A post-operative shoe usually indicates a shoe that is large enough to allow a big bulky dressing after surgery. The shoes are sometimes open-toed to allow for swelling or a bandage. The other usual feature is that it is very stiff soled, allowing almost no bending on the bottom to keep the foot from some of its joint motions. This shoe can also be used for treatment other than following surgery due to this feature. It can be used for some toe and metatarsal fractures to keep an individual from using these joints until the bone can heal. The shoes can be laced up or a velcro strap depending on the model. They come in a variety of colors but more commonly black, blue, or brown. Most insurances do not pay for post-operative shoes, but the shoe is required for proper treatment in many instances.