Did you know that in addition to seeing patients with routine foot care needs, and even urgent podiatry concerns we have a surgical suite? The Ambulatory Surgical Center is located at our Frederick office on Thomas Johnson Drive. An Ambulatory Surgical Center is a facility where surgeries are performed that do not require the patient to be admitted to the hospital. The doctors of Frederick Foot & Ankle wanted to provide their patients with a smooth and private operating area to eliminate the extra stress that can accompany the hospital setting.
Our surgical suite is in use by all 6 of our trained podiatric surgeons, where they feel comfortable and familiar in our one of a kind operating setting. During a routine surgery one of our trained surgical assistants (Kim, Jenny, and Paul) help the podiatrists by being an extra set of hands and eyes during the surgery. For scheduling, verifications, and all things behind the scenes we have our surgical coordinator (Taryn, pictured above). With only two recovery bays and one operating room the surgery center staff’s attention is focused on a limited number of patients, giving each patient personalized attention to accommodate their needs. Other advantages of our private surgery suite include; shorter wait times, surgeons operating in a more controlled setting, an operating room dedicated to podiatric surgeries, and a more accessible location.
Having an Ambulatory Surgical Center does have a few limitations including; restrictions held by insurances, and specific surgeries that must be performed in a hospital setting.
If your feet and ankles are causing you pain or discomfort make an appointment at Frederick Foot & Ankle where we are equipped to take care of your health on many levels.
With fall weather comes school, and with school comes homework. After being a student for many years myself I have looked into what habits are the most effective for retaining more information and developed a short list.
- Sleep: All-nighters are proven to be ineffective. You need sleep to convert your newly absorbed information into longer term memory by way of REM sleep. You should study the most important information right before you go to bed, researchers have named this learning method as “sleep-learning.”
- Food: Just like you fuel up before a work out you should feast properly to prepare for optimum brain power. Eating the well-known healthy foods is always a good idea your body to run ideally, like; vegetables, whole grains, fruits, and plenty of water. Some more specific memory enhancing foods include; oily fish, sage, berries, tomatoes, eggs, and dark chocolate.
- Exercise: We all know all about the benefits for exercise on the body as reducing stress and releasing endorphins. But did you know that it is suggested to go for a run or lift weights before you sit down to study. Exercising beforehand is known to increases your alertness and mood.
- Get Help: There are so many resources available to the current student that it is a shame how many students struggle in silence. Some useful websites are Quizlet for digital flash cards, Anatomy Guy for a virtual tour of a dissected cadaver, and Tyler DeWitt’s channel on youtube for chemistry.
- Study Time: Research has come up with a 24-hour rule for studying, in which a topic learned in class should be reviewed and studied 24 hours after you learn it. With the 24-hour rule 80% of the initial material covered is retained.
- Self-Test: Re-reading material might be a good way to introduce yourself to the topic at hand but can also lure you into a false sense that you know the material. When you re-read the text, you feel like you know the information because it all looks familiar. Although what you are not using is any recall. Performing self-tests, like flash cards or testing yourself with a partner, is good because it makes you use recall.
Hopefully with these 6 small study tips the new school year will be more educationally productive.
We send our love, prayers and support to those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida (pictured above) and the Caribbean Islands. We feel for those that have been displaced from their homes and some who have been taken from their families too soon.
With all this water across the U.S. and in select islands we wanted to remind our friends the importance of keeping their feet dry. Skin is the first defense against outside microbes that surround us daily and live on our skin. When the skin becomes overly hydrated by excessive perspiration or feet remaining in wet shoes or socks the skin becomes delicate. At this point when the skin turns pale and becomes pruned it begins to peel away. This weakened and broken skin is often the point of entry for bacteria. If the infection is not taken care of there is always a chance that it will travel into the surrounding tissue, which may lead to serious consequences.
During the Vietnam War soldiers would stand for long periods of time in wet boots and socks out in the field. These unsanitary conditions in the trenches would lead to the soldier’s feet becoming numb, painful, itchy, blistered, and infected. If untreated trench foot would set in, today it is called immersion foot and it could lead to gangrene and amputations. Immersion foot is avoidable if proper care is taken by; cleaning feet daily, keeping them dry, changing foot ware regularly, and checking feet daily for any issues.
