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One of the tell-tale signs of a person who has a Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity is the way that the heels on your shoes wear out. But, for various reasons ‘heel wear’ is not always visible.
Below is taken from a letter from one of my patients who told me why, initially (before having an Initial Phone Consultation with me), she was not sure that she ‘fit the profile’ of a person who has an abnormal foot structure, because she did not see heel wear in her shoes.
Dear Professor/Dr. Rothbart,
“There was one thing in the Rothbart Questionnaire self assessment that stopped me and made me think that I probably did not have the Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity. It was the question about ‘uneven heel wear’. Because my shoes have never had uneven heel wear, I did not think I fit the profile. In fact, over the years, I have had various chiropractors and podiatrists remark that they were surprised that I did not have uneven wear on the heels of my shoes.
Last Sunday, I was going to throw away a pair of slippers I received for Christmas. They have thick ‘memory foam’ inside and at first they were very comfortable. But after a month and a half, it was so painful to walk in them that I stopped using them.
I was holding them, wondering what had changed to make them so uncomfortable, when I noticed that they were completely broken down on the inside edges. The memory foam on the outer edges was still 1 inch think, but on the inside edges it was flat as a pancake. There is no way I could have walked straight and upright with those slippers on!
I went back and looked at the shoes I’ve worn for years. The heels are even on both sides. There is no difference in the wear pattern from side to side, or from shoe to shoe.
The difference is that all the shoes I’ve worn since 1973 are ‘Earth shoe’ types. They have extremely thick and durable soles that last forever. I would never have noticed the uneven heel wear if I hadn’t been given a very cheaply made pair of foam slippers.”
The following is my response to this patient:
“A person could have a Rothbarts Foot or a PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity and still not have uneven heel wear. The reason is that there are several factors that play an important role in whether or not there is uneven heel wear in your shoes.
One factor that you mentioned is the durability of the heel material. Most shoes manufactured today, cut corners by using inexpensive material like PVA for the heels. This material compresses quickly and so it is easy to see the uneven heel wear patterns develop. However, there are a few shoe manufacturers who do use harder memory-retention materials that take a much longer time for the uneven heel wear patterns to become apparent.
Also, if you are not on your feet all day using the shoes, and only walk for short periods of time (because of pain when you are on your feet), the heel wear patterns may never become visible.
There may not be any wear on your heels because perhaps you don’t walk using a heel to toe motion. That is, some people walk by placing their full foot flat on the ground (all at one time) and so the heel of their shoes will not wear out. A few people even walk mainly on their toes.
No one factor by itself is meaningful. It is a combination of the patterns of signs and symptoms that allow me to determine whether or not the chronic pain sufferer has one of these abnormal foot structures (the Rothbarts Foot or Preclinical Clubfoot Deformity).”
You, the pain sufferer, may have completed the Rothbart Questionnaire, read my book, Forever Free From Chronic Pain, read my patient website and the Curing Chronic Pain blog and still will not know for certain whether or not you ‘fit the profile’ of a person with an abnormal foot structure, or whether I can help you. This is understandable. The reason you still have questions is because written information cannot be specific to each and every person’s specific and varied chronic pain symptoms.
Because there are so many factors involved in determining whether or not a pain sufferer has a Rothbarts Foot or a PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, it is necessary for me to talk with the person and ask specific questions regarding their individual chronic pain problem. In most cases, during the Initial Phone Consultation, I can tell with reasonable confidence if the pain sufferer has one of these foot structures. However, to be absolutely sure, and also to determine WHICH of the two they have, I must then run a series of proprietary computer analyses.
If you think that you may have a Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, but feel that maybe you don’t fit the entire profile, this does not necessarily mean that you do not have one of these abnormal foot structures. It simply means that you are lacking sufficient information to make a clear decision. At this point, speaking with me during an Initial Phone Consultation will clear up many of the questions that you may have.
As you learn more about my innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
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Professor/Dr Brian A Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT
Author of Forever Free From Chronic Pain and The Foots Connection to Chronic Pain