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        Every year December 31st rolls around and most of us have to think back on what it was we resolved to do 364 days ago, but never accomplished. Why are New Year’s resolutions a thing if no one ever sticks with them? Well, because we all want to believe in the power we have to change ourselves. Change doesn’t come easy and it doesn’t start easy. Have you ever decided to make a big change and initiated it then and there? Be honest, you probably told yourself it was better to start that diet on Monday so you’d wait until after the weekend. This is the same psychology that makes us believe starting a new year will magically help us stick to our changes. But a date on the calendar has absolutely no bearing on how well we achieve our resolutions, that’s all about behavior and habit. Here are some easy ways you can be sure to stick to your resolution this year.

Set SMART Goals

Those in the business and academic world will know that a SMART goal is specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound. Goals that meet these criteria are twice as likely to be achieved than lofty ideas. For example, losing weight is a common resolution, but this broad statement is not a SMART goal. A better resolution is to say you want to start taking a 20 minute walk twice a week until you lose 10 pounds or three months pass and then increase your walking to three times a week. This goal has an exact plan to follow and a timeline to help you keep the habit.

Don’t Try To Do Too Much

Picking one goal, such as remembering to floss twice a day, is a much better idea than trying to floss, go jogging, do meal prep on Sundays for the week, volunteer more, and a while bunch of other things. Changes take time and concentration, but if you give yourself too much to focus on then the likelihood of you completing even a single one of your many goals goes down dramatically. It’s better to succeed at one than fail at many.

Tell People

One of the best ways to achieve a goal is to be held accountable for it. This year, put your new years resolution up on Facebook and post updates to keep yourself going. Tell your friends, family, and coworkers who may then check in with your progress later, keeping your resolution going longer. Who knows, they may even have the same resolution as you and could be your buddy for the journey.

 

Whether it’s eating better, trying to stay in touch with family more, or getting through a yearly reading list, setting a new years resolution is a great idea, but be SMART, pick just one, and be held accountable for it. If you don’t achieve it, no problem, you don’t have to wait for January 31st to roll around to start again. Keep resolving for a better you in 2018 and you’ll be sure to achieve your goals.

 

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Happy New Year everyone! I hope your New Year’s Eve shoes were sensible and supportive. Let’s jump right into 2016 with the amazing topic of Lasers. Lasers are used in a wide variety of technology nowadays and that means great things for your feet. Lasers can treat warts, rejuvenate skin, remove hair, cure fungal nails, and even diminish spider veins.

Lasers have been in use since 1958, the year of their invention. Modern day lasers are used for scientific, military, medical, and industrial purposes. One of the most common uses for lasers in podiatry is for the effective removal of warts. Many of the at-home-remedy options for warts involve salicylic acid. This compound can be found in the form of drops, gels, or pads and should be used with caution since it can damage healthy skin and should not be used on people with diabetes. A laser is for everyone.

A laser will attack the wart in two ways, making it doubly effective for our patients. First, the laser destroys the cells that are infected; then, it destroys the capillaries that feed the infected area. A local anesthetic is usually given for added comfort, especially when the wart is large or already painful. Treatment can be completed in a short office visit, though there will be some recovery time where you will want to take it easy.

For more information about our laser therapy, please visit our website and don’t forget to like us on Facebook.

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        Welcome to the FAAWC blog. Throughout the coming year, we will aspire to provide you with educational, social, and humorous posts that will help you better understand your own feet and the information surrounding your health. Many of you have chosen a healthier lifestyle as your focus for 2015. We fully encourage and support that, but with new fitness goals come the risk of foot and ankle injuries. As we venture into this new year, we can arm ourselves with knowledge and help prevent both minor and major injuries.

WHAT IS A STRESS FRACTURE?

        Stress fractures are some of the most common injuries associated with new or changes in activities. A stress fracture is a tiny crack in the surface of the bone. They can happen with sudden increases in exercise (such as running or walking for longer distances or times), improper training techniques, or a change in surfaces. When our muscles are unable to absorb the shock of these activities, the energy is transferred onto the bone, which can result in a stress fracture.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A STRESS FRACTURE?

        The most common sign of a stress fracture is pain. This pain will be present during activities that were previously easy and pain-free. Additional symptoms are swelling and sometimes bruising. Although most stress fractures are not a serious injury, it is important to seek medical attention for any suspected fracture. Without the proper care, a stress fracture may develop into a full bone fracture, which can require casting and immobilization. Podiatric physicians can quickly and easily determine if a fracture is present and prescribe proper treatment. Many times, a simple x-ray can determine the presence of a stress fracture.

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR A STRESS FRACTURE?

        Treatment for a stress fracture is simple: discontinue the activity that caused the fracture. This doesn’t mean that you have to become a couch potato, but changing to a different, less stressful, and low impact activity is important. Try switching from running to swimming, from tennis to tai chi, or from basketball to yoga. There are dozens of activities that can help you reach those fitness goals while your stress fracture heals. Here are a few examples:

  • Walking
  • Elliptical
  • Strength Training
  • Rowing machines
  • Cycling
  • Rock Climbing
  • Pilates
  • Water Aerobics
  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Golf

HOW DO I PREVENT STRESS FRACTURES FROM HAPPENING?

        And of course the best way to treat a stress fracture is to avoid getting one in the first place! If you are starting a new activity, don’t try to go all out all at once. Set small goals and slowly step up your workout as your health improves. Cross training is also important to any workout plan. Repetitive motion is the enemy, so alternate between cardiovascular exercise and weight training. A good variety of activities not only reduces the chances of a stress fracture, but also helps you create a well-rounded exercise plan that works your entire body.

        Make sure you pay attention to the little details too. Those five year old running shoes that you just pulled out of the back of your closet may need to be replaced. Worn out or improper equipment can be very detrimental to your feet. Healthy diet is also a factor in preventing stress fractures. Diets that incorporate calcium and vitamin-D help maintain bone density and strength, which reduces the risk of fracture. This is especially important in women, who are more likely to have significant bone loss as they age.

        Only about 8% of people who make a New Year’s resolution keep with it long enough to achieve it. Don’t let the pain of a foot or ankle injury derail you from your goal. If you aren’t sure what your feet are capable of, start out slow. Our podiatrists can help you determine the best activities for your foot health and offer preventative measures to protect you in your new or continuing endeavors. If you suspect that you have a stress fracture, call and make an appointment. Remember, healthy feet and ankles are the foundation of an active lifestyle.