Posts for: March, 2017
Advanced Podiatry has enrolled with UMA to schedule appointments for patients that are self pay. UMA is better known as "hassle-free healthcare," also known as Urgent Medical access. UMA Health is an insurance free platform that allows patients to bypass insurance, schedule an appointment and pay for their visit - before ever walking through the door! It's the quickest, easiest way to schedule a doctor's visit. Here's a link tot: umahealth.com.
The concept was actually conceived by the #1 ranked podiatrist in the U.S. by RateMDs.com, Dr. Pedram Hendizadeh.
UMA's goal is to help patients with high deductible insurance plans or who have no insurance coverage determine the cost of care prior to the visit. When patients book an appointment through UMA, they are able to:
- Find the best prices for doctor visits and earn reward dollars
- Bypass insurance and know exactly what they're paying (no surprise bills months later!)
- Find quality care in the New York area
- Book an appointment with just a few taps
- Have on-demand care when you need it the most
Many patients with high deductible insurance plans are unaware of what their medical costs prior to their medical evaluation. This leads to confusion and frustration when they receive their bills months later in the mail.
How long has UMA been around? The idea for UMA has been in the seed since January 2016. UMA has just launched in March of 2017, with the platform growing rapidly.
The current healthcare system is broken and unsustainable. UMA Health is here to help.
Try booking your next Advanced Podiatry appointment through UMA!
A neuroma is a painful condition, also referred to as a "pinched nerve" or a nerve tumor. It is a benign growth of nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes. It brings on pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot.
The principal symptom associated with a neuroma is pain between the toes while walking. Those suffering from the condition often find relief by stopping their walk, taking off their shoe, and rubbing the affected area. At times, the patient will describe the pain as similar to having a stone in his or her shoe. The vast majority of people who develop neuromas are women.
Although the exact cause for this condition is unknown, a number of factors can contribute to the formation of a neuroma.
Biomechanical deformities, such as a high-arched foot or a flat foot, can lead to the formation of a neuroma. These foot types bring on instability around the toe joints, leading to the development of the condition.
1: Trauma can cause damage to the nerve, resulting in inflammation or swelling of the nerve.
2: Improper footwear that causes the toes to be squeezed together is problematic. Avoid high-heeled shoes higher than two inches. Shoes at this height can increase pressure on the forefoot area.
3: Repeated stress, common to many occupations, can create or aggravate a neuroma.
Proper evaluation by one of our doctors can help stop your pain quickly!
There are a number of treatment options available ranging from orthotics to surgery. If you are suffering from these symptoms call and make an appointment today!
So you went out for St. Patrick's day, drank large amounts of green beer, and now you have a splitting headache and your big toe is warm, red, swollen and so painful you can't even bear to have your bedsheets touch it. After a couple powerades, your head is better, but your toe is still killing you! You don't remember kicking anything or getting your toe stomped on while river dancing, so what gives?
Barring any traumatic event or infection, the presentation of these symptoms is consistent with a diagnosis of gout. Hereditary factors often play a role in having gout, but it is not uncommon that a person with no family history of gout or elevated uric acid will have a flare up.
Uric acid is a naturally occurring compound in the body that is a product of the metabolic breakdown of purines, which are found in high concentrations in meat and meat products, anchovies, mackerel, scallops, game meats and beer. At high levels, uric acid crystalizes and gets deposited in joints, tendons and the surrounding tissues causing a localized inflammatory reaction. It also may cause kidney stones, additional kidney issues and arthritis.
While a gouty attack can occur in any joint in the body, for some reason, over half the cases involve the joint of the big toe. The first step (which is excruciating if you have gout) is evaluation by a podiatrist. Your podiatrist will order some blood work, offer a range of treatments from oral medications to injectable steroids, and have you follow up with your internist or an endocrinologist. As a sufferer of gout, I can tell you, the sooner you see your podiatrist, the sooner you will get relief.
After hearing sad news of the activist hiker who was killed walking barefoot across america to raise awareness of climate change, there are many lessons that can be learned from his sacrifice. I don't claim to be an expert on highway safety or pedestrian dynamics, but what I do know is feet. During his trek, the activist would post selfies of his bruised, swollen feet to document his journey. While his dedication was quite a feat of feet (very proud of that one), as a podiatric physician, I can't help but comment on the myriad of issues that can arise from attempting any barefoot activities.
As can be inferred, stepping on glass or other roadside debris is a bad idea. No matter how callused the skin, open wounds on the skin of the feet can have severe consequences.
Nobody has a perfect foot. While most imbalances are the result of inherited bone structure (thanks mom and dad), the compensation that the supporting structures of the foot are forced into can cause pain and instability. After repetitive cycles of loading and pressure, the structures in the foot can break down and remodel in a detrimental way. Swelling is the body's way of saying that something is wrong, and not addressing foot issues can lead to chronic damage. Shoes are a good way to support the structure of the foot, but shoes are cut from a mold of what the "average" foot is thought to look like. A custom insole is the best way for any long distance athlete to properly support the foot to achieve the maximum individual potential for greatness! No matter the foot type, we can make a mold of your foot and fabricate a device that supports your individual skeleton.
As my grandmother used to say, 'no matter what you do, be smart about it.'
So you went out for St. Patrick’s day, drank large amounts of green beer, and now you have a splitting headache and your big toe is warm, red, swollen and so painful you can’t even bear to have your bedsheets touch it. After a couple powerades, your head is better, but your toe is still killing you! You don’t remember kicking anything or getting your toe stomped on while river dancing, so what gives?