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Arthritis: What’s Causing Your Unexplained Toe Pain?

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Arthritis: What’s Causing Your Unexplained Toe Pain?

When your feet ache or feel sore, it’s most likely due to standing on your feet all day. But if your toes hurt, you may wonder why and what you can do about it. Toe pain can occur from several things, including wearing tight shoes that pinch your toes. Your toes may also hurt if you have arthritis in their joints. Here’s what you should know about arthritic toe pain and what you can do to treat it.   How Does Arthritis Affect Your Toes? Arthritis is a disease that can affect any body tissue with joints, including your feet and toes. There are different types of arthritis that develops in the feet, including rheumatoid (RA) and gout. RA develops when your immune system attacks the tissues that cover or line your joints. Your toes tend to curl and stiffen up from RA, as well as develop growths called bunions on their skin. Gout occurs when special acids deposit on your joints. When gout develops in your feet, it tends to show up in the great toe first before moving to other tissues. Your big toes swell up and become very painful over time. Because gout can enlarge your great toe, you can have problems wearing shoes and socks comfortably. To find out if you have arthritis in your toes, see a pain management specialist.  How Do You Treat Your Toe Pain? Before a pain management doctor checks you for arthritis, they may examine your toes to see if they have any injuries that can cause pain, such as torn ligaments or bone fractures. Some injuries can develop in the thick tissues situated deep within your feet and affect your toe joints by spreading inflammation to them. Plantar fasciitis is one condition that could potentially affect your toes. Taking pain medications and wearing protective shoe inserts may ease plantar fasciitis discomfort. Other injuries can develop in the tiny joints of the toes, such as cracks and breaks. To repair the damage, a doctor may splint the injured toe to help it heal.  If a doctor doesn’t find the problems mentioned above, they can check you for arthritis. A doctor may use X-rays to see if your joints look disjointed, misshapen or inflamed. If you have arthritis in your toes, you may take anti-inflammatory medications to treat them. Soaking your feet in warm water may help ease the discomfort at home. If none of these treatments work, surgery may be an option to correct or stabilize your joints. For more information about your toe pain, contact a pain management specialist or visit this page...

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How Annual Eye Exams Find Brain Tumors And Vertigo

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Annual Eye Exams Find Brain Tumors And Vertigo

Eye exams are important for the overall health of your eyes and the ability to see well. However, eye exams can find other diseases and disorders in the body too. High blood pressure and diabetes are just two of the well-known diseases/disorders of the body found via the blood vessels in your eyes. Brain tumors and vertigo are also often discovered by eye exams. Here is how. Turning Your Head to Check Peripheral Vision Part of your eye exam may involve turning your head to check your peripheral vision or following an object with just your eyes. During this test, if you suddenly feel dizzy and have to stop, your eye doctor may recommend that you see your general physician regarding a condition known as vertigo. This is a balance disorder, often brought on by a change in the position of your eyes, ears and head, and it can deeply affect your ability to see, hear, stand, balance, drive, etc. If you have vertigo, the next step would be to find out why. Nystagmus During your eye exam, your doctor may also note jerking or abnormal eye movements known as nystagmus. These awkward eye movements are not normal, and can indicate that something is quite off inside your head or brain. Nystagmus is a sign that you are having trouble with your otic and/or optic nerves, and there may be a brain tumor present. Best case scenario is that you just have bioelectric impulses misfiring. Worst case scenario is that you are either having mini-strokes or that there is one or more tumors causing these abnormal optic eye movements. A brain scan can quickly confirm or deny the presence of a tumor or stroke, in addition to any other abnormalities of the brain. When Your Eye Doctor Suggests You See Your General Physician Because your eye doctor does not want to send you into panic mode unnecessarily, he or she will simply request that you see your general physician as soon as you are able. He/she may also fax over a request to your doctor to have certain tests done to rule out other possible physical causes of vertigo and nystagmus. Take your eye doctor seriously when he/she makes these requests and suggests that you should see your doctor. Otherwise you may find yourself in a medically and financially dangerous position if something more serious is going on inside your head and/or...

