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How to Eliminate Bacteria from your Feet

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Bacteria needs water to grow. It likes a warm moist environment and is found where moisture can accumulate.  It loves to live in saunas, and that’s what your shoes become when they are warm and moist all day. Below are a few ideas to eliminate bacteria from your feet.

  • Wash your shoes regularly in a standard washing machine, using cold water, and at least a 12 minute minimum wash cycle, with laundry detergent. This can eliminate almost 99% of bacteria.
  • Air dry your shoes for at least 24 hours
  • Spray your shoes with a disinfectant after washing
  • Purchase ultraviolet inserts for your shoes. Ultraviolet light kills 99.9% of bacteria. There are various brands for shoes.
  • Soak your feet 1-2 times per day in a water and baking soda bath. After thoroughly drying your feet with a towel, be sure to allow them to air dry completely.
  • Change your shoes every day. Take them off during the day to let them air dry when your feet become warm and moist.
  • Antibiotic therapy may also be recommendedClick here to schedule an appointment to see an Aspen Podiatrist if you continue to have foot issues.

Why Does My Hand Hurt?

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Your hand has 28 bones, 29 joints and an intricate network of ligaments, tendons and nerves. All of these things help you to comb your hair, button your shirt or even give a thumbs up, but when you have arthritis or another condition that affects your hands, the simplest tasks can be painful. See the list below for some common hand issues.

Trigger Finger – Occurs when finger tendons thicken or become inflamed, cause joints to get stuck. Affected fingers may be painful and pop or click when extended.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Compression of the median nerve in the wrist, leading to tingling or numbness of the thumb, index, middle and part of the ring finger.

Dupuytren Contracture – A condition in which the palm’s connective tissue thickens, causing fingers to bend or curl toward the palm.

Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome – When the ulnar nerve is compressed at the wrist, it causes numbness and tingling in the little finger and along the outside of the ring finger and can sometimes cause weakness of hand pinch and grip.

If you’re having hand pain, click here to schedule an appointment to talk to an Orthopedic Expert.

Tips to protect your Joints while cleaning the house

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When cleaning, make sure to use your large muscle groups, use products that are lightweight and avoid unnecessary bending and twisting in order to avoid injuring your joints. Choose products that are lightweight such as cordless vacuums or carpet sweepers. And when using mops and sponges, use disposable products so you don’t have to vigorously rinse them out.

If a task is too painful or difficult, modify the tools you’re using or modify the cleaning activity. If reaching is too difficult, try using a long handled duster. If gripping is painful, use a tool with a large handle or wrap the handle with a padded cloth. In addition, think about products you already have that would make your tasks easier such as wearing an old sock on your hand for dusting.

If you’re having persistent joint pain, click here to request an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Specialists.

Common Throwing Injuries of the Elbow

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Flexor Tendinitis
Repetitive throwing can irritate and inflame the flexor/pronator tendons where they attach to the humerus bone on the inner side of the elbow. Athletes will have pain on the inside of the elbow when throwing, and if the tendinitis is severe, pain will also occur during rest.

Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Injury
The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is the most commonly injured ligament in throwers. Injuries of the UCL can range from minor damage and inflammation to a complete tear of the ligament. Athletes will have pain on the inside of the elbow, and frequently notice decreased throwing velocity.

Valgus Extension Overload (VEO)
During the throwing motion, the olecranon and humerus bones are twisted and forced against each other. Over time, this can lead to valgus extension overload (VEO), a condition in which the protective cartilage on the olecranon is worn away and abnormal overgrowth of bone — called bone spurs or osteophytes — develop. Athletes with VEO experience swelling and pain at the site of maximum contact between the bones.

The abnormal bone growth of VEO is apparent in these illustrations of the back of the elbow and inner side of the elbow.
Reproduced with permission from Miller CD, Savoie FH III: Valgus extension injuries of the elbow in the throwing athlete. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 1994; 2:261-269.

 

Olecranon Stress Fracture
Stress fractures occur when muscles become fatigued and are unable to absorb added shock. Eventually, the fatigued muscle transfers the overload of stress to the bone, causing a tiny crack called a stress fracture.

The olecranon is the most common location for stress fractures in throwers. Athletes will notice aching pain over the surface of the olecranon on the underside of the elbow. This pain is worst during throwing or other strenuous activity, and occasionally occurs during rest.

Ulnar Neuritis
When the elbow is bent, the ulnar nerve stretches around the bony bump at the end of the humerus. In throwing athletes, the ulnar nerve is stretched repeatedly, and can even slip out of place, causing painful snapping. This stretching or snapping leads to irritation of the nerve, a condition called ulnar neuritis.

Throwers with ulnar neuritis will notice pain that resembles electric shocks starting at the inner elbow (often called the “funny bone”) and running along the nerve as it passes into the forearm. Numbness, tingling, or pain in the small and ring fingers may occur during or immediately after throwing, and may also persist during periods of rest.

Ulnar neuritis can also occur in non-throwers, who frequently notice these same symptoms when first waking up in the morning, or when holding the elbow in a bent position for prolonged periods.

Cause
Elbow injuries in throwers are usually the result of overuse and repetitive high stresses. In many cases, pain will resolve when the athlete stops throwing. It is uncommon for many of these injuries to occur in non-throwers.

