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Racial Inequalities in Health

Racial Inequalities in Health

The theme of racial attitudes is discussed with Dr Jill Halstead-Rastrick for Podiatric Reflective Practice after an interview by David Tollafield for Busypencilcase Reflective Communications. The subject is a broad area but speaks volumes of one woman’s passion in a field of medicine which is finally demanding to speak out on more that just feet alone.

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Actions Speak Louder than Words

Actions Speak Louder than Words

This is the last August article in my series ‘My Fitness Diaries’. It reflects on what has been published with a change in direction to my keep fit plans. I have achieved a baseline fitness, reduced my weight by about 1.5Kg and now look to use the gym more effectively to meet those common aims – loss of weight, muscle stability and cardiac fitness or stamina. My new series will commence later in the year so you can follow my efforts to keep fit as well as deal with foot problems associated with trying to stay healthy.

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Body Fat and Segmental Analysis

Body Fat and Segmental Analysis

The idea of having knowledge about how your body is made up of muscle and fat seems appealing. It is easy to pretend I am young, fit and slinky when my bio data suggests I cannot abuse my body. In this article I look at some equipment for analysing our fat and segmental values and explain what these all are about. How the reliable the equipment can be. Taking measurement at face value can lead to misconceptions and I am in the health market and understand much of of how our body needs to work.

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Calories and all that we do in the gym

Calories and all that we do in the gym

My gym series was taking me where the pen fell and what activity I was doing. My aim was to lose weight, improve my heart and blood pressure, feel fit and live forever!  No – just kidding; my time will come whatever, but seriously I prefer to avoid diabetes, strokes and see if I can keep my heart from disease. I’m keen in human movement as a podiatrist and like to discuss a wide range of health, not just feet.

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Am I Fit to Use the Gym?

Am I Fit to Use the Gym?

Being fit to use the gym and all that equipment might be desirable but you might prefer to ask your doctor. In this article I have outlined some of the concerns that doctors might focus on to guide you. We all want to keep fit, not least after a pandemic like covid-19. But it is important to be alive to problems such as blood pressure, obesity, poor kidney function and the effects of dehydration.

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It’s a fitness centre not a gym

It’s a fitness centre not a gym

I am a retired podiatrist and practiced foot surgery for over thirty years so I know a fair bit about body physiology and medicine. Plus, I took an additional degree in human movement and taught human biomechanics. Living life is a battle ground and most people do not realise injuries sustained when young live on with us. Just like a virus gone to ground, injury just waits to flare up. That means as we age and return to exercise to keep fit we develop old problems anew. In this series I am going to talk about my injuries so the reader can find a reference to being careful with some of the equipment. I am going to build up slowly and see where the journey takes me. My aim is to lose some weight, keep toned and stay fit.

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Getting back to being fit again

Getting back to being fit again

That first visit back to the gym after 4 months of Lockdown meant a lot. I decided to start a short series on my own fitness and the aims of the fitness centre.I want to talk a bit more about my experiences as I get back to better fitness in the next few months and the impact on health. There is plenty of information and resources out there, but I am going to being concentrating on the not so body beautiful, the not so young or glamorous, I am talking about me, my age group so this is about getting back to fitness with a sense of practicality. 

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Intensive Treatment Unit Rotations

Intensive Treatment Unit Rotations

In the second part of this three-part series, Trevor Prior a podiatrist working out of Homerton Hospital East London provided me with tapes of his experience with the local ITU proning team. Bringing his skills into focus as a podiatric surgeon familiar with theatre protocol and anaesthetic induction helped him to assist and to become a team lead on occasions. His account provides some detail of what it was like to be on the front line.

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Racial Inequalities in Health

Racial Inequalities in Health

The theme of racial attitudes is discussed with Dr Jill Halstead-Rastrick for Podiatric Reflective Practice after an interview by David Tollafield for Busypencilcase Reflective Communications. The subject is a broad area but speaks volumes of one woman’s passion in a field of medicine which is finally demanding to speak out on more that just feet alone.

read more
Actions Speak Louder than Words

Actions Speak Louder than Words

This is the last August article in my series ‘My Fitness Diaries’. It reflects on what has been published with a change in direction to my keep fit plans. I have achieved a baseline fitness, reduced my weight by about 1.5Kg and now look to use the gym more effectively to meet those common aims – loss of weight, muscle stability and cardiac fitness or stamina. My new series will commence later in the year so you can follow my efforts to keep fit as well as deal with foot problems associated with trying to stay healthy.

read more
Body Fat and Segmental Analysis

Body Fat and Segmental Analysis

The idea of having knowledge about how your body is made up of muscle and fat seems appealing. It is easy to pretend I am young, fit and slinky when my bio data suggests I cannot abuse my body. In this article I look at some equipment for analysing our fat and segmental values and explain what these all are about. How the reliable the equipment can be. Taking measurement at face value can lead to misconceptions and I am in the health market and understand much of of how our body needs to work.

read more
Calories and all that we do in the gym

Calories and all that we do in the gym

My gym series was taking me where the pen fell and what activity I was doing. My aim was to lose weight, improve my heart and blood pressure, feel fit and live forever!  No – just kidding; my time will come whatever, but seriously I prefer to avoid diabetes, strokes and see if I can keep my heart from disease. I’m keen in human movement as a podiatrist and like to discuss a wide range of health, not just feet.

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Hallux Valgus

Hallux Valgus

This article on bunions includes new advice about what elements of this painful condition can be managed without surgery. There are plenty of links to other useful sites or you could consider the authors book on bunions behind the scenes of you think you require surgery.

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Foot injury & self-help

Foot injury & self-help

Had an accident to the foot? Well podiatrist David did. Fixing the problem was easy but then a good article was worthwhile and what better than a bit of self-advice from this former podiatric foot surgeon. He will take you through some pointers as how to manage and even prepare for that event you may never have happen – hopefully!

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Bunions Behind the Scenes

Bunions Behind the Scenes

Can we really be sure we’ve imparted all the information needed for informed decision making.  The answer is probably not, and that is where books like this become important resources bridging the gap between the knowledge we can practically impart and the additional knowledge patients may be keen to possess before making a decision about their healthcare.’

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