Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Treatment for Severe Flat Feet in Children

Flat feet (also known as “prenated foot” or “fallen arches”) is a condition where one or both feet do not display a normal arch when standing, walking or running. In infancy, all children appear to be flat footed because of a soft fat pad on the foot. Over time, however, that fat pad dissipates and you will be able to discern a clear arch when the child stands. With flat-footed children the foot may appear normal when sitting, but once weight is applied to the foot, it will roll forward at the ankle creating the appearance of a flat or fallen arch.


Flat feet are usually painless and nonthreatening. Unfortunately, in severe cases, a prenated foot condition may lead to pain or aching in the ankle and foot. If your child complains that they are experiencing foot or ankle pain, it is important that they see a foot specialist to discern the root cause. The doctor can determine if fallen arches are the culprit, rather than more serious hip or knee issues. In some rare cases, flat feet may actually be the result of fused foot bones. A simple X-ray can help determine if that is the case. In some cases, the child may benefit from the use of a custom orthotic insole or heel cup that will resituate the foot and alleviate discomfort. Surgery is not a common treatment for children with flat feet, nor is activity avoidance. Most flat-footed children live very normal lives, playing sports and running just as children with normal arches. Treatment is really focused on alleviating pain, and not permanently correcting the arch itself.


When looking for orthotic inserts to treat your child’s foot pain, look for quality which will deliver longer-lasting comfort. Custom orthotic insoles are generally the best choice. You want an insole that will cushion the foot, absorb shock, and transfer to many of the child’s shoes for a consistently comfortable fit. There are a number of different insole styles available depending on your child’s needs. Consult with your doctor to determine what type of support the child requires.


About the Author: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a leading orthotic device supplier specializing in diabetic footwear including shoes and socks for diabetics as well as a full line of orthotic insoles.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Knee Braces: Types and Uses

A healthy knee can flex, bend and straighten easily and without pain. While the knee’s function may seem simple, a knee injury can be complicated, annoying and painful. Since knees are fundamental to walking, running, kicking and sitting, an injury can derail many of life’s enjoyable activities. If you have suffered a knee injury, your physician can help guide you to the right brace to help rehabilitate and facilitate movement. This guide is intended to offer you a quick summary on what types of knee braces are available and their usefulness.


  • Post Operative Knee Braces / Post-op Knee Braces As the name implies, these braces are used for post-operative support and rehabilitation. A quality post-op knee brace should be lightweight, but durable. Depending on your rehabilitation needs, you may need a brace with a full range of motion, or one with immobilization or limited range of motion settings. Post-op braces are available in different lengths, often feature moldable pieces, and should be easily adjusted for a perfect fit. Look for breathable materials and user-friendly adjustment features.

  • Functional-OA Knee Brace Osteoarthritis (OA) affects over 20 million Americans and involves the erosion of joint cartilage. A functional-OA knee brace can be used to stabilize knees suffering OA symptoms, reducing pain and additional erosion of the joint. Typically a knee is affected on either the outside (lateral) or inside (medial) of the leg, though it is not unheard of to have a knee with OA symptoms on both sides of the knee. The brace hinge should be situated on the side or sides that are affected, and should be lightweight, durable, and easily adjustable. Since they will be worn for an indefinite prolonged period of time, comfort is very important.

  • Functional-Ligament Knee Brace The stability of the knee joint is maintained by four ligaments, the ACL, PCL, MCL, and LCL. A common sports injury, a torn knee ligament is usually treated with a functional ligament hinged knee brace. Torn or unstable knee ligaments require a lightweight, durable brace that supports the joint. Look for braces that offer the four-point principle for biomechanical stabilization.

  • Contracture Knee BracesA knee contracture is the shortening of a tendon resulting in a restricted range of motion and pain. Under medical supervision, a contracture knee brace can be used to support the knee and increase flexibility over time. Look for adjustment range, comfort, and durability. Padding should be breathable and non-irritating. Contracture and post-op knee braces are occasionally interchangeable.


Note: This information is not intended to supplement or replace advice from a medical professional, or to diagnose or treat any condition.



About MMAR Medical Group: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a supplier of orthopedic medical products including a wide selection of braces and supports. To find a quality hinged knee brace or diabetic footwear and orthotic inserts please visit www.mmarmedical.com .

Monday, December 14, 2009

How Diabetes Can Affect Your Skin

During the dry, winter months, it is normal to experience dry, flaky skin. For some, this is simply an inconvenience, but for diabetics, it may be a sign of more serious issues. Nerve damage, a common side effect of diabetes, can lead to dangerous skin conditions which are in turn aggravated by the cold weather. When serious diabetic skin issues arise, urgent care is required. The American Diabetes Association (link) notes that up to a third of all diabetics will experience a diabetes related skin problem in their lifetime. Below is a list of possible dermatologic disorders that are common to diabetics followed by specific tips for avoiding these potentially dangerous conditions.


