Last updated 6 days ago
Diabetes is a systemic disease that frequently causes problems with the legs and feet. Foot ulcers cause pain and may require aggressive treatment or even amputation if allowed to progress.
This video discusses diabetic foot ulcers and how to spot them for prompt treatment. Maintaining good control of your diabetes can reduce your likelihood of developing an ulcer. Inspect your feet daily and notify your physician of any changes you may notice. You should also receive an annual foot exam from a specialist to identify the earliest signs of foot problems.
Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics offers both custom and off the shelf orthotics for healthier feet and legs. Call us today at (717) 253-9130 to learn more or schedule an appointment with one of our certified practitioners. You can learn more about the importance of foot care on our website.
Last updated 13 days ago
Those with diabetes face unique health challenges including complications of the legs and feet. Problems such as neuropathy and skin ulcers can be managed or prevented with the proper selection of footwear and orthotics. Diabetic footwear is designed to protect the feet from injury, reduce pressure on the skin, and promote healthy circulation for improved stability and comfort.
When choosing shoes and orthotics, it is essential to ensure your footwear fits properly. Shoes that are too big reduce stability and may rub against the feet, causing blisters, sores, and other skin irritation. If your shoes are too small, they may restrict circulation and cause discomfort. A properly-fitted shoe should feel comfortable along both the length and width of your foot. If you are purchasing orthotics to place in your shoes, make sure your foot still fits comfortably in the shoe when the orthotic is in place. Because some orthotics may reduce the available room inside your shoe, you may need to move to a larger shoe size to compensate. If you suffer from a lack of feeling in your feet, have your footwear fitted by a professional.
Diabetic footwear should offer adequate shock absorption to reduce pressure and the stress of impact on the feet during motion. Shock absorption becomes doubly important if you spend long periods of time on your feet or walk on hard surfaces frequently. In order to provide the best results, shock-absorbing shoes and orthotics should fit snugly against the shape of your foot. If the arch of your footwear does not line up with the arch of your foot, it will not provide adequate protection and may instead increase your risk of injury.
If you are looking to purchase custom footwear or orthotics, call Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics today at (717) 253-9130. We proudly offer a wide range of prosthetic and orthotic products throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern areas. You can find more tips for choosing the right footwear, prosthetic, or orthotic device on our blog.
Last updated 20 days ago
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that spans the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel and the toes. This fibrous, tough tissue supports the arch and muscles of the foot. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia is stretched past its limits, causing tiny tears in the tissue that result in pain and inflammation on the bottom of the foot. This condition may be caused by being overweight, having a naturally high or low arch, spending long periods of time on your feet, and wearing high-heeled shoes. Plantar fasciitis tends to cause heel pain in the morning or after long periods of rest. Heel pain may also increase throughout the day. Rest, icing, medication, and orthotic inserts can help you alleviate the symptoms and provide support for your foot.
Are you suffering from plantar fasciitis or other causes of musculoskeletal pain? Call Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics at (717) 253-9130 to learn more about our wide selection of orthotic devices to eliminate pain and restore mobility. You can learn more about the benefits of orthotics for good posture and a healthy body on our blog.
Last updated 22 days ago
Learn more about how Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics helps Richard Drury with fitting of the world's most advanced prosthetic limb, the BiOM.
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Last updated 8 days ago
Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics Inc. has made a limb donation to the Philippines. We have collected old unused prosthetic limbs every two years, with this year focusing on the Philippines.
For more information about this event check out the article, and call Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics for all of your prosthetic and orthotic needs today.
Words from the CEO of Physicians for Peace:
"For the past nearly 6 years, Physicians for Peace has had a partnership with Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics of Frederick, Maryland, USA. During that period of time, Ability has donated countless numbers of prosthetics to Physicians for Peace. This year, prior to the recent devastating typhoon in the Philippines, Ability scheduled another drive, which serendipitously occurred about the same time as the typhoon, which resulted in the donation of US$750,000 worth of used prosthetics, much of which will be destined for the Philippines. Jeff Brandt, Ability's Founder, President and CEO, saw the results of the typhoon, and I'm pleased to let you know that, on Tuesday of this week, Ambassador Cuisia and I participated in a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington DC at which time Jeff pledged a total of US$2.5 million worth of donated prosthetics in 2014.
Jeff and his Ability team are the epitome of selfless humanitarians and on this Thanksgiving Day, on behalf of Physicians for Peace...and the technicians and their patients who will be the eventual recipients of this most generous pledge, please join me in saying THANKS to Jeff and the Ability Team! Jeff, you are the standard by which others are measured!