More Than Just Footcare



 My goal at Michael L Ashley C. Ped is to be your resource for all of your DME needs. In addition to providing Diabetic Footwear through the Therapeutic Shoe Program I also provide a wide variety of DME products.  I have partnered with a company that gives me the ability to provide diabetic testing supplies nationwide through the mail. This is a great benefit to the many people with diabetes that lack transportation.


The Uplift Power Seat is an electric-powered, cushioned seat that lifts and lowers individuals from an armchair or a sofa. The Uplift Power Seat works best for individuals who require assistance lifting himself or herself as a result of arthritis or a neuromuscular circumstance. The Uplift is constructed so patients are able to utilize the device with their favorite easy chair or sofa. The power seat is convenient for individuals who desire to sustain an independent lifestyle, furthermore allowing patients to maintain their day-to-day activities. The power-seat can be adjusted to any height for optimal patient comfort and ease. The Uplift Power Seat is also offered as a manual device.


Back braces and back supports address issues pertaining to lower back pain, infections, trauma, muscular weakness, osteoporosis, and neck conditions. Braces, jackets, and belts are designed to support and immobilize the injured muscle or spine area.
As with most lumbar corsets and braces, the Lumbar Spinal Orthosis Back Brace compresses the abdomen. This increases intra-abdominal pressure. Thus pressure on the vertebral column is “unloaded” and healing takes place.
Additional purposes for using a back brace include the following:

  1. Increased warmth decreases the sensation of pain, expressly where arthritis is involved
  2. Increased abdominal pressure produces a type of hydraulic support for the back
  3. Restricted muscle and join movement reduces stress on the back’s pain generators

An Efficient Solution Crafted from moisture absorbing fabric, the Lumbar Spinal Orthosis Back Brace utilizes pliable, lightweight panels that interlace within the fabric in a manner that maximizes patient comfort. This technology provides superior fit and advanced back support. In effect, the Back Brace is an advanced pain management device specially made for postural support, chronic back pain, lumbar strains or sprains, post-operative therapy, and lumbar instability.


I’ve received many inquires from patients who are looking for comfortable & supportive house shoes to supplement their diabetic footwear. We teach our patients that its best to never walk around barefoot, even in the house for safety’s sake. I have introduced a store to my website where you can now purchase house shoes that will give the comfort & support that you need. These shoes are also great for anyone suffering from Plantar Fasciitis, PTT disorder or any other foot that requires extra support.


Diabetes & Amputations


The majority of Lower Extremity diabetic amputations are caused by either a wound or infection that fails to heal. Many times the infection starts in the foot & if left untreated can quickly spread up the leg leading to a (BK) below knee amputation or even an (AK) above knee amputation.  It is vitally important that diabetics check their feet on a daily basis & monitor them for any changes such as redness, swelling, odor, calluses, wounds or anything else that’s out of place. It also extremely important that they have their feet checked regularly by their physician.


Statistics show that 1 in 4 diabetic patients will at some point develop a foot ulcer. Diabetic foot ulcers are normally caused by pressure. This pressure can be the result of a bony prominence on the foot, an abnormal gait pattern, a foot deformity or even ankle, leg or back pain. Approximately 65% of foot ulcers are caused by improper footwear. Shoes that either don’t fit correctly or that offer the proper support. Once an ulcer develops around 55% of them will become infected. These infections lead to 85,000 diabetic related amputations per year.
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Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Spurs)

 Plantar Fasciitis is a very common foot condition suffered by millions of people daily. It is characterized by extreme pain when taking your first step of the day, or when arising & walking after sitting for a while. Plantar Fasciitis is caused when the Plantar Fascia contracts during times of non weight bearing such as when sitting or sleeping then is forced to expand upon weight bearing when you stand up. This causes the Plantar Fascia to stretch causing you pain.

The pain from Plantar Fasciitis is most often felt around the heel area, but it can manifest anywhere along the bottom of the foot. It can be triggered by weight gain, an increase in activity, non supportive footwear, poor bio mechanics or several other causes. It a painful condition that fortunately can be dealt with.
The 5 steps to dealing with Plantar Fasciitis are: Stretching
A good over the counter orthotic.
A good custom orthotic.
Shockwave Therapy
Plantar Release
The majority of people find relief going through one or more of the 1st three steps.  Plantar Fasciitis is a treatable condition, you don’t need to suffer. Proper footwear combined with a good orthotic can help to prevent either initial or repeated attacks of Plantar Fasciitis. It is strongly recommended that you see your Dr. to get a definite diagnosis before attempting any therapy on your own.

Diabetic Supplies

As you may know, many companies have stopped shipping Diabetic Testing supplies through the mail. This has led to an inconvenience for many diabetics, especially those who rely on others for transportation. I have teamed up with a company that won the bid to provide diabetic supplies nationwide. The benefit of this is the ease & convenience of having your supplies delivered right to your door step each month. No more having to find a ride, make other arrangements or just having to do without. 
Diabetic Testing
In addition to Diabetic testing supplies, I also offer diabetic footwear along with a full range of DME products ranging from tens units to back braces to knee braces to other items. Please feel free to contact me via email or by phone 214-702-8812.

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The importance of Proper Footwear

The human foot is a wonderful creation. It has 26 bones each along with numerous muscles, tendons & ligaments designed to adjust to ever changing terrain. Having strong healthy feet is essential to proper posture & body support. Without proper foot support, problems can arise with the ankle, knee, hips and/or back.

Walking on modern day hard surfaces can create various problems. It takes away the varied terrain the foot was created for. As a result, the muscles, tendons, bones & ligaments can grow weak making them unable to provide the proper support. This can lead to bunions, hammertoes, Plantar Fasciitis (heel spurs), ankle instability & other issues.

Arch types
Throughout your life, your foot size changes so it important to be properly fit each time you purchase footwear. Depending on your foot & arch type, we will recommend different shoes & or orthotics for you. It’s best to be evaluated by a professional to determine the proper footwear for you.

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