Specialised footwear

Specialised footwear

Specialised footwear is designed to enable users to improve their mobility by offering support and accommodating any deformities. Many people struggle to find footwear which provide adequate support to allow them to remain mobile. With specialised footwear every aspect of the footwear can be carefully considered resulting in the perfect shoe being created.

What are the indications for use of specialised footwear?

There are many indications for using specialised footwear. These include:

  • Feet which do not fit standard shoes due to medical conditions
  • The requirement for wider, deeper or larger footwear
  • The need accommodate insoles, splints or calipers.
  • Foot deformities
  • Vascular or nerve damage

If you are unsure if you would be suitable for specialised footwear please contact us to discuss.

What conditions are specialised footwear often used for?

Specialised footwear is often used for the following conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Hallux Valgus (Bunions)
  • Metatarsus Varus
  • Pes Cavus
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Stroke
  • Charcot Marie Tooth
  • Partial amputation of the foot
  • Hallux valgus (Bunion)
  • Odema

This list of conditions is not exhaustive. If you are unsure if you would be suitable for specialised footwear please contact us to discuss.

What are the benefits of specialised footwear?

There are many benefits that come from using specialised footwear. These include:

  • Reduced pain
  • Increased comfort
  • Increased mobility
  • Increased support
  • Accommodation for orthotics
  • Containment and support for deformities
  • Improved walking pattern (gait)

There are many benefits using specialised footwear to find out more please contact us to discuss.

What types of specialised footwear is available?

Types of specialised footwear that may be used include:

Bespoke footwear

At Orthotics UK we understand it can be difficult to find the right pair of shoes which provide you with the support and stability as well as the comfort you want. We therefore offer bespoke footwear, our orthotists will work with you to create your perfect shoe.

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Children's bespoke footwear

Children require bespoke footwear for a wide range of reasons including requiring more stability or simply to have room to fit their orthotic device. At Orthotics UK we work with a range of manufacturers to provide your child with the greatest choice of designs for their bespoke shoes or boots.

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Footwear for wheelchair users

If you are a wheelchair user you may require specifically designed footwear. At Orthotics UK our experienced orthotists are able to design footwear which are easy to get on and off, warm and protective but most importantly comfortable. As they are not designed for standing they are also lightweight.

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Modular footwear

At Orthotics UK we are able to offer modular footwear, which can be adapted to cater for a range of requirements. It is made in standard lengths and widths however adjustments can be made including different sole types and fastenings. This enables deformities or orthoses to be accomodated.

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Sandals with built in orthotics

Don’t let your need for orthotics to ruin your summer. Orthotics UK offers sandals and other summer footwear with built in orthotics. Providing your feet with comfort and support.

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Slippers indoor footwear

If you require specialised orthotic footwear then it is likely you do not have a suitable pair of slippers or indoor footwear. At Orthotics UK we want to provide you to have the support, stability and comfort of your specialised footwear at all times by offering bespoke slippers or indoor footwear.

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Sole adaptations

Sole adaptations can be completed on a wide range of high street shoes. If you require increased stability or support or have a leg length discrepancy a sole adaptation may be suitable. Our experienced orthotists will be able to discuss with you the different options available.

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What is the process to be receive specialised footwear?

The process to receive specialised footwear would be:

  • Assessment
  • Measuring / Casting
  • Fitting
  • Review

In order to select and create the most appropriate footwear for your requirements your orthotist will undertake a full assessment. This will include discussing your needs and wants from specialised footwear, they will also complete an assessment looking at your range of motion and condition of your feet, finally they will take a series of measurements and a draft (outline drawing) of your feet. If necessary they may also take a cast of your feet. Using this information your orthotist will be able to specify your exact requirements and will be able to provide you a selection of footwear from which you will be able to choose. Our orthotists are given the freedom of choice and can order from any suitable manufacturer this choice is then passed on to you. Once you have selected the specialised footwear you would like your information will be submitted for manufacturing. During the manufacturing process you will be required to attend a number of fittings to check the fit is correct and to allow for any alterations to be made prior to the finishing of the footwear.

How do I arrange an assessment for specialised footwear?

To get in touch or arrange an appointment, you can call us at 0330 088 3949 or email office@orthotics.co.uk.

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