May brings awareness of three important medical conditions that can involve the feet and are associated with age: arthritis (National Arthritis Awareness Month), osteoporosis (National Osteoporosis Awareness Month), and neuropathy, which often stems from diabetes.
Now on the other side of the decision, here are the three things I think are important to understand as you decide whether to have knee replacement surgery.
I know my body has been undergoing changes from the day I was born, but most of those changes brought positive results; unlike now, when each change has me rolling further down the other side of the hill.
Corticosteroid treatment has been associated with many side effects. The most noted is increased loss of bone mineral density, causing a predisposition to osteoporosis.
One in two Americans is coping with a chronic disease, and many require rehabilitation. That's why I'm suggesting this year your New Year's resolution be "prehabilitation," a term defined by Wikipedia as, "a form of strength training, aims to prevent injuries before the actual occurrence."
The pain of gout usually comes on quickly, and after a day or so, it starts to subside. But over time, the crystals, which stay in the joint, can destroy the entire joint.
Republican gazillionaire Linda McMahon is running for the Connecticut Senate. Her last Senatorial campaign, (on which she spent over $50 million dolla...
Is your pet having difficulties going up and down the stairs or jumping onto the couch? What do you do when your dog or cat starts to limp? Here are some of my suggestions for potential therapy options for your aching pet.
No matter how the cycle begins, obesity and osteoarthritis are inextricably linked and must therefore be addressed together. Physical activity is key to reducing the risk of developing both, as well as countless other related diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and stroke.
I'm allergic to many foods. Soon after eating them, I break out in fat.
Dear Savvy Senior: Do you know of any golfing gadgets or equipment that can help senior golfers? My 78-year-old dad loves to play golf, but arthritis in his hands makes griping the club difficult. He also has a hard time bending over to tee up or retrieve the ball. Is there anything out there that can help?
Diagnosed with an aggressive form of joint-destroying rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at 17, Karen Ager was told she would spend her life on an invalid pension. Now 45 years old, Karen enjoys a full life.
I approach cashiers the way one might deal with a lunging vampire: with crossed forefingers and a clove of garlic. I know by the glint in their eye they are preparing to offer me another rewards card.
It seems like only yesterday you were bounding across the tennis court with the finesse of a Williams sister. Now your hips and knees ache just getting out of bed in the morning. Well, you're not alone.
Here's the thing: under normal circumstances, some inflammation is a good thing -- it's your body's natural protective response to an illness or injury.
I felt myself breaking down. I kept thinking back to the things I never did, that I would never be able to do with her. I began to mourn my Mother while she was still alive.