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News- One of the world’s top 100 healthcare leaders

One of the world’s top 100 healthcare leaders

Southern Cross University PhD candidate Sayed Ahmed was the only Australian to be recognised this year as a Top 100 healthcare leader by the International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare (IFAH).

Sayed, the founder of pedorthic company Foot Balance Technology, won the award for his research into footwear innovations designed to reduce and prevent ulcers in diabetic patients.

The IFAH award is based on significant innovations in business and global impact in health care.

Sayed chose Southern Cross for his PhD because it is the only university in Australia teaching pedorthics, where he could find industry leaders with the expertise to guide his research.

Where could you go with a Podiatry or Pedorthics degree from Southern Cross University?

Find out more

scu.edu.au

1800 626 481

 

 

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Referral

You can download Patient Footwear Referral Form here. If you find it convenient, please download it, fill it up offline and then re-upload it.

Patient Footwear Referral Form



Funding Options

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Medical Condition

DiabetesNeuropathyVascular DiseasseCerebral PalsyStrokeAthritis (R/A,O/A)Other

Lower Limb

Achilles TendonitisHallux ValgusHallux RigidusPes CavusPes PlanusAmputationsNeuromaDigital DeformitiesPlantar FasciitisLeg Length Difference (LLD)Other

Shoe Features

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Contact Us

Foot Balance Technology Pty Ltd

Head Office: The Ashley Centre, Unit- 19 & 24, 1A Ashley Lane, Westmead, NSW 2145

Phone: 1300 246 328

Email: info@footbalancetech.com.au

Online appointment booking: https://foot-balance-technology-pty-ltd.cliniko.com/bookings

We provide comprehensive Pedorthic Services and our product range includes prefabricated, semi-custom and custom made orthopaedic, diabetic & comfort footwear.

We are registered provider with all major private health funds, also with Veterans Affairs, the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Healthshare Enable NSW, Workers Comp Insurances (iCare).

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Foot Balance Technology was founded by qualified pedorthist Sayed Ahmed in 2016.
You can read more about Sayed’s qualifications and experience, his passion for diabetic foot health and work to improve foot health in developing countries, here.
But to step back to basics, at Foot Balance Technology, we believe the right shoe really can change your life for the better.

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Tips for Foot Care

How to look after your feet

There’s more to your feet than you think.

You have 28 small bones in each foot – more bones than in any other part of your body.

And, this fragile looking collection of bones and the tendons and muscles that support them take a pounding every day.

In fact, every time you take a step, your feet experience a force of almost double your bodyweight.

What’s more, there are many diseases and conditions which can lead to foot health problems – think diabetes, arthritis, stroke, gout and more.

So, how can you look after your feet and keep them fit for the job?

Well, there are two steps involved.

Treat your feet nice

 

  • Avoid walking barefoot – this is vital for people suffering from diabetes and important for everyone in order to protect our feet from infections, dryness or injury.
  • Wear flipflops in moist areas – poolside, at the beach and in the bathroom –  to protect your feet from bacterial infections.
  • Encourage blood flow to your feet – take a walk, flex your ankles, wiggle your toes and stretch your calf muscles throughout the day.
  • If you injure your foot in any way, see your doctor or podiatrist – this is especially important for diabetics.
  • Don’t ignore pain in your feet or ankles – even slight pain can be a warning sign of a serious complaint.
  • Look after the skin on your feet – apply moisturiser before going to bed.
  • If you suffer from a chronic disease, like diabetes or arthritis, visit your doctor regularly.

Choose the right shoes

The right shoes play a starring role in foot health by preventing many common problems and easing existing foot complaints.

I can’t emphasise this enough. The right shoes really matter.

Here are a few pointers:

  • Choose a shoe that fits you perfectly (or better yet, have a pedorthist fit them for you). Make sure there is enough room for your toes – a size too big and you’ll feel like the shoe is coming off, a size too small and your feet will feel cramped.
  • You may think you know your size, but get your feet measured every time you buy shoes. Life stages (pregnancy for example) and weight gain or loss can alter your size.
  • Think of a good quality shoe as your best friend. Your feet deserve the best. Spending a little bit more for the right shoes is a good investment.
  • Avoid vinyl or plastic shoes, they don’t breathe and will make your feet sweat.
  • Avoid wearing high-heeled or platform heeled shoes for long periods as they are not good for your posture.

For those with fashion related doubts, I’m happy to say orthopaedic or comfort shoes have come a long way. It is possible to get foot health and style in the same shoe box.

Want to know more?

Take a look at our range of shoes here.

Contact us to find out how Foot Balance Technology can help you choose the right shoes and look after your feet.

 

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Diabetic footwear

Why the right fit is so important for diabetic foot health

Did you know 25% of diabetics will develop a foot ulcer?

