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February 08, 2016
Category: Football

5 Interesting Facts about the Super Bowl

  1. The 1972 Dolphins' won the only perfect season in NFL history with a 17-0 record. In Super Bowl VII they had 14-7 victory over the Washington Redskins. It has been rumored that the 1972 Dolphins celebrate together every season after the last undefeated team has a loss. This rumor has been debunked.  
  1. Highest attendance for a Super Bowl was 103,985 came at Super Bowl XIV between the Steelers and Los Angeles Rams on Jan. 20, 1980, at the Rose Bowl. StubHub quoted the average selling price of $4,879 this year.The location of the Super Bowl is voted on by the NFL franchise leaders normally 3 ½ years prior to the game being awarded.  It is no secret that the Super Bowl is often held in warm clients and cold climates the games are played in indoor domes. Miami hold the record of hosting 10 Super Bowls.  
  1. Roman numerals are used in the Super Bowl because the football season falls in two calendar years, for example Super Bowl 50 is for the 2015-2016 season. For the first time in over 40 years, the NFL isn't using Roman numerals to announce the Super Bowl. The letter "L" is the Roman numeral for 50 but it is not thought to be marketing friendly by the NFL. Sources say that the NFL plans on returning to the numerals in the future.
  1. Super Bowl 2016’s big sponsor is Pepsi and the company has confirmed that Beyoncé will indeed be performing with Coldplay at this year's halftime show. The first most notable halftime show for the Super Bowl is said to be Super Bowl 10 XXVI, starring the Michael Jackson. This half time show bumped up the expectations for all the halftime shows following. The Super Bowl is such a huge television spectacle that from the game to the half time show that advertisers will pay up to $5 million for a 30-second spot. 
  1. Most Super Bowl appearances by a player is tied with Tom Brady and Mike Lodish. Tom Brady has been to six with the New England Patriots. Tom has four wins to go with his six appearances and two MVPs. Tom Brady was drafted by the NFL's New England Patriots in 2000 and has been with them ever since. If you are not already jealous of Tim Brady his accolades include being married to supermodel Gisele Bündchen, People magazine's “50 Most Beautiful People.” Mike Lodish, went to a total of 6 Super Bowls with Denver and Buffalo. Mike is a former 10th-round draft pick who now sells his mom's peanut brittle for a living. Drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1990. Lodish, an all-conference defensive tackle at UCLA, was undersize for his position in the pros and spent most of his NFL career as a backup.


By Yenisey Yanes


By Nikki Ho, DPM
January 29, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Podiatry   Socks   Feet   winter   snow   Dry Feet   Lotion   Foot Soaks   Cracked Heels   Milk Soak   compression   swelling   Epsom Salt   dry skin   rosemary   sage  

Winter Foot Care

Tis’ the season for unfortunate winter feet. Common in the colder months are dry, swollen, cracking, and stinky feet. The combination of the cold weather, wearing heavy snow boots, and the dry air contributes to less than desirable symptoms.

It’s very easy to treat smelly feet with a quick Herb Foot Soak. Ingredients include:

  • 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
  • 1-2 teaspoons of dried sage
  • 1 gallon of warm water

Soak your feet for 15 minutes once a week, and say goodbye to the smells!

To keep the odor down between Herb Soaks, be sure you wash your feet regularly, use Bromi Lotion on your feet, and Clarus Shoe Shield to spray out your shoes. The lotion is formulated to decrease sweating and smells, and the shoe spray will kill most microorganisms in your shoes that are causing the odor.

To take care of the possible swelling, or edema, that is accumulating from certain winter situations like standing for long periods while shoveling, decreased circulation because of the cold, and decreased exercise, try another simple soak.

Epsom Salt Soaks work to decrease swelling because of the magnesium content. To make an Epsom Salt Soak, you will need:

Soak your feet for 20 minutes whenever you need, and the Epsom salts will relieve not only swelling, but also helps ease the nervous system, heal minor wounds, and draw toxins out of your body. When you have completed you soaks, the next step will be using compression socks on a regular basis. Compression stockings improve blood flow in your legs. They gently squeeze your legs to keep fluid from pooling in your feet and lower legs, eliminating swelling and pressure.

Dry skin comes with the winter weather because of the decreased moisture in the dry air, hot showers, and soap that does not replenish the skin’s natural moisture.

Try a Milk Foot Soak. Combine:

  • Warmed whole organic milk
  • 3 drops organic lavender essential oil
  • 1 Gallon of warm water

Soak for 15 to 20 minutes, and say goodbye to dry, itchy skin.

The whole milk in this soak has fats and proteins that are thought to increase the moisture in the skin. For added moisture, apply Foot Miracle cream generously and then cover with cotton socks before your go to bed. The socks will help keep some of the moisture in that will allow Foot Miracle’s powers to stay effective all night.

Winter feet usually include cracked skin and calluses, which arise from the friction in your snow boots. To reveal your soft summer feet, use this Do-It-Yourself exfoliating scrub recipe.

DIY Exfoliating scrub:

  • Brown sugar- 2tbsp
  • Lemon juice- 1tsp 
  • Honey- 1tbsp
  • Olive oil- 1tbsp
  • Bath tub half filled with warm (not hot) water

Take a handful of the scrub and, in circular motions, rub it on the hard areas of your feet. Once you have finished, rinse both feet with warm water.

Hope these new winter foot care tips have your feet looking fresh all year around!

By Nikki Ho






By Coralia Terol
January 21, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: shoes   Podiatry   winter   ice   holiday   2016   storm   Jonas   physical therapy   Terol  


We had a great time at our holiday party in December, and we enjoyed the mild winter weather. Now, Winter Storm Jonas will change all of that.

