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Posts for: February, 2011

February 18, 2011
Category: Orthotics
Tags: orthotic   insoles   custom   support   arch support   foot support  

Consumers Beware

Orthotic Advertising on Radio and TV
You may have heard advertisements on the local radio or television commercials promoting "custom fit" orthotics you can get at discount department stores. While these devices are not bad, we feel that they are extremely over-priced. You can get over the counter (OTC) devices that we feel are more effective for most people for less than $40.00. Our advice is to be very careful - you should never pay more than $50.00 for an "orthotic" unless it is made from a cast or a mold of your foot by an experienced and skilled medical professional.

What these stores and companies call "custom fit" just means that they use a machine to scan the shape, pressure points and size of your foot. They then give you a recommendation of what pre-packaged insole to purchase. Using the word "custom" seems to be misleading to potential customers - these are not custom made orthotics -they are simply very overpriced over-the-counter arch supports.

There is high quality, doctor recommend off-the-shelf orthotics on the market and they can be purchased at Cumberland Run-Walk, your total foot care center. Most cost about $30.00.

Just be careful. If you have a foot problem, see your local podiatrist at Cumberland Foot & Ankle for a diagnosis - not a clerk in a shoe store. And NEVER spend more than $50 on an arch support or orthotic unless it is made from a cast of your foot by a trained medical professional.

If you are interested in more information on custom othothics or the doctor recommended over the counter orthotics; contact Cumberland Foot & Ankle at 606-679-2773, toll free 1-800-600-6740 or Cumberland Run-Walk, located in Somerset. at 606-678-9864. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Cumberland Foot & Ankle Center has ten convenient locations to serve you in: Somerset, Barbourville, Corbin, Danville, London, Monticello, Russell Springs, Stanford, Whitley City and Williamsburg.

The feet and legs are one of the most overlooked areas in relation to skin cancers. The most common areas are between the toes, on the soles of the foot and around the nails.

Skin Cancers of the feet and legs are related to not only sun exposure, but, also caused from viruses, exposure to chemicals, chronic irritation or inheritance.

The feet and legs are commonly exposed during the spring and summer months and most commonly forgotten when we consider sunscreen application. Unfortunately, the most common skin cancers of the feet are malignant melanomas which have the potential of losing your limb or your life.

The most common finding is the change of appearance in a mole, such as irregular shape or margin, color changes, increase in size, bleeding or ulceration. Any lesion in question should be monitored and biopsied. This can be done during a routine foot evaluation and screening. Unfortunately, some lesions that appear benign are cancerous thus, early screening and biopsy is essential to ensure that these potentially malignant lesions are not missed.
The most common skin cancers of the feet and legs include the following:

  1. Basal Cell Carcinoma- common on the top of the foot or front of the legs where there is sun exposure. These are the least aggressive, appear as pearly white bumps or patches that may ooze or crust and may look like an open sore. Easily treated by excising.
  2. Squamous Cell Carcinoma- this is the most common lesion of the foot that appears as a scaly bump or plaque, can be mistaken as a callous with recurrent cracking or bleeding. It is usually painless and may itch. It can also be mistaken as a plantar wart, a fungal infection, eczema or ulceration.
  3. Malignant Melanoma- one of the deadliest skin cancers known. It is known as "The Green Masquerader." Commonly it is brown and black in color but roughly one third are pink or red and do not have brown pigmentation. These may resemble moles, but upon close inspection have asymmetry, irregular borders and alterations in color. Nonsurgical treatments are rarely effective and must be detected early to ensure patient survival. Melanomas may resemble benign moles, blood blisters, ingrown nails, plantar warts, ulcers caused by poor circulation, foreign bodies or bruises.

Skin Cancers in the lower extremities have a different appearance from those arising on the rest of the body. Podiatrists are lower extremity specialists that can recognize and treat abnormal skin conditions of the legs and feet.

If a lesion is identified that may need further evaluation, a biopsy will be performed and evaluated. If the lesion is then determined malignant, your podiatrist will recommend the best course of treatment.

For prevention, protect your feet and legs with appropriate shoe wear and sunscreens and present to your podiatrist if you have any questionable changing moles, lesions, ulcerations, and calluses for early evaluation and treatment.

If you are interested in more information on skin cancer or are concerned you may have skin cancer on your feet contact your local Podiatrists at Cumberland Foot & Ankle Centers. 606-679-2773 or toll free 1-800-600-6740. We have ten locations near you: Somerset, Barbourville, Danville, London, Monticello, Corbin, Russell Springs, Stanford, Williamsburg, and Whitley City. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed and watch for contests and prizes.
By: Dr. Pamela Jensen-Stanley
Article can also be found in the February issue of the Southern Kentucky Health & Family Journal.