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Rule #1 for Diabetic Foot: Don’t Ignore It

What you don’t know can hurt you People with diabetes have a lot to pay attention to in order to manage their disease. Blood sugar levels, diet, weight, exercise, blood pressure, and medication all play a role in overall health. But, what some people with diabetes don’t realize – or sometimes choose to ignore – [...]

February 14th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Rule #1 for Diabetic Foot: Don’t Ignore It

Safe Exercise Guidelines

If you’ve headed back to the gym or are trying to stick to a 2017 resolution, make sure you are taking the proper safety precautions. Please take a moment to read the safe exercise guidelines below. Take Your Time Remember, moderation is the key to safe exercise. If you take off a month or two [...]

February 6th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Safe Exercise Guidelines

Spine Health

Scott S. Russo, M.D. of Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan recently spoke at a community seminar on how our spine can change as we age. He touched on different ways you can minimize the impact of aging as well as some surgical and non-surgical techniques. The following covers some of the highlights of the seminar. How [...]

February 1st, 2017|General|Comments Off on Spine Health

Sprains, Strains and Fractures: What’s the Difference?

No matter how many times you (or your kids) roll, twist or bend your ankles, you can never seem to remember the difference between a sprain, a strain and a fracture. The fact is, it’s almost impossible to tell without a professional evaluation. We sprain our ligaments “The most common ankle injury is a sprain,” [...]

January 23rd, 2017|General|Comments Off on Sprains, Strains and Fractures: What’s the Difference?

Stay in the Game: The Need-to-Know on Knee Injuries

Among professional, amateur, and recreational athletes alike, knee injuries are common. Especially with the quick stops and starts, cutting and twisting of high-speed collision sports — like football, soccer and rugby — “injury occurs when the knee is hit from the side while the foot is planted,” says Dr. Thomas Matelicof the OAM Institute of [...]

January 17th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Stay in the Game: The Need-to-Know on Knee Injuries

Stress and Osteoporosis

We all experience stressful times in our lives, perhaps even daily. We know it’s not good for us, but we may not realize that it can impact our bone-related health. Whether it’s work related, family related, environmental, physical or emotional, stress causes our bodies to fall out of balance and can actually cause the diminishing [...]

January 10th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Stress and Osteoporosis

Tennis Elbow – Tips for Prevention and Treatment

Tell me where it hurts Tennis elbow is a fairly straightforward diagnosis: a pain on the lateral – or outside – elbow. It gets worse with lifting or forceful gripping and can radiate down the forearm. It’s not usually associated with any particular injury. Most commonly, it comes on gradually over time and the pain [...]

January 4th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Tennis Elbow – Tips for Prevention and Treatment

Thumbs Up for Breakthrough Thumb Joint Arthritis Procedure

The thumb is not just another finger. It is critical to almost every hand function. Imagine every time you button a shirt, turn a handle or hold a pencil, the bones in your carpometacarpal (CMC) joint — where the thumb meets the wrist — rub together. This condition is known as thumb basal joint arthritis [...]

December 27th, 2016|General|Comments Off on Thumbs Up for Breakthrough Thumb Joint Arthritis Procedure

Preventing Falling on Ice and Snow

Today is the official beginning of winter, and although we have not had much snow in West Michigan, undoubtedly plenty is on the way. With snow and ice comes slips and falls. It is important to take precautions to ensure your safety. Following are several tips to help prevent falling while walking on the ice. [...]

December 21st, 2016|General|Comments Off on Preventing Falling on Ice and Snow

Treat Your Feet (and Ankles)

Under pressure Our feet and ankles are under a lot of pressure. The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day. With each step, each ankle supports about five times a person’s body weight. While running, the pressure on our feet is about three or four times our body weight. It’s no wonder so [...]

December 15th, 2016|General|Comments Off on Treat Your Feet (and Ankles)