Next, I address the skin, in order to shorten the redundant excess. This involves a series of skin plasty procedures. I perform diamond shaped incisions to remove excess skin. I then perform additional smaller diamond shaped incisions at 90 degree angels to each other until the excess skin is gone and the toe is round again. Even with all this plastic surgery type procedures, occasionally patients end up with small areas of excess skin postoperatively after the scar tissue forms. For this reason, I always inform patients that I can perform additional surgery nine to twelve months later, or more, to remove the excess skin in an additional surgery. An fungal infection of your nails is known in the medical world as Onychomycosis. You will recognize this as a layperson as a yellow crumbly infection under your nail, that may cause your nail to disfigure and become discolored. The tell-tale starting sign is a small discolored spot under your nail, which if left untreated, will spread to the rest of your nail. This type of infection accounts for 50% of all nail infections, and is often caused by a continued exposure to a moist warm environment around the nail. Protect your house - Screen windows and doors, and repair tears in existing screens to prevent mosquitoes from flying inside. A hammer toe is defined as a contracture of the toe. Caused by an imbalance of the tendons on top and bottom of the toes, a hammer toe is initially flexible, where it can manually be straightened with a finger. With time, the flexibility of the toe with be reduced, leaving the toe rigidly contracted. A rigid hammer toe is not only painful to touch over the knuckle, but is also painful with attempted straightening of the toe. A hammertoe is a name given to contracted, curly toes that have the shape of a hammer. These deformities can become quite uncomfortable. There are two levels of difficulty with the reverse plank position on the Bosu Ball depending on which side the Bosu Ball is laying. Learn to do the reverse plank core exercise with the Bosu Ball using tips from a fitness trainer in this free exercise video. Oblique crunches using a stability ball will thin out the waistline and work the abdomen. Learn how to do oblique crunches with a stability ball with tips from a professional trainer in this free exercise video. Use a stability ball to tighten abdominal muscles during the bridge exercise. Learn the bridge with tips from a professional trainer in this free exercise video. The core muscles are comprised of several different muscles groups that make up the abdomen, hips and back. These muscles govern the ability to stabilize, mobilize and balance the entire body from head to toe. They also protect the organs from external damage. Unfortunately most often than not fat and adipose tissue is stored within the abdomen and around the hips. Excess weight not only reduces ones ability to move but it puts pressure on the surrounding organs, such as the diaphragm and lungs, which are required to breath. This role reversal actually can start to damage the internal organs rather than protect them. Let's start with the absolute worst place to spend your summer; state parks. When visiting our local state park this year we were bombarded with hundreds of deer ticks before we had even hiked 1/4 of a mile. It was devastating seeing the small ticks crawling all over my husband and my kids. Quite a few has already begun to sink their heads in our skin before we could get them off. Needless to say our tick repellent was fairly useless to the amount of ticks we were up against. My husband and myself contracted Lyme disease from this visit. My husband was actually re-infected for the second time. Older people and those with arthritis or balance problems may need to use a cane or walker to get around. While both can be used for support and mobility, canes and walkers serve different purposes. A person should select the cane or walker that best meets their needs. AC resection is a surgical technique used to repair damage to the acromioclavicular (AC) joint inside the shoulder. Rotator cuff surgery is used to repair damage to the four shoulder muscles and related tendons collectively known as the rotator cuff. infection following the operation. This may need to be treated with oral antibiotics or, in severe cases, hospitalization and IV antibiotics.