Nicholas Aschbrenner, MOTR/L is an occupational therapist. Nick joined Bone & Joint’s physical therapy team to work with people of all ages who have challenges performing everyday tasks. He helps people move and live as pain-free as possible to maintain their independence.
Nick helps people recover from orthopedic conditions, surgery, and fractures. He provides services to rehabilitate shoulders, wrists, hands, and fingers. He also has experience working with children in a variety of settings.
Nick completed his Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. He is currently […]
Summer is coming and with it comes the temptation to skip the socks and just slip on the boat shoes, sneakers, or sandals. But wearing socks is important for foot health.
Consider these five facts before ditching your socks.
Socks absorb moisture.
And your feet create a lot of moisture. With over 250,000 sweat glands, your feet can create over two cups (500 ML) of sweat each day. That’s a lot of bacteria-filled sogginess in a warm, dark environment. It’s perfect for the growth of bacteria and fungus, which can lead to serious and hard-to-treat infections, such as athlete’s foot or Onychomycosis.
Contrary to childhood speculations, plantar warts have nothing to do with farmers or gardeners.
The word “plantar” refers to the bottom of the foot, rather than a person who plants seeds. People pick up warts when they step on a live virus with bare feet.
Plantar warts are hard skin lesions that grow on the bottom of the foot.
What causes plantar warts?
A strain of human papillomavirus (HPV) causes plantar warts. Like other viruses, it is contagious. But this is just one of the over 100 HPV viruses in our world today. It is not the same strain responsible for sexually transmitted diseases.
Bursitis occurs when the bursa, a synovial-fluid-filled sac is inflamed. Though slippery and tiny, the bursa has a big job. It acts as a cushion and allows the bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles to work together without friction. When these tiny water-balloon-like sacs become inflamed and swell, movement is painful.
What causes bursitis?
Many cases of bursitis in the joints result from repeated movement of the joint. It is a type of overuse injury.
But overuse injury is only one cause of bursitis.
Age, arthritis, gout, injury, or surgery are other factors. Being overweight also applies more pressure to the bursa.
The meniscus is a small horseshoe-shaped rubbery pad of fibrocartilage and collagen. These pads inside the knee absorb the impact of motion. Each knee has two of these miniature shock absorbers: the lateral and medial meniscus. Injury to these protective pads results in a meniscus tear.
How do meniscus tears happen?
Athletic training or competition can exert a tremendous force on the menisci. Running, jumping, squatting, or twisting motions can intensify this pressure. During these high-pressure or fast-paced activities, sections of the menisci can tear or move out of place.
But anyone can tear their meniscus. People who dance, play tennis, snowshoe, or ski are […]
Most of us have felt the pins-and-needles feeling in our hands and fingers known as paresthesia. But it’s usually a temporary condition caused by pressure on a nerve. This “falling asleep” sensation goes away once the pressure is released. However, another type of numbness in the fingers can signal serious health problems.
What causes numbness in the fingers?
Underlying issues related to finger numbness range from dehydration and overuse to spinal conditions or chronic illnesses. Some of the more common reasons include:
Prolonged pressure on a nerve caused by repetitive motions that require holding an object in the hands, like a mouse, pen, or power […]
The pandemic has caused many people to look for ways to strengthen their immunity. And one of the common ways found on the Internet is to increase vitamin D levels. But in this instance, too much of a good thing can be dangerous.
Why is vitamin D important?
Besides boosting immunity, our bodies need this essential vitamin to build new bone, prevent muscle spasms and cramps, regulate thyroid function. It also allows healthy neuromuscular function and supports cardiovascular health.
How do we get vitamin D?
You can get this bone-building booster from foods containing high levels of Vitamin D, like almonds, eggs, and salmon. The body needs […]
Frozen shoulder doesn’t refer to a cold shoulder, temperature, or frostbite. Instead, this term refers to pain and loss of movement in the shoulder joint. And “frozen shoulder” is easier for more people to remember than adhesive capsulitis.
Frozen shoulder describes pain and loss of movement in the shoulder.
The shoulder is a unique joint. It brings together the bones of the upper arm (humerus), shoulder blade (scapula), and the collarbone (clavicle). The shallow ball-and-socket allows the arm to rotate freely and move forward, backward, up, and down. The muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones must move together smoothly to perform these movements.