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Can a prosthetic foot bend into a shoe like a normal foot can?

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Dr. Charles Southerland
Podiatry 39 years experience
Depends on Design: There are a number of commecially available prosthetic foot designs. Generally speaking, the ones that are more flexible are considerably more expensive. The low end designs are quite basic, simple foot shaped lasts that have a slight "roll" built in to them. Higher end foot prostheses may have joint movements very similar to a human foot.
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 50 years experience
Not well: The prosthetic foot does not have 26 bones with numerous joints that allow flexibility.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

How do I convert normal shoes size to prosthetic foot size?

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Dr. Charles Southerland
Podiatry 39 years experience
Measure the prosthes: Unfortunately, there is no enforced standard for shoe sizing among manufacturers. The most consistent sizing convention is based on a "brannock device", which is the metal cloverleaf shaped device seen in most shoes stores. Measure your prosthesis with one of these and it will give you a close to consistent (+ or - 2 shoe sizes) sizing convention for your new prosthesis.

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