Due to a high demand for the only prefab gait plate on the market, Nolaro24 is pleased to announce a new and improved version of our popular littleSTEPS Gait Plates!
New kid-friendly purple color to easily differentiate from regular littleSTEPS
The new purple color serves as a reminder that when kids with in-toe gait mature into adult shoe sizes, they would likely transition well into a B Quad Adult orthotic which is designed for teens and adults with in-toe gait.
Gait Plate Version 2.0 provides improved accuracy of sizing, more closely matching the depth and width of our standard littleSTEPS models.
Newly automated processing allows for faster delivery!
Don’t forget to get your New version 2.0 littleSTEPS Gait Plate Fit Kits to start dispensing immediately!
Are to be used for Sizing/Fitting
Allow you to always have a pair for parent to see on their child
With thoughts of school right around the corner, most parents go buy new shoes for their kids in August. It’s time for you to contact them and get them to check their kid’s orthotics to make sure they are still the right size as well. Chances are that they will need a new size for their new shoes! Get parents to bring kids in to be fitted for their new larger size, and have them bring their new shoes.
Here’s how to check if your patients need a new size:
We suggest that you do a mailing to the parents of all of your pediatric patients, and include our flyer on making sure kids have the correct fit for their orthotics, and include a link on your website to download it. We can customize it for you with your logo and office information.
You can find the flyer HERE
If you would like it personalized, please contact Casey Hoffman email@example.com. Please include a .jpg of your company’s logo.
SPECIAL PROMO OFFER on pair pricing for 10 or more pairs GOING ON NOW – Call 877-792-4669 for more information! Promo offer valid from July 27-31, 2018
Pediatrics is one of podiatric medicine’s best kept secrets. From afar, observers could easily assume that tpodiatric medicine and surgery involves purely adult and geriatric care. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, the treatment of children and children’s foot problems should be a vital part of common podiatric practice. Besides the direct benefit to those children impacted by foot problems, from a practice standpoint, podopediatrics can be a valuable source of sustaining referrals in that once the care of children is entrusted to a podiatric physician, the care of other family members will most likely soon follow.
6 Reasons to Treat Kids in Your Practice:
Genetics: Kids inherit their foot types
Kids don’t always outgrow flat feet
Preventing the long-term effects of aging on a neglected pronated foot
Opportunity to grow your practice
Kids are not just mini adults: They are more susceptible to injury
Increased Emphasis On Sports = Increased Incidents of Injury
Benefits of a PodoPediatric Screening Clinic
Benefit 1: Efficiency and Marketing At The Same Time A Children’s Clinic opens the door to treat many potential pediatric orthotic candidates in a single day. Allows you ability to efficiently screen entire families.
Benefit 2: Build Referrals Through Education The Children’s Clinic offers opportunity to educate referring General Practitioners and Pediatricians on the benefits of early intervention. Perform community talks to educate parents, coaches and kids on why feet are important.
Benefit 3: Get Your Staff Involved The Children’s Clinic gets the whole staff involved, particularly the Podiatry Assistants who can effectively manage 90% of the program.
Benefit 4: Affordable Options Neglect in managing kid’s foot conditions is often due to prohibitive costs. Not all kids need custom devices. Prefabricated kids foot orthotics and/or bracing often offer affordable, yet effective, treatment solutions.
Implementing a PodoPediatric Screening Clinic
Step 1: Pre-planning
Meet With Your Entire Staff Ahead Of Time And Plan Well In Advance. Allow At Least 4-6 Weeks For Proper Promotion.
Include Late Appointment Hours After 5pm For Working Parents, Or Consider A Saturday.
Be Sure Ample Staffing Is Available To Call On If Needed.
Have Enough Prefabs In Various Sizes In Stock To Dispense During The Clinic (orthotics, braces and splints).
Set Up A Registration Process For Call In Appointments Or Register On-line.
Try And Make Appointments, But Accept Walk-ins
Step 2: Advertising & Notification
Notify the public of the event. TELL EVERYONE! Don’t assume just because you are running a clinic, parents will find out on their own and show up!
Emphasize “FREE” foot exam for kids. Keep notifications brief.
News paper or radio ads can be very effective and affordable.
Don’t forget to post the clinic on your website! Set up a registration page.
Step 3: Get Ancillary Care Providers Involved
Early Intervention Therapists
Pediatric Shoe Stores
Step 4: Educate Staff on their Roles
Creating a Kid Friendly Environment
Preparing Announcements & Notifications
Talking up the Clinic to Existing Patients
Handout Flyers at Checkout
Managing Prefab Inventory
Processing Custom Orders
Posting Flyers Around Town
Assisting in Website Updates
Teach Them to Foot Type (PA Webinar)
Keep Adequate Supply of Patient Literature On Hand
Fax Blast Referring Providers
Send Out Post Card Announcements to Patients and Their Families
Keep Kids Occupied While You Are Discussing RX Options With Parents
Step 5: On Clinic Day
Introduce yourself to both the parents and the child.
Ask what concerns the child and the parents have, and what brought them to the clinic
Ask if the child has had any previous treatment
Inquire about family history for foot related conditions or symptoms and LLD’s
Briefly explain the purpose of the foot screening (Is the child’s foot structure and gait within normal parameters for their age)
Look at them standing barefoot, check heel valgus alignment and arch height
Allow the child to move around, engage in normal activities and play and notice their balance, ability to maneuver / coordination, etc
Watch and analyze gait
Determine their functional foot type if child is a teen
Step 6: Decide on Treatment Options
Bracing for Structural Deformities
Custom Foot Orthotics For More Pathological or Extreme Cases
Prefabricated Foot Orthotics to Promote Proper Posture, Injury Prevention, or Less severe Symptomatic Cases
Outside Referrals for Treatment
Strengthening – Core and Limbs
Coordination & Agility
Proper Shoe Wear
Step 7: Follow Up
Be sure to contact each parent attendee within a week following clinic, by phone or email.
Get opinions to help improve the next clinic…. would they attend again, what day/time of day would have been better, etc.?
Start building parent database for the future. You may want to schedule a Children’s Clinic on a regular basis (monthly, quarterly, etc.) and if you save contact information on an ongoing basis, your email and mailing database will become an effective promotional tool.
Remember, children who start using orthotics early will return for next sizes several times, and will eventually become part of your adult patient base.
So if you have not been treating kids….WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?