Internships are a great way to gain real world experience while you are still in school. Working during school breaks have proven to give graduating college students an edge when finally looking to land a job. At Frederick Foot & Ankle we train our interns on the job to handle administrative tasks and most importantly for patient care. For the summer we have acquired three wonderful young ladies that have helped us in all aspects of the practice.
Our most seasoned intern is Vanessa. We are lucky to have Vanessa for the last two years during her winter and summer breaks from Stevenson University. Vanessa has recently been accepted into the Nursing program at Stevenson where she is also the Secretary of the International Student Association, Secretary for the National Student Nursing Association, and public relations manager for the Organization for Latin American Students. Vanessa proves to be an asset here with her vast medical knowledge and her language skills, being bi-lingual in Spanish and English. When not taking nursing classes or helping her co-workers at Frederick Foot & Ankle, Vanessa participates in medical missions to areas such as Ghana, Liberia, and Mongolia. We have no doubt that Vanessa will do well in her remaining year in school and in her future as a Nurse anesthesiologist.
Azeen started with Frederick Foot & Ankle this year and has been invaluable when assisting the medical staff in the office. Azeen is a rising sophomore at University of Maryland, and hopes to become a podiatrist in the future. During her high school and college career Azeen has been a dual athlete playing lacrosse and Volleyball. Azeen gives back to the community volunteering for local Frederick animal shelter, helping care for the canines. Being fluent in English and Farsi can be very helpful for our diverse patient population. She admits to having an eclectic taste in music and lists her favorite artists are Bob Marley and Nat King Cole. We hope that Azeen keeps us in mind after medical school.
Our youngest intern is Alexis. Alexis graduated from Urbana High School this past spring where she was a member of the Soccer team and the Asian Club secretary. In the fall Alexis will be a freshman at Frederick Community College/Radford University where she will be starting nursing classes. When not working Alexis enjoys traveling to El Salvador, Switzerland, Germany, and Italy, to name a few location. Traveling has inspired Alexis to cook and one of her favorite dishes is Spaghetti. Alexis also speaks an impressive three languages that includes; Spanish, English, and Tagalog (Filipino). She hopes to become a pediatric nurse in New York City.
Leah is our dramatic intern, currently studying at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York where she is a rising sophomore. While in school she took place in The Crucible, takes voice lessons, and dance lessons. Leah spends her free time with her large family, she is one of eight children. She loves helping out in the Urbana community. Leah’s favorite shows include: How I Met Your Mother and The Office. At the young age of 12 Leah auditioned for a commercial and she fell in love. She aspires to be as versatile and convincing as Meryl Strepp. So far Leah has helped behind the scenes assisting with our electronic health record system and educating patients. Leah hopes to become a famous actress one day, we just want her to give us a shout out when she makes it!
If you’re interested in being an intern with us visit http://www.mynewfeet.com/careers.html and send us your resume!
Frederick Foot & Ankle always wants to put their best foot forward. As a company we want to offer complete care for our patient’s feet within our office. Recently, our store at 141 Thomas Johnson Drive received a face lift. Our initial store was not holding up to our needs. Witho our new layout we are now able to show case more shoes, foot pads, vitamins and over the counter foot treatments.
We host many approved diabetic shoes, running shoes, and supportive stylish shoes. Some brands we carry include; Apex, Surefit, Orthofeet, Brooks, and Vioics. For those of you that are not familiar with Vionics they are a brand that prides themselves on support while remaining to be aesthetically pleasing.
Our store is manned by our beautiful and capable Breanne Russell. Ms. Russell has her bachelor’s degree from Frostburg University in Athletic training, has complete knowledge of podiatric medical assisting, and is an avid athlete herself, previously playing field hockey at the collegiate level and currently weight training regularly. Ms. Russell is available during office hours and is more than capable to answer your foot ware needs. Often times Ms. Russell finds that it just takes ordering the right shoe and the correct size to make your feet more comfortable. Whenever we order shoes for our customers we have 4 point system to select the right size shoe. The 4 point measuring system is then evaluated by a pedorothist, an individual who uses their foot expertise to make a more accurate selection on the shoe size.
We are excited to offer a store that can fit shoes for people with all foot types. Our past and present customers varry from those that ran in the Frederick half Marathon and some with severe foot conditions that may require accommodation for an Ankle/Foot orthosis (AFO). AFO’s may sound like something from outerspace but actually are placed on the patient’s lower leg to help with stability and improve gait.
It is Frederick Foot & Ankle’s hopes that our podiatric office offers not only superb care for our patients but they can walk out with the same day with any products they need thanks to our now updates “My New Feet” store.At our second location, in Urbana, we have a scaled down version of the “My New Feet Store”. At thisoffice there are trained staff to help fit patients with the proper shoes and order them if necessary.
Our Urbana office is often preferred by patients that would rather visit Frederick Foot & Ankle in a more intimate setting.We hope to see many more visitors at both locations to see what our store has to offer, no appointment is necessary but to ensure a more timely visit set up an appointment to be measured for shoes (No copay required if only being measured for foot ware).
Make sure that you keep your dog cool this summer, just like ourselves they too are subject to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Even if you leave your furry friend in a car on what seems like a nice day the temperatures inside the car is actually much warmer than the outside temperature. On a day that might be breezy and 72 degrees the temperature of your car can reach up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit if it is parked in the sun for an hour.
Now that we are approaching July in Maryland the average temperature high is 87 degrees. When walking your dog try and choose cooler parts of the day, like early morning or in the evening. Always bring water for your dog on long walks to keep them hydrated. If during your walk you come across a potentially hot surface, place the back of your bare hand on the surface and if it becomes too warm on your hand before 10 seconds then it is too hot for your pet. For dog owners that have no choice but to walk on hot asphalt with their dog, a pair of dog shoes will help protect the bottom of their paws.
