Custom-Made Orthopaedic Shoes For Women & Men
Supportive, well-fitting footwear plays a vital role in leading an active lifestyle. The key to managing foot problems is selecting the correct shoe, as the cost of wearing inappropriate, ill-fitting shoes can be both physical and economic. For many people, it is necessary to opt for a medically designed orthopaedic shoe to accommodate the difficulty to fit a foot or to address a specific clinical foot issue.
In recent years, the design of orthopaedic footwear has greatly improved and is no long associated just with the older age group. All ages, fashion tastes as well as medical conditions are considered in the design of orthopaedic shoes.
At Perth Surgical Shoemakers, we can provide custom-made orthopaedic shoes for women and men. We have the skill and expertise required to guide you through the shoe selection process. Our Australian certified pedorthists are available to accurately measure your feet, identify problem areas and offer solutions which will enable you to pursue an active, pain-free lifestyle. In addition to selecting appropriate footwear, our pedorthists may suggest customising or adapting your shoe choice by adding modifications to the custom-made women’s and men’s shoes we construct, or adjustments to further preserve foot structure, form and function. Common foot problems such as bunions, hammertoes and neuromas will benefit from the extra depth and width choices available in our orthopaedic range.
Our orthopaedic shoes are fully modifiable and repairable, and our highly skilled shoemakers are on hand to carry out this work. If you think you may benefit from orthopaedic footwear, please don’t hesitate to book a consultation with our Australian certified pedorthists.
What Is Orthopaedic Footwear?
Orthopaedic footwear has features that are designed to support the structure and biomechanics of the feet and ankles. Orthopaedic footwear can either be fully custom-made or selected from a range of off-the-shelf models designed to accommodate a variety of problems related to the feet and ankles.
Orthopaedic Custom-made footwear: Individually lasted and designed to accommodate foot shape and issues related to problems of the feet and ankles. Custom footwear allows the Customer freedom of choice of design and colour and incorporates custom-made inserts/orthotics to ensure maximum support and comfort.
Readymade Orthopaedic footwear: A range of specially designed footwear in a variety of styles, depth and sizes. This ensures a perfect fit every time. All readymade orthopaedic footwear is fully modifiable. All styles can be customised to suit individual needs e.g. give extra support and stability, adjustable to address leg length discrepancies and accommodate common foot problems such as bunions, neuromas, hammer toes and issues related to diabetes.
Readymade Orthopaedic footwear (shoes and boots) normally has the following features:
- One or more removable insoles which can be removed to created space for orthoses (orthotics) to be worn or allow for some swelling/Oedema.
- Comes in extra wide fittings, such as: Narrow(N), Medium(M), Wide(W), Extra Wide (2W or WW), Extra, Extra Wide (4W) or Extra Extra, Extra, Wide (6E).
- Are deeper at the toe box to accommodate hammertoes, clawed toes, bunions etc.
- Have seamless lining (sometime uppers as well) to prevent areas that might cause rubbing or irritation.
- Comes with strong heel counters to better control the foot.
- Normally have low and wide heels for extra stability.
- Comes with strong shanks (heel to ball of feet stiffeners) or bowling wedge soles for extra stability.
- Are well padded and made from soft leather to eliminate irritation on bony prominences, bunions, hammertoes, etc.
- May have extra features like roll-off toes (rocker toes) etc.
- Allows for ease of modifications by pedorthists or orthopaedic shoemakers to add a raise, rocker soles, flares, etc.
Who Wears Orthopaedic Shoes?
If you have one of the following feet related problems, you can benefit from wearing orthopaedic footwear:
- Swollen feet, Oedema or Lymphedema
- Plantar Fasciitis, normally associated with heel pain
- Pronated feet, flat feet or fallen arches normally supported with orthoses
- Bunions and Hallux Valgus
- Hammertoes or clawed toes
- Heel spurs
Why Are Orthopaedic Shoes The Best Type Of Footwear?
The design of orthopaedic shoes combines strength for support and medical functionality, whilst remaining fashionable. Orthopaedic shoes protect and support sensitive feet as a result of arthritis, diabetic neuropathy or peripheral vascular disease (PVD). The orthopaedic shoes we can design and make for women and men are fully modifiable, especially for those needing additional support or adjustments to help with stability, poor balance or mobility issues.
Orthopaedic footwear is available in fractional fittings and extra depth, and can be sized exactly to individual foot measurements. These include:
Wide Toe Box – A wide toe box offers pressure relief for bunions and hammertoe deformities, and allows extra room for toe movement.
Protective Interior – Orthopaedic shoes are normally made with a soft, smooth interior to accommodate even the most sensitive of feet.
Stretchable Uppers – A stretchable upper design allows the upper area of the shoe to stretch and conform to the contours of the foot.
Special Soles – Orthopaedic shoes are made with lightweight soles and a mild rocker-bottom design that softens impact and helps facilitate foot motion.
The use of quality materials in the construction of orthopaedic shoes ensures longevity, making the initial outlay a very worthwhile investment.
Want to learn more about how we can design orthopaedic shoes for women and men? If you’re after custom-made women’s or men’s shoes, contact our team at Perth Surgical Shoemakers today by giving us a call on (08) 9387 5507.