  • Intense itching: Especially common in the lower legs, itching can be caused by dryness, poor circulation, yeast infections, or a combination of these. To complicate things, diabetic nerve damage often results in decreased sweating, thus robbing the skin of natural moisture. When scratched, skin may crack and become infected. For this reason, it is best to resist scratching when possible.

  • Infections: Bacterial and fungal infections can be very serious. Infections are most frequently experienced on the feet, but can also occur in skin folds (for example, under arms or breasts) or even in the mouth as Thrush. If you suspect skin infection seek treatment immediately.

  • Necrobiosis: Insulin-resistant diabetics may develop red/purple spot-like lesions on their lower legs and feet known at necrobiosis. The spots can get as large as four inches in diameter. This is a rare condition and typically not dangerous, unless the lesions break open which can make them prone to infection. If a lesion does rupture, seek medical help immediately.

  • Digital sclerosis: Some diabetics may develop thick, tight, “waxy” skin on their hands, feet, or neck. Though not dangerous, it is uncomfortable and is best treated with moisturizer and by bringing blood glucose to normal levels.

  • Acanthosis nigricans: Insulin-resistant, obese diabetics may experience acanthosis nigricans which is characterized by thickened, "velvety" skin in skin folds. There is no known cure for this condition, though losing weight will often lessen symptoms.

  • Diabetic dermopathy: Brown scaly patches on the shins and legs may indicate diabetic dermopathy, the most common diabetic dermatologic condition. This ailment typically develops in older diabetics and can be an indicator of other, more serious diabetic problems. For this reason, anyone suffering diabetic dermopathy should immediately visit their physician.

  • Atherosclerosis: Typically the result of high blood pressure, atherosclerosis is the narrowing of blood vessels resulting in skin thinning, especially on the legs. Since thin skin is more delicate, this can lead to skin ruptures and possible infection. Most amputations are caused by atherosclerosis complications, so skin care and medical treatment is imperative.


Many of the before-mentioned conditions can be avoided or minimized with vigilant personal care. Keep skin clean and moisturized. Make it a point to examine your skin regularly for persistent or unusual symptoms. Avoid extremely hot baths, showers, or hot tubs. Use talcum powder in skin folds to prevent excess moisture. Do not smoke as smoking has been proven to worsen many of these skin conditions. Wear comfortable diabetic footwear and orthotic inserts to protect feet from wear and tear, and use gloves when gardening or doing rugged activities. Lastly, always see a medical professional whenever you experience a skin complication that concerns you.


Please note that this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition, or be taken as medical advice. For more information related to your unique situation, please speak with your personal physician.


About the Author: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a wholesale distributor of comfort footwear offering a wide selection of diabetic footwear and orthotic inserts. Please visit www.mmarmedical.com for more information.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Recommended Uses for Cervical Collars

A cervical collar or neck brace is an important orthopedic device that has several possible uses for spinal health. The following list is intended to serve as a quick reference point for appropriate usage of cervical collars, but it is critical to consult with your physician when determining whether a cervical collar will be beneficial for your specific condition.


  • Traumatic neck or head injuries including fracture and dislocation. A cervical collar can be administered by medical professionals after a serious neck injury in order to stabilize the cervical area of an injured person’s spinal cord and skull. In this instance, the brace reduces the likelihood of spinal damage and subsequent paralysis or even death. The collar stabilizes the top seven vertebrae (C1 through C7) until a medical diagnosis can ascertain whether or not a risk is present.

  • Recovery. A cervical collar can also be used during recovery from a traumatic neck or head injury or after a spinal surgery. The patient may be advised to wear the device until they are fully healed.

  • Whiplash and therapeutic usage. Cervical collarsare sometimes used to treat chronic medical conditions related to the neck and spine area, including realigning the spinal cord and treating whiplash and sprains. Whiplash is the result of injury to the soft tissues found around the cervical spine and is typically caused by hyperextension or sudden rotation. Whiplash is most commonly treated with a soft cervical collar, though current research shows that recovery time is accelerated when treatment also includes physical therapy and exercise.

  • Cervical radiculopathy. Disk herniation, tumors, and certain traumas can lead to nerve root damage causing cervical radiculopathy. In the past this condition was often corrected with surgery, but recent studies have shown that it can be successfully treated with a combination of cold therapy, rest, exercise and the use of a hard cervical collar. Again, this is something to be addressed by a physician, specifically one that specializes in spines.

  • Neck pain. Neck pain is a highly enigmatic condition because of the complexity of the nervous system. It is difficult to always identify root causes and is thus complicated to treat. While the use of cervical collars is not routinely used for pain management, they are occasionally used under the supervision of a physician.


Note: This information is not intended to supplement or replace advice from a medical professional, or to diagnose or treat any condition.


