Megan is a student at California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University. She was Vice President of the Student Chapter of AAWP, and will now assume the Presidency. She directed the AAWP Annual Dinner and Banquet, obtained sponsorship for the event, and hosted the panel at the event with Residents and Attendings. She also volunteers at a student-run clinic that provides services to underserved persons, serves on Fit Feet for Special Olympics, is a member of Samuel Merritt University President Ambassador program which promotes unity and diversity among healthcare profession at the University and also does outreach, and was involved with Community Health and Adolescent Mentoring Program for Success, which introduces underrepresented minority high school students to health professions. In addition, she mentored in the Youth in Medicine program, and the National High School Scholars Program. She is also the class Vice President. She has volunteered at the Podiatry 3-D Workshop which is an educational outreach for pre-podiatry students. Megan also has an excellent academic record.
Stephanie Ko is at student at California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University where she served as the AAWP Student Chapter Secretary and President. In that role, she coordinated the Annual Banquet which included a panel of Residents and Attendings. She has worked on coordinating the Nike Women's Half Marathon. She has volunteered at the Podiatry 3-D Workshop, which is an educational outreach for pre-podiatry students. She has a strong academic record.
Rachelle Randall is a student at Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University and has served as President Elect and President of the Student Chapter of AAWP. In this role, she initiated National Compliment Day which encouraged women to write anonymous compliments to other students, faculty or staff in order to promote women supporting women. The University's Helix Leadership Award was awarded for this event. She was part of the bra drive for the women's homeless shelter. The Chapter will also be hosting an event to encourage work-life balance, called the Hot Yoga, Hot Cocoa event. She has an excellent academic record.
Congratulations to our winners and we wish you continued success!
The 2014 AAWP Scientific Conference was held at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, CA on October 17-19, 2014 led by AAWP Secretary and Conference Chair Elizabeth Bass, DPM. A diverse group of topics were presented from speakers across the country and an exhibitor hall was filled with an assorted group of sponsors. During the course of the conference, the Past Presidents of the AAWP were honored during a luncheon and new board members were elected. Attendees were able to obtain up to 15 CECH hours in a relaxed atmosphere with time available in the schedule to enjoy the world renowned spa. Western University College of Podiatric Medicine sponsored the continuing education hours.
Included in the photograph are the new board members of AAWP including (from left to right) President Aparna Duggirala, DPM; Immediate Past President and Scientific Chair Erika Schwartz, DPM; Past President Sheryl Strich, DPM; Secretary Jennifer Spector, DPM; co-VP and Exhibitor Chair Alison Garten, DPM; co-VP and Conference Chair Elizabeth Bass, DPM; Treasurer Karen Langone, DPM.
Dr. Sabrina Minhas, of Philadelphia Received the PPMA Rising Star Award November 8, 2014 at the Annual PPMA House of Delegates Inauguration and Awards Banquet.
This honor is given in recognition of outstanding state accomplishments in scientific, professional, or civic endeavors, along with outstanding service to PPMA. Congratulations Dr. Minhas!
Erika Schwartz, Annu Goel, Cheryl Weiner, Sheryl Strich, Marlene Reid and Kathleen Satterfield
Superbones East Conferecne in Orlando, FL on March 20-23, 2014
announcing the AAWP Alliance with Present
The lecturers are: Jaclyn Marino, Alison Garten and Karen Langone
In an effort to magnify The American Association for Women Podiatrists the student chapter at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine has uprooted a project to survey the "in shoes of the season" to determine if they would be considered Podiatrically Correct from a female, student perspective.
You may be wondering what podiatrically correct means right? Well, we evaluate parameters such as heel height and width, toe-box space, material, comfort and wearability in surveying our members from a podiatric point of view. Equally as important, we take fashion into consideration here. With podiatry still being a male dominated field, the men will never understand why we insist on wearing high heeled, uncomfortable-looking footwear. This is where we podiatric ladies need to take charge and find what will work best for our precious feet while still looking good. Therefore if the shoe fits our criteria positively, it will be boasted as stylish and podiatrically correct...a combo no woman can resist.
Dr. Karen Langone has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Practitioners (NAP). She is a graduate of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and completed her post-graduate training there as well. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and is a Fellow of the Board. NAP is a non-profit organization founded in 1981 to advise governmental bodies on our healthcare system.
Dr. Langone is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, and Past President of the Academy. She is the Lead Clinical Director for the New York State Fit Feet Program of Special Olympics International. She currently serves as Treasurer on the AAWP Board.
The seventh podiatric medical mission to Chinandega, Nicaragua – a joint effort of Athens Podiatry Group, 20/20 Imaging Company, and Rotary International District 6400 – was recently completed. More than 100 patients without access to advanced medical care were evaluated, and 29 surgeries were performed.
The medical mission was organized by Dr. Vicki Anton Athens and Dr. James Hill of Athens Podiatry Group, a medical practice that has been serving Michigan residents for more than 25 years. The surgeries included procedures for club foot, amputations, and ankle fractures. Athens Podiatry Group was joined in this mission by Rotary International District 6400 of Michigan, which initiated the program.
High Shoe Heights Increase Strain and Injuries
With this season's high heeled shoes taller than ever, women need to use extra care in selecting and wearing these fashionable dress shoes. The three-or four-inch heights, combined with the thin "stiletto" heel styles currently in vogue can lead to a variety of foot and ankle problems, according to specialists in the field.
"With higher shoes, your feet tend to slip forward," says Dr. Marlene Reid, a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. This may amplify discomfort, especially if the shoes don't fit properly in the first place. She suggests women look for shoes with padding in the forefoot area, cushioning the toes and ball of the foot. And be sure there is sufficient shoe width to maintain comfort.
"A stable heel is also important to the well-being of the foot and ankle," she says. Stability is maintained when the heel of your foot is firmly enclosed by the shoe, with the stiffest support being the best." Dr. Reid stresses that women should walk in the high heel shoes before they make a purchase. And walk on bare floors, not just the carpeted floor in the shoe display area of the store.
Common high heel-related injuries treated by Dr. Reid, a board-certified foot and ankle specialist, include sesamoiditis (inflammation and swelling), neuromas (nerve damage), metatarsalgia (pain in the ball of the foot). Less frequent but all too common high heel-related injuries include ankle sprains and even bone fractures of the foot.
Such common maladies as bunions or hammertoes are accelerated by ill-fitting or excessively high heels, says Dr. Reid. "Walking in these shoes will change your gait pattern, which can affect your legs and back. Poor shock absorption of the shoes can also contribute to back pain." Such longer term conditions as arthritis in the toe and ankle joints can be exacerbated by excessive wearing of high heels.
Fashion editors point to high heels as enhancing the appearance of your legs as your calf muscles contract and adjust to the angle of high heel shoes. Dr. Reid suggests women do some basic leg stretching exercises after wearing heels to avoid excessive tightening of these calf muscles and the Achilles tendon. Wearing high heels on a regular basis over the years can cause these muscles and tendons to permanently contract, making walking in flat shoes or even bare feet more difficult.
Dr. Reid's high heel shopping tips include:
"You might be able to withstand four-inch heels for an hour or two," she says, "but would you want to wear those shoes all day and all night?"
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