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Best Post-Operative Footwear to Help You Heal

Monday, 19 June 2017

Foot, ankle, and toe surgeries are all major health events in any person’s life and should never be taken lightly. As with any other surgery, the recovery process is usually long, arduous and quite often demoralising, so it is important to pick up and maintain good habits regarding your footwear throughout the recuperation.

When setting any important life goal, determination is the key to success. Making a conscious and firm decision to discover and wear the best post-op shoes available is the first step towards a full and successful recovery. 

Post-op foot care

The next step includes forming a plan and sticking to it. Here at Health and Care we are well aware of how difficult it can be to get the right information about proper post-operative footwear, which is why we have decided to present you with a few options in this short and comprehensive guide.

What Not to Wear After Foot Surgery

While it’s best to wear only specialised post-op shoes for quite some time after your foot surgery, it is absolutely crucial to avoid shoes with:

  • Heel elevation (high heels)
  • Toe spring (sports shoes)
  • Toe taper (pointy shoes)
  • Rigid soles (hiking boots)

By staying away from these shoes, you will help to prevent any unwanted damage from occurring to the foot during recovery.

What Should the Perfect Post-Op Shoe Be Like?

The perfect post-operative shoe should first and foremost respect the natural foot and toe anatomy.  

Comfort must always come first, so your ideal post-op shoe should feature a square-toe design and greater depth to accommodate any additional dressings or extensive swelling. Make sure the shoe has a non-slipping sole and fits you perfectly to prevent any unfortunate incidents or difficulties.

Darco Post-Op Shoes

Darco were the pioneers in the market of post-operative shoes, as they were the first who recognised the need for advancement in the area of post-operative foot care. 

In 1985 they successfully combined running shoe technology with post-op shoe design, and the result was the Darco MedSurg Shoe, the first post-operative shoe to incorporate a semi-rigid sole design for greater patient comfort and faster healing.

Today, they offer a variety of foot products that cater to practically every foot condition.

  • The classic Darco Medsurg Shoe is still one of the best post-op shoes, with its square toe design, rocker sole for reduced plantar pressure, and Meta Shank protection for a high level of rigid control over the metatarsal heads.

Darco Medsurg Shoe
Darco Medsurg Shoe

  • If you are recovering from osteotomy procedures or surgery to treat such conditions as hallux valgus, the Darco Relief Dual Off-Loading Shoe is the right choice for you.
  • If you are suffering from diabetic foot syndrome, open wounds, and mild ulcerations, this pair of Darco WCS Wound Care Shoes Light is your best option.
  • Darco WCS Wound Care Shoes are designed specifically for Wagner Grade 3 or greater ulcerations, but are also suitable for bony prominences, diabetic care, and the long-term treatment of open wounds and ulcerations.
  • For post-operative immobilisation, strains or sprains of the lower leg, ankle or foot, try the Darco FX Pro Walker Boot.

Darco FX Pro

Darco FX Pro Walker Boot

How would you choose the right post-operative footwear? Share your thoughts below or on our Facebook or Twitter.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Around 4.5 million people in the UK live with diabetes, with certain age groups more likely to develop the condition than others. Here at Health and Care we've taken a closer look at the statistics, as well as highlighting some of the causes and impacts on the body of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Read on to find out more.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Whether it's after an injury or illness, or simply after a long, eventful life, we'll all fall down, and need those close to us to help pick us back up again. These unsung heroes of everyday life are known as carers, and though often underappreciated they are a crucial part of families and lives all over the UK.  June 12 - 18 is Carers Week in the UK, so at Health and Care we thought we would take a minute to tell you about carers, and what you can do for them.

Monday, 12 June 2017

You might think every cut or break of the skin leads to scarring, but that is not necessarily the case. Big, coloured, or raised scars are more often than not a result of improper wound care. To help you minimise the chances of developing highly visible scars, here at Health and Care we have prepared a short guide on how to take proper care of your wounds to prevent scarring. 

Friday, 2 June 2017

Turning up sweaty and out of breath to a client’s house doesn’t make the best impression, but it's difficult to avoid when you lug around enough equipment and lotions to massage a herd of elephants. As a massage therapist, it can be easy to feel as though you need to over-prepare when you visit clients’ houses. In reality though, you only need a few items to give them a great massage. Find out the essential items you need when you visit your client's homes.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Packing for a holiday can be difficult enough; packing for a gap year or extended trip away can often fuel nightmares. When you're packing for a long trip, you need to make sure that you have everything you may possibly need while you're away, which can sometimes be difficult to gauge. Don't you worry though, as here at Health and Care, we have compiled a handy guide of the essential items you will need for your adventures across the globe. Read on to find out more!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The kitchen is many people's favourite room in the house. It's where conversations are had, families come together, and great meals are prepared. This isn't true for everyone though, as the kitchen can present some unique challenges and dangers as well. For many, tasks like carrying kettles, retrieving dishes out of the oven, and chopping vegetables can be difficult, dangerous, or even impossible. It doesn't have to be this way though, as here at Health and Care we stock a wide range of products to make kitchen duties simpler, bringing back the joy and fun of time spent in the kitchen. We've selected some of our particular favourite aids for the kitchen, providing you with convenience, safety, and peace of mind.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Safety signs are important communication tools that are used to indicate certain hazards or precautions to be taken in the workplace quickly and effectively. The likelihood of you seeing a safety sign in a public building is highly probable, as they are displayed everywhere that pertains even the slightest threat of harm. No smoking and fire exit signs are so commonplace that they have become a part of our everyday language. Here at Health and Care, we thought we would explain what responsibilities employers and duty holders are required to fulfill in order to safeguard everyone on the premises.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

There isn't much worse than feeling hot, sweaty and uncomfortable in bed. A hot night can interfere with our sleep, leaving us groggy, grumpy and tired in the morning. The good news is: it doesn't have to be this way. We at Health and Care know this, and have compiled a handy list of tips and tricks to keep you as cool as the other side of the pillow, without the need to flip it all night long.

Thursday, 18 May 2017
What Is Age Verification and Why Do We Do It?

One of the benefits of adulthood is the ability to purchase certain products that are off limits to youngsters. In the UK, it is a legal requirement that one must be at least eighteen years of age to purchase e-cigarettes and similar goods. When you're stocking up on your favourite e-liquids over the internet, the process for confirming your age is known as age verification. Read on to find out what exactly age verifying is and how we do it!


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