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Health Articles Category: Orthopedics

Summer Shoes for Foot Problems

For people who have foot problems, summer can be a challenging time to find the right types of shoes and sandals. As we head into the summer months, here are a few common foot issues and the types of shoes that work best: Plantar fasciitis – Look... Read more

Osteoporosis Increases Fracture Risk

About 52 million people in the United States suffer from osteoporosis, a condition resulting from severely low bone density. Low bone density occurs when your body is unable to make enough new bone tissue to replace the tissue it has lost. Patrick R. Knight, MD "People with osteoporosis... Read more

Hip Problems in Active People

Hip problems are not just confined to older patients. Young, active people  can also experience issues with their hips. "While the most common hip problem among older people is that the hip joint simply wears out, younger people might suffer hip injuries from overuse," says Patrick R.... Read more

Avoiding Hip Fractures

Hip fractures are a common injury in our aging population. Because they can be devastating for a person who already has several other health problems, it is best to take steps to avoid fractures. "In the older population, you have to be very honest with yourselves... Read more

Lighten Heavy Backpacks

Although heavy backpacks do not cause serious back issues in children, they can be the source of chronic problems. Your child's backpack should be no more than 10 to 20 percent of his body weight. That means if your child weighs 60 pounds, the backpack should... Read more

Avoid Sports Injuries With Offseason Conditioning

One of the most important aspects of playing a sport is making smart choices about what activities you do during the offseason. Offseason conditioning is key to remaining injury free. Any athlete who participates in a competitive sports activity during a season is basically involved in a "controlled crash."... Read more

Stop Back Pain Before It Starts

Back pain is not necessarily a normal part of aging. You can stop back pain before it starts by following these tips: • Maintain good core strength. “If you regularly exercise your abdominal muscles, that can give you enough strength to counteract any potential back issues,”... Read more

“Buddy” Therapy Brightens Rehab

When you’re in rehab, it helps to have a buddy. Patients at Saint Francis Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehabilitation program get just what they need from rehab’s four-legged friend, a 5-year old golden retriever, fittingly named Buddy. Buddy, a Cape Girardeau Pet Pal and American Kennel Club Canine... Read more

New Joint Recipients Dance the Night Away

“Graduates” of Saint Francis Medical Center’s Center for Joint Replacement & Revision had the opportunity to dance the night away at “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” the Center’s annual celebration, on June 7. More than 200 attendees enjoyed dancing, hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and portrait photography at... Read more

A Handy Guide to Carpal Tunnel

If the pain and numbness in your hand has you reaching for painkillers in the middle of the night, carpal tunnel syndrome could be the culprit. “Carpal tunnel syndrome – a condition that occurs when a nerve in the wrist gets compressed – can be much more... Read more

Anterior Approach: Old Joints, New Method

There’s a new approach to revising old joints. For patients whose surgically replaced knees or hips are worn out and in need of repair, the anterior (front) approach to hip revision surgery is a fast, safe and minimally invasive option to get them back on their... Read more

Rehab Reduces Risk of Repeat Fractures

Broken bones heal, but they can break again. The older generation is particularly at risk. Patients with osteoporosis have low bone density, which means that if they fall, they are more likely to break a bone either once or repeatedly. Patrick R. Knight, MD To prevent broken bones... Read more

Take Steps to Be Safe Before Taking Steps

Accidents happen. People fall and break their bones. Follow this advice to reduce your risk – and possibly prevent falls completely. Patients with medical conditions that cause imbalance should see their physician for medication, physical therapy and assistive devices (e.g., walkers and canes) to help them keep... Read more


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