Heel weight bearing shoe

You may be advised by your doctor to wear one of these if you have had an operation to the front of your foot (forefoot).


Putting on the shoe

  • There are 2 Velcro straps, one thin strap around the ankle and one large double ended strap across the forefoot.
  • Undo both Velcro straps.
  • Place foot in shoe with heel firmly against back.
  • Secure forefoot with large strap across your foot.
  • Tighten strap firmly around ankle but ensure it is not too tight.

Your physiotherapist will practice walking with you the first time. If you require a walking aid these can be provided unless you have an appropriate one of your own.


Useful information

  1. Ensure shoe is secure on your foot prior to walking (not so tight that your foot begins to tingle or go numb)
  2. Always wear shoe when walking. You should only weight-bear as instructed by your physiotherapist.
  3. When sitting/sleeping the shoe can be removed.
  4. Be cautious of tubing if you have a VAC dressing.
  5. Continue to wear the shoe for as long as instructed to by your physiotherapist or doctor.


Author: Sarah Parker, Anne Knott, April 2013. Download in PDF.