|Travel Tips to Help Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis |
The travel season has begun, time to pack your bags and head off to your favorite destination. But while you’re riding in the car or travelling by plane, remember to stretch those legs to help prevent a serious condition known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
DVT is a condition in which a blood clot (a blockage) forms in vein located deep within the leg. These clots most commonly occur in the veins of the leg, but can also develop in other parts of the body. If the clot breaks loose and travels through the bloodstream, it can lodge in the lung. This blockage in the lung, called a pulmonary embolism, can make it difficult to breathe and may even cause death.
Some people are more at risk than others for developing DVT. Risk factors include varicose veins, blood clotting disorders, pregnancy or recent childbirth, obesity, tobacco use, and heart disease. People over 40 years old, those who have had recent surgery, or those who are immobile through inactivity or wearing a cast are also more at risk for DVT.
People with DVT in the leg may have either no warning signs or their symptoms can be very vague. If any of the following warning signs or symptoms are present, it is important to make an appointment with our office for an evaluation:
• Swelling in the leg
• Pain in the calf or thigh
• Warmth and redness of the leg
If you are at risk for DVT and plan on taking a long trip this season, follow these tips to reduce the likelihood of developing a blood clot:
• Exercise legs every two to three hours to get the blood flowing back to the heart. Walk up and down the aisle of a plane or train, rotate ankles while sitting, and take regular breaks on road trips.
• Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids; avoid caffeine and alcohol.
• Consider wearing compression stockings.
Don't Ignore Big Toe Pain
progressive, arthritic condition known as “hallux rigidus.” “Hallux” refers to the big toe, while “rigidus”indicates the toe is rigid and cannot move. In early states, when movement is only somewhat restricted, it is sometimes called “hallus limitus.” This joint stiffness gets worse over time, making it difficult for you to walk, stoop or stand for long periods of time.
|The joint at the base of your big toe takes a beating each day. It has to bend with each step you take, gets jammed when you make quick stops or twisting motions, and deals with added stress when placed in high-heeled shoes. |
While occasional pain in the big toe may occur from the daily grind, constant pain in your big toe joint could be a warning sign of a
Hallux rigidus may run in the family but can also be caused by repetitive stress from workplace or sports activities. Tradesmen who crouch and stoop a lot and avid golfers and tennis players are more prone to getting hallux rigidus. An injury, such as a severe stubbing of the big toe, can also be a culprit for the condition.
It's best to have your toe examined when you first notice pain while walking, standing, squatting or bending over. If recognized and addressed early, this condition can be improved with conservative treatment such as shoe modifications, orthotic devices, medications, injection therapy, and physical therapy. But when the disease progresses and conservative attempts fail, surgery may be required to repair the damage from this painful condition.
If you're suffering from toe pain, give our office a call for an examination.
[...constant pain in your big toe joint could be awarning sign of a progressive, arthritic conditionknown as 'hallux rigidus.']
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