Think Your Heels Hurt? Look at These Shoes and Think Again!

First, watch this:

Here are a couple still shots of those…things:


Almost hard to watch, isn’t it?  Well it’s part of a new exhibit called Scary Beautiful and is a collaboration between Leanie van der Vyver and Dutch shoe designer René van den Berg.  Here is the philosophy behind their creation:

Humans are playing God by physically and metaphorically perfecting themselves. Beauty is currently at an all-time climax, allowing this project to explore what lies beyond perfection.

Scary Beautiful challenges current beauty ideals by inflicting an unexpected new beauty standard.

So I think the takeaway here is, next time your find yourself in an uncomfortable pair of heels, think about this poor girl and remember – things could be worse.

Sources:

The Look (Today Show)

US Surgeon General Addresses the APMA

United States Surgeon General Regina Benjanmin, MD, MBA congratulated the American Podiatric Medical Association on it’s 100 years of advancing podiatric medicine at the 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting (also know as The National).

She lauded the APMA and the work it’s members do on a daily basis stating, “[The role] today’s podiatrists [play] in the diabetic management team is a vital step to preventing amputation”

The Surgeon General has put an emphasis on encouraging lifestyles of sickness and disease to ones of wellness and prevention and thus continued by saying, “Podiatric care must continue to advance.  You not only save lives, limbs, and health-care dollars, you also preserve dignity and quality of life.”

Dr. Benjamin closed with an interesting story of a young woman who say a man on the beach early in the morning throwing starfish back into the ocean.  When the woman asked the man why he was returning the starfish, one by one, to the water even though he would never be able to save them all as the sun rose, the man responded by picking up a single starfish and saying, “It makes a difference for this starfish”.

“I commend you for the important health-care services you provide everyday,” Dr. Benjamin concluded, “Learn all you can at The National, then go home and find your starfish.”

To view a video of Dr. Benjamin’s speech, you can visit www.c-span.org/events/surgeon-general-speaks-to-podiatric-association/10737433170.

If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact We Treat Feet Podiatry by clicking here to view our various locations and phone numbers!

We Treat Feet! That’s what we do. From the simplest nail problems, to the most complex foot deformities, we provide exceptional care in a kind and compassionate manner. We offer board certified physicians that have spent years learning the intricate structures and functions of the human foot and ankle. No knees or elbows here, only the best foot and ankle care available in Maryland.

From heel pain, bunions, Sports medicine injuries, broken bones, neuromas, hammertoes, and flatfeet to Achilles tendon problems, we have the most modern technology available to help you, including digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and vascular testing equipment.

Our physician team offers treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. No foot is too big, no problem is too big, because remember, We Treat Feet!

You can check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

4 Clarifications Between Obama vs. Ryan Medicare Spending Plans

It turns out they do agree on something – in the economic plans set forth by both current President Barack Obama and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, the parties have pushed for the same target rate for controlling federal spending on Medicare.  Where they differ is the path to achieving this target rate and with all the campaign jargon being thrown around during this election time, it’s hard to get a clear view on what each plan actually entails so we’ve clarified 4 main sub-issues within the Medicare debate.

Here are our 4 clarifications:

1.) Hard Cap (Ryan) vs. Soft Cap (Obama) – in cutting costs to get down to their target rate, Paul Ryan’s plan would use a hard cap, or a set spending limit, to cut costs which would only affect those currently under 55 years old.  Obama’s spending cuts on the other hand, would be based on a cost-per-user rate which, if this rate goes over a certain amount (as determined by a Mediare actuary), would trigger cuts across the board.  Obama’s cuts would come as a percentage cut of Medicare’s overall spending and some critics argue it wouldn’t be enough to reach the desired target rate.

2.) What Would Seniors Pay Under the Ryan Plan? – Democrats have argued that seniors will pay more under Ryan’s plan while the Republican camp has stated that seniors could choose some plans and not pay anything at all.  So who’s telling the truth?  Well according to HealthCare Finance News, Ryan’s plan states that all plans would submit bids for how much they would charge to cover a beneficiary’s health care costs and each of these plans would be required to provide a minimum set of benefits equal to the value of those in the traditional program.  The government would pay the premium for the private plan with the second lowest bid, or for traditional Medicare, whichever is lower. Beneficiaries would get a rebate if they chose the lowest-cost plan, but would have to pay the difference if they chose a plan that set premiums higher than the second-lowest.  So basically, the most basic plans for seniors would be what some would consider to be ‘no cost’ but if they wanted to upgrade the plans, the seniors would be responsible for the difference in cost.

