Healthy feet are essential for overall good health, no matter your age, fitness level, or physical challenges. For people with diabetes, however, taking care of their feet is especially vital. More than 60 percent of all non-traumatic lower-limb amputations worldwide are related to complications from the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association.
Your spouse’s urologic condition can be irritating for him, but it can affect you too.
That’s why it’s important to know the common urologic conditions, symptoms, and treatments for men. Because when a urologic disorder starts, you might notice it before he does, and that could prevent problems that might affect you both.
Kidney stones are uncomfortable, difficult to pass, and one of the most common kidney disorders that can occur. 1 in 10 people will develop kidney stones in their lifetime. We’ve all heard the term kidney stones, but what exactly are they?
A kidney stone is a solid collection of salts that can be found in your kidneys or urinary tract, and usually passes through the bladder on its own. The most common type of kidney stones is calcium-oxalate kidney stones, but other types include uric acid, struvite, and cystine kidney stones.
Kidney stones can cause pain and irritation during the passing process. Luckily, there are preventative strategies you can implement to reduce your risk of getting kidney stones.
Few things in life are as darling as a newborn’s little feet, and most new moms take great joy in counting 10 tiny, perfect toes. But foot health can be a source of anxiety for both new and expectant mothers, who may wonder about the best ways to care for their baby’s feet, and how to cope with changes in their own feet.
“Pregnancy creates many changes in the body and can even affect the size of a woman’s feet,” says Elizabeth Baker, DPM, a podiatrist at Reedsburg Area Medical Center and member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). “And even though newborns aren’t walking yet, it’s understandable that mothers may have some concerns about how to best take care of their baby’s feet.”
The discomforts of pregnancy are common and well-known, ranging from back pain and frequent bathroom trips to feet that are swollen and sore.
“It’s not at all unusual for a woman to gain a shoe size while pregnant,” Dr. Baker says. “Increased weight puts more pressure on the foot, the arch flattens a bit, and the foot elongates. Just a quarter-inch increase in foot length is enough to prompt a change in shoe size.”
Urinary incontinence (UI) occurs when there’s an involuntary loss of urine originating from stress on the bladder, frequent urges, hormone changes, and more.
There are different types of UI, but the most common are stress incontinence and urge incontinence.
Stress incontinence is caused by the physical changes from pregnancy and results in an involuntary loss of urine during physical actions like coughing, laughing, or sneezing.
Urge incontinence is caused by damaged nerve endings in the bladder and can result in frequent urges to urinate that cause leaks.
Many women experience urinary incontinence during pregnancy, and some of those women continue to have symptoms after having the baby. With all of the other responsibilities keeping you busy after pregnancy, you shouldn’t have to worry about urinary incontinence.
According to the American Cancer Society, there are over 5 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed every year. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, but melanoma is the most potentially fatal.
You may have increased risk for melanoma if you experience any of these factors:
- Fair skin
- A history of sunburn
- Excessive ultraviolet (UV) light exposure, including sunburns and tanning bed use
- Live close to the equator or at a higher elevation
- Many moles or unusual moles
- A family history of melanoma
- A weakened immune system