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A podiatrist is a physician and surgeon who treats the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg.
Podiatrists must complete four years of podiatric medical school to become a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). Like other medical doctors, most of the third and four years are spent training in hospitals and clinics.
Most states require post-graduate training. Current graduates have three years of residency training, similar to that of other physicians. Finally, podiatrists can earn board certification after further clinical experience and examination.
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There may be a misconception that (except for stunt performers) employment in the film and motion picture industry is safe. Two recent high-profile ankle fractures call attention to the risks that even lead actors face.
In April 2017, Nicolas Cage was injured on the set of “211” in Bulgaria. Four months later, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt for "Mission: Impossible - Fallout".
The five most common types of injury are strains, sprains, fractures (broken bones), contusions, and lacerations, based on an analysis of workers' compensation claims.
One reason for lower injury rates during the last decade is that some risky stunts have been replaced with digital effects. However, unscripted action adventure shows (reality TV) reversed this trend, for obvious reasons.
The Producers Guild of America has a collection of websites as part of its Safety Initiative, to recognize and implement safe practices on film & television productions.
A 45-year-old woman in England developed inflammation and painful blisters on her great toe after applying freshly sliced raw garlic to treat a fungal nail infection. This incident was reported in BMJ Case Reports, and is similar to garlic burns reported in other medical journals.
Garlic has been used as a medical treatment for generations. It is said to have antimicrobial properties. However, raw garlic on skin can cause a chemical burn and/or contact dermatitis.
The sulfur-containing compounds in garlic are believed to be the cause. The severity of the injury depends on the freshness of garlic, duration of exposure, and presence of pre-existing skin conditions and sensitivity.
Please use caution with herbal products and home remedies. If you have toenail fungus or any other foot problem, please contact our office for medical expertise.
Metallic fibers are sometimes incorporated in clothing to keep odor and bacteria from building up. Examples include socks and athleisure (yoga) clothing. However, these fibers can burn the skin if worn in an MRI scanner.
Metal produces heat in a magnetic field. Unfortunately, one 11-year-old girl found out the hard way. She was sedated during an MRI for scoliosis, but when she woke up, she felt burning on her skin. She received a second-degree burn from silver microfibers in her undershirt.
Clothing that says “anti-microbial” or “anti-bacterial” in the label should be avoided in an MRI scanner.
PLANTAR FIBROMATOSIS is a disease in which nodules form in the bottom of the foot.
Here are six things to know.
1. It was first described by Georg Ledderhose in 1897, and is therefore referred to as Ledderhose disease.
2. The exact cause for fibrous nodules (thickening) forming along the plantar fascia ligament is unknown.
3. Nodules can occur in one or both feet.
4. Walking can be painful when these slow-growing lumps increase in size.
5. Biopsy is used to confirm that these are not cancerous growths.
6. If pads and inserts do not provide sufficient relief, procedures such as intralesional injections, surgical excision, or radiation (radiotherapy) should be considered.
If you feel a bump on the bottom of your foot, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Steven Miller by calling (847) 675-3400 or clicking here.
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