Clothing in the Clinic
Today at my clinic, I treated a patient who came dressed for PT in heels, tight jeans and a blazer. Bear in mind that this patient's exercise program includes wall squats, leg press, lateral step-ups and about six other exercises for which high heels would be a major safety concern. I sometimes wonder what patients are thinking when they come into the clinic. It's actually funny to me that we would have to advise patients they should dress in comfortable, forgiving clothing for a session that is going to require them to exercise. I guess I should recognize that not everyone is familiar with exercise settings, but it seems like it should be common sense.
We also had a patient who came to the clinic wearing jeans and dress shoes. This patient starts every session with a 10 minute light jog, and every time he's there, he wears his dress shoes. I can't tell you how many times we have suggested to him that he should wear sneakers (which he claims to own), yet every time he shows up, he's in dress shoes. It's almost comical at this point.
There weren't these kinds of problems at my last clinical. The patient population is very different (my current clinical is in the city while my last clinical was in a very rural area). Either way, it's not something I've ever thought about before, and I'm wondering if it's a common occurrence?