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AUTUMN ACTIVITIES Fall is the time for bonfires, brisk hikes, and walks through freshly fallen leaves. If you’re wearing a prosthetic or orthotic, it’s also time to make sure your device is in top condition so you’re ready to enjoy all your favorite fall activities. Call our office today to see how we can get your orthotic or prosthetic in the best shape possible! Make Sure to Plan Ahead Whether you’re wearing orthotics (braces, inserts, and supports) or a prosthetic (artificial limbs), it’s necessary to plan ahead for any activity you’re going to participate in. If you’re going to be outdoors and exploring new areas that you’re unfamiliar with, you may want to make sure your activity is completed before dark. What foods you bring or eat ahead of time can have a greater impact on howwell your orthotic or prosthetic may fit than you realize. Dairy products, processed foods, and excessive salt or sugar can cause inflammation. This can result in devices not fitting as well and problems with the socket. There are several great snacks that are easy to prepare, carry, and normally cause little to no inflammation. • Bananas are one of the healthiest and easiest snacks to bring along. • Grapes and raisins are sweet as well as low in calories. • Almonds, pistachios, and most seeds are great alone or for making a yummy trail mix. • Dark chocolate is great-tasting and anti-inflammatory.

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