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Contributing Writer: Andrea Lopez | Images: BRFC —

Maintaining a routine can help you stay focused to complete a goal. These 5 healthy routines are to help you live a healthier life, checkout them out!

  1. Drink plenty of Water. Water is good for your health because it has no sugar and it keeps you hydrated. It also helps your skin look clear and youthful.
  2. Turn off all electronic devices an hour before you go to sleep. Your electronic devices can keep you from getting 8 hours of sleep. Turn it off so you don’t get distracted, and get a goodnight sleep!
  3. Add more green to your plate. To get your full value of nutrient for the day add fruits, and vegetables to your meals. You can start off your day by drinking a fruit smoothie, or you can add you favorite fruits to your water for an exciting new taste.
  4. Stretch after waking up. Open up your mind and breathe in the fresh air. Stretching can help relieve pain if you slept wrong.
  5. Think positive, don’t think about the negatives for too long, maintain positive and be optimistic.

Good luck, and may you live a long and healthy life!

 

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Contributing Writer: Bull Run Foot Clinic | Images: BRFC —

The warm weather feels even greater when you don’t have to worry about the appearance of your feet. Fungus leads to embarrassment, but some treatments can help. Dr. Mahavadi, Dr. Cardinal, and Dr. Arminio have all helped fight fungus for years and are here to help you understand fungus.

Bacterial fungus can infect your toes, usually starting on the skin, also know as athlete’s foot. If left untreated, it can infect the nail bed. This infection can cause your nails to appear thick, discolored, brittle, or black. Fungus grows in dark, moist, warm areas such as shoes; you can get fungus by being barefoot in common areas. In order to prevent fungus, our doctors recommend patients to keep their feet clean and dry daily and change their socks and shoes everyday.

At the clinic, our doctors offer three different treatment options for fungus. One option is an oral prescription, in which a blood test is needed. Another option are topicals, which are medications applied on the toes like a nail polish. Lastly, there is the laser treatment option, called HyperBlue Plus. This option is a 10 minute painless treatment that requires no blood test.

If you are sick of having fungus, come to the office today to have healthier toenails by the end of the season!

 

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Contributing writer: Carmen Thorpe ––

According to the Appalachian conservancy website, the Appalachian Trail is one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world, measuring roughly 2,180 miles in length. The Trail goes through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian mountain range from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.

A tough and long trail that many have failed to complete –once, but a woman by the name of Emma Gatewood was the only person (in 1955) to have walked the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail not once but three times! In an excerpt of this amazing biography of Emma Gatewood, called Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story Of The Woman Who Saved The Appalachian Trail written by Ben Montgomery, we catch a glimpse of who Emma was, the power of walking, nature, and how the two merged two create a since of clarity for her on her hikes –at age 67!

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Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, having survived a rattlesnake strike, two hurricanes, and a run-in with gangsters from Harlem, she stood atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin. There she sang the first verse of “America, the Beautiful” and proclaimed, “I said I’ll do it, and I’ve done it.”

The story of Grandma Gatewood will inspire readers [and hikers] of all ages by illustrating the full power of human spirit and determination. Even those who know of Gatewood don’t know the full story—a story of triumph from pain, rebellion from brutality, hope from suffering. This was a quote from Ben Montgomery.

This book is the Winner of the 2014 National Outdoor Book Awards for History/Biography, and definitely worth a glance in our book!

Contributing writer: Carmen Thorpe––

Flip–flops, let’s talk about them. Some doctors say that they are “OK” to wear and others are against them. We know that spring is here and soon we will want to show our tootsies off with lovely polished nails and stylish flip–flops, but are they good for our feet? With tons of questions swirling around this topic, we have put together a list –below– of the pros and cons on the matter.

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Pros

  • Stylish
  • Comfortable
  • Perfect for the warmer weather
  • Showcases our painted toes

Cons

  • Can’t be worn for extended amounts of time
  • Some have little to no arch support
  • Not enough support for the foot –as a whole
  • Expensive; with no real benefits for the feet (which supports the weight of the body)

With this list in mind, we checked out APMA’s site (American Podiatric Medical Association) to see what they had to say on the matter and we found this: You can wear flip–flops, but in order to avoid having problems with your feet later you could perform this simple checklist prior to purchasing your shoes. Click here to see the list and read more about what APMA has to say on the topic.

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Contributing writer: Carmen Thorpe––

Shake off that winter chill and get ready to step into spring.  Historic Downtown Manassas, Va. is ready for the new season and bursting with fun and interesting events that will be entertaining for all! Bull Run Foot and Ankle Clinic is ready and excited for all the up coming events.  Here are the ones that made our top 5 list for March:

1.) 1st Friday in Historic Downtown Manassas; on the first Friday of every month, from 5 p.m. to 9p.m.

2.) Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, March 14

3.) Spring Restaurant Week, March 22-28

4.) A MCP Division Wide Wellness Night –happening this March on the 25th from 5 to 7 p.m. One of the best things about this event is that it is Free and open to al!  Not only is it free admission for all to come, if you choose to exhibit, that is free as well!! There will be healthy give aways too.  Contact Sandy at (571) 377-6043 for more information on this event.

5.) A Live Well Festival & Downtown Merchant Sidewalk Sale on the 18th of April

Send us your thoughts; what would you like to see –up for a raffle– at the Wellness event?

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Keep on moving, winter is coming.  Outdoor fun things to do are plentiful this time of year.  Staying active will help your health.

5 fun ways to stay active in autumn

 

1. Dust off the rake and start a leaf pile.

When the pile is huge, jump!  If you have no leaves at home and just want to play around, go to a park and bring your rake.  Roll in them, throw them, bury yourself in them — you will feel like a kid again.  And if you have kids, let them cover you in the multi-colored foliage, it will be a blast.

2. Start a fall nature collection.

Acorns, twigs, walnuts, pine cones and leaves are just a few textured items to collect on a fall walk.  A pond edge speckled with maples, oak and willow leaf shapes is a perfect place to add items to your collection. Press them in a thick book to save as a treasure.

3. Visit a petting farm.

Not only will the hungry ducks surround you for a treat, the small farm animals will love the attention.  Pull the kids in a wagon for an extra workout.

4. Hike to a pumpkin patch.

The best choice of jack-o-lanterns are found in a farm field. Wear sturdy shoes and follow a path to the display in the hay.  The bigger, the heavier, so lift with your legs, not your back.  Grab a tractor hay ride on the way back for relaxing fun.

5. Carve your pumpkin.

Check out some cool carvings online and make your pumpkin a masterpiece.  Or let the kids draw their own unique face on their pumpkin, but save the cutting to the adults.  Carry them to your front step and take a stroll through your neighborhood to compare and enjoy the Halloween happenings.

Share your favorite autumn activity — or how about your favorite pumpkin design?

Vacations are over! Back to school! Looking back at a whirlwind summer of fun, activities and shared experiences with family and friends. Staying healthy with swimming, hiking, crabbing, golfing, fishing and laughing with each other is the best way to spend the summer!

Fall season is right around the corner! What was your favorite summer fling?

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