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Monthly Archives: June 2015

  • Summer Sickness and Summer Heat Safety

    Posted on June 27, 2015 by Core Products

    Winter isn’t the only time of year for people to get sick. There are a handful of illnesses we’ve compiled below that unfortunately seem to pop up this time of year and keep us bed-ridden when all we want to do is enjoy the beautiful weather.

    Strep Throat – This thing is around all year and especially so during the school year. Respiratory secretions easily transmit this sickness so be sure to cover your mouth when you cough! Thoroughly washing your hands is a good move, too.

    If you succumb to strep throat swap out your toothbrushes every couple of days. If the symptoms come back right after finishing or at the end of taking antibiotics your doctor might need to prescribe you another one.

    Swimmer’s Ear – This occurs during swim season (who would’ve guessed?). It’s not a typical ear infection that follows a cold but its painful and annoying nonetheless. Swimmer’s ear is brought on by water that remains in your ear after swimming that aids bacterial growth. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics or a steroid to reduce inflammation.

    Eczema – The combination of dry heat and swimming pool chemicals can wreak havoc. Itchy, inflamed skin is aggravating and can be combatted with a good skin moisturizer and antihistamines for the itchiness. If the flare-up is too much for those standard treatments a topical steroid might be in order.

    Another cause of illness this time of year isn’t from a bug or virus, it’s from the heat of the summer sun. As the temperature and humidity rise so does the risk of heat-related illnesses.

    Our bodies regulate temperature with faster, shallower breathing, increased blood flow to the skin, and sweating. Heavy sweating without replacing fluids can lead to dehydration and even heat cramps. If our bodies fail to shed enough excess heat there is a risk of heat exhaustion or, in severe cases, heat stroke.

    It’s possible to avoid heat-induced illnesses by taking the right precautions and staying hydrated before, during, and after activities (even if it’s just sitting outside in the sun).

    Below are some tips on keeping your cool when the temperature gets hot:

    -  Limit outdoor activities when the sun is at its peak
    -  Avoid direct sunlight and large crowds
    -  Rest in shady or air-conditioned locations
    -  Wear hats and lightweight, loose clothing
    -  Drink non-diuretic fluids like water or sports drinks

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  • Avoiding Dehydration

    Posted on June 23, 2015 by Core Products

    Summer is hot and the hot days of summer often involve long periods of time outside in the sun and heat. Before heading out for another long day of fun and play in the heat make sure to protect yourself against the dangers of dehydration.

    Some things that put you at risk for dehydration include prolonged exposure to high temperatures, direct sunlight, and/or high humidity, without sufficient rest and fluids. Your body becomes dehydrated when you lose more body fluid from sweating or urinating than you take in from drinking.

    Signs of dehydration include dry lips and tongue, thirst, fatigue or lack of energy, low or no urine output, and feeling overheated among other things. Thirst, however, is a sign you’ve waited too long to take your next sip of water or sports drink as it usually means you’re already slightly dehydrated.

    Dehydration increases the risk of other heat illnesses because it interrupts the body’s ability to regulate its temperature. If left untreated dehydration can lead to heat cramps (painful cramps in the abdominals, arms or legs), heat exhaustion (dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches), or heat stroke (temp. of 104 or higher, severe symptoms include vomiting, lack of sweating, disorientation, shortness of breath, unconsciousness).

    Both heat exhaustion and heat stroke require immediate care. Heat stroke is a medical emergency that, when untreated, can be deadly. Any child with heat stroke should be rushed to the nearest hospital.

    If you want to prevent dehydration (who doesn’t?) make sure to drink cool water and sports drinks early and don’t wait until you’re parched. Take regular breaks to drink fluids even if you aren’t thirsty. Dehydration is cumulative so if you’re slightly dehydrated one day from not drinking enough fluids and do the same the next day, you’re compounding a gradually developing problem.

    Another good idea is acclimating to the hotter weather and not exercising beyond your current level of fitness. If you typically run slowly in the cool early morning and decide to set a new 5k record in the middle of the day in June, you’re going to have a bad time. Your body isn’t used to that kind of heat and humidity.

    If you suspect you’re dehydrated, move to a cool, shady area and drink plenty of water or sports drink. If you do not feel better soon, go visit your doctor. If you are unconscious or unresponsive, have someone take you to see a doctor right away.

