Off the shelf footwear

At LBF we have a large selection of podiatrist curated and approved footwear. Patients with a range of differing presentations will benefit from a variety of design elements and inherent support features. As such, our team hand-pick a diverse range of footwear to meet our patients’ needs.

Several inherent elements of generic footwear may assist in the therapeutic support of a child’s lower limb anomaly. Footwear may be prescribed as a sole treatment modality or more commonly, as a dual modality used collectively with in-shoe modifications or orthotic devices.

Some of the key footwear elements which may form consideration in a child’s treatment are listed below:

  • Drop height or pitch height ((the height in which the shoe declines from the rearfoot to forefoot) – pitch assists in promoting propulsion when children are first walking
  • Firmness of heel counter (in order to achieve rear-foot support)
  • Straightness of the last (a curved outsole may help or hinder some presentations)
  • The weight of the shoe (light weight options may be preferable for some children with special needs)
  • The construction of the shoe (for example, minimal internal stitching and seams may aide a child with sensory concerns)
  • Flexion points (may be considered for children with presentations such as toe-walking and in-toeing)

Our podiatrists work with families to select shoes that are appropriate for the child’s treatment whilst also encouraging patient compliance. There are a large range of cost-effective footwear options available in-store.

Custom Footwear

Our podiatrists work with our in-house laboratory to customise generic footwear. Modifications may be made internally (in-shoe wedging) or externally to the midsole or outsole of a shoe. Read more about our shoe modifications here.

In rare instances where modified footwear is insufficient to a patient’s needs; our podiatrists may refer to an orthotist for a fully customised shoe.

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