April 18, 2017 @ 12:00am
There is a thick band of tissue on the bottom of your foot called the plantar fascia. This connects the heel bone to the toes and can sometimes get irritated or swollen. When it becomes inflamed it is called plantar fasciitis.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis? 

The most common symptom is pain under the heel and arch of the foot. The pain is often worst when you first get out of bed in the morning and may become less painful throughout the day. This area can also hurt when you get up after being seated for some time. It often affects people who run, jump, or stand for long periods.

What can you do on your own to make it feel better? 

  1. REST – Give your foot a chance to heal and avoid aggravating activities for a couple of weeks. But don’t completely stop being active as it might lead to more pain and stiffness.
  2. ICE – Put ice on your heel for 15-20 minutes up to 4 times a day or try an ice cup to massage your heel for 3-5 minutes.
  3. MASSAGE – Try
March 03, 2017 @ 12:00am

"Making a Sound Investment"


Hearing Loss: The Problem

Did you know? 

  • 360 million people in the world live with disabling hearing loss
  • Up to 330 million people in the world suffer with chronic ear infections
  • Up to 5 out of 1000 children are born deaf or hard of hearing
  • Nearly 1 out of 3 of adults above 65 years of age have hearing loss
  • Over 1 billion people are at risk of hearing loss due to listening to music at loud volumes and for long durations
  • Children with hearing loss can have delayed language and speech development
  • Children with unaddressed hearing loss have increased rates of grade failure
  • Adults with hearing loss have a much higher unemployment rate
  • Among those who are employed, they often earn lower wages compared with the general workforce
  • Exclusion from communication can have a significant impact on everyday life, causing feelings of loneliness, isolation and frustration
  • Hearing loss is associated with early cognitive decline in older persons with hearing loss


Hearing Loss: The Good News! 

  • 60% of childhood hearing loss is preventable
  • Early treatment for children and adults is key to help reduce negative consequences of a hearing loss


Preventing and Treating Hearing Loss

February 24, 2017 @ 12:00am

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Published by: Dr. Robert Castrovinci and Rebecca Richmond, COT


Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a deterioration of the macula. The macula is a small portion in the retina responsible for central and fine detailed vision, such as threading a needle, reading small print and driving.


Many older people develop macular degeneration as part of the body's natural aging process. About 15% of people over 75 have some degree of macular degeneration; symptoms may include blurriness, dark or distorted areas in your central vision. An example of what macular degeneration looks like would be seeing the TV set, while not being able to clearly see the images on the screen.  People with more advanced cases of macular degeneration continue to have good peripheral vision.


Dry macular degeneration

Most people who have macular degeneration have the dry variety. With dry macular degeneration, vision loss is usually gradual. People who develop dry macular degeneration must monitor their central vision. Any noticed changes in vision, should be reported to your ophthalmologist. While there is no treatment for dry macular degeneration, the AREDS (Age-Related Eye Disease Study) vitamin regimen has been shown to slow the progression of dry macular degeneration. 


Wet macular degeneration

November 04, 2016 @ 12:00am

Divine Savior Healthcare celebrates Perioperative Nurses Week, November 6 -12! 

Perioperative nursing is a nursing specialty that works with patients who are having operative or other invasive procedures. Perioperative nurses work closely with Surgeons,  Nurse Anesthetists, Surgical Technologists, First Assistants, and PA’s. They work in various settings including ambulatory surgery, surgery, recovery room, and endoscopy.

A perioperative nurse is a registered nurse who is responsible for taking care of surgical patients prior to, during, and after surgery. These tasks include attending to their physical, logistical and emotional needs. Perioperative nurses report on everything that transpires during their surgical care, including meticulous recording of vital signs, diagnostic tests and laboratory results, surgical dressings and medications. In addition to all this, they are responsible for the overall assessment and any warnings about the change in status, which to the physician are crucial. They assess and formulate a plan of care for the patient and their family. Relating information to their family and loved ones is also an important task taken by the nurse. They strive to make the patients and families comfortable and informed during their stay with us. Their priority is to provide exceptional care during a stressful time.

The perioperative nurse is an integral part of a surgical team, and as su

October 20, 2016 @ 12:00am

Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month



October is National Physical Therapy Month and the Divine Savior Healthcare Physical Therapy team is celebrating by recognizing the positive ways Physical Therapy can help people move forward.

Read about unique Physical Therapy applications you may not have known about, below. All are designed to help you stay active throughout life!


Foot and ankle conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, turf toe, and bunions

A Physical Therapist (PT) can help determine the underlying causes of each of these conditions, and provide treatment (including manual therapy, orthotics, taping, and more) to help provide relief.


Children with developmental challenges

A pediatric Physical Therapist is skilled at recognizing which areas of a child’s development are not occurring appropriately. PT’s will then design and implement a program to help improve areas such as strength, balance, and coordination. ­


Patients recovering from cancer

A Physical Therapist can be an important partner in helping to recover from cancer and its treatment effects. Interventions often include a personalized progressive exercise program which has been shown to greatly improve cancer survival and recovery, as well as management of pain, edema (swelling), and deconditioning.



Computer vision syndrome (CVS) or digital eye strainComputer Vision Syndrome

Computer vision syndrome (CVS) or digital eye strain, can affect anyone who spends three or more hours a day in front of a computer, tablet, e-reader or cell phone.  Many individuals are at risk, including those who “cannot work without a computer.”  And that’s not counting the millions of children, adolescents and adults who spend many hours a day playing screen-based games or using e-readers.  The average American worker spends seven hours a day on the computer, either in the office or working from home.