Could bunion correction lead to lower healthcare costs
Bunion Prevention and Correction

 

While political sides remain divided on whether universal healthcare is constitutional, one thing everyone appears to agree on is that the cost of services is too high.

As such, Michael King, D.P.M., president of the American Podiatric Medical Association recently addressed the issue at the Annual National Labor and Management Conference and spoke about how podiatrists can help curb the rising cost of healthcare.

He said that untreated foot problems – which can range from diabetic ulcers to bunions and hammer toe – can potentially develop into chronic conditions that affect not just healthcare costs, but a patient’s ability to work.

“Including podiatrists in all healthcare plans can help to cut healthcare costs while increasing value. By investing a small amount in prevention, we can provide quality care and proper footwear, maintain a healthy workforce, and save billions in healthcare expenditures,” said King.

When left untreated, a bunion may advance to the point where bunion surgery is necessary. The operation is not only pricey, but comes with a number of risks. As such, conservative methods of bunion correction or prevention may help stave off extra healthcare costs.

What comes first obesity or foot problems like bunions
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What comes first, obesity or foot problems like bunions?

Tiburon, CA – April 27, 2011– What comes first, obesity or foot problems like bunions? According to Alpha Orthotics Corp., studies indicate that either foot disorders or obesity may come first. Lower Extremity Review sites a couple of recent studies that find foo t disorders, such as bunions (Hallux valgus), …

Physical therapy and orthotics work together to combat foot pain
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Physical therapy and orthotics work together to combat foot pain

The combination of a fitted foot splint and physical therapy exercises have been shown to reduce foot pain

Carefree flip flops are not always a smart summer choice
Bunion Prevention
Carefree flip flops are not always a smart summer choice

Flip flops provide little to no arch support, causing foot problems for many

Moisturizing exfoliation and calcium intake strengthen feet and bones
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Moisturizing, exfoliation and calcium intake strengthen feet and bones

Home-based treatments can keep your feet healthy and save money

Orthopedic shoes may help alleviate foot problems
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Orthopedic shoes may help alleviate foot problems

If you have bunions, hammer toe or fallen arches, you may have given up hope for walking comfortably.

AAOS encourages people to get moving even in the face of foot pain
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AAOS encourages people to get moving – even in the face of foot pain

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has launched its Get Up! Get Out! and Get Moving! campaign to encourage people to get off the couch this summer and participate in active lifestyles.

Summer sport performance may be improved with bunion correction
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Summer sport performance may be improved with bunion correction

Conditions like bunions, hammer toe and fallen arches often affect female athletes in more ways than just through foot pain.

How to keep foot problems at bay in old age
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How to keep foot problems at bay in old age

As we age, our bodies are no longer able to deal with everyday stressors as effectively as they once were.

Heels with ankle straps may be preferable for ladies with foot problems
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Heels with ankle straps may be preferable for ladies with foot problems

Women with bunions or hammer toe are generally advised to steer clear of high heels with narrow toe boxes, as they pack a double-whammy of foot pain by squishing the forefoot into an unnaturally compact position.