Posts for: January, 2017
Slipping and falling is not only mildly embarrassing, it is also a huge risk for injury (especially amongst seniors). So when winter hits and the snow and ice start forming, we need to take extra precautions to ensure our safety. Here are a few easy things to do to reduce your risk of a slip and fall injury.
- Be prepared early. It’s a good idea to start prepping your walking areas before the snow actually falls. Thin layers of salt or liquid ice control products spread on surfaces can stop the snow or ice from bonding to the ground. Don’t use too much though! Follow the directions carefully and double check to see if what you are using is environmentally safe.
- Be aware that under snow, there is usually ice. Even if the nice kids from down the street offer to shovel your driveway for $10, they probably won’t be able to chip away at the thin layer of ice that rests under the snow. In fact, they may not even see it. On very porous surfaces (where the ice can form in the ground rather than on top of it) you may not see an obvious patch of ice, but the ground will still be slippery and increase your risk of falling. So just remember, even if you don’t see snow on the ground, that doesn’t mean the risk of falling is gone.
- Wear the correct shoes. If we could all own a pair of those big winter boots with the spikes on the bottom, then we wouldn’t have a need for this article, but that’s just not practical. What is practical is getting a solid pair of shoes or boots to wear when walking on snow and ice. Materials such as rubber or neoprene composites can grip slippery surfaces better. Materials like leather and plastic cannot. Look for soles that have texture and wide, deep cleats. Even if you are headed to a fancy event, wear your boots and change into your dress shoes when you get to the venue. The hassle of changing shoes is easier to deal with than the hassle of a long recovery from a falling injury.
- Focus on your feet. Penguins are the best at walking on ice because of their waddle. Keep your body upright and lean slightly forward to keep your center of gravity directly over your feet. Take small steps and shuffle over particularly slippery surfaces. Overall, GO SLOW! Take care when getting into or out of vehicles, going up or down stairs, or walking from one surface to another. Keep your hands free and out of your pockets. The ability to use your arms to keep your balance is imperative for walking on slippery surfaces.
- Be aware of inside risk too. Just because you make it from your car to the door without falling does not mean the risk ends there. Tracked in snow and ice can melt and puddle around the inside of entrances. Look for large absorbent mats to help get the snow and ice off of your own shoes safely. If there aren’t any in that establishment, perhaps politely suggest that they invest in some. You also want to make sure you clean up any ice melt products you may have tracked in as they can damage inside flooring.
Avoiding winter weather is impossible, but being prepared and taking steps to ensure your safety is not. While we love seeing all our wonderful patients, we would rather help you avoid falling and injuring yourself in the first place than have to treat an injury later. So take care, bundle up, be prepared, and remember to walk like a penguin.
I have a drawer in my house where I put all the things that I don’t want to deal with immediately. Out of sight, out of mind…right? Not really. Just because your feet are all bundled up in socks and shoes during the winter, doesn’t mean that your foot problems have gone away. So why does everyone wait until it’s sandal time before worrying about the health of their feet?
In addition to your scheduled appointments with your podiatrist, you should be making regular visits to the PediCare salon. There are several reasons for this.
- Foot health is actually more important in the winter. During the summer, we pamper our feet because we have them on display, but there’s actually more to consider during the cold months when our feet are bundled up. For example, temperature. In addition to keeping our feet healthy, we need to keep them warm. This means choosing the right socks and shoes. Cold feet can lead to dryness and cracking. Warm feet lead to sweating which creates the perfect environment for fungus. The PediCare salon is designed to combat these situations before they become actual problems. After all, wouldn’t you rather have a trip to the salon over a trip to the doctor?
- Don’t wait to get healthy. Every summer, advertisements start telling us to get our bodies ready for bikini season. But if you really wanted to be ready, shouldn’t you start preparing early? Your feet are the same way (and arguably easier to take care of). If you have dry feet and cracked heels during the winter, take care of it during the winter! That way you aren’t rushing for a quick fix come the first warm day of spring. Fungal nail infections can take anywhere from six weeks to four months to be resolved. If you wait to start treatment or prevention until later, sandal season will be over before the infection is gone. Get your appointment today to be ready when summer hits.
