Archive for October, 2014

1.       How do you chose the correct orthotic for a particular patient?  
          Dr. Chang:  I look at a number of factors.  These include patient ailment,
          activity, weight, shoes, and any foot deformities present.
2.       Do you recommend more than one pair of orthotics? Why? 
          Dr. Chang:  Yes.  Orthotics are designed for specific use.  While we can
          prescribe a set of very good general use and multipurpose orthotics,
          they will not be so specific as to perform perfectly in every activity.  I
          advise a general use everyday set of orthotics and an exercise or sport
          pair of orthotics as a minimum set-up.
3.      Will my insurance cover orthotics?
          Dr. Chang:  Most insurance companys tend to not cover orthotics as a
          plan benefit.  When orthotics are covered, a prior authorization may be
          required. Please verify with your insurance company that orthotics are 
          a covered benefit and how your coinsurance and deductible apply.
4.      How much do orthotics cost? What are the cost of other treatment
          options?  
          Dr. Chang:  $395 for the first set and $300 2nd set.  Other treatments
          are often times more expensive when looked at collectively. These
          treatments include:  more office visits, anti-inflammatory medications,
          physical therapy,  taping,  bracing and strapping, and over-the-counter
          insoles.
5.      How long do orthotics last? Will my shoes last longer if I wear custom
          orthotics?  
          Dr. Chang:  The shell or core of the orthotic will last 5-10 years. Orthotics
          sometimes need to be refurbished (re-covered) during that time period
          depending on activity and amount of use. This cost $75.00. Orthotics do
          not effect shoe durability.
6.       Are different orthotics needed for work vs. sports activities?   
          Dr. Chang:  Yes. Orthotics made for a work environment will differ greatly
          than those made for a sports application.  Orthotics designed for sports are
          generally more flexible.  More rigidity and other modifications are advised  
          for work, particularly for jobs involving hours of standing on hard floors.
7.      What is the difference between your custom made orthotics and an over
          the counter orthotic? 
          Dr. Chang:  A custom orthotic is specific to each individual foot.  It’s an 
          exact 3D match, more durable, and more accommodating.
8.      How do you prescribe orthotics? What methods and considerations are
          involved? 
          Dr. Chang:  I prescribe orthotics based on patients ailment, foot shape,
          deformity, pathology, and physical activity.
9.      Do you make orthotics for a woman’s dress shoe? 
          Dr. Chang:  Yes.  A woman’s shoe is generally smaller and less spacious. 
          That presents a challenge to make an orthotic that can still perform as
          intended.  We like to use the Cobra orthotic device for this purpose.  In
          some cases,  I will not recommend orthotics for dress shoes.
10.    What if the orthotics do not help with the patients problem? 
          Dr. Chang:  The process of prescribing an orthotic can take anywhere
           from 1 visit to multiple adjustments. I do my best to accurately evaluate
          my patients and get the most precise image of the patients feet the first
          visit. However, sometimes adjustments are needed and/or a re-evaluation
          of the patients symptoms.
11.    Why should I get my orthotics from Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic? 
          We use the most advanced technology and work with a local and highly
          respected lab to produce our orthotics.  We take pride in the services we
          provide and enjoy helping our community stay active.  Conservative
          treatment takes priority over surgery and all employees in our office
          wear our orthotics.
 
 
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New office in Fishersville will open early 2015 @
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Fishersville, VA 22939
 
Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic has been a part of the Waynesboro and Charlottesville communities for over 20 years. Podiatrists Dr. Kevin Murray and Dr. Stewart Chang offer services in sports podiatry, foot and ankle problems and diabetic foot care. Our friendly, accommodating team of Certified Podiatric Medical Assistants look forward to welcoming you to our practice.
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We Now Offer Arthrosurface Nanofactor Injections

October 10th, 2014 by Dr.Chang

AmnioMan5-300x285Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic is now offering Arthrosurface Nanofactor injections for sports related injuries. We strive to be on the leading edge of sports medicine treatment for our weekend warriors and elite athletes. This human amniotic tissue allograft is showing excellent results in acute and chronic sports injury. It is especially effective when coupled with our EPAT technology. Getting our athletic patients back “In the game” is one of our pinnacle missions.

