The new Cape Community Church Health Ministry program will integrate caring programs and new initiatives to create a holistic response, such as educational events focusing on prevention of disease and injury, or screening and appropriate interventions in illness or brokenness. These will be designed to foster well-being, regardless of whether the illness or injury is cured. The mission of our Health Ministry is to involve the entire community in carrying out the healing ministry of Jesus through care of the whole person – mind, body and spirit.
A Message From Our Parish Nurse
Walking with Joy
from the Health Ministry, J. Hill
Are your feet worn out from all the holiday shopping and getting ready for the festivities? Feet are probably one of the most neglected areas of our body. Maybe we take them for granted, until something goes wrong, because they usually get the job done. Problems occur from poor foot-wear choices, poor hygiene, or personal foot care and lack of exercise says Carol Frey, MD., spokeswoman for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. She says, "You do inherit some properties such as arch height, propensity for bunions, foot size and shape of the foot, but most of these properties are simply anatomical features and do not cause problems." However, when problems arise they must be dealt with early to prevent bigger concerns.
Some rules for putting your best foot forward:
Wear shoes around the house: Human foot construction does not require shoes. But for protection from the elements and damage from obstacles it is a good thing. Dr. Frey suggests wearing shoes that most closely resemble bare feet, in the home, will make you use the muscles of the foot and toes and help condition the foot.
Practice good hygiene: Each foot has more than 250,000 sweat glands and can produce four to six ounces of perspiration a day if you are active. Sooo- wash your feet including between each toe with warm soapy water and dry them thoroughly. It will help remove dead skin and bacteria and prevent nail fungus. Always wear dry socks and shoes.
Wear shoes that fit: Women who insist on stilettos, or anyone with ill fitted shoes will set themselves up for bunions, heel pain, and hammertoes, three of the most common conditions. Shoes should offer support and be wide enough to accommodate the ball of your foot, and the back should be cushioned and not dig into your heel or touch your anklebone. Match the shoe to the activity. Running shoes can be used for walking or aerobics; but if you do a sport three or more times a week, it is best to obtain a specialty shoe.
Get regular exercise: Being fit keeps your feet happy. Regular exercise can build stronger bones and muscle including those in your feet. Obesity is associated with plantar fasciitis (heel pain) and tendinitis.
Observe and report problems: Examine your feet daily, look for minor changes such as redness, irritation, calluses and toenail fungus. Don't ignore pain. If pain lasts more than two days, according to Dr. Frey, even with rest, ice and over-the-counter cushions and anti-inflammatory meds, you should see an orthopedic foot and ankle specialist. And if you have a condition such as diabetes or immune compromised illness, foot care is critical to your health, don't ignore those tootsies!
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