Flip-Flopitis

This time of year, I tend to see a number of patients with a concern of foot pain. These patients come in with tenderness on the bottom or top of the feet. The problem originates from the metatarsal pads, or the tendons on the top of the foot. Either origin,  I relate this pain to fun summer shoes, Flip-flops.  After repetitive wear of these casual loose style sandals, the lack of support around the heels can lead to painful pressure points on the metatarsal pads, or the mid-foot, under the “Y” shaped thong.    I talk with my patients about their symptoms, their summer shoe selections, and become suspicious of a condition I have coined  Flip-flopitis”.  Consider alternating your shoes before this occurs. 👠 👟 👡 When I am suspicious of this condition, I advise my patients to change to a supportive shoe for two weeks, as in a tennis shoe or a flat sandal with an ankle strap.  Dr Elizabeth Rudd, owner of Well Equipt Physical Therapy, recommends daily exercises for good foot health.  These same practices can help prevent or treat Flip-flopitis.  Consider these daily exercises : 1) work the foot /toe flexors by scrunching a towel with the toes, 2)balance on one leg, and 3) work the arch with “arch lifts”.  It is also important to have proper gait mechanics. For further information, visit “Big Toe Big Deal” or “What’s the Deal With Heels” on Instagram at @wellequipt. Enjoy those fun summer shoes while the weather permits,  and prevent Flip-Flopitis! Best wishes for Happy Feet. Missy Keith...

........Read More

World Hepatitis Day: Medicare Coverage for Viral Hepatitis

World Hepatitis Day was on July 28, learn more about the different types of viral hepatitis and how to take action. Most people with chronic hepatitis virus do not have symptoms until the later stages of the infection, putting them at risk for serious liver disease. Medicare covers viral hepatitis immunization and screening services, including: Hepatitis B virus vaccine and administration Hepatitis C virus screening Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and high-intensity behavioral counseling to prevent STIs For More Information: Medicare Preventive Services Educational Tool Medicare Part B Immunization Billing Educational Tool, includes Hepatitis B Viral Hepatitis and World Hepatitis Day websites, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention World Hepatitis Day website Visit the Preventive Services website to learn more about Medicare-covered...

........Read More

You Are What You Eat

Does what we eat affect our mental state? The answer is yes. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps to control our moods. 95% of all serotonin is made in the gut. So it makes sense that if we have a healthy digestive tract we are more likely will have a healthy psyche. In order to aide your gut to help your brain, nutritional psychiatry recommends diets that are void of processed and refined foods and sugars. This means treating your body like you would treat an expensive car, only putting premium fuel in your body. Premium fuel for our minds and mental state consists of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as lean proteins and whole grains. So, in addition to traditional treatments for anxiety and depression consider a change in your diet to further positively impact your mental health. We would love to partner with you in making your lifestyle healthier. Call us today to set up an appointment to discuss your diet. Let us show you how we can provide accountability for a long and healthy life for...

........Read More

Don’t be a couch potato!

We all have heard the hype about a sedentary lifestyle being bad for our overall health. It can lead to certain diseases such as osteoporosis, dementia, depression and anxiety, certain cancers, heart disease, and diabetes just to name a few. But what is it about movement that is so healthy and the lack of movement that so detrimental? Prolonged periods of sitting leads to larger waist circumference, increase in fasting triglyceride levels and reduced clearance of blood glucose. In opposition, skeletal muscle movement leads to leaner waist lines, lower triglycerides, and decreased blood sugar. All of these help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Weight bearing movements of exercise also helps to keep our bones strong. The increased oxygen that is pumped to our brain with exercise also improves brain function and decreases dementia. The drop in stress hormones from exercise can help to improve mood and reduce anxiety. These are just a few of the many benefits of movement. Adversely, a sedentary life style negatively impacts our physical and mental well being by increasing the incidence of numerous diseases. So, the bottom line is for a healthier and happier you get...

........Read More

Exercise is Key

Exercise is Key

If there was a medication you could take that improved energy, sleep, libido, and confidence level all while reducing your risk for diabetes, heart attack, stroke and osteoporosis would you take it?  Great news, there is just such a treatment out there: Exercise! In line with guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Cardiology, the providers at Family Practice Center strongly encourage our patients to stay healthy by getting at least 150 minutes of exercise every week.  Exercise is absolutely one of the key components to a consistent approach to healthy living. Check out this great article and video to get more info and insight onto the power of regular exercise.  At Family Practice Center, we’re happy to talk to about starting an exercise program or even about how to change your routine up a little. Now, go get sweaty!   Video: How much exercise do I really need?  ...

........Read More