Free Footwear Health Check

At Happy Feet Pedorthics we see all sorts of feet – long, wide, short, skinny, high arched, neutral and flat!


Take a walk in the sand or walk with wet feet on dry concrete.


  • Compare your picture with ours as a beginning! Is your foot neutral, high arched or flat? Are both feet similar or different?
  • With the flat footedness what’s happening with the 5th toes – often the little toes can be red and calloused because with the foot in it’s natural way the toes are being forced against the outer wall of your shoes.
  • What’s happening on the plantar surface of your feet under your mid foot? Any bony prominences? Any callous build up? If you have an orthotic what is happening on your foot where the rigid edge of the orthotic pushes against your skin? Is there discomfort, redness and callous build up only this line?
  • Remembering we are all connected take a good look at your feet in the mirror – then your ankles, and then your knees? Relax, hang out and have a good look.


This is what we see, talk and fit shoes regularly at Happy Feet Pedorthics.


Some other names for flat feet are pes planus, fallen arches, pes plano valgus, excessively pronated feet, flexible flatfoot or collapsing pes valgus.



With infants and toddlers flat feet are normal as the longitudinal arch is not developed, but in adults pes planus is a common condition where more of the foot surface is in contact with ground surface than normal due to a decreased or absent longitudinal arch.


People who come to Happy Feet Pedorthics with flat feet talk about the flattening of their foot arches, which may be the contributing factor to pain in their feet and/or legs, which are also making shoe fitting very difficult and then the shoes are wearing out quickly on the medial side of the sole and heel.



What we see with the feet is a lack of arches, abnormal pronation with weight bearing, eversion of the rear foot, forefoot abduction, and ankle equinus due to a tight Achilles tendon, and at times bunions, hallux valgus and other toe deformities.


So for some Pedorthic solutions! At Happy Fee Pedorthics the first aim would be properly fitting shoes with a firm extended medial heel counter and then consideration of:


  • Medial wedging be it internal or externally as a sole modification
  • Medial arch supports
  • Thomas heels
  • Medial stabilizers as a flare or buttress
  • Relasting the shoe making it wider at the midfoot
  • Reinforced counters
  • Orthoses – functional or accommodative


This is what we see, talk and fit shoes regularly at Happy Feet Pedorthics.


Clare Nelson C Ped CM AU

The week of May 21 to 28 2017 is National Palliative Care Week. The message is “You matter, your care matters. Palliative care can make a difference.”


What is palliative care you may want to know?


From the Palliative Care Australia website


“Palliative care is care that helps people live their life as fully and as comfortably as possible when living with a life-limiting or terminal illness. …. Palliative care identifies and treats symptoms which may be physical, emotional, spiritual or social. ……. Palliative care is a family-centered model of care, meaning that family and carers can receive practical and emotional support. ….. Palliative care is for people of any age who have been told that they have a serious illness that cannot be cured. Palliative care assists people with illnesses such as cancer, motor neuron disease and end-stage kidney or lung disease to manage symptoms and improve quality of life.”


What does palliative care have to do with the feet and the shoes?


At Happy Feet Pedorthics people who are living come to us for shoes. Initially we may not necessarily have any understanding of their fuller life situation. That the person is living with a condition such as cancer, motor neuron disease, kidney or lung disease, muscular dystrophy, or a rare disease with no known cure and life threatening.


People who are living may be walking, some with a frame, some with a stick. Some people may mostly or permanently use a wheel chair. Some may stand to transfer only. Some may spend a lot of time in bed.



So there are people under palliative care with footwear needs who we can assist at Happy Feet Pedorthics. Our clients who live with palliative care talk about their need for shoes:


  • with room for cushioning and support with a very soft accommodative orthotic
  • which are very light and flexible
  • where one foot is a lot bigger than the other
  • which will not rub on the foot anywhere from straps or seams
  • with a lot of air holes for their burning feet
  • which provide a lot of stability with the possibility of modifications such as flares, wedges, or a buttress
  • which will not contribute to breakdown of ulcers
  • which have velcro straps or can be converted to velcro straps
  • with a rocker sole
  • which can accommodate an ankle foot orthoses – AFO

People who are carers as part of the palliative care team also come to Happy Feet Pedorthics for footwear. Carers talk about being time poor, on their feet for much of the day, feeling in good need of care themselves, when it comes to their footwear.


So what is it that we can do at Happy Feet Pedorthics? We listen to the person, their story, their needs for their health and their footwear. There may be some gutsy laughter and or some reflective quite moments. For us at Happy Feet Pedorthics – the bottom line is – life is for living!


Clare Nelson CP CM AU

Finn Footwear


Finn Comfort footwear is an investment in your health and well-being. Truly the comfort shoe with wonderful interchangeable footbeds.


You are invited to Happy Feet Pedorthics now to try the new sandals with the super comfort footbed available in new colors for the season.


The super comfort footbed:

  • is anatomically shaped enhancing the natural heel-to-toe rolling motion via the heel, lateral foot, medial foot and big toe.
  • can be removed overnight for airing and can be hand washed with mild soap and warm water.


The reflex zone footbed:

  • stimulates the reflex zones on the soles of your feet, an invigorating break to revitalize your mind and body!
  • except for people with diabetes increase wearing time from 5 minutes to a maximum of one hour daily to experience the unique feel good effect


Finn Footwear


Finn Footwear with Finn Footbeds for Your Feet
Finn Footwear with Finn Footbeds for Your Feet

Finn Footwear:

  • is handcrafted luxury footwear made to last
  • have footbeds which can be replaced
  • is fully repairable

At Happy Feet Pedorthics people who come and experience the comfort of Finn Footwear for the first time feel the comfort – “they are so comfortable”, “oh yes”, “the support – you can feel it”!


People feel and talk about the arch support, they feel the bump! – the met dome feature taking pressure of their forefoot, they experience the natural walking action from the heel through the arch to the forefoot!


For some people the Finn Footwear is their first step in more appropriate footwear health wise which may or may not be followed with orthotics. If custom made orthotics are to be the next step well and good – the footbed which comes with the shoe can be removed leaving a good amount of room for a custom made orthotic to be fitted!


Come in now to Happy Feet Pedorthics for an amazing feeling of comfort!



Clare Nelson C Ped CM AU