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.
Some days when I arrive for work at my clinic in Ottawa I still cannot believe how much my life has changed.
I grew up in Lebanon at a time when the smell of war shells was always in the air.
When I was 21 years old and studying Business at the American University of Beirut, I opened Bigfoot Shoe Repair – a small shoe repair shop – because I wanted to be my own boss. I was very proud of my business and its success and I thought I would spend my life repairing shoes.
The profession of Pedorthics was introduced to me at the age of sixteen. Because of my repeatedly sprained ankle, I was referred to a Pedorthist where I received by first pair of orthotics. Little did I know, eight years later I would be assessing for, and fabricating orthotics for patients of my own. Once I graduated with a degree in Kinesiology, an advertisement for the C. Ped (C) program at Western University caught my attention. With my previous orthotic experience, I decided the program looked very interesting and I met with a few Pedorthists to supplement my research into the program.
There is never a dull day in my clinics. Every day I see a diverse range of patients from active young children to factory workers to aging seniors with multiple conditions. Counselling this breadth of patients not only keeps me at the top of my game it always reminds me how much of an impact pedorthics can have on so many different demographic groups.
Bunions are a frustrating nuisance for many women who want to don fashionable open toed sandals but feel the red, hard bump at the base of their big toe joint should be hidden from view. Although bunions’ unsightly appearance is often women’s main concern, bunions can be far more than a beauty issue as bunions grow and worsen over time, often causing pain and impacting mobility.