How Custom Orthopedic Shoes Can Alleviate Your Foot Pain

How Custom Orthopedic Shoes Can Alleviate Your Foot Pain

If you experience foot pain related to a medical condition, recent surgery, or trauma, consult the pedorthists at Horton’s Orthotics & Prosthetics to discover your options for custom orthopedic shoes in Arkansas. Millions of individuals in the United States can and do suffer from chronic or post-surgical foot pain. While ready-made footwear can be modified to accommodate some issues, such as hammer toes or feet that differ in size and shape, pedorthists agree that long-term and more complex foot deformities and disease-induced conditions are best accommodated with quality custom orthopedic shoes. The staff at Horton’s Orthotics & Prosthetics is licensed and certified to fill a...

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Spotlight On: The Stance Control Orthotic Knee Joint

Spotlight On: The Stance Control Orthotic Knee Joint

Released in 2001, the Horton Stance Control, or stance control orthotic knee joint (SCOKJ), made a substantial impact in the world of stance control orthotics. For individuals who need better control of their walking ability, the stance control orthotic knee joint (SCOKJ) is an innovative and versatile option. It specifically relieves the issues experienced with more traditional joint orthoses by those who have muscle weakness, polio, multiple sclerosis, paralysis, or other conditions affecting leg strength. Spearheaded by Gary Horton, founder of Horton Orthotics & Prosthetics, this knee joint was developed in cooperation with NASA in order to simplify the device for patient use while utilizing...

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What Causes Lymphedema After Breast Cancer Surgery? How Is It Treated?

What Causes Lymphedema After Breast Cancer Surgery? How Is It Treated?

Lymphedema is one of the most common side effects of breast cancer treatments, but many women are unaware of what causes it or how it can be treated. After undergoing surgery or other breast cancer treatments, you may develop lymphedema. Many breast cancer patients are not made completely aware that lymphedema is a possible complication of their procedure, and it can take years before symptoms arise. Although lymphedema is an irreversible condition, it can be managed with the proper treatment if you know how to recognize it.

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If I Don’t Want to Have Reconstructive Surgery, What Are My Post Mastectomy Options?

If I Don’t Want to Have Reconstructive Surgery, What Are My Post Mastectomy Options?

Many women opt not to have plastic surgery for breast reconstruction following their mastectomy procedure. If this is your decision, there are other post mastectomy options that can give you a natural appearance while allowing you to maintain an active lifestyle. If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, your treatment can include radiation therapy, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, medication, targeted therapy, and surgery. If your oncologist recommends surgery, options can range from a lumpectomy to a full mastectomy of one or both breasts.

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How Advanced Prosthetics Are Changing the World of Sports and Its Athletes

How Advanced Prosthetics Are Changing the World of Sports and Its Athletes

The worlds of sports and prosthetics are colliding, resulting in a realm of advanced prosthetics that has catapulted athletes into an era of revolutionary gains. In the past few decades, the world of sports prosthetics for athletes has realized technological advancements that have allowed artificial body parts to become increasingly refined and targeted for high-level competition. From the rudimentary attempts at large-movement limbs through early research in the field to the pinpoint accuracy of advanced prosthetics for eyes, fingers and more, these modern innovations are making rivals out of the machines seen in sci-fi movies. Advanced sports prosthetics are enabling...

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Scoliosis Back Brace Treatment Suitable for Active Kids and Teens

Scoliosis Back Brace Treatment Suitable for Active Kids and Teens

For adolescents who are growing quickly and staying active, back braces are the best non-surgical treatment option for scoliosis. Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, affects 3-4% percent of all children in different variations of severity. The goal of an orthotic clinician is to help the patient avoid surgery by providing treatment that’s both effective and non-invasive, to keep the individual active and not hinder their childhood. The key to warding off surgery and the associated recovery period is utilizing a spinal orthosis as recommended by the treating physician and orthotist.

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Managing Diabetic Foot Ulcers with Pedorthic Treatment

Managing Diabetic Foot Ulcers with Pedorthic Treatment

The custom-fabricated shoes and orthotics used in pedorthics help to alleviate foot pain and stress in diabetic patients while preventing the formation of ulcers. Of the 9.3% of adults in the United States that have diabetes, it’s estimated that 2.5% also experience ulcerations of their lower extremities, particularly on their feet. It is not uncommon for ulcerations on your feet to become infected, as our feet are routinely exposed to a wide range of bacteria in our everyday environment. Infection often leads to further health complications, and puts the patient at increased risk of developing serious comorbidities, partial foot amputations,...

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Welcome Allison to the Horton Family!

Welcome Allison to the Horton Family!

Horton’s Orthotics & Prosthetics is proud and pleased to introduce the newest member of our team, Allison Hoffmann. Please join us in giving Allison a very warm welcome! When we first met Allison, she was actually a patient! She has come a long way since then, and we are so glad she discovered her passion for the field of orthotics and prosthetics. Her career choices have always been inspired by her deep concern for others, and we’re happy to shine a much-deserved spotlight on her life and career thus far.

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Your Options for a Post Mastectomy Breast Prosthesis

Your Options for a Post Mastectomy Breast Prosthesis

Many breast cancers survivors are unaware of their options after a mastectomy. For women who are not considering reconstruction, a breast prosthesis offers more options to fit any lifestyle without additional surgery. According to the American Cancer Society, 232,570 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2014. After receiving a cancer diagnosis and making the decision to move forward with a mastectomy, what you’re going to do after surgery is often the last thing on your mind. However, knowing the available options and being able to make an informed choice assists many women in making...

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Summer Vacations: How to Travel with a Prosthetic or Orthotic Device

Summer Vacations: How to Travel with a Prosthetic or Orthotic Device

Relax and enjoy your vacation by planning and preparing for travel with your prosthetic or orthotic device ahead of time. Whether your summer travel destination is somewhere temperate and urban, or humid and exotic, you need know how to travel with your prosthetic or orthotic device. Changes in climate and routine can lead to unexpected complications and affect the success of your vacation. Swelling from exercise or sun exposure, sweat from heat and humidity, and other travel-related factors may cause discomfort if you aren’t prepared. These tips will help you get ready for your trip, and show you to deal...

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