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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.

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

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