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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.

 

    Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go and when we get there there’s slipping and sliding up to the front door. Nothing can ruin your holiday spirit faster than a broken bone from a bad fall. One of the most common areas affected by slips and falls is the ankle. The ankle is made of the tibia, fibula (both running down the leg), and the talus. It also contains multiple ligaments and tendons, all susceptible to injury. There are some important things you can do to help avoid injury this winter.

Get the Right Shoes

    The right shoes can make all the difference this winter. Ice has very little surface grip because when your shoes step down on it, the very topmost layer melts, causing a slippery surface. Having shoes with high treads (lots of deep grooves in the bottom) can help you gain traction. Flat shoes with no tread will be unable to grip the ground, meaning you risk slipping and falling. High heals are also a no-no on ice. Take them with you and put them on once you are inside the venue.

 

Treat Walkways

    The most logical way to avoid falling on ice is to avoid walking on ice, but this is easier said than done. Properly treating walkways is a key step. Ice can be avoided or it can be melted after it forms. To avoid ice, pre-treat with a liquid solution that coats the entire surface (make sure it’s environmentally safe though or you’ll be killing your lawn in the process). You can also use ice melting products after the snow has fallen and frozen. Rock salt is a popular option, but can cause damage to concrete and plants and is lethal to pets. Try something with less impact like Magnesium Chloride. If you can’t melt the ice, you can also avoid slipping by putting down rubber mats or sand.

 

Hands Free/Penguin Walk

    If you can’t avoid icy surfaces, then make sure you are walking correctly as you cross them. Work on your penguin walk. This means no hands in your pockets or full of extra items. Leave them free and slightly out from your sides to stabilize yourself. You also want to shuffle your feet more than pick them up and set them down. Lean forward and go slow; this keeps your weight over your front leg, giving you a better center of gravity.

 

Fall Gracefully

    If you do fall, try to do it with some grace. Or at least with some proper form. DON’T stick your hands out in front of you to stop yourself (the wrist and clavicle are also commonly broken from falls). Tuck your head toward your chest and try to fall onto a big muscle such as your thigh or upper arm. These softer body parts have more insulation to avoid breaks from sudden jarring.

 

    If you do slip and fall on the ice and experience any ankle pain, please go see your podiatrist immediately. Sprains, fractures, and full breaks can present with similar symptoms and if you don’t treat your injury properly it could lead to problems down the road. Be smart this winter and if you know you are prone to falling, maybe stay home until the ice melts.

Happy Thanksgiving! On this festive day of overindulgence we give thanks for everything we have in our lives… And then 12 hours later we go out and fight to acquire more things. If you’re already thinking of your holiday shopping list, make sure you put some gifts for your feet on there. For example…

SOCKS

Most people assume that when they get socks as a present the gifter didn’t really know what to get them, but socks can truly be a fabulous idea as a gift! Maybe you’re surprising your kids with rock climbing lessons - buy them some footie socks to wear in their rock climbing shoes. Maybe you’re whisking off you spouse to an elaborate vacation - get them some compression hose to wear on the plane so when you land they’ll be ready to see the sights with no leg pain. Maybe your family and friends just like sitting around playing video games - get them some fuzzy socks to keep their feet toasty on the couch this winter. Whatever you might want to give someone, there’s probably a corresponding sock to go with it. If you really want to have some fun, have them open the socks first (they will probably feign happiness for a few minutes), then give them the rest of the present and watch them realize that the socks were actually the perfect gift to go with it.

 

 

FOOT PAMPERING

 

People tend to neglect their feet which is sad since they tend to do all the work of carrying us around all day. Treat your feet to something special with a little foot papering at the FAAWC. Gift certificates to our PediCare salon are readily available and can be purchased over the phone or in person at our office. If your gift recipient is out of town, send them a home care package with some Baby Feet foot peel and some colorful anti-fungal nail polish. Taking care of your foot health never felt so decadent!

