Help is at hand if you are suffering from sore feet, varicose veins or even back pain resulting from the wrong footwear.
The US-based Oppo Medical Corporation plans to launch within two months a series of healthy and medicated footwear and insoles in the UAE targeting the obese and diabetics.
In fact, no sooner you enter one of these pharmacies, a foot scanner will analyse your feet and suggest the right type of footwear and insoles.
Speaking to Emirates 24|7, Jenny Shih, Senior Manager, Integrated Marketing Division, Oppo Medical Corporation, said: “Foot is a very important part of our body. Putting too much pressure on the foot causes many health problems. We are introducing about 40 healthy footwear products and insoles in the market within two months, which will relieve a lot of pressure on your foot and provide proper guidance in selecting the right type of footwear fitting your foot structure. We believe many people end up in serious health problems due to bad footwear.”
The wide range of healthy footwear and the foot scanning equipment from OPPO Medical Corporation is displayed at the Arab Health exhibition, Dubai World Trade Center.
“Customers who come to the pharmacy can get an analysis of his or her foot structure, including toes, fingers and nails, and the right footwear will be recommended,” she said.
It is especially important for diabetics to maintain healthy feet, she said and added that diabetics and obese people are more vulnerable to foot diseases.
“Dust and sweat can also infect feet. Also women who wear high heels for a long period can end up with varicose veins or back pain because their entire body weight is concentrated on just the heel and the blood vessel cannot pump back impure blood,” she explained.
A special type of compression stocking from OPPO will help blood circulation through the leg, even when you are wearing a high heel, she added.
Similarly, by using anti-bacterial micro-fiber in the sole, sweat and dirt can be absorbed, preventing infection. An anti-bacterial material can help control moisture, provide smooth airflow venting system and control blood circulation dysfunction.
A Hallux straightener, for instance, will help realign hallux valgus deformed by preventing big toe from overlapping on to the second toe; prevent or reduce acute foot pain caused by calluses and ingrown toe nails. Similarly a Donut pad can act as friction free cushion stocks which are seamless non-binding and frictionless, the company claims.
Other foot care products from OPPO includes gel toe sleeves, that can help soothe lesions caused by toe rubbing or pressure. It can reduce pain caused by calluses, hammer toes and claw toes.
Similarly Hallux Valgus Pads are specifically designed to regulate the pressure on big toe, and step away from the pain on the first MP joint caused by hallux valgus. Heel cups fitted in this footwear can regulate the distribution of pressure caused by the weight of body. The anatomically contoured pad features sprain prevention and additional cushioning, eases pain plagued by heel pain, plantar fasciitis, valgus or virus alignment of the heel.
A U Shaped heel spur pads will help correct alignment of the foot and relieve painful heel inflammation associated with heel spur or heel pain while provide additional comfort and redirect pressure away from painful area. Arch support insoles allows for great support on longitudinal arch and cushioning and pressure relief in the metatarsal and heel. Ideal for effectively easing pain, offering heel stability, pressure and shock prevention to those who suffer from plantar fasciitis, flexible flat foot, heel pad atrophy and prolonged standing.
Diabetic insoles from OPPO will ensure friction-free feet, sensitive pressure points relief and superior cushioning, to provide extra attention and professional care for people with diabetics or circulation dysfunction problems. “We will be charging for the foot analysis and the pricing will be announced later,” Shih said.