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May 21, 2017
Category: Arthritis
Tags: arthritis   walking   aerobic   treatment  

Man WalkingMay is recognized each year as National Arthritis Awareness Month. Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the US. In Illinois, May is a great time to begin or recommit yourself to an outdoor walking routine.

Physical activity has been shown to improve arthritis pain, fatigue, function, and quality of life. Adults should get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week.

Aerobic activity is also called "cardio," endurance, or conditioning exercise. It is any activity that makes your heart beat faster and makes you breathe a little harder. Arthritis sufferers should do activities of moderate intensity and that does not twist or "pound" joints too much. Brisk walking is a good example.

Adults should also do activities that strengthen muscles at least 2 days per week. Having strong muscles can take some of the pressure off the joints. There are many ways to do muscle strengthening activities, such as lifting weights and working with resistance bands.

Remember to start slow and pay attention to how your body tolerates activity. The most important thing to remember is to find out what works best for you.

If you are unsure if you have arthritis or what treatments are available, please schedule an appointment by calling (847) 675-3400 or CLICK HERE.
 

April 02, 2017
Category: Toenail
Tags: treatment   nail   ingrown   infection  

Ingrown toenailWhat causes ingrown toenails?

  • Genetics: Sometimes ingrown toenails are hereditary. This is often seen on both feet simultaneously in pre-teens and teenagers.
     
  • Cutting toenails improperly: Cutting toenails too short or curving the corners of toenails increases the risk that the adjacent skin will grow over the edge of your toenail.
     
  • Tight shoes: Direct pressure can push the skin into the toenail.
     
  • Injury: If your toenail falls off, the new nail to follow may grow curved and become ingrown. This is a common cause for runners and other athletes.
     
  • Disease: Fungal infection can distort a toenail and cause future problems. Diabetics and those with compromised blood flow or immune systems are at particular risk for more serious infections.

 

Ingrown toenails usually occur on the big toes, but can develop on smaller toes as well. As the toenail grows into the skin, it can cause pain and eventually lead to a bacterial infection with pus.
 

Ideally, toenails should be trimmed straight across. Wearing well-fitting shoes that do not squeeze or put pressure on toes. Anyone that has suffered from an ingrown toenail would agree that taking prevention is worth the effort.
 

If you have an ingrown toenail, painful or not, you should treat them sooner than later. Schedule an appointment with experienced podiatrist Dr. Steven Miller by calling (847) 675-3400 or clicking here to find relief.