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Tips for Living with AFib

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Living with AFib

A diagnosis of AFib (atrial fibrillation) means that you have a form of heart arrhythmia caused by electrical misfires within the atriums of the heart. The result is fluttering sensations and racing heartbeats, which can affect both your peace of mind and your stamina. Fortunately, the condition can be managed so that there is minimal impact on your daily life. The following tips can help. Treat companion conditions AFib symptoms can become more severe if other conditions aren’t properly treated. For many, high blood pressure, diabetes, and thyroid conditions go hand-in-hand with an AFib diagnosis. If this is your situation, you can help lessen the AFib symptoms by following through on your prescribed treatment plans for the companion conditions. This means following dietary restrictions and taking medications as directed by your doctor. Skip common triggers Certain behaviors can trigger an AFib episode. These include consumption of too much alcohol or caffeine, tobacco use, use of stimulants, and missing sleep. It’s best to abstain from the common triggers, but, if you must partake, do so with moderation so that you are less likely to aggravate your condition. Continue to exercise It’s tempting to give up exercise since exertion can lead to serious fatigue or even an AFib episode. Unfortunately, the temporary relief of a sedentary lifestyle is far outweighed by the long term effects. Instead, work with your medical professional to develop a low-impact exercise routine that doesn’t over-exert your heart but still provides you with cardiovascular benefits. Walking, yoga, and swimming are a few options that tend to work well for those with AFib. It’s important that you consult with your doctor before beginning any new exercise, since you need to make sure to approach it in a manner that doesn’t aggravate your AFib. Change up your diet A healthy diet will increase overall heart health. Although this won’t cure AFib, it can result in fewer or less intense episodes. Proper diet will also help you avoid many of the companion health conditions that can complicate your AFib. Plenty of vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins, with a moderate amount of whole grains, is the best way to eat for overall heart health. Avoid added sugar, high-sodium foods, and fats. You can work with a dietitian or your doctor to develop an eating plan that leaves you feeling satisfied without any feelings of deprivation. For more help, talk with a heart doctor at hospitals like Barnes-Jewish St. Peters...

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Teaching Your Child to Care for Hearing Aids

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Teaching Your Child to Care for Hearing Aids

Getting hearing aids is a big step for a child with hearing impairment, and teaching your child how to care for his or her hearing aids will help to keep them working properly. Use this guide to help your child adjust to daily life with hearing aids and to keep the hearing aids in great working condition. Establish a Routine Remembering to put the hearing aids in every day may be difficult at first. Making them part of your child’s daily dressing routine can help your child remember to wear the hearing aids every day. Have your child put the hearing aids in after putting his or her clothes on, and consider placing a flash card with a picture of hearing aids on your child’s closet or dresser as a gentle reminder. Store Hearing Aids in a Safe Place Hearing aids are small, and they can be lost easily. They can also pose a choking hazard for your child’s younger siblings or pets. Place a container on your child’s nightstand or dresser so he or she can put them away before bedtime. The container should be one with a lid or top that closes and therefore can prevent the hearing aids from getting lost. This container can also be placed in your child’s backpack so he or she can store the hearing aids safely when participating in swimming or other activities that might damage them. Place a Reminder in the Bathroom Hearing aids can’t be worn in the bath or shower, but your child may have a difficult time remembering this at first. Consider placing a flashcard or note on the wall next to the bathtub reminding your child to check his or her ears to make sure the hearing aids have been taken out. This can prevent the hearing aids from becoming damaged by water. Keep a Supply of Batteries Hearing-aid batteries are an important part of keeping hearing aids maintained. Keep a supply of backup batteries on hand, and teach your child how to change the batteries. Your child should be able to change them when in school or away from home, so keep a package of them in your child’s backpack. Remember that hearing-aid batteries can cause injuries if swallowed, so they should be kept out of the reach of young children and pets. Work with your child’s doctor and audiologist to ensure your child is old enough to handle the batteries, and find a safe place to store them away from younger siblings and animals. Once your child has gotten into the routine of wearing and caring for hearing aids, he or she will be on the road to better hearing and communication with the outside world. Be sure to ask the audiologist any questions you have about caring for your child’s hearing aids. You can also consult a hearing-aid company such as County Hearing And...