About the Author: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a leading diabetic shoes and supplies supplier, including socks for diabetics and orthotic insoles.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Treatments for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease and degenerative arthritis, is the most common form of arthritis. It involves the breakdown of cartilage in the joints and is primarily found in older adults. Symptoms include aching, soreness, pain, bony enlargements in the center of a joint, and joint swelling. Osteoarthritis is most commonly experienced in weight bearing joints such as the knees and hips. It is typically the result of aging, but can be intensified by other factors such as heredity, injury, obesity, joint overuse, and stress. While there is no cure for Osteoarthritis, there are helpful treatments that and lessen the pain, increase mobility, and enhance the individual’s quality of life. The type of treatment an Osteoarthritis patient receives will vary depending on a myriad of factors. If you suspect you are experiencing Osteoarthritis, it is critical that you discuss your symptoms and treatment options with your personal physician to ensure you are getting the right treatment for your particular needs.


Most common treatments include:

  • Physical therapy and exercise. A licensed physical therapist can advise you on specific muscle strengthening exercises that will help support ligaments and tendons and help alleviate pain.

  • Supportive devices. Supportive devices increase mobility, prevent falls, and are great for pain relief. A hinged knee brace, can be used to stabilize ligaments and tendons which will significantly decrease pain, while devices like crutches or canes can lessen the direct stress on joints. When selecting a device, make sure it is lightweight, comfortable, and easy to adjust for a precise fit.

  • Medication (oral or injected). Your doctor may prescribe you pain-relieving and/or anti-inflammatory medications which can help with Osteoarthritis management.

  • Weight Control. Keeping your weight in a healthy range will reduce the stress on your joints.

  • Hot or cold therapy. Hot or cold compresses can be administered to reduce pain and swelling.

  • Removal of fluid. If excess fluid surrounds the joints, your physician may choose to drain that fluid manually in order to alleviate pressure on the joint.

  • Alternative treatments. Some medical research concludes that glucosamine and chondrotin can rebuild cartilage, especially in the knee. There are also other (currently unproven) supplements that are also associated with Osteoarthritis treatment. Likewise, some people swear that acupuncture and bio-electric therapy alleviates pain, though there have not yet been any conclusive studies to support these claims.

  • Surgery. If less invasive treatments prove ineffective, your doctor may recommend corrective surgery.

  • Note: This information is not intended to supplement or replace advice from a medical professional, or to diagnose or treat any condition.


About the Author: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a leading diabetic shoe supplier. They also offer socks for diabetics as well as a full line of orthotic insoles.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Choosing the Best Diabetic Shoe

Diabetics often suffer foot-related ailments which can detract from their quality of life and lead to serious medical complications. It is strongly recommended that diabetics wear shoes specifically designed for their needs in order to avoid potential problems such as infection and even, in extreme cases, amputation. Specially designed diabetic shoes will decrease the likelihood of blisters and ulcers which can escalate into dangerous infections. Here are a few recommendations for selecting the diabetic shoe that’s right for you.

Step 1: Visit a podiatrist. All feet are unique. A qualified podiatrist can identify any foot irregularities that require special attention. They will be able to advise you on what type of shoe you require. Medicare will cover one pair of diabetic shoes and 3 sets orthotic inserts each calendar year. Talk with your doctor about the next steps for covering those costs.

Step 2: Look for comfort and support. Once you understand your particular needs, you can start shopping. The shoe you select should have the following features:

  • Extra depth. Diabetic footwear should be deeper than standard shoes so that you can include custom insoles. Orthotic insoles are an integral part of diabetic foot care and, as mentioned earlier, are also covered by Medicare.

  • Good ventilation. A proper diabetic shoe must be breathable. Moist heat is a breeding ground for bacteria and should be avoided at all costs.

  • Seamless, lightweight construction. A heavy shoe with protruding seams can lead to irritation.

  • Arch support. Shoes for diabetics must have proper arch support. This aids in weight distribution and alleviates pressure point pain.

  • Room for your toes. Most diabetic shoes are available in different widths to accommodate all types of feet. The width of the shoe should fit the ball of your foot comfortably, while the shoe’s toe box should be high and durable to minimize stubbing.

  • A perfect-fitting heel. The heel should be snug, not tight, to avoid excessive rubbing.

  • Thick sole. Make sure your shoe has a thick sole to act as a shock absorber.

  • Style. Just because you are diabetic, doesn’t mean you have to wear ugly shoes. Diabetic shoes are available in a wide variety of styles including sandals, loafers, casual dress, slippers, Mary Janes, walking, and running shoes. Choose a shoe that fits your style and personality.

Step 3: Get the right accessories. Be sure to stock up on seamless socks for diabetics and at least three sets of custom orthotic insoles. These critical accessories take your comfort to the highest level.

Step 4: Now get moving. Exercise is especially important to diabetics. Now that you have the right shoes, don’t be afraid to use them.



Note: This information is not intended to supplement or replace advice from a medical professional, or to diagnose or treat any condition.


About the Author: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a leading diabetic shoe supplier specializing in diabetic footwear including shoes and socks for diabetics as well as a full line of orthotic insoles.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Health Benefits of Custom Orthotic Insoles


Your gait (i.e. your style or way of walking) is of critical importance to your overall health and well-being. Everyone has a distinct way of walking that is dictated by body structure and external forces such as footwear and terrain. Walking is not merely a leg and foot activity; it involves movements of just about every aspect of your body, from your swinging arms and shoulders to the slight pivot of the hip. For this reason, your gait will not only affect your weight-bearing joints (ankles, knees and hips), but it can also impact your shoulders, neck and back.


