Use File > Place to import the Word doc into InDesign, rather than copy/paste.
One can disable footnote conversion via Import options when placing, but unless you do that, it's on:
(It's ok not to see this dialog box, it happens in the background, unless you check Show Import Options from Place dialog box.)
My documents are very footnote intensive (sadly!), so I know from experience that footnotes entered in Word using the footnote feature will import correctly into InDesign. Check the Word footnotes (so many versions so I can't give you the exact steps) to ensure that they were added using the footnote feature. You could also experiment with saving the word doc back to a legacy version (.doc in place of .docx) and/or RTF.
Okay so that has really helped, thank you so much..!
It is importing the images from Word, but I can remove these so there is a workaround..
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Oops sorry, and really thank you so much..
I've been copy/pasting from word, either docx or rtf, with no problems at all with footnotes since using cc15.
Untill today, when somehow it didn't work anymore.
After reading this thread I found a much simpler solution:
Use the place command to import your docx, set the import options to import footnotes and (that's the secret) save this setting as default setting for docx. Import.
Repeat with rtf.
Now, you can copy/paste from word with beatiful footnotes.
Okay thank you! This will come in handy on the next book I work on..