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Footwear for adaptions

You have been asked to provide footwear to be adapted for your child.

What do I need to do?

When bringing or posting footwear to the hospital for adapting please:

  • clearly label the footwear with your child’s name, address and hospital number (if known)
  • provide a current daytime telephone number where you can be contacted if necessary
  • in the case of a shoe raise, send only the shoe (right of left) which needs to be adapted
  • if you have purchased new footwear for this purpose please keep the receipt in case the footwear is not suitable for adapting

What happens next?

If it is the first shoe adaptation that your child has had or if there has been a change in the type of adaptation we may request that your child attends for a fitting appointment to check the function.

For the first adaptation we will start with 1 shoe or 1 pair of shoes to make sure that the adaptation is appropriate and acceptable before adapting further shoes.

If you have been advised that a fitting appointment is not necessary local area patients will be notified by telephone or letter when the adapted footwear is ready for collection from the hospital.

Footwear may be delivered to patients who live some distance away. This is sent out directly by the company who do the adaptations and a courier is used. Your consent is required for your address to be given out to the company.

How long will it take?

The standard time for adaptations is 2 to 3 weeks.

How many shoes can we have adapted?

The standard is 3 pairs per shoe size as your child grows. Should the child wear out the shoes before they are outgrown, a further pair will be adapted.


All children who require shoe adaptations will need a review with the orthotist annually to check that the type of adaptation is still appropriate.

Where do I send footwear to?

The Orthotic Department, Blue Outpatients Department

Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Western Bank


S10 2TH

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the orthotic department on 0114 271 7271 Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4.30pm, or email on scn-tr.orthotics@nhs.net

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: ORT9

Resource Type: Article

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Orthotic Department:  0114 271 7271

Monday – Friday: 8.30am to 4.30pm

Email: scn-tr.orthotics@nhs.net


Western Bank
S10 2TH

United Kingdom

Switchboard: 0114 271 7000

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