Footwear for wheelchair users

Footwear for wheelchair users

Often wheelchair users require specially designed custom orthotic footwear. This footwear is normally extremely soft with no sole units, stiffeners, stitching or harsh edges. The footwear is designed so it is lightweight, easy to get on and off while providing warmth and protection. This footwear is not designed for standing as it does not offer any support.

What are the indications for use of specific footwear for wheelchair users?

Custom footwear specifically for wheelchair users have a range of indications including:

  • History of footwear issues
  • History of ulceration
  • Extremely poor circulation
  • Oedema
  • Non weight bearing
  • Deformed ankle/ foot / toes
  • Very cold feet
  • Long term wheelchair user

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

What conditions are footwear for wheelchair users often used for?

Custom footwear designed for wheelchair users can often be used for a wide range of

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Paralysis
  • Diabetes

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

What are the benefits of footwear for wheelchair users?

There are many benefits that come from using specific footwear for wheelchair users. These include:

  • Easy to put on/ take off
  • Provide warmth
  • Provide protection
  • Reduce ulceration risk
  • Accommodate deformities
  • Adjustable for swelling

There are many additional benefits not listed here, to find out more please contact us to discuss.

What is the process to be receive footwear for wheelchair users?

The process to receive footwear for wheelchair users would be:

  • Assessment
  • Measuring / Casting
  • Fitting
  • Review

All wheelchair boots are made to measure. Your orthotist will take a series of measurement plus a cast or scan. Wheelchair boots are very adaptable to the individuals requirements. They can be velcro, zip or lace fastening. They can open very low to make the footwear easy to put on and even have extra sheepskin lining for warmth and protection. The boots can be any colour and can even be personalised with names, flowers, logos, footballs etc.

How do I arrange an assessment for footwear for wheelchair users?

To get in touch or arrange an appointment, you can call us at 0330 088 3949 or email

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