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Tick Season Has Arrived
It's Tick Season in MO and IL. A recent Washington Post article outlines everything you ever wanted to know about ticks and lyme disease, but may have been too afraid to ask. Orthopedic Associate's Dr. Byler has summarized the article in a few quick lists to keep you and your family in-the-know and out of harm's way while you're enjoying the outdoors over the next few weeks. Tick & Lyme Disease Facts 1. A tick typically must be attached for at least 24-hours before Lyme-causing bacteria is introduced into the human host's bloodstream. 2. Lyme disease is usually transmitted through the bite of a juvenile black legged tick known as a deer tick 3. Ticks can be as small as a freckle or the tip of a pencil 4. Risk is higher in areas where there are rodents,d ever, and other small animals that can easily transfer ticks to humans 5. The threat is especially high near waterways (ticks love moisture) and recently developed areas where a tick habitat is close to homes How To Avoid Tick Bites 1. Dress in light colored clothing to make it ...

Personal Training at Core Fitness Des Peres can boost your orthopedic health
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When it comes to your body’s limbs and joints, you can take a proactive approach to maintaining a healthy body with personal training through Core Fitness in Des Peres. The Core Fitness team thrives on the latest in training techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to help exercisers of all ages stay fit and healthy. Core Fitness also shares nutritious recipes on their blog to help you maintain a well-balanced diet. Any conversation about Core Fitness has to start with its director Craig Dupske. Craig started training in St. Louis almost twenty years ago working with professional and amateur athletes all the way up to 90-year olds and patients with MS. Injury prevention and rehabilitation are two key components of Craig’s programming. His expertise is what sets the highest bar for Core Fitness. Core Fitness attracts a variety of top trainers to their Des Peres location. Their current training staff is an exceptional cross-section of both health and fitness experts. No matter your training focus or interest, Core Fitness ...

How to enjoy the wedding dance floor without breaking a leg
It’s the end of June and wedding season is sweeping into full swing. Who doesn’t love a great wedding reception with a rockin’ band and great dance floor? Before you step out with your dance partner of choice, here are some ways to keep your jitterbuggin’ joints or two left feet safe on the dance floor. Know your dancing limits You may have been a dancing fiend thirty years ago, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. A spin twist into the full splits is a sure-fire way to find out how much your insurance deductible is. Start slow and see how your body responds. If you have arthritis, it may be best to avoid high-impact, faster-paced dance songs and moves. Save it for the kids. Enjoy dancing at your own pace. Stretch before dancing It may sound silly, but a few simple stretches are worth protecting your muscles and joints from overextending. Drink plenty of water before dancing. This helps your body get the oxygen where it needs to be for prime dancing time. Be aware of your surroundings on the dance ...

Protect your feet and legs from these common running injuries
Thousands of St. Louisans love lacing the low tops and pounding the pavement for a good exercise. Whether you’re an Asics aficionado or a Nike newbie, there’s a lot to learn about running, including what injuries you might expect. Hopefully you can avoid any injuries this summer, but if not, it’s helpful to know what to do. That's why Orthopedic Associates recently hosted an event, with the help of running shoe specialist David Spetnagel (Fleet Feet), on the best ways to keep yourself in top-running condition during the Summer months. Participants were able to come out and ask questions about their foot and running health directly to the experts! For those who couldn't make it, we typed up a little summary of the night's events for your reading pleasure! (image of Dr. Aaranson speaking on runner's health at our recent event) Most common injuries for runners One of the best ways to avoid injuries involves preparation and prevention. This includes appropriate stretching before and after running, and also watching where your feet fall along the path. Some injuries can’t ...

What's the difference between acute foot pain and chronic foot pain?
Your feet are the platform for your everyday movement. One bad twist, ache, or tweak and those puppies can start howling! Approximately 77% of U.S. adults have suffered from some form of foot pain. (American Podiatric Medical Association) How do you know if your foot pain is caused by the wrong pair of shoes, or if it’s a serious injury? More importantly, what’s the difference between acute pain and chronic pain when it comes to your feet? Acute foot pain vs. chronic foot pain Pain can be difficult to gauge on how permanent or temporary it may be. A sore arch may be a sign you need better foot support, or it may be early signs of plantar fasciitis. The key is knowing the difference between acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain is a sudden, sharp pain that usually indicates a significant injury. There are several known causes for major foot pain, many of which require immediate podiatric care. Many of these injuries come with acute pain at the time and location of the injury. If you are experiencing sharp, targeted ...

Three Essential Questions About Orthopedic Surgery, Answered
You've probably heard the phrase "orthopedic surgery" thrown around quite a bit, and for good reason: in the U.S. alone, experts estimate that around 51.2 million Americans have been diagnosed with medical conditions like arthritis, gout, and fibromyalgia; many people suffering from these conditions seek help from orthopedic surgeons and therapists. But if you're like the majority of Americans today, you're probably still not too sure what orthopedic surgery is; maybe you even suffer from one of the conditions listed above, and you're looking for ways to alleviate your pain effectively and safely -- and you happened to end up here. Luckily, there are plenty of people, just like you, who are looking for answers. So, with that in mind, here are some of the most common questions that people ask about orthopedics: What is an orthopedic surgeon?  This is a doctor who has received years of training -- usually for at least a decade or longer -- and focuses on medical problems that impact the musculoskeletal system (which includes bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and ...

Enjoy The Best of Des Peres This Summer
The Des Peres area is a fantastic treasure trove to enjoy this summer. Between live music events, art shows, fitness fun, and a good beer or two, there’s no shortage of fun to be had around our area. If you’re wanting to kick around Des Peres this summer, here are a few must-see places to visit. Get fit at Core Fitness What better way to enjoy the summer than by being in shape and looking fabulous? Our Orthopedic Associates team uses Core Fitness as our go-to fitness facility and is located right off Old Des Peres Road. They offer a wide variety of exercise equipment with fifteen highly qualified trainers to get you in the best shape of your life. Core Fitness is currently offering discount memberships for families and corporations. The Lodge at Des Peres The pool at the Lodge opened up over Memorial Day weekend and that means summer splashes for everyone! The Lodge Des Peres also has a range of amenities, including their outdoor Aquatic Center with an otter slide, Lazy River, whirlpool, and so much ...