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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 17, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Mondiy, 17, 1975 Lawrence Lamb M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb For as long as 1 can remember my legs, from the knees down, have tired out much quicker than anyone else's doing the same This goes back to my high school basketball days and even to pre teen days when I stayed home rather than go on shopping with my family because my legs got too tired. I have never consulted a doctor about this because I supposed I was born this way and must live with it. I'm 51 now, have farmed for 27 years, and they are getting worse at an accelerating rate. If I am on my feet too much my feet and legs ache and even feel tired when I get out of bed in the mornings. Do you have any comments as to the cause and treatment of my problem? Dear Reader Anyone who has excessive fatigue, aching or cramping in the legs with exercise must have a medical examination. Sometimes this, is a sign of poor circulation to the legs. The most common cause of poor circulation is the accumulation of fatty cholesterol deposits in the arteries, but it can also be a birth defect of the major arteries. Since you have had this since childhood it is less likely Fun with figures By J.A.H. Hunter "The plane was half empty, only 60 passengers in declared Charlie. "A lot of them were children." Martha smiled. "So you didn't have a sleep! How many kids were "No sympathy, eh? okay replied Charlie. "If the kids had been men there would have been twice as many men as women, but if the women had been men there would have been three times as many men as kids." You figure it out. (Answer tomorrow) Friday's answer: House numbers, Ted 15, Stan 35. Mr. Hunter answers all letters: ideas welcomed. that your problem is cir- culation, but you need to have it checked anyway. If the circulation is fine my best bet would be lack of mus- cle strength. Here again we must make a distinction between endurance and strength. A strong muscle is a big muscle. The strength is related to the cross sectional area of the muscle. Lots of walking will not develop strength because it doesn't increase the weight load on the muscle. Strength is developed in relation to the amount of weight a muscle must contract against, your body weight or any other means of loading the muscle. Because the ache is below the knees I am suspicious you are one of those many people who never developed strong calf muscles. When a muscle is basically small it may not be so well equipped for endurance. This is why many coaches today include some form of weight training for their overall athletic program. I would suggest that you start a series of exercises of standing on your toes. First stand in a flat footed position and raise up on your toes. Then return to the flat footed position and repeat this. The weight of your body will provide the weight training. Do this about 12 times in succession Monday, Wednes- day and Friday for about two weeks. If you can't do it 12 times do the number that is comfortable. Once you can do it 12 times in a row regularly three days a week for two weeks, switch to standing on one foot. You can balance yourself with one hand against the wall. You may be able to raise up on one toe only three to five times at first. Do the toe stands for each foot three days a week until you build up to doing this three times a week regularly. More frequent or additional toe stands will not help you and can over work the muscle to the point that it doesn't develop strength as fast as with the schedule outlined here. The rule is train, not strain. Maintain these exer- cises and it may enable you to increase your endurance dur- ing walking and similar ac- tivity. Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. COHEN AND OMAR SHARIF N.W.T. After a siege he es- caped, in 45-below weather, to the Yukon on foot, killing an RCMP constable en route. He was tracked on foot and by air and wounded a soldier before being shot. James Renwick. Covenanter, executed. ION 400 drowned when the British Duberg was wrecked in the China Sea. CffubL-owt unit, fo HI AND LOIS THIS PAN HAS STUFF STUCK TO YOUR WATER HOT ENOUSH? DON'T CHIP THAT YOU'RE DRIPPING WATER QN THE FOR A CHANGE TONK3HT VOU WASH AND I'LL DRY. THINGS ARE SO BAD RIGHT NOW NOBODY WANTS T' HEAP. ABOUT TH' FUTURE.' MAY I ASSUME THAT WUR DESPONDENT MOOD IS DUE TO A LACK OF BUSINESS? TOP 0 TH' MORNING, 'MAY YOUR DAY BE CHEEKY, SORT OF AHH, THINS.' SHADDUP TUM-TUM-TUM TIDDLY-, f? BUT DAGWOOD, I HAD SOME MORE THINGS TDSAY UH-HUH.YES UH-HUH-UH-HUH- UH-HUH UH-HUH-YES-' UH-HUH--UH-HUM I'LL IT TOOK A FEW'TUGS" TO GET HER INTO THAT DRESS HER FATHER IS A TUGBOAT CAPTAIN.' CLEO? HE MET HER DOWN) AT THE, RIVER WHERE DID JUGHEAD GET HIS HAGAR THE HORRIBLE WE BETTER YOU CAbl'T BE Too CAREFUL LET ME HAVE THAT BUCKET Of TdERE ARE STILL ON; TMI6 WlNPOW SOMEONE COP VOUR LOCK? U1ABNER WONT vou BWHG THE R.APALOO BACK THE AMAZON, YOU LAZX -tOLD ACAPEMIC BUT IF VOU'LL GRANT WHERE ME ANOTHER J AMVON0 I'LL SETSOMEONE fl WHO'D FOR SUCH A HELP ME BRIKie f PITTANCE ?j IT I IN THE MOST PITIFUL PLACE ;