We use both traditional methods and new technology to measure feet. We are highly experienced in making complex plaster casts and taking foot measurements for shoes and boots. In addition, as part of a continuous drive to use the latest technology to improve our service, we can take a 3D scan of your foot.
Footwear plays a key role in our day-to-day lives. When we develop foot problems it is essential to take great care with the type of shoe we wear and the way it fits and functions. Different medical conditions require different design characteristics:
Diabetes: fully-lined shoes with care taken to leave no rough edges - see below for more information about care for diabetic feet
Rheumatoid arthritis: extra volume and padded lining
Lymph odema: extra volume, padded lining and easy to access.
Forefoot deformities, hallux valgus, clawed toes: extra depth and width.
Orthotic users: split size shoes possible if wearing lower limb orthotics.
We are able to supply children's orthotic support footwear for a wide range of conditions such as:
Club foot (CTEV)
We understand that children have to have well-fitted footwear with up-to-date styling. We have access to many suppliers who manufacture shoes or boots, ranging from trainers to high-stability ankle boots.
We believe that sometimes paediatric footwear can be over-prescribed. We will often discuss the other options available that can offer improved biomechanical control. All of the shoes prescribed will be able to accommodate foot orthotics.
Diabetes can lead to foot problems caused by reduced sensation and poor circulation. This can be in conjunction with foot deformity, as a result of weakening musculature or the more serious condition of the Charcot foot. Poor fitting footwear and foot care can cause pressure and rubbing, leading to blisters, ulcers, infection and ultimately gangrene and amputation.
Wearing the correct footwear and foot orthotics are essential and can prevent these problems from occurring.