ORTHOPAEDIC SHOE CLINIC

Welcome to the Orthopaedic Shoe Clinic

With over 25 years’ experience, we specialise in orthopaedic footwear modifications and repairs. We currently work with four Australian medical grade footwear providers to accommodate their clients’ orthopaedic and surgical needs.

Footwear Modifications:

Shoe Raise - to accommodate leg length discrepancies (LLD)

A shoe raise is designed to:

  • Minimise or alleviate pain in the back, hips, knees and/or ankle
  • Stop deterioration of ligaments, tendons, cartilage and joints
  • Improve posture

Some people have Leg length discrepancy (LLD) which is a common occurrence. If a LLD is greater than 5mm, an external shoe raise (build up) is often prescribed.

 

In some cases, shoe raises greater than 20mm (2cm) can cause the shoe to feel heavy. We have various methods to ensure the shoe is light weight with a more flexible feel.

 

We stock various colours and endeavour to use the best colour match possible.

Rocker Soles - assists with stance and walking

A rocker sole is one of the most common footwear modifications. Its function is to ‘rock’ the foot with the aim to reduce pain and increase mobility.

 

There are various styles and degrees of rockers with the most common being a mid-foot rocker sole. This type of rocker has a mild rocking motion at both the toe and heel.

Benefits of a Rocker Sole

  • Provide/add foot motion – reducing pressure on the soles of the feet
  • Help immobilise the foot/ankle – shoe does the movement not the foot
  • Promote healing after surgery and may prevent re-injury
Stabilisers - provides balance and support

There are different degrees of stabilisers that can be added to the lateral side (outside of the foot) or medial side (inside of the foot).


There are 3 types of stabilisers:

 

• Wedge

 

• Flare

 

• Buttress

The benefits of a stabiliser include:

  • All serve the function of providing additional support/stability
  • Improve balance
  • Minimise injury
SACH Heel - relieves pressure on heel and knee joints

Solid Ankle Cushioned Heels (SACH) are like shock absorbers that help cushion the heel, alleviating heel and knee pain from walking caused by heel strike (where the heel hits the ground).

Velcro Straps - extension, reduction, replacement and conversion

For some, tying up shoe laces may be difficult due to arthritis, stroke or limited use of hands.


Sometimes the most appropriate footwear for a person is not available in Velcro closure so conversion from lace to Velcro is the best option.


Many styles of footwear do come in Velcro closure with standard sized straps however they may not always be the best fit. Those experiencing difficulties securely fastening their shoes due to swollen feet caused by various medical conditions/medication may benefit from strap extension.


From as little as 2cm to over 10cm extension, we can ensure your feet are safe and secure.

Orthotic Restoration

REFRESH – REVIVE – RESTORE – REJUVENATE – REFINE – REPAIR

 

Orthotics are often prescribed by a Podiatrist as well as other health professionals. A fully customised pair of orthotics is a life time investment. It makes sense to rejuvenate them for a fraction of the replacement cost.

What do your orthotics need?

  • A new cushion bed for extra comfort???
  • Genuine leather covers for increased hygiene???
  • An extension to a full foot bed???

Come and have a chat with us, we would be happy to make some recommendations to ensure your comfort.

Repairs to Medical Grade Footwear

Footwear brands include:

  • Finn Comfort
  • Dr Comfort
  • Drew Footwear
  • Gadean Footwear
  • Birkenstock

Footwear Modifications

Modification of footwear can be successful in treating a variety of ailments. At Anter Shoe Clinic, we modify footwear to accommodate many needs such as the following but not limited to:

  • Maximising comfort and mobility
  • Pain management
  • Improving safety
  • Falls prevention

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