Balance and the Elderly

Vestibular System

Your vestibular system is what helps keep you on your feet!

Many people are familiar with the “visible” signs of aging, but did you know your vestibular system ages too? Yup, something else to look forward too. ;)

What is the Vestibular System?

The vestibular system is a complex structure of fluid-filled tubes and chambers that make up part of your inner ear. There are specialized little nerve endings inside these structures that allow you to detect the position and movement of your head in space as well as detect gravity. In short, it keeps you upright and on your feet! 

These signals from the nerves of the vestibular system are VITAL to the brain’s ability to control balance in standing and walking. They’re also involved in controlling certain types of reflexive eye movements that make it possible to see clearly while walking or running. We are amazing machines! 

Now here’s the bad news….anatomical studies have shown that the number of nerve cells in the vestibular system decreases from about age 55. (Boo!) Blood flow to the inner ear also decreases with age. And all of this continues to gets worse with age.

This gradual, age-related loss of vestibular function can result in severe balance problems. You might first notice this loss of vestibular function when you start experiencing difficulties being steady on your feet, whether walking or standing. You might also notice you have difficulty walking in the dark on soft or uneven surfaces.

So, what’s a person to do to put their best foot forward as they age and stay securely on their feet? Tune in next week and find out!

If you are noticing anything unusual with your feet or are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Stay On Your Feet and Live Longer

Stay on your feet and live longer!

Falling can be a matter of life or death for the elderly!

When you’re a young person and you fall, usually it’s no big deal. You might have a few bruises or cuts, even a broken bone, but you pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and go on with life.

When you’re an older person and take a spill, it could literally be a death sentence.

Why is Falling Such a Big Deal for the Elderly?

Falling is no simple or small matter. A hard fall often becomes the beginning of the end for the elderly.  Many elders, about 50%, do not go home again after being hospitalized for a fall.

Let’s look a little closer at  what happens when the elderly fall. Here are some statistics that might surprise you…

  • Twenty to thirty percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, or head traumas.  These injuries can make it hard to get around or live independently, and increase the risk of early death!
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
  • Most fractures among older adults are caused by falls. The most common  fractures are spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm, and hand.
  • Many people who fall, even if they escape injury, develop a fear of falling. This fear may cause them to limit their activities, which leads to reduced mobility and loss of physical fitness, and in turn increases their actual risk of falling…a vicious cycle!
  • Men are more likely than women to die from a fall.
  • Older whites are 2.4 times more likely to die from falls as their black counterparts.
  • People age 75 and older who fall are four to five times more likely than those age 65 to 74 to be admitted to a long-term care facility for a year or longer.

(Statistics Courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The bottom line is this: Stay on your feet and live longer! Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we delve more deeply into this including balance issues in the elderly and ways to prevent falls.

If you are noticing anything unusual with your feet or are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Healthy Valentine’s Day Dessert

Chocolate Strawberry Cups

Looking for a healthy dessert? Try Dark Chocolate Strawberry Cups!

Valentine’s Day is here and that means chocolate is on the menu! And everyone says…”YES!”

While most milk and white chocolates are loaded with sugar and fats, good news is quality dark chocolate is actually good for you in measured doses. And the darker the chocolate, the better it is for you!

Cocoa beans, the main ingredient in chocolate, are full of  anti-oxidants!  These anti-oxidants called flavonoids rank right up there with some some super foods like acai berry, blueberry, cranberry, and pomegranate.

Flavonoids are remarkable. They are known to increase brain power, increase  blood flow, prevent clotting and promote healthy heart functions. They enable our body to produce nitric oxide that may help in lowering blood pressure. Wow, please pass the chocolates! Just make sure they’re dark!

So in honor of Valentine’s Day and dark chocolate, here’s a healthy recipe you can add to your recipe list!

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dark chocolate 
  • 6-10 paper cupcake liners
  • 1-2 cups fresh strawberries or your favorite fruit
  • Non stick cooking spray

Directions

Melt chocolate in a heat proof container, either in the microwave or melting it in a small pan slowly over another larger saucepan filled halfway with water, on low heat. It will melt quickly, so stir, stay there while it’s melting and be careful not to let it burn!

Lightly spray cupcake liners with organic spray before spooning melted chocolate inside. Carefully brush the chocolate mixture inside the liner with a spoon. The layer of chocolate should be thin, but thick enough to hold up, about 1/4″ or less. Take special care on the sides. Place on a plate in the refrigerator or freezer for 30 minutes and allow the chocolate to harden. If you see any thin spot, re-brush chocolate on the liners.

