Patient compliance and effect of orthopaedic shoes

A B Philipsen, N Ellitsgaard, M R Krogsgaard, S Sonne-Holm

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Orthopaedic shoes are individually handmade after a prescription from an orthopaedic surgeon, hence relatively expensive. Bad compliance is mentioned in the literature but not investigated. In order to evaluate patient compliance and the effect of orthopaedic shoes, 85 patients who were prescribed orthopaedic shoes at the authors' department during a 3 year period received a questionnaire concerning relief of symptoms and daily use of the shoes. The answers from 74 patients were correlated to the prescription procedure and the degree of medical follow-up. Only 60 of 74 patients used their shoes. Some 51 patients had some benefit while 23 had no effect or even worse symptoms. Some patients even used their shoes despite no symptomatic relief. However, patients who felt they were well informed about the purpose and function of their shoes had more benefit than the rest. Only 12 patients of the 74 were checked by the orthopaedic surgeon after delivery of the shoes. In conclusion the authors believe there is a great need for information to be given to the patients about the functions and limitations of orthopaedic shoes and that every patient should be offered a control check-up by the surgeon. Further investigations of the effect of orthopaedic shoes should be carried out to optimise the use of these expensive devices.

TidsskriftProsthetics and Orthotics International
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)59-62
Antal sider4
StatusUdgivet - apr. 1999


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