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    What You Can Expect from a Mastectomy Procedure

    Last updated 2 months ago

    According to the American Cancer Society, women have a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer during their lifetime. Of the 230,000 women who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, nearly half opt for a mastectomy, which is the partial or total removal of breast tissue. If you expect to undergo a mastectomy in the near future, you should learn everything you can about the procedure.

    Preparation

    A mastectomy is often performed after radiation therapy, which helps shrink the tumor so it can be more easily removed. Since you will spend a few days in the hospital after your mastectomy, be sure to pack a bag of clothes or anything else you might want. It’s also important to make arrangements for your recovery, including buying comfortable clothes, selecting healthy foods, and enlisting friends or family members to help you around the house.  

    The Procedure Itself

    Depending on the size and location of your tumor, you may have some or all of your breast tissue surgically removed. Most mastectomy procedures last between one and three hours, though double mastectomies may last a few hours longer. You will be under general anesthesia, and will not have to worry about feeling pain during the operation.

    Recovery

    Immediately after the surgery, your vitals will be monitored in a recovery room. Your stitches will dissolve or be removed soon after, and your incisions will heal over the next few months. While you’re healing, you might ask your doctors and prosthesis professionals about custom breast prosthetics. Many women opt for silicone breast prosthetics that are designed using 3D imaging technology. Breast prosthesis is a less invasive and more versatile option than breast reconstruction surgery.

    Are you worried about how you’ll feel after having one or both breasts removed? The experts at Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics will gladly explain the details of custom breast prosthetics and how they can help boost your self-confidence. Call (717) 253-9130 or visit our website to find out more about our custom prosthetics.

    Overcome Foot Drop with the WalkAide System

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics is holding consultations for more information about the WalkAide-a FDA approved medical device to help improve the walking ability of people living with foot drop.

    For more information or to sign up for a consultation please call the Raleigh office at (919) 239-4132.

    How Orthotics Can Help with Treatment for Achilles Tendinitis

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Achilles tendinitis is a common and painful condition. When left untreated, it can become debilitating. Although runners and athletes who jump frequently when playing their sports are most at risk, almost anyone can experience Achilles tendinitis.  The good news is that the use of orthotics can relieve the pain to boost your mobility and encourage healing. Here is what you need to know.

    What Is Achilles Tendinitis?

    Achilles tendinitis is the inflammation Achilles tendon, which is located in the back of the heel. In many cases, Achilles tendinitis is caused intense physical activity that puts pressure on the tendon, but it can happen even in people with sedentary lifestyles over time due to simple wear-and-tear. People with tight calf muscles who suddenly perform strenuous activity, and people with bone spurs, are also prone to this condition.

    How Will I Know if I Have Achilles Tendinitis?

    Pain, stiffness, and swelling along the back of the heel are the most common symptoms of Achilles tendinitis. At first, pain and stiffness may be worse first thing in the morning, before you’ve walked around to loosen up the tendon. As the condition progresses, pain will become more constant and will become especially intense with strenuous activity. Your range of motion in your ankle will also become limited.

    How Is Achilles Tendinitis Treated?

    Although surgery is sometimes required for advanced cases of Achilles tendinitis, rest and ice can often be effective when treatment starts early. Daily exercises to stretch the tendon are also helpful. The use of orthotics can offer significant relief to many people with this condition. Heel lift orthotics are particularly helpful, since they force the heel away from the back of the shoe. An Achilles sleeve may also be useful.

    If you’re dealing Achilles tendinitis, Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics can help. We have offices in Harrisburg, Washington DC, and Philadelphia to offer you the right orthotics and prosthetics for your needs. Talk to your doctor about the best orthotics for your Achilles tendinitis, and then turn to us. You can find out more about our products by calling (717) 253-9130.

    Treatment Options for Flat Feet

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Many infants are born with flat feet, but by the age of 2 or 3, arches typically develop as the tendons tighten. For some people, however, that tightening never occurs and their feet remain flat into adulthood. Flat feet can also occur in adults who previously had normal arches after an injury to the tendons in the feet. Typically, this only happens on one side.

    Although flat feet may not cause any symptoms, they may trigger foot fatigue and chronic aching. They can also interfere with physical activity. When flat feet are a nuisance, the use of an arch-support orthotic can help. The orthotic can help push your foot into a more natural position so that pressure is more evenly distributed. Foot orthotics can be purchased over the counter, but the best relief comes from using a custom orthotic that is designed specifically to fit the shape of your foot.

    If you suffer from flat feet, Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics can help. We can create a custom orthotic that ease the soreness in your feet and have a huge selection of prosthetics and orthotics to treat a range biomechanical issues. Find out more by calling (717) 253-9130.

    What Is a Diabetic Foot Ulcer?

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Foot ulcers are among the most common complications of diabetes. Approximately 15 percent of diabetics will experience at least one, and about 20 percent of those cases will end in amputation. It is essential to seek treatment for an ulcer immediately to prevent infection from spreading into the bone.

    Watch this video to learn about diabetic foot ulcers. Ulcers are infected sores on the feet that often start out as a minor injury and get worse very quickly. Many diabetics who experience foot ulcers also have neuropathy, so they may not even feel the ulcer and know it is there until the infection is very advanced. Diabetics should check their feet daily for signs in injury or infection.

    If you develop a diabetic foot ulcer, Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics can help you find an orthotic that transfers pressure off your wound so it can heal. Learn more about our custom prosthetics and orthotics by calling (717) 253-9130.

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