After this rough winter, it is so exciting to have warm weather on the way in! However, the warmer weather often leads to foot pain. The biggest reason stems from our shoe choices: flip-flops, flimsy sandals, and bare feet don't support our arches, which can lead to plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, and metatarsalgia, an inflammation of the ball of the foot. Poor shoe choices can also lead to knee, hip, and back pain. The Problem with Flip-Flops “With flip-flops, you’re walking
With the first of the year approaching, and medical bills every increasing, it can be difficult to manage your expenses. These tips can help you know what your responsibility is, keep your costs down, and set up a schedule for payment that works for everyone. Health insurance is very, very convoluted. It is important to know what your responsibility will be before you enter any medical office. You can use your insurance company's website or call them to get this information.
November came in nice and warm, but left with temperatures below freezing. December isn't looking much better (we do live in New England, after all)! The snow flurries and temperatures to date this winter already do not inspire confidence in a mild winter. Unfortunately, snowfall can do a number on our bodies, and we need to be ready for the stresses and strains the snow and ice can do. How to Get Ready for Winter Shoveling While snow can look beautiful when looking out the w
Fall cleanup has begun, and we all know that means raking and preparing our yards for another winter. Dr. Cheryl Abelow, owner of FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers of MetroWest and physical therapist in Natick, MA says, "As beautiful as the autumn is in New England, I hate yard cleanup. Even as an active person, I'm sore afterwards because the motions used to do all the yardwork aren't typical daily motions." There are many tips and tricks out there for making leaf cleanup as
Pregnancy is a wonderful thing. A woman is bringing new life into the world! But it's not easy on the body. After all, a little human growing up to 8 or 10 pounds is in the womb. A woman's body needs to change to accommodate this. As the uterus expands to accommodate the baby, the abdominal muscles stretch and sometimes separate. The separation of the abdominal muscles, or abs, is a condition called diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA) or "diastasis recti". More severe cases of d
We all know the feeling. Maybe your muscles tense up, or you have trouble sleeping, or you have trouble keeping your temper - we all handle stress differently. And for many people, winter plays an extra roll in stress: the holidays, family dinners, snow, daylight savings... Stress is a driving factor in many things we do, from work to family activities and everything in between. To some extent, stress can drive us to be better, more productive, and more effective in our every
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is very common for breast cancer patients to pain in and around the shoulder blade area, whether due to surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. Those treatments may have changed the muscles, ligaments, and collagen fibers in the treated area, which makes it harder to move the arm freely. Most commonly, many women suffering from breast cancer decide to undergo surgery, whether it is a lumpectomy, biopsy, breast reconst