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Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers

Safeway escalator elicits safety concerns from customers


MEGAN V. WINSLOW/Town Crier
The escalator at the Safeway on First Street poses a safety hazard, some customers allege.

A Safeway shopper who accidentally placed his cart last month on the customer escalator instead of the shopping cart track next to...

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Schools

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week

Los Altos High hosts 30th Writers Week


Above Photo by Traci Newell/Town Crier;
Author Jack Andraka shares his story with fellow high school seniors during Los Altos High School’s Writers Week last week.

Los Altos High School students learned firsthand last week how professionals ...

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Community

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center

Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Charles Viajar, student and U.S. Navy veteran, brings his four-legged companion Bruno to the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College. Bruno, a 2-year-old Imperial Shih Tzu, is trained to assist Viajar with...

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Sports

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls

Improbable run to NorCal semis saves season for St. Francis girls


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Daisha Abdelkader goes on a fast break in the CCS Division II final. The senior point guard scored eight points in the Lancers’ NorCal semifinal loss to Dublin last week.

Senior Daisha Abdel...

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We'll buy it; what is it? Editorial

Would you buy a device on the condition that you are kept in the dark about how it works? Would you feel good about purchasing such a device when the contract even calls for nondisclosure of the nondisclosure form that keeps the device top secret?

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Special Sections

MV resident, engineer applies brainpower to screenplays

MV resident, engineer applies brainpower to screenplays


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
High-tech vice president by day, screenwriter by night, Mountain View resident Robert Frostholm pursues his passion for storytelling.

Robert Frostholm has always been a storyteller.

Until a couple of years ago, however, hi...

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Business

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings

Vintage Bath changes hands as new owners add twist to classic offerings


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Vintage Bath, the downtown Los Altos showroom, is under new leadership. Taking over are, from left, co-owners Jerry Rudick and Deena Castello and marketing and visual director Alissa McDonald.

Deena Castello – the new cu...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

BEVERLEY JEANE (DORSEY) MCCHESNEY

1944-2014

Beverley McChesney passed away at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA on Sunday, Nov. 16. She had been fighting cancer for about 23 years until it went into her lungs.

She is survived by her husband David, of Cloverdale; her sisters...

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Travel

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarter...

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Stepping Out

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill

Cal Pops performs Sunday at Foothill


Courtesy of Cal Pops
The Cal Pops trumpet section includes Dean Boysen, from left, Bob Runnels and Noel Weidkamp.

The California Pops Orchestra is scheduled to perform “Swing Time!” – a musical tour of Big Band hits from the 1930...

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Spiritual Life

Oshman JCC hosts panel on Judaism and Science

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center has scheduled its inaugural Judaism and Science Symposium, “An Exploration of the Convergence of Jewish & Scientific Thought,” 5 p.m. April 12 at the JCC’s Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 39...

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Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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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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