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Acute inflammation

Acute inflammation

Acute inflammation 482 641 Ace Health Centre

Acute inflammation

Acute inflammation we hear about it all the time but what actually is it? And are there any quick things I can do at home?

What is inflammation;

Inflammation or commonly known as swelling is the build of fluid in an area in response from your immune system to the body’s health. This can be caused by damaged tissues or an increased immune response (particular conditionings or fighting off substances that aren’t meant to be in your body i.e sickness).

Acute inflammation is a normal bodily process that your body will manage naturally within 3-5days. Chronic inflammation can arise from unhealthy lifestyle patterns and not managing inflammation properly, this can last from months to years depending.

Signs and symptoms of Acute inflammation;

  • redness of the surrounding skin 
  • The skin around the affected area is warm to touch
  • Joint pain/stiffness
  • Bulging of the skin around the affected area
  • Bruising around the affected area

Factors that increase Acute inflammation;

  • alcohol and smoking 
  • High Body mass index (BMI) within obesity ranges (with the absence of muscles)
  • Frequent high-intensity training or no exercises 
  • Chronic stress
  • Poor die

Early management;

Acute inflammation can be easily managed by your body, but it can also be helped with the RICE principle, which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

  • Rest; rest is great for inflammation due to decreasing irritation the inflammation can continue to get managed by your body 
  • Ice; ice decreases blood flood thus decreasing fluid build-up, it also helps distract from pain!
  • Compression; compression is another great way of limiting fluid build-up, compression can also help get rid of inflammation by assisting the lymphatic system
  • Elevate; most fluid comes from blood, so elevate the injured area above the level of the heart to prevent the continual build-up of fluid

 

Blog by Christian (phyiso) – Contact us today if you have any injuries or issues that many have inflammation and see how he can help you. Contact us. 

tennis elbow brace

Tennis elbow brace

Tennis elbow brace 671 935 Ace Health Centre

Tennis elbow brace

Do you ever see people wearing those black straps just below their elbow you might have wondered what it is? It usually isn’t a fashion item and in most cases would be a tennis elbow brace.

They might be wearing it to help with tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) injury. This may have been recommended by their health practitioner in order to help with their injury.

How does it help with pain?

The idea behind the brace is to help offload the pressure/tension being put on the tendons that connect to the outer portion of the elbow (common extensor origin). The majority of the forearm muscles cross the elbow joint and attach to the lateral epicondyle. So when overworking those muscles with job demands, lifting, painting, writing or even playing tennis all that load is being put through that area in a more localised distribution.

The benefit of the brace is that it essentially creates a new anchor point that helps distribute the force over a larger area and takes some of the stress off the lateral epicondyle. Doing this allows the tendons and muscles to have a better chance to recover and can help speed along with recovery. It also allows the person to perform the exercises required to rehab the injured area with less pain and reduce the risk of setbacks. Your physio therefore may recommend one to wear during the prescribed exercise programme.

How long do you have to wear a tennis elbow brace?

We never want to leave you reliant on those fashionable braces and as the recovery progresses you will feel more confident with slowly weaning out of the brace and back to doing the things you enjoy doing. Working with your physio will help you determine when that time will be so that you find the perfect balance of support and recovery while moving to a program that will help prevent future injury.

We always recommend getting the view of a health practitioner before purchasing any bracing to reduce the risk of purchasing the wrong brace and reduce the risk of causing other issues.

 

If you need a brace or have a tennis elbow, give us a call today. Book in with one of our physio to get that elbow back on track. Book here or call us on 07 5572 6222

Children's fussy eating habits 

Children’s fussy eating habits 

Children’s fussy eating habits  900 643 Ace Health Centre

Children’s fussy eating habits 

If you are a parent, you will probably know how busy and active your child can be, so having food may not be on their priority list. As a parent, you probably know that they grow and develop more than any other stage of life in the early few years. Therefore, good nutrition is important to meet your child’s needs. However, when it comes to fussy eating, parents may find it difficult and messy to deal with.