What’s more, and what’s worse, is that 1 in 5 ulcers lead to toe or foot amputation.

However, most foot ulcers are preventable. In fact, research tells us 4 out of 5 diabetic foot ulcers are caused by ill-footing shoes.

With the right shoes you are less likely to incur the kinds of minor injuries that can lead to an ulcer.

Foot Balance Technology can assess your risk, accurately measure your feet and recommend or make the right shoes for you.

Where necessary, we can also work with your health care team to fabricate orthoses to better support your foot.

Unique and universal

Every foot and every person’s experience with diabetes is different.

But every person with diabetes should see a podiatrist regularly and have a comprehensive foot care program in place.

Why? Because when you work with a health care team (including your doctor, a podiatrist and pedorthist) you can stop ulcers before they take hold and reduce your chance of amputation by 85%.

As you can tell, I’m passionate about diabetic foot health, in fact I’m currently completing my PhD in Diabetic Foot Health and Footwear.

This study builds on my work with the High Risk Foot clinics at Concord, Royal Prince Alfred, Westmead, Nepean, St Vincents and Blacktown hospitals and with a range of specialists from surgeons to prosthetists.

And if my experience and studies have taught me anything it is this – choose the right shoes!

Change your view

If at this point, you’re picturing a pair of “Granny” or “Granddad” shoes that lack any kind of style, stop right there!

With Foot Balance Technology, you don’t have to sacrifice style to look after your feet.

We offer a wide range of fashionable custom and prefabricated footwear.

Yes, diabetic footwear has to be “accommodative” (I’ll explain this in a minute), but it should also look good and accommodate your lifestyle. Which means that as long as you wear the right shoes you can run that half marathon.

Shoes with five-star accommodation

In terms of footwear, and diabetic footwear in particular, “accommodative” means shoes that evenly distribute pressure across the bottom of your feet to help prevent callouses or ulcers.

As you may or may not know, diabetes can lead to decreased sensation and circulation in your feet, and this is why ulcers can be limb threatening.

Because of this, you should have your shoes professionally fitted by a qualified pedorthist.

The pedorthists at Foot Balance Technology make sure your shoes are the right width and depth, that you have enough toe room and that any unique characteristics of your foot (don’t worry, we’ve all got them) are accommodated. In other words, we make sure your shoes protect your feet.

Where necessary, our team can design and fabricate a custom-made shoe just for you – it doesn’t get more accommodating than that.

Want to know more?

Take a look at the range of shoes we offer here.

Call our friendly team today to find out how Foot Balance Technology can play an important role in your diabetic foot care plan.

 

 

 

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Why the right footwear is so important

It’s an unavoidable truth that the longer we walk the Earth, the less stable the foundation provided by our hardworking feet becomes.

Some of us are born with conditions that bring foot health challenges – such as cerebral palsy or a leg length difference.

For others, poor fitting shoes have caused bunions or calluses and disease has led to foot health complications.

No matter what your condition or challenge, the Foot Balance Technology team can help.

We recommend and make the right footwear – the kind that will help you regain your balance, free you from pain and let you keep doing what you love best.

Step into our clinic for improved foot health

The pedorthists at Foot Balance Technology specialise in the assessment and care of a wide range of foot conditions relating to:

  • arthritis
  • diabetes
  • lymphedema
  • bunions
  • hammer or clawed toes
  • Charcot neuropathy
  • cerebral palsy
  • stroke
  • gout
  • leg length differences
  • shin splints
  • heel pain
  • pain in the ball of your foot, and
  • plantar fasciitis.

 

A focus on diabetes

Foot ulceration is a common complication of diabetes. Shockingly, foot ulcers can lead to the need for partial or full amputation of a sufferers’ toes and feet.

Research shows, 4 out of 5 diabetic foot ulcers are caused by ill-fitting footwear.

The right footwear, recommended and fitted by a professional, can reduce your level or risk and potentially save your feet.

Our principal pedorthist, Sayed Ahmed, is passionate about supporting diabetic foot health.

His knowledge and expertise are regularly called upon by public and private orthopedic foot/ankle surgeons, podiatrists, physiotherapists, rehab specialist, orthotists and prosthetists.

He also has a strong referral relationship with the High-Risk Foot Clinics at Concord, Royal Prince Alfred, Westmead, Nepean, St Vincents and Blacktown hospitals.

To build on, and to help spread this knowledge to diabetes patients and clinicians in developing countries, Sayed is completing a PhD around diabetes foot care and footwear at Southern Cross University.

You can read Sayed’s blog on diabetic shoes and orthoses, here.

What to expect

Assessment: When you come to the Foot Balance Technology clinic we get to know you and assess your condition using our knowledge, experience and the latest technology.

An initial appointment usually takes around 45 minutes.

