How to prevent foot blisters

Are you a frequent runner or simply an active person? If so, chances are you’ve had a blister before and it was not a good experience. Blisters occur when there is friction against the foot. This forms a space between the layers of skin and fluid seeps into the space. They can be caused by anything from poorly fitted running shoes to wet feet caused by non-absorbing socks.

There is more to treating a blister than simply putting a band aid on and ignoring it. Improper care can lead to infection or other severe consequences. Minimizing friction is important when trying to prevent blisters. It is important to have the proper sock
s, shoes, and orthotics to prevent blisters from occurring. Having the right ointment to treat existing blisters is important as well. For more information on how to prevent and care for blisters, visit http://greatist.com/fitness/runners-guide-prevent-treat-blisters#

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Many people try to ignore foot pain. But did you know that foot pain could be causing the pain in your back, knees, and hips too? Our bodies are like a chain and if a link in that chain is out of position then it affects the entire body. When it is painful to walk our normal way, we instinctively change the way we walk. Changing your walking pattern can also affect the whole chain of the lower body – from the ankle, to the knees, to the hip, and then to the lower back.

The way all of those joints move together is changed when foot pain or deformity causes a change in the way you walk. Ligaments and tendons can be stressed beyond their normal range, arthritis can set in, and cartilage in the joints can wear down. Other conditions such as flat feet, bunions, and heel pain can cause problems in your back, knees, and hips as well.

Find out more: http://www.foothealthfacts.org/content.aspx?id=1386

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Sprained Ankle Management & Care

Ankle sprains are a very common injury and can happen during many different activities. Whether it happens while playing a sport or simply walking around the block, ankle sprains need proper care and management. Signs of a sprained ankle can include pain or tenderness, swelling, bruising, inability to walk, or stiffness. To treat sprained ankles, many doctors suggest using the RICE approach – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.

When caring for a sprained ankle, it is important to rest your ankle by not walking on it, limit weight bearing, and use crutches if necessary. Make sure to ice your sprained ankle to keep the swelling down. Compression can help control swelling and support your injury. Wrapping your ankle is a great way to avoid swelling and bruising. Elevating your ankle above the level of your heart will also help prevent the swelling from getting worse and will help reduce bruising. For more information about managing and caring for a sprained ankle, visit

http://www.aofas.org/footcaremd/how-to/foot-injury/Pages/How%20to%20Care%20for%20a%20Sprained%20Ankle.aspx
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We are pleased to announce our new location! The plans have come together, and the boxes are unpacked (well almost, and we are pleased to be serving our patients at 505 Valley View Drive in Moline. Our new facility offers comfort and convenience for our patients, with spacious exam rooms and a soothing atmosphere. Parking is now much easier and available, and our handicapped accessibility brings more ease to our patient’s visits. We have a few photos to share, but invite you to stop by and see for yourself!Smith - New office Smith - Waiting room

Happy Feet In The Winter

warm feet                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         As the frigid winter settles down in the Midwest, we all would like to just sit by the fire and sip on hot chocolate until it warms up. Unfortunately the world around us doesn’t stop during the winter months and neither do we. As we bundle up this winter it is important to remember our feet as well. Cold conditions have significant implications for foot health. It is extremely important to keep your feet warm and dry in the winter months in order to ensure healthy feet. Things to consider are: *Proper insulation rating for your boots *Ensuring your boots have  been water proofed *Making sure your boots are breathable.  For more information on how to keep your feet happy this winter and other usefwarm feetul tips, visit http://www.bigskyfishing.com/snow-boots/keep-feet-warm and stay warm!

Electric blankets are a great way to stay warm at night and keep those toes toasty.  However, they also hold an inherent risk which can lead to complications, as well as the product.  Often, the heat provided by the blanket cannot be fully felt unless you’re fully under the cover.  If warmth is only judged by a simple touch, you can easily miscalculate the heat given off and that can lead to serious consequences.

Today’s electric blankets are designed to perform at a low wattage, which lowers the risk of fire or damage resulting from use.  However, this also means your perception from touching a blanket, will not give you an accurate idea of the heat the electric blanket is actually giving you.  Increasing your heating index on an electric blanket can inflate your risk to getting a burn or a fire.  Nerve damage due to diabetes or other complications can also further the possibility that someone using these blankets can miscalculate the warmth given off and can put you at serious risk.

So as you prepare to snuggle in this evening, remember the best way to lower the danger of heated blankets is to judge warmth provided by getting under the covers rather than simply touching these blankets.  Electric blankets are designed to hold warmth over hours at a time.  Although it’s difficult to perceive, it is important to trust the instructions provided.  Too many factors are at play to make that method a trustworthy way to judge the warmth and effectiveness of an electric blanket.

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My achy, breaky….feet?

Sing! Now don’t go breaking up with your feet!

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And please do not mistake this feature on foot arthritis just for the plus 60 crowd.

Dr. Jason Theodsakis, assistant professor at the University Of Arizona, College Of Medicine, and a specialist in sports and preventative medicine, says that everyone, especially the older you get will experience some form of arthritis. It starts presenting itself in your 30’s and 40’s. Ever squat down and hear a “snap, crackle, pop?” Yes. That’s the beginning stages of arthritis.

Is it becoming harder for you to walk a great distance? Are your feet stiff in the morning? Have they “locked up” on you recently? All of these are symptoms of foot arthritis. What can you do to prevent this? Here are a few tips:
1. drink plenty of water
2. lose weight or maintain your weight
3. exercise (swim, if you’re in a great deal of pain)
4. take your vitamins
5. stretch your toes
6. wear proper footwear

Pay attention to your feet, it’s hard to move without them.