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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Take this simple step for optimal outcomes
Many chiropractors struggle with implementing foot stabilization and custom flexible orthotics into their day-to-day protocol. Let’s get to the bottom of what it will take to help your patients achieve the optimal spinal health they deserve through custom foot alignment and explore the benefits your practice could experience.
Loving Service is My First Technique
More effective adjustments and optimal care that leads to increased patient service and ultimately collections is a worthy goal for your practice. But in the hubbub of busy day-to-day, important steps can fall through the cracks when they are not fully implemented and systematized. In my 40 years of service to chiropractic care, I can boil down the #1 most difficult task for any practice: implementation. And implementation will not happen without a plan.
Reducing the stress and strain through chiropractic care
In warmer weather, many patients use the longer, sunnier days to spend more time outdoors playing sports and being more active. This can add up to increased strain on their bodies. As chiropractors, we can partner with our patients to help take the stress out of the summer activities they love. This supports adjustments that hold better and enhances the success of ongoing chiropractic care while helping boost athletic performance and lowering injury risk.
Help your patients understand body connectivity for better health
In my daily practice, I am astonished to observe how little knowledge patients have of their own bodies. They don’t realize how the function of individual parts such as the feet affect their bodies as a whole. Most patients grow up receiving treatment in a traditional medical care model so this is not familiar to them.
As chiropractors who treat the extremities, we can help our patients understand that the body parts are all connected, with the feet as their foundation. When the three arches of the plantar vault are not properly aligned, they can destabilize other parts of the body like the spine, leading to pain and decreased mobility. By identifying and treating the true cause of the pain rather than chasing pain symptoms, we can provide more effective care with greater patient satisfaction. This begins by educating our patients about the kinetic chain and the foot-spine connection and stabilizing all three arches of their feet with custom flexible orthotics for optimal kinetic chain function and better overall health.
May is “National Correct Posture Month” and its purpose is to shed light on the importance of the posture of the human body. Another goal is to increase awareness regarding the strategies people can follow to improve their posture. Bad posture will have a great impact on quality of life. It can also lead to certain painful health conditions such as persistent upper and lower extremity and back pain.
The Dangers of Sitting Posture:
Sitting has been called “the new smoking” when it comes to the wide-ranging health problems it can trigger. In fact, one in four American adults sits for more than eight hours a day, according to federal research from investigators at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1 Some figures indicate that the average American sits 7.7 hours per day. Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns. They include obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and elevated LDL and reduced HDL cholesterol levels.
Revolutionize your care with these three crucial steps
Poor posture can be the catalyst for pain throughout the body. For the most effective adjustments and care, identify and address poor posture where it begins: dysfunctional feet. Stabilizing the body from its foundation with Foot Levelers custom orthotics is the key to optimal posture and balance. This helps adjustments hold better and supports healthy gait patterns, weight distribution and function of the Kinetic Chain, to help reduce pain, increase mobility and improve overall health. Make custom stabilization part of every patient’s treatment plan, starting with the three steps below.
Educate Your Patients About The Benefits of Foot Stabilization
National Foot Health Awareness Month is a great opportunity to address foot function as a key element in proactive wellness. It’s estimated that about 20% of Americans experience foot issues like bunions and plantar fasciitis each year. The common cause of many of these conditions is an unstable foundation created by dysfunctional feet.
Foot issues can contribute to lower back and spinal issues because the feet are the foundation of the body and spine and can affect overall alignment. When we walk or stand, the weight of our body is transferred through the feet and up the legs to the spine. Imbalance or misalignment in the feet can cause compensation in other parts of the body, including the lower, mid and upper back. Patients don’t often realize the root cause of their back pain could be their feet. It’s up to us to educate them, beginning by adding foot assessment to every patient’s care plan.
Where to Get Custom Orthotics
Custom orthotics are unique inserts specifically tailored to cushion and support your feet. They can reduce the ache and distress caused by various foot issues, including plantar fasciitis, overpronation, and flat feet. Custom insoles must be crafted to precisely fit your feet to achieve optimal comfort and support. Keep reading to find out where you can obtain custom orthotics.
Who prescribes custom orthotics?
If you’re trying to figure out where to source custom insoles, begin by consulting an expert who can guarantee your orthotics will have a precise fit and deliver optimal support tailored to your feet’s shape. Healthcare professionals, such as doctors of chiropractic and physical therapists, can prescribe custom orthotics. They may also be prescribed by chiropractors and other healthcare specialists with expertise in treating issues affecting the feet, ankles, legs and other parts of the body.
For the most effective adjustments and care, ensure that your patients have support for all their activities.
When patients are continuously supported, it helps their bodies sustain proper balance and alignment. Adjustments hold better, chiropractic treatments are more effective, patients experience a higher quality of life and have greater satisfaction with their care.
For optimal health, a patient’s body should be properly stabilized all day, every day. Like a pair of prescription eyeglasses, custom support has to be used all the time to maintain the desired correction (this comparison will resonate with patients too).
Dictionary.com defines standing as when a person is in an upright position on the feet. Notice that in this definition, the feet are directly referenced as the structures the body is standing on top of. We have come to understand that the 26 bones, 29 muscles (10 foot/ankle, 19 intrinsic) and 3 arches of each foot form the foundation of our body and are integral to its overall proper function.
As Chiropractors, we spend multiple hours of the day standing on our feet. Our patients are no different. Many of them have daily activities requiring short to long standing periods. Cooking and housework are just a couple of the tasks that incorporate standing for varying lengths of time.
How to Utilize it for Optimal Practice Success
The Foot Levelers Generation 3 Kiosk was released in October 2020. Although there have been various software updates to bring it to its current operational state, the guiding principle has been the same. This three-dimensional, digital, laser scanning device gives the healthcare provider incredibly accurate clinical data about their unique foot function through the Report of Findings (ROF). It’s also an outstanding educational tool for engaging patients and helping them understand the foot-spine connection.