When ready, peel the paper liners to reveal a perfect chocolate cup. Fill with sliced strawberries, your favorite fruit, one scoop of yogurt or ice cream for a special treat

So there you have it–chocolate you can enjoy without guilt. Eat up and be healthy! Happy Valentine’s Day!

(Recipe and Photo from ToneItUp.com)

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Leonardo DiCaprio Sprains Ankle

If you see Leonardo DiCaprio walking around with a “gold” cane, it’s not because his portrayal of “The Great Gatsby” has rubbed off on him—he sprained his ankle!

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is currently promoting his new film The Wolf Of Wall Street with a sprained ankle…a star’s work is never done!

Evidently he injured his ankle when the floor gave way in his massive mansion which is currently undergoing renovations…bummer!

DiCaprio shared the following with the TV show, Extra, “I sprained my ankle… You feel silly just saying, ‘I sprained my ankle’, but it does hurt.”

nardo DiCaprio Sprains AnkleWe hear ya, Leonardo! Sprained ankles do hurt and if not treated properly, can lead to more pain and problems down the road.

We hope this “titanic” star recovers quickly and remembers RICE. What does rice have to do with a sprained ankle? We’re so glad you asked… it’s the treatment protocol for a sprained ankle. Click here to learn more!

If you are noticing anything unusual with your feet or are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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10 Ways To Take Care of Your Feet in 2014

10 Ways to Take Care of Your Feet in 2014Happy New Year , everyone! We hope your year is filled with health, happiness, and unexpected joys.

The new year is a great time to do an inventory of your life in order to lose bad habits and add new ones!

Here’s a simple and healthy habit to add your life: take care of your feet!

People often do not pay attention to their feet until there is a problem—this is not a good idea!  Being proactive can save you a lot of problems, pain, and money.

Here are 10 easy things you can do to take care of your feet in 2014.

1. Pay attention to your feet every day.

  • If you have pain in your feet, pay attention! Pain is not normal. It’s a sign that something is wrong. Also, check your feet for cuts, sores, red spots, swelling, and infected toenails. 

2. Wash your feet every day.

  • Wash your feet in warm, not hot, water. Clean feet are a good thing!

3. Keep the skin soft and smooth.

  • Rub a thin coat of lotion or cream on the tops and bottoms of your feet. This helps alleviate dry skin.

4. Smooth corns and calluses gently.

  • Use a pumice stone to smooth corns and calluses after bathing or showering. Rub gently, only in one direction, to avoid tearing the skin.
  • Do not cut corns and calluses and or use razor blades to remove them! This can cause more harm than good. It can damage your skin and cause an infection. 

5. Trim your toenails regularly.

  • Trim your toenails with nail clippers after you wash and dry your feet.
  • Trim your toenails straight across and smooth the corners with an emery board or nail file. This prevents the nails from growing into the skin. Do not cut into the corners of the toenail.

6. Wear shoes and socks.

  • Wear shoes and socks at all times, even indoors! It is easy to step on something and hurt your feet.  And be sure to wear shoes that fit well and protect your feet.

7. Protect your feet from hot and cold.

  • Wear shoes at the beach and on hot pavement. You may burn your feet, especially in Florida!
  • Put sunscreen on the top of your feet to prevent sunburn.
  • Keep your feet away from heaters and open fires. (not too hard to do in Florida :) )

8. Keep the blood flowing to your feet.

  • Put your feet up when you are sitting.
  • Do not cross your legs for long periods of time.
  • Do not wear tight socks or elastic around your legs.
  • Do not smoke. This interferes with healthy circulation and can cause a host of other problems.

9. Be more active.

  • Being active improves blood flow to the feet. Move more by walking, dancing, swimming, or going bike riding! Just get moving…it’s good for you!

10. Visit your Podiatrist Yearly!

  • Be sure to get your feet checked out regularly, especially  if you are a diabetic! Getting your feet examined by a podiatrist will help prevent future foot problems and maintain healthy feet. It likes I always say: Take care of your feet, and they will take care of you!

Here’s to a happy and healthy new year and feet!

If you are noticing anything unusual with your feet or are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

Oh, and one more thing…if you haven’t already, please like us on Facebook where we share foot tips, great pictures, and fun facts!

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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Last Minute Stocking Stuffers!

Last Minute Stocking StuffersChristmas is almost here, and maybe panic is starting to set in because your shopping isn’t done! Do not fear—West Coast Podiatry Center’s online store has some great stocking stuffers to help you get those names crossed off your holiday list!

