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Heel Lift Use for Prosthetic and Rehabilitation Needs

Heel lifts or shoe lifts are useful for a number of orthopedic and physical therapy needs, both prosthetic and rehabilitative. These include: Lower-limb amputations after a prosthetic is fitted, A short leg resulting from healed fractures or a surgically-induced short leg resulting from knee or hip replacement,  Post-stroke, post-surgical, or other rehabilitation, when ambulation is affected, Shoe fit adjustment for various reasons which can be addressed by tighter heel pocket fit, Equinas or tight-tendon conditions which require…

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Achilles Tendon Treatment Using Heel Lifts or Shoe Lifts

Achilles’ tendon strains and other related problems are often treated with heel lifts or shoe lifts, to temporarily reduce stress on the tendon: Achilles’ tendonitis, or chronic inflammation, often caused by overuse or athletic strains, Post-surgical rehabilitation after repairs to ruptured or injured Achilles’ tendons, Tight Achilles’ tendons caused by disease, lack of stretching, or muscle and connective tissue shortening in the lower leg. Heel lifts are commonly prescribed  with anti-inflammatives as the most conservative…

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Leg Length Discrepancy, aka Short Leg Syndrome, and Heel Lifts

A majority of people have a measurable leg length difference of 1/4″ or more, although most people adapt to the difference with no apparent ill effects. Unfortunately, some do not, and the effects range from low back or sacroiliac pain to hip, knee, or  foot problems. A number of causes can contribute to leg length discrepancy, including: Any bone in the leg ever broken, particularly during growth years, Congenital differences or uneven growth, Disease-caused shortening…

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Creating Two Lifts From a Clearly Adjustable Heel Lift

The Clearly Adjustable lift is designed to provide support along as much of the length of the foot as possible,  to reduce “bridging” of the heel and ball of the foot, and support the foot for best comfort. Ideally, an in-shoe insert should extend to just back of the metatarsal head, so that a constant slope is added under the foot up to the ball, where the foot can bend slightly to meet the sole…

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Usage and Customization

The Clearly Adjustable heel lift is intended for use in closed-heel shoes under the insole or footbed, as you will be most comfortable if both feet rest on the original insoles or heel padding. The Clearly Adjustable Heel Lift is available in three sizes and can be trimmed to fit most shoes. While Clearly Adjustable lifts can be moved from one pair of shoes to another, they are best permanently left in place in one pair of…

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