Better Foot Health With Podiatry Digital X-Ray Systems

Doctors of podiatry spend their work days helping patients with medical problems of the foot, ankle and lower leg. Just like any other medical doctor, they need the appropriate tools available in order to assist them in making accurate diagnoses. This is why they turn to podiatry x-ray digital systems. Digital podiatry DR imaging systems, when combined with a PACS appliance on clinical workstations allow podiatrists to enhance their office workflow while at the same time providing outstanding patient care.

Better foot health begins with the physician taking high-resolution x-rays using a podiatry DR imaging system. By utilizing the latest Podiatry x-ray digital imaging technologies, physicians can take medical images in a matter of seconds, after which the digital images can be viewed on a clinical workstation with a diagnostic monitor, in order to ensure that the digital x-rays are of a good standard for diagnostic purposes. If they are not, the patient is still there, and more images can be taken immediately. This saves the patient the trouble of returning for further imaging, and the physician gets the patient data that he or she needs immediately in order to give a prompt and accurate diagnosis.

Another common component for the podiatry digital x-ray suite is that of a PACS system. The PACS appliance will allow you to send and receive digital images in the DICOM format quickly online to consulting physicians in order to provide better patient care with enhanced speed, and if you offer a mobile podiatry unit, you can send digital images taken on the road back to your primary care office through a laptop computer with a wireless Internet connection.

A PACS system will also help all the physicians in your medical network to store digital images safely, according to HIPPA requirements. Physicians log in using an administered username and password, so that patient privacy is insured. Digital DICOM images can then be stored to a server at your home office or at an offsite server, which will give you the disaster recovery options that you would need in the case of an emergency. Digital x-rays can also be quickly saved to CD or DVD as needed through the use of a PACS appliance.

With so many advances in Podiatry digital x-ray systems, and with the ability to retrofit your existing film x-ray systems to convert them to digital imagers, it makes sense to contact a medical imaging distributor to learn about more solutions for digital imaging in the podiatry environment.

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High Heels Give Low Hope For Foot Health

Are you addicted to heels? Do you love the way your legs look when you wear them? Could you not live without them?

Ok, would you like to spend one quarter of your life in your glamorous heels and one half of it in agony with really ugly feet? That’s what you could potentially cause to happen if you rely on your high heels on a daily basis during your most active, on-your-feet years.

High heels displace the weight of your body onto the ball of your foot. Over time, feet can develop calluses, unsightly bunions and corns. With those kinds of feet, you’d better hope that Manolo Blahnik starts designing slippers!

High heels also direct the centre mass of your body forward and your spine has to bend backwards to compensate. “Oh my aching back” will be your daily mantra.

Calf muscles shorten and tighten when you wear high heels and if you wear them constantly for a long time, say more than six months, your calf muscles can remain permanently shortened. Your body will naturally try to compensate by lowering the arches of your feet or your knees, hips or back will be painfully affected.

How to enjoy your high heels but not do long-term damage

1. Wear shoes with heels no higher than 4cm for day-to-day wear.

2. Save your sexy high heels for special occasions.

3. Avoid wearing backless shoes too frequently as they make you claw your toes when you walk.

4. Stretch your calf muscles at regular intervals.

5. Alternate your shoes over a long day of standing. Keep a second pair at work so that you can switch heights during the day and give your calf muscles a chance to adapt.

6. Never walk long distances or over uneven ground such as pavements when wearing high heels.

7. High heels that feature a strap or lace across the instep are more beneficial than slip-ons as they help to stop your foot from sliding forwards.

8. See your podiatrist or chiropodist once a year for checkups on your foot health.

Take care of your health!

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