How to choose the right boot size?25 March 2020
Choosing the right boot size for the brace is not obvious. However, to choose the right size, you must remember about many important factors, without which the choice of the size is burdened with a big error. It is especially important when choosing MITCHELL BOOTS.
BEFORE OR AFTER?
Generally, the foot should be measured by a doctor. There are “two ways” here. One says that the foot is measured immediately before the tenotomy for hygiene reasons – most often the measuring ruler is not sterile. The second says that the foot is measured after tenotomy directly because the result of this measurement is more reliable. It doesn’t matter much in either case. Regardless of the time of measurement (before-after), the doctor must take into account the appropriate reserve taking into account:
- natural stretching of the foot, which is a consequence of tenotomy: when the Achilles tendon is cutted and the clubfoot can achieve full range of motion, the tendons in the sole of the foot stretch too – of course, the foot will stretch for another 3 or 4 weeks being in a plaster cast, but this first moment is very intense
- plaster cast put on for 3 or 4 weeks (or 2 + 2 weeks or 1 + 2 weeks), where it is natural that the foot will grow slightly and stretch even more
There is one more time when it can measure the foot and you can do it too: this is a situation where a plaster cast change is planned after tenotomy (system: 2 weeks + 2 weeks or 1 week + 2 weeks), the foot is measured between the plaster cast changes – this can be done by a doctor or by you.
The foot is measured from the heel to the longest toe (this is one measurement) – as a rule, it is a big toe, but it can happen that it is ATYPICAL OR COMPLEX CLUBFOOT , where the big toe is in the hyperextension and is shorter. Then the measurement is made from the heel to the longest toe. The foot is also measured at its widest point (second measurement).
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO REMEMBER?
- the foot needs to be measured without plaster-cast on it, because then it is not known how thick the plaster cast layer is, i.e. what dimensions the foot is and what thickness the plaster cast really has
- the foot is measured without a weight bearing, i.e. the foot is loose: the child is lying down, sitting but not standing
- the doctor must be told to measure the foot as shown in the infographic above
- if the deformity is bilateral then the difference in foot length may also occur, so you need to measure the length of two feet!
- with unilateral defects, two feet are also measured: a foot with a defect and a healthy foot. There are no equations here: “you will measure a healthy foot and take away half a centimeter”. No! Our experience has taught us that this is not the way, because then the problem with the size selection is considerable. And it may be missed.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SHOE SIZE IS NOT SO OBVIOUS AND IF IN DOUBT, CONTACT US.