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  • How to Deal with Runner’s Knee

    Posted on June 19, 2015 by Core Products

    Runner’s knee is awful.

    Medically known as chondromalacia patella, runner’s knee is the cause of an unstable kneecap. This can occur from a fracture, a different injury to the kneecap/knee or simply overuse of one’s knee (running, jumping, etc.).

    Runner’s knee occurs most commonly in adolescents and young adults. However, this does not leave older adults in the clear.

    A few of the common symptoms include a grating or grinding sensation in the knee, general knee pain or tenderness, as well as worsening pain when using stairs, during prolonged periods of sitting and with running or jumping.

    A few ways to treat runner’s knee and relieve some of the pain can include:

    -  Rest – Generally the best method for dealing with an injury
    -  Stretch – Stretching before and after exercise is a fantastic way to help the muscles and ligaments in your leg warm up/cool down. Pay particular attention to those around your knee.
    -  Weight train – Strengthening the muscles in your leg and around your knee can help stabilize the patella.
    -  Proper shoes – Ill-fitting running shoes or other athletic footwear is a recipe for injury. Make sure shoes are the right fit and aren’t worn out.
    -  Proper form – Form is critical for any exercise, including running. Film yourself or have someone watch your gait to see where you can improve.

    Another option for dealing with runner’s knee is to wear a compression sleeve or knee brace. Core Products offers a few knee sleeves specifically for runner’s knee. The Standard Neoprene Knee Support is a comfortable support that still allows a full range of motion.

    The Performance Wrap Knee Support provides a custom fit for maximum support and a full range of motion. It’s the best all-around knee support for a multitude of knee issues including runner’s knee.

    Our Front Closure Wraparound Knee Support is ideal for sprains and strains (as well as runner’s knee). The front closures on this knee brace make it easy to take on/off and the neoprene construction provides great comfort. The open back style of this brace prevents bunching.

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  • Ideal Ankle Supports Part 2

    Posted on June 15, 2015 by Core Products

    In previous posts we covered how to determine the proper fit of an ankle support and reviewed a couple specific styles here at Core Products. In this post we will feature another set of ankle braces you can use to treat injuries or as injury prevention.

    One of the most important things with any therapeutic product is a proper or even custom fit. If you’re looking for a custom fit ankle support, look no further than the PowerWrap Ankle Brace. This support features Core Products’ exclusive Positive Tensioning System to give the wearer a custom fit every time without needing to tie laces. Just hook and loop tabs with laces to hold the brace in place.

    It’s easier and more cost effective than stability taping. Spiral stays help stabilize the ankle and control abnormal eversion and inversion of the ankle. This ankle support is great for sports, at home, or any time you need a little extra support.

    Looking for moderate support to help with chronic instabilities? The Lightweight Elastic Ankle Support is a low-profile brace that fits comfortably in street or dress shoes to help control ankle swelling. Its ventilated elastic construction allows air to circulate and provides a cool, comfortable fit. A lace-up front and spiral stays offer support for weak ankles and help to prevent re-injury.

    This ankle support is more cost effective for long-term use and much faster than taping. This makes it an ideal candidate for use during or after sports/high activity.

    Our Deluxe Ankle Support with Support Stays is an outstanding ankle brace for injured ankles that can also be used to prevent injury. Its patented lacing system features offset eyelets and vinyl side supports to help protect the ankle from pesky eversion and inversion injuries. The brace’s lacing system along with its removable stays helps to stabilize weak ankles.

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  • How to Pick Out an Ankle Support

    Posted on June 12, 2015 by Core Products

    Ankle supports are useful for more than just an ankle sprain and can actually help to treat a number of injuries or conditions. An ankle support can help basically any ankle injury or instability, ankle sprains with most being inversion sprains (when the ankle turns in), knee issues, plantar fasciitis, and in some cases high ankle sprains requiring mostly just motion reduction.

    Ankle supports typically come in a few options: slip-on elastic, lace-up, or inserts. The elastic sleeve style easily slips over the ankle, is lightweight and low-profile. Supports featuring a lace design are great for post-injury and provide excellent compression as well as outside and inside support. Inserts help limit motions in the foot that can lead to ankle injuries.

