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Orthopaedic Shoes

geek84geek84 Member Posts: 71 Courageous
edited March 2020 in Coffee lounge

Hi Folks

I am a male in my 50s and born with a disability.  My right foot is a slightly different shape and size to the left.

I have always bought 'normal shoes' from local retailers but now feel that these are uncomfortable on my right foot and I am thinking of buying some orthopaedic shoes.

Can anyone kindly recommend any good places to buy them from?

I did a quick 'Google search' and they seem quite expensive - in the region of approx. £500.  Do you think I could get some sort of financial help to buy them?


Thanks in advance for your responses.


  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,869 Member
    My son has clubbed feet. Both were affected and look like a golf club. His orthopedist is the only professional on his care team who knows all about feet and orthopaedic shoes. We usually order a pair on his recommendation. I find that he is certainly very helpful and good at answering my questions. Do you have a orthopedist or not?
    Alternatively you can buy orthopedic footwear via this website.
  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Member Posts: 1,998 Disability Gamechanger
    Doesn't your local orthotics department do that? You need a referral from your GP if you haven't seen them for 2 years.
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,112 Disability Gamechanger
    I suggest you get a referral to your orthotics department, they provide shoes made exactly to you they take imprints of your foot and send them off and get a pair made to suit. Without trying on any you wont know what is best for you and its a great expense tyo go to if they are not right
  • JenCoJenCo Member Posts: 122 Pioneering
    Thanks for the link @April2018mom
    These look great. There are so many and there's even a Vegan Friendly category! Amazing.

    Have you spoken to your GP about it yet? That's usually the best starting point...

    Now if you'll all excuse me I have shoes to peruse :)

  • geek84geek84 Member Posts: 71 Courageous
    edited March 2020
    Hi Folks
    Many thanks for your advise.
    I haven't spoken to the GP yet, purely because I have always worn 'ordinary' shoes and didn't have a need to speak to the GP.  Plus, I was under the impression that I couldn't buy Orthopadic shoes on the NHS !!
  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Member Posts: 1,998 Disability Gamechanger
    aren't shoes from orthotics free?
  • geek84geek84 Member Posts: 71 Courageous
    I'm not sure if I'm orthotic!
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,112 Disability Gamechanger
    @pollyanna1052 The shoes I have had from orthotics have always been free
  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Member Posts: 1,998 Disability Gamechanger
  • geek84geek84 Member Posts: 71 Courageous
    Thanks I'm seeing my GP next week
  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @geek84   Pleased to meet you.

    In answer to your questions.  Most of the members have suggested contacting your GP.

    Referral to NHS orthotics.

    I have had this since teenage years born with toes missing.

    Genetic disorder.

    You are entitled to two free pairs of foot wear.   Also need to speak to the suppliers who are fitting you footwear .

    What happens is they take a cast of your feet . Put each foot into a polystyrene box then they make your foot wear.

    You will need to go back review anything before they complete the whole pair of foot wear.

    Mentioned this, is it too tight uncomfortable. One other can have any design colour or even have foot wear made for specific requirements.

    Do you want laces or zips or straps like myself.  I have straps that fold over onto a piece of material that is sticky or adhesive.

    Gym footwear, gardening casual trainers, so on. Work boots if working in the construction industry so on.

    One thing if your using inner soles to need to be comfortable.

    Some people need them extra soles and inners to help balance the feet.

    Will have to remove for each pair of foot wear.

    Please if there are questions happy to answer.

    Please take care.


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  • geek84geek84 Member Posts: 71 Courageous
    edited March 2020
    Good Morning Spiceman

    Pleased to meet you too, although we have met online before !

    Many thanks for your detailed reply.  As stated above, I will be seeing my GP next week.

    Thanks and take care.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @geek84, please do let us know how you get on at the GP. :)
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  • geek84geek84 Member Posts: 71 Courageous
    Yes, of course
  • geek84geek84 Member Posts: 71 Courageous
    Hi Folks

    I hope you're all well and not affected by this virus.

    Just to gve an update on the shoes, I had a phone consultation with my doctor last week (they are not allowing patients to come into the surgery).

    He said he will write to the hospital who will refer me to a foot specialist
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,924

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    I'm glad you're making progress @geek84. Thanks for the update. :)
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