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The Orthofeet Blog

Care for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Apr 10 2017

Approximately 15% of people with diabetes suffer from foot ulcers, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. This dangerous condition is a threat to all diabetes patients, but learning about foot ulcers and taking preventative care measures can decrease your risk. Foot complications lead to the highest percent of hospital visits for diabetics. And foot ulcers are the most common foot injury that results in amputation. Fortunately, the United States National Diabetes Advisory Board reports that early detection and treatment may prevent up to 85% of amputations. The severity of your diabetes will affect the likelihood of developing a foot...

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How Can You Help Alleviate Pain in Arthritic Feet?

Mar 30 2017

If you suffer from arthritis in your feet or ankles, you may wonder how and why it happened. If you find comfort in the adage that misery loves company, you’ll feel better knowing that there are over 100 types of arthritis that afflict the ankles and feet and that approximately 12 percent of Americans suffer from osteoarthritis. The odds of developing arthritis increase as you age. Your risk of foot arthritis also increases due to an injury, with obesity, and if the condition runs in your family. You probably know that, unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis. However, there...

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The Answer To Kimberly's Prayers, After Being Diagnosed With Plantar Fasciitis

Apr 05 2017 Tags: #Orthofeethero, #OrthofeetStory

Read Kimberly Williamson's inspiring #OrthoFeetStory story:  "About three years ago, I started having a lot of problems with my feet. I went to the podiatrist, who diagnosed me with plantar fasciitis/spur. Unfortunately, this diagnosis didn't do much to help relieve the constant foot pain I was experiencing. I invested hundreds of dollars in insoles. I tried the foot exercises. I tried ice packs. I tried taping my feet. Just went I thought I had tried everything, I went on the Internet and did a search for "plantar fasciitis shoes." And suddenly there was Orthofeet (thank God!!!) I ordered the women's...

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How To Protect Diabetic Feet

Mar 13 2017

Diabetes is a dreaded disease, and it does particular damage to the feet. It can happen to anyone, and it’s the leading cause of foot amputation in the United States. Complications from diabetes can include nerve damage and poor blood circulation. What’s worse, when the disease progresses it can end up with neuropathy (loss of sensation) in the feet, which can cause foot injuries and wounds that might be difficult to heal. The good news: most diabetic foot injuries can be prevented by paying proper attention to foot care, and by wearing shoes that are specially designed to protect the...

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Neuropathy: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Mar 17 2017

Imagine stepping on a sharp object and not realizing that you’ve injured your foot. You feel nothing, but you could be on your way to developing a serious infection. In fact, this lack of feeling could be only the beginning of an even more threatening health crisis. This condition is actually a common problem called peripheral neuropathy (PN). It’s often associated with diabetes, but that’s not the only cause. It can also result from smoking, alcoholism, cancer, drugs, or even vitamin deficiencies. The term neuropathy means “a disease of the nerve.” That’s because nerves are damaged or destroyed, interfering with...

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After 20 Years Of Foot Pain, Steve Calfee Puts Orthofeet Shoes To The Test

Mar 13 2017 Tags: #Orthofeethero, #OrthofeetStory

Congratulations Steve Calfee!  Read his inspiring story:  "I began having problems with my feet when I was 14 years old & they continued until now. They included metatarsal shifting, plantar fasciitis, neuropathy, arch and heel pain, etc. For the past 20 years, I have worn orthotic inserts in every pair of shoes I own. I have spent hundreds of dollars on every supposed brand of shoes and inserts that claimed to solve my foot pain all to no avail. As an entertainer, I spend a lot of time on my feet, sometimes in one location when I do narrations. My...

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Lynne Jacques: Shoes With Built-In Inserts Are The Apple of Her Eye

Feb 10 2017 Tags: #Orthofeethero, #OrthofeetStory, foot pain, insoles

At farmers’ markets in central Michigan, everyone loves the apples that Lynn Jacques sells from her orchard. Along with her husband, Gary, she grows 25 different types, from Macintosh to HoneyCrisp (“the ones everybody likes,” she says).

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Alleviate Foot Pain and Discomfort Caused By Bunions

Feb 09 2017 Tags: bunions

Ugh. That large bump protruding out of the base of your big toe? That’s a bunion, my friend.

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