Proper foot care important in warm weather months

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 11, 2018 9:45 am

Proper foot care and safety are important in the warm-weather months.

Wanting to go barefoot at this time of the year can lead to problems, according to Dr. Edward Cline, a podiatrist with the Hannibal Regional Medical Group.

Cline said he sees a surprising number of sprained ankles and broken bones during the summer months, due to people being active -- and barefoot -- outside while doing yard work or playing with their family. Other issues Cline says can come from going barefoot or wearing shoe wear that is not supportive can be splinters and stepping on broken glass.

"You really should not be going outside barefoot, at all," Cline said. "You (also) don't want to get sunburned on your feet, which could lead to melanoma, or you don't want your foot getting cut by a piece of wood or glass that could be hidden. Those are two very common problems I see this time of year."

Cline suggests wearing sandals, which provide support for the feet. Sandals, however, can also cause a problem if the person's feet will be in and out of water. Cline says to make sure the sandals do not have foam in them. The foam will hold water and become a breeding ground for bacteria.

Sleep disorders

Mark Lotz, director of the respiratory care program at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences, will be the guest speaker at the June 19 meeting of the Quincy Regional Sleep Disorders Support Group.

Loyz will discuss, "Sleep Disordered Breathing and Questions about CPAP and BiPAP."

The meeting will be 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Blessing Hospital Auditorium. The auditorium is to the right, just inside the main entrance to the hospital. The event will include refreshments.

Quincy Regional Sleep Disorders Support Group meetings are designed to be helpful to anyone currently using sleep apnea therapy, those beginning therapy or those with questions about sleep apnea or any form of sleep disorder. Family members and friends are also encouraged to attend.

The support group is sponsored by the Blessing Sleep Center in association with the American Sleep Apnea Association and the AWAKE (Alert, Well And Keeping Energetic) network.

For more information or to join a mailing list, contact the Blessing Sleep Center at 217-277-5397.

West Nile update

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in Illinois for 2018. North Shore Mosquito Abatement District staff collected the positive mosquitoes on May 25 in Glenview and Morton Grove. No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported so far this year.

"As we see higher temperatures, we will start to see more West Nile virus activity," IDPH Director Dr. Nirav D. Shah said. "Although we see West Nile virus in Illinois every year, don't become complacent. It's easy to take precautions to protect yourself by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of standing water around your home."

Monitoring for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests for mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing sick horses and humans with West Nile virus-like symptoms.

People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or other perching bird should contact their local health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a Culex pipiens mosquito, commonly called a house mosquito, that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.

Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur.

People older than 60 and individuals with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus.