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How to avoid Pains and Strains while Gardening

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Gardening can help to relieve stress, but many people underestimate the strain that their body can endure. Bending, reaching and squatting can result in injuries to the lower back and knees. To avoid aches and strains, be aware of how you position your body while you’re gardening. Poor posture and body position can lead to muscle and tendon injuries.

Gardening Tips:
– Stretch prior to gardening to loosen your joints and muscles
– Take frequent breaks
– Switch positions frequently to avoid overworking one part of your body
– Position yourself close to the object you’re lift to avoid injuring your back
– Protect your back and knees from strain by sitting on a garden stool
– Consider having a vertical garden, wall planters or hanging plant baskets

If you’ve taken these precautions and are having pain, please contact one of the Orthopedic Specialists at Aspen Orthopedics, call (262) 395-4141.

 

Summer Sports and Foot Complaints

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Summers in Wisconsin are a great time for kids to get outside, experience nature and play a myriad of sports. Due to the unpredictable Spring weather in the Midwest, the “dog days of summer” often include a significant increase in activities and sports related injuries in younger individuals. This is especially true for those who play multiple sports. Outside of game play injuries which can occur traumatically, there are an increasing amount of chronic foot injuries for which you should be aware.

Cleats for sports like soccer, football, baseball, and softball are designed to allow the athlete to have the most control over grip with the playing surface. These shoes have more rigid soles with plastic or metal cleats/spikes which can create issues for the feet. There is a need to make these shoes lighter and more ergonomic to the foot to allow for better game play. In achieving this, these shoes lack support for the arch, ball and heel of the foot. This, along with conditions which normally include playing on hardened dirt, creates a situation where the foot is more susceptible to injury. Below is a list of the most common complaints for younger athletes that play cleated sports.

Heel Pain
For young athletes, especially those in the 8-14 age group, heel pain can be a common complaint. Pain will normally be worse with activity and can be directly related to the shoe wear. During this period of development, the calcaneus (heel bone) undergoes closure of a. apophysis (growth plate). With the tension from both the Achilles tendon and the plantar fascia, this plate is put under a lot of tension causing inflammation and pain. The good news is this condition is normally self-limited and resolves with age. Best treatments include rest, use of heel pads and inserts, ice and use of medications like Ibuprofen.

Arch Pain
Shoe wear plays a crucial role in development of arch pain. The arch of the foot is supported by ligaments and tendons. When wearing non-supportive shoes, these ligaments get overworked and can cause pain. A common condition with arch pain is plantar fasciitis. This condition is self limiting with treatments including modifications of activity, use of arch supports in shoes, icing, and medications.

Ball of Foot Pain
Throughout the gait cycle, weight is transferred from the heel to the ball of the foot. In sports that require running and jumping, sometimes forces up to 10x the weight of an individual go through the ball of the foot. Shoes that lack cushion and support make a bad situation worse. It’s not uncommon for individuals to get pain in the ball of their foot. If activities are continued and medical help is not sought out, stress fractures can arrive from the metatarsal bones. Increasing pain, swelling, or bruising may all be signs of a stress fracture. Treatment will vary depending on multiple factors.

Regardless of the sport, care must be taken to protect the feet of young athletes. Some conditions, if left untreated, could result in long-term complications and risks.

To see one of the Foot and Ankle Specialists at Aspen Orthopedics, call (262) 395-4141.

 

Another Choice for Healthy Hips – Anterior Hip Replacement

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Join Orthopedic Surgeons Dr. Jeffrey Larson and Dr. James Wood as they discuss a different approach to hip replacement surgery. Anterior hip replacement can spare the major muscles surrounding the hip joint. The anterior approach is a tissue-sparing alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery that provides the potential for less pain, faster recovery and improved mobility.

Date:  Monday, October 24th, 2016
Time:  6-7pm
Location: Brookfield Public Library, Harnischfeger Room, 1900 N. Calhoun Road
Cost: FREE

Registration:
Call 414-805-3666 or 800-272-3666 to register

Walk with a Wheaton Doc!

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Walk with Wheaton doctors, clinicians, and staff while discussing health topics and learning valuable health tips. This is an extraordinary opportunity for expert answers! No waiting rooms or copays, just a chance to chat, learn and walk.

All walks start at 9am and last approximately 90 minutes. People of all ages and abilities are invited to participate. Walk at your own pace and distance. Everyone is welcome! Walks move indoors starting in November.

