Do you have leftover or expired medication in your medicine cabinet? These excess medications can dangerously pose human health and environmental risks. In your home, they may lead to accidental poisonings or abuse. Disposing of them at home by throwing them in the trash, flushing them down the toilet, or dumping them down the drain can release chemical compounds that end up in our rivers or groundwater, posing a risk to human health, wildlife, or fish.
Today was National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, but did you know that you can safely dispose of unwanted medications year-round in Oregon? Conveniently, this program has many participating locations across our state, including several here in Klamath Falls. At the following website, you can learn more about what is and isn’t accepted, as well as the nearest take-back location to you: https://medtakebackoregon.org/.
For those who are overweight, losing weight can be an essential part of relieving foot pain.
If you're looking to lose weight, why not try adding a walk into your daily routine? Scenic walking routes abound here in Klamath. You may want to try the dog-friendly walking trail found at Steen Sports Park. If you'd like to enjoy birdwatching while walking, try the Link River Trail, which follows the Link River in Klamath Falls. Additionally, Moore Park includes many walking trails, including those with varied terrain for when you're ready for a challenge. Finally, if you're feeling unmotivated to keep moving, geocaching may be for you. There are over 900 geocaches in the Klamath area, and hunting for them serves as a fun way to keep you moving.
If foot pain is preventing you from beginning a walking routine, a visit with our podiatrist, Jeff Merrill DPM FACFAS can help get you moving again.
The holidays are over, but most regions of the country face a few more months of winter. Whether you’re slogging through deep snow and sub-zero temperatures in the north, or contending with dampness, chill, and muddy conditions in the south, it’s important to take care of your feet all winter long. You’ll want them to be healthy and ready for action when spring finally arrives.
Most Americans will have walked 75,000 miles by the time they turn 50, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Is it little wonder, then, that a 2014 APMA foot health survey found that foot pain affects the daily activities—walking, exercising, or standing for long periods of time—of a majority of Americans?
“Each season presents unique challenges to foot health,” says Jeff Merrill, DPM, a podiatrist at Klamath Falls Foot and Ankle, LLC and APMA member. “Surveys and research tell us that foot health is intrinsic to overall health, so protecting feet all year long is vital to our overall well-being.”
APMA offers some advice for keeping feet healthy in common winter scenarios:
Finally—and although this one seems like it should go without saying, it bears spelling out—don’t try to tip-toe through winter snow, ice, and temperatures in summer-appropriate footwear.
“More than one news show across the country aired images of people in sneakers, sandals, and even flip-flops during severe winter weather,” Dr. Merrill says. “Exposing feet to extreme temperatures means risking frostbite and injury. Choose winter footwear that will keep your feet warm, dry, and well-supported.”
Jeff Merrill, DPM, is a podiatrist at Klamath Falls Foot and Ankle, LLC in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Call 541-850-6463 or visit kffootandankle.com to make an appointment. Visit www.apma.org to learn more about foot health and care.
Klamath Falls Foot and Ankle, LLC Staff