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About what percentage of the people you have worked with, benefit from the shoes?
If I must use a cane, crutches or walker, would I still benefit from using the shoes?
What if I wear an AFO leg brace?  Will this be a problem?
How long does it usually take to know whether or not the shoes will help me?
I have a lot of backache, will the shoes make it worse!
Why are the styles #29(Men) and #30(Women) the only styles you have for trial?
How does the trial and return policy work?
Can the Clawson Rocker Shoes be repaired?
 

Q. About what percentage of the people you have worked with, benefit from the shoes?

 A.  We found that generally 60% of the people fitted with the Clawson Rocker shoes have benefited from their use.   Some of course, have more dramatic results than others,

 

 Q. If I must use a cane, crutches or walker, would I still benefit from using the shoes?

 A. Definitely!  These walking aids give stability and help support weight bearing.   However, if you must use a wheelchair completely and cannot support your own weight the Clawson Rocker will not help as this indicates too much muscle weakness.  Also, if you have poor proprioception ( loss of sense in space) you would not  be able to use them.    

 

 Q.  What if I wear an AFO leg brace?  Will this be a problem?.

 A.  Not usually,   If the foot drop is due to a flaccid paralysis, meaning the foot is limp and cannot move at all, a brace is advisable.   If you feel the shoes will help , the shoes can be made to accommodate a brace, if this is needed .  However if you can move your foot and point your toes downward, this indicates foot drop from spasticity and the Rocker shoe usually overcomes this problem so a brace in no longer needed.  One of the great advantages of the Clawson Rocker is that the calf muscles is activated rather than being inhibited, as happens with a brace, so the calf muscles become stronger rather than weaker. 

 

 Q.  How long does it usually take to know whether or not the shoes will help me?

 A.   You should feel a difference within  20 or 30 minutes.  The first thing you should notice is the ability to stand easier, with better stability and if you can achieve a relaxed swinging stride, you will notice a feeling of lightness.  These are the first, positive indicators.   However, it may take 2 weeks or so to feel really confident in them as they teach you to walk in a different way.  

 .  I have a lot of backache, will the shoes make it worse!

     A.  No, as a matter of fact, this is one of the most amazing assets of the Rocker shoes as it allows you to stand straight, without effort.  Also, there is less pull and strain on the back as walking requires less complicated muscle coordination, Therefore, in most cases the shoes can prevent backache and muscle spasms.   This, along with less fatigue, has been the most consistent benefit of the Clawson Rocker shoe.  Continued pain would indicate the shoes may not be for you. 

Q.  Why are the styles #29(Men) and #30(Women) the only styles you have for trial?

    A.  The basic styles #29 and #30 are the most fitable and least expensive shoes we offer.  When we go to the enclosed heel and toe styles the fitting of the shoes becomes more complicated sometimes requiring the some custom work.  If the mechanical assistance can be proven with the basic style then we feel comfortable making the more expensive shoe.

Q.  How does the trial and return policy work?

    A.  You should know if the shoes are effective for you within the first day or two.  We ask that you wear them around the house being careful not to damage then and if you can't tell any assistance they can be returned to us and the purchase price of the shoes will be refunded.

Q.  Can the Clawson Rocker Shoes be repaired?

    A. Yes. We charge $25.00 to resole the shoe if it hasn't worn into the wood.  If it's worn into the wood it will cost more as we have to build the wood back up.   If you have a shoe repair person in your area we would be more than glad to work with them.  However, it is very important that they don't sand or change the curvature of the bottoms as this could make them ineffective.

 

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