The average person walks more than 2500 steps each day. If you have an incorrect gait, you are subjecting your entire body, from your ankles to your neck, to repetitive, potentially-harmful movements that can result in structural damage and pain. Many people are surprised to learn that the pain in their shoulders or back is the result of how they walk. The easiest and most effective way to correct an incorrect gait is through custom orthotic insoles. The right insole will not only improve your posture, but it can also significantly decrease pain and discomfort.


How do you select an orthotic that is right for you? There are a lot of prefabricated orthotic insoles out there, but not all insoles are created equal. Most foot specialists agree each that custom orthotics will provide the greatest health benefits, especially when pain management is the primary concern. Foam is frequently used to create an impression of the foot. From that impression an orthotics specialist can create orthotic inserts that fit your unique feet perfectly. It never ceases to amaze me how many people find remarkable improvement when they find the right orthotic insole. If you are suffering from chronic joint, back, shoulder or hip pain, it is certainly worth exploring how you might benefit from a custom orthotic insert.



About the Author: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a wholesale medical supplier specializing in diabetic footwear including orthotic inserts. Please visit www.mmarmedical.com for more information.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Understanding and Treating Contractures


Contracture (also known as joint or muscle contracture) is the shortening of a muscle or tendon which results in moderate to severe restricted range of motion (ROM.) It is often found in the ankle-foot, hip, knee, elbow, and wrist- hand-finger areas of the body. A contracture can develop for many reasons, but the primary causes are stroke and prolonged immobilization such as bed rest. Stroke victims are particularly vulnerable as attacks are often followed by significant muscle weakness and spastic muscle contractions. Contracture can also be caused by neurological complications, birth defect, deformity, and burn scarring.

The principal symptom of contracture is loss of normal movement which can impede daily activities. It can also be quite painful and cause the skin to breakdown. For these reasons, it is critical to prevent contracture when possible and proactively treat contracture when diagnosed. Thankfully, proper contracture management can significantly improve the afflicted individual’s quality of life.

Contracture treatments vary and depend on the individual’s unique situation. Joint immobilization and stretching can help in some situations. In others, pre-fabricated contracture management devices and physical therapy may be required. Stroke victims can particularly benefit from the use of orthotics such as braces or splints. When selecting a contracture management orthotic, it is important to make sure that the device is both comfortable and user-friendly. Many of today’s devices are engineered so that they can be easily adjusted for a custom fit or disassembled for washing. Soft cushioning and a comfortable fit will help to prevent skin damage, a common complication of contracture treatment. The contracture management device should also offer sturdy hinges that support the full range of motion. In some instances heat therapy can be used in conjunction with a splint or brace as it allows for greater elasticity in the soft tissues. Occasionally surgical intervention is required, but for the majority of patients, contracture management devices are a less invasive and more convenient option. Those with a predisposition towards contractures, such as individuals with palsy, may also benefit from preventative measures such as strategic stretching, muscle engagement, and the use of orthotic devices such as braces or splints.

To find out more about contracture treatment options, speak to your physician or orthopedic specialist/surgeon.


Note: This information is not intended to supplement or replace advice from a medical professional, or to diagnose or treat any condition.



About MMAR Medical Group: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a supplier of orthopedic medical products including a wide selection of braces and supports. To find a quality hinged knee brace, wrist brace, lumbar brace or other quality brace, please visit www.mmarmedical.com.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Diabetic Foot Care


Approximately one fifth of diabetics are hospitalized for foot problems. There are many unfortunate factors that contribute to this. Diabetics endure an increased build up of calluses which can thicken and break, leading to ulcers. Poor circulation impairs the diabetic’s ability to fight infection and heal. To further complicate this, diabetics frequently experience nerve damage which can diminish sensation; they may not even realize an injury has occurred. Even simple injuries such as minor cuts and scratches can become infected when they go unnoticed. In severe situations, these infections may require antibiotics, hospitalization, and even amputation. For this reason, it is of critical importance that diabetics practice rigorous foot care. The following is a recommended list of care procedures that will help keep diabetic feet healthy.

