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More Tips on Taking Care of Those Two Feet

You can never do too much to take care of yourself. Therefore, we’re delivering more tips for you to care for those two feet in celebration of Foot Health Month. Try these tips:

  • Trim your toenails straight across. Smooth the edges with an emery board. If you develop calluses, use an emery board or pumice stone regularly to help keep your feet soft.
  • Always wear shoes and socks, even in your home. Never walk barefoot. Protect your feet from hot and cold extremes. Wear shoes at the beach or on hot pavement.
  • Make sure your footwear fits your feet well and are not too tight or too loose.
  • Have your feet measured by a qualified shoe salesperson every year or two. Feet grow as you age.
  • Check inside your shoes before sliding them on. Ensure their lining is smooth and they’re free from rocks, etc.
  • Keep the blood flowing to your feet. Elevate them when you’re at rest. Wiggle your toes and pump your ankles throughout the day.
  • If you require special shoes, check with your healthcare provider about insurance coverage.

If you’re having an issue with your feet, please call the St. Joseph Skin and Wound Healing Clinic at 207.907.1550 or visit: https://www.stjoeshealing.org/our-services/specialty-services/hyperbaric-wound-healing-center


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Planning for an Unforeseen Health Crisis: Resources & Tips

Andrew Files, Director of Spiritual Care at St. Joe’s, is celebrating National Healthcare Decisions Day by sharing resources and tips that may assist you in planning ahead for an unforeseen health crisis.

Resources:

Tips – Consider the following: 

  • Talk openly with your loved ones about your wishes
  • Ensure your wishes are in writing, specifically in an Advance Directive
  • Be sure your PCP and local hospitals have copies of your Advance Directive
  • Travel with notarized copy of your Advance Directive
  • Be sure your loved ones know where you keep your Advance Directive

Download & Print:

To connect with Andrew call 207.907.1798 or visit https://www.stjoeshealing.org/patient-visitor-information/spiritual-care


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Tips for Taking Care of Your Feet

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Jen Curley, BSN, RN, CFCN

During Foot Health Month, Jen Curley, BSN, RN, CFCN (Certified Foot Care Nurse) encourages you to care for your feet by:

  • Looking for red spots, cuts, swelling and blisters on your feet and between your toes every day. If you can’t see or reach them, ask for help or use a mirror. Wearing white socks can help you detect any drainage that may not be seen on dark socks.
  • Carefully washing and drying your feet daily. Soaking is not recommended.
  • Keeping your feet moisturized. Dry skin can lead to cracks, which can lead to infection. Moisturizing between your toes is not recommended.
  • Working with your healthcare provider, if you’re diabetic, to manage your blood sugar.

If you need an appointment, please call the St. Joseph Skin and Wound Healing Clinic at 207.907.1550 or visit:
https://www.stjoeshealing.org/our-services/specialty-services/hyperbaric-wound-healing-center


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“Go Further with Food” During National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is an education and information campaign launched annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing good eating and activity habits.

Julie Hovencamp, Registered Dietitian at St. Joseph Hospital’s Diabetes and Nutrition Center, consistently encourages people to “Go Further with Food” by making eating more fun! She suggests trying a variety of foods while building a rainbow of color on your plate, experimenting with new recipes, enjoying all food in moderation and striving to be active every day.

She recommends these helpful online resources:

For more information or to schedule and appointment with a Registered Dietician, please call St. Joe’s Diabetes and Nutrition Center at 207.907.1187.


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Osteoporosis Can be Prevented: a Few Tips from Dr. Oz

May is National Osteoporosis Month. Did you know that one in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis? It’s true,  says the National Osteoporosis Foundation. But eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can help slow or stop the loss of bone mass and help prevent fractures.

In a recent episode of her show, Oprah and Dr. Oz took a look at the actual difference between a healthy spine and one affected by osteoporosis, and Dr. Oz explains how exercise and certain vitamins in your diet can help.

Remember, what you read and see here on our blog is always helpful and educational, but never intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you suspect you have osteoporosis, discuss with your primary care provider!


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Daylight Savings Time …

DSTDid you change all the clocks, the microwave too? What about all your watches? Yes, we sprung ahead this past weekend. How did everyone do?

Here is a very interesting article about some of the effects of this time of the year. This speaks to the importance of getting enough sleep, preparing the night before Monday mornings work so we are not stressed and rushed in the morning and enjoying the extra light at the end of the day.

Spring is coming soon …