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887 A Rio East Court Charlottesville, VA 22901
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 417 South Magnolia AveWaynesboro, VA 22980
540-949-5150
New office in Fishersville will open early 2015 @
66 Parkway Lane Suite #102
Fishersville, VA 22939
 
Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic has been a part of the Waynesboro and Charlottesville communities for over 20 years. Podiatrists Dr. Kevin Murray and Dr. Stewart Chang offer services in sports podiatry, foot and ankle problems and diabetic foot care. Our friendly, accommodating team of Certified Podiatric Medical Assistants look forward to welcoming you to our practice.
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BENEFITS OF EXERCISE WALKING

October 8th, 2014 by Dr.Chang

Benefits of Exercise Walking

 
Metabolically, walking helps control weight, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. A brisk walk can burn up to 100 calories per mile. Walking is the perfect complement to a sensible diet to lose weight and keep it off.
Walking improves cardiovascular fitness. As an aerobic exercise, walking gets the heart beating faster to transport oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to the muscles. The heart and lungs grow more efficient with a regular walking regimen, reducing blood pressure and the resting heart rate. Walking is even a central element of medical rehabilitation including cardiac rehabilitation programs.
Psychologically, walking generates an overall feeling of well-being, and can relieve depression, anxiety, and stress by producing endorphins, the body’s natural tranquilizer. A brisk walk will relax you and stimulate your thinking.
If you have any problems with weight, respiration, blood pressure, pulse rate, or cholesterol, check with your doctor before walking. The same goes for diabetics, smokers, or people with pre-existing injuries or a family history of heart problems.
*Based on a document produced in cooperation with the: American Podiatric Medical Association.
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 417 South Magnolia AveWaynesboro, VA 22980
540-949-5150
New office in Fishersville will open early 2015 @
66 Parkway Lane Suite #102
Fishersville, VA 22939
 
Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic has been a part of the Waynesboro and Charlottesville communities for over 20 years. Podiatrists Dr. Kevin Murray and Dr. Stewart Chang offer services in sports podiatry, foot and ankle problems and diabetic foot care. Our friendly, accommodating team of Certified Podiatric Medical Assistants look forward to welcoming you to our practice.
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FALL IS HERE!

October 7th, 2014 by Dr.Chang

Enjoy daylight after work for a few more weeks.

Daylight savings time ends November 2. You don’t have to get on that trainer or treadmill yet.  Here are some tips for exercising outdoors in the fall.
 
1. Wear reflective gear on moving body parts (shoes, socks, hands)
2. Wear a headlight with a rear flashing red light.
3. Avoid the roads and enjoy local trails and parks. 
4. Increase the intensity of your exercise and shorten the time. Many people see more desirable results when they add interval type workouts to their routine. (http://www.runnersworld.com/workouts/quick-workouts-in-just-20-minutes?cid=socTP_20141002_32652116)
5. Don’t be afraid of the dark. Exercising at night can provide a different perspective on your workout and refresh your interest.
Remember we are here for you if you have any foot or ankle pain. 

Local Walk/Jog/Run Events this fall

Crozet – Crozet Trails Crew Trail 5K / October 11th
Waynesboro – Fall Foliage Race 5k & 10k / October 11th
Roseland (Devil’s Backbone Brewery) – The Blue Ridge Burn / October 11th
Charlottesville – Color Me Cured 5k / October 18th
Stuarts Draft – Jack-O-Lantern Jog / October 24th
Waynesboro – Howl-o-Weenie 5k  / October 25th
Charlottesville  –  DANGER! ZOMBIES! RUN! 5K / October 26th
Staunton (Frontier Cultural Museum) – 5k MAD Zombie Run/Walk / October 18th
Staunton – Illuminate 5K Run/Walk / October 18th

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Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic
 
887 A Rio East Court Charlottesville, VA 22901
434-979-8116
 417 South Magnolia AveWaynesboro, VA 22980
540-949-5150
New office in Fishersville will open early 2015 @
66 Parkway Lane Suite #102
Fishersville, VA 22939
 
Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic has been a part of the Waynesboro and Charlottesville communities for over 20 years. Podiatrists Dr. Kevin Murray and Dr. Stewart Chang offer services in sports podiatry, foot and ankle problems and diabetic foot care. Our friendly, accommodating team of Certified Podiatric Medical Assistants look forward to welcoming you to our practice.
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