A discolored toenail usually means that something is wrong, and unless you have another obvious explanation, you should consider the possibility that you have a fungal nail infection. Other possible explanations would include a recent blow to the tip of the toe, causing bleeding and blackening under the nail, bacterial growth beneath the nail (often a green color), continuous use of nail polish on the nail, or some other uncommon medical condition. The problem, however, is usually fungus. Continue reading
To ensure that Medicare pays for your shoes, you must follow the steps below:
Your treating doctor must complete a certificate of medical necessity for the therapeutic shoes and document the need in your medical records. Do not order anything until you have visited your doctor – no matter what the sales person tells you. Continue reading
Diabetic shoes, sometimes referred to as extra depth or therapeutic shoes, are specially designed shoes, or shoe inserts, intended to reduce the risk of skin breakdown in diabetics with co-existing foot disease. Continue reading
Statistics say that there are more than twenty million people who suffer from peripheral neuropathy. Most doctors claim that this condition doesn’t have any cure so they just prescribe pain medications and anti-depressants to relieve the symptoms.
Any type of pain can be unbearable. When one of your body parts suffers from this, your entire body already has a difficult time performing all the necessary tasks of the day. Nerve pain in feet if only one of the most common and can be the most debilitating of all, considering that you may not be as mobile. When you have nerve pain in feet, it’s like someone is pricking you with needles. If you fail to manage this type of pain, you may end up being controlled by it. You won’t be able to do the needed chores like getting groceries or getting the morning paper. When the bed cover brushes your feet or when you wear socks, you will have that burning, excruciating pain. There are many people who suffer from nerve pain in feet and are not able to work consistently or get a good night’s rest.
Specific steps to minimize the risk of Achilles tendon injury include:
- Wear the right shoes and sports shoes. The way a person walks, runs, and jumps is related to their individual bio-mechanics: their bone, muscle, and tendon structure. Achilles tendon injuries can be caused by common bio-mechanical issues such as high arches, low arches, having legs of slightly different lengths, etc. Bio-mechanical issues can often be addressed by wearing the right shoes. Continue reading
The Achilles tendon is fibrous tissue that connects the heel to the muscles of the lower leg: the calf muscles. Leg muscles are the most powerful muscle group in the body and the Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body. Contracting the calf muscles pulls the Achilles tendon, which pushes the foot downward. This contraction enables: standing on the toes, walking, running, and jumping. Each Achilles tendon is subject to a person’s entire body weight with each step. Depending upon speed, stride, terrain and additional weight being carried or pushed, each Achilles tendon may be subject to up to 3-12 times a person’s body weight during a sprint or push off. Continue reading