1. Binocular Vision Dysfunction

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    • Brachymetatarsis: Fixing a Deformed Foot

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      Cynthia Diaz is accustomed to keeping her feet under wraps - her toes especially. “People would look down at my feet and be like ‘oh what’s wrong with her feet?’” says Diaz. She was born with a foot deformity called brachymetatarsia. More common in females, it usually occurs when the fourth metatarsal bone doesn’t fully form. Resulting in a tiny toe that looks like it’s growing on top of the foot. “It can cause the toe to look deformed where you have a toe that’s pulling up, and back- because the bone behind it is not long enough to support it,” says Dr. Andrew Belis, who is a podiatrist on medical staff of Lee Memorial Health System. The condition can lead to balance problems and foot issues. When Cynthia started experiencing pain wearing shoes, her parents sought help. “Then the more we investigated, the more it could cause other health problems, and that’s when we came and saw Dr. Belis,” says Cynthia’s father, Jose Diaz. He offered a foot fix, sometimes called toe lengthening. Doctors actually break the toe bone then attach this external fixator, which pulls the bones apart, encouraging new growth. “And basically you have two connections on either side of the bone, you cut the bone in between and you slowly stretch out the whole bone,” says Dr. Belis. It doesn’t happen overnight, but is amazingly fast. “Really we can get about a millimeter of bone growth per day,” says Dr. Belis. Patients turn a screw four times a day until enough length is achieved. Most people have brachymetatarsia in both feet. Cynthia had the other one fixed. “It’s really cool to kind of look at it sometimes and then compare feet,” says Diaz. One down and one to go. Once the second procedure is done, Cynthia will be in good standing, for the first time in her life. “I used to walk differently because now the weight kind of shifted on my feet so I walk forward on my feet,” says Diaz. The procedure takes two to three months to complete. “There’s a time of growth and then there’s a time of healing and at which point we can then take the device off,” says Dr. Belis. No pins or plates are left behind and the foot looks perfectly normal. Her parents expect a lot of shoe shopping in the future. “Oh definitely, whatever she wants,” says Jose. They understand the effort it took to walk in Cynthia’s shoes. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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      • Mary, Multiple Sclerosis Inpatient

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        Mary, an inpatient with MS gets dramatic results with the BalanceWear garment. Watch improvement over course of one week.

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        • Diabetic Neuropathy Testimonial, Dr. Michael Putman

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          Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy, pain relief for neuropathy, and diabetic neuropathy. Relief of burning pain, numbness, balance problems and other foot pain.

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          • Dr. Ed Beyer's Chronic Illness/Chronic Pain Recovery Video

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            Are you taking medication– or even multiple medications– and still don’t feel well? Do you feel out of control of your health and energy? Have you been to multiple doctors, neurologists, etc. and received no answers or solutions? Are you unsatisfied with your doctor’s explanation of your lack of health? Have you been told you “just have to learn to live with it”? On this video you will hear the real neurological and metabolic causes of most chronic diseases. Things that most doctors do not know about or will not take the time to explain. You will understand what options you have for a real solution to your condition and gain back control of your health!

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            • Balance - Weighting for Results

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              Talk about dressing for success. A novel approach to balance problems is helping many people regain stability, by adding some weight to their wardrobe. “It can be worn under the clothing so you really don’t see it at all. It’s not very bulky and the weights are very small,” says Dawn Root, a physical therapist for Lee Memorial Health System. The concept of wearing a weighted vest is not new, but a better design is making it a better option. Attached with Velcro, soft, padded weights are comfortable and easy to hide. The key, as in all clothes, is in the fit. “We gently push them in different directions. We determine which directions they’re weaker or where they’ll tend to move and then we’ll use small weights and we put them on this vest on their torso in different positions to essentially counterbalance where those weaknesses are,” says Root. Therapists are finding the extra layer of support is boosting patients with a variety of balance issues. From sporadic weakness to physical impairment to neurological disorders, the added bulk is making a difference. “The theory is, it increasing what they call proprioception, which is the body’s sense of where it is in space. A lot of the patients will say they feel more grounded, they just feel steadier; they just feel more attached to the ground,” says Root. Faced with an unsteady future, it’s no wonder many balance patients are weighting for results. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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              • Bulking up your Balance

