Is lasik surgery something for you to consider?

Is lasik surgery something for you to consider?

Preventing Recurring Heel Spurs Caused By Jogging

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Foot conditions like heel spurs typically appear in older patients, but they are also common in athletes, particularly joggers. If you have already undergone foot surgery to correct heel spurs or the associated condition plantar fasciitis in the past, you may be wondering how to proceed with your healthy lifestyle without causing a painful recurrence. These four adjustments to your exercise habits can help you avoid another trip under the surgeon’s knife.  Jogging on Softer Surfaces  Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs are a sign of trauma to your foot’s heel and arch, often accompanied by a loss of fat in the heel pad. This can be exacerbated if you frequently jog on hard surfaces like asphalt and concrete. As you recover from surgery and gradually begin running again, consider finding trail systems at a local park for at least some of your jogging days. Running over softer dirt pathways can cushion your foot, giving it time to recover and preventing gradual inflammation buildup that can lead to new heel spurs.  Investing in Higher Quality Shoes If you keep your jogging shoes until they start growing holes and then buy any old pair to replace them, you may want to reconsider your habits. A good pair of running shoes can absorb more of the impact of your feet hitting the ground, which is especially important for individuals with flat arches or thin heel pads. Invest in higher quality shoes designed for your foot shape, and replace them once the heels start showing wear and tear.  Stretching Your Feet Plantar fasciitis occurs when the ligaments in your feet grow stiff and painful, and the condition is closely associated with heel spurs. With that in mind, treating and preventing plantar fasciitis may improve your heel spurs as well. One of the easiest ways to keep your ligaments healthy is to stretch them out before jogging. Try standing on a stair or similarly short ledge on the balls of your feet, with your heels protruding over empty space. Then raise and lower yourself, allowing the tissues along the bottom of your feet to flex and stretch and hopefully discouraging plantar fasciitis.  Wearing Prosthetic Heel Supports In severe cases, you may need to wear prosthetic heel supports, which range from gel inserts to more rigid braces. Heel spur cups are especially popular, adding some extra cushion to your heel without being visible or throwing off your gait. Consult with your foot surgeon or doctor for his or her recommendations, and then experiment to find which product works best for you. By changing your exercise routine and paying more attention to your feet’s health, you can save yourself the expense and downtime of future surgeries for your heel spurs.  Contact a foot and ankle surgeon or clinic for more...

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A Guide On Eyelid Surgery Recovery

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Eyelid surgery is typically done to remove excess fat and skin around the eyes so as to correct drooping eyelids and remove eye bags, essentially helping to improve the appearance of your upper and lower eyelids. The procedure is usually straightforward, but you need to know how to take care of your eyes post-surgery so you speed up recovery times and hopefully avoid excessive swelling, inflammation and pain. Read on for a simple guide on eyelid surgery recovery to help you prepare for any bumps on the road after the procedure.  Activity restrictions Driving right after the surgery could be dangerous, as you will probably be experiencing blurred vision. The risk of infection is usually high post-surgery, so be sure to take your full dose of antibiotics to lower the risk of inflammation. If you experience pain, consult your surgeon about pain medication that could be appropriate for you.  Strenuous activity such as jogging or going to the gym should be avoided, as it could strain your stitches and lead to bleeding, pain or swelling. You should also avoid contact sports until your recovery is complete. A brisk walk every now and then could be helpful, as it could boost your blood circulation and prevent blood clot formation. The use of makeup should also be avoided until the wounds have healed to lower the risk of scarring or inflammation. Glasses are okay right after surgery, but eye contacts shouldn’t be used until at least a week after the surgery to lower the risk of an infection.  Resting Many people experience sensitivity to light after eyelid surgery, so it may help to purchase a protective mask or a pair of dark sunglasses to cover your eyes while you rest on the couch or take a nap. While sleeping, always lie on your back to avoid putting too much pressure on your eyes and increase swelling. You should also keep your head elevated using a few small pillows. Eye dryness and bruising  A bit of bruising is usually normal post-surgery, but you can minimize it be holding ice packs to your face or using cold compresses from your local pharmacy. If the bruising is too much, you can mask it with a bit of make-up, but only after your wounds are completely healed or your stitches removed. If you experience any eye dryness, you can use eye drops to keep your eyes hydrated. Eye drops are usually also helpful for alleviating itching in the eyes. For more information, contact Todd S. Kirk, MD or a similar medical...

