I have never really quite worked out what these are. To me, they are like the “diabetic diets” that you frequently see advertised (obviously there is money in ‘diabetic diets’). What troubles me is that exactly what is a diabetic diet? I don’t think that there is such a thing as a diabetic diet. It’s just a marketing ploy to sell books or some other products. A diabetic diet is just a really good diet that has all the hallmarks of eating healthy. Nothing special about that. Nothing special about it being a diabetic diet. We all should eat healthy.
So what about the socks? A good sock will have features that make them comfortable, that can help absorb perspiration, maybe have some antibacterial feature and not be tight to restrict circulation. Everyone needs those features in socks, not just those with diabetes. It too is a marketing ploy to sell more product.
Obviously those with diabetes do need to perhaps take extra care with what they eat and other aspects of their diets. They are also at increased risk for foot problems and need to take special care of their feet. We all need to eat well and we all need to take care of our feet. To label things like a “diabetic diet” or “diabetic socks” is a marketing ploy.
Awesome picture from the stock photo service that I use, so I have to write something about cracked heels!
Cracked heels hurt, never look very good and can be a portal for entry for an infection, so they need to be taken seriously. I like the tomato analogy to explain them. The skin around the periphery of the heel splits just like the skin of a tomato skin splits when it is squashed.
We see lots of patients with them. I wish more would take them seriously as they are so easy to self manage. Use a foot file or pumice stone regularly and apply a cream regularly. That its. Do that it will not be a problem.
When you travel, of course there are language differences and the differences can be amusing and get confusing for those who are not familiar with them even though they all speak English. One of the funnier ones is the use of the word “thongs” in Australia. Everywhere else in the world that refers to a skimpy underwear. In Australia it means a piece of footwear like flip-flops (USA) or jandals (New Zealand). Easy to see the confusion around that and the jokes that can and do get made about it!
I only mention this today, as I did a session as the wife’s clinic and they sell the Archie’s brand of thongs and we sold a lot today. People love them. A lot of people who are not even patients come in off the street to buy. There is a phyiso not far away who specialises in pregnancy issues and it looks like they are sending all their patients in to buy a pair. Others come in to buy them before heading to Bali for a holiday. Even the receptionist calls them “life changing”.
Why are Archies thongs so popular? They have an arch support built-in. That means those who need foot orthotics can wear them as they will not need to use their orthotics while wearing them. And those that do not need orthotics, just feel the arch support as being something that is so comfortable. You can get them online here.
POSTSCRIPT: I made this video on the Archies MOSI, which is a modification I make to them to help support some feet on some occasions more when it is needed:
Seems like an odd topic for me to be writing about here! – but it did come up this morning in our PodChatLive show with Nina Lansdowne in which we were talking about content marketing and websites for podiatrists. Part of the discussion was around what content we should be writing about on our blogs for our clinics to get more traffic and potential patients eyeballs on the websites.
Too much generic information is not going to get many people to a website. I used a keyword tool and Google to show everyone that there were a lot of searches for the words “foot corns”, so it might make sense to perhaps blog about that and get some of that traffic. However, when you go to Google and search that, the top results are places like the Mayo Clinic and WebMD. You are not going to get a look in with websites like that competing in that space.
After playing around with the keyword tool, I pointed at that there is much less traffic for the phrase “Do corns have roots?” which is what patients ask all the time and want to know about. There is also not much competition for that phrase and a topic like that might generate more traffic for a clinics website than the terms that have more searches and traffic but are more competitive. It was an interesting discussion around that topic and what to write about on our clinic websites so we show up in the search engines.
A phrase like “Do corns have roots?” is not sexy and not popular, but it is a question that patients want to know the answer to and do ask us, so it does make sense to blog or write about the topics that patients want to know about and might get us some eyeball on the website.
So, do they have roots? The answer here is NO they don’t.