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                The freedom to move is something that eludes people with severe balance issues. Terry Hayes felt helpless when a neurodegenerative disease sapped her strength. Whenever I would sit in a chair it had to have a back on it - had to have arms - I would sit like this or I would fall over,” says Hayes. “I wasn’t independent anymore at all. I had to rely on somebody to do pretty much everything for me”. She’s hardly alone. Due to poor bone quality, disease or injury, countless Americans have trouble maneuvering their own bodies. But they may be able to regain some control by simply putting on a weighted vest. “We do what’s called perturbation testing, where we gently push them in different directions. We determine which directions they’re weaker or where they’ll tend to move,” says Dawn Root, a physical therapist with Lee Memorial Health System. “And then we’ll use small weights that are about quarter-pound or a half-pound in size and we put them on this vest, on their torso, in different positions to essentially counter balance where those weaknesses are.” A study presented to the National Institutes of Health looked at women with balance issues who were at high risk for falls. It found that wearing a weighted vest significantly improved balance, muscle strength and power. To see it in action, we looked at Terry without the vest. And then watched how she moved with it on. “Now I’m independent, I drive my car, I walk by myself, I walk my dog again which I couldn’t do for two years,” Hayes says. Specially-trained therapists are now using the vest on hard-to-treat balance patients. “They may have undergone physical therapy and maybe the therapy had helped them a little bit but didn't really do a whole lot for them, or they have a progressive balance problem,” Root explains. Weighted vests have also shown good success on people with Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, helping restore their sense of stability. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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                • A Better Balanced You

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                  Need more balance in your life? If you’ve fallen or have a fear of falling, experts say you may benefit from balance therapy. “People think that having balance problems and falling is normal - it is not normal,” says Nathalie Grondin, physical therapist with Lee Memorial Health System. A free balance screening is a big first step towards a better balanced you. Offered monthly by Lee Memorial Health System, it takes about 15 minutes and flows through three stations. “First they will fill out a questionnaire on activities of daily living how confident they are in 16 areas. Then that information follows them through to another station where they go through physical tests. And the last area is where we put it all together and kind of give them a big picture of their risk of falling,” says Grondin. Armed with a risk assessment, people can learn ways to improve their situation. Therapy teaches how to avoid falls or if that’s not possible, how to avoid injury if you do fall. “You try to relax and roll with the fall. The more that you try to fight and tense up, the more likely there would be an injury. Injuries that cause hip fractures are typically sideways injuries, so we want to make sure that we protect the hip as we fall,” says Grondin. Falls in the elderly often lead to broken bones, hospitalizations, even death. Getting timely therapy could strengthen your foundation in the New Year. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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                  • Tremor Disorder or Parkinson’s

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                    Herbert Tanner is a man in motion. “Come down here and play pool here every day,” says Herbert Tanner. He’s always moving, whether he chooses to or not. “Well if I don’t use it I go into shaking in my right arm, real bad. And I can’t do anything with it. I can’t stop it,” says Tanner. His tremors are a symptom of Parkinson’s disease. Not to be mistaken for a more common disorder called essential tremor. “Essential tremor is a disorder of the brain. There are some abnormal signals in the brain that miscommunicates with the hands and the muscles and specifically muscles in the hands. People’s muscles are totally normal,” says Dr. Amanda Avila, neurologist on Lee Memorial Health System’s medical staff. Essential tremors are rhythmic shakes, most noticeable when someone is trying to use their fine motor skills. “Tremors can interfere with the ability for people to write legibility. Other things are getting dressed in the morning, specifically buttoning or zipping or putting on make up or fastening jewelry. People also have trouble with eating,” says Dr. Avila. On the other hand, Parkinson’s patients like Tanner, have resting tremors. Which come on when they aren’t doing anything. “I used to try to stop it, I’d put it in my pocket. It doesn’t go away,” says Tanner. While tremors link the two conditions, there are several things that set them apart. Parkinson’s patients also have rigid muscles, weakness in the face and throat that cause lack of expression and along with slow, soft speech. And trouble with walking and balance. Parkinson’s stems from a deficiency of dopamine in the brain. Essential tremor is thought to result from faulty neurological impulses. A variety of treatments are available to alleviate essential tremors. “If the tremor is very mild we usually just prescribe or suggest occupational therapy. If the tremor is a little more bothersome, there are a variety of medications and some of them work very well,” says Dr. Avila. Severe cases may benefit from deep brain stimulation. All options to help people get a grip on their shaking. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we’ve been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org

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                    • Glass Caverns

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                      A teaser for the upcoming Glass Caverns release.

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