  • Never ignore foot irritation of any kind.
  • Wash your feet every day with warm water but do not soak them. Test the water heat with your elbow to ensure you do not burn your feet.
  • If the skin on your feet is dry, use lotion, but be careful not to put lotion between your toes as the area can breed bacteria.
  • After washing your feet, file calluses and corns down gently with an emery board.
  • Trim your toenails once a week (or as needed) after you shower. Shape the nail around the toes, careful not to cut too short. File the edges to prevent snagging and tearing.
  • Check your feet every day for sores, blisters, cuts, redness, irritation, calluses or other issues. If you cannot reach your feet, use a mirror or have a trusted friend or family member check for you.
  • Always wear shoes or slippers. Never walk around bare foot.
  • Choosing the right diabetic footwear is critical as most diabetic foot ailments are the direct result of poor fitting shoes. You should always wear shoes that fit correctly. They should not be too tight or allow your foot to slide around. High heels and pointed toes should be avoided whenever possible. Breathable fabrics such as leather and canvas along with mesh vents help to prevent bacteria-friendly environments. Always use stocking or socks which help to stave off blisters. There are even special seamless socks for diabetics which further minimize the potential for irritation.
  • Again – it’s worth repeating - never ignore foot irritation of any kind. Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any issues. Warning signs include swelling, pain in your legs, cracks (especially around the heel), corns or calluses that bleed, nail issues, open sores, changes in color of the skin, and changes in skin temperature.
  • Even if injury free, visit your doctor for an annual foot check-up or as recommended by a medical professional.

Please note that this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition, or be taken as medical advice. For more information related to your unique situation, please speak with your personal physician.



About MMAR Medical Group: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a wholesale distributor of comfort footwear offering a wide selection of shoes for diabetics as well as custom made orthotics. Please visit www.mmarmedical.com for more information.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Heat Therapy for Pain Relief

heat therapy water bottleHeat therapy has long been used as a remedy for muscle stiffness, aches and pains. Heat therapy simply refers to the application of either dry or moist heat to the affected area for a designated time period. Heating pads, hot water bottles, instant hot packs and even hot baths can be used to alleviate muscle or joint pain.

Over-exertion and strain are common causes of muscle pain and discomfort. Heat should never be applied to a new injury that exhibits swelling, but it can be effective as a remedy for chronic muscle or joint pain. If your pain is chronic, your doctor may recommend heat therapy for relief.

Even without experiencing muscle or joint pain, you may have noticed that a soak in a hot bath or spending time in a sauna seems to make your muscles feel relaxed. This is because heat dilates the blood vessels, allowing for better blood flow in the areas where the heat is applied. Similarly, heat can be applied to areas of mild to severe muscular pain to relax muscle tissue, promote blood flow and help alleviate pain.

One great aspect of heat therapy is that it can be applied easily and inexpensively from home. However, precautions should be taken to ensure that heat is appropriate for the type of pain you have and to prevent burns to the skin. As a general rule heat should not be applied for more than about a half hour, and not at all if you have certain health conditions, so be sure to check with your doctor for recommendations on the appropriate heat therapy for your situation.

Newer innovations in heat therapy include the VitalWrap® hot and cold therapy system, which provides hot, cold and compression therapy capabilities into one piece of equipment. The user of this system can control temperature settings to deliver hot or cold therapy to the affected part of the body.

Heat therapy should not be used for all types of pain, so consulting with a doctor to determine whether you should heat vs. ice and of your injuries or chronic pain.

Note: This information is not intended to supplement or replace advice from a medical professional, or to diagnose or treat any condition.

About MMAR Medical Group: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a leading orthotic device supplier specializing in diabetic footwear including socks and shoes for diabetics as well as a full line of orthotic insoles.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

What is Blood Pressure?

blood pressureIt is checked every time you visit the doctor, but exactly what is blood pressure?

Blood pressure is a vital sign that refers to the amount of force imposed on the walls of the arteries by circulating blood. When the heart beats, pumping blood into the arteries, blood pressure is at its highest point. This highpoint is called systolic blood pressure. The point of the lowest amount of pressure on the artery walls, which occurs between heartbeats, is called the diastolic pressure. Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg) and is expressed using both the systolic and diastolic pressure readings. An example of a normal blood pressure may be 120/80 mmHg, which is expressed verbally as "120 over 80." The top number represents the systolic pressure, while the bottom number represents the diastolic pressure.

Periodic blood pressure checks are important because there are often no symptoms to indicate blood pressure problems. Blood pressure in an individual varies throughout any given day, and is lowest during sleep or rest. High blood pressure, called hypertension, puts strain on the heart to work harder and carries increased risk of other complications such as stroke and heart failure. The exact cause of high blood pressure is unknown in most cases, but some risk factors are genetics (family history of hypertension), obesity, smoking, stress and a sedentary lifestyle. Low blood pressure could also be reason for concern as it could indicate underlying health problems.

Today, easy to use digital blood pressure monitors make it easy for people to check their own blood pressure at home. These are helpful devices for people who are working to manage their blood pressure through diet or medication and need regular readings. Consulting with a medical professional is important if any abnormalities in blood pressure are observed through home readings. High or low blood pressure is cause for additional testing to detect or rule out underlying conditions.

Note: This information is not intended to supplement or replace advice from a medical professional, or to diagnose or treat any condition.

About MMAR Medical Group: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a supplier of orthopedic medical products including a wide selection of braces and supports. For quality cervical collars, a wide elbow brace selection and other quality braces, please visit www.mmarmedical.com.

