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February 24, 2016
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    About a week ago, we watched celebrities gracefully gliding down the red carpet in their most stunning attire at the Grammy Awards. We saw everything from Taylor Swift's tomato red bandeau, hot pink skirt, and metallic stilettos to Lady Gaga's bright red hair that matched her crazy bright red shoes, they were no doubt, all dressed to impress. But the excitement is not over! There is another celebrity event around the corner!

 

    The Oscars are another highly anticipated event every year. They are known for their fashion, but along with fashion, always comes some kind of discomfort - because beauty is pain right? Well, in this instance a lot of discomfort and foot problems can stem from the type of footwear that is being worn at the Oscars. As women, we get the whole uncomfortable, stiletto shoes that show how fashion-savvy we are. But as podiatrists, we cringe at the sight of all the damage those shoes are doing. Stilettos, pumps, and 6-inch heels may look trendy, but in reality they are killing your feet causing bunions corns & calluses, hammertoes, neuromas, and even shorten your calf muscles!

Here are some tips on how to avoid these disastrous foot problems & still look fashionable:
   
1. When picking out the proper heels, be sure to get a wider heel that is no more than one to two inches in height.
    2. Go for a lower, chunkier heel; Wedges can be a good compromise between tall stiletto heels and flats.
    3. Make sure that the shoes you choose are comfortable, since you will be wearing them all night.
    4. After a night of activiy in high heels, wear more sensible shoes the following days to give your feet a break.


February 19, 2016
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February is known for the hearts and flowers that come with Valentine's Day, so it is fitting that February is also American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure, is the #1 killer of both men and women in the U.S. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). In fact, it costs the nation over $300 billion each year, according to the CDC, to cover the costs of health care, medication and lost productivity of those affected. As podiatrists, we know how important is it to care for the whole body to allow our patients to lead active, healthy lives. We feel it is important to not only educate our patients about the health of their feet, but also other medical conditions that may be affecting their overall heath. Raising awareness of cardiovascular disease is the first step towards a solution. Below, we have listed some of the main risk factors for heart disease:

1. High blood pressure

2. High cholesterol

3. Smoking

4. Diabetes

Almost half of Americans have at least one of these four risk factors. Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease, including: obesity, a poor diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use. It is important to take early action steps towards healthier lifestyle choices as well as, being aware of the risk factors that you have in your own life so you can stay healthy, happy, and on your feet! (http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm)


February 10, 2016
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Valentine’s Day is almost upon us! A time of gushy love poems, dozens of roses, and cupid marking his targets. February is not doubt, the month of love, so it only makes sense that this month we are emphasizing the importance of loving your own feet!

This month at DM Foot & Ankle Associates, we are offering a limited edition, top of the line foot spa package! It’s a gift that your Valentine ’s Day date is going to love. It can be used by both men and women; you can buy it as a gift for your significant other or treat yourself for Valentine’s Day! This package includes everything that you need to help rejuvenate your heels and feet from this cold winter weather.

 Renew the look and feel of your feet and leave them feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. The process starts with a foot soak, which softens the skin and conditions the cuticles to prepare them for treatment. After soaking the feet, a foot scrub is used to exfoliate and treat callused and dry feet. The scrub is intended to soften and revive the skin while stimulating blood flow.  Be sure to avoid using a foot razor to scrub off the dead skin, this can be damaging to the skin; instead, opt for a buffer like the one included in our gift set!

Following the scrub, a foot masque is used to help hydrate and detoxify the feet. Masques help to draw out dirt and to make the skin soft. After the mask is removed, be sure to slather on the foot cream. This will ensure lasting hydration and helps to repair dry, cracked skin.

It is important to take care of your feet and an occasional pampering is necessary. The “Love your feet spa set” does just that for you; it also solves the problem of figuring out what to get your significant other for Valentine’s Day. They are only here for the month of February! Be sure to take care of your heels and feet today!


February 03, 2016
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This Sunday is one of the most highly anticipated events for millions of men and women around the United States…It’s Superbowl Sunday! The battle between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos will be a tough one.Regardless of which team you’re cheering for, the Super Bowl is always a game full of excitement, emotions, and unforgettable moments.

While most of us are focused on the score, for the football players, there is a high risk of injury involved in the game, especially when stakes are high. It doesn’t matter if it’s college football, flag football, arena football, or touch football, the foot and ankle are very susceptible to injury when playing a high contact sport like this. The demands made on your feet and lower limbs during football can lead to a range of injuries, including blisters, sprained ankles, torn ligaments, shin splints, knee pain, lower back pain and other joint or muscle problems. Added to these are common complaints such as corns, calluses and athlete's foot.There are many factors that can contribute to injury including running style, quality of footwear, and even minor limb length differences.

At DM Foot & Ankle Associates we treat many athletes that have injuries or problems that can be avoided by implementing a few easy habits into their routine. Here are some tips that could help to prevent future injury or foot problems for athletes:

1.      Pick the right shoe for your sport. It is one of the most important things you can do to ensure proper balance, control, and support for the high stress and intensity that your foot will go through.

2.      Use orthotics. Theywill further support your foot and customize the right fit.

3.      Washand dry your feet thoroughly, everyday.

4.      Get rid of old shoes. You should replace your shoes every year or if they show signs of unevenness when placed on a flat surface, display noticeable creasing, and/or when the heel counter breaks down.

5.      Wear moisture-wicking socks. Wear only good quality, well- fitting socks that not only help to cushion your feet but also keep moisture away from the feet.

It is important to protect your feet and ankles in any sport that you participate in so that you can stay involved in the things you love to do and play like a champion!