Posts for: May, 2015
Club foot is a condition that affects one from birth. It is characterized by the inward or outward turning of one or both feet. This turn is caused by the tendons that connect the foot to the ankle being drawn and tight. The turn can slight or so severe the foot seems to be almost be facing upward. This condition makes it painful or impossible for the person to walk. Club foot can be fixed by surgery, but that option is often used as a last resort. A more common and non-invasive way is by casting the child's foot or by the use of a soft boot in order help stretch the tight tendons.
Here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care, we are proud to introduce our new line of pediatric boots. Boots like these are designed to help issues like Club foot that are found in our smallest patients. Our doctors can examine your little one's feet and see what option are available to them. Casting, a soft boot or surgery may be the road to relief that you are looking for to help your loved one. If you have a child in your life that is suffering from club foot or another pediatric condition of the foot and ankle, know that we offer options for them, as well as you. Give our office a call today!
Many insurance plans have a deductible. While a deductible is neither a good or bad thing, it can be a little difficult to understand. A deductible is how much you have to pay for medical expenses before your insurance starts to pay. For example, if you have a $1,000 deductible and have a bill that is $800, you will have to pay the whole $800 since your deductible has not been met. If you have another bill after that, let’s say for $700, you would only pay $200 to meet your deductible, and your insurance company would pick up the rest. Deductibles start over at the beginning of the year, but usually stay the same in amount.
Some other useful information you should know is that preventive care is something that you never have to pay for, even if your deductible has not been met. This is thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The best things to do in order to keep a good understanding of your deductible are read everything carefully, talk to your providers about any concerns you may have and if possible enroll in a Health Savings Account or Health Reimbursement Account.
By reading everything about your healthcare plan before you sign up for one, you are less likely to experience any surprises. Always feel free to talk to your healthcare providers about your insurance. They have been dealing with insurance companies just as long, if not longer, than you and have a more in-depth relationship with them. They might be able to answer your questions or guide you in a better direction. Enrolling in a savings account or reimbursement program can help take some of the financial burden of doctors bills off your plate.
Over 8 million people are affected by peripheral vascular disease. This condition can lead to such things as heart attack, stroke and possible amputation if left untreated. PVD typically starts with a fatty build up clogging the artery. This is the main cause, but it is not the only possible cause. Other factors are age, obesity, smoking and being diabetic. Any one of these factors can lead to PVD, but combining one or more puts you at an even greater risk. While PVD primarily affects the heart, the arteries in the legs are at the top of the list, also. The fatty buildup blocks proper blood flow and creates a numb feeling. If left untreated, or ignored, over time the body begins to die.
While peripheral vascular disease can be a scary diagnosis, catching it early and treating it are the best ways to keep yourself healthy. If you are over the age of 60, have an above normal BMI, are a smoker, are diabetic, or any combination of these, then please call and schedule a PVR test. This test, performed in our office, will help us ascertain if you have any problems with the blood flow in your legs. It can give you peace of mind or tip you off to a problem you would have otherwise been unaware of. Call and schedule a PVR test today!