Airedale Hospital patients shaping range of footwear

Keighley News: Airedale Hospital lead orthotist, Mark Baldwin, with patient, June Harris, during the special footwear forum Airedale Hospital lead orthotist, Mark Baldwin, with patient, June Harris, during the special footwear forum

Patients using Airedale Hospital’s orthotic service are helping shape a new range of footwear.

A special forum was held in the hospital’s education centre to get people’s views on current orthotic shoes and to suggest possible improvements.

About 20 patients took part in the event, organised by the hospital orthotics team and Peacocks Medical Group, which manufactures specialist footwear.

“We were delighted with the feedback we received,” said Airedale NHS Trust mobility services manager Elaine Coope.

“It was a really interesting event. Our female patients were very active in providing ideas for fresh looks and bright colours, whereas the men were more interested in function.

“All comments will be analysed to help produce new footwear, which will be presented to a patient forum early next year.”

The new range will cater for extra-wide and deep fittings, and foot problems or deformities caused by diabetes, rheumatology conditions and other illnesses or accidents.

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