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Many professionals think they are the entitled one – the chosen one!

Cardiovascular – CVD, refers to a class of diseases that involve the heart and/or blood vessels such as the arteries. The main types of CVD in Australia are coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure.

Heart disease and stroke are the top two causes of death and are among the leading causes of disability in Australia. One thing you can do to relieve symptoms of, treat, or reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease is to enjoy a healthy diet and lifestyle plan and don’t smoke!

One thing you can do to relieve symptoms of, treat, or reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease is to enjoy a healthy diet and lifestyle plan and don’t smoke!

I hear you scream! “I want to have a healthier lifestyle, but my feet hurt!” At Happy Feet Pedorthics we say, “Give sore feet the boot!”

In my last blog I talked about the benefits of orthotics to giving sore feet the boot.

On the question of who should make them – this is tricky because in this day and age, many professionals think they are the entitled one – the chosen one! The important question from my experience is that of improved health outcomes to the client. To live a healthy lifestyle, giving sore feet the boot, reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease your health professionals need to walk with you!

the chosen one

As a consumer you need to ask the questions:

  • why use orthotics, what would be the best option of orthotics for my improved health?
  • who will makes the orthotics, will they be off the shelf, or off the shelf with some additions, what materials will be used, what follow up is there? is there an adjustment time?
  • when do I wear the orthotics, what shoes can I wear them with?
  • what if I don’t like them, what if the orthotics don’t work?
  • how much will the orthotics cost, can I get my money back?

In our experience at Happy Feet Pedorthics trying to get shoes for the orthotics or having a go at wearing the prescribed orthotics, leads to the questions consumers need to go back and ask the professional who prescribed the orthotics. Sometimes the questions are asked, BUT OFTEN TIMES the orthotics are left in the bottom of the wardrobe – even after spending the likes $800, the foot health is not improved, and the bad experience leads to more doubt, cynicism and “they don’t work” at the next suggestion for their use!

At Happy Feet Pedorthics we say “your own sense is good sense, your logic is good logic, be confident to ask the question – that there is invariably an option!”

The questions and comments we get at Happy Feet Pedorthics about orthotics made by a range of professionals include:

  • the orthotics don’t fit in my shoes
  • shoes were not talked about when I got my orthotics
    • I can’t wear lace ups with dresses
    • my foot slips out the back of the shoe
    • the orthotics fit in my runners but not my heels for work
    • my shoes are tight at the front now that I have the orthotics
  • the orthotics are hard under my arch when I walk
  • the orthotics make my feet burn

The most noticeable facts for us at Happy Feet Pedorthics when it comes to orthotics from a range of health professionals are:

  • the apparent lack of discussion at the original dispensing about the orthotic themselves and the footwear requirements of same
  • the very evident lack of use of the range of materials available for use in the making of orthotics, regardless of the dispensing point – private practice, community health, university or hospital.
  • the use of off the shelf product, being perceived as custom made by the client / patient
  • a lack of engagement in the chicken and egg discussion of what comes first – the orthotics or the extra width and depth shoes? Often if the pedorthic footwear comes first, the orthotics would not be required!

Give sore feet the boot, live a healthy lifestyle, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and have your health professionals walk with you!

Clare Nelson
C Ped CM AU

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