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3D Anatomical Foot Model Q & A

Friday, May 20, 2011

I have been using an anatomical foot chart to help patients understand explanations, but I'm still not sure that I'm being really clear to some patients; is there another option?

Anatomical charts can be very effective in helping patients to visualize what is going on in their body as a system. For particular joints, organs and body parts the level of detail on a chart may not be enough. For a podiatrist or general practitioner that sees as a wide range of patients a 3D anatomical foot model can be a terrific tool to use when working with patients. Instead of using the chart as the primary source of visual information you can actually use the3D anatomical foot model as the primary aid in the conversation and use the chart to show how this condition may affect or impact other areas of the body. This is a natural progression of discussion from very specific information on the foot through to more general information on the rest of the body.

In a small office and practice what is the best options for a 3D anatomical foot model that doesn't take up much space?

A 3D anatomical foot model that is full size and mounted on a stand is not a large piece of equipment in any office or examination room. These models measure just 9 inches in length by just less than three inches in width and four inches in height. Surprisingly small, even with a small amount of the tibia and fibula, these models can easily sit on a desk or a counter. Many smaller offices keep the models in a central display area for patients to view. Other offices may keep the models in examination rooms for the same reason. Having these small mounted types of models is much less space consuming than a full human skeleton that is going to take up considerable floor and wall space.

What is the best way to wash a 3D anatomical foot model if it becomes dusty or dirty?

With routine use and exposure to a variety of different environmental materials a 3D anatomical foot model may begin to look a bit dismal and dull. Cleaning the model is very simple and requires just a soft cloth and some warm, soapy water. Start by gently wiping the model to remove any loose debris and dust. Then simply use a damp soapy soft cloth to wipe down the model. Follow this with a wipe with fresh warm water and allow to air dry. You will not need to use any type of cleaning solution but, depending on its use, you may also want to disinfect using standard disinfectants used on other plastic based hospital equipment.

In most situations with routine dusting by the cleaning staff there will be no requirement to clean the anatomy model. Since it is made of plastic it will not discolor, chip, peel or fade over time, which only adds to the value of the design.

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