Use and usability of custom-made orthopedic shoes

Jaap J. van Netten*, Michiel J. A. Jannink, Juha M. Hijmans, Jan H. B. Geertzen, Klaas Postema

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Abstract

The goal of this study was to investigate the use of custom-made orthopedic shoes (OS) and the association between the use of OS and the most relevant aspects of their usability. Over a 6-month period, patients meeting the inclusion criteria were recruited by 12 orthopedic shoe companies scattered throughout the Netherlands and asked to complete a questionnaire composed of a pre- and post-OS section. Patients with different pathologies were included in the study (n = 339; response 67%). Mean age of the patients was 63 +/- 15 years, and 38% were male. Three months after delivery, 81% of the patients used their OS frequently (4-7 days/week), 13% occasionally (1-3 days/week), and 6% did not use their OS. Associations were found between use and all measured aspects of usability (p-values varied from

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-81
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Volume47
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • diabetes mellitus
  • foot disorders
  • medical devices
  • orthotics
  • patient satisfaction
  • rehabilitation
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • shoes
  • usability
  • use
  • RHEUMATOID-ARTHRITIS
  • THERAPEUTIC FOOTWEAR
  • PRESCRIBED FOOTWEAR
  • PATIENT
  • QUESTIONNAIRE
  • PEOPLE
  • ORTHOSES

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