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February 08, 2018
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Ode to Toes Toes, among the 1st things

a mother checks when new in arms, is a precious child;

Counting them, preparing for life's unexpected turns.

Later smiling, as she gazes at you gently exploring soft, sweet, pink toes.

Lying, playing, the baby is surprised is her toes there to grasp.

Small toes then hold floors with all their might,

trying to steady 1st steps to gain a toe-hold on life.

In spring toes evict shoes,

so much the better to feel the fresh new grass,

cool bricks or warm sidewalks.

Toes wriggle in delight at summer's first ice cream.

They point blue skyward in forwarding arc swings,

then back, then forward again.

Older toes join them, stretching lazily, slowly easing kinks,

remembering sunny afternoons of youth;

Or perhaps dancing days, gracefully gliding, pointing,

pivoting toes tapping energetically cadences of waltzes, jigs or rock and roll.

Toes search for crevices to grab in climbing sheer rock faces proving we're not as earthbound as we fear.

Sinking in sands hot from dry summer heat or writing letters in sands wet from tidal flows,

Toes let us know deep pleasure on soft beaches,

before plunging in cool water for brisk swims,

gingerly testing temperature first.

Drying toes find rest in sandal beds, latticed to receive summer's warmth.

When stubbed, throbbing in pain we see stars;

they are comforted, gently held,

Thus to carefully tiptoe again through green grass blades and fling recklessly into a lap filled with love.

Toes stretch to help a seeking hand reach further, tenderly touching to tell us we are very close.

We move toes now in shoes,

shuffling through fall's rustling leaves - green, gold, scarlet, brown. In winter,

frozen from walking in a frosty morn, toes move slowly, numb.

Then are comfortably warmed in front of the blazing fireplace, wrapped in soft woolen socks;

Later squirming to find warmth in spaces 'neath heavy blankets made snuggly with hot stones.

Relaxing at last ... from toeing the line ... here and there ... through those moments toes find in life.

Betsy Diaz - edited 4/24/17 

Reprinted from the National Institute on Aging.

Here are a few things to check when you fill a prescription, especially for a new medication:

  • Make sure the label has your name on it and the directions from your doctor. If it doesn't have directions, talk with the pharmacist before taking the medicine.
  • If the medicine is something you've taken before, see if it looks the same. If the medicine looks different from what you were expecting, ask the pharmacist to double check that it is correct.
  • If you have trouble swallowing pills, ask if a liquid medicine is available. Do not chew, break, or crush pills until you find out whether the drug will still work.
  • Make sure you can read and understand the medicine's name, directions, and any warning stickers on the bottle. If the label is hard to read, ask the pharmacist to use a larger type.
  • Make sure you can open the container. If not, and you don't have children in the house, ask for medicine bottles that are easier to open.
  • Ask if the medicine needs to be stored in a particular way, such as in a refrigerator or a dry area.
  • Give your doctor and pharmacist an up-to-date list of any allergies and other medications you're taking so they won't give you a medicine that contains something you're allergic to. You can check the label, too, to make sure you're not allergic to any of the ingredients.

If you have any questions about a medication you are taking or any of the written information that comes with your prescription, talk with the pharmacist or your doctor. Making sure you understand your medications is an important step in taking care of your health.

Read more about taking medications safely on the National Institute on Aging Website

October 02, 2017
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Many factors contribute to a variety of vascular diseases, especially as we age and our activity levels drop. One common condition is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), which causes inflammation and plaque buildup in the arteries throughout the body. The result is poor circulation to the kidneys, brain, arms, and especially the legs.

Factors that increase your risk of having PAD:

  • Age 65 or older
  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • History of diabetes

Just like clogged arteries in your heart, poor circulation in your legs can cause heart attack and stroke. In fact, most people with PAD also have heart disease. Untreated, PAD can lead to amputation of affected limbs, or even be fatal. 

Symptoms you should be concerned about:

  • Legs hurt when walking
  • Feet / Toes change color
  • Legs are weak or numb
  • Feet / Legs are cold
  • Leg muscles cramp
  • Feet / Toes develop sores

Any of these symptoms should be discussed with your doctor and/or podiatrist. However, often there are no symptoms at all. You can have PAD and not know it until it’s too late. 

PADnet Testing

PADnet testing for Peripheral Arterial DiseaseAt Foot and Ankle Associates of New Mexico, we offer a range of tests to find out if you have PAD and need treatment, including the Biomedix PADnet test. This is a non-invasive test that only takes 15 to 20 minutes.  If you are 65 or older, or have any of the other risk factors for PAD, we encourage you to do a PAD screening test with us soon.

We’re here for you to answer any questions you may have about Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). We can help you decide if you’d like to get tested and we’ll tell you exactly what the test will be like. Plus, we can offer tips to minimize your risk factors. 

For questions or concerns about Peripheral Arterial Disease and PADnet testing, please call: 
Foot and Ankle Associates of New Mexico.
(505) 707-1001

November 14, 2016
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In November, we participated in National Healthy Lunch Day, a part of American Diabetes Month®.

Below, we have rounded up some Healthy Lunch resources to encourage and inspire.

By Foot and Ankle Associates of New Mexico
October 25, 2016
Category: Youth
Tags: shoes   backpacks   kids   school  
How to buy school shoes and backpacks
Children are resilient, but choosing the best shoes and backpacks for back to school now can impact their health in the future. As podiatrists, we care about your children’s foot health as well as their overall wellness because it all ties together.

Follow these simple tips to get your kids off to a good start for the school year.

How to Shop for New Shoes

The fit of your child's shoe is especially important as they head back to class. Remember, their feet are growing, so check regularly for proper fit. Excessive or uneven wear can warn you of foot problems, so check for that as well.
Some things to keep in mind while shoe shopping include:
  • Bring your children with you to try on shoes. Knowing their size is not enough. Every shoe is made differently and you need to know it fits and feels good on their feet.
  • Fit the larger foot. One foot is always slightly larger than the other. It’s better to have one shoe that’s slightly loose than one that’s too tight.
  • Don’t forget socks! If they’re worn or ill-fitting they’ll cause irritation, blisters, or irregular gait. Buy new socks while you’re buying shoes.

What to Look for in Shoes

  • A stiff heel -- The heel of the shoe should not collapse when pressed from the sides.
  • Toe flexibility -- The shoe should be flexible enough to bend with your child's toes. However, watch for too much bend.
  • A rigid middle -- The shoe should not twist in the middle.

Why Backpacks Matter

How children carry the weight of their books and other gear is important, too. Most kids carry backpacks, but often those packs are unfit for the size of the load - and the size of the kid. An ill-fitting or poorly carried pack can cause neck, shoulder and back problems as well as foot pain. 
Here are some things to check while you’re outfitting your children for the upcoming school year:
How to wear a backpack safely
  • The pack should be big enough to carry most of the child’s books and supplies, but not so big that it sags below the buttocks.
  • It must be a backpack with two straps to evenly distribute the load on the child’s body. Single strap messenger-type bags cause muscle strain by throwing the child off-balance.
  • If a properly fitting bag won’t hold everything your child needs to carry, teach them to carry the rest in their arms, or leave what they don’t need in their lockers.

Follow these tips as you shop for shoes and backpacks for back to school. The result will be a healthier and more comfortable school year for you and your kids!

Foot and Ankle Associates of New Mexico provides comprehensive care for the foot and ankle, including pediatric and sports-related conditions. If you are in the Albuquerque-area and need an appointment or have a question for us, please call us at (505) 797-1001


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