Shoe lifts, sometimes called shoe lifts, are generally used as treatment for low-leg length differences resulting in back, hip, and knee pain. They are used in a variety of rehabilitation settings, to correct joint laxity and increase the range of motion for patients with limited mobility. These lifts can help people regain their freedom by straightening their legs. They work by extending the back of the shoe, which in turn pulls the wearer's toes upward toward the back of the shoe, increasing shoe and leg length. This increased shoe length pulls the wearer's knee outward, pulling the leg inward, reducing pain.
These lifts come in a wide range of sizes to fit most comfortably, from small to double-digit width increments. The most common shoe lifts are those that are attached to the inside of the shoe, with a post that extends upward and down. A shoe lift that is attached to the outside of the shoe is called an outside shoe lift. There are benefits to both types, with advantages to each type depending upon the patient's needs. They are also used in a variety of applications and shoe lifts are ideal for day to day use by individuals with limited mobility.
Some of the most common applications of shoe lifts are as a means of quick height increase. Some individuals have a need for a quick height increase in order to gain relief from pain or treat a shortened stride. Since these devices increase only a small portion of the foot, they can be worn beneath low-tops or flats to hide an unaccommodating foot. The device is also ideal for individuals recovering from surgery or a significant accident where there is limited movement of the bones in the foot. With the ability to add only a small amount of foot elevation, these devices can help restore mobility to a painful foot.
There are some disadvantages of shoe lifts that patients should be made aware of. Because they require a small opening to accommodate the post on which they are attached, they often come with inferior insoles that don't provide sufficient comfort or durability. Furthermore, because these insoles are so small, they can lead to sore toes and a reduction in quality of arch support. It is important to purchase insoles that match the style and height of the insoles being purchased to ensure adequate foot support and comfort.
The second most common use of shoe lifts is for individuals seeking added height. Shoe lifts can be used for individuals who are short, medium, tall, have high or very high arches, are pregnant, or are obese. While the most popular height increasing insoles can be found on traditional insoles, shoe lifts are also available in other specialty materials, such as memory foam, to meet the unique requirements of each patient. With the proper selection and fitting, shoe lifts can provide a number of patients with the much needed height boost.
When it comes to shoe lifts, it is important to consider the level of foot support needed, versus the type of shoe insole selected. For instance, under-pronation shoes with tall heels are more difficult to adjust than flat-heeled shoes with less-than-high heels. Also, individuals with flat feet should always choose shoe insoles that are much lower than those recommended for individuals with high arches, unless there is a specific need for an extremely high toe box. In addition, individuals should always wear the correct insoles and shoe inserts to avoid unnecessary slipping, which increases the chance of a painful shoe injury.
Height increasing insoles for shoe lifts can be found at many retail outlets as well as online retailers specializing in medical and dental supplies. With so many different types of shoe lifts to choose from, it is advisable to visit a few different stores and compare prices to make sure the best price is obtained. Some lifts can also be ordered directly from a manufacturer through their Web sites. Individuals should be aware of the return policy and product warranty before purchasing any product. This will allow the consumer to be completely sure that the height increasing insoles for shoe lifts will work properly and without issue.
Individuals with very serious injuries involving tendons or ligaments in the foot, as well as arthritis sufferers, should consult with a doctor before using shoe lifts. Individuals with a pacemaker, for example, should not use heel lifts because these products may increase the risk of bleeding and neurological damage. Also, individuals who have had surgical foot surgery or had a traumatic injury should not use heel lifts because these devices may cause strain to tendons and ligaments. Individuals with tumors should also not wear heel lifts because these devices may be placed in the wrong location, possibly causing a self-inflicted injury.