One Size Doesn’t Fit All When it Comes to Foot Care

Doctor in blue scrubs examining a patient's footThere are many time-honored traditions during the holiday season, like gift-giving. Of course, another one is “gift-returning,” especially when you receive clothing that doesn’t fit. Not everyone is lucky enough to get pink bunny pajamas from Aunt Clara that fit perfectly, so you sometimes have to venture out to exchange that small sweater for a medium-sized one. (Holiday eating takes a toll on all of us…)

If you want to avoid having your loved ones or friends returning gifts or exchanging them for a different size, you may want to consider a “one-size-fits-all” gift idea.

A Unique Gift for Everyone

Whereas one-size-fits-all might be a good idea for gift giving, it may not be the case when it comes to medical care. You would much rather have “custom-fitted” treatment, just like your friendly neighborhood go-to foot doc prescribes!

When we discuss the concept of “one size doesn’t fit all,” there are a couple of different things we mean. First, some patients see something on YouTube and decide they need to have this particular treatment done for them. The problem with this can be either that the video is new, it’s old, or has a very limited scope or application.

If someone puts up a video promoting a “new” treatment that’s supposed to be some kind of miracle, there is certainly a chance it hasn’t been scientifically proven. Further consider if the video covers what kinds of side effects or risks come with the treatment? In the event they’re trying to sell you something, the video might not be upfront about the downsides of the “miracle” cure.

The other side of the coin is that perhaps the YouTube video is old (even if it was only uploaded recently). This means you might be clamoring for something that has been proven over time not to work or comes with bad side effects. We don’t want that for you, and you shouldn’t either!

Every Patient Recieves Personalized Treatment 

Besides videos, some patients come to us wanting treatments or procedures that are 40 years old. Now, there’s a chance that the procedure is still “best practice,” but the odds aren’t good this is the case. As a rule of thumb, if there have been 3 presidential elections since you had the treatment performed, there’s probably a more updated version that will be better for you. Don’t worry, though; you don’t have to keep up with the latest in medical trends and practices – that’s what your go-to foot doc is for!

One last issue with “one size fits all” thinking is that there are more options available than you might realize. As an example, there are over 40 different bunion procedures we perform and each has a different goal and recovery period! This is important because your feet are as unique as you are.

We don’t rely on one-size-fits-all care. If you want individualized, custom foot and ankle care that is based on scientific research and proof, come see us. We will diagnose your condition, develop a treatment plan, and provide any necessary follow-up care. Call our Indianapolis office at (317) 545-0505 and we’ll be glad to answer any questions or schedule your appointment!

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