Did you know one foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments? It does. We cram this intricate structure into narrow shoes. We pound it running, jumping, or just by standing all day. Is it any surprise that most people have foot pain at some point in their lives?
“People go out and often buy expensive shoes, spending a lot of money,” says Jeffrey M. Gregori, DPM, a podiatrist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “But we don’t really think about the health of our feet – until they hurt.”
Dr. Gregori has these tips for three of the most common foot problems: bunions, flat feet and plantar fasciitis.
Most people think bunions are inherited. If your mother had bunions, you probably will too, and there’s not much you can do about it. That’s not technically true, Dr. Gregori says.
“We’re not born with bunions. They come over time because of our foot type and how we walk,” he says.
Bunions are caused by over pronation, the inward roll of your foot when you walk, which tends to develop with flat feet. Your foot type, however, is inherited, and along with it your tendency to get flat feet.
Fortunately, you can lower risk of bunions with a few simple steps. Read More about How to Prevent Common Foot Problems
You may have heard of mindfulness but what is it exactly? Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the moment by focusing on your breath and on your senses of sight, taste, touch, smell and hearing. You observe your feelings and thoughts as if from a distance, without judging them.
There are many mindfulness techniques and exercises. One is as simple as conscious breathing – being fully aware of all your senses as you breathe in and breathe out.
Janetti Marotta, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist who teaches mindfulness classes at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and the author of the new book 50 Mindful Steps to Self-Esteem, offers this simple meditation on the breath to get started. Read More about A Mindfulness Practice to Try
Whether it’s endless games of Marco Polo in the pool or jumping over waves at the beach, water is central to summer fun. Water safety requires vigilance. Children, in particular, are often completely unaware of the dangers that come with water activities. Even if they have had swimming lessons, young children can drown in only a few inches of water. Follow these tips from Palo Alto Medical Foundation Pediatrician LauraLe Dyner, M.D., to keep the entire family safe and healthy while enjoying the water this summer. Read More about Tips for Water Safety
Nothing conjures up summer more than the warm, bright rays of the sun that beckon outdoors. But before you head to the pool or park, remember that good sun protection is a must. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) A and B rays may be invisible but can cause sunburns, skin damage, cancer and future wrinkles. Follow these tips from Palo Alto Medical Foundation Dermatologist Amy E. Gilliam, M.D., to safely enjoy your favorite outdoor activities all summer long. Read More about Top Tips for Summer Sun Protection
There’s been much in the news recently about e-cigarettes. In a new report published on April 14, 2014, a group of Congress members recommended the need for federal regulation of e-cigarettes, citing marketing efforts aimed at minors and a need for more information for consumers on the risks associated with inhaling nicotine vapors.
E-cigarettes, also called vape pens or e-hookahs, are made to resemble cigarettes. They are battery-operated, which allows conversion of liquid nicotine into a vapor which enters the lungs and is easily absorbed into the blood stream. There’s no tobacco, flame, smoke, tar or carbon monoxide which is probably the only good thing that can be said for this product, says Terry Hollenbeck, M.D., of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
In this blog post, Dr. Hollenbeck answers some common questions and concerns regarding electronic cigarettes.
Yet, what safety experts call ‘distracted driving,’ many people think of as multitasking – making use of the daily commute. Whether it’s taking a hands-free call on the road, eating a sandwich, changing the radio station, or checking makeup in the mirror, many don’t think of these activities as distractions – but part of their daily routine.