Posts Tagged "South Bend Indiana Foot Doctor"

5 habits that foster weight loss

Posted by on Mar 11, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Source:  Harvard Heart Letter   / Published: March 1, 2017 If you’re like many Americans, you’re still carrying an extra pound or two that you gained over the holidays. Over the years, that extra weight can really add up—and that added girth is hard on your heart. Often, the hardest part about losing weight isn’t about knowing what to eat. You’ve heard it a thousand times: eat lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein. The real challenge is changing your habits to make those healthy choices part of your everyday routine without feeling too deprived. When you come home Where to start? Try a little respect, says Dr. George L. Blackburn, professor of nutrition at Harvard Medical School. “Show respect for the food you’re eating. Before you sit down to dinner, lay out your meal on a white tablecloth, which will make you more likely to eat mindfully,” he says. Mindfulness—the practice of being fully aware of what’s happening within and around you at the moment—seems to help people make better food choices, in terms of both what and how they eat. It’s also important to respect your hunger, which means you should eat as closely as possible to the time you feel hungry (but not starving). Finally, respect your cravings. “Select foods that taste good to you, because taste is king,” says Dr. Blackburn. You need to stick within healthy parameters, of course, and choose foods that follow the recommendations laid out by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (see www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015). But if you’ve got a hankering for a few French fries or a small brownie once in a while, go ahead. A complete ban of your favorite treats may leave you more likely to abandon your diet altogether and overindulge. Dr. Blackburn has directed the Center for Nutrition Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and advised overweight and obese people for more than four decades. The following are five proven strategies that many of his patients have found helpful toward their goal of lasting weight loss. To continue reading this article please click here...

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Kids’ Exercise Predicts Adult Income

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Finnish study finds links between early physical activity and future earnings, but only for boys. Source:  Runners World / ByAlex Hutchinson TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016, 9:58 AM The study, by researchers at several universities in Finland and published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, looked at data from 3,000 kids whose physical activity levels were assessed in the 1980s when they were 9, 12, and 15 years old. That data was then linked to Finnish tax records to determine their average income over the 10 years ending in 2010. Among men, the results were clear: Boys who were more active by one standard deviation went on to earn about 30 percent more as adults. That relationship remained robust even after controlling for various factors like family background (including parental levels of physical activity) and weight. To view the entire article please click here...

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Dietary fiber: Essential for a healthy diet

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Source:  Mayo Clinic Staff Eat more fiber. You’ve probably heard it before. But do you know why fiber is so good for your health? Dietary fiber — found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes — is probably best known for its ability to prevent or relieve constipation. But foods containing fiber can provide other health benefits as well, such as helping to maintain a healthy weight and lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease.  Selecting tasty foods that provide fiber isn’t difficult. Find out how much dietary fiber you need, the foods that contain it, and how to add them to meals and snacks. What is dietary fiber?  Dietary fiber, also known as roughage or bulk, includes the parts of plant foods your body can’t digest or absorb. Unlike other food components, such as fats, proteins or carbohydrates — which your body breaks down and absorbs — fiber isn’t digested by your body. Instead, it passes relatively intact through your stomach, small intestine and colon and out of your body.  Fiber is commonly classified as soluble, which dissolves in water, or insoluble, which doesn’t dissolve. To view the entire article please click here...

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A stronger heart may keep your brain young

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

POSTED FEBRUARY 24, 2016, 9:00 AM Source:  Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter You probably know that regular exercise offers a wealth of benefits for your body, like staving off excess weight and chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. But mounting evidence suggests that exercise is also good for your brain. A study published in the journal Neurology links better cardiovascular fitness to improved thinking skills in older adults. The findings add to our understanding of how exercise benefits the brain, which seems to stem from several possible mechanisms, says Dr. John Ratey, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. “It’s not just about delivering more oxygen to the brain, although that’s part of it,” he says. Having a fit, healthy cardiovascular system also protects against vascular dementia, which happens when blood vessels feeding the brain become blocked or narrowed, leading to memory and other cognitive problems. To view the entire article please click here...

