Custom Orthopedic Footwear: The Key to Comfort and Support

Designers create orthopedic footwear to provide support, comfort, and protection to the feet. This type of footwear is essential for people who have foot conditions or who are recovering from an injury. Off-the-shelf shoes, however, do not always provide the necessary fit and support for everyone. That’s where custom orthopedic footwear comes in. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of creating custom orthopedic footwear. We will explain how obtaining a pair of custom orthopedic shoes, tailored specifically to your needs, can benefit you.

Step-by-Step Process for Making Custom Orthopedic Footwear


The first step in the process is a thorough assessment of the patient’s foot and gait. We measure the foot, evaluate the patient’s walking pattern, and examine any deformities or conditions that require attention

Foot Impression:

After completing the assessment, we make a foot impression by having the patient step into a molding material like plaster or foam.. This captures the exact shape and contours of the foot, providing the necessary information for the design and modification process.

Design and Modification:

Based on the foot impression, the orthotist or shoe designer will design the custom orthopedic shoe. This will involve adjusting the shape and size of the shoe to fit the patient’s foot perfectly and making any modifications necessary to address specific conditions or needs.


We create a prototype of the custom orthopedic shoe, and then the patient tries it on to ensure that it fits properly and provides the necessary support and comfort. We also use the prototype to make any final adjustments to the design.

Material Selection:

We then select the materials that we will use to create the final shoe. This includes the type of leather or synthetic material for the upper, the type of foam for the midsole, and the type of sole for the bottom.


We construct the custom orthopedic shoe by combining the materials according to the design specifications. This may involve hand-stitching, bonding, or other techniques to create a durable, supportive shoe.

Final Fitting:

The final step is to have the patient try on the finished custom orthopedic shoe and make any final adjustments to ensure a perfect fit.
Benefits of Custom Orthopedic Footwear

Perfect Fit:

We design custom orthopedic footwear to fit your foot perfectly, providing you with maximum comfort and support. This helps to reduce pain and discomfort, and promotes better healing.

Improved Gait:

Custom orthopedic footwear can help improve your gait, reducing the risk of further injury and providing better stability and balance.

Increased Support:

Custom orthopedic footwear provides increased support to the feet and lower legs, reducing the risk of injury and promoting better healing.

Tailored to Specific Needs:

We can design custom orthopedic footwear to address specific conditions, such as flat feet, plantar fasciitis, and other conditions.


Custom orthopedic footwear is made with high-quality materials and construction techniques, providing a durable, long-lasting shoe that can withstand daily wear and tear.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is custom made orthopedic footwear?

Custom made orthopedic footwear is a type of shoe that is designed and crafted to fit the specific needs and shape of an individual’s feet. It provides support, comfort, and protection to people with foot conditions or injuries.

How is custom orthopedic footwear made?

To make custom orthopedic footwear, we begin with a thorough assessment of the patient’s foot to identify any conditions or deformities. We then take a foot impression and use it to design and modify the shoe for a perfect fit. After selecting high-quality materials, we construct the shoe and conduct a final fitting to ensure maximum comfort and support..

Who can benefit from custom made orthopedic footwear?

Anyone who has a foot condition or injury that requires specialized support or comfort can benefit from custom made orthopedic footwear. This includes people with flat feet, plantar fasciitis, and other conditions.

Is custom orthopedic footwear more expensive than regular shoes?

Custom orthopedic footwear may be more expensive than regular shoes due to the specialized design and materials used. However, the long-term benefits of having a shoe that fits properly and provides the necessary support and comfort often outweigh the cost.

How long does it take to make a pair of custom orthopedic footwear?

The time it takes to make a pair of custom orthopedic footwear can vary, but typically takes several weeks from the initial assessment to the final fitting. The process involves several stages, including designing and modifying the shoe, selecting materials, and constructing the shoe.

Don’t suffer from foot pain or discomfort any longer! Take the first step towards a better, more comfortable life with custom made orthopedic footwear from Afana Pouliot. Our expert team will work with you every step of the way to design and create a shoe that fits your unique needs and shape. Say goodbye to off-the-shelf footwear and hello to a new level of comfort and support. Contact us today and let us help you rediscover the joy of walking!

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