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Best foot measuring device?

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by Jenni18, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. Jenni18

    Jenni18 Member

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    I've been thinking about getting a foot measuring device to use at clinic for demonstration purposes regarding patients realising their foot width!

    Does anyone know which one is the best? I have noticed that the brannock and clarks seem to be the main ones that have a length and width gauge.

  2. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    What about pen and paper; trace around the foot and hold it up against the shoe?
  3. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member

    As Craig said, pen and paper are also very portable, low running cost, low capital requirement and if done right a high wow factor.

    Having a device that shows the width is one thing but making it relevant to their current shoe is another, how will a device that shows the client needs a EE fitting work when the brand they wear use's a different system for width e.g W, XW and so on.

    Anything we do must be relevant and be easy to explain.
  4. David Wedemeyer

    David Wedemeyer Well-Known Member

    Ritz stick
  5. blinda

    blinda MVP

    What, a cheese cracker?

    I often use the ol' paper and pencil device. Funny thing is, some still protest that its something other than the shoes causing the corn, neuroma, etc. I say "you asked me why this corn keeps recurring, so I'm showing you. Its up to you what you do with that info". Like I said before, I'm not the shoe police. If they are happy to continue wearing the shoes, im happy to continue enucleating.
  6. Jenni18

    Jenni18 Member

    Thank you for getting back to me. I think paper and pencil might still be best.

    I had been thinking if there was a device out there that measured an adults foot, similar to that available for children, then it would also be another aspect of customer service to give them a rough guide on the appropriate width. Obviously I know that not all brands use the same cast to manufacture shoes but if it would mean that patients realised that normal foot width shoes are definately not their appropriate size it would be a step in the right direction. (no pun intended :) )

  7. David Wedemeyer

    David Wedemeyer Well-Known Member

    C'mon now Jenni didn't ask for anything more than a width measuring device and metioned two I ceased using years ago...hmmph!

    Wise cracker. Here in the states cracker is often misinterpreted as "cracka", a derogatory term to certain Caucasoid people and in criminal trials involving "Stand Your Ground" ..:D

    Yes a Ritz Stick Belinda!
  8. caf002

    caf002 Active Member

    The Brannock device is the most common. It measures:
    1. Heel to toe (longest toe please)
    2. Heel to ball or 1st MPJ
    3. Width

    It does not measure depth!

    So a simple width measurement using a "piece of paper and a pen" or a width measurement on the Brannock device does not allow for the total foot volume.
    For example, you may have a foot that is an E width on measurement, but because of other factors, this person may need a 3E width or wider.

    Believe me!!!
  9. footman1972

    footman1972 Active Member

    IMHO measuring feet will not help your patient get shoes that fit well. Using a pen and paper will demonstrate their shoes are the wrong shape, and a referral to a local shoe retailer with trained fitters will give them the help and advice they need to find well-fitting, comfortable shoes.

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