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Leading Provider of Custom Orthotics

Enhance Your Health with Daily Walking: Your Ultimate Guide

health benefits of walking

Hello, wellness enthusiasts and those seeking a serene escape! Today, we’re diving into the world of walking, an accessible yet profoundly impactful activity for enhancing your health and happiness.

Recognizing that high-intensity workouts or competitive sports aren’t for everyone, it’s essential to remember that active living has diverse paths. Walking stands out as a remarkably effective choice, offering substantial health benefits with minimal barriers to entry. Let’s explore why incorporating a walk into your daily routine could be a game-changer for your health. read more

Court Orthotics Info Guide 

Court Sports

What are Court Orthotics?
The Benefits of Sports Orthotics
What to Consider Before Buying Sports Orthotics
Choosing the Right Custom Sports Orthotics
How Foot Levelers Can Help Athletes

Staying active and exercising keeps your body in top shape. However, intensive exercise, such as court sports, can take a toll on your feet and ankles. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or enjoy the occasional game of tennis or volleyball, XP3 Court™ Custom Orthotics can offer you the comfort you desire. Custom orthotics for athletes can also prevent injuries and boost performance to help you stay on top of your game. read more

Scoliosis Could Be Off By Just Two Feet

Scoliosis

Overview
Scoliosis classifications
Scoliosis and the “crooked person”
Scoliosis and flat feet
Systemic Effects of Scoliosis in Young Adults
Treatment of Scoliosis
Guidelines for Choosing Appropriate Shoes for a Scoliosis Patient

The presence of scoliosis is as emotionally charged for the patient as it is clinically challenging for the Chiropractor. Patients often come into our clinics incredibly concerned that they have been labeled as having scoliosis. We also experience dealing with parents bringing in their children, saying the school nurse or Pediatrician has diagnosed them with scoliosis and what it all means. Scoliosis is the most common spinal disorder in children and adolescents1. read more

Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period and What That Means to Your Practice

It’s that time of year again when patients and healthcare providers have a chance to change their Medicare enrollment. It can be a confusing and overwhelming time, but we’re here to help you understand how to navigate this period for both your practice and your patients. Between October 15 and December 7, patients may choose to switch from traditional Medicare Part B to Medicare Advantage Part C or vice versa. If your office is not prepared for these changes, chaos can ensue. Likewise, providers may choose to change their participation status in Medicare Part B until December 31, 2023. Should you switch? Read on to make an informed decision. read more

Navigating the 2023 ICD-10 Code Changes 

navigating ICD codes

In the world of healthcare, the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10) codes play a crucial role in ensuring accurate billing, patient care, and statistical analysis. These codes are continually updated to reflect the evolving landscape of healthcare practices, technologies, and treatments. Every October 1, significant changes to ICD-10 codes take place, and they will have a notable impact on various specialties, although this year, we don’t have many changes that affect us in the chiropractic profession. However, there are some changes that affect the prescription of orthotic inserts. In this blog post, we will delve into the key changes to ICD-10 codes effective October 1, 2023, and explore how these changes may relate to the prescription of orthotic shoe inserts. read more

Chiropractic Wellness for Diabetes: A Healthier Path Forward

Diabetes and whole body health

Diabetes in the United States has increased significantly in adults 18 or older from 2001 through 2020. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 11.3% of the US population has diabetes and 1 in 5 people with diabetes don’t even know they have it. Additionally 1 in 3 people are pre-diabetic. The chances of diabetics finding their way into your chiropractic office are high. So let’s focus on a few other important clinical aspects we as chiropractors can help our patients manage this challenging condition holistically. read more

Uncovering and Treating the Causes of Female Low Back Pain

Low back pain is among the most common conditions for which patients seek medical care1. Low back pain is defined as pain, muscle tension, or stiffness localized below the costal margin and above the inferior gluteal folds, with or without leg pain. Low back pain can begin in childhood and continue to plague the patient throughout their life. It is a disorder with many possible causes and many explanations, occurring in many groups of populations.