If you are in an area or in a line of work where your feet get wet for long periods of time please remember to take protective measure by wearing water proof boots are having the availability to change into dry shoe gear. If a professional’s opinion is needed please see one of our highly qualified podiatrists at Frederick Foot & Ankle because we love to keep our patients moving.
Working with a relative can have its challenges but we have found that adding real family to our Frederick Foot & Ankle family has worked out for all parties involved.
Robbie and Shannon are one of our Mother-Daughter working relationships. Shannon has been working with Frederick Foot & Ankle for 7 years in multiple positions. Shannon now holds the title of our Clinical Coordinator, a very fitting position for an employee that has 20 years of clinical experience. Shannon started bringing Robbie around the office on her school breaks when she was 15 years old and she completed odd jobs around the office. Now that Robbie has graduated from high school she has joined the work force full time we now have the pleasure of seeing Robbie’s smiling face at the front desk and check-out. In addition to working at the podiatry office during the day Robbie and Shannon are both dance instructors at a local studio. When asking Shannon about working with her daughter she wanted to make it clear that even though they drive together to work she does not make Robbie lunch.
Our second Mother-Daughter team is Shannon and her daughter Kayla. Shannon came to us with 10 years of Podiatry experience and started with Frederick Foot & Ankle 7 years ago as front desk but has since switched roles and has become a wonderful addition to our billing department. Shannon admitted that when Kayla first applied to Frederick Foot & Ankle she was hesitant about working with her daughter but finds that everything has worked out for the best. When asking Kayla her position with Frederick Foot & Ankle she said she wanted a change from working retail and finds that she is learning new skills that will carry over to future positions.
Danielle and Alexis may look like twins and are frequently mistaken as such, but are actually 5 years apart. Danielle, the oldest, landed a job first at the podiatry office as a scribe and later referred her younger sister for the intern position. Now that Alexis is more seasoned she has joined Frederick Foot & Ankle in a bigger role as full time medical assistant. The sister-sister team works side by side in two different roles one as the medical assistant and another as a scribe. Their bond goes outside the office with carpooling, living together, and sharing lunches. Both sisters are also attending Frederick Community College and working towards their nursing degree. We are lucky to have them both and know that they will both make excellent nurses in the future.
By Nikki Ho
In the picture above is Abby with Dr. Steinberg. Abby, a French Poodle, is such a smart service dog that she is even able to remove shoes and socks on command.
Service Dogs occasionally make their way into the Frederick Foot & Ankle office. Not only do their owners benefit from their presence but our staff enjoys their company as well. Service dogs are normally distinguished by a tag or a vest, to inform the surrounding population that they are working. Service dogs are trained specifically for one individual and the conditions the individual needs assistance with. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows service dogs to enter places that are for the public, this provides the service dog’s owner to continue their daily activities with the help of their trained companions. Although we have not yet seen one yet at Frederick Foot & Ankle the ADA also recognizes miniature horses for their service assistant.
Apart from Service dogs there are also therapy animals and emotional support animals. Therapy animals are normally canine and are trained to comfort a large population such as those in nursing homes, schools, or hospitals. The therapy animals help alleviates negative feelings associated with anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders. Emotional Support Animals are another category of animals that aid their human in daily life. Emotional supports animals do not need any specific training because just their presence helps their companion with mental stresses. Although these therapy animals and emotional support animals are helpful in multiple settings they are not granted the same rights as service dogs.
Research for pet therapy has presented the medical community with many beneficial effects
- Decreased the severity of “sundowner” symptoms in dementia patients
- Alzheimer patients reported recalling more memories
- Those with PTSD felt a reduction in symptoms
- Diabetics where alerted when their blood sugar was dangerously low
- Helping those with drug addiction not feel alone and consider their pets feelings and not just their own
We love our diverse population of patients and feel so lucky to witness the true healing power of their furry friends.
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