Two (very) Good Reasons to Limit Your Flip-flop Use

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Now that it’s August, summer is undoubtedly in full swing (if you couldn’t tell already)! Dr. Grace Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist, knows that summer means sandal weather, right? For many of us, that is true. However, continue reading to learn why it might be best to limit how often you are in your flip-flops.

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  1. They lack support– “The let your foot be as flat as they can be,” says Jim Christina, director of scientific affairs at the American Podiatric Medical Association. If your foot is too flat, you aren’t getting any support. This can lead to a number of conditions and injuries, such as plantar fasciitis– inflammation of tissue on the underside of your feet, or hammertoe– which causes the knuckles of your toes to arch upwards. Sandals also lack ankle support and are more difficult to recover from missteps or tripping, making you susceptible to falls and a number of other injuries.

 

  1. They are not hygienic– You probably could have guessed that sandals are not supportive, but give this idea some thoughtwhen was the last time you washed your sandals? No, not just splashing them with the hose- were talking about a deep, hard scrub. The New York Times took flip-flops from their staff and sent them to a lab. Inside the foam they found Staphylococcus aureus, known to cause (your guessed it) Staph infections. To top things off, the lab also found 18,100 other harmful bacteria on the sandals.

Contact Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to schedule an assessment with one of our expert physical therapists!

714-997-5518

1111 W. Town and Country Rd. Ste.1

Orange, Ca 92868

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapists, utilizes trigger point therapy.

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Dr. Grace Walker, a physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist is the director of Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center in Orange County, California. She holds doctoral degrees in both physical and occupational therapy from the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

In her work as an occupational and a physical therapist, Dr. Grace Walker routinely uses pressure point release techniques (Trigger Point Therapy). Pressure point release techniques provide that gentle but firm pressure  on these points and can help to relieve pain and inflammation.

 A common cause of persistent and strange aches and pains that usually go under-diagnosed are pressure points , or muscle knots. Most of these trigger points (TrPs) are common and, on condition that you are educated on where each trigger point is, they can be massaged at home! These TrPs are the most useful and satisfying areas to apply pressure to muscle.

Even without symptoms, pressure point techniques on these muscles is still important since they usually harbor latent pressure points— points not obvious until they are pressed. These are also normally responsible for stiffness, vague discomfort, and aching.

For an appointment with an expert physical therapist call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center at 714-997-5518.

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Raving Fan of Vestibular Program at Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center

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Dizziness leads to falls, and for people over the age of 50, falling is NOT a normal part of aging.

Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center has  a vestibular rehabilitation program developed by Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist that fans rave about. Here is a success story from one of our patients who absolutely loved the treatment.

“I went to my doctor because I had been feeling dizzy for the past 3 months and I came close to falling many times.  My doctor sent me to Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center and the treatment for my vertigo and balance was amazing;  I didn’t realize how many body parts were involved, but the experienced therapists were able to coordinate my treatments to maximize my results.  All of the staff was helpful and friendly, and the office is always tidy.  I have recommended my friends to Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center, and I would recommend Grace Walker’s treatments to ANYONE”
– N. Love

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Suffer no longer  with the effective treatment and genuine care from Walker PT & Pain Center’s team of experts!

Call us at 714-997-5518 for more information or to set up an appointment.

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Happy Falls Prevention Awareness Day!

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“Strong Today – Falls Free® Tomorrow for Seniors”


Celebrate Falls Prevention Awareness with Walker Physical Therapyand Pain Center
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Grace Walker Physical and Occupational therapist notes that September 23, 2014 marks the 7th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center is participating by providing free balance testing for the entire week. One in three individuals over the age of 65 will fall each year. For people over the age of 75, falling is the leading cause of injury-related death and hospitalizations. It is important to bring awareness to why falls happen and how to prevent them.

Please feel free to invite your friends, family, and patients to our office this week for their free balance testing.

