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One leg shorter, best shoes for adding lift

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  • Posted By: deban22
  • February 15, 2007
  • 04:32 AM

I have one leg shorter, and nothing was ever done about this until I ended up in so much pain all up and down my body at age 58 and was about to be placed in a wheelchair. I finally got a Dr. to pay attention to this and say I need shoes with 3/8" lift on the one shoe. Now I have to buy the shoes, take them to the prosthetic department and get them to add the lift. Problem is, they reject about half the shoes I take to them, and I'm wasting time and money trying to find what kind of shoes can have a lift added and which cannot. Even some of the expensive orthopedic shoes cannot be altered. They can't seem to tell me how to choose shoes - they just say "these shoes can't be done because they have "foam", "bubbles" or "wafers" within the sole. But I can't see the inside of a sole when I buy it, so how can I tell which shoes are good for this??? The only ones he said definitely will work are hte all-leather soles, but I want some more comfortable soles. I asked if they have a list of the "good " shoes, but he said No, he just knows from 35 yrs of experience. How can I find out how to tell which shoes can accept lifts added to the sole? :mad:

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  • I have one leg shorter, and nothing was ever done about this until I ended up in so much pain all up and down my body at age 58 and was about to be placed in a wheelchair. I finally got a Dr. to pay attention to this and say I need shoes with 3/8" lift on the one shoe. Now I have to buy the shoes, take them to the prosthetic department and get them to add the lift.Hello Deban22,So sorry about those doctors who just can suggest lifts on the shoe and do not really help.:mad:Did you ever thought about leg lengthening procedure? It could help.Let me know if you would like to hear my thoughts on that. Thank you in advance. Stacey.
    stacey2 8 Replies
    • January 17, 2008
    • 00:14 AM
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  • I went and talked to the cobbler in my town who was able to help. My daughter ans a 3/4" lift that she needs in the one shoe. The cobbler told me that they are now able to put lifts in practically any shoe I bring them. So I'd go and see your local shoe repair/cobbler. They do want a prescription so they can cover themselves in case you tell them the wrong infor though.
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  • Hi,May I ask you - will your daughter wear the lifted shoe for all life long? What if she wants to wear high heels?:confused:No jokes. Just don't you think leg lengthening for this case might be better?Me I went and talked to the cobbler in my town who was able to help. My daughter ans a 3/4" lift that she needs in the one shoe. The cobbler told me that they are now able to put lifts in practically any shoe I bring them. So I'd go and see your local shoe repair/cobbler. They do want a prescription so they can cover themselves in case you tell them the wrong infor though.
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  • Hi,May I ask you - will your daughter wear the lifted shoe for all life long? What if she wants to wear high heels?:confused:No jokes. Just don't you think leg lengthening for this case might be better?MeI have the same problem since my hip is messed up.. the best Shoes that I've found so far for lifts are at payless.. and they're Cross Trekkers and then theres Airwalks.Both shoes are very cushioned on the inside, they're made of soft leather, the stiching is very durible. The Soles are non-marking, non-slip, and are solid rubber. So it's easy for the cobbler or ortho. to cut the bottom off add the insert which blends in perfectly with the rubber, and put the bottom back on.I usually wear thru the tred and the inserts before the soft leather, and the shoe itself look warn out.. and that's about 12 to 16 months of walking in them everyday.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 9, 2011
    • 04:32 AM
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