“There’s nothing better than seeing a patient walk out of clinic with a smile on their face because of something I’ve done.”
I work in a small team and run general clinics as well as a specialist paediatric one. As a team we also visit the specialist schools in our area and take part in a clinic with other healthcare professionals for patients with diabetes.
I love seeing children learning to walk and becoming independent, and there’s nothing better than seeing a patient walk out of clinic with a smile on their face because of something I’ve done.
I might start the day seeing a young child with cerebral palsy and, once I’ve assessed their muscle power and range of movement, I take a plaster of Paris mould of the leg set at the correct angle to maximise walking potential. At that point, an orthosis, or brace, can be designed to help support the foot and ankle.
The next patient might be an elderly gentleman with a partial foot amputation to assess how the support inside his footwear is working.
I also work on the inpatient wards with other professionals such as stroke physiotherapists or orthopaedic surgeons to get people safely moving and out of bed, or protect them from pressure ulcers.