Finding the Right Pair of Shoes for Your Prosthetic Device

Posted on: January 26th, 2015 by JPO Blogger
Finding a pair of shoes that fits both your needs and your personal style can be difficult when you are using a lower limb prosthetic device.

Finding a pair of shoes that fits both your needs and your personal style can be difficult when you are using a lower limb prosthetic device.

Finding the right pair of shoes is difficult for anyone. But it can be especially challenging for someone using a prosthetic device. Choosing the wrong shoe can lead to discomfort or a serious injury. Since shoe selection is so important, JP&O wants to help you find the perfect pair of shoes for your outfit and device.

Flat shoes

While many people assume that the flattest shoe is best for an amputee, most prosthetic feet are designed to accommodate a small heel. A heel flatter than 3/8” can make you feel like you are being pushed backwards a little bit. To counter any issues that come with a flat shoe, your prosthetist may advise you to use a small heel wedge in the prosthetic side shoe.

High heels

Many people like to wear high heels ranging from pumps to cowboy boots for special occasions. Too high of heel is potentially dangerous for an above-the-knee amputee as many prosthetic knees are weight activated at the toe. If too much pressure is forced onto the prosthetic foot toe, the knee will bend involuntarily, resulting in a fall.

Sandals

The straps of a sandal can pose an issue for someone using a prosthetic limb. If the strapping is too flimsy, the foot will not be secure and could slide around in the shoe. To avoid any danger, find sandals with a thick adjustable strap that will keep the prosthetic foot secure at the toe, mid foot, heel and ankle.

Running shoes

Sneakers are generally the best option. They are secure and provide good shock absorption in the sole.

If you are experiencing discomfort while using your prosthetic leg, it could be because your footwear is not providing the necessary support. Practitioners at JP&O are experts and can help you find the solutions you need to be as active and comfortable as possible! If you are questioning a shoe selection, bring them to a JP&O prosthetist for evaluation.

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