Sole adaptations

Sole adaptations

Sole adaptations are an excellent way of adapting a current pair of shoes to make them perfect for your requirements. Sole adaptations can be used to increase stability, improve comfort, enable use of an orthotic device or to correct a leg length discrepancy. Sole adaptations can be done on commercial or specialised orthotic shoes.

What conditions are sole adaptations often used for?

Sole adaptations can be used for a variety of conditions including:

  • Polio
  • Leg length discrepancies
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Limb malalignment
  • Flat feet
  • Over pronation/supination
  • Ankle instability
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Forefoot pain

This list of conditions is not exhaustive. If you are unsure if you would be suitable for sole adaptations please contact us to discuss.

What are the benefits of sole adaptations?

There are many benefits that come from having sole adaptations added to your footwear. These include:

  • Increased stability
  • Increased mobility
  • Reduced pain
  • Increased balance
  • Ability to wear a wide range of footwear

There are many benefits of having sole adaptations, to find out more please contact us to discuss.

What types of sole adaptations are available?

Sole adaptations are specific to your needs however they could include:

  • Sole flares
  • Wedge additions
  • Calliper accommodation
  • Height additions
  • Rocker soles

What is the process to be receive sole adaptations?

The process to receive sole adaptations would be:

  • Assessment
  • Measuring
  • Fitting
  • Review

In order to assess your suitability for sole adaptations your orthotist will need to complete an assessment observing your walking pattern, range of movement and taking note of any deformities of your foot. Your orthotist will then discuss with you different sole adaptation options to support your requirements. Sole adaptations can be made to a large variety of footwear however your orthotist will provide you with advice about which types will be most suitable for your required adaptations following your assessment. Once you have agreed on the adaptations required your footwear and information will be submitted for alterations. Once complete you will be asked to return for a fitting appointment.

How do I arrange an assessment for sole adaptations?

To get in touch or arrange an appointment, you can call us at 0330 088 3949 or email

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