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This is where you will be able to tell us what size of an external-shoe-lift you need. If you know you need a specific shoe elevation size added at certain points you will be able to indicate on our shoe drawing
You can also leave it blank we will use our expertise to appropriately roll and taper the shoe with the size external-shoe-lift you indicate.
Fill out a couple of simple pieces of information, and you’ll be on your way. You will be able to print your shipping label in minutes.
*Make sure you write down the tracking number or you can email yourself the .PDF and then print it. That way you will have a copy.
*Please note we can not be responsible for lost or stolen packages. There is no insurance included with the free shipping label.
- Use the SMALLEST box possible to mail your shoe that you need the external-shoe-lift on.
- Reusing a box is acceptable if all markings are removed or covered.
- Make sure you tape it up well and complete over the label with tape so that if it get wet the ink will not run.
- Put them in your mailbox or you can schedule a pick-up online
- Call USPS (Call 1-800-ASK-USPS® (800-275-8777) to schedule over the phone.
- Please note we can not be responsible for lost or stolen packages. There is no insurance included with the free shipping label.
- We will send you an email confirmation that will included tracking when your external-shoe-lift is on it’s way back to you.
- Remember to check our hours of operation on our contact page for any holiday closings that may effect the turn around time on your shoe.
Shoe Lifts & Modifications
Saving your back & knees one external shoe lift at a time!
OUR ADD-ON SERVICES
Each external Shoe Lift or Heel lift is Different
partially hollowing out the external shoe lift resulting in lighter weight, added shock absorption, and a more flexible feel.
or $25.00 W/Lift
permanent, external modification to the mid-sole and out-sole to widen the base of support on the inside (medial) or outside (lateral) portion of the shoe
or $25.00 W/Lift
or inner heel wedge is a heel flanged at its base either in the middle, to the side, or a combination, that is then extended upward to the shoe in order to stabilize extreme positions of the hind foot.
or $25.00 W/Lift
Rigid Rocker Sole
is a permanent, external modification to the mid-sole and out-sole in which material is added and the flex point, stiffens the shoe, (rocking chair effect), and limits motion for the relief of arthritis.
or $25.00 W/Lift
Medial orLateral Wedge
A wedge is typically used to help eliminate , rolling or rotating inward or outward at the foot or ankle to accommodate supination or pronation. (inversion/eversion)
We also offer an external-shoe-lift removal, this is where we will remove the elevation and restore the shoe to its original height.
Most frequent questions and answers
No you do not. You simply need to know how high of a heel lift or shoe lift you require.
Starting the day we receive your shoes, most cases take about week to have them ready to ship back to you. *Please check our hour of operation for any holiday closings that may effect the turn around time on your shoes.
We always recommend seeing a medical professional to get the correct amount that is going to work best for you. A doctor or chiropractor can measure your leg length difference or you can use blocks of known height to even out the pelvis. This method will give you your functional leg length measurement, but could be different to your actual leg length difference. You can check out our Blog post about it or if you are in the area please stop by and we can measure for you.
We are accredited by The American Board for Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics. They did an external, independent review of our organization against nationally-accepted standards and its own policies, procedures, processes and outcomes.
A Pedorthist is the to title of a professional who has specialized training to modify footwear and employ supportive devices to address conditions which affect the feet and lower limbs.
Yes, we can remove and restore the shoe to close to original condition
Your credit card will be charged only after your shoe to build up has arrived at our shoe lift facility and your order has been evaluated and any pricing adjustments approved by you.
Yes, We do a lot of external shoe lift or heel lifts less that 1/4″ . Mostly on sandals or flip flops.
Our Pedorthist have so much experience that it is very rare we get a shoe we can’t add a heel lift or an external shoe lift too. You can email a picture of the shoe and we can let you know if its a good chose or not.