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What You Need To Know About Tattoo Removal

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Tattoos are meant to be permanent, so it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that removing one can prove difficult. Fortunately, difficult doesn’t necessarily mean impossible. If you have a tattoo that you aren’t fond of, you may not be stuck with it forever. Learn whether or not your tattoo can be removed, and then determine which type of tattoo removal procedure is best for you. Likelihood of Removal Tattoo ink penetrates your skin at deep levels. Because of this, it’s sometimes difficult to remove a tattoo completely. Older tattoos that are applied professionally are easier to remove, because even though the ink is applied deeply, it’s applied uniformly. The uniformity makes it easier for larger areas of ink to be removed at specific depths. Homemade tattoos that are applied with an uneven hand don’t have the uniformity needed to make removal simple, so there’s a chance that a homemade tattoo may not be removable completely. Additionally, tattoos with that are made with newer ink, pastel colors, deep blue ink, or black ink, are hard to remove. So, if you want to have a tattoo removed, it’s best to keep an open mind. There’s always a chance that complete removal of a tattoo isn’t possible. If you’re worried, you should ask the technician how well the results will be before you start the tattoo removal process. Laser Removal Laser tattoo removal treatments work by using highly concentrated laser rays to break up the ink in your tattoo into smaller fragments. Once the ink is broken up into fragments, your immune system naturally clears the tiny ink fragments from your body. The process is often done in several sessions, and most patients have between five and ten sessions to complete the process. You won’t know how many sessions that you need to complete until you begin the process. However, typically people with older tattoos and people with skin types on the lower end of the Fitzpatrick scale have greater success with laser tattoo removal and will require less treatments. Intense Pulse Light Therapy Intense pulse light therapy works the same way as laser tattoo removal treatments. However, instead of using a laser light, a high-intensity light is used. During the process, gel is applied over your tattoo. Then, the technician uses a wand that emits pulses of light onto the area of skin being treated. In some cases, intense pulse light therapy can work better and be less painful than laser tattoo removal, so you should consider having a consultation before deciding which process to use. The fact is, tattoo removal treatments may not remove your tattoo completely. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have the procedure completed. Remember, if your tattoo isn’t completely removed, it will be faded enough for you to cover the area with makeup as needed or have a tattoo that you love put in its...

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4 Tips for Parents of Babies with Reflux

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There is no doubt that being the parent of a newborn can be rough; sleep deprivation and caring for a baby around the clock can take its toll. But if your newborn baby suffers from acid reflux, you may have additional challenges. In babies, acid reflux is a condition in which stomach acid is pushed up into a baby’s esophagus when a baby spits up or vomits; this can cause a painful burning sensation, which can result in a baby who cries excessively or has difficulty sleeping. If your baby has acid reflux, use the following tips. Keep Baby Upright After a feeding, it is a good idea to keep a baby who has reflux in an upright position. The forces of gravity can help keep the stomach contents down and prevent excessive spitting up or vomiting. Have Small, Frequent Feedings When a baby has reflux, it is typically recommended that you do small feedings on a more frequent basis. Small feedings make it easier for a baby to digest milk or formula faster, which can help prevent spitting up and the other uncomfortable symptoms associated with reflux. Have Baby Sleep at an Incline The pain and discomfort from reflux can make it very difficult for a bay to sleep well at night. You can help lessen the symptoms of reflux at night by having your baby sleep at an incline. Try purchasing a wedge-shaped pillow at a baby-supply store, and place the pillow under one side of the crib mattress; place your baby’s head on the side of the crib that is propped up. Never place a pillow directly in the crib to prop up your baby’s head, as this can be dangerous and can cause suffocation. Get a Prescription If your baby has severe reflux, he or she may need a prescription for a liquid antacid. Make an appointment with your child’s pediatrician to discuss your baby’s symptoms and to find out if a prescription is needed. A prescription antacid will not stop frequent spitting up or vomiting, but it can neutralize the stomach so your baby will not experience pain when these things happen. Prescription liquid antacids can work very well for babies, but the dosage can be very dependent on weight. As your baby grows, you will need to speak with his or her pediatrician to adjust the daily dosage so your baby continues to have relief. Reflux typically goes away after a few months, so your baby should not have to take the prescription antacid for long. For more information, consult your pediatrician or one at a healthcare organization such as Willow Oak...

