Heel Lifts

Our heel lifts and heel shoe inserts are the right solution for a wide variety of additional heel correction needs, including helping with heel spurs, post-surgical and post-stroke rehabilitation and added heel shock-absorption.

Choosing a Lift

Heel lifts can be used for more than just correcting leg-length discrepancy. Used in rehabilitation, heel lifts raise the heel for lowerlimb swing-through and improved gait. Used bilaterally, heel lifts can help relieve stretch and strain on the Achilles tendon and calf musculature in conditions such as Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, or heel spurs. The following are recommendations for matching the correct heel lift to the needs of your patients.

Leg-length correction

A measurable leg-length difference can have negative effects on the lower back, sacroiliac joint, hips, knees, lower leg, or feet, often a result of the body compensating for the leg-length difference. These effects are often further exacerbated during physical activities that involve running, where proper alignment and balance are critical to performance. A relatively firm, incompressible wedge is recommended for everyday use. A shock-absorbing model will help improve patient comfort. For use during sports, a firm lift is required. The lift should not compress or cause additional foot motion in the shoe. Soft lifts are not recommended as they can easily result in loss of control and stability at the ankle, leading to sprains or falls.

Rehabilitation

Correction or adjustment of leg length can also assist in therapy after amputation, stroke, hip or knee replacement, fractures, or ankle equinus. Firm, adjustable heel lifts are ideal, allowing quick, easy, toolfree adjustments. Lifts placed in the shoe on the affected side can help correct a discrepancy. Lifts placed in the shoe on the unaffected side can help with foot clearance during the swing-through phase of gait.

Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and heel spurs

The goal here is to decrease strain and stress on the Achilles tendon and calf musculature. Lifts should always be used in both shoes to maintain balance and alignment and to avoid knee, hip, or back pain. Adjustable heel lifts often work best because the height can gradually be reduced as the condition improves without requiring multiple height lifts. Shock-absorbing models can also help relieve related discomfort in the heel area.

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