Western Leader : March 15th 2011
10 WESTERN LEADER, MARCH 15, 2011 228995AD ADVERTISEMENT Health Matters MAKE WALK2WORK DAY PART OF YOUR ROUTINE Wednesday 16 March is National Walk2Work Day. The theme this year is "Increase the walking part of your commute". Walk2Work Day is an annual event to encourage people to walk more in their daily lives, especially to consider walking as part of their daily work commute. Some people join the events that are scat tered all over New Zealand, and others just quietly do it by themselves. To participate in an event you can either join one of the already organised walks or you can email all your workmates and ask them to join you in walking to work on this day. To register your event or find one to join, contact Walk2work@livingstreets.org.nz. And if you are going to walk to work on that day, make sure your feet are in perfect working order or you may regret it by the end of the day. We cannot replace our feet like we do our old worn out shoes. Our feet are very vulnerable to injury and disease. There are over 300 identified foot ailments. Our feet are particularly affected by the wear and tear associated with ageing. By the time we are 50 our feet have lost up to half the shock -absorbing capability of the foot pad we had when we were young. Activities, such as walking, running and jumping, place physical demands on your feet. Your feet can absorb up to 3 times your body weight while running. Not surprisingly, injuries to the foot and lower limb make up a large proportion of sporting injuries. Inappropriate, ill-fitting or worn-out sports and high heeled shoes can cause blisters, corns, calluses, lower limb and foot injuries, such as heel and arch pain, Achilles Tendonitis and even stress fractures. It is important to have the right shoes for your foot type, and activity. The shoe should always allow for the expansion of the foot during activity. There should not be any pressure on the toes, nor allow excessive movement of the foot within the front of the shoes. The heel width should suit your heel width and should be deep enough so that the heel does not come out of the shoe. There should also not be any slippage. We recommend that you visit a specialist shoe store to have your feet measured every time you buy shoes, as ageing, injuries and pregnancy may change foot size and shape. While it is particularly important for people with diabetes to take good care of their feet, we can all benefit from following the same daily routine that podiatrists recommend for them. You should check your feet daily for sores, cuts, bruises and changes to your toenails, using a mirror to check your soles. Wash your feet daily using a mild soap and lukewarm water. Dry your feet very carefully to prevent fungal infection, especially between the toes. If you have dry skin, use a good emollient but not between the toes. And get professional treatment for things like corns, calluses, infections and continued foot pain. Your doctor can advise whether you need to see a podiatrist. Walking is the best exercise there is for you and your family. Happy walking to work. Phone HealthWEST PHO (09) 839 0556 for information on HealthWEST Practices & Ser vices 3222129AI Hairy? Why wa x, tweeze or shave? The Caci Freedom system is an innovative Laser Hair Removal program for face and body hair that promises results. And once completed, we offer the Caci Freedom 2-year guarantee to treat any stray hair growth. Also take advantage of the payment plan options. Conditions apply so talk to Caci about managing unwanted face and body hair. phone now CACI NEW LYNN 826 1250 www.caci.co.nz *Receive your Bonus Beauty offer with any program booked before 31 March 2011 98 DO NOT NEGLECT YOUR TEETH ANOTHER YEAR! Q & A TO HELP YOU MAKE THAT APPOINTMENT! 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