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Researchers at Hebrew University have developed a new sock that will alert Diabetic patients with neuropathy (numbness in the feet) when they may develop pressure ulcers.  When the feet are numb, the patient may not feel if they are putting too much pressure on a particular part of the foot.  A person without neuropathy would just switch the pressure point by shifting weight to a different part of the foot, or to the other foot, or by loosening a lace, etc.  But if you can’t feel, you wouldn’t know that one part of the foot is bearing too much prolonged weight and pressure.  This prolonged pressure could cause the skin to break open and a wound, or diabetic ulcer, to form.  An infected wound could be the incident that starts the progression toward an amputation of a toe, foot or leg.  See the article here.

Even President Lincoln loved his Podiatrist!

On Sept. 20, 1862, Abraham Lincoln had a lot on his mind. The Civil War was raging, and just days later he would issue the preliminary draft of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Still, the weary president found time to sit down to write a testimonial to his podiatrist.

“Dr. Zacharie has, with great dexterity, taken some troublesome corns from my toes,” Lincoln wrote. “He is now treating me, and I believe with success, for what plain people call back-ache. We shall see how it will end.”

This letter is part of an exhibit that opened last Friday at the New York Historical Society

Debunking the Five Most Common Hand-washing Myths

Think you know how to wash your hands? Think again. A 2013 study showed that only 5 percent of people properly wash their hands on a daily basis. Cintas Corporation and Henry the Hand Foundation have teamed up to dispel the five most common hand-washing myths.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps people can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health found that people touch their faces on average of 3.6 times per hour. And with more than 50 percent of healthy persons carrying Staphylococcus aureus in or on their nasal passages, throat, hair or skin – hand-washing is something that people can’t afford to do wrong.

“From schools to hospitals to office buildings, germs linger everywhere,” says Dr. Will Sawyer, infection prevention specialist and founder of Henry the Hand Foundation. “We constantly touch our faces and other common surfaces throughout the day – often unconsciously. By making sure you follow proper hand-washing protocols, you can help stop the spread of these germs; protecting yourself and others from potential sickness.”

To clean up hand-washing misconceptions, Cintas and Henry the Hand Foundation have identified the following myths:

1. It doesn’t matter how long I wash my hands as long as I use soapFalse
The next time you’re in the restroom and washing your hands, think of the chorus of your favorite song. Studies show that you should scrub your hands with soap for a minimum of 15-30 seconds in order to effectively remove germs.

2. Hand sanitizers can replace washing your hands with soap and waterFalse
Washing hands with soap and water is the best and most effective way to reduce the number of microbes and germs on hands. Although alcohol-based (at least 60 percent) hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, they are not as effective as soap and water when it comes to removing and inactivating dangerous gastrointestinal illness-causing germs such as Cryptosporidium, norovirus and Clostridium difficile.


3. The hotter the water you use for hand-washing, the better False
Studies show that water temperature does not affect microbe removal. In fact, there is no research to prove that higher temperatures improve hand-washing at all. Hotter water can also dry out skin, which leaves your skin more susceptible to germs and can make hand-washing painful. It is best to wash your hands with the temperature that you find comfortable.


4. You don’t have to dry your hands after washing themFalse
Studies show that germs can be more easily transferred to and from wet hands, which is why drying hands is essential to staving off bacteria after hand-washing.


5.Hand dryers are more hygienic than paper towels False

In studies conducted by the Mayo Clinic (Minn.) and University of Westminster (London), researchers found that paper towels are superior to air dryers and can help remove bacteria, unlike air dryers which can increase bacteria counts. Because air dryers have been shown to spread bacteria between three and six feet from the device, paper towels are also far less likely to contaminate other restroom users.

“Many people don’t realize that they are washing their hands incorrectly,” says Dave Mesko, senior director of marketing for Cintas Corporation. “As we head into flu season, effective infection prevention depends upon proper hand-washing, so it’s important to learn and use correct practices.”

Source: Cintas, Henry the Hand Foundation

Ladies, Do You Love Your High Heels?

The Huffington Post ran this article on 7/21/13. We thought it was a fun read. It talks about a class that actually TEACHES ladies to walk correctly in high heels in New York City. The New York Post ran a similar article a few days earlier quoting shoe designers Victor Chu, “The Stiletto Whisperer”, and Ce Ce Chin, founder and creative director of 80%20 shoes. You can see that article here. Mr. Chu is a fashion and technology designer who began designing at Ralph Lauren in the 1990’s but developed a career mixing technology and design and was an instructor at Parson’s School of Design. Now he is teaching ladies the finer points of walking in heels. Ms. Chin has designed for Michael Kors to Calvin Klein and now designs for 80%20, her own studio. They have teamed up to create the ultimate legs and high heel training classes and videos. It is all about the training, Ladies. You can see the videos at LEGWORK at the website here.

Dr. Hechter returns from Montreal to Fix More Feet!

Dr. Hechter has just returned from Montreal where she learned the latest, most advanced foot mobilization techniques. These are a wonderful alternative for painful conditions from arthritis to heel pain. Dr. Jedynak is a world-renowned master of this technique and Dr. Hechter was honored to be able to study with him. “There is now another tool in my arsenal of non-surgical options for many of the painful foot problems we see every day”.


You know the folks we all see running when it’s -10 degrees out and we shake our heads and wonder…..

Well here are some great tips for those of us who love to run in the cold, quiet, winter months. It is quite peaceful, and the snow crunching under your running shoes is a great sound for being in “the zone”. If it’s snowing then the whole world goes away while you’re out there.

Here is an article from our local winter runners on how they do it. Let’s hear YOUR tips, too!

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