Thursday, 21 May 2015
At ICON Medical Center we have started to fabricate custom made foot orthoses using our AMFIT foot scanner and computerized orthotic carving machine. The benefits of manufacturing this way is that all devices are made for each individual rather than being a generic design. We can accommodate many types of foot problems such as plantar fasciitis (Pain in the heel), metatarsalgia (pain in the forefoot), hammer toes and hallux valgus. The most prevalent problem in Qatar is flat foot.
Around 10% of the population have flat feet, and for the most part this doesn't cause any problem, however, due to the bio mechanical aspects of flat feet, the condition tends to be progressive and get worse as we get older. The second important point is that flat feet also affect the alignment of the knees, hips and lower back, leading to knee and back pain as well as foot pain in later life.
Children with flat feet often have problems participating in sports, they sometimes see themselves as being “un-athletic,” which means that they can become sedentary.
Its important that children who have flat feet see a professional who can assess their feet and provide them with orthoses that can realign their feet and lower limbs, which has a threefold benefit:
- Improved lifestyle, increased efficiency means that the child has more energy to participate and less fatigue
- Better alignment means that the chances of progression are reduced so is developing deformity of the knees, hips and lower back.
- Reduced incidence of pain and discomfort Catching children early before the age of seven years has the greatest benefit, but obviously any age will give long term benefits. Adults with flat feet, might be asymptomatic now, but it’s likely that unless action is taken to prevent progression the patient will develop joint problems and pain in middle age.
Mr. MICHAEL STIMPSON
Sunday, 10 May 2015
Welcome to this newly established Blog for ICON........
The International Center for Orthopedics and Neurosciences opened its doctors to the citizens and residents of Qatar in December of 2013. We have established the health and wellness of the people of Qatar as a primary goal, that we cooperate with all government and private organizations to achieve.
At ICON we believe that communicating with people is a foundation in health care practice, and it is with that in mind that we have started this blog in order to communicate with the people of Qatar.
Communication is a two way road so as much as we are going to be writing this blog weekly we would like you, our community member, to interact with us. the interaction does not have to relate to ICON itself but will extend to all musculoskeletal health and fitness issues. You will ask and we will try and reply. If you like our answer please do let us know that and if you don't please let us know as well so that we can take the discussion further.
As a social media user I did not know what a blog was until recently, and I take pride in saying that I have been using social media for years. Now that I know what it is I can say boldly that it is the most interactive social media tool available.
So starting this week please join in and interact with us with questions and comments, this blog will roll over to our Facebook page as well as our twitter account, so please take your pick and choose your preferred social media interaction platform. I will be alternating on this blog with a lot of my colleagues from our diverse specialties, but i promise you I will always be available to answer and respond to your interactions.......