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SHL promotes foot wellness, offers shoes with built-in insoles for haj pilgrims

Muthi Achadiat Kautsar
Muthi Achadiat Kautsar

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Fri, October 4, 2019  /  03:06 pm
SHL promotes foot wellness, offers shoes with built-in insoles for haj pilgrims

Medical rehabilitation specialist and director of Haj Hospital Indonesia Syarief Hasan Lutfie and daughter Larisa Sabrina hold up SHL shoes. (JP/Muthi Kautsar)

The long walks that haj pilgrims have to endure naturally came to the attention of Syarief Hasan Lutfie, a doctor specializing in medical rehabilitation who is also director of the Jakarta Haj hospital. As prime physical condition is essential for pilgrims to complete their required acts of worship, possible health problems must be anticipated. Among the problems that may arise is muscular fatigue, which begins with problematic feet and affects the back. Syarief, who conducted research on the shape of Indonesian pilgrims’ feet, found that around 20 percent of each batch of pilgrims are flat-footed or have the pes planus deformity, which means they are likely to walk slower and become more easily exhausted. He explains that normally, there is a gap beneath the inner part of a person’s foot when he or she stands that makes a slight arch. A flat foot has a very low or n...