For many Canadian children, summer means weeks of long, hot, carefree days spent in flip flops at camps, cottages and parks. While the fresh air and unstructured play can be excellent for a child’s development, weeks of roaming in ill-fitting, light weight flip flops may cause children serious harm.
If you’re an athlete you know how frustrating it can be to be sidelined by an injury. To help prevent injuries caused by repetitive strain on the lower extremities it is important for athletes to pay special attention to the type of footwear they are wearing. I treat recreational athletes on a daily basis and the number one culprit is inappropriate footwear.
If you’re a healthy adult, chances are you don’t pay much attention to your feet. You may go for regular pedicures and spend a lot of time selecting fashionable footwear but I expect you don’t give much thought to your overall foot health. If this sounds like you, you’re definitely not alone. However, if you want to avoid the development of chronic foot problems later in life, I recommend you start making foot care part of your regular routine.
Although many of us assume our legs are the same length, it is very common for people to have one leg that is longer than the other. A leg length discrepancy (LLD) sounds alarming but people who have a discrepancy of 1cm may not even know their legs are differing lengths as often they don’t experience any problems. However, if you have pain in your lower back, hip, knee or ankle, or you walk with a limp you should book a consultation with a Canadian Certified Pedorthist. The Pedorthist will advise you if a leg length discrepancy or another foot or lower limb condition is the cause of your discomfort and develop a treatment plan for it.
When I graduated from UBC with a Bachelor degree in Human Kinetics in exercise science I was certain of three things: I wanted to work with my hands, I wanted to help people, and I loved sports. One day I watched a Canadian Certified Pedorthist rip open a patient’s Birkenstock sandal, add a few things to it and then watch the patient walk away comfortably. I knew then pedorthics was the career for me and I started a formal apprenticeship shortly after.