Foot Health News Today
06/3 - IPFH
A program that is being piloted in Washington, DC shows benefits from a doctor's exercise prescription. Started by Dr. Robert Zarr with the help of the National Park Service, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and other groups, Park Rx is being implemented by Unity Health Care, a primary care organization in the area. About 550 prescriptions have been issued since last July, and follow-up studies show an increase in activity of about 22 minutes per week among 400 kids. Of course, the prescription is also valuable for adults, particulary those with obesity, diabetes and chronic conditions. Check your feet, take care of them and get moving now!
05/22 - IPFH
The American Podiatric Medical Association has released a survey on foot health and care in the United States. Among the findings: US adults understand the importance of foot health, but don’t care for their feet as regularly as teeth,eyes or some other body parts. Most don't do more than trim their toenails..Yet they do want to learn more about how to take care of the feet. If you're among them, start with why preventive foot health is important and foot care essentials, then browse the IPFH website for more.
05/20 - IPFH
This article in Time, reprinted from Prevention, makes the point that health professionals such as doctors and nurses should be looking at your feet during routine exams--and that you should be inspecting your own feet regularly, as well. This is consistent with IPFH's advice. Read the article and see the IPFH foot pain tool and foot conditions section for more information.
05/15 - IPFH
Endurance exercise reduces heart risk even if you start over age 40, according to a new study (see abstract P550). Researchers compared runners/cyclists ages 55-70 who started their activity around age 30 or after age 40. Both groups had the same heart-healthy benefits compared with their peers who did not regularly engage in endurance training. But there's no need to do high level training for many hours a week, the study authors agreed. Using the stairs rather than the elevator, or gardening regularly, can also be beneficial. IPFH notes that ensuring you have the appropriate footwear and the right fit can make it easier for you to start and continue your activity of choice.
05/8 - IPFH
Engaging in light activity such as pushing a shopping cart or vacuuming the house can substantially reduce your risk of developing a disability that keeps you from functioning optimally, according to a new study. Researchers followed close to 1600 men and women ages 49 and over, all of whom had knee osteoarthritis or were at risk for developing it, for two years. The more time participants spent doing light physical activity daily, the lower their risk of becoming disabled--i.e., not being able to do daily activities such as bathing and dressing--or having their arthritis progress, even if the intensity of the physical activity didn't change. IPFH suggests taking care of your feet as you become more active and wearing the right footwear. Doing so will make moving around easier and more comfortable, no matter what you do.