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.
Recently one of our scribes was admitted to Temple University's School of Podiatric Medicine. We are so proud of Olivia, she will be leaving us in August to start school!
Dr. Yanes asked Olivia a few questions about herself and podiatry school.
Dr Yanes: What got you interested in podiatry?
Olivia: I was working at the practice to get more experience in the medical field before applying to Physician Assistant school, and I didn't know much about podiatry. I ended up really liking it just from being a medical scribe and getting to see all the different patients with the doctors everyday. All of the doctors were also really helpful and supportive when I told them I was going to apply to podiatry school which helped motivate me.
Dr. Yanes: For those that don’t know what a medical scribe is, could you explain your job duties?
Olivia: As a scribe, I work with the doctor and go into each patient room with them. While the doctor and the medical assistant are performing procedures to the foot or speaking to the patient about a treatment plan I make sure the patient encounter is documented electronically in the computer. This allows the doctor to have more face time with their patients. I also check to make sure all the appropriate paperwork is filled out correctly later on, so we have a good patient history at future visits.
Dr. Yanes: How was watching surgery with Dr. Bannerjee?
Olivia: Really interesting, Dr. Bannerjee did a great job and made it look easy. Dr. Bannerjee did a Haglud’s Deformity removal, Achilles Lengthening, Hallux Regidus with Hemi Implant. Watching the implant was my favorite to watch because we see so many people with this problem in the office everyday.
Dr. Yanes: What do you do for fun? Where is a cool vacation you have been on?
Olivia: I like going to new places and spending time with my family/friends! Bermuda was one of my favorite vacations. Bermuda was so relaxing and beautiful.
Dr Yanes: What foot condition are you excited to treat?
Olivia: Plantar fasciitis because it is the number one cause of heel pain, I love when people walk out of the office and say “my feet feel better already.” Also, helping athletes with sports injuries because I used to play lacrosse when I was growing up. I feel like I can relate to those patients a lot!
Dr Yanes: If you could be any animal what would you be and why?
Olivia: Probably a dolphin because I love the ocean. One of my dreams is to swim with the Dolphins in the caribbean!
Dr Yanes: Describe the type of doctor you will be?
Olivia: I want to be knowledgeable so that my patients trust me and so I know the best treatments for each patient I see.
Dr Yanes: When you went for your school interviews what was something exciting you did?
Olivia: I had one interview near Los Angeles at Western University and California School of Podiatric Medicine near San Francisco. Visiting California was great! I got to drive up the coast and see some of the beautiful beaches and enjoyed the warm weather.
Dr. Yanes: What activities do you participate in outside of work?
Olivia: I like to workout or go on hikes when it's warm outside. My favorite place to go hiking is at Great Falls Park in Potomac.
Dr. Yanes: What is one of your fun nicknames and why?
Olivia: Olive, has been my nickname since high school, or at Frederick Foot & Ankle Dr. Terol will sometimes call me Violet. She says I don’t look like an Olivia, I look more like a Violet.
Dr. Yanes: what’s your go to dish?
Olivia: Spaghetti, it is easy and something I am always in the mood for. What I really like to do is bake, anything sweet is good with me.
When volunteering the obvious reason and benefit is aiding others but there are so many other benefits to volunteering that many people do not think about. At Frederick Foot & Ankle we do more than just feet. Some of the organizations that we contribute to are the Heartly House, Frederick County Humane Society, American Cancer Society, LOUYAA Baseball, Spring Ridge Elementary School, and the Beth Sholom Congregation. It feels great to be a part of a company that is so invested in their neighborhood.
Gaining new experiences and learning new tasks: When volunteering, typically your time is spent doing something different from your everyday life. You may work in an office for your primary job, but when you volunteer you could be assisting those with disabilities to ride horses as a type of physical therapy. Caring for horses and helping others ride is a great experience that you may have never been taught otherwise.
If you are interested in being a side aid for therapeutic horseback riding visit http://www.chtr.org/frames.html
Meeting new people: Not only do you meet the people you are assisting in your volunteering adventures, but you get to know the people you are working next to, as well. You may not have something in common with your new co-volunteers, but that is half of the fun! Someone who works at a marketing firm accross town could become your new best friend. If you find it difficult initiating conversation with new people, just remember that you already have one thing in common; you are both volunteering together. Just for starters you can ask your new acquaintance “How did you get involved with Big Brother Big Sister?”
If you want to be a "Big" to someone in your community follow the website to http://www.bbbs.org/site/c.9iILI3NGKhK6F/b.5962335/k.BE16/Home.htm
Makes you less stressed: Throughout most of the day we perform tasks because it is our job. Volunteering can be an escape from your daily routine. You can focus on others, have a new social outlet, and have a little bit of fun. All of these things can lead to a more calming day.
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University support this Zen feeling after finding a correlation between adults that contributed a minimum of 200 hours per year volunteering were 40% less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who did not volunteer.
For an even more zen exprience join this do-gooder yoga squad http://yogamour.org/frederick-yoga/
Have a positive experience: Sometimes we highlight the bad things that have happened in our lives; we got a speeding ticket or it rained during our party when really we should be thinking we have a car and we are lucky enough to be able to host a party. When volunteering, just like yourself, the other volunteers are there because they want to be there and they want to use their talents and free time to make someone else’s day easier.
Give you a sense of purpose: When you give your time to help others you have a sense of fulfilment and purpose. I have a friend who donates blood regularly. This particular friend has a rare blood type and gets called by the donation bank when they are running low of that particular type. This friend now feels a responsibility to the patient’s that are in need of her particular blood type and will donate whenever she gets a call.
To search for volunteer oportunities with the Red Cross visit http://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer#step1
Put your skills to good use for those that will really appreciate it: If you enjoy what you do for a living or feel that you are particularly good at it, there is always a way you can donate your fine-tuned skills. For example many athletes become coaches to pass on their knowledge of the sport to beginners. I have even heard of a photographer that used her skills to give dogs a better profile pictures on adoption websites and it worked! The dogs were getting adopted quicker and to “forever home”. Check out some of the pictures of the pooches here at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/21/one-picture-saves-a-life_n_4810738.html
Keeps you active in the community: Many times when you travel the same path every week you become unaware of all the other things that are happening right in your own community. After you begin donating your time you might become more aware of the needs, weaknesses, and strengths of your own neighborhood.
Frederick has their own volunteer matching website to help find a good fit between the individual and an organization, try it out for yourself at http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/filters/?l=Frederick,%20MD&showMessage=INACTIVE_OPP. Or if you want to volunteer directly for the city find information at this website https://www.cityoffrederick.com/index.aspx?nid=191
Doubles as exercise: there are so many projects that are completed by volunteers that include being active. One well know organization that keeps their volunteers moving is Habitat for Humanity. This organization helps revamp homes for those that couldn’t otherwise afford it.
Habititat for Humanity is helping houses right in Frederick find out how you can contribute by learning about their organization online at http://www.frederickhabitat.org/
I hope I have inspired some of you to want to get out in the community and lend a helping hand! Below from left to right is Su Kim, myself, and Kevin Wu at an event in FSK mall spreading podiatry news to Frederick.
By: Nikki Ho
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