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Ten Signs It’s Time to See a Podiatrist

As the weather gets warmer, our feet and ankles are coming out of hibernation —but they may not exactly be ready for sandal season. The truth is that many people put off seeing the doctor about problems with their feet or ankles because they are unsure of where to go for treatment. Or, believe it or not, they think that continuous foot discomfort is normal. Trust me, it’s not normal to have constant foot pain.

If you have any issues that involve the foot and or ankle—a sports injury, arthritis/joint pain, skin problems, etc. —a visit to the podiatrist is your best bet. A podiatrist is a specialist who manages and treats almost all symptoms that involve the ankle and/or the foot.

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Topics: Specialty Care

Mother and Son Find Healing in Cardiac Rehabilitation Close to Home

Posted by South Shore Health System on May 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

On Saturday, June 9, the Friends of Cardiovascular Care will host the 9th annual Set the Pace road race for heart health at South Shore Medical Center in Norwell.

Over the years, money raised from this event has helped purchase numerous pieces of medical equipment for hundreds of cardiac patients on the South Shore. The Tobin Family of Weymouth knows first-hand the benefits of this fundraiser.

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Topics: Heart Health, Specialty Care

The Swollen Truth about Lymphedema

Before I personally became affected by its dreadful presence post-breast cancer treatment, I simply joined the rest of society’s collective yawn in not really concerning myself or knowing much about lymphedema at all. In fact, prior to diagnosis, I had no clue that March was Lymphedema Awareness Month.

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Topics: Cancer, Specialty Care

Courageous Boy Finds Strength and Hope in Pediatric Rehabilitation

Posted by South Shore Health System on Mar 7, 2017 1:32:02 PM

At first glance, Luke Creedon’s spirited personality and charisma make him appear like every other five-year-old boy. However, this sweet blue-eyed preschooler is one of 30 million people in the US struggling with a rare, genetic disease that has unfortunately made hospital stays and surgeries a regular occurrence for him.

While 30 million people sounds like a startling statistic—collectively larger than AIDS and cancer communities combined—the range of 7,000+ known rare genetic diseases have relatively small patient populations, making knowledge and treatment much more difficult.

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Topics: Specialty Care

How to Recognize and Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder

The depths of winter can be a tough time of year for many people. The weather is cold and daylight is hard to come by. Many of us are inclined to hide inside under a blanket until spring arrives. So how do you know if these feelings are more serious than just the “winter blues?”

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a mood disorder that affects individuals around the same time each year. Symptoms typically start in the late fall and early winter and go away during the spring and summer months. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, in a given year, about 5 percent of the US population experiences seasonal affective disorder.

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Topics: Specialty Care

Redesigning Vascular Care for South Shore Residents

Posted by South Shore Health System on Dec 19, 2016 8:28:09 AM

South Shore Hospital’s new Chief of Vascular Surgery Edward Marcaccio, MD, Brigham and Women's Surgical Associates, joined South Shore Health System in September. Before assuming the role, he served as Chief of Vascular Surgery and Director of the Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory at Rhode Island Hospital, the principal teaching hospital of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Marcaccio spent the last 22 years building an innovative vascular program at Rhode Island Hospital and is thrilled to be back in the Boston area where he trained as a surgical resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. We sat down with him recently to learn more about his plans to make South Shore Health System the region’s leader in vascular care.

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Topics: Heart Health, Specialty Care

Understanding the Healing Benefits of Rehabilitation

Imagine being diagnosed with a disease that affected your ability to speak? What if an accident forced you to have to learn how to walk again? What if you had a child who was struggling to meet their developmental milestones?  These are just a few scenarios facing our rehabilitation clinicians every day where the primary goal is always the same—to help restore and maximize one’s independence to get back to living their day-to-day life to the fullest.

National Rehabilitation Awareness Week is a wonderful time to shine a spotlight on this important niche of health care, while honoring the talented clinicians who help put patients on the road to recovery.

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Topics: Specialty Care

Getting Back in the Game After a Torn ACL

Posted by South Shore Health System on Sep 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

The road to recovery after an athlete tears his or her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) can be a long, arduous process. Recovery happens away from a field or court, where an athlete feels most comfortable.

Before the last steps of recovery happenin what is often a year-long process from operating table to game time— it is important that an athlete replicates all the movements that he or she uses in their respective sport to return to the game.

Not doing so leaves a person at risk for a recurrent injury to the knee according to Dan Murray, rehabilitation manager of the Center for Orthopedics, Spine and Sports Medicine.

“The most important part of ACL construction rehab is the final phase,” Murray said. “Too many times in my career I've seen ACL revisions or second tears (on the opposite side) and its hard enough for the athlete to have to go through this process once, let alone twice. A lot of times that comes down to not guiding the athlete all the way back to where they need to be. Within that final phase of rehab it's really important, from an athletic perspective, to mimic the patient's sport as closely as possible with the activities that we put them through. “

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Topics: Specialty Care, Exercise & Fitness

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Welcome to Sharing As One, South Shore Health System’s blog. Our goal is to share regular doses of health news, expert insights to healthy living, wellness tips, and inspiring stories from ordinary people who have overcome extraordinary health challenges. 


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