Check out the following products and more at our online store for some great holiday shopping ideas! 

Dr.’s Remedy Nail Polish

Last Minute Stocking StuffersDr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish is the only over the counter enriched polish created by doctors and designed to be free from the harmful toxins found in most nail polish.

This amazing polish contains vitamin C and E (to promote healthy nails), wheat protein (contains helpful protein and amino acids), and tea tree oil (an essential oil that has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties), and garlic bulb extract (anti-fungal properties). It comes in a variety of beautiful colors…the ladies in your life will love it!

PediNova III Electric Nail and Foot Care Kit

Last Minute Stocking StuffersThis is an amazing gift! Treat yourself to professional quality manicures and pedicures at home with the The PediNova III Electric Nail and Foot Care System. It offers the resources to indulge in a salon-quality manicure or pedicure in the comfort of your own home. And it’s crafted with incomparable German technology.  The PediNova comes with a full one-year warranty, too!

Barefoot Botanica Cracked Heel Repair Cream

Last Minute Stocking StuffersDry heels getting you down? Try our luxurious Barefoot Botanic Heel Cream! This deep penetrating cream soothes and repairs dry, cracked, and damaged skin and heels.  Feet and heels quickly feel and look good again!

Happy Shopping!

If you are noticing anything unusual with your feet or are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

Oh, and one more thing…if you haven’t already, please like us on Facebook where we share foot tips, great pictures, and fun facts!

 

 

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Foot Surgery for Cher!

Cher to have Foot Surgery

One would expect iconic singer Cher to need foot surgery after years of wearing outrageous stilettos, but it’s actually due to an accident that happened in her studio years ago. (And maybe the outrageous shoes!)

Cher recently shared on twitter that she is ready to finally fix her foot that was injured 16 years ago when a piece of equipment fell off the wall of her studio and “crushed” her foot leading to a compound fracture.

She admit she has pain every time she wears high heels, but hopes the surgery will alleviate it. She stated that she will have to hold off on wearing heels again until Christmas after the surgery.

“Last night, was last night to wear heels till after operation…so…I bit the bullet and wore them…Heaven and pain, but worth it…six weeks till I’m running around on stilettos!” Cher tweeted.

Hmm…running around on stilettos? Just a word of advice to Cher: How about laying off the high heels altogether and giving her feet a break? Or… if she feels she has to wear heels,  how about a heel no higher than 2 inches? Her feet (and body) will thank her!

We know Cher is no stranger to surgery (ahem), nonetheless we wish her the best of luck and hope she is out of pain soon! :)

If you are noticing anything unusual with your feet or are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

Oh, and one more thing…if you haven’t already, please like us on Facebook where we share foot tips, great pictures, and fun facts!

Source: Yahoo News

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How To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

The Holidays can lead to over-indulgence!

The holidays are upon us!

Raise your hand if your calendar is already full of fun activities…

Raise your hand if most of those activities are centered around EATING!

Ugh..it’s true! Food temptations will be out in full force this month. From fattening entrees to sugary desserts, and everything in between, you will be calling upon your willpower more this month (or maybe just checking it at every holiday door) more than any other month of the year!

You might be thinking to yourself, “Oh well, what’s 10 extra pounds?” Think again! Even as few as 10 extra pounds can lead to added stress for your feet including plantar fasciitis, gout, and arch problems. Is another piece of fruit cake worth that? Not really!

Here are a few ways to help you avoid those dreaded holiday pounds…

How To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

1. Never Arrive Hungry

Never ever go to a party hungry. Drink some water and eat an apple before you go. You’ll be surprised how far that goes.

2. Shift Your Attention

Focus your attention on other things at the party beside food. Talk to someone new, dance, do something instead of just gorging on all the holiday goodies.

3. Pace Yourself

Try to take time and enjoy the food. Put your fork down between bites and actually enjoy the bite of food in your mouth!

4. Limit Alcohol

Avoid drinking too much alcohol at holiday parties. This helps you avoid unnecessary calories and helps you make better choices in the long run! If you drink too much, your judgement slips and you could end up over-eating and who knows what else!

5. Be Picky

When it comes to dessert, be very selective. Go for the dessert you really want and that will bring you the most satisfaction! Choose a small serving and ENJOY IT!

Hopefully these simple tips will come in handy this month.  Happy Holidays!

If you are noticing anything unusual with your feet or are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

Oh, and one more thing…if you haven’t already, please like us on Facebook where we share foot tips, great pictures, and fun facts!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

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