3.) What is this $716 billion Medicare cut both sides keep rumbling about? – Well in our opinion this is a bit of a moot point.  In both parties’ plans, $716 billion will be removed from Medicare funding over the next 10 years but this money will be put right back into fixing various inefficiencies in the healthcare system.  From our view, the parties are using this big number as ammunition to attack the other side when it reality they’re both planning to do simliar things with it.

4.) All in all, what is the main difference between the Ryan and Obama spending cuts? – In short, the Obama cuts would depend more heavily on the discretion of various government decision-makers determining the most effective way to cut costs while the Ryan plan would depend more on competition between both private and public healthcare entities to drive down the costs.  Obama’s cuts would be administered on a percentage basis by the government while Ryan’s plan would allow normal competition to drive the costs down and if they do not go below a certain point, would then require government intervention to get the program under the hard cap limit (although he has not stated what parts of the health care program would be cut first)

Any actual movement on this issue is unlikely until a new congress is seated in 2013.  Until then, it remains a hot campaign issue which both parties are trying to spin to their advantage to gain the coveted senior vote.

Article references: HealthCare Finance News

If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact We Treat Feet Podiatry by clicking here to view our various locations and phone numbers!

We Treat Feet! That’s what we do. From the simplest nail problems, to the most complex foot deformities, we provide exceptional care in a kind and compassionate manner. We offer board certified physicians that have spent years learning the intricate structures and functions of the human foot and ankle. No knees or elbows here, only the best foot and ankle care available in Maryland.

From heel pain, bunions, Sports medicine injuries, broken bones, neuromas, hammertoes, and flatfeet to Achilles tendon problems, we have the most modern technology available to help you, including digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and vascular testing equipment.

Our physician team offers treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. No foot is too big, no problem is too big, because remember, We Treat Feet!

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Autologous skin grafts successful in healing chronic foot ulcers

Scientists, using skin grafts grown from individual patient cell samples, have successfully found a new treatment for chronic diabetic foot ulcers.

The study consisted of 5 men using autologous fobroblast-seeded artificial dermis (AFD) for similar ulcers and found that 3 of the patients had complete wound closure after 12 weeks with the other 2 experiencing 80-90% healing.  Going into the experiment, wound closure of 60%+ would have been considered successful.

The patients remained in the hospitals for 21 days to allow the grafts in the wound areas to completely settle.  No topical wound-healing accelerants were applied.  One instance of skin infection and one of wound pain were the only side affects associated with the procedure.

“Although this study was a preliminary clinical trial with a small sample size, our dermal substitutes may provide a safe and effective treatment of diabetic ulcers,” said Naoki Morimoto of Kyoto Unversity in Japan.

The process did not use animal-derived materials and thus avoided potential risks including viral, prion infection, immune or inflammatory reactions to bovine proteins.

Morimoto also noted that systemic complications in diabetes patients can make it difficult to harvest large amounts of autologous serum.

“In this study, the average amount of autologous serum needed for the preparation of AFD was 11·6 mL and this amount would not be an issue in diabetic patients, even those on haemodialysis,” the studied emphasized.

Sources:

Medical Research News
Springer Healthcare
News-Medical.net

APMA has 100th Anniversary Recognized by US Senate

American Podiatric Medical AssociationOnly July 24th, the American Podiatric Medical Association’s 100th Anniversary and associated achievements officially recognized by the United States Senate.  It was a momentous occasion for an organization which has made unprecedented strides in the field of podiatric health over the last century.

Watch this APMA’s video documenting the organizations 100 years of proud history:

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Also – here’s a hilarious video of comedian Frank Caliendo promoting the APMA’s 100 Year Celebration:

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The resolution was sponsored by by Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA).  You can watch CSPAN’s video of the resolution’s passing by clicking here.  Here’s to another 100 proud years for the American Podiatric Medical Association!

If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact We Treat Feet Podiatry by clicking here to view our various locations and phone numbers!

We Treat Feet! That’s what we do. From the simplest nail problems, to the most complex foot deformities, we provide exceptional care in a kind and compassionate manner. We offer board certified physicians that have spent years learning the intricate structures and functions of the human foot and ankle. No knees or elbows here, only the best foot and ankle care available in Maryland.

From heel pain, bunions, Sports medicine injuries, broken bones, neuromas, hammertoes, and flatfeet to Achilles tendon problems, we have the most modern technology available to help you, including digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and vascular testing equipment.

Our physician team offers treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. No foot is too big, no problem is too big, because remember, We Treat Feet!

You can check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Sources:

American Podiatric Medicine Association

Summertime Feet: The importance of keeping your feet together during the summer!

