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Paul Miller was struck with streptococcus pneumonia in February 2013. With only a 5% chance to live, Paul defied the odds and is sharing his amazing story today.
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Last updated 10 days ago
A mastectomy is the surgical removal of breast tissue to eliminate or prevent the development of breast cancer. Preventive mastectomies are typically chosen by women at very high risk for breast cancer. Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics offers breast prostheses and mastectomy bras through our Symmetry line to restore the natural look and balance of the bust for women who have undergone a mastectomy procedure.
Why Choose Preventive Mastectomy?
Some women are at particularly high risk for developing breast cancer. Women with a mutated BRCA gene or a strong family history of breast cancer are considered at high risk for the disease. Additionally, women who have already had cancer develop in one breast or a history of lobular carcinoma in situ are also considered to be at high risk. To prevent the occurrence of breast cancer, a woman with high risk may choose to have her breast tissue removed before cancer occurs during an elective preventive mastectomy.
Does Preventive Mastectomy Eliminate Breast Cancer Risk?
A preventive mastectomy procedure can reduce the chances of breast cancer development by up to 100% in women with certain types of breast cancer risks. However, the extent to which your personal risk will be lowered depends upon your unique risk factors. Most studies have found that the risk of developing breast cancer after a preventive mastectomy is 10% or less.
What Reconstruction Options Are Available?
Following a preventive mastectomy, a woman may choose to restore the natural bust line via either surgical or prosthetic means. Surgical reconstruction involves the placement of artificial implants beneath this skin or the relocation of tissue to restore the natural shape of the breast. Breast prostheses are removable gel or foam inserts that may be strapped to the chest or fit into a bra or camisole.
Do you have questions about breast prostheses following your mastectomy procedure? The experienced practitioners at Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics are here to help you find the prosthetic option that is best for you. Call (717) 253-9130 or visit our website to schedule your appointment.
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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 24 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.
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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.