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2 Things You Can Do To Make The Transition Of In Home Care For Your Aging Loved One Easier

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Many aging individuals need more help with daily tasks. Some choose to go to a nursing home to get the assistance that they need, while others prefer to stay in their home and have the help come to them. There are many benefits to having in home care, which is why it is such a popular choice. However, there are also challenges for the individual receiving the help. Here are some things that you can do to make the transition to in home care easier for an aging loved one. 1. Allow Them To Still Be In Charge Of Their Home When you hire someone to come in to the home of your loved one, you may be tempted to take all control. This can be very frustrating and discouraging to your loved one. You have to remember that it is their home and that for all these years they have been in charge. When you have help come in, you should make sure that they are asking for permission in the beginning to do certain things. For example, they should ask if they should remove their shoes, which bathroom they should use and so forth. It will be an easier transition for your loved one if they don’t feel like they have been derailed, but instead they have a polite and kind guest in their home to help with tasks. 2. Make Sure Family and Friends Are Still Visiting Your loved one may be worried that if you hire help that family and friends may not come around as often. If you feel as though you are no longer needed as often, you may choose to visit less. This can be dangerous because it can make your loved one resent having in home care. Even though there is someone there helping with basic tasks, you should still stop in often to visit and let your loved one know that your relationship is more than just helping, but one of friendship. In addition, you could consider only having the help come in a couple times a week and still having family and friends come in to take shifts to help with the daily tasks. This will make your loved one feel less like a burden and make it more apparent that you want to help. By doing these simple things, you can help your loved one to make a successful and smooth transition to having in home care.  Talk with an in home care services or other professionals to find more information about what in home care can offer and how it can be beneficial to your loved...

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Help! Is A Curled Fifth Toe Normal?

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Adductovarus is the medical term for a curled (or crooked toe). Having a curled toe just means the toe tries to curl up under your other toes. This is most commonly seen in the fourth or fifth toe on a human foot. The question is – what can you do if you realize you have a curled fifth toe? Conservative Treatments  Taping up your curled toe is the quickest and easiest way to fix the problem. Unfortunately, this is not a permanent fix as your toe will curl back up when you take off the tape. While the tape is on your toe, the de-rotation of the toe is going to allow less pressure as your toe will no longer be pressed against the inside of your shoe and tucked under your other toes. You can also purchase a gel pad to relieve some of the symptoms a curled toe can cause such as irritation and pain. Wearing a wider shoe (or widening the shoes you have) is another great option as it will give your curled toe more room inside of the shoe. Purchasing a toe box widener and installing it inside of your shoe is another option. A toe box widener is ideal as it will widen your current shoes and prevent the need to purchase a whole new collection of wider shoes. Surgical Treatment If you are sick of accommodating your curled toe or tired of the pain and irritation it causes, surgery is the next best choice. A derotational arthroplasty is the name of the surgical procedure a podiatrist will normally recommend to fix a curled fifth toe. The procedure involves the surgeon making a small incision at the top of the fifth toe in order to remove a small portion of your toe’s bone. After the bone is removed, the soft tissue is used to de-rotate the toe and place it in a normal position. This type of surgery is extremely effective, but will only be considered after conservative treatments are fully explored. Complications The only real complication you have to worry about after having surgery to fix your curled toe is swelling. Swelling, however, is a normal side effect following any surgery. Elevating the foot and taking pain medication – such as ibuprofen – can help decrease the swelling. Having a curled (or crooked) toe not only makes your foot look funny, but it could be causing you a great deal of foot pain. Fortunately, between conservative and surgical treatments, you should be able to get the problem resolved. For more information, contact professionals like Elmhurst Podiatry Center...

