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High Heels

High Heels—Friend or Foe?

For many women, high heels is one fashion accessory they can’t live without. While it no doubt adds a striking and elegant element to any outfit, they are considered orthopedically unsound.

When worn excessively and for long periods, it can affect the posture by pushing the center of mass in the body forward, taking the hips and body out of alignment. In addition, while high heels can make the wearer appear taller and make the legs look longer, it also puts more pressure on the forefoot the higher they are. Since it will force the calf muscles to contract and adjust to the angle of the ankle, it can cause the calf muscles to shorten and tighten. This may improves the contour of the calf but can lead to other issues associated with an over-tight Achilles tendon.

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Toenails

Essential Toe Care: Keeping Ingrown Toenail at Bay

Fast Facts

  • When the corners or edges of the nail grow into the skin, ingrown toenail occurs.
  • If not infected, ingrown toenail will often respond to home treatments. However, medical treatment is recommended if the nail has pierced deep into the nailfold.
  • People with diabetes or other conditions that may cause poor blood circulation are at a higher risk of developing complications from ingrown toenails.
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Segond Fracture

Telltale Signs of Bone Fracture

The medical term for a broken bone is fracture. Fractures are very common. Some statistics show that the average person will have at least two during their lifetime. When the physical force exerted on the bone is stronger than the bone itself, a fracture can occur. Fractures can be attributed to blows, falls, and other traumatic events. However, pathologic fractures are caused by disease like cancer, causing the bone to weaken. Pathologic fractures occur with minimal or no trauma.

Osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to lose strength as they age has caused a staggering 1.5 million fractures annually (in the United States).  Fractures attributed to osteoporosis often occur in the wrist, hip, and spine.

The fracture’s severity will depend on its location and the damage to the bone and tissue near it. Serious fractures can have dangerous complications if not properly treated including damage to the adjacent joints, nerves or blood vessels. Recuperation time will vary depending on key factors like type of fracture and overall health and age of the patient.

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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy in a Nutshell

What is Physiotherapy?

The holistic approach to healthcare that aims to restore function and movement in individuals affected by illness, injury, and disability is called physiotherapy. Physiotherapy can also help reduce pain and stiffness, repair soft tissue damage, enhance mobility, and improve the patient’s overall functions and life quality. Physiotherapy is provided by regulated and specially-trained practitioners called physiotherapists. With the use of evidence-based care and advanced techniques, physiotherapists diagnose, assess, treat, and prevent a vast range of movement disorders and health conditions.

Physiotherapy also extends to acute care, rehabilitation, health promotion, injury prevention, functional mobility maintenance, occupational health, chronic disease management, dietary and exercise management, and patient and carer education.

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Back Pain

The Lowdown on Low Back Pain

Low back pain is so common that almost everyone has experienced it at some point in their lives or another. The pain can vary from mild to severe, and it can also be short-lived or can linger for many months. Back pain can differ from one person to another. It can appear all of a sudden or it can have a slow onset. The pain can also be constant or intermittent.

Unfortunately, even if short-lived, low back pain can make carrying out daily activities challenging.

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Achilles Tendon

Recognizing Achilles Tendinitis: The Essentials

The largest tendon in the body is the Achilles tendon. It connects the calf muscles to the heel bone and is used in walking, running, and jumping. While the Achilles tendon can often withstand stress secondary to jumping and running, it can become susceptible to tendinitis, a condition associated with degeneration and overuse.

Simply put, tendinitis is the inflammation of the tendon. The condition characterised by pain along the back of the leg (below the calf down to the heel) is called Achilles tendinitis.

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ACL

ACL Injury: When is Surgery Necessary?

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the four main ligaments that connects the femur to the tibia. The knee is a hinged joint held together by the lateral collateral (LCL), posterior cruciate (PCL), medial collateral (MCL), and anterior cruciate (ACL) ligaments. The ACL runs diagonally in the knee’s middle and prevents the tibia from sliding out in front of the femur. It also provides rotational stability to the knee. The ACL is one of the commonly injured ligaments of the knee. In fact, ACL injuries are estimated at 200,000 yearly. ACL reconstructions performed yearly are also estimated at 100,000. Understandably, the incidence of ACL injury is generally higher in individuals who engage in high-risk sports like football, basketball, soccer, and skiing which involves a lot of pivoting. At least 50 percent of ACL injuries occur in combination with articular and meniscus damage.

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Bunion

Bunion Removal: When is it Necessary?

The painful and bony bump that develops on the inside of the foot (at the big toe joint) is called a bunion. It is also referred to as hallux valgus. Bunions develop gradually. Pressure on the joint of the big toe, like by tight pointy shoes, can cause the big toe to lean toward the second toe. When the big toe subluxates outwards over time, it results to a bunion bump.

While anyone can get bunions, the condition is more common in women.

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Rotator Cuff Tear

Minimally Invasive Repair for Rotator Cuff Injuries

Fast Facts

  • The rotator cuff is comprised of four musculotendinous units. The muscles help stabilize and move the shoulder joint.
  • Damage to any (or all) of the four muscles (alongside the ligaments that attach the muscles to the bones) can be attributed to chronic overuse, gradual aging, or acute weakness
  • The damage can result in -pain, decreased motion range (and use of the shoulder joint), weakness in raising the arm and in some instances, disability.

Anatomy

The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. It makes moving the arm in several directions possible. It is made up of the upper end of the upper arm’s bone (humeral head) fitting into the shoulder blade’s (scapula) glenoid fossa. The labrum and the joint capsule keeps the humeral head in place. The rotator cuff muscles are considered the movers and the dynamic stabilizers of the shoulder joint. It also adjusts the scapula and humeral head’s position during shoulder movement.

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The Gout by James Gillray

Joint Pain: Here Are Some of the Likely Causes

Quick Facts About Joint Pain

  • Joint pain is otherwise referred to as arthralgia.
  • The condition can be caused by disease or injury of the adjacent tissues or the joint itself.
  • The area at which two ends of the bones meet to provide motion is called a joint.
  • The typical joint is made up of bones that are separated by the cartilage. The cartilage acts as cushioning pad and gliding surface for the articulating bones.

Likely Causes of Joint Pain

In essence, joint pain can pertain to the aches, soreness, and discomfort in any of the joints in the body. Joint pain is a common concern and typically does not require medical treatment.  However, sometimes, it can manifest as a result of injury.

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