J Med Assoc Thai 2013; 96 (11):1498

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The Use of Custom-Made Shoes in Patients with Foot Deformities in Foot Clinic, Siriraj Hospital
Paecharoen S , Chadchavalpanichaya N Mail

Objective: To study the frequency, result, and concomitant factors of the use of custom-made shoes in Foot Clinic, Siriraj Hospital.

Material and Method: Studying from patient records and interviewing the patients who had foot deformities without numbness and received custom-made shoes from the Foot Clinic, Siriraj Hospital between January 2009 and December 2011 about the latest custom-made shoes after the first three months of use.

Results: Sixty-seven participants were reviewed and included eight males (11.9%) and 59 females (88.1%) with an average age of 57.1 years. The majority had congenital foot deformity (19.4%). Most of them received sandal-type shoes (34.3%) and total contact orthosis (52.2%). The use of custom-made shoes that the participants had to use for more than 3 days/week and for more than or equal to 50% of daily walking and standing duration was 47.8%. Using these shoes reduced foot pain and increased walking stability (p-value = 0.007 and 0.023). Factors associated with the use of custom-made shoes were no previous callus (odds ratio = 25.30, 95% CI 2.20-290.56), decreasing callus after using the shoes (odds ratio = 23.54, 95% CI 1.65-335.23), decreasing foot pain after using the shoes (odds ratio = 5.01, 95% CI 1.20-20.95), and overall satisfaction (odd ratio = 21.47, 95% CI 3.81-121.04).

Conclusion: The use of custom-made shoes from the Foot Clinic, Siriraj Hospital was 47.8%. Using the shoes could reduce foot pain and increase walking stability. Factors associated with the use of custom-made shoes were no previous callus, decreasing callus, decreasing foot pain, and overall satisfaction.

Keywords: Use of shoes, Custom-made shoes, Foot deformity


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