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What Does a Podiatrist Do?

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Medical science has made incredible strides in the past few decades and there is now a specialist for virtually every condition. Having trouble with your feet, ankles or associated structures? Make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Podiatrists are specialists for foot problems. They assess, diagnose, and treat conditions involving your feet. A family doctor can handle basic issues in this area, but podiatrists have particular qualifications that go beyond your average general practitioner. Foot issues are particularly common (and can be quite dangerous) for diabetics.

Reasons you might want to see a podiatrist include:

  • persistent foot pain
  • bunions
  • ingrown toenails
  • neuromas
  • problems caused by high heels and flipflops
  • correcting a hammertoe
  • musculoskeletal problems
  • corns
  • calluses
  • fungal infections

At your first appointment, the podiatrist will ask you to describe your condition and how it might be preventing you from doing a regular day-to-day function. He or she will then thoroughly examine your feet and perform tests. The goal is identify the cause of the problem you’re experiencing and the best treatment plan for you.

They will then initiate treatment. Depending on the severity of the issue, you might need to return for more appointments. You can also learn about a change in your footwear and/or activities can help to prevent such an issue from occuring again.

Are you having trouble with your feet? If so, try to see a podiatrist as soon as possible as this is likely the first sign of a potentially serious problem. The longer you wait, the more difficult it may be to cure the issue.

The podiatrist can also give you valuable tips such as buy your shoes at the end of the day (everyone’s feet swell at the end of the day, so the shoe you choose will be nice and loose in the morning and a comfy fit by evening).

Written by Brittany

February 6th, 2018 at 11:46 pm

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Feeling Old? Yeah, Me Too. Keep the Following in Mind…

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Feeling old? I certainly was this morning when I tried to get out of bed. Stiff and sore, I really wanted to remain motionless and warm for just another few minutes. This was bothersome to me because for all of my life, I have been a go-getter and self-starter.

We all age, we all decline, and we all die. There’s no getting around that. And yet, so many of us wake up one day, look in the mirror, and dread where we are at in life. It can leave one feeling stuck in the mud and helpless.

Of course, the best thing to do in such a situation is to keep moving. But even that becomes a challenge as you just don’t have the energy you used to. Also, it takes longer to bounce back from injuries. The pull to just sit on the couch in front of the TV becomes irresistible on some days, even though you know with every fiber of your existence that this is a mistake.

However, try to avoid relying too much on anyone or anything else to feel better. Self-realization can be painful at times, but it can also make the path ahead quite clear. Once that is obvious and the means are more apparent, the question becomes: do you have the fortitude to keep moving forward?

Alcohol, drugs, comfort food, TV…see these all for what they are: a crutch. Sure, you can treat yourself once in a while, but the later stages of the life are the time when you really need to marshal those forces inside of you that helped you conquer previous adversity. Think about it: you couldn’t have gotten this far in life without some inner fire to guide you. It’s still there, so make use of it.

Above all, try to avoid stress. More and more studies are revealing just how detrimental it is to both mind and body. Keep calm and carry on…

Written by Brittany

January 4th, 2018 at 11:04 pm

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Don’t Just Flush Your Old Medications!

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Is your medicine cabinet filled with old prescriptions? Most doctors ask that we completely finish our prescriptions, but many of us stop taking the pills as soon as we start feeling better. The thinking there is, “I’m better now, don’t need them” or “Next time I feel this way, I will already have the pills on hand and won’t have to buy more.”

Leaving aside the foolishness of not listening to your doctor, it is not a good idea to let pills age. Many pills lose their potency over time, so taking them months (or years) down the line will not provide you with much relief. Even worse, some can become toxic and should not be used at all after a certain amount of time has passed.

When disposing of any medications, it is important not to just put them in with your regular garbage. Pills and capsules melt when exposed to moisture (just as they do when you swallow them) and that will cause the medication to then seep into the ground. This will negatively impact animals that come into contact with it. Additionally, the runoff can then end up in lakes or streams, affecting fish and other forms of life.

This also applies to flushing unused pills down the toilet. There is a very good chance that the residue from these can end up in our drinking water. The water coming out of your taps is treated beforehand, but, alas, these processes do not address pharmaceutical drugs. These can also hurt animals and fish; with their smaller mass, they are more susceptible.

Fortunately, there is an easy solution. Bundle up all of your unused drugs and take them to your local pharmacy. They will see that they are disposed of in a safe manner that will not harm the environment, animals, or us.

Written by Brittany

November 29th, 2017 at 7:20 pm

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Plasma Cutter Secrets?

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The plasma cutting process includes the consumption of a plasma torch to cut metals and steel of different thickness. Plasma cutters have become very popular in the world as an excellent tool for metal cutting. This wide popularity has resulted in various manufacturers conducting extensive research to enhance the functionality of the plasma cutters.  Hypertherm plasma cutters is the results of this research, and includes all the characteristics of an advanced plasma cutting device.

Scientists have proved that aside from the three states of matter which are known to them, namely solid, gas, and liquid, there is a fourth type known as plasma. It doesn’t exist naturally on earth. When a gas is heated to very high temperature, tremendous amount of energy is moved to the atoms which ionize into its basic components, nuclei and electrons. Plasma is known to be an excellent electric conductor.

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Plasma cutters work by passing a gas through a narrow opening and bringing this in contact with an electric arc. The gas used can be nitrogen, oxygen, compressed, or argon air. This causes the temperature of the gas to rise astronomically resulting in the manufacture of plasma. This high energy released is passed to the metal under operation by the electrical conductivity property of plasma. Since the plasma is essentially a fluid, it has the potential to clear the metal surface free of the residue produced from the cut.

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The main drawback of conventional gas cutters were that they weren’t able to cut metals with good conductivity. This disadvantage has been overcome with the new plasma cutter. The cutter can be used in order to cut mild steel, aluminum, copper, cast iron, and stainless steel. Therefore they it is widely employed in industries where such operations are involved.

The new plasma cutters are relatively cheaper than conventional gas cutters which gives them preference over the older type of cutters.  They have the advantage of being user friendly and ensure economic advantages like minimized energy consumption. Since they don’t require flammable constituents, the risk factor involved is much lesser. They can be operated on electric power or gas. There are cases where Nitrogen or highly pressurized air can be used.

Plasma cutters are considered to be more effective than traditional oxy fuel cutters because they complement the work quickly and efficiently. Plasma cutters generate heat which is about 22000 degrees whereas the oxy fuels generate a mere 3150 degree Celsius. They can easily burn through most surface coatings such as paint and rust and still impart excellent cutting results.

Easy on the pocket, plasma cutters are more economical. Plasma cutting costs are about half than that of the oxy fuel.

It is important to have an idea how thick the metal is that you are going to cut with the equipment. The thickness of the metal will play a direct affect on the extent of the equipment required. For operations where cutting thin metals are involved, a smaller machine will be sufficient whereas to cut thick metals, heavier equipment is required.

Written by Jayne

June 1st, 2015 at 9:29 pm

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