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Footwear for Lymphoedema patient

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by angibug, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. angibug

    angibug Welcome New Poster


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    I have been treating a lady for sometime who had Diabetes and Chronic Lymphoedema. Her feet and lower legs have so much Oedema that she is only able to wear some very unsuitable canvus shoes or socks cut downs the front and laced together with ribbon. She has been to surgical aplliances and has been given something off the shelf (basically a post op shoe) that caused blistering and ulceration. All cosy feet range is too small. Any suggestions?:bang:
     
  2. Heather J Bassett

    Heather J Bassett Well-Known Member

    Hi and :welcome: Angi.
    You may not get a lot of replies as you have posted this question in the introductions.
    If you are seeking advice you are best to post in the appropriate forum, not everyone reads the intro's.;)
    I know that Dr Comfort range have a very wide/low opening elastic velcro shoe that appears to be good for that.
    Not sure about shoes in the UK.

    Hope you enjoy using the site

    Cheers
     
  3. twirly

    twirly Well-Known Member

    Hi Angibug,

    :welcome: to Podiatry Arena.

    The following brings up some interesting links. However, each link will take you to a new browser page. If you have no success I would advise ringing any of the links for more advice.

    http://www.uklymph.com/related_sites.php

    Good luck.

    Mandy ;)
     
  4. angibug

    angibug Welcome New Poster

    Thanks that info was really useful
     
  5. Jeremy Long

    Jeremy Long Active Member

    I would not personally recommend the Dr. Comfort range for edema as severe as what's being described. It's last shape in the rearfoot may cause irritation at the collar of their shoes. Better options exist with both PW Minor's Joy model and the Pedors Classic. Both use the stretch vamp as earlier described; however, they add further improvements that may be of help to your patient. The former has 1/2" of internal added depth, making it exceptionally versatile for fit; the latter mates a stable sole with an extremely accommodative upper.

    There are also some US custom molded shoe makers that include stretch accommodative designs in their collections. I assume that these would be a last result, based on the time and expense involved.
     
  6. Heather J Bassett

    Heather J Bassett Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info on other shoes, just out of interest sake what arte approx costs of the 3 shoe types, do they vary a lot?
    There is possibly a $200 difference over here, even moe if the Aussie $ is as bad as it is at moment mid year 90 + cents to US now 60 cents:empathy:
    Thanks
     
  7. Jeremy Long

    Jeremy Long Active Member

    When I was with Reebok I was amazed at the logistics of product transport and the associated costs involved. All footwear items were made in southeast Asia, then sent to Stoughton, Mass, from which they were then spread across the globe. That effectively doubled and many time tripled what would have been the US wholesale price. From what I understand there are still individuals in Africa who attempt to divert product from US retailers simply to slash their own costs back in their homeland.

    US suggested retail pricing of the two shoes I mentioned are both in the $80 range. There's also the Natural Step Victoria (women's) and Valentino (men's). In addition to the benefits of the other shoes, these use very high quality leathers in the rand and quarter, and accommodate most areas of the foot. Their Brazilian construction is also a nice benefit. US suggested pricing is $120 and $130 respectively.
     
  8. Heather J Bassett

    Heather J Bassett Well-Known Member

    Hi thanks for that. Off the top of my head, minor range are generally $300 ++ here.:confused:

    Cheers
     
  9. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member

    Your right Pw's range from the $300 up to my knowledge also and the Dr Comfort $250 but from what is described the client may need custom made $600 up, here in Australia.
    With the exchange rate currently this makes our shoes to you very cheap:D
     
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