Everyone here at Frederick Foot & Ankle wishes you a wonderful 4th of July weekend! However, we wanted to give you a few reminders so you can keep your feet happy and healthy this summer! To do this we made a holiday survival guide for you and your feet.
Frederick Foot & Ankle Fourth of July Survival Guide
Avoid walking barefoot. Many of us enjoy being barefoot during the summer. There is nothing quite like the feeling of sand between your toes, or grass beneath your feet, but being barefoot increases your chances of wounds and infections. If a wound is not treated properly infections can spread and cause limb loss, or permanent damage to nerves, muscles, tendons, or bones. This is why, if you are experiencing any discomfort or abnormal pain contact a medical professional. To help prevent such wounds or injuries from occurring, we recommend wearing closed toe shoes and cleaning your feet after being outside.
Another tip for this Fourth of July, be careful while handling fireworks. Thousands of burns occur every Fourth of July due to fireworks. These burns usually occur on our extremities such as our hands, legs, and feet. A severe burn can cause trauma and damage to the affected area and needs immediate care. A burn of a high degree could lead to permanent damage and should be treated accordingly.
So please, be careful this holiday weekend and think of your feet!
If you sustain a minor injury that does not need immediate care and would like to discuss your problem with a healthcare professional, don't hesitate to come visit us at one of our offices in Urbana, MD and Frederick, MD. Have a wonderful Fourth of July!
It has been a long and emotional time for those following the Boston Marathon Bomber trial. This has been a sensitive subject for many involved in the running community, including us here at Frederick Foot & Ankle. On that fatal day, many of our peers and friends were volunteering in the medical tents at the finish-line, where the bombings took place. Their simple medical tents were equipped for the usual post-marathon podiatric complaints, but no one was prepared for what would take place. The small medical tents soon became a triage area for 1st responders. What they saw and experienced has been described similarly to what one would see in a "war zone".
The devastation we felt on April 13, 2013, not only affected the city of Boston and the running community, but also the Podiatric community. Many Boston residents felt unsafe living in the city they had lived in all their lives. Many Runners became fearful of competing in big name marathons, and medical volunteers were now fearful for their safety at large events. However, despite these fears, all of those affected by this tragic event have rallied together to rebuild what was taken from us.
On May 15, 2015, suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged guilty, and on June 24th sentenced to death. After the formal sentencing, Tsarnaev broke his silence stating, "If there is any lingering doubt, let there be no more. I did it, along with my brother". Once Tsarnaev confessed, many felt a wave of emotion at the conclusion of this high profile trial and relief that justice would now be served.
With the conclusion of the trail, the community at large has come together, both new and experienced runners to not only participate in the next marathon, but to remember and pay tribute to those who were lost in 2013. If you are in need of a training partner or a podiatrist to get your feet and ankles healthy for a race, don't hesitate to come visit us at one of our offices located in Urbana, MD and Frederick, MD.
Dr. Steinberg and Dr. Yanes welcomed Jackie Chen into their practice and we are eager to share with her all our knowledge on podiatry. From pediatrics to geriatrics, from the weekend warriors to the seasoned marathoners, we worked endlessly in the office to help our patients to the best of our ability. This is where Jackie fell in love with the challenges of podiatry, and it was after working at Frederick Foot & Ankle last year that she made the decision to apply for Podiatry School.
The interview process was nerve wrecking and the travel was stressful. However, after arriving in Philadelphia for Temple University of Podiatric Medicine class of 2015 orientation, Jackie knew podiatry school was the perfect career path for her.
Her first and second year were intense. Mostly due to the class load, there were many late night adventures in the library memorizing lower extremity anatomy, pharmacology, and microbiology, followed by many early morning study sessions in the cadaver labs. The third and fourth year was demanding in a different way, the pressure was on to not only impressing your professors by exam scores, but to astound them with your clinical skills and patient interactions.
But in the end, the long tortuous road to Podiatry School graduation was well worth the effort. At the graduation ceremony in, Philadelphia, PA Jackie had both Dr. Steinberg and Dr. Yanes hood her on stage after receiving her diploma. Being hooded signified the success of completing the program at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and officially becoming Dr. Jacqueline Chen, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.)!
