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.

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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.