At Patton Pharmacy, we strive to help enable you to live your best life. Many of us could use assistance with daily tasks and functions such as opening a jar, picking up something we have dropped, getting around your home or going to the bathroom. For some, aging or complications from illness or disease may also cause us to require additional assistance.
To help our customers maintain independence and dignity, we offer a variety of Daily Living Aids to help you in any situation.
The main purpose of diabetic shoes is to achieve a proper fit to avoid “shearing,” the movement of the foot inside the shoe. Because diabetics with foot conditions may not be able to feel when their shoes fit incorrectly, they are susceptible to developing foot sores. These sores can lead to more serious problems if they can’t heal properly because of poor circulation. Properly fitting diabetic shoes and inserts prevent shearing by achieving total contact with the bottom of the foot, reducing the risk of sores. Approximately 60-70% of diabetics have mild to severe forms of nerve damage resulting in loss of sensation in their feet, but only 7% receive diabetic shoes. The Centers for Disease Control indicates that comprehensive foot care programs including diabetic shoes can reduce diabetic amputations between 45 and 85%, so that 7% figure should be much higher.
Patton Pharmacy offers Dr. Comfort therapeutic shoes custom fitted by our certified therapeutic shoe fitter. This service ensures that you will be properly measured, and it allows you to submit an insurance claim for coverage.
Check with your insurance company to see what coverage it provides. Medicare B covers for one pair of shoes and three pairs of custom inserts per year if a person is 65 or older and has been diagnosed with diabetes type II and an accompanying foot problem related to the diabetes. This includes neuropathy, poor circulation, foot deformity, amputation, pre-ulcerative callus, or previous foot ulceration. Therapeutic shoes and inserts are available without a prescription and may be purchased without insurance as well.
Incontinence is a loss of bladder or bowel control that can be caused by many conditions including birth defects, pelvic surgery, infection, side effects of drug therapy, and degenerative changes associated with aging. It is estimated that over 13 million Americans are incontinent and that 85% of them are women.
Those affected by incontinence experience one of these three types:
- Stress incontinence:Stress on the bladder, such as laughing, coughing, or lifting something heavy, causes urine leakage.
- Urge incontinence:A sudden urge to urinate is too strong to control or hold in.
- Overflow incontinence:Involuntary urination when the bladder has filled beyond capacity and the pressure on the surrounding muscles is too strong.
The worst part of incontinence may be the stigma attached to the disorder. People suffering from incontinence often would rather stay home than risk the chance of having an accident in front of others. Isolation and confinement to the home can lead to depression and lack of activity.
But incontinence should not be viewed a disgraceful or embarrassing condition. it is a physical disorder that can be treated. If you are incontinent, see your doctor about specific treatments that might help you. Options for treatment include bladder training, muscle conditioning, exercises, surgery, and medications.
In addition, many products make incontinence more bearable:
- Pads and shields:These offer light protection by fastening to the inside of underwear with an adhesive strip to absorb small leakages.
- Guards:Guards are more absorbent than pads, and are therefore heavier. They also fasten inside underwear with an adhesive strip. There are different guard styles for men and women.
- Undergarments:These offer moderate to heavy protection. One type fastens over the hip with elastic straps; another fastens to the inside of underwear with an adhesive strip.
- Protective underwear:Also offering moderate to heavy protection, protective underwear pulls on and off like regular underwear. With no straps, tape, or buttons, this may be the most comfortable type of incontinence product.
- Briefs:Briefs provide maximum absorbency and the highest level of protection. They fasten with tape.
- Underpads:These large, rectangular pads are designed to protect beds and chairs.
Patton Pharmacy offers all of these products, along with brochures and information on incontinence care and treatment options.