The feet are two of the most frequently used and abused body parts. Just think about it – each of us is walking on a daily basis. Some people are running too. Unfortunately, many people neglect feet when they take care of their body and health in general. It is very important to keep your feet in the best condition. However, even if you have good hygiene, wear proper footwear and use all kinds of products suitable for your feet, it is always a good idea to take stock of your feet on an annual basis.
Women know that visiting a gynaecologist at least once a year is a must. All people should visit their dentist’s office every year too. If you think about it, you will notice that there are many other check-ups that we perform each year (such as a car MOT). We have accepted these as routine because we know how important these things are and how they can affect our lives in case something goes wrong.
But, we seem to somehow take our feet for granted. A vast majority of people never check the health of their feet, and this often drives them to see a podiatrist when it has already become rather too late. Having healthy feet is crucial for proper mobility and flexibility. Besides, if there is some condition that is not visible and you leave it untreated, you can experience more difficulties over time. Regular foot health checks are also a good way to prevent possible problems. Feet health check-ups are necessary for people who are already suffering from certain chronic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, peripheral neuropathy and other diseases and disorders that can directly or indirectly affect your feet. Experts encourage patients to have annual checks although it is also a good idea to have more frequent checks.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that healthy people or people who are suffering from other health problems should ignore these health checks. For instance, many children who are experiencing certain problems with their feet should have feet health checks as this can lead to some serious issues in the future.
So, what does exactly a foot health check include?An annual foot health check include several elements; it focuses on vascular health regardless of whether you have been diagnosed with a particular disease such as diabetes, and determines whether there is generally good blood flow in your feet. Also, it tests the muscle strength in the feet, the range o... to Improve the range of
motion, the skin condition, the bio-mechanical efficacy of your feet and general neurology. In addition, this check-up will confirm whether you are walking and standing in the right way.
If you're facing any issues with your feet health or want to complete a checkup, we can help! See Foot Health Checks on this same website for further information.
We are delighted to announce that prose written by our Practice Business Manager, Reggie Simpson, will be featured in the Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s Rhyme & Reason 2018 diary, now in its 26th year. The theme for this forthcoming year’s diary is ‘Freedom’. All proceeds from sales of the diary go to support this worthwhile charity.
Reggie says: ‘Although my entry wasn't among the top poetry and prize winners, I was chuffed to be selected for the 2018 diary. The theme was quite broad, but my degrees in politics and love of writing invariably drew me to entering the competition. In the end I settled on a focus of freedom in healthcare, no doubt inspired by my current employment at Betafeet Podiatry and the noble work of Rennie Grove Hospice Care ( www.renniegrove.org ).
Rennie Grove Hospice Care, formally known as Iain Rennie Hospice at Home, merged with Grove House, St Albans in 2010 to integrate services in south western Hertfordshire. The ethos and values of the two charities were closely aligned with the principle of allowing patients to lead a good quality of life at home for as long as possible, helping patients and their families avoid the distress of unnecessary hospital visits whenever possible.
The diaries can be ordered from the Rennie Grove website, payment by debit/credit card. It's part of their annual Christmas/holiday promotion. There will also be copies in local Rennie Grove shops. They are £5 each with additional postage if bought online. Shop locations can be found here: http://www.renniegrove.org/support/our-shops/online-shop/page/2/ .
Here is Reggie’s entry (to appear in the month of September 2018):
‘Do not count the days; make the days count.’
Muhammad Ali. Professional Boxer. Audacious. Charismatic. A winner in the ring.
But even when you have won it all, life throws you a few more punches.
Yes, his name opened doors and wealth, but the bombastic man of his younger years was humbled in later life, and following retirement, he dedicated himself increasingly to charitable work. Parkinson’s was already taking hold.
He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, the highest honour the USA can bestow. He died in June 2016, aged 74.
Now the news is about boxing helping dementia sufferers.
So what does this mean for freedom? Does getting battered around the head spell freedom and choice? One would say yes; a boxer is free to take such risks. When the consequences deal you a fatal blow as a result, when do you lose your freedom? Is it when you have been reduced to a shadow of your former self, a normal human being, and have to rely on others? Muhammad Ali likely had plenty of resources to ensure his final days would help him on his final journey.
We tend to think of freedom in political terms. It is hard to remove freedom in healthcare from politics. Think NHS reform, among others. Freedom in a healthcare environment means more to the individuals and families when they have life-limiting illnesses and need the care of volunteer-run hospices such as Iain Rennie Grove.
The NHS gives patients the rights to make choices about different aspects of the care they receive, from the different treatment options available. How these are chosen is individual, although for those with life threatening or limiting illnesses this choice will fall on family members.
I quote the following:
‘In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties’.
Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Philosopher
September is World Alzheimer’s Month.