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Bizarre Questions from Patients

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by Kara47, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. Kara47

    Kara47 Active Member

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    Hello All,
    Thought I'd share this one with you:
    A phone call the other day from a lady who has a "flat footed" child, grandparents want to buy him a trampoline for Christmas.
    She wanted to know "if it would make his feet worse?"
    I told her I'm really not sure, especially not being able to view the child's feet.
    I'm sure the full moon effect has been out in force the past fortnight!!
    What are the biomechanics of trampoline use? ( Must have missed that lecture)
  2. Smart lady. Not everyone would think to ask an expert for their opinion. I guess your reply was ok given you didn't have the opportunity of examining said child, but I suspect trampolines might not be the best form of exercise for some symptomatic flat feet although it's an interesting juxtaposition when you consider the comments in the thread about subjecting tissues to the margins of ther ZOOS.
  3. W J Liggins

    W J Liggins Well-Known Member


    Before giving advice you will need to carry out a consultation because every child is different. They will need to pay your consultation fee. Then they will be in a position to ask.


  4. RobinP

    RobinP Well-Known Member

    I used to work at a trust where trampoline was one of the primary treatment modalities for dyspraxic children, many of which had "flat feet". They did it based on some piece of research, and for the life of me I cannot remember what it was. Not sure if I agree with it in terms of treating foot position as it goes against everything I believe in but it did have some fairly impressive anecdotal results in improving their dyspraxia "scores"
  5. blinda

    blinda MVP

    Most bizarre question from a pt?

    Pt: "Do you have a steady hand, Dear?"
    Me: "Um, yeah. The job kinda demands it. Why?"
    Pt: "Oh good. Then you won`t mind sewing this button on, I just can`t thread through the eye...."
  6. W J Liggins

    W J Liggins Well-Known Member

    From an apparently perfectly sane and reasonable lady of some 67 years, with no known vascular or cranial damage or disorder:
    "Do you know, my neighbour pushes electricity through the wall, and it hurts me"? I was only just qualified and could not, for the life of me, think of a reasonable answer, but my father, who was a downy old bird suggested that she should hold a mirror against the wall when it happened. This worked well until the next visit when apparently, the neighbour replied with a larger mirror. I took the cowards way out and suggested that she should tell the story to her GP, but happily, lost track because she went NHS shortly afterwards.

    Never received a referral from that GP though!

  7. kitos

    kitos Active Member

    My favourite Q is always

    'Do I HAVE to take my shoes off as my feet are horrible' for routine care.

    I can now go into great detail about how I can surgically remove the toe box to gain access to said nails - perform my miracles and then superglue the toe box covers back on again.

    Weirdest answer to that one was

    'Will they leak?'

    They live amongst us and we allow them to breed !!!

  8. twirly

    twirly Well-Known Member

    Bill, this brings a patient of mine to mind,

    Late 80s, no known health problems but with a desire to wear shoes two sizes too small which caused her horrible pain & reduced her mobility to the point of her being housebound. The family were on board & even though we all tried in desperation to encourage appropriate footwear she resisted. The family bought her the right size, she binned them & ordered over the phone to obtain her desired footwear.

    Each time I visited she would talk of the 'little people!' These creatures would make themselves small enough to climb through the keyhole & cause mischief. On one visit the stool we usually used for her foot treatment had a scart lead on it. I attempted to move it & the lady asked me to replace it as the police would surely want to finger print it as evidence.

    I explained it was possibly from her own tv/dvd player when she said the tv no longer worked since the last episode of shenanigans by the little peeps!

    She blamed missing money, unexplained dirty dishes & one of them even weed in her bed.:confused:

    She could discuss current affairs & was delightful to know. However the invaders worried me & even though I contacted the mental health team & asked permission from her to talk to her niece they all seemed content that she was safe.

    She passed away earlier this year & I feel so sad that she really believed her house was invaded each night by these terrors. The conversations did often border on the ridiculous but there was no enlightening her as she would get cross if you said perhaps she had wandered in the night moving things. Certainly one of my memorable patients. May she rest in peace.

    She had been assessed by the community mental health team as in no danger & no diagnosis of any mental problems were identified.

    Kindest regards,

  9. Andrew Ayres

    Andrew Ayres Active Member

    I was at a nursing home the other day. I went into one ladies room and the coversation went like this:

    Me: Hello I've com to look at your feet.
    Lady: Oh great they need doing (a slight pause) I dont know where they are.
    Me: They'll probably be on the end of your legs.
    Lady: (looks down) Ah yes I don't know how long they've been their. They weren't there this morning.
  10. Orthican

    Orthican Active Member

    Got two for you. Separate incidents about 6 months apart.

    A lady I was fitting with foot orthoses asked if they will have any effect on her monthly cycle.

    A man I was fitting with a corset asked if it will improve his sex life.

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