Depending on your foot condition we:

  • conduct a full biomechanical and gait assessment
  • use in-shoe or barefoot plantar pressure measurements and analysis systems, and/or
  • take a 3D scan of your foot and leg.

If you have been referred to Foot Balance Technology by a doctor or other health professional, we apply our expertise to their diagnosis to recommend the best products.

Recommendations: We create your individual foot care plan based on our assessment. This may include the need for:

  • Prefabricated, extra depth and width shoes or other comfort footwear
  • custom made orthopaedic footwear and orthoses
  • stretching and strengthening exercises, and/or
  • a referral to another allied health professional.

If custom footwear and orthotics are recommended, we use a 3D scan to make a cast of your foot, and computer-aided design and manufacture systems to craft the orthoses.

Try our products on for size

Prefabricated footwear

Depending on our assessment of your foot health we may recommend an “off-the-shelf” solution.

Professionally fitted specialised shoes can provide fantastic early intervention – to stop a problem before it starts. They are also a good option for simple foot complaints like bunions and corns.

Take a look at the prefabricated shoes we recommend here.

Custom made footwear

We use computer-aided design and manufacture systems to individually craft shoes for you, including:

  • extra-depth and width shoes
  • custom-moulded shoes
  • corrective shoe modifications and more.

Orthoses

Foot Balance Technology work with your health care team to recommend and fabricate the very best custom orthoses including:

  • arch supports and metatarsal head supports
  • heel cups
  • diabetes specific inserts (TCI)
  • Ankle foot orthoses (AFO) and more.

Put your best foot forward

You can make an appointment with the Foot Balance Technology team with or without a referral from your doctor.

Call us today to find out how we can help and to schedule an appointment.

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Meet Sayed Ahmed

Meet Sayed Ahmed

In 2006, armed with a degree in Footwear Engineering and Technology and bucket loads of enthusiasm, Sayed got a job with global leaders in footwear manufacture Bata Shoe Co in Bangladesh.

While working with Bata, Sayed was made aware of the alarming spread of diabetes through Bangladesh, and the lack of treatment options.

Sayed moved to Australia in 2009 so he could build on his already extensive footwear manufacturing knowledge and skills. He also wanted to learn more about how he could make a positive difference to diabetic health through appropriate footwear.

In 2011, after studying with the Australian School of Pedorthics, Pro-Learn Pedorthics School in Oklahoma and undertaking professional training with industry leaders, Sayed received his Pedorthist Australia (C Ped AU) certification and in 2015 his pedorthist and custom maker (C Ped CM Au) certification.

He founded Foot Balance Technology to help people with foot health conditions.

In addition to his work through his clinic, Sayed works in collaboration with interdisciplinary teams at the High-Risk Foot Clinics of Nepean and St Vincents hospitals. He also regularly receives referrals from the High-Risk Foot Clinic at Concord, Royal Prince Alfred, Westmead and Blacktown Hospitals.

He is also completing a PhD in the area of diabetes foot care and footwear through the School of Health and Human Science at Southern Cross University. You can learn more about Sayed’s research topic here and find his published article here.

Sayed has a vision to use his experience and research to improve the lives of patients with diabetic foot problems around the globe.

As a first step, he is servicing patients in western Sydney and in 2018 trained a professional team to co-found Australia-Bangladesh Joint Venture High Risk Foot Care Services (ABHRFS) in Bangladesh. You can find out more about the joint venture here.

As well as his strong interest in diabetes, Sayed works closely with many public and private orthopaedic foot/ankle surgeons, podiatrists, physiotherapists, rehabilitation specialists, orthotists and prosthetists to advise on gait and posture improvement, supply footwear and orthoses and help patients through the rehabilitation process.

Sayed is also a guest lecturer and placement supervisor for final year podiatry students at Western Sydney University’s School of Podiatry Medicine and CQUniversity in Sydney.

He is also an elected board member of Pedorthic Association of Australia and committee member of NADC Foot Network Working Party.

Sayed has published articles in peer reviewed journals and is a much sought-after speaker at leading pedorthics and foot health related conferences at home and abroad.

To make an appointment to see Sayed call 1300 246 328.

To schedule Sayed for speaking engagements contact us here.

When he’s not in the clinic, you’re most likely to catch Sayed on the cricket pitch or soccer field.

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Join our team

Join our team

Do you enjoy helping people?

Are you interested in working with an established, innovative and well regarded pedorthic clinic?
Foot Balance Technology is expanding its team and reach. Find our more here.

Current positions vacant

Foot Balance Technology is looking for experienced, motivated and enthusiastic people to fill the following positions.

No position for you just now?

Send us your details and we’ll get in touch when the right role becomes available.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions about any of the positions currently on offer or want to know more about our recruitment process and employee requirements please call XXX or email here.