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Overwhelmed with Health Information? A Healthy Living Program Can Help

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Overwhelmed with Health Information? A Healthy Living Program Can Help

Today, many people are concerned about their health. Some people have health issues, and others want to reduce the chances of their getting certain diseases or conditions. There is so much information that many people get overwhelmed, and that is why it is sensible to choose a reliable source and follow recommendations. The following are a few ways that enrollment in a healthy-living program, such as one at Longevity Medical Clinic, can help. Learn how to select healthy foods. These programs can help you to learn more than the standard advice, which is to eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables. Some programs teach people how to prepare nutritious meals. You may also learn which foods offer which nutrients. Perhaps you are a person who is concerned about food safety. A program that covers genetically modified foods and the use of antibiotics in some poultry and livestock could be beneficial. For example, the program might detail risks associated with consuming these foods as well as sourcing foods that do not contain these.  Understand the benefits of exercise. You may have heard that a healthy diet alone is not enough. Perhaps you are not overweight, and you may go weeks at a time without exercising. Enrolling in a program can help you to understand why exercise is good for more than weight management. For example, exercise may reduce the risk of individuals developing cardiovascular diseases. These programs may also offer exercise routines that fit your lifestyle and health goals.  Learn how to take care of yourself if you have existing diseases or conditions. If you have been diagnosed with a disease or condition, you need to know how to take care of yourself. Doctors may give you input, but some people find the information given to them vague. Others get frustrated with the process or feel alone. A healthy lifestyle program can help you identify ways to monitor your condition. It can also serve as a platform to get you connected with others who have the same disease or condition. There may be local support groups or online communities that can get you connected with others. Perhaps you have loved ones who are sick, and these programs can also teach you how to care for them. There are a number of healthy lifestyle programs available. Some offer reading material only. Others may offer perks such as personal coaching. Some programs may charge membership fees, and many have free options as well as trial periods to ensure that people like you can see enrollment benefits prior to paid...

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Living With Multiple Sclerosis: Four Ways To Modify Your Home

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Living With Multiple Sclerosis: Four Ways To Modify Your Home

Multiple sclerosis can affect your mobility, coordination, balance and your ability to handle daily living functions on your own. While symptoms may be mild at first, they can become more pronounced over time. Adapting your home to make daily living easier can help you to maintain your sense of independence. There are many different things you can do to improve your house or apartment to make it more comfortable for you as you learn to live with MS. Overcome Stair Obstacles Stairs may become difficult to negotiate over time, so consider moving items you need every day, such as clothing and personal toiletry items, to the first floor. If your bedroom is on the second floor of your home, consider turning a room on the first floor into a bedroom. For homes with all of the bedrooms and bathrooms on the second floor, you may want to consider investing in a stairlift. These are chairs that glide on a rail along your staircase, moving you from one floor to the other. Stairlifts essentially serve the purpose of an elevator without the major renovations that would be needed to install an elevator in your home. Be sure to look for a model with a seat belt or harness to keep you secure as you move from one floor to another. If your home has both a second floor and a basement, you may want to consider adding a stairlift to both staircases. Install Stylish Grab Bars  Adapting your home doesn’t mean you have to make it look like a hospital or nursing home. You can have attractive wooden grab bars or railings installed throughout your home to help you walk from room to room. Work with a contractor to find sturdy wood railing options, and be sure he or she knows the railings will need to be secure enough to hold your weight as you steady yourself on them. Grab bars should be installed in hallways, bathrooms and even along the walls in your bedroom to support your ability to move freely throughout your home. Re-Think Your Floor Coverings Carpeting can be difficult to move a walker or wheelchair across, particularly if the carpet pile is high. Consider switching to hardwood or tile flooring for better mobility. If you don’t want to part with carpet, consider having indoor/outdoor carpeting with a low pile height installed. If you use area rugs in your home, consider adding a nonstick backing to the bottom of the rugs to prevent them from bunching up, which can cause a tripping hazard. Make Your Main Living Area Convenient Whether you spend the bulk of your day in your living room or bedroom, consider placing the items you need throughout the day in your main living area. Keep a small mini-fridge next to your bed or armchair so you don’t have to go to the kitchen for a snack or beverage. Keep a cordless telephone on a table next to you, and hang a remote control holder on your bed or chair to provide access to remotes and personal electronics. These steps will prevent you from having to walk on days when you feel weak or dizzy. Look at the way your home is currently laid out, and consider the different areas of the home that are...

