Posts for: November, 2012
Every day we are fortunate enough to make a difference in someones life, here was todays opertunity.
He is 79 years old, lives alone and stepped on a shard of broken glass in his kitchen barefoot and sustained a cut. That was 10.5 Weeks ago, since then he has been in "crippling pain", his words and he normally complains about nothing".
Went to his physician two days later, Xrays taken, refered to emergency. Admitted from emergency for pain, IV antibiotic and oral pain killers given, stayed 5 days. Two attempts were made to probe the cut. Eventually discharged with referal to general surgeon, refered to plastic, refered to orthopedics. Still waiting to hear which orthopedist he will be referred to and when. Has recieved a further course of oral anibiotics, been prescribed an Aircast boot, but it hurt his lower leg tomuch to wear it.
Barely able to move around his appartment, thankful for slippers and deep carpet. Finally thought he would call our office to see if he needed a referal, that was at 9:30AM this morning. After 20 minutes in our office i was delighted to present him with the shard of glass he knew was in his foot all along.
Sorry the picture below isnt in focus but gives some idea of size and it was located immediately under his right big toe joint.
His Joy nearly match mine, so glad I do what I do, i guess my christmas came early.
For the last several years Marilyn and myself have been fortunate enough to be invited by Dr. Chris MacClean and Paris Orthotics to join them for their annual educational seminar hosted here in Oakville, Ontario. Last night was one such event and as per usual Chris gave his enlightening and thought provoking perspective as a expert in human biomechanics and research. Sometimes as clinical specialists, it is hard to step back and examine what we do in the same purely scientific method that such experts are forced to do. Their observations are vital to enable us to fine tune what we do in the clinical setting and how we can best direct our custom orthotic manufacturer to enhance the benefit to our patients.
We are fortunate enough to have a group practice where regularly we can consult with each other in complicated and challanging cases. For those without such a luxury it is vital to have have a partnership with an orthotic laboratory that has on staff, individuals like Dr. MacClean who can act as that necessary source of council.
Once again my thanks to Paris Orthotics and to Dr. MacClean, and congratulations for having the vision and desire to bring presentations like this to us practitioners in the comunity.
Tomorrow November 14th is World Diabetes Day.
If on no other day of the year:
If someone you love suffers from diabetes or is at risk of developing diabetes, and has not taken steps to manage their condition. Urge them to seek help to confirm their diagnosis or find council to assist them control their blood sugar levels. Sometimes all that is needed is to know our family is behind us and willing to participate in simple dietary changes. In most cases those changes can have long reaching benifits to all of us regardless of our diabetic state.
For extensive information about Diabetes follow the link above to Public Health Canada or contact or offices for care, evaluation or education pertaining to Diabetes or foot health in general.
November 14Th is World Diabetes Day, the purpose of which is to raise global awareness of the disease, its increasing previlence and its close proximity to all of our lives. In the past we have educated and counciled patients on a daily basis in our own offices and through direct intervention helped save limbs and lives. The more we can raise awareness of this disease the great the possiblity of curbing the trend of increasing numbers suffering from diabetes. For a link to this even click on the image below, and for more general information on diabetes follow the link to the episode of our monthly show with Rogers Television on Diabetes and the Lower Limb.