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Pedorthics – Making a Difference: Modified Footwear Can Be Comfortable and Stylish Too

Pedorthists don’t just make orthotics. Footwear can play a major role in a patients comfort, and modifying them so that they perfectly fit the individual’s foot is an important part of our job.

When we think about orthopaedic shoes, many of us immediately think of the comfortable, frumpy shoes found in Grandma’s closet. Fortunately, this widely held stereotype no longer holds true. There are now many stylish options available for patients, which is great, as many patients simply won’t wear a shoe they don’t like.
One of my patients is a 20-year-old, petite blonde, with a great smile. By looking at her you wouldn’t know she has endured more than 15 surgeries, countless hours of physiotherapy, and is in constant pain – unless you looked at her feet. She was born with club foot deformity, which causes the foot to be twisted inward, and the toes to be pointing down.

Vital foot & lower limb saving tips for people living with diabetes

Pedorthic management is vital for people living with Diabetes. Why? Canadian Certified Pedorthists are trained in foot assessments, biomechanical analysis, footwear fittings & modifications. Pedorthists are one of the few footcare professionals educated about footwear and sock choice as well as proper fit for footwear. These skills are essential in helping patients with Diabetes prevent foot issues or help manage existing foot conditions, such as ulceration.

De-Feet Metatarsalgia

Some of my patients have described Metatarsalgia – forefoot pain – as sharp, shooting, pins and needles, dull, pebble-under-the-foot type pain  that returns even after a period of rest.

Living with Osteoarthritis: A Patient Profile

Living with arthritis can be tough especially when you are someone who enjoys being active. Just ask Vivian, a 65-year old from Kitchener who suffers from Osteoarthritis of the knee and big toe joints. Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder and typically occurs due to age or wear/tear on joints. For people that enjoy being active the resulting pain associated with the affected joints can make simple activities such as walking and standing troublesome. Vivian enjoyed walking and playing darts with friends. She said her “knees become so sore and painful that I could hardly stand to play darts let alone enjoy walks”. The pain eventually became so severe that she elected to have the right knee replaced. Following surgery, Vivian tried to be moreactive to help with the recovery but still had pain in her knee and was recommended custom made orthotics by her family physician.

The Truth About “Toning” Shoes

With product claims including weight loss, increased muscle tone, a reduction in lower back pain, and overall improvement in posture and balance it is no wonder that millions of pairs of so called “toning” shoes with an unstable construction have been sold worldwide. This type of footwear was introduced in the mid 90’s and has continued to grow in popularity since its introduction. It seems every time you turn around another manufacturer has released their own modelToning or unstable shoes have been developed to simulate an effect similar to the wobble board, with the primary purpose of activating and strengthening muscles that may be relatively inactive and underutilized while wearing a more stable shoe.

Patient Profile: Workplace Safety

Check out our lastest video showcasing how pedorthic management helped a real-life workplace accident:

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