- If you’re someone who gets pedicures already, why not try a PediCare visit instead? Services range from a 30-minute, no frills pedicure to a full service, relaxing foot and leg massage. In addition to these services, you can rest easy knowing that you are working with a certified nail technician, trained specifically under the direction of a podiatrist. The PediCare salon also has a strict adherence to medical safety and sterilization techniques, meaning no chance of infection as with normal pedicures. If you’re paying the same price, why not get more for your money? (Oh, did I mention the affordable pricing?). A visit to the PediCare salon can forever change the way you think of a pedicure.
Overall, there are plenty of reasons to make an appointment at the PediCare salon today, but if you are one of the many who have pledged to make this year their healthiest yet, this is the perfect place to start. After all, who said getting healthy had to be painful? Appointments available Monday through Friday, just call 740-363-4373!
Every January 1st we celebrate the New Year as if a simple calendar date changing will also mean a new beginning for us. Thus enter the New Year’s resolution. Have you started one yet? Are you still with it? As many of us will admit, at the top of that list is better health. Mostly this involves diet and exercise, but what about other ways to get healthy?
Here are some simple things you can do to better your foot health this year:
- Get moving. Keeping active on a consistent basis is important to keep our feet healthy. Start with a lap around the room, then the next week around the house, then the next week around the block. Resolve to get up and walk around while you are gabbing on the phone or put on some music and start a family dance night. There are plenty of creative ways to get moving this year.
- Wash your feet. It’s surprising how many people skip this one. Perhaps they assume the water in the shower is rinsing them enough or maybe it’s hard to bend down to reach them. Make the effort! Scrub between your toes and the bottom of the foot. If you like to walk around barefoot, consider an option like Fitkick shoes to help keep off dirt while still giving the feeling of no shoes. Clean feet will mean a clean bill of health on your next visit to the podiatrist.
- Treat your tootsies. Believe it or not, resolving to get more pedicures this year will actually improve your foot health. At our PediCare Salon, licensed technicians will pamper your feet while also providing necessary services such as nail cutting and shaping, callus and corn reduction, and even anti-fungal nail polish to protect you well after your appointment. After all, who said New Year’s resolutions should be all work and no play?
- Buy new shoes. Everyone has a pair of shoes that they wear all the time and I bet if you took a long hard look at them, you may find them looking a little ragged. Athletic shoes should be replaced every 300 miles or about 60 hours of wear for other sports. It’s also recommended that people own three pairs of work shoes so that they can alternate between them. Look for small holes in your shoes or worn down soles with no tread; these are important clues that tell you it’s time to get to the mall.
- Don’t ignore pain. Too many people live with pain in their feet. This is not normal! Your feet are your foundation so it’s important we pay attention to the signs they are giving us. If something sudden comes up and you need to have your feet cared for, don’t forget that the FAAWC offers Immediate Access hours during the week to help with those last minute issues. Patients needing urgent or emergency care can drop by Monday from 4pm-6pm, Tuesday from 7:30am-9:30am, or Thursday from 4pm-6pm with no appointment. Patients with more minor issues can join us Fridays from 12pm-3pm. Don’t ignore pain. If your feet are happy, you are more likely to stay active and be healthier overall.
Keeping a resolution can be very hard and many people give up after a short time. Realistic and simple resolutions work best and if they are fun (like visiting the PediCare salon) you will be more motivated to see them through. Cheers to a new year of health for our feet.
The College Football National Championship is just 4 days away and as the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide duke it out in Tampa, I wonder how many of those fans really know why the game they are watching is called football. After all, there is an average of only 14 times the ball ever contacts the foot in a game.
Have you ever wondered? As many interesting American words began, the origins of the term football lead us back to 19th century England. Colleges during that time played a variety of sports involving inflated balls, running, kicking, carrying, etc. Each school had their own version and it could be difficult to distinguish between the subtle variations. Eventually, (around 1805) the first modern rules of football were officially written down. The umbrella term for these games was deemed football since all the games were played on foot.
The larger schools, Such as Eton College and Rugby College, popularized their versions and turned them into what we know today as Association football (Soccer—to Americans) and Rugby football. Other variations of these games became Australian rules football, Gaelic football, international football, and our definite favorite – Gridiron football (known also as North American football). Each of these is called a football code since each has their own code of rules and regulations for play.
Whether you are heading South for the game or maybe just watching it on TV with your friends, tell someone next to you what you learned and maybe you will impress them with your newfound knowledge.
Happy New Year!