Leading to 2015 and walking forward there have been many changes as we continue to evolve! We now stock Drew shoes, and we are using the Gadean range much more consistently. By trading as Happy Feet Pedorthics we now have the freedom to choose the best of the lollies in the orthopaedic, medical or pedorthic footwear range. Matching this opportunity with our skills as pedorthists to modify and make custom footwear, along with our abilities to assess and fit orthotics, other devices and compression garments we have many stories to share. This we are learning to do better on various social media streams. This newsletter is giving you as taste of some of our blogs! We invite you to follow us!
“A podiatrist is trained to assess, diagnose and treat foot and lower limb problems. These may include skin and nail problems, foot and ankle injuries, foot complications related to diabetes and other medical conditions and problems with gait or walking.” From the APA website.
Pedorthics refers to “The professional field concerned with the provision of medical grade footwear, orthotic appliances and appropriate advice to a patient after assessment and analysis of the patient’s problem(s). Including the provision of prefabricated footwear, alteration of prefabricated footwear, custom designed and manufactured footwear/orthotic appliances and advice on the need and application of medical grade footwear and orthotic appliances. Read more at our blog:
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Megalencephaly-Capillary Malformation Syndrome is a rare disease. So what is the pedorthic response when a little one – at 18 months comes to our pedorthic facility with the syndrome – and she is on the move! Her Mum has been told that perhaps Piedro footwear would do the trick! …………… ………. I am in the moment with Annabella’s Mum and her Grandmother. Two women who exude unconditional love for their little one. Two women who are on to it with their next generation – Annabella. Fun loving, guidance, accolade, respect for choice, allowing for risk, ready to console and such joy. Annabella, like all the other kids will play, maybe also at child care, kinder and then school. She is on the move – things to do, places to go! Read more at our blog —
.. working to improve health outcomes for people!
“… oh yes I did have a fall last week, my body is bruised all over
At Happy Feet Pedorthics the real story or the reality experience the carer of family member is so keen to tell is eventually told by the client themselves. That there had been a slip, trip or fall and invariably it is all about the shoes, the mats, not using the walker, reaching too far and “I was just …..!”
There is loads of information, guides, booklets, videos, and advice about slips, trips and falls. At Happy Feet Pedorthics ‘a slip, trip, fall and choosing the best shoe information sheet,’ from the podiatrist is the one we would see most.
All the usual is covered – fit, lace or velcro fastening, good contact with the ground, a sole that grips – even a rounded edge to the heel – which for some people is a bit unstable in our experience. Often what is not covered is the importance of the shoe matching the activity, the slippers being safe, and the importance of checking for the cleanliness of the soles of shoes having been walking everywhere! Read more at our blog -
Here’s to Happy Feet! @Happy Feet Pedorthics. Client Choice and Responsibility – How we direct and care for our loved ones simultaneously.
My mum was typical of so many clients I see. As a daughter I was probably typical of so many daughters, sons and carers that I see as a pedorthist.
- We all want the best for our loved ones
- Our loved ones have the right to have choice and a responsibility to themselves – the situation at point here being: choice of footwear and the risk of falls, wounds, sore toes or painful balls of the feet to name a few
The months of December and January can be times of deadlines, stress, argument and tension. The months can also be a time of joy, love, rest and celebration.
From the team at Happy Feet Pedorthics we hope there is some time for rest and relaxation, being very safe travelling be it by car, train, or plane— walking with happy feet!
Clare Nelson, Certified Pedorthist CM AU