Orthiotic footware

Edward156

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So following on previous post concerning my intended new footware I am happy to advise army coughed up and paid the entire bill of 7050 euro for 5 pairs of specialist orthiotic shoes for me. I was expecting more of an argument to be honest. Its been a bit of a nervous wait as I had to arrange to have a report sent to the army MO about the request.

But I figured I may as well try and get as much as I could in terms of footware and tagged on an extra pair of gym shoes to allow me get back to training. I've put on a bit of weight and don't feel good about it. The specialist was quite surprised at the xray I sent him. The medial aspect of my foot is gone, the cuboid bones are gone and the 1st and 2nd MT bones are fused together. Thats on my right foot. I also had surgery to my left foot. On that the 1st and 4th MT are also fused and the cuboid is also gone on that foot. My left ankle is also pinned by 4 bars he said I'd qualify easily for 80% disability on that alone. But in the left knee it's bone on bone meaning I'm putting the majority of my weight on my right hip. It appears I'm walking on my heel and the outside of my foot which causes my hamstring to contract quite badly.

So I got the following :

1: dress shoes for a suit
2: pair of everyday boots to walk to work if I want
3: Pair of casual boots to wear out socialising
4: General pair of walking type / sneaker shoe
5: Pair of gym shoes..

The next steps are that they give me a trial pair to test for comfort etc and then make up the actual shoes once they fine tune the measurements.

Have any of you guy worn these. I've seen the styles this guy can do and they are pretty nice. Just like a pair of off the shelf shoes and boots.
 

DarnYankeeUSMC

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Please explain 80% disability because of a fucked up foot?
Sounds like it's a good candidate for amputation and moving on. Probably not what you want to hear but you put it out there.
How's it any different than knee, hip, shoulder replacement?
 

Edward156

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Partial amputation of my right foot. Significant loss of bone and muscle around my left knee, deaf in left ear, partially deaf in right, severed carotid and femoral arteries and staples still in them.

Thats 80% disability
 

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Bad feet will disable someone without a the other ailments! Hope they help you brother!
 
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DarnYankeeUSMC

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"My left ankle is also pinned by 4 bars he said I'd qualify easily for 80% disability on that alone."

What you said in your original post. None of the other stuff was included.
That's why the question.
 

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I don’t have many of the issues posted above, but I do have plantar fasciitis. I’ve been wearing custom orthotics since like 2012 & they work well. If I go w/ out them for a few days it really kicks my ass. This may be an easier fix for you. They’re pricey but worth every penny. I think I paid like $430 for insoles & I’m still wearing them daily.

The insoles are a hard plastic shell w/ padding on top & if you don’t like the padded toe material you can cut it off.
 

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I too have the 'inserts' in my orthotic footwear, due to all of the injuries that I've got. Include there the 'pelvic instability' because of separation of the symphisys pubis AND the sacro-iliac my left and right 'pelvis bones' wobble when I walk. (in all ya'll, they're generally all fused together essentially making it all one solid piece.) So yeah, I too have the footwear that has the 'pertaining support' and whatnot, and it definitely makes a difference between when I do use it vs. when I don't. An example would be 'sandals' in the summertime..... orthotic supports don't exactly fit-well with sandals. Same goes for 'slippers'.

But there are times where it is just too hot to be clunking around in them shoes. Either way, I pay for it later. For sure.

Especially considering that my spine is still connected to the sacro-iliac on the left side, so when I stand I get the 'lateral movement' which makes things even funner.

Truly is a "tail wagging the dog" moment that the doc's call "normal" and "within spec's"...... rigggghhhhttt.

Considering that the older we get, the more this shit hurts/bothers/affects us, so the key to the whole process is to "not get older".... just stay young. Choose to be 10' tall, bullet-proof, and good looking each and every day of your life.