Who is ready for March Madness!? I know I am. Some of us here at Frederick Foot & Ankle are huge fans of the University of Maryland athletics. This year has been a great year for both the men’s and women’s University of Maryland basketball teams. If you have been following this season you already know that the Women’s team is the Big Ten Champs and are still undefeated this season. And the Men’s team aren’t doing too bad themselves, with Dez Wells, Melo Trimble and Jake Layman landing All- B1G Honors. Also not to mention their coach Mark Turgeon was named Big Ten Coach of the Year, in the first season in the league.
But these successes didn’t come without any tribulations, take for instance senior forward Evan Smotrycz. Smotrycz has been plagued with foot and ankle injuries keeping him sidelined from the end of his junior year all the way through the beginning of his senior season. He missed the Terps’ 1st 5 games with a broken left foot, then a sprained left ankle! His coaching staff has admitted that he has struggled with his conditioning and timing when he returned to the full team in late December.
However, Smotrycz is catching stride in the nick of time… for March Madness! Smotrycz has declared himself healthy as he and the rest of the UMD Terps strive for a NCAA National Championship.
Now the question is: who’s going to be in your bracket!? If you would like to join our bracket pool or just talk about March Madness or any foot and ankle injuries of your own, please come and visit us at any of our 3 locations in Frederick, MD or Urbana, MD.
Taking a break from strictly podiatric topics for a change, today we'd like to discuss healthcare. To be more specific: vaccinations. Recently it seems that vaccinating children has become more of an option for the parents than previously in history. However, people might not understand that this decision for their children is putting other kids at risk at the same time- from fatal diseases that have almost been non-existent for decades! The late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel invited real doctors to make a Public Service Announcement about vaccines, which is both informative and funny!
Vaccines work by giving a non-living version of the disease virus to the child to help stimulate immune cells, which help fight the specific disease that is being vaccinated for. This non-living version of the disease will be attacked immediately by your child’s immune system without the high risk of contracting the disease. Over time there will be anti-bodies that your child will develop naturally against this certain virus, so in the future if there is any exposure your child immune system will be prepped and properly equipped to fight off the disease.
How can unvaccinated kids effect vaccinated kids?
Simply put by the center of disease control, “most routine childhood vaccines are effective for 85% to 95% of recipients. For reasons related to the individual, some will not develop immunity.” This can explain for unvaccinated children increasing the risk of disease for everyone. If unvaccinated kids contract a certain disease and are exposing a large population of vaccinated children, of course the unvaccinated kids will contract the disease along with 5-15% of the vaccinated population! It could only take one unvaccinated child to infect groups of vaccinated children.
Please help keep our kids safe, whether in schools, hospitals, amusement parks or even our 3 waiting rooms at any of our offices located in Frederick and Urbana, MD.
Arthritis is a disease that affects millions of people every year. However, there are many misconceptions about arthritis. For instance, arthritis is only a disease for the elderly; well, in fact, 2/3 of the arthritic population are under the age of 65, and 300,000 of them are adolescents. Others think that arthritis is not a serious disease. On the contrary, some types of arthritis are not only crippling but it can severely limit your daily activities. Below are some of the more common types of arthritis.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is much more than just wear and tear on your joints overtime. OA can be broken down into multiple subtypes including congenital OA and Post Traumatic OA. In recent studies, researchers have found evidence that links OA with specific genetic markers. These genetic markers are signs that you may be predisposed to developing OA later in life. The research linked to these genetic markers could lead to an OA test one day in the future. Also, post-traumatic OA can occur years after an injury. Say, for example, as a high school athlete you sprained your ankles many times in practice/games. Then, 20 years later, you develop OA. This would be Post Traumatic OA, because even though the injuries happened years ago, they are still the cause of the osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune response by the body. This is when your immune system, which usually attacks foreign viruses or bacteria, identifies your healthy good cells as bad cells. This results in damage to your cartilage, synovial membrane, and bone. RA usually targets the extremities, especially feet and ankles.
