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AAWP 2016 Scientific Conference

The AAWP Scientific Conference was held at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club in Naples, Florida, October 21-23, 2016. Dr. Jennifer Spector was Conference Chair, and Dr. Erika Schwartz and Dr. Alison Garten were Scientific Chair and Sponsor Chair, respectively. Western University of Health Sciences sponsored the CEUs, which were presented by dynamic lecturers from across the country on a variety of topics. This year's conference experienced record attendance and informative exhibitors along with the scientific program.

A Welcome Reception was held Friday evening, and our annual membership meeting was held during our Presidents' Luncheon, where Past Presidents were acknowledged. A new Executive Board was elected, comprised of:

Dr. Alison Garten, President
Dr. Karen Langone, Co-VP
Dr. Jennifer Spector, Co-VP
Dr. Elizabeth Bass, Treasurer
Dr. Heather Rafal, Secretary
Dr. Aparna Duggirala, Immediate Past President

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Annual AAWP Women's Caucus at the APMA House of Delegates

Saturday, March 18, 2017
6:30 - 8:30 pm
1331 Restaurant
J.W. Marriott Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC

We'll be in front of the fireplace. See you there!

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AAWP Lectures at APMA National - "Achieving Better Outcomes: Unique Biomechanical Medical and Hormonal Considerations in Female Patients"

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AAWP Scientific Conference

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.

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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.

Past Presidents

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Dr. Sabrina Minhas Recieves the PPMA Rising Star Award

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!

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2014 Scientific Conference Photos

Erika Schwartz, Annu Goel, Cheryl Weiner, Sheryl Strich, Marlene Reid and Kathleen Satterfield
Erika Schwartz, Annu Goel, Cheryl Weiner, Sheryl Strich, Marlene Reid and Kathleen Satterfield

2014 Women's Scholarship Winners

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Superbones East Meeting - Orlando, FL - March 20-23, 2014

Superbones East Conferecne in Orlando, FL on March 20-23, 2014 announcing the AAWP Alliance with Present
Superbones East Conferecne in Orlando, FL on March 20-23, 2014
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House of Delegates Meeting 2014

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AAWP Members Lectured at the SAM Podiatry Conference

The lecturers are: Jaclyn Marino, Alison Garten and Karen Langone
The lecturers are: Jaclyn Marino, Alison Garten and Karen Langone

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AAWP Member Karen Langone lectured on Gait Analysis at the New York Clinical Conference in January 2014

AAWP Member Karen Langone lectured on Gait Analysis at the New York Clinical Conference in January 2014

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Washington DC AAWP Local Meeting sponsored by Organogenisis

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Is There Such Thing As a Podiatrically Correct & Stylish Shoe?

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.

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NY Podiatrist Named Distinguished Fellow of NAP

Karen A Langone, DPM FACFAOM FAAPSM

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.

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Seventh Podiatric Medical Mission to Nicaragua a Success

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.

Dr. Vicki Anton Athens
Dr. Vicki Anton Athens

Dr. James Hill
Dr. James Hill

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.

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High Heels - High Fashion That Can Hurt Your Feet

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. 

Stay in tune with foot health info from the American Association for Women Podiatrists. The AAWP offers information on podiatric medicine, foot health info for a woman, and support for podiatric physicians. We are a related organization of the APMA; we offer women’s scholarships in podiatric medicine.

"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:

  • Purchase shoes with heels only as high as you are comfortable with. Some women can tolerate higher heels better than others.
  • Women with a higher arched foot have more tolerance for a higher heel.
  • Take into account the length of time you'll be wearing the shoes at a given stretch.

"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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2013 AAWP Scientific Conference

The 2013 AAWP Scientific Conference was held at the Biltmore Resort in Coral Cables, Florida on April 26-28 led by AAWP co-Vice President and Conference Chair Aparna Duggirala, DPM.  Scientific Chair for the conference was Kathleen Satterfield, DPM and AAWP co-Vice President Alison Garten, DPM was the Sponsorship Chair.  A diverse group of topics were presented from speakers across the country and an exhibitor hall was filled with an assorted group of sponsors.  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. 

During the course of the conference, the Past Presidents of the AAWP were honored during a luncheon.  Past Presidents in attendance included Gina Saffo, DPM (1996-1998), Corrine Kauderer, DPM (1998-2000), Marlene Reid, DPM (2002-2004), Jane Anderson, DPM (2004-2006), Kathleen Satterfield, DPM (2006-2008), and Sheryl Strich, DPM (2009-2012).  The annual AAWP meeting was also conducted during the Presidential Luncheon and included the election of the new AAWP board members.  The new board members are as follow:   President Erika Schwartz, DPM; Co-Vice President Aparna Duggirala, DPM; co-Vice President Alison Garten, DPM; Treasurer Karen Langone, DPM; Secretary Elizabeth Bass, DPM; and Immediate Past President Sheryl Strich, DPM. 

AAWP board members would also like to express a special thank you to Dr. Satterfield for stepping in and taking on the role as our Scientific Chair.  The return of the annual conference was exciting and well received.  Plans are already beginning to continue this tradition and many attendees are anxiously awaiting the next conference to be held in the Fall of 2014. 

Included in the photograph are the board members of AAWP including (from left to right) co-VP Alison Garten, DPM; Immediate Past President Sheryl Strich, DPM; Secretary Elizabeth Bass, DPM; Treasurer Karen Langone, DPM; Co-VP Aparna Duggirala, DPM; President Erika Schwartz, DPM; Scientific Chair Kathleen Satterfield, DPM. 