Relief from Plantar Fasciitis Pain

plantar fasciitis

Caused by tears and inflammation in the plantar fascia, a band of shock absorbent ligament connecting the toes to the heel, plantar fasciitis causes heel pain that can range from mild to debilitating. A characteristic symptom of this condition is noticeable heel pain when taking the first steps in the morning or upon standing after sitting for an extended period. Pain is also typically worse after prolonged periods of standing or when shoes with inadequate support are worn.


Usually the discomfort caused by plantar fasciitis can be alleviated without resorting to surgery or cortisone shots. While different treatments for plantar fasciitis work best for different people, some common recommendations for controlling plantar fasciitis pain are:

  • Rest. The first course of action recommended for alleviating the pain of plantar fasciitis is usually to rest. Removing weight from the affected foot or feet allows the inflammation to subside.
  • Icing the area. Icing the area several times per day is known to alleviate plantar fasciitis pain for some.
  • Physical therapy or stretching exercises. Specific stretches such as towel stretches can be done to relieve heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Your medical professional can provide information on stretches that are safe and effective for your situation.
  • Weight management. Being overweight places excess strain on the plantar fascia and can contribute to plantar fasciitis, so weight management may be recommended as a part of a treatment regimen for plantar fasciitis.
  • Orthotics. Wearing shoes with improper support is a common culprit for plantar fasciitis pain. Properly fitted orthotic insoles provide arch support and can help alleviate this pain.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications. Non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen provide temporary relief for some dealing with the pain of plantar fasciitis.
  • Night splints. Many plantar fasciitis sufferers experience relief from wearing night splints while they sleep. These specialized splints hold the foot in a position that prevents the plantar fascia from tightening during sleep.

Early detection and treatment of plantar fasciitis can prevent its symptoms from worsening. If you experience undiagnosed heel pain, visiting a doctor sooner than later is advised. Because conditions other than plantar fasciitis can cause heel pain, a proper diagnosis is the first step to pain relief.


About MMAR Medical Group: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a supplier of orthopedic medical products including a wide selection of braces and supports. For quality cervical collars, a wide elbow brace selection and other quality braces, please visit www.mmarmedical.com.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Could I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

carpal tunnel symptomsThe carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway through which the median nerve and tendons pass from the forearm to the hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve, which is responsible for sensation and some movement in the thumb and closest three fingers, becomes constricted. Several factors can cause the carpal tunnel to narrow, placing pressure on the median nerve and potentially causing some of the characteristic symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome – pain, tingling, weakness and numbness of the hands and fingers (except for the pinky).

The cause of carpal tunnel syndrome in an individual cannot always be determined. The condition is far more prominent in women, which could be due to their generally smaller carpal tunnels. Some people simply inherit the condition, while in other cases carpal tunnel syndrome can be the result of other problems such as an injury, rheumatoid arthritis or hypothyroidism.

Often the treatment regimen advised by doctors is aimed at management of the symptoms, though surgery to release some of the pressure on the carpal tunnel is also an option. Rest and immobilization of the affected wrist(s) are usually recommended to alleviate the symptoms. Often people with the condition get relief by wearing a wrist brace at night or during certain activities to keep the wrist in a neutral position. In some situations, people with the condition may benefit from over the counter medications such as anti-inflammatories or diuretics as advised by a doctor. If another disease or condition is determined to be the root of the carpal tunnel syndrome, the underlying problem will likely be treated. For symptoms that are long lasting and lifestyle prohibitive, surgery may be recommended to permanently relieve the pressure on the median nerve. The surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome is very common and relatively non-invasive.

Experiencing some of the described symptoms does not necessarily indicate that you have carpal tunnel syndrome. Something other than carpal tunnel syndrome could be causing the symptoms, or a treatable underlying problem could be contributing to carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. Proper diagnosis is critical, and early diagnosis is ideal. A doctor can perform tests to determine whether a patient needs to be treated for carpal tunnel syndrome. Consulting with a medical professional is advisable for anyone who is experiencing any of these symptoms.

Note: This information is not intended to supplement or replace advice from a medical professional, or to diagnose or treat any condition.

About MMAR Medical Group: a supplier of orthopedic medical products including a wide selection of braces and supports. To find a quality hinged knee brace, wrist brace, lumbar brace or other quality brace, please visit www.mmarmedical.com.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tips for Taking Care of Diabetic Feet

People who have diabetes know that they need to take extra care of their feet to reduce or eliminate the pain and complications often associated with the disease. Pain, numbness and tingling in the extremities, including the feet, are commonly experienced by people with diabetes. Neuropathy can cause injuries to go unnoticed, and reduced circulation to the extremities can slow healing after an injury has occurred. Here are a few precautions that may be recommended to help care for diabetic feet:

Thoroughly inspect feet for injuries each day. A loss of sensation can lead cuts, bruises, blisters or ulcers on the feet to go unnoticed in people with diabetes, particularly for those experiencing neuropathy. Discovering and treating any such problems early can help keep them from worsening. Examining the feet daily is a good idea for anyone with diabetes.

