Computer assisted surgeries, orthopaedic future

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.

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What is Hallux valgus? What measures should I take?

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.

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How to detect a Stroke

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.

Benefits of using insoles

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.

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Tips facing conditions on our feet (Claw toes, bunion)

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.

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