I suffer from Lymphoedema as well as Chronic Venous Insufficiency and both these cause gross swelling in my legs and across the tops of my feet. There are shoe suppliers for people who need broad fitting shoes however my feet aren't particularly broad, the retained fluid confines itself to the tops of my feet. I have found one shoe company (DB Shoes) who manufacture shoes which will accommodate feet which need a deeper shoe but these are also very wide shoes, too wide for me. The only shoes which I can use are Skechers easy fit trainers which lace up and so are adjustable. However I obviously would prefer to only use these when I go out of the home. Indoors I use some mules which are too tight and don't support my feet. I also consider them to be quite dangerous as they slip off when I'm walking. This is because my feet are too swollen to fit sufficiently deeply into the mule. I've found it best to focus my efforts (whilst hunting for shoes on the internet) to shoes which are adjustable but I'm unable to find any which adjust enough. I've tried elasticated shoes including those which are made entirely from elastic (on the upper) and these are the most promising but some are too tight, some have too high a heel and some just won't grip properly round the back of my heel. My heels are quite misshapen with the swelling. I also find that I need a padded/cushioned inner sock and a flat shoe.
Yes in the U.K there is a Podiatrists in hospitals that can help with special shoe's or insoles to help with finding comfort for your feet. I saw a Podiatrist when I had my bunions( before I had them removed) and made special insoles to help me walk pain free.
Thanks a lot for this, I will look into it. It could well be the answer. In my area (in common with some other areas) the Lymphoedema clinic is run by MacMillan (some cases of lymphoedema occur as a result of e.g.: breast cancer surgery, however in my case it was something I was born with) so it's not quite the same as dealing with an NHS clinic.
Actually it's your G.P or Consultant who has to make the referral, but lookout for problems! I've just come out of a big fight between my Consultant & G.P over who does referrals to other health departments! I needed a referral to another department and my Consultant said it was my G.P who needed to do it, went to G.P she said 'no' it was my Consultant as he was the one who found the problem so it was he who needed to do it, he said 'no' it was a new law that had been passed that G.P's make referrals. This went on back and forth for 6months!! Today in the post was a big 4 page form that was from my G.P's saying a referral to the Knee Orthopaedics Dr had been done for me to see a Consultant next month! At Last so good luck to you!
Thanks for this. I'd been wondering myself if I actually may need a referral from either my Lymphoedema clinic or GP, so it was good to read your post so that I have some clarity on this. I was sorry to read that you've been dragged into an argument between your Consultant and G.P. but glad to see that you aren't having to suffer any more delay... you've suffered enough as it is! When I was having check-ups relating to the cancer I had (which I'm glad to say I've now had the 5 year all-clear from) one of the Registrars referred to G.P.'s in quite a disparaging manner and called them a 'jack of all trades'!...which made us laugh! I do think there's quite a bit of rivalry between G.P.'s and Consultants. It use to annoy me when my hospital instructed me to take a urine sample to my Surgery and the Surgery either wouldn't submit the sample for testing as 'they'd not requested a sample' or they'd submit the sample but wouldn't give me the result (citing the same reason!). So then I'd go back to the hospital to tell them about the difficulties I was having and they would be very critical of the surgeries and make it clear that they knew there were these problems with surgeries (so it makes you wonder why they'd have me submit the sample to my Surgery knowing full well I'd run into these problems!). Patients have enough problems to deal with as a result of their health without encountering more because the hospital/Surgery find it difficult to work together!.