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Monday has come and gone – the one just past World Diabetes Day.

 

Have you been in a group today? By 2040 worldwide one in ten adults will have diabetes.

 

In developing countries now foot problems account for 40% of the available resources.

 

Worldwide, every 6 seconds a person dies from diabetes. And worldwide a limb is lost every 20 seconds as a result of diabetes related amputations.

 

Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, cardiovascular disease, kidney failure and lower limb amputation.

 

In the US up to 25% of those with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer.

 

In the US there is evidence that podiatric medical care can reduce amputation rates by 80%.

 

So what about Australia?

 

Right now 1.7 million in Australia have diabetes.

 

380,000 people in Australia having diabetic foot disease – this is the population of Canberra.

 

900 to 1,000 people are in hospital each night around Australia due to diabetic foot disease. The daily cost of these hospitalisations is $1 million.

 

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Today in Australia, 12 people will have an amputation due to diabetes, and 4 people will die as a direct result of diabetic foot disease!

 

Source of the info above: Diabetic Foot Australia www.diabeticfootaustralia.org

 

Step in Happy Feet Pedorthics! We are part of the campaign to reduce unavoidable amputations within a generation! We can assist you by assessing and fitting you for footwear for your feet and your health condition for both indoor and outdoor activities. We can also walk you through the Diabetic Foot Australia Passport to Foot Disease Prevention fitting and demonstrating how our footwear options can give you Happy Feet!

 

Going back to the title of this blog “What do I need to see to believe to take a different action?” change can create challenges and at times it is tricky to make change alone, so at Happy Feet Pedorthics we are happy to walk with you to make a plan – to assist you in making a difference to your foot health and your well-being.

 

Party time all year round – we want to go or sometimes we are obliged to go! Into our wardrobe for our party clothes and for the ladies this often means the party shoes. We all know – the ones with the higher heels and narrower toes. They did look so eye-catching on the shelf in the shop and it was the instant lure that conjured up a vision in the mind of daintily gliding and even dancing being the centre of attention in this pair of beautiful shoes. It is true when they were tried on it was a struggle to stand, let alone walk! But feeling and looking sexy the mind was convinced that the beautiful shoes could be ‘worn in’ and would be as comfortable as the slippers by the time of the very special occasion!

But this hasn’t happened. Nor will it because heels force your feet into an unnatural position, your toes up against the front of your shoe and do terrible things to your ankles, knees, hips and back. Sucked in again! The mind thought “no not this time it won’t, I just want the sexy look – the feel!.” The mind was taken over by desire! A frequent cause of a broken ankle in women is the wearing of high heels. They also cause feet deformities by crunching our toes at the front of the shoes. And the prance gait – what is does to our backs!

We all are sensible, intelligent grown women – but why do we do things like this to ourselves? I am sure it is a mixture of advertising, beliefs – that we look better in heels, a desire to be feminine and social pressure.

There are many films where the lead female runs, literally runs, in heels for the entire film. From the 1920’s until the present day there is a social expectation that women need to wear heels to look smart and feminine. It could be speculated that men have encouraged some of these beliefs in the past. Yet I wonder what the new age guy thinks today – if we asked them what would most men today say about the look of a woman in high heels and the impact of the heels on their lovely’s body?

We empathise with you at Happy Feet Pedorthics! I have to say I wear the high heels in my private time – from the car to the table and an occasional dance. I feel sexy but my feet are so sore! At Happy Feet Pedorthics be savvy about how you shop for your party shoes. Book a time with us for a free footwear health check and learn some glues. If it is that you are best for your foot health to have a pair of Happy Feet Pedorthics party shoes we encourage you to go with full energy – styli clothes, personality plus and happy feet!

Do your feet – all the bones, muscles, joints, nerves, tendons, skin and all the rest a favour – make the decision to treat them by only purchasing and wearing shoes which mean the best party with happy feet!.

Clare Nelson CPed CM AU

Shoes and walking – it is so often a theme, especially this time of year with warmer weather, longer days with daylight saving turned on, the wardrobes reviewed, and more special events to plan for!

Researching the web there is so much to read, interact with and be motivated by. One such example can be found at www.bupa.com.au/health-and-wellness/infographics/walking which is quite different in presentation from the information found at http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Walking_for_good_health?open

The message is the same – for all of us to get out there and do it – many readers may well remember the “Life be in it” campaign years back.

Interestingly some of the presentations mention footwear but many don’t. The pictures on the web definitely show people walking in the city – many at once crossing at the traffic lights – ouch some of those feet in those shoes and the backs! Then there are images of people who are clearly into it – the shoes, the sticks, the back packs – knowing what they are about and doing it!

The ones I couldn’t find, but I am sure many of us have seen and thought how ridiculous, are the situations where the person is wearing thongs on a bush track where there are a significant amount of rocks for stepping up! Or the one with the high heels on the same track! And I am sure you have seen a least one in a group doing the lap of the oval or the rounds of the lake in slip ons or thongs!

The message: the footwear must match the activity. At Happy Feet Pedorthics in making a pedorthic recommendation we would talk about day shoes, sandals, party shoes, thongs for the pools or communal showers, and a runner type of shoe for the daily strong walk. The pedorthic recommendation also includes orthotics and other devices. Having got the base range of footwear we then talk about the next pairs with the aim of having shoes in your wardrobe which fit your feet and that you like to wear.

Clare Nelson C Ped CM AU