If you are not able to walk your dog during a cooler part of the day there are other ways for your fur-baby to exercise without going on walk that is too hot for them. Some pet parents will set up a sprinkler, fill a kiddie pool with water, or take them to a body of water. In instances where the inside of your home is warm because you do not have AC then a “Cool Bed” might be in order. The “Cool Bed” is a small durable water bed that can be placed in the freezer or filled with cool water for your pet to lay on. The “Cool Bed” can cost up to $50 but a wet towel or wiping down your dog’s paws/belly will keep your puppy cool for a short period of time. Instead of a Popsicle make a pup-sicle with peanut butter, water, and mashed banana. Mix the three ingredients together, it should be a cookie dough consistency and place a table spoon amount like cookies on a tray. Place the tray in the freezer for an hour and give to your furry friend on hot days.
Some signs of a heat stroke for a dog are heavy panting, rapid heartbeat, fever, dizziness, vomiting, and possibly unconsciousness. Old or young dogs, dogs with short muzzles, and dogs with a history of respiratory disease are at a higher risk of heat related issues.
Don’t forget to come visit Frederick Foot & Ankle with your pet on June 25th 2016 at Baker Park at 7:00 AM for the Paws & Claws Run. You are welcome to bring your four legged friend if they can play nicely with other pets.
Fall risk for the elderly is a serious risk to consider. For many elderly patient’s, when they fall, there can be major consequences to consider. One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury. At Frederick Foot & Ankle, as podiatrist’s, it is our duty to keep are patient’s safe and avoid falls caused by imbalance.
Some common issues that lead to falls are:
- Muscle weakness: weak legs and feet make it harder to carry your own weight and move over obstacles.
- Flexibility: When you are more rigid it makes it more difficult to recover from potential falls.
- Balance: Better balance keeps you upright walking on flat surfaces and uneven terrain.
- Gait: Walking with an untreated gait problem can be hazardous
- Drastic changes in blood pressure: drastic changes in blood pressure can make cause headaches and vision changes
- Footwear: shoes or sandals that do not fit your feet or support your gait can do more harm than good
- Foot problems: Foot deformities and painful feet can make walking less enjoyable and troublesome
- Loss of sensation: Those with nerve damage in their feet have a harder time navigating with their feet because they cannot accurately detect the ground.
- Vision: Decreased vision prevents being able to assess potential walking hazards.
- Medications: Some medications have side effects such as dizziness that makes an even strut near impossible.
- Physical Hazards: Loose rugs, unkempt homes, carrying items that block you vision, uneven/slippery surfaces, and stairs without railings.
What Frederick Foot & Ankle can do to minimize your fall risk
- Moore Balance Braces are casted for patients by our trained medical staff. The braces are contain custom arch supports, ankle stabilizers and heel supports. Moore Balance Braces are securely attached to the ankle and worn inside of shoes.
- Physical therapy: Our physical therapist, Alli Giddings works closely with our podiatrist to offer a complete evaluation and treatment program. Physical therapists are known to treat balance issues by helping increase ankle range of motion and joint stiffness.
- Personal training: Heather Fleishell takes care of our patients by challenging them with agility and balance exercises. Adding weight training and flexibility drills will not only decrease your chances of a fall but increase your overall health.
It is important to keep falling to a minimum to prevent serious damage including a head injury, or a broken bone. For the elderly, head injuries or broken bones can lead to a long hospital stay and immobility that can rob them of their independence temporarily or worse permanently.
FREDERICK FOOT & ANKLE - We debuted the summer Vionic styles April 7th at the 141 Thomas Johnson Office. The runway included our six podiatrists and our one physical therapist.
Our physical therapist, Dr. Allie Giddings, dressed as a ladybug with her Gold Lizbeth T-Strap Sandal. Allie is a great addition to our practice by treating any ailments of the body that you may have pain!
Frederick Foot & Ankle’s newest addition, Dr. Danielle Watson, showed off her Tide Rhinestones Toe Post in Champagne. We are so lucky to have her, always bringing a smile to the patients.
Dr. Nikki Ho sported the Corfu Toe Post Sandal in Silver Pixel. Dr. Ho is a proud Maryland Terrapin and always excited about sensible and stylish footwear.
The lady that started it all, Dr. Brenna Steinberg walked down the runway in the Dwyn Wedge Slides in a teal snakeskin. Dr. Steinberg founded Frederick Foot & Ankle in 1999, at the time she was the only provider.
The Florida firecracker Dr. Coralia Terol danced through the Vionic Tunk Show in her Floriana Toe Post Sandal in white. Originally from Cuba, Dr. Terol is one of our many bilingual doctors.
Our fearless leader Dr. Yenisey Yanes sported her black fascinator and Fyn Active Sneakers in grey/yellow. Dr. Yanes is becoming more active by training and competing in half marathons.
Dr. Bannerjee wore the Connor Casual Slip-on in light grey. Dr. Alvin Bannerjee enjoys traveling in his free time with his family.
We have partnered up with Vionic to offer our patients supportive and stylish shoes. Vionic shoes provide balanced shoes that are flexible, supportive, and stable. Each shoe has an arch support, a comfortable heel cup, and a flexible midsole to make every foot happy. Vionic even has numbers to back their claims. From the Vionic study, wearing Vionic shoes were 68% more likely to report improvement in foot pain compared to those wearing a flat flip-flop.
In addition to the beautiful runway put on by all of our providers there was food from China Garden, complimentary wine (for those of age), and music for all to enjoy. We are so happy that our very first Vionic Trunk Show went so well we hope to have another one in the fall for our Fall Line!
To watch the action live click here.
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