Children stand proud in Orthotic footwear from Salts Healthcare
28 April 2008
More often than not, children need to feel they belong; to be the same as their peers and feeling or looking different can create issues of negative self-esteem or lack of self confidence. Those children who need to wear orthotic footwear may have felt self conscious in the past, but with Techstep school shoes from Salts Healthcare, they can now blend in perfectly with the crowd.
But the trendy range of Techstep orthotic school footwear doesn’t just offer great style for fashion conscious, young wearers, the conventional and correctional boots are also comfortable and durable.
In addition, they were designed with most vital time for a child’s foot growth in mind. Constructed in soft black leather, the boots, available in two styles and in various widths, are light and flexible. As they are custom made to perfectly fit the child’s feet they can be adapted to suit specific requirements and allow for the foot to develop naturally and in comfort. All sizes are stocked and delivery is usually within three working days.
Senior Product Manager, Adrian Priest said: “Salts has a long and successful association with orthotics products and has always been highly regarded amongst long serving orthotists. The Salts Healthcare and Techstep names are synonymous with quality, innovation, value for money, care and service - and that is what has established us as the market leader in the manufacture and supply of custom-made surgical footwear over many years.”
He added: “The orthotists we work with agreed that our new range of school footwear is a welcome addition to the Techstep range and we’ve had a fantastic response to it. Children don’t want to stand out from the crowd as being ‘different’ so these boots are ideal for those who wear functional foot orthoses and accommodative foot orthoses - orthopaedic appliances used to support, align, prevent, or correct deformities such as flatfoot - but who want to wear modern footwear, just like their friends.”
Alongside the school boots, Salts Healthcare provides a cool and funky range of paediatric and orthotic support shoes by Schein which offers support for painful ankle joints (arthritis), joints with weak ligaments and guidance of the neurologically impaired. A large selection of colourful and fashionable footwear in a wide range of sizes is available in the appealing range. An outstanding product within this range is the ‘CP-ICP’ support boot which, is intended for patients with cerebral and spinal motion disorders for whom treatment with arch supports is not sufficient. The great thing about this model is that the high support it provides, reaching far over the ankle, can substitute an extra orthoses, such as a splint, making life easier for the patient (of course, with all specialist orthotics, seek clinical advice).
For children who enjoy an active life, slim-look Ortho Sportiv models made by Kraemer (a brand of Schein), are just the ticket. To provide a more complete treatment for those wearing orthoses some of the Ortho Sportiv models are now also available in width TN8 in addition to width TN5. The lining is made from durable calfskin with a hardwearing leather shaft top that is softly padded to protect the sensitive foot from pressure sores caused by the edge. The shoes feature a wide instep that is closed by means of laces or velcro straps with deviation eyelets and an extremely solid heel cap which is extremely solid and high to prevent slipping of the foot while a soft toe cap protects the toes.
Secure foothold is provided by the slightly flared, profilated non-slip rubber outsole. A microporo throughsole with its integrated heel wedge supports the medial edge of the foot and acts as a shock absorber. The soft sole retains the foot's natural flexing action during walking.
All Ortho Sportiv orthotic shoes made by Kraemer are fitted with a reflector at the heel. They come as low shoes and boots and in size 21- 47, according to model.
Salts also provides additional ranges of footwear and accessories for all the family, including its Shuform range of slippers, Salts’ Stepahead range of custom-made digitally engineered, and off the shelf insoles, as well as bespoke ankle foot orthoses, produced using the highest quality material in a wide variety of vibrant colours and finishes.