Orthopedic Shoes

A properly fitted and comfortable shoe is probably the most important measure a person can take to prevent pain or injury to the foot or ankle. Because a shoe is the foundation that must support the entire weight of the body, it’s important to wear a well-made orthopedic style shoe. Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre's Hamilton and Brantford locations offers orthopedic shoes to comfortably fit almost every foot. We offer 3 types of footwear:

Off-the-shelf footwear

We carry a variety of orthopedic brands of footwear that is ready-to-wear, including:

  • Dr. Comfort
  • Apex
  • Drew Shoes
  • Asics
  • New Balance
  • Terra Safety Boots

Walk in to Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre's Hamilton or Brantford location to check out our fashionable orthopedic footwear, and walk out wearing a brand new, comfortable pair of shoes!

Modified footwear

Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre can modify just about any pair of shoe for a perfect orthopedic fit, just for you! Our shoe modification services include:

Buttress: A permanent, external modification to the midsole, outsole and upper, to bolster the support available through the midfoot.

Closure modification: A permanent, external modification of the upper of the shoe by the addition of leather and fabric. Examples include the addition of velcro straps, buckles, or a closure system including both velcro and lacing (lace stitch velcro). This modification allows the use of footwear by an individual not able to use the original closure due to bony deformity of the foot or dysfunction of the hands, back, hips or knees.

External metatarsal bar: A permanent, external modification to the midsole in which a "bar" of material is added beneath the ball of the foot to change the flex point of the shoe. Similar to a rocker sole but with less adjustability and specificity of treatment.

Flare: A permanent, external modification to the midsole and outsole to widen the base of support on the inner or outer portion of the shoe.

Internal heel lift: A non-permanent, internal modification by addition of a specific height to address a minor, or portion of a major leg length discrepancy. Used as a pair, internal heel lifts are also useful in the treatment of Achilles tendonitis and Sever's disease, as well as issues of footwear fit.

Posting (wedging): A permanent or temporary, internal modification of a shoe or insole by the addition of "wedges" or "shims" to modify the angle of the rearfoot (heel) and/or forefoot (ball). Often used as a pre-orthotic trial to determine efficacy of corrective treatment.

Rocker sole: A permanent, external modification to the midsole and outsole in which material is added and the flex point of the shoe is modified to allow improved function, or protection of the foot and ankle.

SACH heel (solid ankle cushion heel): A permanent, external modification by addition of a softer, compressible material replacing a portion of the back heel base. SACH heels reduce shock at heel strike and compensates for diminished of ankle motion.

Scaphoid pad (arch cookie): A permanent, internal modification by the addition of padding to the medial longitudinal arch of a shoe. Typically used for children, or individuals requiring a lifting of the inside arch of the foot when a custom made orthoses is not feasible.

Shuffle plate: A permanent, external modification by addition of a smoother, more slippery material to the forefoot of a shoe. Useful when the wearer is unable to fully lift the forefoot, specifically when walking in a carpeted environment.

Sole bar: A steel or carbon fibre, full-length bar, laminated between the sole to eliminate dorsiflexion.

Sole lift: A permanent, external modification of the midsole and outsole to add a prescribed amount of height to one or both shoes.

Thomas heel: An anterior medial extension longer than the standard heel to add rearfoot or midfoot support medially.

Toe splint: A device manufactured from a raw material (typically silicon-like) designed to realign, separate or support a deformed or deviated toe or toes.

Custom made footwear

Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre specializes in manufacturing custom made orthopedic footwear to address the specific needs of individuals with bony, structural foot deformities and special mechanics deficiencies of the feet and lower leg due to congenital deformities and system conditions (ie. arthritic or diabetic feet).

Comfortable footwear demands detailed attention to fit. Research has shown that if footwear does not fit properly, it doesn't matter how good the materials and components are, the shoes will not be comfortable. Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre's custom made footwear provides an exciting alternative; to give consumers the most ideal fit in a premium quality shoe, at an affordable price. Please contact our Brantford or Hamilton location to learn more about our custom made footwear.

How is Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre better than a shoestore?

  1. All of our specially trained staff are shoe fit certified

  2. We can fit the shoe (off-the-shelf, modified or custom made) to match your foot condition

  3. All insurance paperwork is provided for qualifying clients

  4. We modify footwear onsite

  5. We employ the use of gait scan technology to assess and analyze your feet. The results of the analysis, combined with our chiropodists/foot care specialists extensive experience permits us to successfully detect abnormal foot function which may be affecting your feet and other areas of your body. Gait scan technology records your timing sequences as you walk or run, enabling our practitioners to gain a concise analysis of your foot mechanics, and decide if you would benefit from wearing orthopedic shoes. Active Foot Care Clinic and Orthotic Centre's gait scan technology will scan your foot to capture its distribution of pressure, map your foots pressure to determine where there is too much or too little, and prints a report which assists our chiropodists/foot care specialists in evaluating your foot function and determining if it is the source of your issue.