April 2019 Newsletter
Caduceus Medical Group
It's Foot Health Awareness Month
Your feet are the foundation of your body, and it is important to keep them healthy. Too often foot issues are left unattended for long periods of time, causing the development of other problems throughout your body. Healthy feet lead to a better quality of life. We also know that early discovery of problems in your feet may help detect the onset of other life-threatening diseases, including diabetes and heart disease.
Not all changes to our feet are due to a health issue. As we age, normal changes to the feet include:
- The foot becomes wider and longer.
- The fat pad on the bottom of the heel thins out, causing loss of natural padding and spring in the step.
- The foot and ankle lose some of their normal range of motion and become stiffer.
- There can be some loss of balance while walking.
Yet many foot issues can be prevented by addressing ill-fitting shoes, adding supportive orthotics or other modifications. Simple daily behaviors can also keep your feet in their best shape. Here are 10 easy ways to keep your feet healthy:
- Inspect your feet daily — Look for any changes in the general appearance of the foot, such as the color and the texture, unusual swelling and changes in the toenails.
- Practice good foot hygiene —Wash your feet well, and dry them thoroughly afterward to help prevent issues with bacteria and fungi.
- Moisturize your feet — It is important to hydrate the skin in your feet to replenish all the lost moisture. Otherwise fissures can develop.
- Wear appropriate footwear — Make sure to purchase the right size footwear to avoid bruising or tearing the skin surrounding the pressure points of the feet. Also, buy appropriate shoes for your activities.
- Trim your toenails — Do not create deep curves at the edges. Cutting nails straight across helps to avoid ingrown nails. Make sure to trim to just above the skin. Nails should not extend over the tip of the toe.
- Change shoes often — It is important to avoid wearing the same shoes every day. Your feet have a lot of sweat glands, and your shoes absorb the moisture released from these glands. Make it a point to dry your shoes after each and every use.
- Exercise regularly — Exercising is good for your feet. However, make sure you wear the appropriate shoe for the activity. Simple exercises can be done at home, like walking on a treadmill. Foot exercises improve good pedal circulation, preventing many disorders of the heart and blood vessels.
- Do not walk barefoot — Even when at home, always wear the appropriate footwear. There are a lot of harmful microorganisms that can easily enter the bloodstream through the feet.
- Apply sunscreen — Applying sunscreen with a considerable amount of SPF will help prevent painful sunburns and blisters.
- See a podiatrist regularly — If you notice or feel anything unusual in your feet, do not hesitate to see your podiatrist immediately.
A yearly exam with a podiatrist is vital to tracking changes, checking for proper sensation and circulation, and calling attention to abnormalities. Early detection and treatment of problems help keep you on your feet and active.
We are happy to announce Samme's Store in TLC Yorba Linda reopened April 1st. Samme's Store helps provide to our Yorba Linda patients a "one stop shop" experience and carries durable medical equipment, other medical supplies/accessories recommended by Caduceus providers, and OTC medications.In observance of Foot Health Awareness this month, we are featuring our Superfeet orthotics. The deep, structured heel cup of the insoles cradles the soft tissue of your heel to provide an extra layer of protection from hard surfaces. Price- $50
Stop by 8-6 Monday-Friday and check out our Superfeet insole selection and other products recommended by Caduceus providers.
PositiviTea- Have you RSVP'd? Please join us for our our popular series, PositiviTEA, led by Chiron Psychological Inc. provider, Dori Caralto, LMFT. What: “Introduction to EFT: Emotional Freedom Technique”
When: Saturday, April 20th 2:30-3:30
Where: TLC (The Life Center) 18210 Yorba Linda Blvd Ste. 404 Yorba Linda Email your RSVP to [email protected].
Dinner with the Docs-"What's that Spot on My Skin" and complimentary skin screenings
- Tuesday, May 7th 6pm Caduceus on Thalia Laguna Beach
- Wednesday, May 15th 6pm TLC (The Life Center-Yorba Linda)
Email your RSVP to [email protected].
It's Our 20th Year Anniversary!
In honor of our 20th year anniversary, Caduceus is highlighting one employee a month that has been with our group since its inception.
April honoree- Mike Hall MD
Dr. Hall is one of our most popular primary care providers in Yorba Linda. He completed his undergraduate education at California State University at Fullerton and received his medical degree from Loma Linda University. He is certified by the American Board of Family Practice. In his off duty hours, he enjoys Little League, Pop Warner, traveling, and the outdoors.
"Treating the whole family is very rewarding and gives my patients and I the chance to forge a close relationship built on mutual trust and respect."
Dr. Hall sees patients at our primary care office in Yorba Linda.
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