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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Becky Wertish

Lifestyle Health
“You get used to the constant aching. But when it ramped up, it got to the point where I was miserable just standing.”

Can’t ‘Stand’ the Pain? Try Kinesio Taping

Being on your feet all day can be tough on anyone. However, for Big Lake resident Becky Wertish, it was especially painful. Becky has plantar fasciitis, a reoccurring and painful inflammation in the heel and bottom of the foot. The pain is especially bad in the mornings and makes walking or standing for long periods of time extremely difficult. But as a nurse practitioner, and mother of three teenage girls, slowing down wasn’t an option.

Becky took ibuprofen, bought insoles for her shoes, learned stretches, visited a podiatrist and even got a steroid injection. But despite her best efforts, Becky’s pain never resolved completely. “You get used to the constant aching,” she explained. “But when it ramped up, it got to the point where I was miserable just standing.”

As her pain grew worse, Becky considered another steroid injection. But then she went to Certified Massage Therapist, Shawn Linn, at Lifestyle Health. At an early visit, Shawn suggested Kinesio taping as a way to treat Becky’s plantar fasciitis. He explained, “Plantar fasciitis is a tough condition to treat, but Kinesio taping can help decrease inflammation and tension.” Two days after the tape was applied, Becky’s pain was almost completely gone. She marveled, “I couldn’t believe it after all these years.”

Now that Becky’s plantar fasciitis is under control, she’s enjoying work, camping with her family and reminiscing about a recent mission trip in Guatemala, all pain free. She’s back to living her busy life at full speed.