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Footwear for Deformities
Custom-made Shoes

When you suffer from a foot deformity, it can be difficult to walk in shoes. Most shoes are not designed to accommodate bunions, hammertoes, diabetic feet, and arthritic feet. In some cases, shoes can be modified to relieve pressure on the feet and absorb shock. When deformities become severe, the best way to relieve pain is to invest in a pair of custom-made shoes.

Who can benefit from custom-made shoes?

Custom-made shoes combine function, protection, accommodation, and aesthetics. They can help: 

  • Relieve pressure on the skin 
  • Absorb shock 
  • Redistribute weight 
  • Encourage movement 
  • Decrease the risk of ulceration in diabetic patients

Factors that make custom-made shoes necessary

So when it is best to invest in a custom-made shoe rather than a ready-made shoe? Several factors can help determine when a custom-made shoe is necessary: 

  • Type of foot deformity: People with forefoot conditions can accommodate their deformity with in-depth footwear; severe midfoot and heel deformities are best treated with custom-made shoes. 
  • Foot size: When there is a significant size differential between feet (more than a few sizes), it is better to invest in a custom-made shoe rather than splitting pairs of shoes. Custom shoes can be designed to hide internal lifts and accommodate edema. 
  • Treatment history: If you have already tried unsuccessfully to treat a foot deformity with in-depth shoes or orthotics, a podiatrist will usually recommend investing in custom-made shoes. 
  • Sensation: Individuals with advanced stages of neuropathy are always best suited for custom-made shoes. They can significantly reduce the risk of developing skin ulcers.

If you are suffering from a foot deformity and cannot find comfort in store-bought shoes, visit your podiatrist to get fitted for custom-made shoes.