Orthopaedic Footwear

Off-the-shelf Orthopaedic footwear is the most frequently used footwear for pedorthic patients. They are often modified by Pedorthists in order to improve the product for a specific patient. They are mass-produced and must incorporate all of the 11 features listed below in order to be billed as “ORTHOPAEDIC” by a member of the Pedorthic Assocation of Canada. It is also recommended, for improved continuity, that this terminology be used for all Orthopaedic footwear description within Canada.

Features of Orthopaedic Footwear

  1. Removable sock liner / insert to accommodate prescribed orthotic devices.
  2. A minimum of 5 mm (3/16) for women or 8 mm (5/16) for additional depth for men, in the shoe last.
  3. Manufactured with a variety of 3 or more widths, graded and sized to a recognized measuring / sizing standard and device.
  4. Adjustable closure (ie. Laces, Velcro) to secure hind-foot position inside the shoe.
  5. A smooth protective inner lining
  6. Broad insole and last patterns that entirely accommodate the anatomy of a foot.
  7. Sufficient torsional stability through out the sole.
  8. Heel stability via a firm and / or extended heel counter.
  9. An outer sole that is equal to, or exceeds the width of the upper.
  10. An outer sole with sufficient toe spring roll to promote normal gait cycle.
  11. A shoe that is conducive to permanent modification (s).

SOURCE: Pedorthic.ca

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