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April 2015

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Getting A Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferer Back On Her Feet

When I was completing my Bachelor of Science at the University of Waterloo I had the opportunity to work with a number of professors and graduate students who were doing biomechanical research. This experience sparked my interest in foot biomechanics, particularly how people adapt to walking on varying terrain and how they modify their techniques when they are injured or in pain.

Today, one of the aspects I enjoy most working as a Canadian Certified Pedorthist is assessing abnormalities in patients’ walking cycle and following the evaluation, determining the pedorthic treatment that will help them achieve their personal activity goals. I get a deep personal satisfaction each time I am able to help a patient who has been struggling to perform their daily activities.

Foot Pain Is Optional

I believe foot pain is largely optional!

This may seem like an unusual and unfair statement to make, particularly as I spend my days counselling and treating patients who are suffering from foot pain so let me explain. Foot pain can be very severe and debilitating and it can be experienced by people of all ages. However, in the vast majority of cases, foot pain can be eliminated or eased. The primary reason people live with foot pain is because they delay treatment, either because they mistakenly believe the pain is something they have to put up with or because they don’t know where to go for help.