WHAT:              Free Balance Testing

WHERE:           Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center

                               1111 W. Town & Country Rd. Ste 1.

                                Orange, CA 92868

WHEN:              September 22nd – 26th from 9AM – 5PM

CONTACT:     For further details or to confirm attendance,

                               call us at 714-997-5518 or email

                               patientcare@walkerpt.com

The California Department of Public Health has reported the number or unintentional senior falls in 2012 broken up into 3 categories: non-fatal emergency department visit, non-fatal hospitalization, and death(566f7ce355ed12f63b4ef489d32be354) .

For seniors 50 years or older, there were 294,390 non-fatal emergency department visits in California. There were also 90,928 non-fatal hospitalizations and 2,086 deaths from unintentional falls.

Our hope is to help bring awareness to help decrease these stats because after all, falling is not a normal part of aging. Grace Lorraine Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist says:

Be Safe!  Call for an appointment now at 714-997-5518

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Fall Prevention

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Fall prevention

Dr. Grace  Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist, asserts that falling is not a part of aging. However, our risk of falling does increase with age. An older adult is seen in the ER for a fall-related injury every 15 seconds! It is important to take preventative action such as regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet. The right exercise routine and diet will help to prevent falls. Lack of preventative measures may lead to loss of bone mass, poor muscle tone, and decreased muscle strength and flexibility leading to a greater risk of falling. Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center has an effective and affordable program for patients who are at risk for serious fall injuries and for those who have already fallen.

Fall Proof Your Home:  7 Tips

  • Remove clutter
  • Have a phone on each level of your house with emergency numbers
  • Install a grab bar around the tub and toilet
  • Use nonskid mats inside & outside of your tub
  • Install a hand-held shower head or consider using a seat
  • Use step stools for things out of reach
  • Avoid floor polishes or waxes

These  7 tips to help prevent falls will decrease the likelihood of falling in your home. However, falling can occur anywhere and greater measure need to be taken to prevent falls. Walker PT & Pain Center provides hands on, personalized care for balance therapy. Our team of experts are trained to personalize each program to fit your specific needs.Prevent Falls

Success Story:

“The reason I went to Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center was that I was losing my balance and falling down. My needs were quickly and accurately evaluated. The team, under the direction of Grace Walker, Physical and Occupational therapist, is friendly and very helpful. They remembered my name every time I arrived. The team understands a person’s physical limit and they help each person achieve that limit at each session. The exercises are easily transferred to home. I an now keep my balance. I didn’t think it would be possible!”                               ~William T.

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Free Balance Testing

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Walker PT & Pain Center Offers Free Balance Testing to prevent Falls!

“Strong Today – Falls Free® Tomorrow for Seniors”

Grace Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist  states, “One in three individuals over the age of 65 will fall each year.”   For people over the age of 75, falling is the leading cause of injury-related death and hospitalizations. Fall-related injuries are the #1 cause of nursing home admissions. Falling is NOT a normal part of aging.Family; balance testing

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) initiative brings “Falls Free” to 48 states. We are joining the NCOA in declaring September 23, 2014 as Falls Prevention Awareness Day. In support of this day we will be providing free balance testing in our office for the entire week.

Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center has an effective and affordable program for patients who are at risk for serious fall injuries and for those who have already fallen. Even if you only feel a little less balanced than you used to be or only had a minor fall, you are still at risk and will benefit from Walker’s Better Balance Programs. Our team of experts are trained to personalize each program to fit your specific needs.

WHAT:              Free Balance Testing

WHERE:           Walker Physical therapy and Pain Center

                               1111 W. Town & Country Rd. Ste 1.

                                Orange, CA 92868

WHEN:              September 22nd – 26th from 9AM – 5PM

CONTACT:     For further details or to confirm attendance,

                               call us at 714-997-5518 or email

                               patientcare@walkerpt.com

Grace Lorraine Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist says:

Be Safe!  Call for an appointment now at 714-997-5518

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