Information for patients
Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab and Comfort shoe store offers a large line of comfort shoes, over-the-counter orthotics and a variety of shoe and foot care products in our well-stocked retail store. We also have a full-service Orthopedic Lab that can fill your prescription for custom-molded orthotics and ankle foot orthoses (AFOs).
We have a national reputation for quality products that are tailored to each patient's individual needs. Please take the time to browse through our web site and learn more about us.
For those patients fortunate enough to be able to visit us at our store and laboratory in Maine, please take a moment and view our links "Contact us" and "Your visit" for a map on how to find us and what to bring with you when you visit.
Foot related problems can often cause so much pain and discomfort to a person, that it affects their daily life. Realizing the need for specialized foot care products for the people of Central and Western Maine, we have opened our 2,000 square foot retail facility aimed at helping customers relieve, or eliminate, their foot related troubles.
We are more than just a shoe store.
With Certified Pedorthists on staff and a fully functioning Orthopedic Lab, we can offer our customers the highest quality orthotics, shoe modifications and much more!
We carry a full line of comfort shoes specifically designed with the troubled foot in mind. Currently, we offer Aetrex® athletic and dress shoes, PW Minor® shoes and boots, CAT® Work Boots, TruGait® shoes and boots, Spira® running shoes, and Waldläufer dress shoes. Each offers uncompromising comfort, quality, durability and style.
What is a pedorthist?
Pedorthics is the design, manufacture, modification and fit of footwear, including foot orthoses, to alleviate problems caused by disease, overuse, congenital defect or injury. It is footwear, carefully fitted to relieve or accomodate temporary or permanent foot problems.
Our Certified Pedorthists are specialists in footwear and pedorthic devices to solve lower limb problems. We work closely with Doctors and other healthcare professionals to ensure that you receive the absolute best care in regards to your individual foot care needs.
Staff: Three generations of shoemakers
Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab and Footcare Center is owned by Bruce MacDonald and his son, Todd MacDonald. Bruce's father, Robert MacDonald also works at the lab.
Robert MacDonald started in the shoe business in 1946 and quickly became manager of several large shoe companies. From 1986 to 2002, Robert and Bruce MacDonald worked together in shoe manufacturing in Lewiston and from 1991 to 2002 they owned MacDonald Footwear in Skowhegan, Maine. Robert MacDonald has been instrumental in the layout and manufacturing processes that Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab has developed in its production of our custom AFO's.
Bruce MacDonald is the President of Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Husson University in 1972. He has over 30 years experience in sales and manufacturing of footwear. He has been involved with custom and orthopedic shoes since 1999. He received his Pedorthic training from the International School of Pedorthics and he became an ABC board-certified Pedorthist in August of 2008.
Todd MacDonald is the Vice President and Operations Manager for Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab. Todd is in charge of all manufacturing at our facility. He has over three years of orthotic and brace manufacturing experience. He received his Pedorthic training from the International School of Pedorthics and he became an ABC board-certified Pedorthist in August of 2008.
Our staff also includes three ABC Board Certified Therpeutic Shoe Fitters who are prepared to spend the time necessary to find the right shoe for each patient. They are Stephen Ames, Tara Chabot and Michael Leary. All received comprehensive training from the International School of Pedorthics before becoming certified in July of 2009.
Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab started manufacturing custom AFO's in November of 2006 in Leeds, Maine with four employees. The company grew rapidly in Leeds and soon needed more manufacturing space. Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab moved in November 2007 to its current facility which has 8,000 sq. ft. of space with 2,000 sq. ft. designated as a retail store and Durable Medical Equipment supplier to consumers. We retail custom braces, custom orthotics, custom molded shoes, diabetic shoes and inserts, comfort shoes and work boots. We have the largest inventory in Maine of diabetic shoes approved by Medicare. We bill Medicare, Maine Care, and most insurance companies.
We are an ABC accredited Pedorthics facility.
Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab, Inc. proudly announces a Three-year Accreditation award in Pedorthics by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, & Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC)
Pine Tree Orthopedic Lab is recognized for achievements in the areas of Organizational Management, Patient Care Standards, Quality Assurance, Compliance Supplier, and Facility and Safety Management. This award represents the highest level of accreditation achievable in the profession of orthotics and prosthetics.
Other industry links:
Foot.com has tons of great information on foot conditions and their treatment. The site is sponsored by Aetrex Footwear. Visit this site billed as "the most comprehensive source of foot health and foot care on the web."
Footankle.com is the website for The Foot & Ankle Center of Washington. It's also got some great information on foot health problems and the creation of custom orthoses.