Why Use A Post-Operative Wound Shoe?
Thursday, 10 November 2016
The road to recovery can often be a bumpy one. After foot surgery, trauma or ulceration, the foot is in an extremely vulnerable position – if great care is not taken, the healing process can stall, and the patient's condition can even deteriorate. But this need not mean patients have to remain bedridden or immobilised for months on end while their foot slowly recovers – indeed, clinicians will be aware that this can bring its own set of problems.
With the use of a post-operative wound shoe, you can help patients' wounds to recover, protecting their feet whilst retaining mobility and reducing pain. The basic function of a wound shoe is to protect the foot and enable mobility whilst accommodating bandages, casts or other dressings. Many wound shoes are also capable of redistributing weight away from specific (wounded) areas of the foot, enhancing healing.
What is a Wound Shoe?
The image below depicts a typical wound shoe and highlights some features characteristic to most wound shoes.
Heel Off-Loading Shoes
Some wound shoes are specifically constructed to off-load pressure from the heel of the foot. By shifting weight to the mid and forefoot, the Darco HeelWedge promotes faster healing after surgery, trauma or when wounds or ulcerations are present on the heel.
Forefoot Off-Loading Shoes
Working on the same principle as a heel off-loading shoe, a forefoot off-loading shoe is constructed in such a way that it reduces pressure in the forefoot region for wounding in that area. The Darco OrthoWedge effectively shifts body weight to the midfoot and heel with a 15° forefoot wedge sole.
Cast Shoes and Boots
For those particularly bulky bandages/dressings or fibreglass casts, patients will need a wound shoe with a design to match. The Darco Slimline Cast Boot features an adjustable forefoot closure and open toe so you can really expand the fit to deal with awkward dressings.
Wound Shoes for Diabetes
Wound shoes are also commonly used to treat diabetic foot sores. Diabetic patients are prone to developing foot ulcers because of the narrowing of blood vessels and reduced sensation associated with the condition. With the use of customisable insoles, wound shoes can offload pressure from the sores and encourage them to heal.
The Benefits of Using Wound Shoes
Wound shoes can provide the following major benefits for clinicians and patients during recovery from foot surgery, trauma or sores:
To find out more or make a purchase, please visit our Post-Operative Wound Shoes area.