“Sole” Searching: Choosing the Right Walking & Hiking Shoes

Not all walking and hiking shoes are created equal. Too often, people rely on look and feel at the shoe store instead of the actual elements that will be encountered on trails. Within the category of hiking shoes, there are a variety of designs to consider: 1. Trail running or adventure racing shoes are essentially running shoes made of more durable materials, such as thicker soles and stronger stitching designed to endure rougher conditions. 2. Hiking shoes or approach shoes are heavier than trail running shoes, as they are generally designed with a framed architecture to better support your feet and are cut below the ankle. Lighter fabrics are used, such as nylon or suede. 3. Cross hikers or mid-weight …


Fall Prevention: Simple Tips to Prevent Falls

Fall prevention may not seem like a lively topic, but it’s important. As we get older, physical changes and health conditions — and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions — make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. Still, fear of falling doesn’t need to rule your life. Instead, consider these simple fall prevention strategies. General Fall Prevention – This list applies to all rooms in your home. • Keep your lower body as strong as possible through regular exercise (see your Physical Therapist for an individualized program). • Be sure all hallway and stairway areas are brightly lit. • Remove all clutter (e.g., boxes, stacks of magazines, toys, extra …


Sierra Surgery Hospital’s Newest MRI Software Provides Best Outcomes for Patients with Metal Implants

Sierra Surgery Hospital just introduced their brand new, state-of-the-art MAVRIC SL MRI software! This really is great news, because the software makes it possible to produce the most accurate MRI results for patients with metal implants. For the first time ever you can greatly improve visualization of bone and soft tissue in the area of metal implants and generate diagnostic quality MR images. So basically, the MAVRIC SL allows for de-blurring of the final image. Another great thing about the software is that, in many cases, MAVRIC SL can reduce the need for biopsy or exploratory surgery. In addition to the software, Sierra Imaging can accommodate patients weighing up to 500 pounds. Simply stated, this means you can have more …


6 Tips to Keep Your Feet Healthy

Healthy feet are important for feeling good and staying active. So if you neglect your feet, that can lead to unnecessary pain and other foot problems. Fortunately, it’s easy to keep your feet healthy. Use these tips to keep yourself active and your feet pain-free, brought to you by Carson Tahoe Health Podiatrist, Dr. Keith Card: 1. Practice good foot care. Check your feet regularly, or have a member of your family check them if you are unable to see the bottom of your feet.  A mirror on the floor my assist you if no one is available to help. 2. It is important to keep blood circulating to and from your feet as much as possible. Do this by …


How Concussions Affect Adults & Seniors

Dr. Christopher Demers answers local resident’s question about how concussions affect adults & seniors.