Diabetic Shoes for Fashion-Forward Folks: Ugly, Expensive Footwear Be Gone!

Diabetic Shoes for Fashion-Forward Folks: Ugly, Expensive Footwear Be Gone!Did you know that diabetic shoes don’t have to be ugly and expensive? There are actually a surprising number of attractive, diabetic shoes to choose from nowadays and the majority of them are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and other insurance. There’s just one twist to contend with. Many insurance companies won’t cover the cost of diabetic shoes unless they were ordered by a licensed podiatrist and purchased through a durable medical equipment company. In some cases, the footwear must meet certain guidelines and be professionally fitted too.

So, which diabetic shoes do podiatrists order for their patients? It largely depends on the condition of the patient’s feet and how they live their lives. However, the majority of diabetic footwear has what’s known as extra depth. The extra depth is there to cushion the feet, thereby preventing pressure ulcers. Most of the shoes also feature wide widths, Velcro closures, removable orthotics, custom inserts and smooth surfaces to help relieve pressure on all areas of the person’s feet. The diabetic shoes may be worn with therapeutic stockings or socks designed to improve circulation and reduce incidents of pitting edema, both of which are common symptoms in diabetic populations.

As far as the styles go, don’t expect podiatrists to order their patients pairs of stiletto heels or cheap flip-flops. Dress shoes are available but they generally take the form of flats or boots with thick soles. Modified wedge shoes, sneakers, running shoes and other sporty footwear are available. In some instances, it may be possible to purchase modified sandals. The modified sandals are typically attached to the feet using Velcro closures. The toe areas are open and you won’t find Y-shaped toe straps on any of them. Why? The Y-shaped straps have a tendency to cut into the toe and cause pressure ulcers or chafing. To learn more about diabetic shoes and find the right pairs for your feet, please speak with a Boston podiatrist.

Can You Treat Morton’s Neuromas with a Trip to the Massage Parlor?

Can You Treat Morton’s Neuromas with a Trip to the Massage Parlor?  Many Americans struggle with Morton’s neuromas. Blamed on repeated nerve irritation and compression, it causes people to experience great pain directly in between their third and fourth toes every time they take a step.

Consequently, they may decide to get foot massages at the local mall. Although this sounds like a superlative idea, it isn’t. Remember, the nerve is already irritated and under pressure. So, massaging the foot in the wrong way could exacerbate the situation.

If you look at a human foot from end to end, you’ll notice that the toes extend into a thick area known casually as the ball. Anatomy and physiologists often refer to that general area as the metatarso-phalangeal joint. It’s where our toes hook up with the cuneiform and cuboid. The cuneiform and cuboid connect to the navicular and calcaneus, respectively.

They meet up with the talus and eventually connect to the fibula and tibia. Nerves, blood vessels, muscles and ligaments are obviously all there too, which makes the foot a very compact part of the human body.

With that said, deeply massaging the foot often causes many of those components to shift position, and not necessarily in a positive way. Therefore, the only way massage should be considered as a treatment for Morton’s neuroma is if it’s being performed by a professional.

Ideally, the professional should be a podiatrist that understands the intricacies of treating Morton’s neuroma. It should also be noted that massage shouldn’t be the only treatment for patients, especially if they have a moderate or severe case of nerve damage.

There are a number of non-surgical treatments that work well with podiatrist driven massage sessions. They include the use of special padding, ice packs, footwear modifications and orthotic devices. Patients may also opt to take injections or prescription medications to lessen inflammation and pain. To learn more, speak with a licensed podiatrist.

Professional Athletes’ Broken Ankles Capture Headlines in Early 2015

Professional Athletes’ Broken Ankles Capture Headlines in Early 2015In early 2015, a number of professional athletes were temporarily put out of commission thanks to broken ankles. Among them were University of Kentucky’s Janee Thompson and Los Angeles Kings’ Tanner Pearson.

Thompson reportedly broke her tibia and Pearson, as it later turned out, actually broke his fibula. Both are two of the three bones that make up the top ankle joint. The other is the talus. It should also be mentioned that there is another joint in the foot that connects the ankle bone to the heel bone. It’s called the subtalar joint but apparently neither athlete broke that one this time around.

When the tibia, fibula or talus breaks, it can be quite traumatic for athletes and everyday Joes alike. In most cases, swelling and severe pain are immediately present and the injured person can no longer stand up without assistance. As time goes on, bruising is also likely to appear on and around the broken bones. After the injury, it is extremely important that the accident victim’s broken ankle is examined and repaired. Otherwise, the deformities could become permanent, thereby rendering the person disabled.

Furthermore, if the person who sustains the broken ankle hasn’t finished growing yet (e.g. child), he or she will need to be closely monitored for bone or joint weakness and deformities long after the initial injury has been treated. The extended monitoring period is crucial to ensure that the broken ankle doesn’t interfere with the leg and foot bones’ normal growth as time goes on. In most instances, the extended period will last at least two years, maybe more depending on the individual’s normal growth rate and unique circumstances.

The severity of the injury will dictate which treatment methods are used. Options often include, but are not limited to emergency surgery, casting and post-surgery rehabilitation. Depending on the situation, full recovery from broken ankles may take two months or more. As such, the two athletes that we mentioned earlier are likely to be off of their respective courts for at least part or all of a full season. To speak with a Boston podiatrist about broken ankles and best practices to ensure the bones heal properly, please click here.

Celebrities with Foot Problems: Stop and Drop Those Awful Habits Now!

Celebrity Foot ProblemsWhat do Sarah Jessica Parker, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Kim Kardashian, Christina Hendricks, Meg Ryan and Kate Moss have in common? They’re all celebrities with foot problems and they have a lot of company. Over the years, a large number of female celebs have either been called out or spoken out about the damage footwear has done to their well manicured feet.

Some of the lovely ladies have caused their feet to develop everything from bunions, calluses, hammertoes and plantar fasciitis to ankle sprains and fractures all in the name of high fashion headlines. There have even been incidents of footwear allegedly causing sacroiliac joint pain, back problems and knee osteoarthritis.

So what can non-celebrities learn from their glamorous idols? For one, wearing shoes that are too tight and don’t provide enough support are bound to create problems in the long-term.

As Sarah Jessica Parker pointed out in a Spring 2013 Weekly US article, her years of poor shoe choices have left her feet in pretty bad shape. Does anyone really want to suffer the same fate? We don’t think so. With that said, it is vital to make fashion choices with a healthy dose of common sense and an eye towards the future. In addition, getting into the habit of taking care of one’s feet at an early age is also advised.

Like many parts of our bodies, the feet continue to grow well into puberty and often beyond. So the shoes we wear during those critical growth periods can heavily influence what our feet eventually look like. In addition, our feet can change size and shape once we’ve reached adulthood. The changes that happen to our feet in adulthood are generally caused by age, hormone and weight fluctuations.

They tend to make our feet get wider, longer and flatter. However, they can be caused by our footwear choices too, much like what happens when we wear the wrong shoes during our growth spurts. To learn more about celebrities with foot problems and how you can avoid their fate, please contact us.

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