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IPMA Podiatric Physicians Volunteer at Avon Walk


IPMA Podiatric Physicians Volunteer at Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

More than a dozen members of the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association volunteered at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Research held in Chicago on June 2-3. Participants raised $6.3 million to advance research to fight breast cancer. The podiatric physician volunteers were: Drs. Kathleen Daly, Marlene Reid, Mark Pietz,  Khalid Husain,  Michael Chin, Joseph Kim, Alice Cisneros, Mansoor Virani, Sarah Mahowald, Neil Horsley, Debra Young, Kathryn Grace, and Zacharia Facaros. Representatives from the American Society of Podiatric Medical Assistants-Illinois Chapter and students from the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine also volunteered in the podiatry tent at the Avon Walk.

(L-R) John Schwab, DPM; Carole Thiel, PMAC; Zacharia Facarous, DPM; Kathleen Daly, DPM; Paula Hollister, PMAC; Ton Norquist (student); Mark Pietz; DPM; Karen Keathley; PMAC; Kathryn Grace, DPM; and Mansoor Virani, DPM

The volunteer podiatric physicians staffed the podiatry tent and treated a number of walkers who trekked 13 and 26 miles to raise funds for breast cancer research. Blisters, calluses, and sprained ankles were common ailments. Walkers could access a number of medical services during and after the racing, including the medical and physical therapy tent.

Podiatry Management Online

Should prosthetics be allowed in the 2012 Olympics?


Why Oscar Pistorius deserves to run

By Ford Vox, Special to CNN

August 29, 2011 — Updated 0925 GMT (1725 HKT)

Oscar Pistorius wins the T44 100m event during the BT Paralympics World Cup Athletics on May 27 in Manchester, England.

Oscar Pistorius wins the T44 100m event during the BT Paralympics World Cup Athletics on May 27 in Manchester, England.


  • Runner Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee, is competing for a spot in the 2012 Olympics
  • Ford Vox: Some argue he should be excluded because of his carbon-fiber prosthetics
  • He says other athletes have and can gain all kinds of unfair advantages
  • Conquering your disability with technology is a plus, not a minus, Vox says

Editor’s note: Dr. Ford Vox is a medical writer and neuro-rehabilitation physician. He is the medical director of Brain Injury Rehabilitation at New England Rehabilitation Hospital and clinical assistant professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Boston (CNN) — A man born without functioning legs ran the 400 meters in 45.07 seconds on July 19, 2011, the fastest time recorded by an amputee. The ripple effects of this historic achievement may initiate a paradigm shift in how we view our bodies.

That’s because any time under 45.25 seconds is good enough to earn a spot in the London Olympics next summer, and the July race qualified 24-year-old Oscar Pistorius to represent the South African track team in the World Championships in Athletics starting Sunday with the 400 meter heats in Daegu, South Korea.

Pistorius will need to run one more time under 45.25 seconds in the first half of 2012 before finally earning his spot in the Olympics, and at this point most observers believe he will make it.

Read the full Article: Why Oscar Pistorius deserves to run –

Faking smiles can be dangerous.

“Research suggests that an inauthentic smile to hide unhappiness can further worsen your mood”

Make sure you feel it inside of you… Think of a happy moment or memory to trigger an authentic smile.

“When was the last time you flashed a fake smile at the office?

For some, it may be just another mundane aspect of work life — putting on a game face to hide your inner unhappiness. But new research suggests that it may have unexpected consequences: worsening your mood and causing you to withdraw from the tasks at hand.”

Read the full article: The Claim: A Fake Smile Can be Bad for Your Health

Ancient body clock discovered that helps to keep all living things on time


Ancient body clock discovered that helps to keep all living things on time

26 January 2011

The mechanism that controls the internal 24-hour clock of all forms of life from human cells to algae has been identified by scientists.

Not only does the research provide important insight into health-related problems linked to individuals with disrupted clocks – such as pilots and shift workers – it also indicates that the 24-hour circadian clock found in human cells is the same as that found in algae and dates back millions of years to early life on Earth.

Two new studies out tomorrow, 27 January, in the journal Nature from the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh give insight into the circadian clock which controls patterns of daily and seasonal activity, from sleep cycles to butterfly migrations.

One study, from the Institute of Metabolic Science at the University of Cambridge, has for the first time identified 24-hour rhythms in red blood cells. This is significant because circadian rhythms have always been assumed to be linked to DNA and gene activity, but – unlike most of the other cells in the body – red blood cells do not have DNA.

Read the full Article: Ancient body clock discovered that helps to keep all living things on time

The Science of Happiness

Do you ever practice gratitude in your life and at work? "Our bodies are built to care, to be sympathetic… a smile or a compassionate touch releases certain  stress reducing hormones"


Bionic Legs Help the Paralyzed Walk Again

This is a very touching story, to see a person who was never meant to walk, be able to walk again with the assistant of new technology. Her emotion and happiness shines through. From a wheelchair to independent steps. A marvelous future for many others like her.

Woman’s persistence pays off in regenerated fingertip

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see stories like these come up in the news related to feet and toes. More research in this area could lead to its application in our field. Read the full article after the jump: Full Article

The Last Lecture

Most likely you have heard of Randy Pausch in the media over the last year and a half. Here is the original video link to his “The Last Lecture”. Share with us your thoughts after watching the lecture.

What does it take to make a big race run? A lot of doctors

Forty years ago the competitor field for the Boston Marathon was small enough that doctors listened to every runner’s heart before the race.

The medical team for Monday’s race includes 47 doctors, 110 nurses, dozens of massage therapists, 26 first aid stations, “sweep” buses to pick up runners who can’t go on and a sports psychologist making sure no one has a meltdown. At the finish line, 1,000 medical professionals will be on hand to give space blankets to runners whose body temperatures will instantly plummet when they stop running.

Read the full article after the jump…

Is Your Medical Practice Getting Creative in Hard Times


The economy is bad, people are losing their homes, and we are seeing signs of the bad times. Patients may not visit specialists and save money during such hard times. The question then becomes: Has your office adapted or modified the way you do business?

During these hard times, and a slow down of doctor office visits, has your office reacted to change? If not, you may want to read this story published on about a dentist who decided to get creative and step outside of the box. He decided to practice at a Truck Stop. One that has 35, 000 people stop by every week. Click here to read more…..

No, we are not advocating that your practice open an office next at a truck stop area. But has your office changed the way you do business to attract patients, to help encourage them to seek treatment for their feet? If not, you may consider brainstorming with your entire office in creative ways to help bring-in patients.

You may consider doing some of the following:

  • Offering Flexible hours. Perhaps, extending your hour of service past 5pm, since most patients are more reluctant to take time off work in this bad economy.
  • What about offering a 10% discount to your patients that pay with greenbacks. Think of it… no credit card fees, no waiting for checks to clear, no insurance adjustments.
  • If your office is experiencing a slowdown, why not take advantage and have one of your staff members do marketing a few hours a week.

I hope reading this inspires your office to think of possible ways to bring in more patients.

-Jesus C. Vazquez, PMAC