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Specialised Footwear

Specialised footwear is designed to enable users to improve their mobility by accommodating and supporting individual requirements. Many people struggle to find shoes which provide adequate support to allow them to remain mobile. With specialised footwear every aspect of the shoe can be adjusted 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:


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:


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:


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:


Modular Footwear

Modular footwear is made in standard lengths however the width and depth can be altered to the specific needs of the wearer.

Bespoke Footwear

Bespoke footwear is manufactured specifically to the requirements of your feet. All aspects of the footwear can be adapted to ensure the footwear accommodates and supports the foot appropriately.

Children’s Footwear

Specialised children’s footwear is made to accommodate different requirements such as the ability for easy donning and doffing, the containment of orthotic devices such as AFOs or increased support due to ankle instability. Children’s footwear can be modular or bespoke.

Slippers/Indoor Footwear

The use of specialised footwear should not end when you step through the front door of your home. Specialised slippers or indoor footwear enables the user to be mobile in and around the home without concern that any conditions or deformities are going to be adversely impacted.

What is the process to be receive specialised footwear?

The process to receive specialised footwear would be:


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.


Bespoke Footwear

Bespoke footwear is specialised footwear in which all aspects and dimensions are able to be altered. Alterations can include changing the shape of the sole, adjusting the pitch of the footwear or creating greater depth. Bespoke footwear enables every patient to have suitable footwear for their requirements. There is a large range of footwear available in different styles, colours and materials to suit individual style.

What are the indications for use of bespoke footwear?

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


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

What conditions are bespoke footwear often used for?

Bespoke footwear is often used for the following conditions:


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

What are the benefits of bespoke footwear?

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


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

What is the process to be receive bespoke footwear?

The process to receive bespoke footwear would be:


Bespoke footwear requires your orthotist to undertake a full assessment of your foot and ankle to establish the type of footwear to accommodate your needs. This assessment will include collecting a series of measurements of your foot it may also be necessary to take a cast or scan of your foot in order to provide the manufacturers with the most accurate information. Your orthotist will discuss with you different aspects of the footwear which you can customise including the colour, style, materials and fastening options. Once all the information has been collated it will be passed on to the manufacturer. During the manufacturing process your footwear will be returned for a trial fit, this will enable you to try on the shoes and request any additional adaptations prior to the final completion of your footwear.

Our orthotists have the freedom to choose from any suitable manufactures which gives you a greater choice of colours and styles.


Children's Bespoke Footwear

Children may need bespoke footwear for a range of reasons this may include the need to accommodate orthotic devices or to provide extra stability. Children’s bespoke footwear is available in a range of styles to fit into their lives including suitable footwear for school.

What are the indications for use of children’s bespoke footwear?

There are many indications for using children’s bespoke footwear. These include:


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

What conditions are children’s bespoke footwear often used for?

Children’s bespoke footwear is often used for the following conditions:


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

What are the benefits of children’s bespoke footwear?

There are many benefits that come from using children’s bespoke footwear. These include:


There are many benefits for your child using bespoke footwear to find out more please contact us to discuss.

What is the process for my child to receive bespoke footwear?

The process for your child to receive bespoke footwear would be:


Your child will undergo a full assessment to establish the type of footwear suitable for their requirements. This assessment will include looking at the range of motion in their feet, ankles and legs it will also look at any deformities they may have. The orthotist will then take a series of measurements and may need to take a cast of your child’s feet. Your child will then, with the orthotist’s advice, be able to select the footwear they would like from a large range, with many personalisation options including colours and fastenings. Your child’s information will then be passed on to the manufacturer for production to begin. Your child may be required to come for a trial fitting to ensure the fit is correct prior to final production.

Our orthotists have the freedom to choose from any suitable manufactures which gives your child a greater choice of colours and styles helping them to stay unique.


Modular Footwear

Modular footwear is manufactured in standard lengths however can be adapted to cater for a wide range of foot types. Adaptations that can be completed include increasing the depth or width at various points, increasing the length of fastenings to make the footwear easier to don and doff or adjusting the sole to your requirements.

What are the indications for use of modular footwear?

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

The requirement to wider or deeper footwear Foot deformities The ability to contain an orthotic device

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

What conditions are modular footwear often used for?

Modular footwear is suitable for a large range of conditions including:


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

What are the benefits of modular footwear?

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


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

What is the process to be receive modular footwear?

The process to receive modular footwear would be:


To create the perfect modular footwear your orthotist will need to complete an assessment of your feet, looking at how you walk and the range of motion at your feet and ankles. They will also need to take a number of measurements to ensure correct sizing of your footwear. Depending on your requirements your orthotist may also need to take a cast of your feet. Once all the relevant information has been gathered you will be able to select your footwear, our orthotists are able to order from any suitable manufacturer which means you have greater choice of styles, colours and materials. On selecting your footwear your orthotist will submit your details to the manufacturer who will start production. Your orthotist may require you to come back for an intermediate fitting to establish whether any additional adjustments need to be made prior to final production of your footwear.


Sole Adaptations

Those with additional footwear requirements frequently do not wear suitable footwear in and around their homes. To overcome this issue we are able to provide slippers or indoor footwear which are able to cater for a wide range of required adaptations. By using slippers or indoor footwear it enables the user to continue caring for their feet in the best way whilst in their homes.

What are the indications for use of slippers/indoor footwear?

There are many indications for using slippers/indoor footwear. These include:

  • The requirement for additional width or depth within shoes
  • Foot deformities
  • The need to accommodate an orthotic device

  • If you are unsure if you would be suitable for slippers/indoor footwear please contact us to discuss.

    What conditions are slippers/indoor footwear often used for?

    Slippers or indoor footwear are suitable for anyone with additional foot needs however they can be specifically beneficial to those with the following conditions:


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

    What are the benefits of slippers/indoor footwear?

    There are many benefits that come from using slippers or indoor footwear. These include:


    There are many benefits using slippers or indoor shoes to find out more please contact us to discuss.

    What is the process to be receive slippers or indoor shoes?

    The process to receive slippers or indoor shoes would be:


    If you are already in receipt of orthotic footwear the prescription of these can be copied if appropriate.

    If this will be your first pair of orthotic footwear your orthotist will complete a full assessment with you discussing your requirements, observing your walking, looking at the condition of your feet as well as taking a series of measurements. Using the information gathered they will be able to recommend a range of suitable slippers or indoor footwear. Our orthotists are able to order from any suitable manufacturer so you will have a large choice ensuring we find the perfect footwear for you. Once you have selected your footwear your details will be submitted to the manufacturer to begin production. Once complete you will return to your orthotist for a fitting appointment to ensure a perfect fit has been achieved.

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