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Four Reasons To Go To Your Chiropractor After Even A Minor Car Accident

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Reasons To Go To Your Chiropractor After Even A Minor Car Accident

It happens to everyone: a minor fender bender occurs, you exchange insurance information with the other person, and then you both drive away with minimal damage to your cars and no injuries (or so you think). You may not stop after this type of incident and think about actually going to your doctor or chiropractor for a checkup. After all, you feel fine, right? But there are still many reasons why you should make an appointment with a healthcare professional after this type of incident. Here are four reasons you should consider going to your chiropractor after even just a small car accident. 1. You may not realize you’re injured Even if you don’t feel like the accident affected you, it’s still possible that your neck or head could have suffered an injury. For example, being in a car that stops suddenly can cause a concussion even if you don’t hit your head on anything and don’t think you’ve been injured. And even if you don’t sustain a sneaky injury like a concussion, the jolt that you get from the sudden stop could potentially pull your spine out of alignment. 2. Effects of the accident may compound over time If you don’t think you need medical attention because you just have a slightly sore neck or some other minor symptom, you don’t realize how much that can affect your everyday life. A whiplash injury can worsen over time and affect many other parts of your body. It could damage the nerves leading to your hands, causing pain and tingling or loss of feeling. Whiplash injuries can even lead to severe injuries such as a herniated disc. And although many cases of whiplash resolve over time, others may continue to worsen if you don’t get treatment. 3. An adjustment can help decrease your stress levels Even if you don’t suffer whiplash during the accident, it’s a traumatic experience that can cause muscles to tighten and lock, increasing stress-related soreness and making stress-related injuries more likely. A chiropractic adjustment can help counter these effects; your chiropractor can help you relax, make sure everything is adjusted correctly, and give you advice on how to avoid incurring injuries from increased strain. These three reasons show why you should always make an appointment with your chiropractor after a minor car accident that doesn’t leave you with obvious injuries. Whether you have mild symptoms of whiplash, don’t realize yet that you’re injured, or simply need help dealing with the added stress to your body, your chiropractor can help. Click here for more...

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Sleeping With A Dog: Is It Really Unhealthy?

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sleeping With A Dog: Is It Really Unhealthy?

Dog parents frequently sleep with their beloved pets. Although this act is certainly better than sleeping with the fishes, it has critics who insist that it isn’t healthy for a variety of reasons. If you have a dog or dogs, should you make them sleep in their own beds? Pros If you love your dog, sleeping with them can offer you a number of emotional benefits. If you are single, having a companion who will snuggle with you can make you feel loved. Dogs also benefit from the companionship. A species that will follow you into the bathroom does not like to be alone. Everyone stays warm and happy as well. Also, if something goes bump in the night, you can keep each other from being frightened. Plus, your canine companion can offer you a level of protection. If you are in a relationship, the dog can also offer a buffer when things are not going so well. Letting your pup have the center of the bed has its advantages. Plus, who else will lick your face even when you have a bad case of morning breath? Cons Those against dogs in the bed have some compelling reasons for their belief. After all, unless you bathe your pooch daily, a practice that is not recommended, they bring a few things to bed with them you may not want to consider. What they eat, lick, and walk through can be a little daunting. Also, if your pet gets a case of the fleas, everyone will share the bites. If you are allergic to these pests, you may end up making a trip to your doctor. You may also have interrupted sleep. If you are trying to rest with a partner that snores and twitches, you won’t get the amount of shut-eye that you need to remain healthy, inviting a variety of medical issues. Also realize, once you let your pup into your bed, they are never going to happily sleep elsewhere again. Solutions For many pet owners, the solution is obvious: buy a bigger mattress and wipe off your dog’s paws every evening. Plus you probably shower in the morning anyway, so clinging dog hair isn’t really an issue. Yes, you will suffer some inconvenience if your family bed includes your dog, but waking up to a loving companion every morning is pretty satisfying. If dirt or allergies are your enemies, make your pets sleep in their own beds on even on the couch. Otherwise, feel free to sleep with your dog if you can get enough healthy sleep that way. For more information on the potential health risks of letting your dog in your bed, contact a clinic like Hightstown Medical...

