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