One of the most common comorbidities among the elderly is pressure ulcers. This occurs when the patient remains in the same position for a long time. This in turn, causes an increase in pressure in certain areas called “pressure areas”, this areas include buttocks, shoulder blades, hip, tailbone, spine and the back of the limbs. By applying pressure for a long period of time the blood flow to that particular area is reduced, causing the tissues to die from lack of oxygen and nutrients.
Not many people know that Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It goes from the heel, all the way to you calf muscle. As you can imagine from its size and location, it has a very important function in simple things like walking. Although it looks and feels stiff, it is a kind of injury that can occur to anybody.
It is no secret that technology has invaded our lives almost completely, it is getting more the difficult by the days to look for something that is not computer based. Only a few years ago it was unthinkable that something as serious and dangerous as surgery could be carried out by a machine and not by a human being. But those days are clearly over as Robots and computers have been proven to have a positive effect on certain surgical procedures, at times, being even more precise than the human eye.
Some people are worried about sport injuries, and that is because doing sport has become a trend more and more popular by the hours. Every day more people start going out for a run, swimming or just hitting the gym Read more
Hallux valgus can be the medial deviation of the first metatarsal, the lateral deviation and/or rotation of the big toe or a prominence of the first metatarsal head. These situations can cause pain when the joint is moved and problems with footwear. However, pain is not always the most obvious symptom. Many patients go to their doctors due to aesthetic reasons.
Cerebral vascular accident (or Stroke) is one of the most common conditions in the world. Only in the UK, there are 100,000 cases per year, that is one every 5 minutes. It is a very serious problem that can devastating consequences for the rest of the person’s life.
A stroke (or Cerebral Vascular Accident) is a serious problem and happens when the flow of blood to the brain tissue is decreased or stopped
Although it is believed that it affects only the elderly, more than a third of the people that suffer a stroke are under 65 years old. A stroke happens when the flow of blood to the brain tissue is decreased or stopped by a blockage or the rupture of a vessel carrying the blood to the brain.
There are two main types of Cerebral vascular accident, isquemic stroke occurs when there is a blood clot that blocks the free flow of blood to the tissue, making the tissue starve from oxygen and die. This clot can come from another part of the body and block the blood vessel, this is called an embolic stroke. However, this block can build up in the actual vessel within the brain (thrombotic stroke).
Another possibility is to suffer a haemorrhagic stroke. In this case the blood vessel is ruptured and the blood flows out of the vessel. This also prevents the brain tissue from receiving blood.
The symptoms of a Cerebral vascular accident are a very painful headache, dizziness, problems when walking, blurred vision, difficulty understanding others or paralysis. In the case of suffering a stroke time is key, the damage can be significantly reduced if the treatment is started as early as possible. That’s why experts have created an acronym to help people detect as soon as possible the situation. The BE FAST technique helps you detect very early the symptoms that another person or yourself is suffering a stroke. “B” stands for balance, the loss of it can be an indicator. E stands for eyes, the loss of vision/double vision. F is for face dropping, A is for weakness of an arm, S is for speech difficulty and finally T stands for time to call for an ambulance.
With this easy tip we can detect very early a stroke and speed up the process of getting to help, reducing the damage produced.
Why using insoles is going to help you? It goes without saying that it is very common to suffer from pain on our feet. No matter if it is Achilles pain, arch pain or even pain on our toes. We have all been there at some point or another. It is also true that a lot of us have been recommended to use foot insoles. Nevertheless, we are not all completely familiar with this kind of object, how does it work or what it even does. That is why, today, we are going to break down how it works and the benefits of using foot insoles.
Doing some kind of sport has become incredibly common. Everybody is going out for a jog, a swim or a friendly match. Even some people are taking it to the next level by competing at marathons or even triathlons.
It is fairly easy to know someone (or even ourselves) that suffer from conditions like claw toes or bunions. It is not necessary something related exclusively to the elderly, young healthy people can show signs of future bunions and don’t even know about it. Today we are going to look into these situations and we will give you small tips to prevent them or minimize its negative effect.
One of the most feared deseases of the elder population is Alzheimer’s. This devastating condition is the most common cause of dementia.