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LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics

LA Council race adds 3 new faces to city politics


The Town Crier chronicled the first election of Los Altos City Council incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw in 2010 and documented the Los Altos candidacy of Jean Mordo, who volunteered as a longtime public servant in Los Altos Hills before moving to the flat...

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Schools

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system

St. Simon launches web-based learning management system


Courtesy of St. Simon Parish School
St. Simon fifth-grader Matthew Cummins uses a laptop in class last week. The school’s cloud-based Schoology system boosts organization and collaboration.

Families at St. Simon Parish School in Los Altos laun...

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Community

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'

Los Altos to celebrate 100 years of library use with 'Centennial Faire'


Town Crier File Photo
The Los Altos main library is among the more popular branches in the county library district system, set to celebrate 100 years.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his debut with the Boston Red Sox, wages hit $5 per day, the first ste...

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Sports

Eagles eye another stellar season

Eagles eye another stellar season


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High outside hitter Carmen Annevelink, right, goes for the kill Thursday against Palo Alto, as teammates Sarah Tritschler, left, and Lulu Kishton prepare to play defense. The Eagles won the match in straight ga...

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Comment

Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

Howe...

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Special Sections

'Funabout' Fiat

'Funabout' Fiat


Photos courtesy of Fiat
The 2014 Fiat 500e uses 29 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, which the engineers claim is the equivalent of 116 mpg of gas use. It has a sticker price of $33,095.

If you believe in climate change, would love to see alternat...

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Business

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground

App developer eyes First Friday as testing ground


Ted Fagenson

An East Bay app developer is testing his newest creation in downtown Los Altos.

Ted Fagenson, co-founder of Skrownge (pronounced “scrounge”), told the Town Crier that he’s beta testing his mobile gaming app this week ...

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Books

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween

From story to bookstore: Local journey highlights Halloween


Courtesy of Dee Ellmann
Jenny Hurwick self-published her picture book last month after decades of storytelling.

During her years working as a teacher and a Los Altos mom, Jenny Hurwick loved to tell stories. One tale she crafted for her son just se...

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People

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

VINCENT (TIM) MURPHY JR.

July 27, 1953 – August 12, 2014

Native Los Altan died Medford, OR. Graduated Bellarmine Prep. Married Josephine Domino, 1950. Licensed Auto Mechanic, Private Pilot, skilled Computer Scientist. Tim “could fix anything”. Afflicted with cancer 2001. ...

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Travel

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup

Taking a Turkey trek: Winging it during the World Cup


Rich Robertson/Special to the Town Crier
The sun sets over the Aegean Sea in Bodrum, Turkey, left.

Tours that whisk you from Istanbul to Bodrum in 11 days are as plentiful as souvenir hawkers in Turkey, but traveling from the Blue Mosque to Topkapi ...

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Stepping Out

'Gypsy' on its way out

'Gypsy' on its way out


Chris Berger/Special to the Town Crier
Alison Koch of Los Altos plays Dainty June in “Gypsy.”

This is the final weekend to catch the Sunnyvale Community Players production of “Gypsy” at the Sunnyvale Theatre. The musical is slated to close Sund...

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Spiritual Life

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry

Ugandan pastor visits U.S. to raise support for children's ministry


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Herman Lukwago educates children in Uganda.

Imagine life if your father had 25 children and you were raised in poverty in rural Uganda.

Now imagine that you and your siblings were orphaned at an early age and you ass...

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Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Healing the heel: Treating plantar fasciitis


courtesy of Ted Ray
The red area in the illustration shows an inflamed ligament in the heel, known as plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is the term used to describe foot pain that occurs in the heel or the arch of the foot. Typically brought on by overuse, such as running or walking long distances, plantar fasciitis can be difficult to treat because the inflammation is in the fascia, or ligamentous tissue, on the bottom of the foot.

Typical approaches to treatment include cortisone shots to reduce inflammation, orthotics to support the foot and protective boots worn at night to prevent the foot from contracting. But no one treatment works for everyone.

So what can you do if arch and heel pain affect you? I spoke with Dr. Lawrence Oloff of SOAR Medical Group, the team podiatrist for the San Francisco Giants, to get his perspective on the best way to resolve the condition.

Q: What is plantar fasciitis?

A: The plantar fascia is a ligament in the arch that attaches to the heel and runs the length of the foot. Fasciitis represents a condition where the plantar fascia gets inflamed and irritated, resulting in heel pain in the bottom of the foot.

Q: Who gets plantar fasciitis?

A: It is more common in active people but can be witnessed in anyone. It is more common with foot structural issues such as high arch feet and flat feet. Walkers, runners and hikers are particularly prone to it. As running is a major part of conditioning for many sports, it is witnessed as one of the most common sports overuse injuries.

Q: How do I know if I have plantar fasciitis?

A: Fasciitis symptoms are expressed as heel pain on the bottom of the foot that is exacerbated by standing and walking. People express their worst pain when first getting out of bed, out of a chair or when exiting a car.

Q: How do you treat plantar fasciitis in your office?

A: The first line of treatment involves simultaneous approaches such as temporary use of anti-inflammatory medicines (if medically allowed) like Advil or Aleve, over-the-counter orthotics or padded heel cups, icing, stretching (arches, calves and hamstrings), night splints (check out nightsplints.com) and elimination of irritating weight-bearing activities.

Q: How long does plantar fasciitis last?

A: Be patient, because it can take months to totally improve.

Q: Any quick fixes?

A: Check out your shoes and make sure that they are supportive enough, or maybe it’s just time to replace that worn-out running shoe.

Q: What if it doesn’t get better?

A: Options for stronger treatment include prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications, limited use of cortisone injections or custom orthotics. Stress fractures of the heel bone are not that uncommon. They typically present with pain on the sides of the heel versus the bottom. An X-ray, and maybe an MRI, is needed for a more precise diagnosis.

Acupuncture for plantar fasciitis

While needles in the foot may seem counterintuitive for this kind of pain, acupuncture can be really effective in releasing foot tension. That’s because acupuncture works to increase circulation to certain parts of the body and can release acute muscle spasm.

One acupuncture point in particular has been especially effective in treating plantar fasciitis. Master Tung, among the most famous acupuncturists in modern times, used a point halfway up the inside of the upper thigh to treat heel pain. This point releases tension in the Achilles tendon, thereby taking tension off the bottom of the foot.

Whether you start with massage, physical therapy or a new pair of shoes, many approaches to treating plantar fasciitis will work. The trick is to find the therapy – or therapies – that work for you. A podiatrist, physical therapist or acupuncturist is a good place to start.

Ted Ray is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in private practice in Mountain View. For more information, call 564-9002 or visit peninsulaacupuncture.com.

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