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Back Health Tips For Drivers

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If your job requires long hours on the road, you may be surprised by how tired and sore you feel after a day of sitting. This is because of a combination of factors, from poor posture to lack of movement putting repetitive strain on muscles and joints. The following tips can help you avoid back pain, or at least relieve it after it occurs. Tip #1: Mind your posture When driving, good posture begins with seat position. Avoid reclining the seat too far back. You want to sit with your spine in alignment with your tailbone and with your shoulders straight. If the car seat doesn’t have lumbar, or lower back, support, then invest in a lumbar pillow to slide behind your back. Also, use your arm rests, otherwise your shoulders may ache at the end of the day. Tip #2: Know how to get out The way you get out of your vehicle can also affect your back health. This is especially true if you have a job that requires you to get in and out of the car often throughout the day. When stepping out of the car (or into it, for that matter), keep your torso straight. Avoid twisting, when possible. Tip #3: Get out and walk It’s best to stop the vehicle before your back begins to hurt. Take frequent breaks to walk. Simply walking two laps around a small rest stop parking lot can be sufficient to stretch the muscles and avoid a repetitive stress back injury. You can even multi-task during your driving breaks. For example, invest in a clip board and do your paperwork between stops while standing up. This is much better for your back than sitting in the car hunched over your paperwork. Tip #4: Stretch it out Stretching regularly is also key to a healthy back. Stretch on your walking breaks, before lifting anything, and if your back is beginning to ache. For the first stretch, place your hands on your hips and arch your back, pulling your shoulders up as you do so. Hold for a few seconds. Then, stretch your right arm above your head, leaning to the left. Repeat on the other side. Finish with a few lunges on each side to loosen the leg muscles, especially if you are planning to lift. Never lift anything heavy after a long bout of driving without stretching first, since this is just begging for a back injury. Consult with a chiropractor, such as Rockwood Chiropractic, if your back aches or if you would like to learn more ways to avoid back pain while on the...

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3 Reasons Why A Woman Could Experience Pain During Sex

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As a woman, there are many reasons that you may experience pain during intercourse. Here are a a few of them along with some remedies to help minimize the discomfort: Vaginal Dryness As a woman becomes menopausal, hormonal changes can result in vaginal dryness. This condition can cause the friction of intercourse to result in painful sex. To help increase vaginal moisture levels, supplemental hormones, such as estrogen, may be prescribed. In addition, sexual lubricants can be used to help ensure that the genitalia remain moist during sex. Many over-the-counter products are water-based to help ensure that any condoms or other contraceptives barriers that may be used during intercourse remain intact. However, there are also natural lubricants, such as coconut oil, which can be used. Still, an oily lubricant can cause a condom to be more apt to break. In addition, if you are concerned about pregnancy, some lubricants can lessen the effectiveness of spermicides. It is important to find a lubricant with which you feel comfortable. Nowadays, some over-the-counter lubricants have additives to create various sensations during intercourse. Nevertheless, some women find these additives irritating. In some cases, they may even cause allergic reactions or make intercourse more uncomfortable. As a result, it is best to stick to lubricants and that you know work well with your body. If you have never used a lubricant before, look for a water-based product that is hypoallergenic. Emotional or Mental Disconnections Sex can become painful if you are not emotionally or mentally prepared for intercourse. In such instances, it can be important to set a romantic mood with your partner before sex. Choosing an appropriate atmosphere that includes a comfortable setting, appropriate music and romantic lighting can help you feel less stressed and more connected during sex. In addition, be sure to discuss concerns with your partner and choose positions that you find comfortable. Maintaining open communication throughout sex can help ensure that intercourse is pleasurable instead of painful. Uterine Prolapse Some women suffer from a condition called uterine prolapse in which the uterus falls or drops into the vaginal canal. This condition, which often occurs after pregnancy, can make intercourse painful. Minor cases of uterine prolapse may be able to be corrected by performing exercises such as kegels, which strengthen the pelvic and vaginal muscles. Severe cases of prolapse may require surgical intervention. If you are experiencing pain during intercourse, schedule a consultation with your physician, such as one from Charlotte Center for Pelvic...

