Orthopaedic Footwear in Bendigo

Our range of Orthopaedic Footwear at OAPL Health and Mobility Centre in Bendigo has been designed with comfort and independence in mind for people with impaired mobility, with a disability or the frail aged. Our experienced staff are happy to discuss your requirements for specialist orthodpaedic footwear, orthopaedic support and orthopaedic shoes.

  • Orthopaedic shoes
  • Extra depth footwear
  • Footwear modifications
  • Shoe raises
  • Shoe modifications
  • Custom-made orthopaedic shoes
  • Ankle foot orthoses (AFOs)
  • Custom-made foot orthotics

Diabetic Feet

A common complication in people with diabetes is foot ulcers. Diabetic foot syndrome is a complex disease in which polyneuropathy, infection, peripheral vascular disease (PVD), and foot deformity are some of the leading factors for diabetic foot ulceration. Risk factors for re-ulceration include: elevated body mass index (BMI), severe neuropathy, limited joint mobility (LJM), previous amputation, previous ulcers, metatarsal head bone prominences, claw and hammer toes, hallux valgus and rigidus, structural and functional equines, and Charcot foot and altered gait.

The aforementioned factors will not result in foot ulceration apart from an external trauma or pressure. External trauma is classed as repetitive pressure causing continuous stress, such as walking, pressure from poorly fitted footwear or a short duration of a period of high pressure, such as standing on an object, which results in tissue damage. Approximately 80% of ulcers involve some trauma, and many ulcers are related to ill-fitting footwear.

‘High Arch’ Footcare

Some people have what is called “oversupination” or “hypersupination,” which can predispose them to injuries like shin splints, plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, and stress fractures. You can tell you’re a supinator if you have high arches, your running shoes wear out on the forefoot and outer sole, and if your wet footprints show a thin connection between heel and forefoot on the outside edge of the foot. Having the right shoes can help prevent a world of hurt from developing over time.

Ideal features of footwear for high arched/cavus foot should be:

  • A lot of cushioning and shock absorption
  • A lightweight, flexible midsole
  • Arch support
  • Removable foot beds

Prefab or custom orthotics could be considered and could be helpful for many cases to help the high arched foot.

Contact us via email, come down and see our orthopaedic shoe and footwear range or phone us on 03 5441 4333 to make an appointment with our qualified Orthotists for a foot assessment or specialist shoe fitting.