In baseball pitchers, rate of injury is highly related to the number of pitches thrown, the number of innings pitched, and the number of months spent pitching each year. Taller and heavier pitchers, pitchers who throw with higher velocity, and those who participate in showcases are also at higher risk of injury. Pitchers who throw with arm pain or while fatigued have the highest rate of injury.

Symptoms
Most of these conditions initially cause pain during or after throwing. They will often limit the ability to throw or decrease throwing velocity. In the case of ulnar neuritis, the athlete will frequently experience numbness and tingling of the elbow, forearm, or hand as described above.

If you’re having pain, please contact one of the Orthopedic Specialists at Aspen Orthopedics, call (262) 395-4141 or schedule an appointment online at www.aspenors.com.

Information courtesy of www.orthoinfo.aaos.org
(http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00644)

Safety Tips for Enjoying Fireworks Injury Free

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People are at risk of losing a finger or having other debilitating injuries while using fireworks. Follow these safety tips to help avoid injury to your hands, arms or even face. Always follow the precautions on the packaging and/or consider watching a professional fireworks display instead of lighting them on your own.

  • Check if fireworks are legal in your area
  • Don’t use or purchase illegal fireworks
  • Adults should light fireworks – not children
  • Never handle fireworks if you have drugs or alcohol in your system
  • Wear safety eyewear
  • Never relight a firework
  • Have water available in case of a fire
  • Soak used fireworks in water before throwing in the trash
  • Seek immediate medical care if you’re injured – (262)395-4141

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Not all Flip Flops are Created Equal

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Watch Dr. Robby Amiot 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.

Golf Injury Prevention Tips

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  • Always warm up before a round of golf. Do some simple stretching exercises focusing on your shoulders, back and legs. This is especially important if you have arthritis that’s aggravated by playing golf.
  • Protect your skin by using sunscreen. Wear sunglasses to filter out UVA and UVB rays, and wear a hat with a visor to shade your eyes and face.
  • Stay well hydrated before, during and after your game. Replace your fluids whether you feel thirsty or not.
  • When riding in a golf cart, keep your feet inside the cart. Players have broken ankles when their feet have gotten caught under a moving golf cart.
  • Always be aware of your environment and other players on the course. It’s possible to sustain a soft-tissue injury by being hit by a golf ball.

Golfing and Low Back Pain

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Low back pain is a common complaint among golfers. It’s often caused by a poor swing. The rotational stresses of the golf swing can place considerable pressure on the spine and muscles. Poor flexibility and muscle strength can cause minor strains in the back that can easily become a severe injury.

Here are some exercises to help strengthen lower back muscles and prevent injuries:
– Rowing: firmly tie the ends of rubber tubing and place it around an object that is shoulder height such as a door hinge. While standing with your arms straight out in front of you, grasp the tubing and slowly pull it towards your chest. Release slowly. Perform three sets of 10 reps at least 3x per week.
– Pull downs: with the rubber tubing still around the door hinge, kneel and hold the tubing over your head. Pull down slowly toward your chest, bending your elbows as you lower your arms. Raise the tubing slowly over your head. Perform
three sets of 10 reps at least 3x per week.
– Yoga and Pilates: these exercise programs focus on trunk
and abdomen strength as well as flexibility.

If you’re having low back pain, contact Aspen Orthopedics at (262) 395-4141
for an appointment with one of our Orthopedic physicians.

Avoiding Golfer’s Elbow

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Golfer’s Elbow is a common injury. It’s an inflammation of the tendons that attach your forearm muscles to the inside of the bone at your elbow. The forearm muscles and tendons become damaged from overuse and this leads to pain and tenderness on the inside of the elbow. One of the best ways to avoid elbow problems is to strengthen your forearm muscles and slow your golf swing so there’ll be less shock in the arm when the ball is hit. A couple simple exercises can help build up your forearm muscles. These can be done during the off season as well.

– Squeeze a tennis ball: squeeze tennis ball for 5 minutes at a time to strengthen your forearm muscles
– Wrist curls: using a lightweight dumbbell, lower the weight to the end of your fingers and then curl the weight back into your palm. Follow this by curling up your wrist to lift the weight an inch or two higher. Perform 10 reps with one arm and then repeat with the other arm.
– Reverse wrist curls: using a lightweight dumbbell, place your hands in front of you, palm side down. Using your wrist, lift the weight up and down. Hold the arm that you are exercising above your elbow with your other hand in order to limit the motion to your forearm. Perform 10 reps with one arm, and then repeat with the other arm.

If you’re having elbow pain, contact us at (262) 395-4141 for an appointment with one of our Orthopedic physicians.

 

How to get the Best Fit in a Shoe

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A good fitting shoe is important with any activity that you’re participating in. As we age, our feet change as far as width and length. Make sure that when you purchase new shoes that you have someone who properly fits your feet for the specific type of shoe that you are looking for. A good standard fitting device is called a Brannock Device. It is a metal fitting device that measures the width and length of your foot while you are standing. Remember that different companies and shoe styles will provide different fits for feet. If you take a size 8 in one brand, you won’t necessarily be the same size or width in a different brand.

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