Foot Comfort Center
Professional Foot Care Services by Matt Pankau
American Board Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics
Dardano’s makes caring for your feet easy. Our Foot Comfort Center brings professional foot care and top-quality products that make us your one-stop source for stepping out in comfort and style.
We carry the widest variety of fashion-forward, comfortable footwear for men and women. We also feature over-the-counter or custom orthotics. Plus we have the talented in-house professional Pedorthist Matt Pankau to personally fit and make custom modifications to your shoes…netting you the best shoe shopping experience possible in all of Colorado and the west.
Bring Your Feet to Meet Matt Pankau, Our In-House Pedorthist
When your feet feel tired or sore, our board-certified pedorthist Matt Pankau is available for personalized in-store consultation. A 25-year veteran of the footwear industry, Matt will evaluate your foot and your gait and recommend the shoes or shoe modifications that best suit your needs.
Many foot and gait issues can be resolved by choosing the proper footwear, but if you need shoe modifications or orthotics, Matt will prescribe a solution. We have a large selection of ready-made orthotic inserts that may be what you need, but if there isn’t one off-the-shelf, Matt will design and custom-make one for you. If a shoe modification is the solution, Matt will provide the details to our master cobbler, Joe Dardano, whose old-world craftsmanship will produce the exact shoe you need for fit and fashion.
When the Problem Can’t be Solved with Shoes Alone
Sometimes a shoe modification or insert won’t solve the problem due to an underlying medical problem…a fracture or muscle tear. If that’s the case, pedorthist Matt Pankau is trained to examine and identify those problems and will refer you to an appropriate physician or therapist.
Bring Your Prescription to Dardano’s
Perhaps you have already been to a podiatrist or therapist who recommends custom footwear or orthotics. Simply bring your prescription to Matt at Dardano’s and he will design the modification or build the orthotic to fit with any of hundreds of top-quality, fashionable styles of footwear right in our store. Since all of our fabrications are done on-site, you save both time and money by choosing Dardano’s for your footwear needs.
Call for an Appointment Today
Whether you’ve been prescribed custom footwear or simply want relief from shoes that rub and irritate, Dardano’s in-house pedorthist, Matt Pankau, has answers. There is no charge for foot and gait analysis, and our prices for custom footwear and orthotics are the best in Colorado. Call us at 303-692-9355 option #2 to make an appointment. Your feet will thank you.
Attention Podiatrists, Orthopedists, and Therapists!
Board-certified pedorthist Matt Pankau accepts prescriptions and referrals from other health care professionals. He will work with you and your patient to see that they receive the best customer service and finest custom footwear available. Call Matt Pankau directly at 303-692-9355 option #2 or have your patient call for an appointment in our store at 1550 S. Colorado Blvd. in Denver.
At Dardano’s We Don’t Just Sell Shoes, We Sell Comfort
Definition of “orthotic(s)”
1. A device or support used to relieve or correct an orthopedic problem, especially of the foot.
2. The branch of mechanical and medical science that deals with the support and bracing of weak or ineffective joints or muscles.
About Matt Pankau
Matt has been involved in the footwear industry for over 25 years.
He began in 1987 in Indiana where he worked with footwear modifications and shoe sales in a family business. Matt went on to manage retail shoe stores in Indianapolis and in Denver.
He earned his pre-certification program through Pro-Learn LLC in Tulsa Oklahoma, and an accreditation of Pedorthic Education (CAPE) for Levels 1, 2, and 3 of pedorthic pre-certification coursework.
He received his Board Certification by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC) in December 2010 and has practiced at Dardano's since then.
Getting to Love Your Feet
Most people don’t give their feet the respect they deserve. Our feet enable us to stand upright, get from place to place, and even to dance like nobody’s watching. Maybe if we knew them better we would love them more.
Your foot is a complex mechanical structure connected intricately to your leg by the ankle joint. Each foot and ankle is built from 26 bones connected by 33 joints held together and operated by over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Because of their location and the jobs they do, your feet and ankles are subject to more routine injury and illness than any other structural part of your body.
From ingrown toenails and fungal infections to trauma like sprained ankles and stress fractures or congenital disorders such as flat feet and club foot, your feet and ankles are under constant assault by everyday living. Humans add to this natural stress with improperly-fitting footwear that can throw bones, joints and muscles out of natural alignment causing pain and injury not just to our feet, but also referred pain and injury to our legs, hips and spine.
Our mission at Dardano’s is to restore the love between your feet and your shoes. Think of us as a counselor who can nourish the relationship between you and your long-suffering feet.
From footwear designed to pamper your feet while satisfying your need for style to our expert shoemakers and foot specialists, Dardano’s has assembled Colorado’s only comprehensive footwear team dedicated to making its customers feel great while looking terrific in the process. Board-certified pedorthist Matt Pankau and master shoemaker Joe Dardano diagnose, design, and deliver custom-made footwear that is like a Valentine for your feet.
At Dardano’s we’ll show you how to pamper your feet in a way that’s guaranteed to have them loving you back.
What is a Pedorthist?
A Pedorthist completes extensive training in the design, manufacture, modification and fit of footwear, shoes and foot orthoses to alleviate problems caused by disease, overuse, congenital condition or injury. Trained in the assessment of lower limb anatomy and biomechanics and the appropriate use of corrective footwear including shoes and shoe modifications, orthotics and other pedorthic devices, a pedorthist selects and modifies footwear and other prosthetic or orthotic devices to help people maintain or regain as much mobility as possible. A pedorthist has the skills and knowledge to make adjustments both inside and outside of footwear and to create products to assist in a patient’s recovery.
A physician who specializes in the treatment of the feet is called a podiatrist. Very often a pedorthist will work in concert with a podiatrist or other specialist such as an orthopedic surgeon or physical therapist to provide the solution to a musculoskeletal affliction.
When a person’s ability to walk is affected, everything that surrounds or touches the foot – whether it’s orthotics, shoes, hosiery, splints, prosthetics or other devices – interacts with the foot. When a foot requires medical attention, footwear becomes part of the treatment, recovery or rehabilitation. That’s where the pedorthist comes in.
The doctor treats the patient’s foot and the pedorthist addresses the patient’s footwear needs. Just as you take a prescription from your family doctor to a pharmacist to have it filled; when a podiatrist writes a prescription for specialized footwear, it’s a pedorthist who fills it. A footwear prescription takes into account the patient’s medical history, activities of daily living and treatment goals.
Pedorthists also follow up with the patient to make sure the footwear functions as the doctor prescribed.
The profession of pedorthics is relatively new. The outbreak of polio in the 1950s created a need for specialized footwear to deal with trauma caused by the disease and that led to the emergence of pedorthics as a scientific discipline. Today, pedorthics is a well-established allied health profession that contributes an invaluable service to your long-term healthcare.