What foot, ankle and heel problems can orthopedic footwear focus on?

By: Tom Lemke - Cped MC, Cped C, Jun 21, 2018
Foot care in Edmonton, Alberta. orthopedic shoes

Tom from "The Foot Lab" in Edmonton.....

Great question!

In my practice Diabetes is the number one disease that causes the most foot problems that need to be addressed with Custom Made Orthopedic Footwear.  The feet lose feeling as the nerves become affected, as well as loss of circulation caused by Diabetes.

This can also cause ulcers because one can no longer feel what is happening in the feet, also significant structural changes to the feet occur that require accommodating footwear.

Polio used to be the number one reason for needing orthopedic shoes but it is now near the bottom of the list. Cerebral Palsy, CMT (Charcot Marie Tooth disease) and Muscular Dystrophy are diseases that significantly affect the feet and gait which can be helped a lot with orthopedic footwear.

Ectrodactyly is a disease that affects the way that the foot develops, the feet and hands often develop to look like lobster claws.

Tom Lemke has been making custom footwear for Canadians for over 30 years.

Tom became a Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman in 1996, and a few years later in 2003 he started his own orthopedic, orthotic and pedorthic practice: The Foot Lab. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, The Foot Lab serves clients from Grande Prairie to Nova Scotia and beyond.  Check out our website http://www.footlab.ca/ 

Our Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman will create custom-made shoes, inserts, insoles and/or footwear modification to help you:

  • improve your walking posture, putting less stress on your body;
  • relieve foot, leg, or back pain from walking and standing;
  • walk more naturally with differently-sized legs or a partial or full amputation; and
  • relieve pain and improve balance problems caused by chronic health issues like diabetes or cerebral palsy.