- The foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles.
- Cigarette smoking is the biggest cause of Peripheral Vascular Disease (disease of the arteries of the feet and legs), which can lead to pain on walking, ulceration and infection.
- 25% of the Bones in the Body are in your Feet.
- Walking is the best exercise for your feet. It also contributes to your general health by improving circulation, contributing to weight control and promoting all-around well being.
- A Philosopher’s Thoughts: The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates once claimed “When our feet hurt, we hurt all over”.
- Only a small percentage of the population is born with foot problems. It is neglect, lack of awareness, and proper care – including ill fitting shoes – that can bring on problems. (Source: Dr Scholl Australia)
2) You will require a doctor’s note with a diagnosis.
3) Book an appointment at the Clinic
4) Visit the Clinic where a Pedorthist will perform a full pedorthic assessment, check your range of motion (ROM) , biomechanics, and perform a gait analysis. Your foot will then be casted in plaster. Once you have been assessed you will be advised on proper shoes for your foot type that you can purchase.
Dispensing and Fitting the custom orthotics
Any Future Adjustments or modifications, if necessary
Advice on correct shoe selection for your foot type
Diabetes is a serious disease the affects millions. Unfortunately, a lot of complications are also associated with diabetes, including disruption of the vascular system, which can impair many areas of the body, such as the legs and feet. As a result, people with diabetes should pay special attention to their feet.
An estimated 246 million people worldwide are affected by diabetes. With a further 7 million people developing diabetes each year, that number is expected to hit 380 million by 2025. About 25 percent will develop foot problems related to the disease.
These foot problems often develop from a combination of causes, including poor circulation, which impairs the healing process, and lack of sensation to pain, heat or cold. With lack of feeling in their feet, people with diabetes can develop minor cuts, blisters or pressure sores and not be aware a wound is developing. If these minor injuries are not noticed and are left untreated, serious complications like skin ulcerations may arise and could eventually lead to the need for amputation.
It is very important, therefore, for those with diabetes to prevent all foot-related injuries. One of the best ways to do this is to wear proper-fitting and correctly constructed shoes. Wearing tight-fitting or inappropriate shoes greatly increases the chances that a serious foot complication will develop. In addition, it is recommended those with diabetes inspect their feet daily to watch for potential problems.