A Queensland podiatrist and a prosthetist have branched out from their usual profession of treating humans to help create an orthotic for an injured wombat. Rockhampton Zoo staff approached a local podiatrist about an ulcer on wombat 'Alan's' back leg. Fate, it would seem, led them to a podiatrist of the same name, Allan Harwood, who said he was instantly keen to see what he could do for the furry marsupial. "Alan was a wombat that the zoo picked up quite some years ago," Harwood said. "He was hit by a car, which left him with an injury to his right rear foot, which left it misshapen."
|Allan Harwood and Alan the Wombat
"Standing on that foot, there was a pressure point that kept breaking down. While his health was good, in his latter years, he needed some extra help and the question was asked whether the podiatrist could do anything to help this spot and help heal the ulcer." Harwood said they attempted to take a plaster cast of Alan's foot but he didn't enjoy sitting still for too long. Instead, they managed to take a print of his paw using foam, which they were then able to derive measurements from.
Source: Alice Roberts and Inga Stünzner, ABC Capricornia [3/15/19]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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