Footwear Fit

No two feet are the same. We are trained to evaluate your lower limb needs and provide you with footwear education and orthotic devices. Footwear suggestions are specific to your foot type and lifestyle.

Our unique foot care training involves:

  • Static and dynamic weight-bearing assessment
  • Assessment of the foot and lower limb.
  • Footwear design, fabrication and modification.
  • Orthoses only work as well as the shoes they are placed within. This means that while you may see benefit from the orthoses in your current footwear, matching your footwear to your foot type can improve the outcome.

Here are 5 important measurements that need consideration when choosing footwear:

Overall size

Footwear manufacturers make their shoes on their “ideal” foot model called a “last”. When it comes to footwear lasting, each shoe, within each company, has a different last. Therefore, overall size should focus on the following 4 points:

Heel to toe

The longest toe should be approximately 5mm (width of pinky finger!) from the end of the shoe.

Heel to ball (Arch Length)

The widest part of the foot should line up with the widest part of the shoe (the “flex point”). Trust in your footwear experts to ensure this heel to ball length is fit accurately.

Heel fit

The heel counter of a shoe is made differently within each footwear manufacturer. There are different lacing techniques which can decrease the heel slippage of a shoe, however, sometimes a different shoe may be a better option.

Width

Retailers carrying higher quality footwear should also be carrying each shoe in several different widths. This ensures the footwear fits each patient’s foot perfectly.

It is the responsibility of your pedorthist and/or footwear specialists to ensure that you are in the proper shoe for your lower limb mechanics.

A detailed gait assessment is the first step towards ensuring a proper footwear fit.