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:
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
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:
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:
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.
At 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.
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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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