Footwear Modifications

Footwear with orthopaedic features offers many benefits, however sometimes shoes may need to be modified to better support and accommodate individual needs.


To improve the fit of a shoe

Bubble Patches

Increase the room in the shoe and reduce the pressure on sensitive areas

Sole Splits

Increase the width of the sole up to 3/8″


To reduce the pressure on sensitive areas


To strengthen an area and reduce premature wear

Flares and Buttresses

To strengthen the shoe, widen the base of support and stop the foot from distorting the shoe

Rocker soles

To relieve pain in the ball of the foot, aggressively offload certain areas of the foot or to improve gait by aiding the heel contact or push off phase of gait


To accommodate leg length differences

These modifications can be made to everyday footwear as well as to some athletic footwear. Some modifications are not appropriate for all types of footwear so you should discuss your options with your Canadian Certified Pedorthist.

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