28th November 2013 – Patients have their say on new orthotic footwear

Posted on November 29, 2013 by AireAdmin

Patients who use Airedale Hospital’s orthotic service are being invited to help develop a new range of footwear to ease a variety of foot problems.

The orthotic’s team is working in partnership with Peacocks Medical Group to host an open day so that anyone who uses their services can join a user forum and have say on orthotic footwear of the future.

This is the first event of its kind and will be held on Wednesday 11 December, between 10.30am and 3pm, in the doctors lounge within Airedale Hospital’s education centre. It includes refreshments and lunch.

There will be sessions on understanding how the footwear is made, examples of current footwear available and a forum for suggestions about comfort, fit, style and colour.

Peacocks currently manufacture and supply bespoke orthotic footwear to the hospital custom-made for each individual’s needs, but their new development will be a range of off-the-self stock, which can be adapted to suit prescriptions.

Paul Scott, business development manager for Peacocks, said: “We often hear from patients how they are tired of the limited range of footwear that is available and our aim is to give them more choice and design a range that meets their needs.

“The beauty of having our own range, instead of ordering and adapting someone else’s product, is that we will have more control of the process which will mean faster delivery time for the benefit of patients.”

Elaine Coope, mobility service manager at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We would really value feedback and ideas from the people who have to wear our footwear to make sure it is right for them. This is a real opportunity to work with out partners to develop a stylist and comfortable range that does not compromise on any clinical needs.”

The new range will be able to cater for extra wide and deep fittings, but also foot problems and deformities caused by diabetes, rheumatology conditions and other illnesses or accidents. If you have used Airedale’s orthotic service and want to take part contact Elaine Coope, service manager on tel: 01535 294688 or email: elaine.coope@anhst.nhs.uk.