    The benefits of ankle supports include:

    -Ambulation (aka walking)
    -Swelling reduction
    -Proprioception retention (this is the sensory perception of the area)
    -Strength retention
    -Abnormal motion limitation while allowing appropriate/necessary motions
    -Possible help with knee hyper-extension

    No matter what type of support someone picks to meet their specific needs, measurement might be the most crucial step of the entire process.

    Ankle support users want to ensure a snug measurement as devices are sized at a compressed fit. Measuring loose versus skin tight can result in incorrect measurement and an improper, ineffective support. When measuring for an ankle support, be sure to accurately measure the ankle’s circumference, the calf muscle at its thickest point, and the length between from the ankle to the knee.

    After choosing the best device for a specific ankle injury and measuring the ankle’s area it’s now time to get the right fit.

    Fit the ankle support from behind the ankle to the front of the foot or slip the foot and ankle through the brace (depending on the support chosen). The best fit is determined from a seated position with the foot flat on the floor. Adjust laces first before adding any plastic inserts (as necessary). Apply laces from the bottom of the brace (near the toe) to the top of the brace (close to the calf).

    After checking the fit while seated test it while walking. Ensure the brace is fitted with the appropriate strap tightness and that any plastic inserts are lined up correctly. The ankle support should not dig into or irritate any areas such as the Achilles tendon, the foot’s bottom or the top of the foot.

    Ready to make a decision? Check out all of the Core Products ankle supports and braces here: https://www.coreproducts.com/educational-clinical-information/ankle-foot.html.

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  • Ideal Ankle Supports

    Posted on June 8, 2015 by Core Products

    In a previous post we covered how to determine the proper fit of an ankle support. In this one we will feature a few ankle supports you can use to treat injuries or even while playing sports as injury prevention.

    The Lace-Up Ankle Support helps provide stability and comfort for chronic or acute ankle injuries and is perfect for sports or high activity. This ankle support features triple-layered construction of canvas and elastic providing superior support and durability. Internal medial and lateral spiral stays help to stabilize the ankle and control any abnormal eversion or inversion.

    The lace-up design allows users to adjust compression to support the ankle’s joints, muscles, and ligaments.

    The Hi-Flexibility Ankle Support is exactly what the name suggests: it’s a highly flexible ankle support. The innovative brace design combines both a classic lace-up style with improved features to provide better comfort and protection during sports or daily use.

    This ankle support protects the ankle from rolling or twisting while still allowing flexion and extension. Medial and lateral cutouts accommodate convex shape of the malleoli for a better fit. Its internal spiral stays provide the flexible support users seek without the extra bulk.

    A simpler ankle support is the Elastic Pull-On Ankle Brace. This is an ideal brace for any situation as it aids stiff, swollen, and painful ankles and arches. The elastic sleeve easily slips over the heel and its dual-tension, figure-eight construction provides both compression and a reassuring feeling of ankle strength in users.

    This ankle support sleeve can help relieve many common symptoms such as arthritis, sprains, painful arches, or plantar fasciitis. The cotton elastic and open-heel style ankle brace keeps a wearer cool with its breathability.

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  • Text Neck - Weighs on Your Cervical Spine

    Posted on June 4, 2015 by Core Products

    Smartphones are fabulous pieces of technology. Many of us can’t imagine life without them anymore (or ever, if you’re young enough).

    As great as these devices are they don’t come without their problems (and we’re not talking about software updates).

    Text neck is the epidemic of hunching over to look at our phones. The forward lean caused by this position can potentially ruin the natural curvature of our cervical spine.

    A story in the Washington Post about text neck details just how bad and problematic this issue is becoming. The poor posture brought on from staring at our devices can lead to earlier degeneration of the cervical spine.

    As the article states, our heads weigh just over 10 pounds. As our neck bends forward and down to look at our mobile devices, the weight and pressure placed on our cervical spine increases. “At a 15-degree angle, this weight is about 27 pounds, at 30 degrees it’s 40 pounds, at 45 degrees it’s 49 pounds, and at 60 degrees it’s 60 pounds.”

    That’s a lot of weight and excess stress being placed on the spine for long periods of time each day, month, and year. Muscle strain, pinched nerves, herniated disks – these are all potential problems caused by text neck that might one day require surgery.

    One way to help keep your spine in alignment is to invest in a cervical pillow. Sleeping with the right cervical pillow can help relieve pressure in your neck and keep your spine in proper alignment all night long. This is just one way to help combat the problems posed by our smart devices.

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