During the summer, we all get excited about the weather and tend to forget how to take care of our feet. We toss on those flip flops or sandals, which may not be the best idea. So how do we make sure we take good care of our feet? What are some good ideas about taking care of your feet during the summer?

The right footwear:

  • Look for sandals with lower, wider heels and a stable sole to offer greater support and balance and to reduce pressure on the ball of the foot and toes. Anything over a two-inch heel changes the way the foot functions and puts you at a higher risk for problems.
  • Check the soles of the shoes. Ultra-thin soles provide inadequate cushioning and foot support, which is needed especially on the hottest days.
  • Flip-flops can often cause blisters when the material rubs the skin between the toes. Choose flip-flops made of natural materials and soft, supple leather. Ensure that the sandal fits properly and that the foot doesn’t hang off the edge.
  • Try on sandals and walk around before buying. Make sure they feel comfortable in the store. Later, make sure that you break in new shoes before going on trips where you may do a lot of walking. This is especially true for cruise vacations!

If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact We Treat Feet Podiatry by clicking here to view our various locations and phone numbers!

We Treat Feet! That’s what we do. From the simplest nail problems, to the most complex foot deformities, we provide exceptional care in a kind and compassionate manner. We offer board certified physicians that have spent years learning the intricate structures and functions of the human foot and ankle. No knees or elbows here, only the best foot and ankle care available in Maryland.

From heel pain, bunions, Sports medicine injuries, broken bones, neuromas, hammertoes, and flatfeet to Achilles tendon problems, we have the most modern technology available to help you, including digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and vascular testing equipment.

Our physician team offers treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. No foot is too big, no problem is too big, because remember, We Treat Feet!

You can check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Are pedicures good for my feet’s health? Why, yes they are!`

Hot summer’s mean sandal wearing season is here.  And sandal wearing season means frequent trips to your local spa to get that extra special pedicure. Pedicures do more than just clean up your feet. They are good for your health.

Did you know that by getting frequent pedicure treatments, you are reducing pain, infection and joint pain?  A good pedicure is suppose to do all of these things plus give your confidence a boost.  Interested in learning more?  Here’s a comprehensive list of reasons why you should get pedicures all year long.

Pedicures help my feet because..

  • Increase confidence with wearing sandals. Some people feel insecure wearing sandals because they feel that their feet are not attractive enough.  Yet by going to a spa or performing an in-house pedicure treatment, your spirits will be boosted plus your feet will stay healthy.
  • Your skin and joints are healthier. Every pedicure regiment starts with a spa soak. A spa soak softens your skin and the spa bath, itself encourages circulation throughout your ankles and lower legs. This procedure reduces pain and swelling, and this is often the case since most people sit or stand throughout the day. In addition, softened skin decreases the chance of having corns and calluses formed.
  • Though pedicures are most popular during Summer and Spring time, consider getting them during Fall and Winter. Cold weather can serve as a drying agent for your skin and nails. If you don’t take proper care of your feet during colder months, you may get dry and brittle nails. Aside from the fact that they are super painful, this could increase your chance of getting an infection. So treat your feet, all year long.
  • Some people say the best part of getting a pedicure is getting a massage. Massages feel great but they also have positive health properties for your feet. A good foot massage can enhance circulation in the lower legs and feet. While this occurs, tight muscles will easily get loosened.  Massages also help enhance better joint performance, especially during cold weather seasons.

If any foot problems persist, be sure to schedule an appointment with one of the foot care specialists at We Treat Feet!

If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact We Treat Feet Podiatry by clicking here to view our various locations and phone numbers!

We Treat Feet! That’s what we do. From the simplest nail problems, to the most complex foot deformities, we provide exceptional care in a kind and compassionate manner. We offer board certified physicians that have spent years learning the intricate structures and functions of the human foot and ankle. No knees or elbows here, only the best foot and ankle care available in Maryland.

From heel pain, bunions, Sports medicine injuries, broken bones, neuromas, hammertoes, and flatfeet to Achilles tendon problems, we have the most modern technology available to help you, including digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and vascular testing equipment.

Our physician team offers treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. No foot is too big, no problem is too big, because remember, We Treat Feet!

You can check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Summer Foot Care Tips to Keep you Cool and your Feet Pain Free

Maryland’s hot and humid summer weather presents several unique problems for your feet, including eczema, psoriasis, blisters, fungal infections, and smelly feet. Luckily, there are several steps you can take to beat the heat and enjoy your summer to its fullest!

