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March 07, 2018
HOW TO TELL IF YOU NEED INSOLES
(Footcare wisdom from a woman who’s walked in many shoes)
Wisdom is built with experience. Just the same, a person can be a few milestones wise beyond one’s years with the right information.
When it comes to orthotics and podiatry, Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, founder of FootDoctors Orthotics, has more than 25 years of Sports Medicine, Podiatry, Surgical and Orthotic Design experience.
When it comes to ensuring our own footcare, our youth can work against us.
“I know I am intelligent, because I know nothing,” is a Socratic saying we aren’t taught in high school. In our teens, we know what’s best, and often it’s fashion first. In our twenties, particularly after college, we know so much, and we do know more about many great things. Footcare is not usually one of them.
Neglect became a problem for Patricia, a woman now 82 years old, in her with feet that have traveled an interesting and rich life.
“Don’t let it go,” is her opening advice. “For me, foot pain started in my twenties.”
Before careers as a flight attendant and nurse’s assistant, she worked at a law firm in the late 1950’s.
“I wore pointy dress shoes that crippled my feet after I neglected the pain.” Patricia explains, “I thought I had a planter’s wart or something, but it was the start of what would become hammertoe.”
She had her first operation to correct a hammertoe in 1986.
“Eventually, I needed two operations on one foot and two on the other,” Patricia said in a tone a soldier might use while explaining the medals on their chest.
“One each hammer toe.” She continued, “One each bunion.”
Patricia uses custom orthotic insoles now. She started with flimsy, over-the-counter foot inserts. Then she switched to a more structured, medical-grade customer orthotic to help realign her feet and ankles, while providing the comfort and support she needs.
“They help me walk a lot better. In fact I really can’t go without them,” she claims.
Then with a chuckle, she said, “I’m old don’t you forget!”
It’s been over five years since she even explored new options. If you would like to learn more about the latest and greatest options now available, click here.
For Patricia, it started with foot pain that went neglected without examination and using inferior over-the-counter insoles.
SIGNS YOU MIGHT NEED INSOLES
OVER-THE-COUNTER (OTC) vs. CUSTOM ORTHOTICS