You never realize how much work your ankles do for your body until you injure one. Suddenly, even the most routine tasks are difficult, from walking and climbing stairs to completing a day at work. If we are “lucky,” then the injury is minor and results in temporary discomfort, a bit of hobbling as we go through our days, and some ice packs and ibuprofen. But fractures and dislocations can be quite severe, quite painful, and quite limiting. When is it time to ask your doctor about an ankle brace?
Living with limb loss is complex: while we can, with adjustment, live a full, active, healthy life, there is no doubt that - at times - it is far from easy. Fortunately, though, artificial limb technology has evolved significantly in the last two decades. Advances make it, if not easy, then easier to find your new normal, meet your goals, and thrive. We have come a long way since the first prosthetics made of wood and leather (and even iron!). And while we have a ways to go and are committed to continual innovation, today’s prosthetic devices represent a vast improvement.
The first known prosthetic was… a wooden toe. An Egyptian noblewoman had a big toe crafted to correct her walk - and because a big toe was necessary for traditional Egyptian sandals. In early prosthetics, we also see metal limbs that were attached to the existing stump with straps. Movement, as you can imagine, was quite limited, and the prosthetics were heavy and unwieldy. Prior to the 20th century, people also took a DIY approach, crafting artificial limbs from household objects, like chair or table legs, textiles, and string.
Knee pain is not something you should ignore! Injuries have ended many athlete’s careers, and for the rest of us, knee pain can impact our ability to exercise, enjoy recreational activities, and even complete day-to-day tasks. Living with pain that is often excruciating, ever-present, and, at the least, irritating, is a challenge. How do you know when this is not a “normal” and temporary ache? When should you see your doctor about knee pain?
When you suspect or diagnosis confirms that your child has a disease or condition like cerebral palsy, fear and uncertainty can take over. We often turn to the internet for help, for answers - and this can lead to more fear and uncertainty! You have probably heard these CP myths: this condition is progressive; your child won’t be able to communicate, walk, or live independently; there is no treatment. Let’s bust these myths and make sure you have reliable facts. This is the best way to cope with the situation now and move forward.