Contact your medical professional immediately if any foot problems are observed. Discovering and treating any potential foot issues early gives you the chance to begin treatment right away. Many foot related problems can worsen or become infected if they go unnoticed.

Wear properly fitted diabetic footwear for your needs. Diabetic footwear is designed to provide optimal support and distribute the weight of the body such that foot pain is minimized. Podiatrists and certified pedorthists can help people with diabetes select appropriately fitted footwear for their needs.

Avoid going barefoot to reduce the chance of injury. Preventing cuts and other foot injuries is a precaution that can help minimize foot problems and infections in diabetics. Wearing shoes at all times is one way to help prevent unnecessary injuries that can lead to infections.

Wash and dry feet well daily. Washing the feet daily helps promote foot health. Drying the feet completely, particularly between the toes, is also very important for people who have diabetes.

Work with your doctor to determine what treatments work for you. Since the same treatments options may not work for each patient, working with a medical professional such as a podiatrist or certified pedorthist will help you determine the best way to care for your feet.

Note: This information is not intended to supplement or replace advice from a medical professional, or to diagnose or treat any condition.

About MMAR Medical Group: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a provider of wholesale orthopedic products including diabetic footwear, custom orthotics, braces and more. Please visit www.mmarmedical.com for more information.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sebago boat shoe- a stylish choice for Diabetics.



The Sebago Clovehitch II has a removable footbed, for easy placement of your orthotic. This functional, two-eye handsewn features premium Nubuck and full grain leather uppers with breathable Dri-Lex Hydrofil mesh panels. An anatomical EVA footbed provides comfort while the Sebago Marine Tack sole conceals an EVA midsole for comfort and slip-resistant security.Designed to keep all feet on deck, this functional, two-eye handsewn features premium Nubuck and full grain leather uppers with breathable Drilex® Hydrofil® mesh panels. An anatomical EVAfootbed provides comfort while the Sebago® Marine Tack™ sole conceals an EVA midsole forcomfort and slip-resistant security.

About MMAR Medical Group: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a wholesale distributor of comfort footwear offering a wide selection of shoes for diabetics as well as custom made orthotics. Please visit http://www.mmarmedical.com/ for more information.



Thursday, August 13, 2009

What are Compression Stockings?

Compression stockings (also called compression hosiery) are designed to help promote circulation by improving blood flow and inhibiting coagulation in the legs. They are often prescribed to prevent, treat or slow the progression of certain conditions that affect circulation and the veins in the legs.

Blood flows away from the heart through the arteries, and returns to the heart through the veins. On the return trip from the lower extremities, blood is working against gravity, and there are a variety of conditions that can affect the body’s ability to properly transport blood back up the legs and to the heart.

Compression stockings are often used when a medical condition or injury prevents blood from flowing to the heart as well as it should. These stockings use a graduated compression that applies the most pressure around the ankles, which are the farthest from the heart, and gradually reduced pressure through the upper parts of the leg. The controlled pressure placed on the veins prevents fluid from accumulating and helps the blood to flow upward back to the heart. Different levels of compression are available depending on the needs of the patient.

Compression stockings are often recommended for patients with certain circulation related conditions, or to help with leg circulation after a medical procedure or surgery. Compression therapy may be recommended for a range of conditions from the treatment of tired, achy legs to the prevention of more serious conditions such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Other conditions for which compression therapy may be prescribed are lymphedema and chronic venous insufficiency. They are also prescribed for alleviating the pain, swelling and circulation issues that often occur during pregnancy.

Compression hosiery is available in different lengths depending on the needs of the wearer. Knee length and thigh length are two popular types, and full stockings are also available. Getting the proper fit is essential to the effectiveness of compression stockings for an individual. Compression stockings are medically prescribed and should be fitted by a medical professional for each individual. Improperly fitted compression stockings may make problems worse. Many insurance carries cover at least part of the cost of compression stockings when they are prescribed by a doctor.


Note: This information is not intended to supplement or replace advice from a medical professional, or to diagnose or treat any condition.

About MMAR Medical Group: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a provider of wholesale orthopedic products including diabetic footwear, custom orthotics, braces and more. Please visit www.mmarmedical.com for more information.

Monday, July 27, 2009

About Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

rheumatoid arthritisApproximately 1.3 million adults were living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 2005, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to produce chemicals which attack its own tissues rather than protecting them. RA can flare when the immune system responds incorrectly to an infection or another external factor, causing the lining and other tissues around joints to become inflamed. Rheumatoid arthritis is sometimes called a systematic disease because it can affect other organs, not just the joints. A characteristic symptom of RA is inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues, which can lead to permanent damage and deformity.

Many people who have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis experience periods of pain and stiffness as well as periods of little to no symptoms. The symptoms of RA occur when the disease is active, and subside during periods of remission. Often, joints on both sides of the body are affected at the same time, for instance, both knees. Some symptoms that are commonly associated with the condition are stiffness (particularly in the morning or after rest), inflammation of the joints, reduced range of motion, pain, puffiness and even fever. Movement or pressure on the affected joints typically becomes more painful.