Research indicates that more than 80% of people experience low back pain during their lifetime with its prevalence being slightly more common in females than males across all age groups. Women have increased lower back pain during their menstrual cycle or at the time of ovulation. The resultant inflammation and uterine cramping can increase the intra-abdominal pressure and flare up a preexisting lower back condition. read more

Ultimate Comfort for Expectant Moms: a Guide to Maternity Insoles

Ultimate Comfort for Expectant Moms

Pregnancy is a beautiful journey, but it can also be a challenging time for expectant moms, particularly regarding foot and leg comfort. Your body’s changes during pregnancy can lead to painful, swollen, and tired feet. Fortunately, relief is available with proper pregnancy foot care. Maternity insoles that address your body’s unique stabilization needs can help you stay comfortable throughout your pregnancy.

Here’s a guide to finding the best maternity shoe inserts for you.

Foot Pain and Discomfort During Pregnancy—What To Expect

Pregnancy is a miraculous time of growth and transformation. However, the changes your body experiences during this time can tax your body and place added stress on your feet. Here are some of the most common problems pregnant women deal with: read more

Orthotics and Student Athletes: A Winning Combination for Success and Safety

Student Athletes

As summer winds down and the back-to-school season kicks into high gear, it’s not just the return of the classroom and textbooks that’s top of mind for many students. For those with a passion for sports, this time of year marks the start of a new athletic season and the opportunity to hit the field, court or track with enthusiasm. While the excitement is palpable, it’s also crucial to consider the safety and performance optimization of our young athletes.

One critical tool in ensuring the well-being and success of student athletes is the Landing Error Scoring System (LESS) Test. This valuable assessment is a game changer in the world of sports, offering a window into an athlete’s risk of non-contact ACL injuries and other lower limb injuries. read more

Use HSAs and HRAs to Help Make Care More Affordable 

Health Reimbursement Accounts and Health Savings Account help pay for custom orthotics

In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs) have emerged as valuable tools that empower individuals to take control of their healthcare expenses and make informed decisions about their healthcare needs. These two financial instruments not only benefit patients but also play a significant role in facilitating interactions between patients and their doctor’s office. They provide a means for managing costs and addressing expenses that fall outside the scope of traditional health insurance coverage, ultimately fostering a more efficient and patient-centered healthcare system. read more

Duck… Duck…. Goose!!  Don’t Get Goosed by the Rules!

Duck Duck Goose

In the game Duck, Duck, Goose, you never know when you’re going to get picked, who’s going to pick you, or how fast you’ll have to run! You can probably remember sitting in the circle yourself, being nervous for what will happen next and ready to jump to your feet and make a run for it at any given moment. 

No matter the type or style of practice we have, we find ourselves in much the same scenario when it comes to not being sure when or which governing, or auditing-type entity may choose us. Will we be prepared? Will we be able to quickly jump to action and respond? Will we know what to do? Are we paying attention and feeling confident? Cash-based, accepting insurance, or turning away Medicare patients—the risks are still real. Just like the children’s game, every duck is different. Some are fast, some slow, some more intimidating than others and there are those that we hope to avoid altogether. And when you’re the goose, you’d better be ready! read more

Sciatica Relief: Finding the Right Insoles for Pain Management

Sciatica Relief: Finding the Right Insoles for Pain Management

Are you suffering from debilitating sciatica pain? You’re not alone. According to The National Institutes of Health, sciatica affects around 40% of us during our lifetimes. Sciatica can be uncomfortable and cause radiating pain, numbness and tingling, making even the simplest daily activities challenging.

Fortunately, pain management for sciatica is available with custom orthotics. These insoles for sciatica are specifically designed to support and cushion your feet and can be crucial in managing sciatica pain and other conditions. In this article, we will explore the benefits of insoles for sciatica, discuss the importance of custom orthotics for sciatica pain management and help you find the best insoles for sciatica. read more

Chiropractic’s Role in Preventing and Treating Pickleball Injuries

Pickleball volley

Dr. Mario Fucinari returns a pickleball volley.

