A 96% SATISFACTION RATE for problematic feet worldwide - express delivery
Systemic Sclerosis refers to a rheumatic disease which is marked by excessive production of collagen leading to microvascular and macrovascular dysfunction and fibrosis of the skin and internal organs.
While the aetiology of the disease remains unclear, Abraham et al. suggest the pathological events contributing to its progression as inefficient communication between the endothelial cells, epithelial cells and fibroblasts in addition to lymphocyte activation, autoantibody production, inflammation and connective tissue fibrosis.
Patients with systemic sclerosis have similar foot symptomatology to patients with rheumatoid arthritis namely, bone erosions and subcutaneous fat atrophy which lead to plantar fat-pad atrophy and subsequently increase plantar foot pressure.
Abnormal levels of plantar pressure serve as a significant risk factor for foot ulceration which can lead to serious consequences especially in patients with diabetes; if left untreated, foot ulcers may eventually necessitate lower limb amputation in systemic sclerosis.
In order to better understand the biomechanical changes occurring in the systemic sclerosis population, Bongi et al. conducted a podiatric evaluation in an Italian cohort of patients with the disease. The individuals were assessed for podiatric services received, foot pain, disability and biomechanical foot deformity.
The authors established a rearfoot varus deformity in 64 percent of the patients assessed while an evaluation of the midtarsal joint revealed that majority of the patients had a forefoot varus deformity.
Biomechanical deformities compound mechanical stresses by causing an uneven distribution of pressure across the feet which can increase the risk of inflammation, particularly in high-stress regions.
The use of therapeutic shoes with pressure-relieving orthotics can guard against the development of foot ulcers by properly distributing weight along the plantar surface of the foot and maintaining joint range of motion.
Total contact foot orthotics such as MASS4D®, with a special Bi-Lam cushion top cover, relieve pressure from the at-risk areas of the foot by distributing weight more evenly along the plantar surface of the foot. This allows the ulcer to heal whilst permitting the patient to remain ambulatory during treatment.
With foot problems causing a negative impact on an individual’s quality of life, management of biomechanical disparities should become an essential part of treatment strategies for patients with systemic sclerosis.
Copyright 2017 MASS4D® All rights reserved.
Rehabilitation of Your Foot and Lower Back Conditions.
Long Lasting Wear
Strong Foot Support
Easy to use
Handmade MASS4D® Quality
Sign up for free recommended foot exercises, stretching, medical news and everything good for your feet
Please have a a look at our medical reviews and clinical articles on everything about lower biomechanics.
You should always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions regarding personal health or medical conditions.
The content, products and services offered herein, are here to educate consumers on healthcare and medical issues that may affect their daily lives. Nothing in the content, products or services should be considered, or used as a substitute for, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This site and its services do not constitute the practice of any medical, nursing or other professional healthcare advice, diagnosis or treatment.
The marks "MASS4D" and the MASS4D logo are trademarks. The content and design of MASS4D.com is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. You may not copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, display, transmit or frame any of these materials without prior written consent from MASS4D®.
The content, products or services on this site should not be considered or used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Included materials and conversations do not imply a personalised doctor-patient relationship.
Copyright and Intellectual property
MASS4D® and Logo are registered trademarks of MASS4D Inc. All content, trademarks, artwork, and associated imagery are trademarks and/or copyright material of MASS4D® Inc.