Summer Foot Care Tips

  1. Wash Your Feet: In the summer, your feet will sweat. This problem is compounded when you wear tight shoes. And where there is moisture, there is a potential for fungal infections. Because of this, it is important to wash your feet frequently during the summer months.
  2. Foot Powder: Foot powder is your friend. It will soak up excessive moisture and keep your feet fresh.
  3. Let Your Feet Breathe: Sandals and flip flops are great options in the summer. They will keep your feet nice and cool (and dry).
  4. Change Your Socks: The accumulation of moisture in your socks can make you more susceptible to a foot bacterial or fungal infection. To avoid this problem, change your socks frequently.
  5. Beware Locker Rooms: Always wear sandals or some other foot covering when walking around in a public locker room.
  6. Foot Support: The right shoe can make all the difference. Be sure that you have comfortable shoes that support your feet no matter what you are doing.
  7. Sunscreen: Many people completely forget to apply sunscreen to their feet! Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 if you’re going to be barefoot outdoors or have your feet exposed.

If any foot problems persist, be sure to schedule an appointment with one of the foot care specialists at We Treat Feet!

If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact We Treat Feet Podiatry by clicking here to view our various locations and phone numbers!

We Treat Feet! That’s what we do. From the simplest nail problems, to the most complex foot deformities, we provide exceptional care in a kind and compassionate manner. We offer board certified physicians that have spent years learning the intricate structures and functions of the human foot and ankle. No knees or elbows here, only the best foot and ankle care available in Maryland.

From heel pain, bunions, Sports medicine injuries, broken bones, neuromas, hammertoes, and flatfeet to Achilles tendon problems, we have the most modern technology available to help you, including digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and vascular testing equipment.

Our physician team offers treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. No foot is too big, no problem is too big, because remember, We Treat Feet!

You can check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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Regular Pedicures Promote Good Health

We Treat Feet Honored by Jewish Community Services

On Tuesday June 5th, at the dedication of its new Baltimore county office, Jewish Community Services (JCS) will present its Employer Partnership Award to We Treat Feet and Dr. Mikel Daniels for our community service efforts and continued support of JCS.

About JCS:

JCS services include counseling for adults, children and families, career services, assistance for seniors and caregivers, and more.

Through these programs and services, families and individuals will be supported in meeting basic needs for economic sufficiency; in living independently; in achieving mental health and competence; and in feeling supported by and connected to the Jewish community in ways that are meaningful to them.

If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact We Treat Feet Podiatry by clicking here to view our various locations and phone numbers!

We Treat Feet! That’s what we do. From the simplest nail problems, to the most complex foot deformities, we provide exceptional care in a kind and compassionate manner. We offer board certified physicians that have spent years learning the intricate structures and functions of the human foot and ankle. No knees or elbows here, only the best foot and ankle care available in Maryland.

From heel pain, bunions, Sports medicine injuries, broken bones, neuromas, hammertoes, and flatfeet to Achilles tendon problems, we have the most modern technology available to help you, including digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and vascular testing equipment.

Our physician team offers treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. No foot is too big, no problem is too big, because remember, We Treat Feet!

You can check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Foot Pain and Weight Gain :: Podiatry in Maryland :: Podiatrist Tips

Watch Dr. Mikel Daniels of We Treat Feet on ABC News as he explains how foot problems can cause weight gain.

Dr. Mikel Daniels

At We Treat Feet, Dr. Daniels offers the latest techniques in foot and ankle surgery, including postoperative pain buster pumps, minimally invasive foot surgery, and the removal of painful skin lesions (corns and calluses).

 

New research shows that foot problems can lead to weight gain. Why? The study found that 72% of people do not exercise because their feet hurt. Dr. Daniels offers several solutions, including:

  1. Low Impact Exercise: There are plenty of exercise options that do not cause unneeded stress on your foot, such as swimming, bicycling, and upper body weights.
  2. Have the Problem Identified: There are many causes of foot pain. Having the problem identified and fixed can be the first step to a life free of foot pain. That is where We Treat Feet can help! At We Treat Feet, our physician team is well trained and highly skilled, offering treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors.

If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact We Treat Feet Podiatry by clicking here to view our various locations and phone numbers!

We Treat Feet! That’s what we do. From the simplest nail problems, to the most complex foot deformities, we provide exceptional care in a kind and compassionate manner. We offer board certified physicians that have spent years learning the intricate structures and functions of the human foot and ankle. No knees or elbows here, only the best foot and ankle care available in Maryland.

From heel pain, bunions, Sports medicine injuries, broken bones, neuromas, hammertoes, and flatfeet to Achilles tendon problems, we have the most modern technology available to help you, including digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and vascular testing equipment.

Our physician team offers treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. No foot is too big, no problem is too big, because remember, We Treat Feet!

You can check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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