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January 04, 2016
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Happy 2016!

    Now that we are back in the office full swing we thought we would talk resolutions. New Years is a time where many people recommit to health and wellness. We are betting that when resolutions are made, no one is really considering the health of their feet! What is interesting though is that some of the most common resolutions, if achieved, can provide tremendous improvement to the lower limb! Therefore, we thought we would take some common resolutions and tell you how they could benefit your feet!

Lose Weight

Weight can play a major role in foot pain. We often see the development of painful foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis following significant weight gain. Extra weight can also exacerbate knee and ankle problems. The feet are after all, weightbearing structures and therefore, the more weight they have to carry, the more overworked they become.

Quit Smoking

Long term smoking can lead to blood vessel damage and is a major risk factor in the development of peripheral arterial disease, a condition of reduced blood flow to the lower limb. Reduced blood flow leads to many problems in the foot including delayed wound healing, wound development, neuropathy, gangrene, necrosis, infection, and pain. All of these factors can lead to reduced mobility or eventual amputation. Need more motivation? timelines suggest that within 2 weeks of quitting, lung function and circulation return to normal, so you will start to see benefits immediately!

Be Less Stressed

Stress can be a good thing, and definitely has its place in our lives. However, constant stress leads to persistent release of the stress hormone cortisol from our adrenal glands. This single hormone has a wide array of effects in the body, and these effects can be transmitted to the lower limb. For instance, cortisol suppresses the immune system, reduces calcium absorption (reducing bone strength), minimizes skin integrity, increases fat deposition and increases blood pressure.  All of these factors can lead to diseases of the foot, and can contribute to immobility. Therefore, stress reduction in the New Year will not only improve your quality of life but will also greatly benefit your feet!

If you were needing any extra motivation to uphold your New Years resolutions, there you have it. We are available to further discuss your foot health goals and get you started on the path to improved mobility! Call at 519-624-4122 to book an appointment today!

Happy New Year!

Doug and the Achilles Team



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Chiropodist - Cambridge, Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch, 366 Hespeler Road, Cambridge Ontario, N1R 6J6 519-624-4122