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Video – Common Foot Problems

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

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Video – Diabetes Foot Care

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

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WSJ: Steps to Better Foot Health

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Source:  Wall Street Journal “Steps to Better Foot Health” 09/16/2013 Doctors say people often ignore persistent but minor foot complaints, which can later develop into bigger problems, like lower back pain. Some common foot problems can mask underlying issues that are correctable if addressed early. Tender feet might be a sign of a pinched nerve, for example, or bunions might stem from weak arches. Other foot ailments, such as sores that don’t heal, can point to a more serious condition, such as diabetes. Podiatrists say foot ailments are a growing problem as more people get physically active. Running marathons, for instance, puts added pressure on the feet and can worsen existing issues that might be caused by genetics or poor footwear choices. Feet also must bear the burden from the growing numbers of people who are overweight or obese. Many people don’t wear shoes with proper support, which is especially harmful for active athletes, says Leslie Campbell, a spokeswoman for the American Podiatric Medical Association, a professional organization. “We see more young children coming in because they play sports like soccer and wear cleats, which are rigid, don’t absorb shock, cause fatigue and should be worn as little as possible,” she says. Dr. Campbell, a podiatrist at Presbyterian Hospital in Allen, Texas, recommends soccer players not wear cleats off the field and be sure to warm up adequately before playing so the joints are supple in the shoe. To read the entire article, please click here...

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Do you have arch pain?

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Definition The term arch pain (often referred to as arch strain) refers to an inflammation and/or burning sensation at the arch of the foot. Cause There are many different factors that can cause arch pain. A structural imbalance or an injury to the foot can often be the direct cause. However, most frequently the cause is a common condition called plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue located along the bottom surface of the foot that runs from the heel to the forefoot. Excessive stretching of the plantar fascia, usually due to over-pronation (flat feet), causes plantar fasciitis. The inflammation caused by the plantar fascia being stretched away from the heel often leads to pain in the heel and arch areas. The pain is often extreme in the morning when an individual first gets out of bed or after a prolonged period of rest. If this condition is left untreated and strain on the longitudinal arch continues, a bony protrusion may develop, known as a heel spur. It is important to treat the condition promptly before it worsens. Treatment and Prevention This is a common foot condition that can be easily treated. If you suffer from arch pain avoid high-heeled shoes whenever possible. Try to choose footwear with a reasonable heel, soft leather uppers, shock absorbing soles and removable foot insoles. When the arch pain is pronation related (flat feet), an orthotic designed with a medial heel post and proper arch support is recommended for treating the pain. This type of orthotic will control over-pronation, support the arch and provide the necessary relief. If the problem persists, consult your foot doctor. . Source:  www.foot.com “Do you have arch pain?”       727 East Jefferson Blvd.   South Bend, IN 46614  ...

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Morton’s Neuroma: Treatment options for foot pain

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Did you know you have 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles in your foot? With such a complex structure, it’s no wonder foot pain is so common. We recently got this question from a viewer in Texas: Hello Dr. Manny, I’ve just been diagnosed with Morton’s Neuroma in my left foot, and it’s very painful. What are my treatment options? Thanks, Donna Morton’s Neuroma is caused by a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves that leads out to your toes. It usually happens between the third and fourth toes, and can sometimes feel like a pebble stuck in your sock. Risk factors for the condition include: Having foot abnormalities like bunions, hammertoes or arch problems Wearing high heels, which can put extra pressure on your toes Participating in high-impact sports like running, which can cause repetitive trauma to your feet Treatment options for Morton’s Neuroma depend on the severity of your symptoms, but here are some options your doctor may suggest: Wearing shoes with wider toe boxes Using over-the-counter arch supports and foot pads Physical therapy A prescription for custom-made orthotics Anti-inflammatory medications taken orally or injected into the area Nerve-blocking injections Decompression surgery that relieves pressure by cutting nearby strictures Surgery to remove the nerve causing pain Talk to your doctor to decide on the best treatment option for you. Do you have a health question for Dr. Manny? Please send it to DrManny@foxnews.com Source:  www.foxnews.com “Morton’s Neuroma: Treatment options for foot pain” January 26, 2014     727 East Jefferson Blvd. South Bend, IN 46614...

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Diabetes and Diabetes Symptoms | Family Foot Care Clinic | South Bend IN

Posted by on Mar 17, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

What Is Diabetes? Diabetes is the inability to manufacture or properly use insulin, and it impairs the body’s ability to convert sugars, starches, and other foods into energy. The long-term effects of elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) can lead to serious damage to the eyes, heart, kidney, nerves, and feet. Diabetes affects the lives of nearly 26 million people in the United States and nearly seven million don’t even know they have the disease yet. While there is no cure for diabetes, there is hope. With proper diet, exercise, medical care, and careful management at home, a person with diabetes can avoid the most serious complications and enjoy a full and active life. Today’s podiatrist plays a key role in helping patients manage diabetes successfully and avoid foot-related complications. Symptoms Diabetes warning signs include the following: Skin color changes Swelling of the foot or ankle Numbness in the feet or toes Pain in the legs Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal Ingrown and fungal toenails Bleeding corns and calluses Dry cracks in the skin, especially around the heel To view the entire article, please click here >>>> Source:  American Podiatric Medical Association “http://www.apma.org”      ...

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