Read our most frequently asked questions for orthopaedic footwear
Why have I been prescribed orthopaedic footwear?
There are different reasons why you may have been prescribed orthopaedic footwear. Some of these are:
- To support or control unwanted foot and ankle motion
- To accommodate excessive foot and ankle swelling
- To accommodate irregular foot shapes or bony changes in your feet
- To protect feet at risk of injury or pressure sores
All orthopaedic footwear is designed to accommodate your needs
When do I get my orthopaedic shoes?
Your orthotist will assess and discuss what available options there are to suit your needs. Once a treatment plan has been agreed, he or she will measure, take drafts and/or moulds of your feet. Depending on the complexity of the prescription, the shoes may need to be checked at an intermediate stage. Your orthotist will inform you of the process.
When do I wear my shoes?
Once you are used to your footwear, they should be used as much as possible.
How long should I wear them to get used to them?
We recommend you break your shoes in slowly by gradually increasing the time you use them for every day. Start with one hour a day increasing by half an hour or one hour daily. If your feet are at risk of developing pressure sores, your orthotist may advise you to break them in slower. Always check your feet for signs of pressure, blisters, cuts or anything unusual. You may get some red marks, but these should disappear after 15-20 minutes. Inspect your shoes regularly for any signs of unusual wear, damage or alien objects.
Why do my shoes look so bulky?
We do try to improve the design and style of our orthopaedic footwear regularly, but you have to remember that the shoes have been designed to fulfil your clinical needs.