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COVID-19Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed our world. In the realm of podiatry, two issues were examined.

“COVID toes” is a red discoloration, as if there was a bruise. There may be itching and burning sensation like frostbite. It is not known whether this phenomenon is due to inflammation from coronavirus, an immune response, or increase in blood clotting (or combination thereof). Thankfully, COVID toes heal without a scar and is not seen in most patients.

Although a study from Wuhan, China found coronavirus on shoes, it is unlikely that this is a common way that the virus is transmitted. The virus on shoes would still need to enter the body and may not be viable at that time. The reason this subject became popular may be due to this excerpt from the article: “…the virus can be tracked all over the floor, as indicated by the 100% rate of positivity from the floor in the pharmacy, where there were no patients. Furthermore, half of the samples from the soles of the ICU medical staff shoes tested positive. Therefore, the soles of medical staff shoes might function as carriers.”

Picture of vitaminsIf you sustained a broken bone, stress fracture, or are at higher risk for these, look at your VITAMIN D and CALCIUM consumption.

Examples of people at higher risk for broken bone / fracture:
  ◦  Increased exercise, especially during winter or spring months.
  ◦  Diabetes (type 1 and type 2)
  ◦  Older adults
  ◦  Obesity and some weight-loss procedures

Vitamin D and calcium are naturally present in some foods, but most people in Illinois need a supplement to reach recommended levels due to the lack of exposure to sunlight. Between 600 - 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 and 1,000 mg of calcium a day are typical. Blood tests can help decide whether supplementation is appropriate.

To achieve maximum absorption of vitamin D and calcium, they should be taken with a meal containing fat, such as meat, chicken, avocados, cheese and nuts.

Healthy feet need strong bones. If your bones need an expert’s assessment, contact Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (847) 675-3400 or by clicking here.

September 08, 2017
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With all the news coverage of hurricanes in the Southern USA, I was surprised to see a hurrycane in my office.  See adjacent photo of this cane. 

HurrycaneThe most differentiating feature is the pivot near the tripod base. Although the cane can stand independently, it has a tendency to fall if on carpet and/or when extended for tall people. 

Tall people should also confirm that it will extend long enough. A cane should be half the height of its user. Similarly, when the user is standing erect with arm hanging down, the handle of a cane should reach the wrist. This allows for slight bend in the elbow when using a cane.

The "Freedom Edition" (shown in photo) is foldable. However, some users dislike its handle. Also, if the user steps on the base while walking, the cane can fold and collapse and its user may fall to the ground. 

It is best to use a cane on the "good side", not the side of the body that is injured or weak. 

If you need additional help with a foot or ankle ailment, please schedule an appointment at our conveniently located office next to Old Orchard Mall and the Edens Expressway in Skokie. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (847) 675-3400 or click here.