Your Feet – Your Shoes

by Your ER Doc on January 26, 2012

We all know you can’t judge people until you walk in their shoes. But should we be walking in other peoples’ shoes? Sounds painful.

Our own feet are much too important.

Consider that every foot is made of twenty-six bones, thirty-three joints, nineteen muscles, and one hundred and seven ligaments. Lots can happen!

So take time, and care, when buying shoes. Here are some guidelines.

Feet should be measured while standing.

Measure both feet and fit the shoe to the largest one.

Forget shoes that need to be “broken in.” They should be comfy now.

Shop later in the day to account for swelling.

Try on shoes while wearing the socks you’d normally wear.

Make sure shoes fit the heel, the toes, and the sides of your feet and offer support.

And ladies, you’re four times more likely to have foot problems than men. Could it be those 5 inch heels? Enough said.

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New Year Thoughts – Celebrate You

by Your ER Doc on January 12, 2012

There’s a lot to celebrate this time of year — families, friends, traditions, and good fortune.

But I’d like to suggest that you find a moment in the midst of your busy day to take a look at your own life, and permit yourself some joy about what you have accomplished in 2011.

Was this the year you finally got a promotion, found a new friend, or sent your daughter off to college?

Did you finally forgive somebody, or discover a church where you feel at home? Were you able to lose that five pounds, or run a full mile? Break some barrier? Or just survive?

What made you feel really good this year?

It’s important to take inventory of personal successes, whether large or small. Give yourself a pat on the back, even if it’s just a quick one.

Remember the more you take time to be grateful about the good in your life, the more there is in life to be grateful about.

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New Year Medical Resolutions

by Your ER Doc on January 9, 2012

Good news everybody, I’ve just distilled every New Year’s resolution in the world down to just one: In 2012 I’m going to be perfect! Why don’t you join me?!

You might not stop smoking, lose weight, be nicer to your spouse, or stop driving so fast, but otherwise you’re going to be perfect. Just be who you are, and happy about it.

I might eat too fast or slurp my soup. My wife says I snore. My eyebrows are kind of crazy. I don’t always make the bed.

But otherwise I’m perfect.

OK, occasionally I get cranky with people who don’t deserve it. I admit my fashion sense can be downright absent. I forgive myself.

I’m sure I could be better in many ways, but all in due time.

Meanwhile I’m going to continue to enjoy myself, and I suggest you all do the same.

Happy New Year!

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Stay Sharp – Memory – Your New Year’s Resolution

by Your ER Doc on January 1, 2012

We all know physical exercise is great for the body. But exercising the mind is equally valuable, and experts say it can help us keep our memories sharp as we age.

But you can’t put your brain on a treadmill, can you? Well, in a way, you can!

To exercise your brain, you have to challenge it, get out of your rut and try some new things:

Try learning a new language, a musical instrument, or a new game. If you spend a lot of time watching TV, turn that thing off, and do something else. Word games, crosswords, board games all help. To get your brain to make new connections, do simple things like using your nondominant hand to brush your teeth. Drive home a different way than normal.

When you eat out, do you go to the same restaurant all the time? Or take the same vacations? Mix it up! All of these things will make your brain form new connections, and slow down the effects of aging.

Just don’t get lost on your way home.

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Holiday Stress Management Tips

by Your ER Doc on December 3, 2011

The Holiday’s often add stress.

Stress is part of life, but how we deal with it varies wildly. Some of us meditate. Some of us drink – or jog, or work harder, or eat junk food. Some of us take our stress out on our families or co-workers.

Since stress is always going to be part of our lives, we all need to find our own best tools for dealing with it.

Some have found healthy techniques: like going to the gym, talking with friends, doing yoga or meditation – or avoiding stressful situations. Some go fly fishing, or play basketball, or take long walks.

Relying heavily on alcohol, junk food, or medications is not a good long term strategy for success. Look in the mirror, and ask yourself this question: “Am I dealing with my stress in a healthy and sustainable way?” If not, then it’s time for a change. It might not be an easy topic to bring up with your doctor, but do it anyway. Remember, life is much too important to be taken too seriously.

This is the Doctor with your Stress Management Report.

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