 

WALKING ACCESSORIES

You can still promote good foot health without a directly foot-related gift. Getting your family and friends out into the world to be active can be a wonderful gift that promotes overall health, but can also benefit your feet. Step counters are getting more and more sophisticated and fashionable. Help someone walk their way to better health by encouraging them to get outside or to the gym and get moving. This can help maintain a healthy body weight which in turn helps your feet. You can also go for other sporting goods that encourage activity - hiking pants, basketballs or footballs, even a swimsuit for summer fun. All of these things lead to a healthier and active lifestyle. Just make sure that they also have the correct shoes for whatever activity you are leading them into, otherwise you may have to offer a belated gift of a trip to the podiatrist.

 

Get creative with your gift giving and don’t settle for just handing out cash. We promise, with a gift from the FAAWC, you’ll never be disappointed with a gift of socks again.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and while the connection between your breasts and your feet may not seem obvious, those going through breast cancer treatment can tell you that one really does affect the other. Statistics suggest that 1 in 8 women in the US will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Unfortunately, breast cancer accounts for more cancer deaths in women than any other cancer, but advances in treatment combined with early detection methods have reduced the number of deaths overall and mortality rates continue to fall.

One of the most common treatments for cancer still involves chemotherapy. Chemo is a full-body drug, meaning it can travel through your entire body and find and attack cancer cells. This also means however, that it can attack healthy cells and cause some unpleasant side effects. One such side effect is peripheral neuropathy.

Peripheral Neuropathy is the loss of feeling in the toes, feet, fingers, or hands due to nerve damage – in this case, from chemotherapy drugs. Symptoms of neuropathy include numbness, tingling, and loss of sensation in the extremities. This can lead to missteps and falls or cuts or bruises that you can’t feel and therefore don’t attempt to heal. Neuropathy is a progressive disease so if you leave it untreated, it could lead to permanent nerve damage. The good news is that discontinuation of treatment with the drug causing the neuropathy can oftentimes lead to the symptoms disappearing.

If you are experiencing symptoms of peripheral neuropathy in your feet, there are a few things you will want to do to keep yourself safe. First, wear shoes or socks at all times, even when walking around the house. Make sure your shoes aren’t too snug though! Put non-slip mats wherever you can such as the bathtub, at the kitchen sink, or even in front of the washing machine. Sit down as much as you can and when you walk, make sure to pay attention to your feet to avoid tripping and falling. Look at your feet at least once a day and keep them clean and dry to avoid bacteria or fungus. You may want to talk to your podiatrist about getting special inserts for your shoes to help protect your feet. Also, avoid hot or cold extremes.

If we could magically kick every cancer cell out of your body and leave you happy and healthy we would, but unfortunately chemotherapy drugs are often a necessary part of breast cancer treatment. If you chemo drugs are giving you peripheral neuropathy, talk to your oncologist and then come see your podiatrist. You’ve got enough on your mind without worrying about your feet. Let us do that instead.

Right now, the largest category 5 hurricane since 1885 is tearing over small islands and barreling towards the US south coast. Since our feet seem to be a small matter compared to this, we are taking a break from our regularly scheduled program to bring you a very short guide to charity giving for hurricane relief.

Money is the Best Option

Unless you live close to a hurricane affected area, the old concert t-shirt you plan on donating won’t make it down there to someone. If you want to make the maximum amount of impact, send money and let the charity use it for whatever they really need. If you don’t like the idea of just giving money, look to see if any hurricane relief centers are being set up in your area for displaced victims of the storm. Don’t just think about the people either; over 160 animals have already been flown from Florida shelters to Columbus. (All of these animals will be up for adoption here.) So if you want to help, either donate to a worthy cause, get involved in your local community relief efforts, or maybe the best thing you can do is adopt a new friend to make room in the pet shelters. However you choose to give, do it now.

Check your Charity

Donating money during a tragedy, such as the flooding in Houston and the destruction to come in Florida, is a no brainer, but before you break out the checkbook, be sure to check the charity you are donating to. https://www.charitynavigator.org/ is a great resource for checking out any charity you might donate to. It can tell you everything from how much the CEO makes to how much of each dollar makes it to actual victims. Some of the best right now include American Red Cross, ASPCA, All Hands Volunteers, Feeding America, Salvation Army, United Way, YMCA, and even some non-charity sites such as GoFundMe. Check more of your local news for charities in your area providing direct relief.