In most cases we try to match the existing color of the sole. Adding color incorporates into the lift colors matching the upper or part of the upper. (see picture gallery). This works well on athletic shoes and dress shoes. This is used more in higher lifts to minimize the appearance of the lift itself. This is more effective in light colored soles, as the lighter colors tend to be more noticeable. Black and darker colors are less noticeable and in most cases don’t require color but can be more attractive if the color matches part of the shoe.
Our craftsman is a Certified Pedorthist with over 30 years experience as a shoe repairman as well. A Pedorthist is the title of a professional who has specialized training to modify footwear and employ supportive devices to address conditions which affect the feet and lower limbs.
Yes, but you would be responsible for shipping.
No, Unfortunately shoe lifts are not a reimbursable expense from insurance companies.
No, we offer free shipping on all of our services accept shoe repair.
Measuring a leg length Discrepancy
What is LLD
Leg length discrepancy (LLD) is also known as short leg syndrome, leg length insufficiency, leg length deficiency or anisomelia is when your legs are of unequal lengths.
Leg length discrepancy (LLD) can exist from birth or it can be developed in adult life. Short leg syndrome in most case is the actual leg bones that are of different lengths or in is the placement or position of the hip socket.
The lifestyle of the individual can play a role in determining whether the leg length discrepancy becomes symptomatic. The leg length discrepancy can cause abnormal and excessive stress on the hip, knee, spine, sacroiliac joint and the surrounding muscles.
Leg length discrepancy (LLD) affects up to 90% of the general population, so a lot of people have a small degree of a leg length discrepancy. The larger differences can affect your quality of life by causing pain in your back, hip, knees or ankles. It can also have a negative effect on your walking a posture.
How to measure for an external-shoe-lift
We always suggest that you get measured for a shoe lift by a professional like your doctor or chiropractor. You can also check with a local shoe repairman that also does shoe lifts because in most cast he or she can measure you as well.
Radiography is considered the gold standard for measuring LLD. The direct clinical method measures the distance using a tape measure between two anatomical points while lying in a supine position.
First you will need to get several wood blocks or other firm material of varying known thickness. It is best to have a couple of various sizes that you can combine to determent your leg length discrepancy.
Next place them under the short limb.
Then you will need to stand in front of a mirror.
After that place your hands on your hips. When the height is correct, the hand on the shorter side will appear to be still slightly shorter.
This is for clearance reasons during the normal gate. You can measure yourself either under the heel or the entire foot. Whichever way is a personal preference in the function and feel of the lift.
Consequently some lifts are higher in the back (1″ heel, 1/4″ ball) not uncommon. You should try out both ways to see witch way makes you feel the best.
The longer a person lives with a leg length discrepancy, the less likely he or she will be able to tolerate a full correction immediately. It may also feel more comfortable with just a heel lift verses a lift spanning the entire length of the shoe.
Once you determine how much of a shoe lift you can handle, you then need to decide how to best to apply it. There are certain advantages and disadvantages to using either internal or external heel lifts.
Putting a simple heel lift inside the shoe has some advantages. Besides it being more aesthetically pleasing, you only need one lift and then you can moving it from shoe to shoe. But there is a limit as to how much lift put in your shoe before affect fit. You can only put so much of a lift inside a shoe before the heel starts to coming out of the shoe. We only suggest up to 1/4”.
External heel lifts:
If a shoe lift measurement is greater than 1/4″ you will problem need an external shoe modification. The advantage of this is the shoe fit remains the same. Although some people may worry about the cosmetics look of the shoe lift, it does ensure better fit and overall function.
Thing to note
Also you should know that the external shoe buildups will wear down over time, so you will need to have them resoled. On high-heel shoes, like cowboys and lady’s heels we can lower the longer leg side instead of building up the short leg side.
You can also think about doing both internal and external custom shoe lifts when the lift is 1/2″ to 1”, but this is ounce again personal preference.
A combination of measurements can provide more insight into how high of a shoe lift you need to start with but you may need to do some adjusting and over time you should remember that it could change.