Since its invention in 1965, pickleball has gained immense popularity recently, attracting players of all ages and skill levels. The United States Pickleball Association reports that over 36.5 million pickleball players currently play the game. The Sports & Fitness Association (SFIA) named pickleball the fastest-growing sport in America for the third straight year. Along with the sport’s increase in popularity, injuries have also become more frequent, resulting in $250-500 million in medical costs this year.1 The most common injuries include strains/sprains, fractures and contusions.2 read more

Empowering Working Women: Tackling Back Pain for Enhanced Workplace Performance

Woman with back pain

In a recent collaboration, Foot Levelers, the leading provider of custom orthotics, teamed up with Dr. Christine Foss, MD, DC, MS.Ed, ATC, DACBSP, ICSC, to shed light on an issue affecting a significant portion of the workforce: women’s back pain. This pervasive problem impacts workplace performance, leading to reduced productivity and increased healthcare costs. Understanding the unique challenges faced by women, healthcare professionals have emphasized the role of chiropractic care and innovative workplace strategies in mitigating back pain issues. read more

Expert Tips for Proper Rehabilitation Coding

rehabilitation

When billing 3rd party payers for exercise therapy, matching documentation descriptions to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes can be confusing. There are numerous exercise therapy services, including stretching, and some seem similar and overlap. Yet insurance companies do not think so when processing your claims. In this blog, I’ll show you how to differentiate between them with proper coding.

Exercise Billing: 97110, 97112, or 97530?

Let’s take a deeper look into the proper CPT® coding for exercise therapies. These codes are similar, and it is important to understand how the context and documentation define the differences between them. The details of these codes are dependent on the documentation of each, so providers must recognize the distinctions between these codes as they relate to the intent behind the prescription of the exercise. read more

Get Young Patients Ready for Back-to-School

Back-to-school time is a great opportunity to use your chiropractic expertise and healing care to help young patients prepare for the wide range of sports activities and physical demands that the new school year will bring.

Sports Physicals

In many school districts, chiropractors can perform sports physicals to allow children and teens to play specific sports.* Spread the word in your community that you are available for this service. It’s an effective way to expand the care you offer to all members of the family. read more

A Guide to the Medical Benefits of Custom Orthotics

Do you suffer from foot, knee, hip, or back pain? Medical conditions or structural abnormalities elsewhere in the body may be responsible. While medical therapies can help to mask the pain and address the symptoms, custom orthotics may be able to correct the underlying cause.

Individuals with overpronation, over-supination, plantar fasciitis, leg length differences, and numerous other conditions can benefit from arch support insoles customized to their particular foot shape and complaint. Arch support inserts also provide cushioning and stability while, at the same time, distributing the pressure on your feet more evenly. read more

Signs You May Need Orthotic Insoles

Suffering from discomfort and foot pain should not keep you from enjoying your daily routine. Custom orthotics can support your feet, correct misalignments, reduce abnormal motion, and eliminate pain and discomfort. The benefits of orthotic insoles include, among others:

  • Shock absorption and even weight distribution
  • Reducing foot pressure and pain
  • Correcting foot conditions and healing injuries
  • Boosting circulation in the feet and legs

Read on to discover how you can tell it’s time to try custom orthotic insoles.

Six Signs You May Need Custom Orthotics

If you suffer from any foot discomfort or issue, it may be time to make an appointment with a Foot Levelers healthcare provider. Here are the six most common signs that you could benefit from custom orthotics: read more

How Do I Know if I Need Arch Support?

Have you ever experienced pain in your feet, back, or knees? This could be a sign that you may need custom arch supports.

Your feet are your foundation, bearing the weight of your entire body day in and day out. When your arches are unsupported, foot problems, such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, and pain, can arise. This is where arch supports come into play.

Custom-made support insoles provide additional support and cushioning to your arches to help alleviate foot pain, correct gait misalignment, and prevent conditions from worsening. read more

How Insoles Can Help Alleviate Pregnancy Pain and Discomfort

Pregnancy can be a special and magical time in a woman’s life. However, it’s also a time of many changes in the body and significant challenges, such as back pain, swollen feet and ankles, and changes in posture.

Fortunately, insoles for pregnancy and maternity shoes can address and alleviate many sources of pain and discomfort. Choosing the right arch support insoles for pregnancy, in particular, can keep you comfortable and healthy when expecting a baby.

Understanding Pregnancy Pain and Discomfort

Why is it so common to feel back pain and discomfort during pregnancy? Your body is working overtime and undergoing many changes during pregnancy, which can put pressure on your feet and cause discomfort in your ankles, legs, hips, and back. Additionally, hormonal changes in your body may cause fluid retention, leading to foot and ankle swelling. read more

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