Since RA is a chronic condition with no cure, treatment programs are usually intended to help the affected person function with less pain while reducing the extent of long term damage that may occur as a result of the condition. Treatment is personalized by medical professionals for each patient with RA and is specific to his or her situation and lifestyle. Some methods used in the treatment of RA are:
  • Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications

  • Medications to prevent or slow joint damage

  • Exercise

  • Weight loss

A recent development called the Jstim 1000® Therapy System utilizes a combination of compression and infrared heat designed to help alleviate the pain associated with RA of the hands. Research aimed at determining the cause, creating effective treatments and hopefully finding a cure for rheumatoid arthritis is ongoing.

Note: This information is not intended to supplement or replace advice from a medical professional, or to diagnose or treat any condition.

About MMAR Medical Group: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a leading orthotic device supplier specializing in diabetic footwear including shoes and socks for diabetics as well as a full line of orthotic insoles.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

About Osteoarthritis (OA) of the Knee

OA knee

Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common type of arthritis, can occur in any joint in the body. OA of the knee is characterized by a gradual degeneration and possible wearing away of joint cartilage in the knee. Healthy cartilage serves the important functions of enabling smooth movement while providing a protective cushion between bones. As osteoarthritis of the knee progresses, protective cartilage wears down and a host of issues including bone spurs and excess fluid can result. Pain and stiffness develop as a result of the changes that take place in the bones and joints with osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis often develops in knees that have been previously injured, even if the injury occurred years prior. Other factors that are associated with increased occurrences of OA include aging, gender and heredity. Obesity can also be a risk factor due to the excess pressure it places on the joints of the knees. Some symptoms associated with OA are pain and/or stiffness as well as reduced range of motion in the knee.

Though there is currently not a cure for OA, medical professionals may advise a range of treatment options for alleviating the symptoms of OA. If you have OA, it is advised to work with a medical care provider to determine the appropriate treatment plan for your situation. Your medical care provider may advise one or more of the following actions for alleviating the symptoms of OA:

  • Exercise

  • Over the counter pain or anti-inflammatory medications

  • Physical therapy

  • Weight management

  • Support brace or cane

  • Surgery in extreme cases

To prevent the need for a surgery, an appropriate hinged knee brace may be worn to mechanically unload the compartment of the knee which has the "bone on bone" arthritis. New technologies such as the Jstim 1000® Therapy System utilize electrotherapy in combination with conductive fabric and infrared heat to reduce the pain associated with OA, opening up new doors for the treatment of the condition.


Early diagnosis and treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee is beneficial. If you have or suspect you have OA of the knee, consult your health care professional to determine the best plan of action for your situation.

Note: This information is not intended to supplement or replace advice from a medical professional, or to diagnose or treat any condition.


About MMAR Medical Group: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a supplier of orthopedic medical products including a wide selection of braces and supports. To find a quality hinged knee brace, lumbar brace or other quality brace, please visit www.mmarmedical.com.

Friday, July 10, 2009

What is Diabetic Footwear?

diabetic shoesDiabetes can be a contributing factor in a range of related problems, including leg and foot pain. Used in conjunction with a foot care regimen advised by a podiatrist or certified pedorthist, diabetic footwear can help alleviate the foot pain and discomfort commonly experienced by those with diabetes. Proper foot care is essential for anyone with diabetes.

A common cause of foot problems is neuropathy, or damage to the peripheral nervous system that is known to occur in many people with diabetes. Among other symptoms, nerve damage to the feet can cause pain as well as numbness or tingling. The lack of sensitivity resulting from nerve damage in the feet can prevent a person from noticing and subsequently treating foot problems such as blisters, cuts or ulcers, leading these conditions to worsen.

Poor circulation to the feet and toes is another factor that can lead to diabetic foot pain. As narrower arteries decrease circulation, less oxygen is supplied to the lower legs, feet and toes, reducing their ability to recover from infections and other problems. In addition to neuropathy and a decline in circulation, other issues caused or exacerbated by diabetes can lead to foot pain. Among these are ulcers, calluses and infections. Diabetic footwear is designed to help alleviate the pain that is often associated with such conditions.

Diabetic shoes provide optimal support for the arch, heel and ankle while controlling the distribution of weight such that painful pressure points are avoided as much as possible. Many types of diabetic shoes also allow extra room inside so that custom orthotic inserts can be worn with them for optimal comfort.

The options and styles for diabetic shoes were in the past quite limited, but today a wide range of styles are available. People with diabetes can now find comfortable footwear for any purpose or occasion, including running shoes, casual dress shoes, sandals and loafers.

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Note: This information is not intended to supplement or replace advice from a medical professional, or to diagnose or treat any condition.

About MMAR Medical Group: MMAR Medical Group Inc. is a wholesale distributor of comfort footwear offering a wide selection of shoes for diabetics as well as custom made orthotics. Please visit www.mmarmedical.com for more information.