Facts about Fussy eating in children

Fussy eating is part of a normal process of children’s development, sometimes they are just busy exploring the world around them instead of spending time eating. It is common for children to be hungry one day and picky the next, as their appetites are also affected by their growth cycles.

Handling fussy eating:

  1. Try to offer your child a variety of choices from each of the core food group

No one food is essential, ultimately offer them a try with different food from the core food groups. Your child can still be able to receive similar nutrition from several foods within the food group. Be patient when introducing new food to your child, it may take up to 10 times or more until your child will accept it.

  1. Try not to be a fussy eater yourself

Children learn from their parents. If you restrict a range of foods that you dislike, your child is more likely to notice and copy the same behaviour. So try not to limit the variety of foods you offer to only the one you prefer. It may just happen that your children have a different taste preference to yours and the food you serve.

  1. Getting your child involved

Getting them involved in shopping, growing, and preparing the food. This often builds their interest and enjoyment in food. So they are more likely to try to food.

If your child only eats a small range of food or has not eaten an entire food group for a long time, it may be best to be seen by a GP and dietitian. Feel free to contact our dietitian today for individualised dietary advice

Ingrown Toenail Treatment

Permanent ingrown toenail treatment

Permanent ingrown toenail treatment 500 285 Ace Health Centre

Permanent ingrown toenail treatment

During my time as a podiatrist, I have come across many different types of ingrown toenails. From babies at just 6 months old to 91 years young. Ingrown toenails can occur at any age for many different reasons. Either way, they are all manageable one way or another.

Nails grow from the back forwards. Not from the end. This means the shape of the nail bed at the back will most likely dictate the shape of the nail as it grows.

Three of the most common causes of ingrown toenails are hereditary factors and or damage/trauma and fungal infections whether it be chronic or acute.

Hereditary

People with ingrown toenails in their families are usually at higher risk of experiencing them at some point in their life. That’s not to say they will get them. If they do get them it’s usually around their teen years. The shape of the nail bed where the nail grows from can be passed down to the next generation. If you have suffered from ingrown toenails it’s important to keep a check on your kid’s toes to make sure it’s not happening to them.

Damage

Damage to the nail can change the shape of the nail bed. When this occurs the nail will change its growth path and possibly cause it to ingrow. You may also end up splitting the nail causing a piece of nail to lodged into the skin. in this case, the chance is it will not occur again once the lodged piece of nail is removed.

Fungal nails

The fungal nail can cause a lot of damage to the nail itself. In minor cases may just cause the nail to lift a little, but, in severe cases, it can cause complete disfigurement of the nail. This disfigurement can cause nails to change their growth path, put pressure on skin and areas not wanted, and as a result of Pearce the skin. It can also again cause changes to the shape of the nail bed causing the nail to grow down an unwanted path.

Permanent ingrown toenail treatment

Luckily there are permanent treatments that can be done. Conservative management should always be the first treatment, gently clear out the side of the nail, and make sure the edges are nice and smooth. Then keep a check on it to see if the ingrown nail reoccurs.

If this conservative management fails, removal of the part of the nail that is ingrowing may be required. This quick procedure is done under a local anesthetic. A small piece of nail is then removed all the way back to the nail bed. A solution is then applied to the nail bed where the nail was removed to make sure the nail doe not ingrow down that same path. The procedure takes around 5 mins after the anesthetic has kicked in. The podiatrist will make sure your toe is completely numb before starting anything to make the procedure as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Both of these procedures are done via your local podiatrist who has had specific specialist training in this area.

If you have an ingrown toenail and want to get it checked over, then contact us today to book in with our experienced podiatrist. 

 

Gold Coast Gestational Diabetes Dietitian 

Gold Coast Gestational Diabetes Dietitian 

Gold Coast Gestational Diabetes Dietitian  590 394 Ace Health Centre

Gold Coast Gestational Diabetes Dietitian

So this is the 25th week of your pregnancy, you are still feeling healthy and fit and just going to your usual check-up with your midwife and doctor. By then, you are told that you have Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) and you need to find a Gold Coast Gestational Diabetes Dietitian. A scenario like this is quite common in Australia, around 1 in 6 females who gave birth in the hospital were diagnosed with GDM. So what’s next? How can I manage it?

