Flying Feet

Case Studies

Case Study 1

Following an industrial injury, a purser had been signed off sick for 3 months. Her injuries were to her lower limbs – repeated consultations with the airline doctor had not reached a desired outcome. At her latest appointment, the doctor had signed the crew member off sick for a
further month and recommended simple exercises which could be done at home.

Rostering implications, (affecting productivity), medical expenses and payment for sick leave posed financial burdens on the airline of around $1200. Since the airline’s policy was such that specialist advice must be sought after a period of 3 months sick leave, the doctor, at this point, also referred the patient to an aviation podiatrist at Flying Feet UK.

In order to deal with the issue adequately – ensuring that a repeat occurrence did not happen in the future, both the cause and the symptoms were addressed. Consultation with the Flying Feet UK aviation podiatrist revealed the cause of the problem to be multi-factorial. Underlying lower limb
mechanical problems were corrected as were footwear issues. Symptomatic relief was also given to allow shorter term comfort.

After 2 weeks, all symptoms had disappeared. The cabin crew member was able to safely and comfortably return to full duties without further related issues.

Benefits of Flying Feet UK interventions relevant to this case:

· Return to full duties within 2 weeks from date of assessment with Flying Feet UK

· Cost savings – no sick pay, no rostering implications

· Reduction of likelihood of industrial injury claim

· Reduced likelihood of re-occurrence of symptoms through addressing underlying cause and footwear issues

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Case Study 2

A newly employed airfield worker with a leading airline was experiencing pain in the ball of his foot. Hi symptoms had only started after assuming his position 2 months previously and had been gradually getting worse, to the point that he was unable to walk without pain and had been signed off
for two weeks.

Being a relatively new member of staff, he was keen to resume full duties as quickly as possible. His absence was putting a strain on his colleagues since his shifta had to be covered. He was also not entitled to bonus shift allowances, resulting in a lower take home pay than usual. Since his GP had been unable to resolve the issue, his manager had referred him to the aviation podiatrist at Flying Feet UK.

The podiatrist found that he his symptoms had been triggered by the wearing of safety shoes which he was not used to. Measured were taken to deal with his symptoms by improving his foot function and comfort of his safety shoes.

After 1 week, he had made a full recovery and was able to return to work before his sick leave had ended.

Benefits of Flying Feet UK interventions relevant to this case:

· Return to full duties in just over 1 week from date of assessment with Flying Feet UK

· Cost savings – no sick pay, no rostering implications

· Reduced likelihood of re-occurrence of symptoms through addressing underlying cause and safety shoe issues

Detailed medical case studies are available for qualified health care practitioners. Please contact us to obtain them.