The chaos is forecasted to begin Friday afternoon and last for possibly 36 hours into Saturday evening. The accumulation predictions for the DMV area range from 12 to 25 inches with possible Blizzard conditions, meaning snow/sleet with winds reaching 35+ mph and visibility less than ¼ mile.

Before Jonas hits be sure your home is prepared with the following materials

  1. medical supplies – all your prescriptions are filled and a basic first aid kit is handy
  2. Water – fill your tubs to be able to flush your toilet or bathe. Keep bottled water around to drink, cook, and brush your teeth
  3. Flash Lights – in case power goes out, you should have one by your bed side and the front door
  4. Batteries  - various battery types for  radios, flash lights, and handheld games
  5. Cell phone crank charger – to contact help if necessary

And for your car                                                                                                                                                                              

  1. Blankets – wool blankets or space blankets
  2. Flashlight – if you need to get out of your car to remove snow  
  3. Small Shovel – to help remove snow piles from around the car
  4. Jumper cables – for yourself or others
  5. Non-perishable food – granola bars and water bottles
  6. Fill your tank - don't get caught on an empty tank and stuck in winter traffic

To keep yourself safe while walking in icy conditions, always make sure your shoes have good traction, your hands are out of your pockets (in case you fall), and you tread carefully.

For an increased grip on your shoes I recommend YAKtrax, or for something with more grip use STABILlicer’s ice cleats.

If falling incidents occur regardless of dangerous conditions, then you may benefit from Moore Balance Braces, Richie Braces, or physical therapy. These braces are custom made to each patient to control ankle movement and increase stability while walking. Physical therapy will work on flexibility, range of motion, and muscle strengthening.

I hope everyone is prepared for the looming storm and won’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with your favorite podiatrist here at Frederick Foot & Ankle if you do happen to have an unfortunate trip or fall.


Stay Warm! 

By Coralia Terol 

By Alvin Bannerjee
January 15, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Feet   new year   2016   Resolutions   Party Hats  


New Year, New You

45% of American’s make resolutions each New Year, but a staggering 73% ditch their resolution before they see it through to completion.

Here are some helpful hints that could make for a successful 2016

1. Break up your Goal – Cut up your goal in to manageable chunks that you achieve step by step. If you are trying to drop weight cut up your goal into weekly weigh-ins. If you aim to lose one pound per week, then by the end of the year you have lost 52 pounds.

2. Set aside time to achieve your goal - If you are trying to spend more time with your family, block off time on your calendar for dinner every Wednesday night. Write it down every week on your calendar and send an invite to the potential attendees, so there is no conflicting arrangement. 


2. Ask for a friends help - Trying to eat healthier? Buddy up with someone else with the same goal in mind. Meet with a friend to meal prep with for the week or to swap healthy recipes with.


3. Make your goals known – Post, write down, or tell your friends about your new goals. Putting your resolutions down on paper or telling others makes you more accountable and serves a reminder.  


4. And for all of our tech savvy people – enlist the help of an app. Some apps that may be helpful are:


Evernote claims to help you “remember everything.” This app will send you e-mail reminds, allow you to make to-do lists, and help you organize online clippings, such as workout routines or recipes.

Mint is a website and app to track you spending and income. The app will bring together all of your accounts in one place for easy viewing and help you stick to a budget.

Habitbull helps you break a bad habit and hopefully replace with a good habit. Instead of smoking that next cigarette, meditate for 10 minutes. This app will track your patterns and moods and asses at what times you may want to partake in your bad habit again.  

Curiosity allows you Videos on your selected topics will help educate you for 2016. If you don’t have time for the videos there are fact sheets and info graphs.

My goal this year is to try to read 1 new book a month. Try an app like Wattpad, which gives you access to over 100,000 titles to read at your leisure.


For 2016, my advice to all of our readers are related to healthier feet: wear supportive shoes, moisturize feet each night, avoid walking barefoot, and have your feet evaluated by a podiatrist every year.


By Alvin Bannerjee 

By Danielle Watson
January 07, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Health   Feet   Stretch   posture   muscles   tndons  

Stretch for your Health

To help alleviate current pain and combat future ailments there is a simple way that we often forget to accompany with our daily routine. Simple stretches for 5 to 10 minutes each morning will truly go a long way. Most of us use our feet daily and rely on them to perform tasks which should be reason alone for us all to be better stewards of our feet and ankles.

Do you know what stretching can do for you?

  • Keeps muscles, ligaments, and tendons in working order and able to accommodate different terrains and activities without causing harm.
  • Releases muscle tightness
  • Improves physical activity in sports and daily activities but increasing your range of motion and balance
  • Increase blood flow to your muscles with dynamic stretching, which in turn increases body temperature
  • Decrease stress by giving your mind and body a break
  • Improve posture by aligning your muscles and joints

Now when performing your stretching at home remember to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth to provide your muscles with needed oxygen. Hold each stretch for 30 to 60 seconds and refrain from bouncing to avoid tearing soft tissue. It is important that you don’t stretch yourself to the point of pain but slightly past your normal range of motion, the amount you stretch will slowly increase over time. If you are new to stretching and exercising self-massage the area first to loosen some initial tension.

To aid in your recovery with your lower extremities Frederick Foot & Ankle has compiled special stretches to help with your foot and ankle pain. If needed our wonderful staff in Frederick, MD or Urbana, MD can show you how to perform your stretches.

Don’t worry I won’t expect you to be as flexible as my adorable daughter (pictured above).


By Danielle Watson 

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