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Pedorthic Solutions

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Althea PowellAlthea Powell-Chandler, C. Ped
Powell Shoes
Vero Beach, FL
email: a.powell@pedorthics.org


Condition Description:

One of the great joys of being a Pedorthist is giving hope to a patient/customer whom otherwise have had failed attempts at finding suitable footwear.

Male patient presented with the following:

  • Bi-lateral pes planus feet, severe edema on the right leg, ankle and dorsum of foot along with excessive hyperkeratosis on the planter aspect of each foot.
  • He came in wearing flip flops as this was the only footwear he could find that fit, they of course provided no support for his feet, he was evaluated and casted for a pair custom molded shoes which was his only option.
  • His shoes were each made to accommodate his feet as they are, with some of the following features, deep toe box and vamp, surgical opening on the right.
  • Pictures highlight the severity of his Pedorthic needs and the final outcome.

 

Read the rest of this article and see all pictures and video of Althea's diagnosis in the March-April 2020 issue of Current Pedorthics!

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Legends and Mentors

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Vice President:

Althea Powell-Chandler, C. Ped
Powell Shoes
Vero Beach, FL
email: a.powell@pedorthics.org

In celebration of our legends, it would be remiss not to mention how having contact with a couple of my personal mentors, namely, Dennis Janisse and Hope Julal for their technical, business and professional advice. Their advice and council have been very helpful to me being a young entrepreneur.

It is very important in our profession to utilize the bank of knowledge right at our fingertips, re-inventing the wheel is not always the best option and may be counterproductive.

One such case is a patient with a severe acquired foot deformity, who had tried several different modalities and was sent to us as a last resort. After consultation with the physician and patient, in my mind I had an idea of how I needed to proceed...

Read the rest of this article in the November-December issue of Current Pedorthics!

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“You’re a what?"

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 1, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
“Pah dor thist?” “What exactly is that?”

Sandra S. Turner, C. PedSandra S. Turner, C. Ped
Cardin Miller Physical Therapy
Camp Hill, PA
email: s.turner@pedorthics.org


My first introduction to Pedorthics was through the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) world. I started out in Sales and was also trained as a shoe fitter for diabetic shoes.

At that time there were only two individuals in the company that I worked for that were shoe fitters and certified in pedorthics. Within the first week I figured out there was more to fitting medical shoes than I could imagine. I knew I needed to educate myself to provide the service my clients deserved. These clients could not be fit with shoes that were off the shelf, they needed more for their disabled feet.

I reached out to one of the pedorthists on staff. She told me about the Pedorthic Footcare Association (PFA) and advised me to contact them for educational materials.

I contacted the Pedorthic Footcare Association and was advised to start out with two books; “Introduction to Pedorthics” and “Contemporary Pedorthics” so I made the investment.  

Read the rest of this article in the July-Aug 2019 issue of Current Pedorthics!

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