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Prescription Footwear/Pedorthics in Baltimore, Maryland

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Van Dyke & Bacon specializes in fitting prescription shoes for people with special conditions of the feet. Your physician will evaluate your feet, diagnose your condition, and provide a prescription for specific shoes, orthotics, or a shoe modification which will alleviate the discomfort associated with your foot condition. Once you receive your prescription, please visit one of our locations for a fitting.

There are many foot conditions and foot shapes. The foot conditions our Shoe Pros see most often include heel pain, pes planus (flat feet), high arches, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, calluses, hammertoes, bunions, morton’s neuroma, diabetes, arthritis, sports injuries, and other medical issues.

Van Dyke & Bacon carries a full line of walking shoes, running shoes, arch support shoes, and extra depth shoes in a full range of sizes, widths, and lasts to fit your foot type.

Van Dyke & Bacon’s goal is to provide excellent service, fit, quality, advice, and comfort. All of our Shoe Pros are continually educated to stay up to date in fitting techniques ensuring the comfort of each individual. Our priority is to provide footcare with the proper footwear.

In addition to our Shoe Pros, Van Dyke & Bacon has the expertise of a Certified Pedorthist.

Many people have foot problems, ranging from calluses, pes planus (flat feet), heel pain, plantar fasciitis, etc. to conditions that require medical treatment. Pedorthists can help these problems conservatively by creating or modifying footwear as part of the overall treatment prescribed by your doctor. Footwear is an important part of treatment, as mobility is affected by everything that surrounds or touches the foot. Footwear modifications can also be performed to simply make shoes more comfortable by adding support, providing cushioning, and relieving stress and pressure points.

Van Dyke & Bacon’s Pedorthists:

- Assess walking patterns and the shape of the foot are educated in foot anatomy and function
- Are educated in the use of footwear and orthotics to correct and accommodate foot condtions
- Design and make custom orthotics and shoes
- Fit and modify therapeutic footwear
- Cast and measure for custom footwear and orthotics
- Fill a doctor’s recommendation and/or prescription
- Know how to work with individuals who are effected by heel pain, pes planus (flat feet), high arches, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, calluses, hammer toes, bunions, morton’s neuroma, diabetes, arthritis, sports injuries, and other medical issues.

Although shoes come in fixed shapes and sizes, the feet that wear them don’t. Besides coming in assorted shapes and sizes, feet lengthen and broaden naturally throughout adulthood. Feet also change size and shape with each movement – elongating, spreading out, and contracting with every step. Consequently, feet experience enormous stress during the day. Pedorthics can help relieve the pressure and contribute to better health and a better life.

Pedorthics (peh-DOR-thiks) is the management and treatment of conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower extremities requiring fitting, fabrication, and adjusting of pedorthic devices. Through pedorthics, shoes and foot orthoses can become therapeutic tools addressing a variety of common or complex foot problems in a conservative way.

pedorthist is a healthcare professional with specific training in footwear – which includes shoes, shoe modifications, foot orthoses, and other pedorthic devices – to solve problems in, or related to, the foot and lower limb. When a foot requires medical attention, footwear becomes a factor in the patient’s treatment, recovery, or rehabilitation. It’s a team approach, while the doctor treats your foot, the credentialed pedorthist addresses your therapeutic (medical) footwear needs.

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