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Getting Ready To Take Your Child Home From Rehab? What To Know

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If you have a teenage child that was taken to rehab or a recovery center suddenly, and you’re wondering how they are going to get appropriate care when they get out, there are some professionals you want to line up. You want to be ready when they return home, to ensure that they get the medical care that they need, besides just attention for their addiction. You don’t just want them to beat their addiction, but you want them to be as healthy as possible physically and mentally. Here are the medical professionals and services you want to line up. Mental Health Professional In order to keep your child on the path to recovery, they’ll have to fight a lot of mental battles, and it can help to get them treated by a mental health professional. Find a mental health expert that specializes in treating people with addiction, and you can have the child examined to see if they have any other underlying mental health issues as well. Primary Care Physician After the recovery, your child’s body is going to go through a lot of changes. Working with a primary care physician to make sure your child can reach optimal health and stay healthy is best. The primary care physician can help regulate medications for mental health issues, for damage that could have been done to the body, and they can monitor to make sure your child’s body is healing as it needs to be. Outpatient Rehabilitation Services You want your teen to continue with group rehabilitation options, besides the one-on-one that they get with a mental health professional. Look for outpatient addiction groups that meet in your area, so your child can stay connected with others in situations similar to theirs, and so your child can go to a place where they feel others understand them and support them. It’s best to have all of these medical professionals and group therapy lined up before you take your child home, so you have a doctor to go to if there are any health concerns, and so you know they are going to get the group therapy and mental health assistance they need. The road to recovery can be long and different for all others involved, so it’s important to be supportive and to make sure that your teen gets the best care while going through this difficult time. Contact a company like Rural Health Services Consortium Inc. for more...

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3 Types Of Employee Theft To Watch Out For In Your Medical Office

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One thing that you probably don’t want to worry about in your medical office is employee theft, but unfortunately, it can be more prevalent than you think. In fact, there are a few different types of theft that you have to worry about, including some that do not include actual cash money. Make sure that you take steps to protect yourself — such as by investing in inventory services — against these common types of medical office employee theft. 1. Office Supplies It can happen in any office, and it’s definitely something that can happen in your medical office — the theft of office supplies. It might not seem like a big deal for your employees to take home pens, paper, staples, and other assorted supplies, but the cost of these stolen items can really add up, and it can leave your office without necessary supplies that you need. Plus, the theft could include more expensive office supplies than you think, such as packages of printer or copier paper, printer ink, and other costly items. To help with this, keep extra supplies locked away and have employees ask for them when they need them. Also, consider keeping an inventory list. Not only will the list help prevent theft, but it can also help give you an idea of how many supplies you need to stock up on. 2. Basic Medical Supplies One issue in many medical offices involves employees taking home bandages, over-the-counter medications, and other items to stock their at-home medicine cabinets and first aid kits. However, these costs — just like the cost of office supplies — can add up. These items should be tracked like prescription medications, through a service like Instant Inventory Service, to help prevent theft and to help with patient and insurance billing. 3. Prescription Medication Prescription medication can be prone to theft for many reasons, including employees who have addiction issues and employees who might sell these medications on the streets to make money. Both of these problems can obviously be quite serious. Minimize the amount of medication that you keep in the office, make sure that you keep medication locked away, and use an inventory service to help keep track of prescription medication so that you can prevent theft. Don’t assume that there is not theft going on in your medical office. Instead, watch out for these three common types of medical office employee theft to protect yourself and your...

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