Keep­ing fit

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Iam a trained reg­is­tered foot care nurse who has been work­ing with di­a­betic and non­di­a­betic clients within the com­mu­nity and ru­ral ar­eas for the past four years. And I of­fer a ser­vice that as­sists clients to main­tain healthy feet and limbs which as­sists the the­ory ‘‘if you don’t use it you lose it’’. Trained specif­i­cally to work with di­a­betic pa­tients, I have been ex­ten­sively trained in cor­rect toe nail cut­ting which is im­per­a­tive for preven­tion of bac­te­rial and fun­gal in­fec­tions, cir­cu­la­tions as­sess­ment, pedal pulse eval­u­a­tion, foot mas­sage, as­sess­ment for in­fec­tions ul­cers, re­fer­rals for other mo­bil­ity is­sues and of­ten make re­fer­rals to po­di­a­trists or oth­otics for cor­rec­tion is­sues out­side my scope of prac­tise, and clients would ben­e­fit from these spe­cial­ties. In re­la­tion to foot care is­sues in gen­eral it has be­come ap­par­ent that not only di­a­bet­ics suf­fer hor­ren­dous is­sues with their feet. Suf­fer­ing from all sorts of con­di­tions from, di­a­betes, gout corns, cal­louses, joint re­place­ments, club feet Ham­mer toes, bac­te­rial and fun­gal in­fec­tions and the list goes on, bad feet, ex­cuse the pun can be your down fall. In­de­pen­dence and mo­bil­ity is what we strive to main­tain for as long as pos­si­ble, with­out healthy feet it’s nearly im­pos­si­ble. When we are young we be­lieve re­tire­ment is great so we can do all the things we couldn’t do dur­ing our work­ing lives. Be­tween arthri­tis aching bones, swelling feet, gout and new knees and hips, I’m not able to get down to cut my own toe nails any­more. Then there’s the ever fa­mil­iar ‘‘your arms grow shorter and legs get longer’’ or just the bat­tle of the belly that we can’t get over. Cir­cu­la­tion slows as we get older and this is a huge prob­lem as limited oxy­gen gets to the lower limbs and for di­a­bet­ics this is huge. Reg­u­lar checks and sup­port mak­ing sure is­sues are picked up early and ad­dressed, are para­mount on healthy life­styles be­ing main­tained. Peo­ple are liv­ing longer in so­ci­ety now and some health care ser­vices are un­able to keep up with the de­mands. My ser­vice is de­signed to make it all af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble for all. Treat­ment will be given and help­ful fact-filled in­for­ma­tion, up-to-date ad­vice and sup­port. Some treat­ments and vis­its to your GP or hospi­tal can come at a fi­nan­cial and emo­tional cost to fam­i­lies and friends. Please take the time to look af­ter your­self for the cost of a visit to my ser­vice. Toes’ Nailed Foot Care Ser­vice

Jo Tre­week

Though the one cer­tainty in this complicated mod­ern life that we lead is that, "we’re born, and then we die," there’s a sub­stan­tial chunk in be­tween that needs at­tend­ing to. And of course we’d all rather live longer and health­ier than not! Mod­ern nu­tri­tion and im­proved med­i­cal care have en­abled huge leaps in our abil­ity to live longer and stronger, with the av­er­age life ex­pectancy now around seventy-five years com­pared to around forty-five years a cen­tury ago. And the sta­tis­tics for those still go­ing strong at sixty-five are even more re­mark­able, with life ex­pectancy of an ad­di­tional fif­teen years or so to be an­tic­i­pated. How­ever, poor health and fail­ing strength can make such ad­di­tional years less plea­sur­able than they might be. One so­lu­tion that is gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity amongst the se­nior pop­u­la­tion is that of reg­u­lar, mod­er­ate ex­er­cise. Some of us have never lost sight of this, of course, but for those of us who’ve be­come a lit­tle more seden­tary across the decades, it may be worth con­sid­er­ing afresh. It’s true to say that the vast ma­jor­ity of over-65s could ex­er­cise still and would be able to ben­e­fit from such ac­tiv­ity. The first port of call is a chat with your physi­cian, to as­cer­tain just what you might be ca­pa­ble of and which ac­tiv­i­ties you should avoid, re­lat­ing to ex­ist­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions. If you get the all clear and de­cide to take the plunge, it is im­por­tant to wear loose, com­fort­able cloth­ing and well­fit­ting, sturdy shoes. Footwear should have good arch sup­port, and an el­e­vated and cush­ioned heel to ab­sorb shock. You should be­gin slowly rel­a­tive to your ex­ist­ing level of fit­ness, and with ex­er­cises that you are al­ready com­fort­able do­ing. Start­ing slowly makes it less likely that you will in­jure your­self, and also helps pre­vent pain aris­ing from overex­er­tion. The rather off-putting no­tion of ’no pain, no gain’ is cer­tainly not true for older or el­derly adults. In­deed, you don’t have to ex­er­cise vig­or­ously to get most of the health ben­e­fits avail­able through ex­er­cis­ing. Walk­ing, for ex­am­ple, could be an ex­cel­lent ac­tiv­ity to start with, and with the mix of flat streets and the odd hill through the Cen­tral Otago and Lakes Dis­trict re­gion, what more plea­sur­able way could there be to im­prove your well-be­ing? So with the re­cent cold snap dy­ing away, why not pull out your sneak­ers, dust off your ly­cra, and hit the road for a bit of na­ture’s own medicine?

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