SHEFFIELD CHILDREN’S NHS FOUNDATION TRUST What type of footwear should be avoided?
GUIDE FOR PURCHASING FOOTWEAR FOR USE
Footwear with exaggerated shaping or variable colours in the sole and
WITH ORTHOSES OR FOR ADAPTATIONS heel unit is difficult to adapt and the finished adaptation would be
much more noticeable.
What type of footwear is the most suitable?
Generally lace up shoes are the best choice as they offer the most
adjustment. Straps (Velcro or buckle) can be used but offer less
What type of shoe is unsuitable? Any special type of sole and heel unit such as air or liquid cushioning
makes the adaptation almost impossible.
Sandals and low cut shoes are generally unsuitable, a shoe with a steep
pitch i.e. high heel is not desirable.
Footwear to accommodate orthoses
The most important feature is the access of the foot and the orthoses in
the shoe. Look for footwear in which the fastening extends as low as
possible, footwear which, has removable insoles will provide the extra
depth which may be necessary to accommodate the orthoses. Footwear with flashing lights in the heels and soles should also be
fastening extends as
Boots and high-
backed shoes and
trainers are good
The best footwear to buy is that in, which the sole and heel units are
made up in obvious layers. This is the easiest to adapt. It will look better
and last longer.
Information Leaflet number: 66 (RB02/11/06)
Author/Contact: Pat Robins
GUIDE FOR PURCHASING
FOOTWEAR FOR USE WITH
ORTHOSES OR FOR
For Further advice contact:
Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust,
Main hospital number : 0114 271 7000
Patient Advice and Liaison Team
Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 0114 271 7594
Trust web site address: