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Foot for thought

A new range of footwear that facilitates good foot care is being launched for the first time in the city.

Toeing the health line.

APODIATRIST may not be as popular as our neighbourhood paediatrician, but the specialisation concerning diseases of the feet, is gaining awareness. It is important to see foot care as a health issue, especially in the case of diabetics. Diabetics are more vulnerable to foot problems and the care begins right from choosing the right kind of footwear.

Footwear goes beyond making a fashion statement. Comfort replaces the chic look. With more professionals in the fray, and on the move constantly, one cannot ignore comfort combined with style to attain that spirited gait to the step. The recent launch of Pedoright-Healthcare Footware at Hotel ITC Kakatiya Sheraton raised interest among the individuals concerned, and brought into focus the importance given to general foot care in our country.

"Often, shoes are the last priority. Foot care is overlooked most of the time," says Dr. Divya Sudershan, practicing gynaecologist who attended the launch.

"There has been a crying need for specialised footwear in conditions such as diabetes to take care of the feet. The neuropathy condition among the patients in which the feet are not sensitive, might lead to ulcers and gangrene, which results in the amputation of the limb," observes Vishwanathan Ganesan, Director Pedoright Footcare Pvt Ltd.

Keeping in mind the special requirements of diabetics, the Diaboon range of shoes and sandals have been designed by Pedoright Foot care. This apart, the healthcare footwear basket also comprises shoes for the orthopaedic patients. "It makes a lot of sense to wear the right footwear. Spondylitis, low backaches and sciatica are all linked. People think of the spine but overlook the shoes," observes Dr. Naresh, an orthopaedic surgeon.

While the Orthorite range is designed for conditions of orthopaedic nature, the feel good Pregers range of sandals for pregnant women appear chic and comfortable.

The adjustable straps do help for comfortable walking in conditions of oedema.

Another interesting aspect is the heel. "High heels are now considered as killer shoes. The tendons get affected, as one grows old. One needs to have a right heel pitch.

Anyone who shows more than the normal 15-20 degrees on the shore hardness scale needs to wear healthcare footwear," says K.G.K. Murthy, orthotic engineer and the technical expert at the Pedoright Healthcare footwear.

Designed by taking the mechanics of the feet into consideration, The products would be shortly available in select outlets such as Hollywood at Abids and Variety in Secunderabad. For more information contact 7762826 / 6529806.


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