The Three Questions Prosthetic Patients Ask Over And Over
If you wear a prosthesis and are always looking for answers to questions such as, “Can I change my shoes?” or “What’s an easier way to put shoes on your prosthesis?,” then you’re not alone. At Scheck & Siress Prosthetics Inc., patients are always encouraged to ask questions so when a situation arises, they are armed with adequate knowledge about their prosthesis to help them drive the right decision. Below are answers to the three questions practitioners at Scheck & Siress get asked over and over.
Question 1: Can I change my shoes?
Yes! Life is too short to wear boring shoes! A prosthetic foot is measured to the size of a person’s sound side (remaining foot).
All shoes have a “heel height,” which is the difference between the heel of the shoe and the toe of the shoe. Your prosthesis was set up using one shoe. Accommodating the difference in heel heights between shoes is important to ensure smooth walking. Adding a heel lift to lower shoes is an easy way to self-adjust your prosthetic set-up. The lift should only go under your prosthetic heel. If you bring a second pair of shoes to your next scheduled appointment, your prosthetist can help demonstrate how to add lifts and make any alignment changes needed.
Check out Adjust-A-Lift — a good heel lift brand.
Question 2: Why is it so difficult to get a shoe on my prosthesis?
The average American spends 29 days per year putting on their shoes. How do you keep that time from doubling when you are struggling with a prosthetic foot? Buy a shoehorn! The heel of a prosthetic foot can be wide and stiff causing it to get stuck on a shoe. A shoehorn will hold the heel of your shoe open slide your foot in.
Metal shoe horns are much stronger and sturdier than plastic. Shoe horns can be found at most shoe stores or even online.
Question 3: Do I need to wear a sock?
While not required, a sock is highly recommended. True, a prosthetic foot will never get a blister and does not sweat. A sock on a prosthetic foot serves a few other purposes. First, a sock will help your shoe slide on easier because it will reduce the friction of the rubber foot shell. A sock also helps reduce squeaking between your shoe and the foot. And last, a sock will offer protection. Shoes can scuff your foot shell or protective skin, and tear nylons. Socks will help prevent any unsightly black marks or tears.
*Example heel height (caption of the shoe image)
Have any other questions? Contact the Scheck & Siress Team or call (866)-843-8325.