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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 42 years experience
Fracture big toe-yes: A broken big toe should probably be seen, a lesser toe can be buddy taped. I do think most toe fractures should be x-rayed to see if the alignment of the fracture is good
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 42 years experience
Elevate and compress: You need to find out the cause of the swelling. Is it varicose veins, cardiovascular disease, arthritis. There are lots of reasons. But to start, elevating the legs is recommended, and no standing in one place too long
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 42 years experience
Need to be examined: The extent of an ankle sprain is hard to determine. The amount of pain and swelling varies. You need to see a podiatrist or orthopod to determine if the ankle ligaments were seriously damaged, and have the ankle immobilized for a while
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 42 years experience
Hard place to inject: It's hard to inject the arch- too big an area and you should never have a cortisone injection to the back of the heel. You may want to try custom orthotics from a podiatrist
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 42 years experience
One week: You can repeat cortisone injections after one week but when you inject around a tendon you risk rupturing it.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 42 years experience
Stress?: Could be stress related, poor fitting glasses, headache related, sitting at a computer too long. Would be good to rule out other pathology
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 42 years experience
Calories in vs out: It is all about how many calories you take in and how many you burn during exercise. Some foods are much higher in calories than other foods given the same amount. You can have the occassional cheesecake but at a price of more calories to burn.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 42 years experience
Physical therapist: The most important muscles to stretch are the hamstrings, calf muscle and back. The best way to learn is to go to a professional like a physical therapist and have them teach you proper technique. You don't want to hurt yourself stretching the wrong way. There are, of course, arm stretching if you do upper body workout.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 42 years experience
Stress: Assuming that there is no damage to your cervical spine, stress is a common cause of neck pain, sitting at a computer all day doesn't help either. May want to get cervical spine checked, then try stress reduction or acupressure. Don't recommend muscle relaxants
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 42 years experience
Yes: I've tried Clif bars and they have good nutrition and carbohydrates for energy
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