Earlier this week did you get a chance to see the new uniforms for the FIFA Women’s World Cup? Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath and Sydney Leroux unveiled their new Nike uniforms and all its glory!
If you haven’t seen them yet they are pretty awesome looking. They are white, black and neon green. It is a little shocking for some that Nike decided to stray away from the typical red, white and blue. However, Clinton Yates, a Washington Post columnist said” Moves away from flag-related colors are really nothing new in the soccer world, even if that concept makes waves on these shores. Germany and Argentina have been rocking the look gloriously for years. ... "A move away from the same old colors of the Star-Spangled Banner is a great move for U.S. Soccer at this point. It's no surprise that the women are leading the charge, per usual." The new uniforms also are also very green and are environmental friendly, being made from recycled polyester (from plastic bottles).
In addition, to the unveiling of the new uniforms Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach made an appearance on American Idol, to promote this summers FIFA Women’s World Cup that starts on June 6th in Canada. The USWNT players presented the Ryan Seacrest an official jersey and even joked around that he should be their water boy this summer. In this same episode Seacrest announced that the winner of the season would record the “official anthem for FOX’s World Cup coverage”, this summer!
By looking at Alex Morgan on social media her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts are being bombarded with excitement for the World Cup. However, it was only a few months ago that her left ankle sprain, threatened to keep her off the roster.
Ankle sprains are a common injury in soccer. This particular injury occurs if there is a severe in-turning and/or out-turning of the foot in relation to the ankle. These forces cause the ligaments to stretch past their normal length. There are different kinds of sprains that need different types of treatment. Each type is graded 1-3, with the severity of the sprain correlating to the highest number. Grade 1 relates that some stretching and some damage to the ligament fibers. Grade 2 relates to partial tearing of the ligament. And Grade 3 is a complete tear of the ligament. If you or someone you know has an ankle sprain schedule an appointment with one of your amazing podiatrists. We have an office in Frederick, MD and Urbana, MD.
By Nikki Ho
Baseball Season in Full Swing
It’s that time of year again, for America’s favorite pastime to start! We have been waiting patiently for baseball season to start! Who are you rooting for, the O’s or the Nats? Here at Frederick Foot & Ankle there are no questions, we are the official podiatrists for the Frederick Keys, who are the local team for the Baltimore Orioles. So go O’s!
These players have been training hard in the off season and preparing for the opening games for months. However, it is important for the athletes to give their bodies a break after the season ends and before they are called into preseason! This allows the body to properly heal and rest to avoid any overuse injuries down the road.
Overuse injuries develop over a span of time and caused by repetitive stress or microtrauma to tendons, muscles, bones or joints. In these elite athletes, it is necessary to recognize the sign of overuse injuries before it puts a premature end to their season.
Common Overuse Injuries in Baseball: Achilles Tendonitis
Achilles tendinitis is caused by consistent microtrauma to the Achilles tendon, which is very common in a rigorous baseball season. This repetitive damage can cause micro-tears to occur in the tendon, signaling your body to send inflammatory factors to the area to help. However, because this trauma can occur persistently over the course of a long season, sometimes your body signals never tell the inflammatory factors to stop coming to the area of the tears. This leads to chronic inflammation in your Achilles tendon, symptoms include extreme tenderness or sensitivity in the area. This can make walking a difficult task, let alone sprinting around the bases.
Players who try to perform at high levels too quickly at the beginning of the season, are extremely susceptible to Achilles Tendonitis. Treatment is very simple rest, and ice are key factors in preventing the progression of the tendonitis. Also the use of heel inserts or heel pads help in most situations. Make sure you consult with your local podiatrist before placing heel pads or heel inserts into your cleats. A proper biomechanical and foot evaluation are needed so the inserts and pads are fitting properly to your certain foot type and diagnosis.
If you or anyone you know has Achilles tendonitis or has any other foot or ankle pain from the start of the spring season, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at Frederick Foot & Ankle, at any of our 2 offices in Frederick, MD or Urbana, MD.
By: Yenisey Yanes
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.
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