Free Footwear Health Check



Happy Feet after the steps of the appointment made, forms completed, the assessment and fitting – finishing with our pedorthic recommendation.


The story is about: the wounds on the leg, a fused ankle, pins in the toes on both feet, limited range of motion and sore soles underfoot. One can see the corns, callous, and the bandages on the feet. The measurements tell us that one foot is bigger than the other – by 2 sizes. Behind it all is arthritis – osteo and rheumatoid. Sore feet!


Options of pre made extra width and depth shoes were explored – none were right – and if they were almost right – best to have a split fit and then availability in a smaller foot was the challenge. So custom and an accommodative orthoses is the recommendation.


  • long opening for ease of foot entry
  • 2 velcro straps for ease of adjustment through the midfoot
  • rocker sole to role through the gait cycle
  • one shoe bigger than the other
  • the colour and design of choice. The holes in the pattern giving some opportunity of air movement.


Give sore feet the boot at Happy Feet Pedorthics

Clare Nelson C Ped CM AU


Year in, year out what do we see with the people heading home after the race meets?

  • Hailing for taxi’s
  • Continuing joviality at the locals
  • Police watching for the safety of the community members
  • Women walking in bare feet carrying their shoes – sore unhappy feet!

Not me this year – I hear you! SO what can be done?

  • Shapely legs yes – but my back and the forefoot? Consider the heel height of your shoes for the activity – on your feet all day, looking gorgeous – back and forth with a flutter or two! The higher you go the harder you fall, the more difficult it is to walk – if fact you actually walk less and less – you just get along, and the more pressure on your forefoot!
  • Lots of accolades yes – but the burning feet? After having a think about the heel height next is the need for cushioning. At Happy Feet Pedorthics we can race in here! Placing a met dome in your shoe behind the met heads will relieve pressure at the sole of the foot. We can also add a met dome to your orthotics as you move them from shoe to shoe. The in heaven cushioning for your soles is the offloading of cushioning into the soles of the shoes. It’s all about you being on fire at the races – not your feet!
  • The hat, the dress, the bag are all working – but my toes? With a little forward planning with Happy Feet Pedorthics we can give your shoes a stretch – best we do this on our stretcher, rather than your feet, or we can put some padding on your shoe upper to protect your toes and we can relast your shoes to make them a little wider!
  • The good old faithfuls are such a treat – but do they need a review – heels redone, buckles or straps repaired or new linings?

Lots of fun to be had in comfort

Clare Nelson


Some tips:

  • Care for your feet – the corns on the toes, and the callous at the heel and the edges of your feet. At Happy Feet Pedorthics we recommend regular podiatry care, with self-care between visits. Ask us for some recommendations.
  • If you are using orthotics with your sandals, they need to have a back in to be effective. At Happy Feet Pedorthics we have sandals which, for many who normally wear orthotics, don’t, with our range of sandals because the foot beds are so supportive in themselves
  • The party high heels – you know the ones you will wear to the races and carry them home! Some cushioning options will go a long way towards Happy Feet!
  • Considering the footwear for the activity – Slip-ons are a complete no no when you come to being on the run! – I have seen it – jay-walking, rushing on Christmas Eve, fell trying to hold on to the slip ons and the tram was on its way. A story for the Christmas table again and again!
  • Too loose – too tight – you need them just right – have your straps modified at Happy Feet Pedorthics.
  • Check the footwear wardrobe out – are you in for a repair job on the heels, or do you need a new pair – perhaps both! To keep the cycle going. Choice makes for Happy Feet!

Many more options at

Clare Nelson