We Answer Your Top Questions About Podiatry and Physical Therapy
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Will Medicare cover my diabetic nail care?
In order for routine nail care to be covered by Medicare you must be an at-risk patient. Diabetes alone does not qualify a person as an at-risk patient. Here is a list of diabetic complications that may qualify you for routine care.
- An amputation not caused by trauma
- Two of the following: absent hair growth, nail thickening, thin/shiny skin, or an absence of pulse in your feet
- Two of the following plus at least one from #2: pain in your legs when walking, cold feet, swelling, numbness, or burning
Only your podiatrist can diagnose you as an at-risk patient for nail care. Come in to Podiatry Associates, P.C. in Parker or Castle Pines, CO, for your annual diabetic check-up and we can help to determine if you qualify for Medicare coverage of related services. Call (303) 805-5156 today for an appointment.
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What are the benefits of Physical Therapy?
Whether you are suffering from a recent injury or a long-standing one, physical therapy can put you on the road to recovery, and even speed the process along.
Physical Therapists are musculoskeletal specialists, who are trained to rehabilitate you back to doing the things you love. The experts at Castle Pines Physical Therapy will assess your ailments then determine a treatment plan specifically designed for you. A variety of equipment may be utilized to help re-train your muscles, including: therabands, weights, physioballs, balance pads, the bosu, stretching straps, stationary bikes, and treadmills. If joint mobility is an issue, manual therapy will be applied.
Education is essential to the recovery process as well. We teach you all of the tools necessary to perform the exercises you need to regain strength and function. Additionally, you will enjoy one-on-one sessions with a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy.
Our goal is not only to get you back in your game, but to keep you there. Let our team of experts at Castle Pines Physical Therapy help you today. Request a consultation online, or call in to our Castle Pines office or associated location in Cherry Creek at (303) 805-5156.
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How can I prevent heat-related illnesses?
Staying safe in summer’s rising temperatures can be a challenge. Though our bodies naturally cool themselves, some of us may be at
a greater risk for problems caused by extreme heat. For instance, those under age 4 or over 65 are more susceptible. Other contributing factors include obesity, heart, lung, and kidney diseases, certain medications, and alcohol abuse. Of course, excessive sun exposure and
dehydration can increase your risk as well. In order to prevent heat-related illnesses it is important to stay smart during the summer months. Here’s how:
Drink plenty of water! Replace salts and minerals lost during heavy sweating by grabbing a
sports drink. Wear lightweight, loose clothes and use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Avoid the sun while it’s at its strongest from late morning to midafternoon. If you’re feeling overheated, utilize cool, air conditioned areas when you can. It’s extremely important to not leave children or pets inside an automobile as its interior temperature rises drastically in just minutes. If you experience heavy sweating, muscle cramps, excessive tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, or fainting, you may have heat exhaustion. Drink a glass of water and rest in a cool environment or take a cool shower or bath as soon as possible.
Though we are all excited for summer to finally be here, it is important to stay safe while having fun in the warm weather. Visit Castle Pines Physical Therapy in Castle Pines and Cherry Creek Colorado for more information or call (303) 805-5156 today.
How can I stay safe in the summer sun?
Physical therapists know how important it is to get outside and be active during summer months, however, they also recognize the importance of protecting your skin and staying safe in the summer sun! Did you know skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? Though we should all try to avoid unnecessary, unprotected time in the sun, it is important to be prepared for that extra sun exposure that sometimes is inevitable in the warm summer months. Here are some helpful hints to keep you and your skin safe:
Try to avoid sun exposure between late morning and midafternoon when the sun is at its strongest. Before you head outside, be sure to protect yourself. Wear lightweight clothing that covers as much of your body as possible, and don’t forget to put on a hat and sunglasses! Ensure those shades have near 100% UV protection too. Don’t skimp on sunscreen either! Apply it to all exposed skin, including commonly neglected areas such as the back of your neck and legs, and your feet! Sunscreen should have an SPF of at least 15 and be re-applied every 2 hours.
Get more tips on sun safety from Castle Pines Physical Therapy in Castles Pines CO. Dr. Jennifer Molner is happy to help! Call (303) 805-5156 today.
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How long will my physical therapy last?
Physical therapy for most individuals involves two to three sessions per week for up to four to six weeks. However, we are all unique, and our injuries are as well. Your plan of care may differ based on the extent of the injuries you've suffered, the type of surgery you have undergone, or the necessity for additional treatment techniques. If you have any concerns about your plan of care, make sure to address them with your physical therapist at your initial consultation.
It's important to us that you get the treatment you need, no matter how long it may take to get there. We are happy to answer any other questions you have about physical therapy, and will work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your schedule and brings you the relief you need. You can contact Cherry Creek Physical Therapy or Castle Pines Physical Therapy for an appointment by callling 303-805-5156 or by contacting us online today.
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy is getting you back to your prior activity level, so that you can return to running, hiking, biking, swimming, walking, skiing – all the things you love to do! To do this we incorporate strengthening, stretching, manual therapy, and modalities into a personalized program designed just for you; allowing you to build up the proper strength and flexibility to return to those activities you love.
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Are stiff muscles in the morning normal?
Stiff muscles when you get out of bed in the morning are usually related to having tight muscles. It is important to make sure you are stretching. Focus on stretches for your glutes, hamstrings, and calves. These will help prevent back, leg, and foot stiffness, and keep the problem from getting even worse.
If you’ve been searching for the solution to your morning muscle misery, the physical therapists at Castle Pines Physical Therapy and Cherry Creek Physical Therapy can help. We offer one-on-one treatment sessions to get you back to doing what you love. Find freedom from pain today—call us at (303) 805-5156 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jennifer Molner.
How many days a week should I work out?
If you are starting to work out after a period of being sedentary, do not over do it. I recommend working out 3 days per week at first and limiting exercise to cardio workouts only. This helps you get used to moving again. After 2-4 weeks of this schedule, you can increase your workouts to 5 times per week. At this time, it is important to continue your 3 days of cardio and to add 2 days of weight training.
While often overlooked, it is important to add weight training to your regime. Weight training makes your muscles and bones stronger and this allows you to burn more calories every day without adding more activity.
The physical therapists at Castle Pines Physical Therapy offer one-on-one wellness sessions that will provide you with a workout routine that is tailored to your goals and physical needs. Call us today at (303) 805-5156 to schedule an appointment at our Castle Pines or Cherry Creek locations.
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Should I buy walking shoes for walking?
No. We recommend that you buy a trail running shoe when you walk for exercise. These shoes provide biomechanical control plus the cushion needed for shock absorption. We recommend the following brands for your trail running shoe: Brooks, Saucony, and New Balance.
Call our office to schedule an appointment at 303-805-5156, or stop by our Castle Pines location to see our great selection of podiatrist approved shoes today.
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Should my work out shoes be tight-fitting?
No. You should have plenty of room in your workout shoes. Buy your shoes about one size larger than your regular daily dress shoes. You should not feel your toes hit the end or top of your workout shoes. Call our office at 303-805-5156 to schedule an appointment at our Parker or Castle Pines location. Let one of our podiatrists help you choose the shoe that is right for you.
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