Friday, December 30, 2011

Where does your foot hurt??

Where Does Your Foot Hurt?

Dorsal Foot Return Great Toe Toes 1st Metatarsal Forefoot Midfoot Rearfoot Ankle Medial Lateral Instructions Toes Ball of Foot Sesamoids Arch/Midfoot Heel Medial Lateral Instructions Medial Ankle Achilles Tendon Heel Medial Arch 1st Ray Toes Dorsal Foot Plantar Dorsal Instructions Lateral Ankle Achilles Tendon Heel 5th Metatarsal Toes Dorsal Foot Plantar Dorsal Instructions

(Click on the area for possible reasons for your pain)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Alzheimer's shoes

When I walk into any nursing facility I am always amazed at the security in place there. However, it is not just to prevent people from coming in but also preventing the confused residents from getting out. One of the major concerns with Alzheimers and Dementia patients is the their potential to wander away due to confusion. Over 5.4 million people are affected by Alzheimers in the United States. It is estimated 60% of patients suffering from Alzheimer's will wander off.

Recently, multiple shoe companies have attempted to address this problem with GPS (global positioning system) shoes. One company that has developed these shoes, Aetrex Worldwide, has also synched with Google Maps and can pinpoint exactly where a loved one has wandered to. The devices can be programmed to send off an alert when the patient has wandered out of a designated area. Also, by placing the device in the shoes it is less likely the patients will be able to remove the device. While these devices can not completely remove the incidence of patients wandering, it certainly can help eliminate the potential devastating events that can occur. This technology although first developed for runners has benefited many patients suffering with Alzheimer's and their families.