You can be upset and shocked at the time, or even blame yourself for the lifestyle choices you have made. But before diving into the negative thoughts, having GDM is not all your fault. In fact, a majority of cases have a healthy pregnancy, normal delivery and a healthy baby, when you have a balanced diet, regular exercise, monitoring and maintaining your blood sugar level. So please don’t overstress yourself.

What is GDM?

Gestational Diabetes is a form of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy, most females will no longer have diabetes after the baby is born. During pregnancy, the placenta produces hormones that facilitate the growth and development of the baby. These hormones also stop the insulin from working properly, therefore it is more difficult for your body to balance blood sugar levels.

How to eat with Gold Coast Gestational Diabetes?

  1. Have a balanced diet

Including a wide range of food in your diet, fill your plate up with whole grain, lean protein, healthy fat, fruit and plenty of veggies. Yes, that’s right, it is not much different from an average balanced diet. The Dietary Guidelines for pregnancy and breastfeeding is a great starting point for you.

  1. Choosing the right type and amount of carbohydrate food/drinks

Try to include some carbohydrates in most meals and snacks each day. The type of carbohydrate you choose also plays a role in affecting your blood sugar level, so try to have low glycaemic index carbohydrate foods (e.g. rolled oats, grainy bread, lentils/legumes, wheat pasta, sweet potato, fruit, milk etc.).

If you have any concerns and require individualised dietary advice, feel free to ask our dietitian today.

Chronic Kidney Disease Dietitian Gold Coast

Chronic Kidney Disease Dietitian Gold Coast

Chronic Kidney Disease Dietitian Gold Coast 626 417 Ace Health Centre

Chronic Kidney Disease Dietitian Gold Coast

It’s a no-brainer that enjoying a healthy diet is essential for everyone’s health, but for those with chronic kidney disease (i.e. chronic renal disease/ CKD), diet plays an important role in slowing down the decline of your kidney function. If you want to preserve your kidney function and prevent yourself from the pathway of hemodialysis, then this article is relevant to you.

What is Chronic Kidney Disease?

Our kidneys are vital organs that are mainly responsible for removing waste products and balancing fluid in our body, including regulation of the body’s salts like potassium and sodium. They also play a role in regulating our blood pressure and controlling calcium metabolism (i.e. our bone health). If our kidneys cannot filter waste products effectively and gradually lose their function over time, it can be a sign of CKD. There are 2 main causes of CKD, diabetes and high blood pressure are responsible for up to two-thirds of the cases.

Therefore, the type of food you eat play an important role in controlling blood pressure and blood sugar level if you have diabetes.

What diet is good for you?

Unfortunately, there is no size fit all standard diet for kidney disease, a healthy diet can be different for everybody based on your health needs and blood results. A general rule of thumbs are:

  1. Have regular meals with a wide variety of food from all food groups

Try to have a consistent meal pattern (i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and enjoy foods from all core food groups, especially plant-based food, and whole grains. Aim to have half your plate with vegetable/salad.

  1. Minimize your salt intake

Try to use more herbs and spices to flavor food instead of salt and eat less processed food and takeaways.

  1. Don’t eat too much protein

Getting the right balance of protein can be tricky with CKD, eating too much causes your kidneys to work harder and decrease their function, but eating too little can cause muscle loss and weakness. Generally aim to eat a moderate amount of protein each day, e.g. a serving size of meat/fish close to the size of a deck of cards or 1 and a half cup legumes/pulses/tofu at main meals.

For any individualized meal plan or dietary advice, come and ask our dietitian today.

Does Tennis Elbow occur from playing tennis?

Does Tennis Elbow occur from playing tennis?

Does Tennis Elbow occur from playing tennis? 598 403 Ace Health Centre

Does Tennis Elbow occur from playing tennis?

