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Flat feet sometimes develop when tendons in the arches of the feet weaken and fall over time due to the natural aging process. An illness or injury can also cause this condition in people with otherwise normal arches. But for some people, arches simply never develop, causing them to have flat feet from an early age. Having flat feet means that the entire bottom of the foot comes in contact with the ground, which can lead to aches and pains in other parts of your body, especially your back, hips, and knees. A lack of substantial arch support in your shoes can causing swelling and other discomfort after standing or walking, which is why pedorthotic solutions in the form of flat foot orthotics are key to healthy and happy living.
Before the prosthetist can begin to design the prosthetic limb, he or she must take precise measurements. If possible, the prosthetist may begin to take measurements of the patient’s body before the limb is amputated and meet with the surgeon before the operation to get more details about the amputation.
Lymphedema is a condition that occurs when there is an accumulation of protein-rich fluids in tissues that are not being properly drained by the lymphatic system. Not everything is known about the cause of lymphedema. However, there seems to be correlation between a genetic predisposition and obesity. Losing weight is commonly believed to help reduce lymphedema symptoms. This means that weight management in lymphedema treatment is absolutely vital.
Studies estimate that 80% of amputees suffer from phantom limb pain. While phantom limb pain is most commonly experienced following the amputation of an arm or a leg, it can occur with any limb amputation. Phantom limb pain has been notoriously difficult to treat with therapy, as no one solution works for every amputee and even those who experience relief with medication run the risk of addiction. Fortunately, new technologies for treating and managing this pain have been promising, such as those that help patients to reduce their phantom limb pain with a prosthesis.
Millions of individuals in the United States can and do suffer from chronic or post-surgical foot pain. While ready-made footwear can be modified to accommodate some issues, such as hammer toes or feet that differ in size and shape, pedorthists agree that long-term and more complex foot deformities and disease-induced conditions are best accommodated with quality custom orthopedic shoes. The staff at Horton’s Orthotics & Prosthetics is licensed and certified to fill a doctor’s prescription for a custom-fitted and fabricated orthopedic shoe that fits your needs.
For individuals who need better control of their walking ability, the stance control orthotic knee joint (SCOKJ) is an innovative and versatile option. It specifically relieves the issues experienced with more traditional joint orthoses by those who have muscle weakness, polio, multiple sclerosis, paralysis, or other conditions affecting leg strength. Spearheaded by Gary Horton, founder of Horton Orthotics & Prosthetics, this knee joint was developed in cooperation with NASA in order to simplify the device for patient use while utilizing the highest quality technology. The joint continuously adapts to how a user is walking, making it a great choice for individuals who desire a more natural way to move through life.
After undergoing surgery or other breast cancer treatments, you may develop lymphedema. Many breast cancer patients are not made completely aware that lymphedema is a possible complication of their procedure, and it can take years before symptoms arise. Although lymphedema is an irreversible condition, it can be managed with the proper treatment if you know how to recognize it.
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, your treatment can include radiation therapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, medication, targeted therapy, and surgery. If your oncologist recommends surgery, options can range from a lumpectomy to a full mastectomy of one or both breasts.
In the past few decades, the world of sports prosthetics for athletes has realized technological advancements that have allowed artificial body parts to become increasingly refined and targeted for high-level competition. From the rudimentary attempts at large-movement limbs through early research in the field to the pinpoint accuracy of advanced prosthetics for eyes, fingers and more, these modern innovations are making rivals out of the machines seen in sci-fi movies. Advanced sports prosthetics are enabling today’s top athletes to not only participate in their chosen sport, but to excel on an international level as well.
Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, affects 3-4% percent of all children in different variations of severity. The goal of an orthotic clinician is to help the patient avoid surgery by providing treatment that’s both effective and non-invasive, to keep the individual active and not hinder their childhood. The key to warding off surgery and the associated recovery period is utilizing a spinal orthosis as recommended by the treating physician and orthotist.
Of the 9.3% of adults in the United States that have diabetes, it’s estimated that 2.5% also experience ulcerations of their lower extremities, particularly on their feet. It is not uncommon for ulcerations on your feet to become infected, as our feet are routinely exposed to a wide range of bacteria in our everyday environment. Infection often leads to further health complications, and puts the patient at increased risk of developing serious comorbidities, partial foot amputations, and even complete limb loss. For this reason, proper diabetic footwear, or pedorthic treatment, is critical in diabetic foot ulcer treatment. Specialized footwear is easy to implement and is geared toward keeping patients strong, active, and mobile while also helping to heal and prevent further foot ulcer formation.
Our team of certified orthotists can custom fit and fabricate a range of orthotic devices to support your joints and muscles.
Our expert prosthetists can custom design and fabricate prostheses that fit any patient’s specific needs for each stage of life, plus unique options for a variety of sports activities.
Our pedorthists can design and fit custom foot orthotics to treat your chronic foot or ankle problems.
We can design and provide pediatric orthotic and prosthetic devices that treat conditions specifically for children.
We provide pre-fabricated and individually-fitted post-mastectomy items like breast forms, bras, and camisoles to meet your needs after breast cancer surgery.
We provide a full range of compression garments that are extremely beneficial in the treatment of lymphedema.
We released the stance control orthotic knee joint (SCOKJ), a type of stance control orthosis, in 2001 to allow for a more natural knee stance and easier movement.