Juvenile Arthritis (JA) is a type of arthritis that begins before the age of 16. Early symptoms include painful swelling in one or more joints. These swelling bouts can last for about 6 weeks at a time. Try not to confuse your child’s symptoms with the common cold or the flu, which can be similar. Look out for the symptoms, such as pain, swelling, stiffness and fevers rotating in odd intervals.
Again, arthritis of all kinds can be a serious condition, limiting your regular daily activities. The feet and ankles are often the victims of arthritis. Just because you have arthritis doesn’t mean you have to learn to live with the pain, there are treatments that can be used to slow down the progression and help decrease the pain. If you would like to discuss arthritis more don’t hesitate; come into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment and discuss options, at any of our 3 offices in Frederick, MD or Urbana, MD.
Winter weather has most of the North East going stir crazy. Being stuck inside is no fun for anyone. So much shoveling has been done in the last few weeks it’s unbelievable. Whether we are clearing our driveways, sidewalks or our cars, we are constantly exposing ourselves to the elements.
Be wary of doing prolonged activities or exercises in the cold. Moisture will build up in your clothing and will cause serious limb threatening conditions, such as frostbite, trench foot and/or hypothermia. It is extremely important for you to understand the dangers of winter weather to prevent anything-hazardous happening to your health.
Frostbite is caused by freezing of the skin and underlying tissues, due to prolonged exposure to cold weather. Early signs of frostbite are your skin becomes very cold and red. Your symptoms will progressively worsen until your skin is numb, hard and pale. Frostbite is most common on the fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin. Exposed skin in cold, windy weather is most vulnerable to frostbite. Frostbite is most common on the fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin! Also beware frostbite can strike your skin that is semi-protected via your gloves and clothing.
Trench Foot is caused by prolonged exposure to damp, cold, unsanitary conditions. Unlike frostbite trench foot doesn’t necessarily require freezing temperatures. Symptoms to look out for are your foot becoming numb, changes color, swells and starts to smell due to damage to the skin, blood vessels and nerves in the feet. Be aware and try avoiding any situation where your feet are submerged in damp conditions for a prolonged period of time i.e. shoveling or plowing.
Hypothermia is caused by when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat. This is a considered to be a medical emergency. Normal body temperature is approximately 98.6 F, however you’re considered hypothermic if you body temperature drops below 95 F. In hypothermia you can experience end organ damage to your heart, nervous system and other vital organs.
We hope that you are all staying warm and keeping save in this constant bombardment of these Nor’easters. Don’t hesitate; come into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle if you have any foot or ankle injuries or questions. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment and discuss options, at any of our 3 offices in Frederick, MD or Urbana, MD.
By Nikki Ho
Hopefully everyone is recovering from the Grammy's, which aired 2 weeks ago. We had a fantastic time at our viewing party. The 57th Grammy Awards made music history! Sam Smith won record of the year for his song “Stay with Me”. He was also one of the top nominees of the big night. Smith also won for new artist, song of the year and best pop vocal album. He was amongst Grammy greats Pharrell and Beyoncé, who were also nominated for 6 awards.
As most of you have heard in one way or another, Beck won the Grammy for album of the year for “Morning Phase,” with also won for best rock album. And again Kayne West made his way into the headlines, bumrushing Beck and criticizing him that he was unworthy of the title best album of the year, and it should have been Beyoncé. A very similar outburst occurred with Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMA's.
On a brighter note, did you guys see Pharrell’s, fresh kicks? If not check them out! Pharrell isn’t shy to admit that he is a constant collaborator with Adidas – especially this Grammys. He sported his 3M Adidas short suit with matching sneakers. You can check the bedazzled sneakers out on Adidas designer Paul Mittleman instagram account. We definitely agree with his style choices, which looked comfortable, functional and fashionable.
We look forward to seeing what all the celebs will be wearing for the Oscars! If you or someone you know might be interested in discussing more about footwear for your own parties this award season don’t hesitate, come into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment and discuss options, at any of our 3 offices in Frederick, MD or Urbana, MD.
By Yenisey Yanes
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