A fun fact about tennis elbow is that it rarely occurs due to playing tennis, in fact only about 5% of people will develop tennis elbow from tennis! Tennis elbow can be described as a pain on the outside of the elbow with increased activity and movement. The pain can also refer down as far as the wrist and hand. So why does tennis occur if not from tennis? Tennis elbow can be seen as an overuse injury in which it can occur from increased job demands involving the wrist, hand, and elbow, or with manual labor.

What is happening that causes pain?

As tennis elbow is more of an overuse injury there are a number of factors that could be contributing to the pain. Due to the repetitive nature of job, hobbies, and daily life, the repetitive movements can cause inflammation around the elbow joint. Inflammation is the body’s way of trying to protect itself which can be painful to move the affected area. Furthermore, microscopic tearing and degenerative changes within the tendon can be occurring. This is caused by the tendon tissue not being able to handle the load of activity and can slowly weaken which in turn causes the sensation of pain in the area with movement and activity.

How long can it last?

Tennis elbow is related to load management and activity which means it can vary in duration. The pain being experienced can change in intensity and duration. You may find that pain is immediate with certain activities and will resolve afterwards, or you may find it occurs a few hours after activity. With most overuse type injuries like this we will typically see recovery times around 3 months. Discussing treatment options and activity modifications with a physiotherapist can help speed up the recovery as well as give you the tools to help manage the future risk of reoccurrence.

Book now with Joey our tennis belbow phyios. 

Difference between food allergy and food intolerance

Difference between food allergy and food intolerance

Difference between food allergy and food intolerance 901 516 Ace Health Centre

Difference between food allergy and food intolerance

Food allergy and food intolerance. What’s the difference? It can be quite confusing, because the symptoms of food intolerance may resemble those of a food allergy. Both types of food sensitivity can cause unpleasant feelings or illness.

Food allergies

A food allergy is initiated by our immune system when a certain food is consumed. The severity of symptoms ranges from just itchiness and swelling to life-threatening anaphylaxis reactions. Typically, a blood test (IgE), skin prick test, or a diet history with a symptom diary is used to identify any potential allergies. These can be explained via seeing a dietitian.

Food intolerance

Food intolerance on the other hand does not involve our immune system but generally leads to non-life-threatening discomfort symptoms. For those with food intolerance, avoidance of certain may not be necessary. In general, an elimination diet is involved to determine the level of intolerance.

*Noted: Although Coeliac disease is defined as intolerance to gluten, it is an autoimmune condition. Therefore, still require lifelong avoidance of gluten (i.e., found in wheat, barley, rye).

Who, what, when?

Across Australia and New Zealand, food allergy occurs in around 10% of infants, 4-8% of children, and about 2% of adults. The most common causes of food allergic reactions are:

• Peanuts
• Tree nuts
• Milk
• Eggs
• Sesame
• Fish
• Shellfish
• Soy
• Wheat
• Lupin

However, be mindful that almost any substance that is eaten can trigger an allergic reaction. Although food allergy is more common among children, it can develop at any age. Often children with cow’s milk, soy, wheat, egg allergy will outgrow their food allergy, but if food allergy develops for the first time in adults, it usually persists.

What to do?

If you suspect yourself or your child have a food allergy or intolerance, it is important to get a proper diagnosis. We recommended seeing a dietitian and if needed getting a referral to a qualified immunologist. You should not cut any food groups out of your diet without the advice of a health professional. If you do you or your child risk missing out on important nutrients. If you would like further individual dietary advice, please don’t hesitate and ask our dietitian today.

What causes cracked heels? 

What causes cracked heels? 

What causes cracked heels?  1920 1200 Ace Health Centre

What causes cracked heels? 

 

What causes cracked heels?  Dry feet and cracked heels are a nightmare in the summer. It ruins your looks, becomes uncomfortable, can cause open wounds which can be painful, and get infected.

So what causes cracked heels

Pressure – hard skin is caused by pressure. This is why it only occurs on areas of your feet that contact the floor. The thicker this layer of hard skin gets, the more likely it is to crack.

Genetics – Genetics can play a big role in how much and how quickly the hard skin can form.

