Therapeutic Shoes Specialist

Ortho Engineering Inc.

Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Therapeutic Shoes located in Southern California

Therapeutic shoes, also known as extra depth shoes, are designed to prevent serious foot issues and infections that diabetics often face. If you need therapeutic shoes, the highly skilled team at Ortho Engineering Inc. can help. The specialized engineers work closely with your physician to ensure you get just the right footwear for your specific needs. Ortho Engineering Inc. has offices in Chino, Lynwood, Torrance, Van Nuys, West Covina, and Whittier, California, plus two convenient locations in Los Angeles. Talk with your practitioner about getting fitted for therapeutic shoes today.

Therapeutic Shoes Q & A

Why do I need therapeutic shoes?

In most cases, therapeutic shoes are important for men and women who have diabetes. When you have diabetes, the constant spike in blood sugar (glucose) levels can damage blood vessels, which can lead to circulatory issues and delayed wound healing.

Elevated glucose can even cause nerve damage (neuropathy), so when you have an injury or wound in your feet, you might not be able to feel it. As if all of that isn’t enough, diabetes can also leave you more susceptible to having dry, flaky skin. This can increase your risk of serious foot infections.

Since diabetics have such a high rate of amputations due to foot ulcers, therapeutic shoes are preventive devices designed with you in mind — your measurements and your specific health issues. They’re made to reduce the risk of skin breakdown, minimize issues with foot disease, and prevent ulcers and calluses. Plus, since your foot shape is likely to change due to neuropathy, therapeutic shoes provide you with a comfortable footwear option.

What makes therapeutic shoes different?

The shoes you normally wear are a one-size-fits-all design. If you have diabetes, poorly fitting shoes can rub your skin in the wrong areas and cause too much friction, leaving you susceptible to wounds and ulcers.

Therapeutic shoes are designed not just for diabetics, but also for you specifically. Your pair of personalized therapeutic shoes may include:


  • Soft protective interior
  • Arch support
  • Extra-depth design
  • A deep and wide toe box
  • Extra wide width
  • Shoe fillers, wedges, or specialized heels

Your therapeutic shoes from Ortho Engineering Inc. can dramatically decrease your risk of future ulcers and foot pain, and of course, give you a peace of mind of not having to worry about diabetic foot issues.

How are therapeutic shoes made?

Your podiatrist, orthotist, or pedorthist may refer you to Ortho Engineering Inc. to get fitted for therapeutic shoes. Depending on your practitioner, they may take 3D computer imaging of your feet, or make a physical mold.

The team at Ortho Engineering Inc. take your measurements and learn about your specific needs, so they can design therapeutic shoes — and removable orthotics —  just for you. All therapeutic shoes are made of premium materials, right in Ortho Engineering Inc.’s state-of-the-art Los Angeles facility.

Schedule an evaluation with your physician to see if therapeutic shoes designed by Ortho Engineering Inc. are right for you.