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3 Non-Surgical Bladder Control Treatments For Stress Incontinence

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Non-Surgical Bladder Control Treatments For Stress Incontinence

Stress incontinence is one of the main bladder control problems that affect women. This condition is when you leak urine from exercising, sneezing, laughing and coughing. It does not occur from mental stress. Stress refers to the pressure that is put on your bladder. When you have strong pelvic and sphincter muscles, they can handle the pressure from sneezing, laughing, exercising or coughing. On the other hand, weak muscles tend to push out urine from any sudden pressure. The urinary sphincter is the muscle that allows you to hold your urine. Stress incontinence is a serious and embarrassing disorder. It is not comfortable to know that any pressure put on your stomach and bladder leads to urine escaping. For these reasons, you may want to explore non-surgical bladder control treatments.   Muscle Training With Pelvic Cones The type of treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms. A conservative approach is often taken when treating stress incontinence. Vaginal cones can help you with strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. They are used with pelvic floor muscle training. It is an exercise program assigned by your doctor to help you control your pelvic muscles. Vaginal cones are tiny weights that you put inside of your vagina. You must use your pelvic muscles to hold the cone. If you can hold the weight in place, then you can move on to a heavier cone. Electrical Stimulation Electrical stimulation is an option when you have trouble contracting your pelvic floor muscles. This treatment uses a device that stimulates and measures the electrical signals in your muscles. It is done by inserting a small probe into the vagina. An electrical current shoots through the probe. This electrical current strengthens your pelvic while you are exercising them. Electrical stimulation is not the most comfortable treatment option. However, it does help when you are unable to contract your pelvic muscles. Try Duloxetine Duloxetine is a medication that increases the muscle tone in your urethra. This medication helps keep it closed. The urethra is the tube that allows urine to pass out of your body. If your doctor prescribes this medication, then he or she wants to see how your condition reacts to the medication. He might prescribe the medication for a short time and then bring you back in for an evaluation. The misconception is that incontinence is a natural part of aging. If you are having bladder problems, then it is time to schedule an appointment with your doctor....

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Acne, Shmacne: What Microneedling Can Do For Your Acne Scars

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Acne, Shmacne: What Microneedling Can Do For Your Acne Scars

Acne is, unfortunately, a skin condition that happens to most people during their lives, albeit in differing degrees of severity. But whether you have had terrible acne or if you just couldn’t stop yourself from popping those pimples, chances are very good that you have at least a few acne scars – and that you’d like to get rid of those scars if at all possible. The good news is that getting rid of those scars is, in fact, possible, through a relatively new collagen-boosting technique. So if you’re curious about microneedling and what it can do to get rid of those scars on your skin, then here’s what you need to know. What Is Microneedling? Microneedling is the latest in a long line of aesthetic medical procedures designed to take away any imperfections on your skin. Repeated jabs with tiny needles work to puncture your skin just enough to send it into recovery mode, without doing enough damage to cause you to bleed or scar (which would just work against the purpose of microneedling). Recovery mode entails your skin working to produce more collagen to fill in the minute gaps left by the needles – and more collagen in your skin means that it bounces back more quickly from trauma, repairs old scars into new skin, and makes it less likely to scar in the future. How Does It Work? Microneedling is generally done with a pen-like device that has several little needles poking out of it and is powered by a motor. The motor controls both how hard and how often the needles are pressed into the skin, allowing you to customize just how intense of a session you want (or how intense a session your skin needs in order to see a difference). Before the pen begins to roll over your face, however, you’ll generally have some sort of numbing cream applied, just to erase any discomfort that may have occurred without it. As an added bonus, the new collagen can help any areas of your face with large pores (like around the nose area for many people) to look smaller and thus more aesthetically pleasing. Are There Any Side Effects? As with any skin work, there are a few side effects that you should know about before going under the pen. Pink, slightly tender skin for the rest of the day after a treatment is a common side effect, usually manageable by applying a recommended cream to your face throughout the next day or so. Microneedling is also not recommended if you’re currently having an acne breakout, as it can actually spread the acne around you face and make it even worse. But if you’re willing to put up with pink skin and don’t have fresh acne on your face, microneedling could be just the skin solution you’re looking for. For more information, visit...

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