Age – The older you get the dryer your skin can get. With dry skin comes cracks.

Circulation – Circulation plays a big influence on how dry your skin can get and how quickly it can heal. The worse your circulation with more cracks you will get.

Medication – Some medications can affect circulation, immune system, how dry your skin gets, how thin your skin is, and more. Some medications therefore will have an impact on the amount your heels will crack.

Footwear – Having dry feet will cause the skin to crack. open shoes will cause your skin to dry out more, and therefore increase the chance of cracks. Sticking in enclosed shoes will help prevent them from drying out and therefore stop as many cracks.

Medical history – Different medical conditions cause reduced circulation or dry skin. Such as hypothyroid, high blood pressure, and more.

Treatments 

Wear enclosed shoes when you can – We all know that this won’t happen all of the time. But the more you can wear enclosed shoes and socks the less your feet will dry out, it helps redistribute pressure and therefore reduced hard skin and cracks.

Have orthotics – The more you can redistribute pressure from areas of high pressure, the less callous and hard skin will form. Orthotics do this by making contact with the whole of your foot.

Apply moisturizer – This has to be a foot moisturizer, and should contain at least 30% urea, and have oil in it. The urea help stop the skin from forming callous as quickly and puts moisture back into the skin. The oil forms a barrier to help prevent moisture loss.

Exercise – Keeping your circulation going, which helps keep your skin healthy and reduces the risk of infection.

Podiatry treatment – Have the callous and hard skin removed before it splits.

 

Book in today and have silky smooth skin for the summer. 

Broadbeach IBS Dietitian

Broadbeach IBS Dietitian

Broadbeach IBS Dietitian 1333 1000 Ace Health Centre

Broadbeach IBS Dietitian

We are your Broadbeach IBS Dietitian. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be one of the frustrating conditions if it is not managed properly. Suppose you have tried different strategies to manage IBS symptoms for a while and still don’t see any improvement. Maybe it is worthwhile to trial the FODMAP diet.

What is the low FODMAP diet? 

The low FODMAP diet is an elimination diet that restricts foods that are high in fermentable carbohydrates (i.e., Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, And Polyols). FODMAPS are either poorly absorbed or not absorbed at all in our gut, so they are fermented by our gut bacteria. During the fermentation process, gases are produced and expand our intestine, in people with IBS can result in triggering symptoms like abdominal pain or bloating.

Where do I find FODMAPS in food?

FODMAPs are found in a wide range of foods, including fruit, vegetables, grains/cereal, nuts/seeds, dairy products, processed food, and beverages.

To give you an idea, the table below shows you some common high and low FODMAPs food from the five food groups.

Food Group High FODMAPs Low FODMAPs
Fruit Apple, Pear, Mango, Dried fruit, Nectarine Orange, Grapes, Kiwifruit, Strawberries
Vegetables Onion, Garlic, Mushroom, Snow peas, Cauliflower Green beans, Potato, Zucchini, Carrot
Grains/cereal Wheat-based bread, rice, pasta Sourdough bread, Gluten-free bread, pasta
Meat/alternatives Processed meat (e.g., sausages), Cashews, Pistachios, Kidney beans Plainly cooked meat, Macadamias, Peanuts, Chickpeas
Dairy Cow’s milk, Custard, Soft cheese Lactose-free milk, Cheddar cheese, Yoghurt (small amounts)

How does it work?

The low FODMAP diet has 3 phases:

  1. Elimination (2-6 weeks)
  • Reduce FODMAPs in the diet to only a small amount
  1. Re-introduction (6-8 weeks)
  • Food challenge to identify symptoms triggering food and amount of food tolerated.
  1. Personalization (Long term)
  • Maintaining good symptoms control, while expanding your choice of food, to ensure adequate nutrition from a variety of food.

Trialing in a low FODMAP diet can be challenging because it is a highly restrictive diet. Therefore, it is recommended to complete the diet with a Dietitian, to ensure you are getting the proper nutrition. Our Dietitian has completed specialist training in a low FODMAP diet with Monash University. Book an appointment to find out more!