virtually unnoticeable.

Lateral Stabilizer

This modification allows us to provide additional lateral support to chronic supinators.

The lateral stabilizer involves adding rigid material to the lateral aspect of the shoe (see yellow highlights in image at right) to increase the lateral lever arm of the shoe. When combined with a foot orthosis, it provides a very effective way to increase lateral support for a supinating foot. Our technicians hide the modification so that it is virtually unnoticeable.

Elevation with Rocker Sole

This modification is done to compensate for a leg length discrepancy.

This modification is done to compensate for a leg length discrepancy. The rocker sole is necessary to allow the patient to ambulate smoothly over the sole that has been stiffened as a result of the addition of the elevation material.

     
Everything below the shiny material has been added.

Additional Uses For Rocker Soles

For a more in depth analysis of rocker soles, click HERE.

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