Footwear Modifications

Custom footwear modifications is a specialty service performed by OKAPED Pedorthists and our Pedorthic technicians. We are trained in orthopaedic modifications of footwear to improve function, accommodate deformities, improve foot and leg biomechanics and alignment as well as simply making your footwear fit your unique foot shape. From internal to external lifts, custom stretching, wedging, widening a shoe to altering the pitch and angle of your footwear, Okaped does it all.



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External Sole Lift


From 1cm to 10 cm, we can alter the height of the sole of a shoe to meet the requirements of a lift. Internal heel lifts max in most shoes at 1cm. After that heel slippage and improper shoe fit become and issue for most individuals. We will work with you to find the most appropriate footwear and design and apply a lift modification that will assist your stance and gait pattern. If you have lifts done before you want replicated simply bring us by an example. If you have a prescribed lift height by your medical specialist, bring it by one of our offices with footwear you would like to discuss and we can give you a quote. OKAPED’s Pedorthists can also do a full biomechanical exam and gait analysis to provide leg length measurements for lifts when required.

Heel Lifts


Heel lifts are an easy, discrete way to elevate a heel or reduce the discrepancy for a short leg by fitting the lift right into an existing shoe. The shoe requires some depth to accommodate the lift. These lifts can also be glued onto a sandal or dress shoe that is open at the back. Various heights, sizes and colours are available. Custom sizes and shapes are also available.

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