Wednesday Injury/health condition chats. This one might sound familiar to some of you. Have you heard of athlete’s foot? I first heard of it in middle school when a coach of mine was talking to a fellow classmate about it, but to say I have had it, would be a lie but luckily after doing research during college and learning some things, I am now more understanding of what this is. Hopefully this post will be helpful to you as well.
A fungal infection that effects the skin on the feet and is considered contagious.
Just an Fyi, it has been known to spread to hands and toenails.
There are more mild cases and some that are very severe – I shown a picture that wasn’t severe, but feel free to look at some of the more severe cases, they can be very scary.
- Direct contact from someone who has it
- touching surfaces contaminated with it
- Can be found in locker rooms, around swimming pools and in warm & damp areas
- Visiting public places barefoot
- Sharing socks, shoes or towels with an infected person
- wearing tight fitted , closed-toed shoes
- sweaty feet
- Minor skin or nail injury on your foot
- keeping the feet wet for prolonged periods of time
- itching, stinging and burning between the toes
- itching, stinging and burning on the soles of the foot
- Blisters on the feet that itch
- cracking and peeling skin on the feet
- dry skin on the soles or sides of the feet
- discolored, thick and crumbling toenails
- toenails that pull away from the nail bed
Most doctor’s will diagnose this infection by doing a skin test or from the symptoms described
- OTC medications (over the counter)
- Prescription medications
- home care – soaking feet in salt water or diluted vinegar to dry up the blisters
Something to keep in mind about Athlete’s foot, is that it can lead to more severe cases if someone is allergic to the fungus or if it goes untreated it can cause other issues with worse consequences. There are other alternatives to ridding of athlete’s foot but the above listed are some of the more popular ways. Be sure to consult with your doctor.
When in doubt .. cream it out..
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Well finally after having time to make some new content, I thought I would start it off with an injury, something most people can relate to and would not like to happen to them. First of all, how many of you have had a sprain?! (Raise of hands) and how many of you knew how to handle your sprain? (Raise of hands), okay, okay! seems like we have a good number of people in the blogosphere who have been in this situation once or twice before. Personally I have never had a sprain (that I can remember) although you would think my chances would have been higher considering I was a track athlete and basketball player and they tend to get sprains fairly often but I suppose I got lucky (knock on wood). Today, I won’t go too in-depth about this injury because it isn’t hard to comprehend, but I want to make sure everyone is aware of this injury if it should happen to them. Also, feel free to share your stories in the comment section.
Sprain: A stretching or tearing of ligaments (the fibrous tissue that connects joints and bones)
Some of the more common types of sprains:
- Sprained ankle
- Sprained thumb
- Sprained wrist
- Sprained knee
- Limited ability to move the affected joint
- At the time of injury, you may hear or feel a ‘pop’ in your joint
Risk Factors to consider:
- Poor conditioning
- Improper warm-up
- Environmental conditions
- Poor equipment
- Medications- some Ibuprofen or Tylenol may help with the pain for minor sprains
- Apply ice as soon as possible to minimize swelling – in worse case scenarios the doctor may decide to use a splint or brace
- Elevate the affected area
- One may choose to use compression bandages (unless you notice more swelling, more pain, etc)
- Rest- avoid activities that cause pain.
Mild-moderate sprains are said to heal within 3-6 weeks, over the course you should be gradually using the area that is affected unless a doctor says differently. In any case, you should contact your doctor if pain, swelling, or other symptoms become a problem.
Your fitness blogger,
Hello everyone, today is going to be a post about lower back pain. Essentially this is one of the more “popular” places where people get pain and have issues as they get older because of not using proper posture, lifting, age, etc. Not saying that youngsters do not get lower back pain but it is possible, but normally I see it with middle aged adults and older. One thing they all have in common is they take more medication in a day than I do within a month just to get the pain to cease and with that means immunity sometimes to pain medication because it starts to wear off or not work as it did before so then you have to worry about starting new pain medicines and so on just to get by because otherwise you don’t want to stand, bend over, or do much else that requires using using the back muscles. Lower back pain can occur for multiple reasons and people have different ways of handling the pain, today I want to talk about lower back pain on the surface and just hit a few important things so that we can prevent this from happening, be aware of some of the causes and how to manage the pain. I will assume that some of my readers have had the struggles of lower back pain or are beginning to get back aches every now and then, if that is you, feel free to share how to manage it and if you know how it started, share that as well. I love learning about each of you and love when all of you give your feedback. Also, if you are a medical doctor someone in the expertise of lower back pains, etc.. feel free to also share your input as I am sure some readers would appreciate it! The information that I know about lower back pain is from what I have learned when in school because obviously I realize I will have clients who may or may not have ailments that hinder them from certain exercises and intensity levels and so I have to be able to work around those things and find ways to still get them where they want to be regardless of their condition.
Lower back pain causes:
- The bones, ligaments or joints may be damaged
- A intervertebral disc may be degenerating
- lower back muscles may be strained
- The nerves may be irritated
- bones, ligaments or joints may be damaged
- herniated disc
- intervertebral disc degenerating
- Other chronic conditions
- Your job
- Carrying a bag that puts too much strain on your back
- bad posture
- The type of workout and/or sport you play
Who is at risk of lower back pain?
- Being overweight
- Inactive lifestyle
- Jobs that require heavy lifting
- Students who wear bookbags and put too much weight on the back
- Heating pad or warm baths
- Be active, some may not feel the need to want to leave the bed but it is said that staying in bed for more than a couple of days can make the pain worse
- Taking yoga has said to help many people
- Going to a chiropractor
- Going to a massage appointment
- Acupuncture could possibly help
- Medications (over the counter or prescribed by the doctor)
- Some may need to have surgery
- Physical therapy
- Strengthening the back in the process
- low impact aerobic exercise
What can we do to prevent lower back pain?
- Stay at a healthy weight
- Exercise regularly and make sure you are using proper form and technique when lifting
- lift with your legs, not your back (when it comes to having to lift heavy things at work, etc)
- Make sure the pain isn’t caused by your work station, if so, you may need a change or make some changes so that you are more comfortable if possible.
Symptoms you may have with lower back pain:
- Difficulty moving or standing
- Pain that moves around to the groin, butt, upper thigh
- Pain that is achy and dull
- Muscle spasms (which can be severe)
- Local soreness upon touch
- pain is typically ongoing
- pain that is worse after long periods of standing still or sitting
- Burning pain or tingling pain
- Weakness or numbness can occur
Your fitness blogger,