Patient perceptions of stock footwear design features

Williams, AE ORCID: and Nester, CJ 2006, 'Patient perceptions of stock footwear design features' , Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 30 (1) , pp. 61-71.

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Patients with diseases which impact on foot health, for example diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, are known to have some benefit from prescribed stock footwear with regards to clinical outcomes. Achieving this is not just about getting the footwear designed and fitted to meet the clinical needs, but it also requires that the patient wears the shoes. This means meeting the non-clinical needs or criteria of patients. The aim of this study was to compare perceptions of the same footwear between patients with diabetes and patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with regard to specific design features. Fifty-four patients with RA and 40 patients with diabetes who required prescription footwear were asked to identify issues of importance, and to assess the features of five different pairs of stock footwear using a Likert scale scoring form. There was a difference between the RA and the diabetes groups with regards their overall requirements from the footwear with comfort being a priority in RA and style a priority for diabetes. Both groups rated the same footwear as overall best from the selection, but the scores suggest that there were features with the ‘best’ shoe which were not acceptable suggesting that even the ‘best’ shoe was a compromise This possibly indicates that existing footwear ranges do not meet all the patients’ requirements. Patients have different perceptions with regard to what is important to them in terms of footwear with regards to the specific features of the footwear and one of the influences appears to be the underlying systemic disease. Patient-based criteria may be an important consideration in the design of the footwear.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0309-3646
Depositing User: Dr Anita E Williams
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2010 14:11
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 15:32

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