Find Your Footing

A KSUCPM Publication for Prospective Podiatry Students

December 2015

And the Ambassador Award goes to...

On Thursday, December 10, 2015, Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine presented the Inaugural "Ambassador Award" to Dr. Gene Pascarella. This award was established to recognize those alumni, donors and friends of Kent State University who continue to promote the profession to prospective students. 

According to Dr. Boike, "Dr. Pascarella has continued to serve the profession and his alma mater with the highest degree of professionalism. He continues to mentor prospective podiatry students and showcase the many advantages of pursuing a career in podiatric medicine."

In addition, Jaclyn Hoover, a 1st year student at Kent State University added, "Dr. Eugene Pascarella has set an extraordinary example of what a successful career in the field of podiatric medicine looks like. He is adored by his patients, respected by colleagues, and revered by residents. His genuine love for podiatry is evident in his everyday interactions with patients, staff, and students. I would describe Dr. Pascarella as the epitome of professionalism--prompt, polite, direct, and truly invested in the welfare of his patients. He is a pillar not only in his central Florida community, but also the KSUCPM community spanning across the country. He is an alumnus, donor, and friend of KSUCPM; having had a strong influence in my personal decision, as well as that of several of my classmates, to pursue podiatric medicine at Kent. Dr. Pascarella is an obvious choice for this award, as he not only continually strives to improve KSUCPM, but the profession at large."

Winter Foot Care

Whether you're slogging through deep snow and sub-zero temperatures in the north, or contending with dampness, chill, and muddy conditions in the south, it's important to take care of your feet all winter long. You'll want them to be healthy and ready for action when spring finally arrives.

Most Americans will have walked 75,000 miles by the time they turn 50. Is it little wonder, then, that APMA's 2010 foot health survey found that foot pain affects the daily activities-walking, exercising, or standing for long periods of time-of a majority of Americans?

"Each season presents unique challenges to foot health," said Matthew Garoufalis, DPM, a podiatrist and APMA past-president. "Surveys and research tell us that foot health is intrinsic to overall health, so protecting feet all year long is vital to our overall well-being."

APMA offers some advice for keeping feet healthy in common winter scenarios:
  • Winter is skiing and snowboarding season, activities enjoyed by nearly 10 million Americans, according to the National Ski Areas Association. Never ski or snowboard in footwear other than ski boots specifically designed for that purpose. Make sure your boots fit properly; you should be able to wiggle your toes, but the boots should immobilize the heel, instep, and ball of your foot. You can use orthotics (support devices that go inside shoes) to help control the foot's movement inside ski boots or ice skates.
  • Committed runners don't need to let the cold stop them. A variety of warm, light-weight, moisture-wicking active wear available at most running or sporting goods stores helps ensure runners stay warm and dry in bitter temperatures. However, some runners may compensate for icy conditions by altering how their foot strikes the ground. Instead of changing your footstrike pattern, shorten your stride to help maintain stability. And remember, it's more important than ever to stretch before you begin your run. Cold weather can make you less flexible in winter than you are in summer, so it's important to warm muscles up before running.
  • Boots are must-have footwear in winter climates, especially when dealing with winter precipitation. Between the waterproof material of the boots themselves and the warm socks you wear to keep toes toasty, you may find your feet sweat a lot. Damp, sweaty feet can chill more easily and are more prone to bacterial infections. To keep feet clean and dry, consider using foot powder inside socks and incorporating extra foot baths into your foot care regimen this winter.
  • Be size smart. It may be tempting to buy pricey specialty footwear (like winter boots or ski boots) for kids in a slightly larger size, thinking they'll be able to get two seasons of wear out of them. But unlike coats that kids can grow into, footwear needs to fit properly right away. Properly fitted skates and boots can help prevent blisters, chafing, and ankle or foot injuries. Likewise, if socks are too small, they can force toes to bunch together, and that friction can cause painful blisters or corns.
Finally-and although this one seems like it should go without saying, it bears spelling out-don't try to tip-toe through winter snow, ice, and temperatures in summer-appropriate footwear. "More than one news show across the country aired images of people in sneakers, sandals, and even flip-flops during the severe cold snap that hit the country in early January," Dr. Garoufalis said. "Exposing feet to extreme temperatures means risking frostbite and injury. Choose winter footwear that will keep your feet warm, dry, and well-supported."

Articles, including this one, are featured on the website of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Don't forget to check them out!

Get your Feet Wet in Cleveland!

Chocolate is for Lovers Wine Trail: Celebrate winter with a wine and chocolate-themed self-driving tour along the Vines & Wines Wine Trail.

Head to Loudonville on January 8 and 9, to appreciate ice sculptures and carving competitions featuring award winning ice carvers, such as Olympic Ice sculptor Aaron Costic.

The Mid-America Boat Show is happening January 14-18, at the I-X Center in Cleveland. This is one of the largest indoor boat shows in the country, featuring trailers, sailboats, powerboats, etc... 

Don't forget to purchase your tickets to watch the Cavs take on the Golden State Warriors on January 18, at the Q.

Go to the Wilderness, and enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride at Ma and Pa's, followed with some hot chocolate or maple coffee and homemade cookies made by Ma herself!

Season's Greetings from our Family to Yours! 

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