Rue & Primavera Nov 2017

Happy Feet

he American Podiatric Medical Association considers your feet a marvel of engineering. Together, your two feet contain more than 50 bones, accounting for more than 60 joints and 200 muscles, tendons, and ligaments that hold them together and allow for movement. When we walk or run, our body goes through a complex set of steps that makes movement seem smooth and easy. This cycle is called your gait, which begins when your heel touches the floor and your foot starts to flatten on the ground. Finally, your foot and toes touch down on the ground, just as the heel begins to lift, and as the momentum carries you forward, your toes come off the ground. The whole leg gets ready to swing forward. A smooth gait means that the forces from the ground should be absorbed by your heels and feet each time you take a step. Energy from the ground is transferred via healthy movement through the feet, up the ankles, knees, and hips, into the spine, and up to your head. T

An improper gait or injury to the foot can cause problems throughout your whole body.

If your arches are too high or oversupported, you walk with excessive supination. People who supinate often have trouble wearing shoes that are too tight because they create pressure on the top and ball of the foot. Excessive pronation, then, is when your arches fall toward the floor and flatten out. Pronation is common and can cause issues in your ankles, knees, hips, and lower back. Pronation can also cause bunions, corns, and callouses. Most people think they can ignore foot-related problems or suffer through them because they are “only” affecting their feet. The truth is, foot problems can translate throughout the whole body, and when foot pain becomes too much, an individual is at risk for developing diseases as a result of a sedentary lifestyle. If pain from your feet is keeping you from exercising or simply moving around, call Rue & Primavera at (360) 279- 8323. We will have you back to proper health in no time.

Roasted Parmesan Pesto POTATOES

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It only takes 3 ingredients to make these crispy, flavorful potatoes. They’re the perfect side dish for any meal.

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2 pounds red potatoes, quartered

2 tablespoons basil pesto Salt and pepper, to taste

3 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese

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Preheat oven to 400 F.

2. In large bowl, combine potatoes and pesto. Toss to coat. Transfer potatoes to large baking sheet or shallow roasting pan. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Roast 20 minutes and remove from oven. 3. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese evenly over potatoes and put pan back in the oven. Roast for additional 10–15 minutes or until potatoes are tender and crispy. Remove from oven and serve warm.

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Recipe courtesy of TwoPeasAndTheirPod.com.

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