It feels like it was just yesterday when Jackie first started working at Frederick Foot & Ankle and now she has finished school. Now she is ready to sembark on a new chapter in her life with a 3 year podiatric surgical residency in Philadelphia. Maybe we will see her back at FFA in another 3 years! Feel free to come and visit us before then at either of our offices located in Urbana, MD or Frederick, MD!
This year Frederick Foot & Ankle were lucky enough to send one of our staff members up to Boston to volunteer in the finishers tent of the 119th Boston Marathon, this past Monday on April 20, 2015. It is always nice to volunteer and give back to your community, however with the events that occurred in 2013, last Monday was extraordinary.
This year the Boston Marathon was extra special, the crowds came out to show their full support for the runners, race, and the city of Boston. This year some of the survivors of the bombings of 2013 came not only as an honoree, but also to participate as a runners in the marathon.
Rebekah Gregory was there in 2013, she stood at the finish line cheering on her mother-in-law when the tragic events took place. Two years later and after 35 surgeries, including the amputation of her left leg, she was again in Boston to “take her life back”. It was an emotional time watching her cross the finish line.
The Boston Marathon is more popular than ever, it is now considered a way for people all over the world to show their support. Thousands of people from all over the country and internationally trained tirelessly to meet qualifications and to run this past Monday. However, many were not prepared for the unfortunate weather that struck Boston on race day. The high was 57 degrees Fahrenheit with cold rain starting at 10 am.
Most runners mentally and physically prepared for the 26.2 mile course but they were not equipped for the wind and cold rain that started falling in the late morning. Many of the runners in the medical tents weren’t there for your normal post-race injuries, they were in search of medical attention due to hypothermia risks. Hypothermia can occur when your core body temperature drops below a certain level and can put you at risk for severe medical problems. Make sure when you are preparing for a race out of town you pack layers and prepare for all types of weather conditions.
Frederick Running Festival May 2 & 3
Will you be joining us in the Frederick Running Festival this weekend? We hope to see you out on the course either running with us, cheering the runners on, or at the running festivals expo. And if on the course you have any foot or ankle injuries, one of our amazing podiatrist from Frederick Foot & Ankle will be volunteering at the medical tent, or you can come and visit us at either of our locations in Urbana, MD or Frederick, MD. We can’t wait to see you, and remember to dress appropriately for race day!
Watching Track & Field History Happen at the Penn Relays
Penn Relays is the oldest and largest track & field event in the US. Every year the University of Pennsylvania hosts this massive track meet, at Franklin Field. If you aren’t familiar with this track meet, the age groups range from the most elite of high school athletes, collegiate athletes all the way up to professional athletes. In one sitting you can watch the best up incoming junior athlete race followed up by the next Olympic hopefuls!
These events showcase the top track & field athletes from around the country and the world. This year we were proud to have a member of our Frederick Foot & Ankle Specialist volunteer at the meet. As a medical volunteer I watched from the track the USA dominate in the “USA vs. the World” races! Porscha Lucas, Leslie Cole, Tawanna Meadows and Cambrya Jones led the US Women’s 800 meter relay, who beat out Jamaica by seven-thousandth of a second. The US Men’s 800 meter relay also came in 1st place by beating Jamaica by eight-tenths of a second. Leading the US Men’s 800 meter relay were Joe Morris, Maurice Mitchell, Ameer Webb and Wallace Spearmon.
It’s amazing how some of these athletes’ come flying down the track and cross the finish line without a scratch on them! However, sometimes serious injuries can occur in track & field. Most common injuries include Achilles tendon rupture, metatarsal fractures, and severe ankle sprains.
Now is the time where most of the track and field teams shift their focus on making sure their individual athletes are peaking at the right time for these final meets, i.e. states, regionals, and nationals!
If you or someone you know have any concerns about an ache or pain from running practice or a previous meet. Come and schedule an appointment with anyone of our amazing podiatrist, at any of our locations in Frederick or Urbana, Maryland.
By Brenna Steinberg
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