Included in the photograph are the board members of AAWP including (from left to right) co-VP Alison Garten, DPM; Immediate Past President Sheryl Strich, DPM; Secretary Elizabeth Bass, DPM; Treasurer Karen Langone, DPM; Co-VP Aparna Duggirala, DPM; President Erika Schwartz, DPM; Scientific Chair Kathleen Satterfield, DPM. 

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AAWP Women's Caucus at the 2013 House of Delegates in Washington, D.C.

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AAWP Women's Caucus at the 2013 House of Delegates in Washington, D.C. AAWP Women's Caucus at the 2013 House of Delegates in Washington, D.C.  

At this years Women's caucus, there was a great buzz for our Scientific Conference in Miami, Florida planned for April 2013.

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2012 AAWP Women's Caucus at the HOD in Washington, DC

The American Association for Women Podiatrists held its annual Women's Caucus during the House of Delegates meeting in Washington, D.C.  The event, which is held for those attending the House of Delegates meeting and AAWP members, was a great success.  In attendance was Dr. Sylvia Virbulis, who is the newest member of the APMA Board of Trustees as well as a member of the AAWP.  Congratulations Dr. Virbulis!  We also had the opportunity to announce that the AAWP Spa Conference is back by popular demand.  It will be held at the Biltmore Resort in Coral Gables, Florida, April 25-28, 2013.  AAWP board is excited and looking forward to a successful event.  Anyone interested in joining the speaker panel, exhibiting or attending can go to www.AmericanWomenPodiatrists.com or email Dr. Duggirala at aduggirala@americanwomenpodiatrists.com.

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APMA House of Delegates Meeting 2011

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Midwestern Conference: AAWP Luncheon presents a lecture
by Dr. Gary Dockery and sponsored by BAKO

Midwestern Conference: AAWP Luncheon presents a lecture by Dr. Gary Dockery and sponsored by BAKO Midwestern Conference: AAWP Luncheon presents a lecture by Dr. Gary Dockery and sponsored by BAKO Midwestern Conference: AAWP Luncheon presents a lecture by Dr. Gary Dockery and sponsored by BAKO

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AAWP National Meeting at the APMA Annual Scientific Conference 2010 sponsored by Bako Labs

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AAWP National Meeting at the APMA Annual Scientific Conference 2010 sponsored by Bako Labs AAWP National Meeting at the APMA Annual Scientific Conference 2010 sponsored by Bako Labs AAWP National Meeting at the APMA Annual Scientific Conference 2010 sponsored by Bako Labs
AAWP National Meeting at the APMA Annual Scientific Conference 2010 sponsored by Bako Labs AAWP National Meeting at the APMA Annual Scientific Conference 2010 sponsored by Bako Labs  

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Washington DC AAWP Local Meeting sponsored by Organogenisis

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Is There Such Thing As a Podiatrically Correct & Stylish Shoe?

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.

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Manicures And Pedicures Look Great, But You Can Get Infections Or Harm Your Nails

Manicures And Pedicures Look Great, But You Can Get Infections Or Harm Your Nails

The Washington Post
By Carolyn Butler, Published: May 7
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Stilettos: Are They Good for You?

I was recently asked whether stiletto heels are good for you.  My son, a fashion illiterate, summed it up after his semester in Italy.  “Mom, girls who wear those pointy high heel shoes are total high maintenance.”

Read articles of interest from the American Association for Women Podiatrists. Our online articles provide foot health info for a woman and information on podiatric medicine for podiatric physicians. The AAWP is a related organization of the APMA; find a woman podiatrist near you. We offer women’s scholarships in podiatric medicine.

My son and I approach life in quite different ways.  Currently he’s backpacking through Argentina and Chile sleeping outdoors in a tent, while I am quite content living with heat, air conditioning and indoor plumbing.  My hairdresser is concerned about where he takes his showers, and I haven’t had the heart to tell her that showers are not one of his main concerns.

So although my son and I are coming from different perspectives, I must say that we do share the same conclusion when it comes to pointy high heel shoes.

I want to start off by saying that I think stilettos totally flatter the leg, and add a certain pizzazz to any outfit.

On occasion I have even been known to own a pair or two, but frankly, I’ve always been too uncomfortable to wear them.

Part of my reticence might be that adding an extra four inches to my 5’9” frame has me towering over most people in the room. Also in order to wear pointy shoes without totally squeezing my foot, the pointy part has to be way past the toes. Imagine how long my size 11 shoes have to be in order to fit comfortably. Rather than feeling feminine and dainty, I begin to feel like a giant elf.

My issues aside, there are some real concerns about wearing stilettos for activities that involve walking or standing for any length of time. According to the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, as the heel height increases, your body weight is pushed forward.

Think about your posture for a minute. If your weight is on the ball of your foot, you lean forward. In order to maintain balance, you often times have to thrust your bottom out. So there you are wearing shoes to enhance your legs, with your tush protruding quite prominently; i.e., appearing much bigger than you probably realize.

A two inch heel can cause knee strain. Once the heel reaches three inches or more, there is seven times more stress on the ball of the foot than when wearing a one inch heel. This unnatural foot position can also cause bunions, neuromas (nerve tumors), ankle sprain or fractures, along with corns, calluses and blisters.

In a 2003 study by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) it was noted that when shoes cause discomfort, women are likely to remove their shoes for a brief time (84%), walk barefoot (74%), put their feet up (64%), or massage their feet (52%). Fewer reported using insoles, cushions or other over-the-counter products (38%), or soaking their feet (26%).

Very few women with foot discomfort see a medical professional (15%). Indeed, 44% indicated that they do nothing and suffer with the problem, but foot pain is not natural. Shoes should not hurt when you wear them. High maintenance should not be a cause of foot pain.

Log on to the American Podiatric Medical Association website for more about foot care.

Sheryl Strich, DPM

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