Bad Team Gets Worse NewsThe NBA regular season begins this month, but unfortunately, we will not be watching the number 1 overall draft pick in action. Ben Simmons underwent successful foot surgery yesterday for a Jones Fracture in his right foot. After winning only 10 games last season, the Philadelphia 76ers felt confident that Simmons would provide the spark that would lift the team from the dark depths felt at the bottom of the NBA. Do to the severity and placement of the foot injury, it will most likely keep him sidelined for the entire season and force the 76ers to find an alternative to the most promising draft pick in the past decade.

Football is Back! And so is Athlete's FootFootball is back, America. It’s time to root-on our children during Friday Night Lights, scream for our alma mater on Saturday, and drive home the weekend with NFL Sunday. But for those of us actually playing football, the season additionally brings problems such as injuries and complications. One of these football related issues is athlete’s foot. Also known as tenia pedis, this contagious fungal infection affects the skin of the foot. Although not an extremely serious condition, athlete’s foot is easily contractible and can be quite irritating.

Causes and Symptoms

Athlete’s foot is simple caused by direct contact with an infected person or contaminated surface. It initially presents with an itching or burning sensation between one’s toes or on the sole of the foot. As the condition progresses, the skin can become cracked which may result in pain and discomfort walking. Unfortunately, athlete’s foot can also spread to the toenails if left untreated and will result in a discolored toenail that may become unattached from the foot.

The Final Four and Basketball InjuriesIt has been madness this March. Between bracket-busting upsets and game-winning buzzer beaters, the sport that us Hoosiers know and love brought pure excitement this 2016 NCAA tournament. Now, we have finally reached the Final Four. However, preparation for this road began for the student-athletes many months ago with dedication and hard work. And while not always apparent, this preparation included staying healthy. Playing basketball at such a high level requires eating right, staying fit, and strengthening the body, because just one injury can affect the entire outcome of the tournament.

What is an ankle sprain?

Keeping away from injury in a game like basketball can be extremely difficult. One of the most predominant injuries in the sport is a sprained ankle. As the foot moves beyond the standard degree of rotation, the ligaments attaching to the bones within the ankle are forcefully pulled at a greater length than normal. The severity of a sprained ankle can vary tremendously based on the degree to which the ligament(s) are compromised. An over-stretched ankle may present as minor discomfort while a torn ligament may cause major swelling and extreme tenderness.

No More Aggravating BlistersRunners, hikers, and even frequent shoppers all have something in common: blisters. These painful little bubbles can affect just about anyone, and often times limit a person’s ability to run and even walk. Fortunately, there are many ways to avoid getting blisters, and even if one does form, most blisters do not need a doctor’s attention.

Causes

Blisters form when the connections between different layers of skin breakdown. As a result, the skin layers begin to pull farther and farther apart. Usually, this breakdown of adhesion is caused by continual stretching of the skin as an object holds onto one area. For example, a blister on the back of a person’s heel develops from the shoe pushing tightly to the back of the foot while the heel wants to move up and down. Over time, skin layers will separate. Additionally, moisture, such as sweat, does not cause blisters itself. However, it creates an atmosphere within a shoe that makes the skin slightly more prone to sticking to areas on the shoes and/or socks which, in turn, increases the chances of blister formation.

How the New EPAT Therapy Can Help YouExtracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT) is an instrument that can help patients with relief from a variety of musculoskeletal pains and injuries. This non-invasive procedure requires only 3-5 treatments that last about 10 minutes. Clinically proven and approved by the FDA, EPAT improves blood circulation, clears damaged tissues, and reinforces the body’s healing process. With essentially no risk factors or side effect, this treatment is a home run!

How does EPAT work?

Your clinician rubs the sonicator (about the size of a microphone) to send sonic, acoustic pressure waves into the pain-affected area on the foot. A certain gel will also accompany the instrument to improve the conduction of the sound waves through the skin. This sonication gently ‘damages’ the soft tissue in the immediate area. However, this minimal effect from the treatment does not actually injure you, but rather does just enough damage to induce a healing response in the body. For clarity, a comparable technique to this is simply lifting weights in the gym. During a workout, muscles are forced to exert extreme efforts that may not be initially a healthy process, but signals the body to grow additional muscle mass. For EPAT, the blood vessels, muscles, ligaments, tendons and tissues receive a ‘workout’ that creates an area of cell growth and healing.

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