For more information on locations – www.mywheaton.org/DocWalk

Dates:
October 10, 2015
November 21, 2015
December 19, 2015
January 9, 2016
February 20, 2016
March 12, 2016
April 16, 2016

 

Not all Flip Flops are Created Equal

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flip flopWatch Robby Amiot, DPM, on the Fox6, Studio A – Be Healthy Segment on Tuesday, June 23rd to discuss summer footwear and foot care. He’ll discuss why flip flops get a bad rap, what happens to the foot when they’re being worn and if you MUST wear them, what would be the best type to purchase to minimize the damage to your foot. Examples will be shown.

 

 

Robby Amiot, DPM
Tuesday, June 23rd
4-5pm
Fox 6, Studio A – Be Healthy Segment

Foot Care Tips for Diabetes Month

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As a person with diabetes, you’re more vulnerable to foot problems because diabetes can damage your nerves and reduce blood flow to your feet making it harder to heal an injury or resist infection.

Here are some diabetes foot care tips to follow to keep your feet healthy:

  • Check your feet every day. Check your feet for red spots, cuts, swelling, and blisters.
  • Be active.
  • Ask your Podiatrist about special shoes or inserts.
  • Wash your feet every day. Dry them carefully, especially between the toes.
  • Keep your skin soft and smooth. Rub a thin coat of skin lotion over the tops and bottoms of your feet, but NOT between your toes.
  • Trim your toenails straight across and file the edges with an emery board or nail file when needed.
  • Wear shoes and socks at all times. NEVER walk barefoot. Wear comfortable shoes that fit well and protect your feet. Check inside your shoes to make sure the lining is smooth and there are no objects inside.
  • Protect your feet from hot and cold. Don’t put your feet into hot water. Test water before putting your feet in it. Never use hot water bottles, heating pads, or electric blankets. You can burn your feet without realizing it.
  • Keep the blood flowing to your feet. Put your feet up when sitting. Wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down for five minutes, two or three times a day. Don’t cross your legs for long periods of time.
  • Don’t smoke.

Take good care of your feet by checking them every day. If you have questions, please contact us at 262-395-4141.

Were You Born to Run? How to Achieve Maximum Running Performance and Prevent Running Injuries

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Whether you are a seasoned runner or just starting up, improving your running form and performance may only require a few simple changes. Regardless of your running experience, this program will help you get onto the path of becoming a successful runner for a lifetime, and get you to the finish line injury free. Physical therapists, Dr. Robby Amiot, DPM, a dietitian and an athletic trainer will bring their experience and latest running science to your temporarily stationary feet.  Topics include dietary recommendations for running performance enhancement, injury prevention from physical conditioning, performance enhancement training, and foot and ankle taping.  Lace up your shoes and run to register, because seating for this program is limited.

Date:
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Time:
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Location:
West Wood Health and Fitness Center

Register: Online

Cost:
Free

Prevention and Treatment of Common Knee and Shoulder Injuries in Athletes

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Join orthopedic surgeon Ryan J. Kehoe, MD, and learn how you can prevent common knee and shoulder injuries to keep yourself in the game all season long.
Register now by calling 262-928-2745

August 14th,
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at West Wood Health & Fitness Center
Cost: Free

Running Shoe Assessments for the Family Fun Run

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Dr. Sean Wilson will be performing running shoe assessments on the Fitness Floor at West Wood Health and Fitness Center on June 26th from 5-6pm and on June 27th from 5:30-6:30pm for race participants. The Family Fun Run and Safety Fair is a day for the family to benefit Special Olympics.

To schedule your running shoe assessment, call 262-513-7206
June 26th from 5-6pm and June 27th from 5:30-6:30pm

A New Option in Joint Replacement

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Join Orthopedic surgeons Dr. Jeffrey Larson and Dr. James Wood as they discuss a new hip replacement surgery which can spare the major muscles surrounding the hip joint. The Anterior Approach for total hip replacement is a tissue-sparing alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery that provides the potential for less pain, faster recovery, and improved mobility. If you’ve been contemplating getting that bothersome hip replaced, this new technique might be just the option for you!

Attend our free seminar on Wednesday, May 9th from 6-7pm
Wheaton Franciscan – Elmbrook Memorial Campus, 19333 W. North Avenue, Brookfield, WI 53045
Lobby Conference Room

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