Posts for: August, 2012
Dr. Adrienne O’Neill was born and raised in Lorain, Ohio. She attended John Carroll University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor degree in biology. Her educational success continued on from there, as she graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 2009 with a 4.0 GPA.
Dr. O’Neill’s was residency at Alliance Community Hospital in Alliance, OH where she has gained valuable experience in diabetic foot and wound care, management of adult and pediatric foot and ankle deformities, and treatment of traumatic and sports-related injuries.
Dr. O’Neill is currently a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery, American Podiatric Medical Association, Ohio Podiatric Medical Association, American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management, and American Society of Podiatric Surgery. She enjoys furthering her education by attending annual seminars and keeping up to date with new developments in podiatry. She is proud to announce that along with her co-resident and residency director, Dr. O’Neill won 1st place in the 2012 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Annual Scientific Conference Poster Competition for research on the use of collagenase injections in planar fibromatosis.
Dr. O’Neill was married in October 2011. She and her newlywed husband, Josh, enjoy competitive running, trail races, traveling, and spending time with their dog, Harley. Dr. O’Neill is also an avid fan of many different genres of music and dance.
With school season on the horizon, many parents are shopping for back-to-school items for their children. In addition to backpacks, notebooks, and pencils, it is important to make sure your child is wearing good, supportive shoes. If your child’s shoes are overly worn in any area, or are too tight in any area, it is time to get your child new shoes.
Since children’s feet are actively developing, it is important to make sure that shoes fit properly and are not too tight. If you are having trouble determining your child’s shoe size, most shoe stores have devices for measuring shoe size and staff that is trained to use them. Do not hesitate to ask a member of the store staff for help with determining your child’s shoe size. Your child should be standing comfortably in order to get the best measurement. If you find that one of your child’s feet is a little bit larger than the other, do not be alarmed, as this is common. If this is the case, simply make sure to get shoes for the larger foot. It is best to go shopping for shoes later in the day, as feet swell as the day wears on.
Once you have a good fit, make sure to get good shoes. The most important things to look for in a child’s shoe are stiff, supportive heels and flexible soles. Allow your child to walk around in them for a bit to make sure they are comfortable; children’s shoes should not have to be “broken-in”. With these things in mind, you should be able to start your child’s school year off on the right foot. If you have any questions regarding your child’s shoes, do not hesitate to call Advanced Foot and Ankle Care at any of our locations.
At the closing ceremony to the 2012 London Olympics, many around the world were shocked to see a reunion performance by the 90s pop group Spice Girls. Victoria Beckham, who was nicknamed “Posh Spice” back when the group was active, is known today for her fashion sense, particularly for her love of high-heeled shoes.
Jeffery Carlson, DPM
Shaq tore his. So did David Beckham. And this week, as the world watched at the 30th Olympic Games, Chinese hurdler, Liu Xiang ruptured his. If you’ve been watching coverage of the London games or regularly watch Sportscenter, you probably know I’m referring to these athletes’ Achilles tendon injuries. All three of these men were virtually gods in their sport when an Achilles tendon injury brought them down to the level of mere mortals, unable to even compete.
It comes as no surprise that the Achilles tendon itself derives its name from a demigod (half god, half man). Greek mythology tells the story of Achilles, son of the goddess Thetis. Thetis dipped Achilles into the River Styx to protect him after she received a prophecy of his death. His mother held him by his heel as she dipped him into the river. The protective water didn’t touch his heel, making it more vulnerable. During the Trojan War, Paris killed Achilles by shooting a poisoned arrow, striking Achilles in his weak heel.
The Achilles tendon connects the two large muscles of the calf, the soleus and gastrocnemius to the heel. The two muscles come together to create the Achilles tendon, the largest and strongest tendon in the body. The tendon itself extends from about midway down your calf to the back of your heel, about 6 inches (or 15 centimeters). It functions to lift your heel up and point your toes down.
So, if the Achilles tendon is so strong how is it so vulnerable to injury (hint: the answer is not found in Greek mythology)? A lot is required of the Achilles, especially in activities that require a lot of running, jumping, and kicking. When the tendon is overworked it can become inflamed (tendinitis) and tiny tears may develop. This leads to the formation of scar tissue (tendinosis), which makes the tendon less flexible. In some cases when the inflexible tendon is stretched it snaps or tears. If you’ve seen the video of David Beckham’s tendon rupture you know that a rupture can be quite dramatic. The rupture is often accompanied by a loud pop, and I’ve had several patients tell me that they thought that they had been shot in the back of the ankle when their tendon snapped. Any of these Achilles tendon injuries are painful, but a tear or rupture can be nearly disabling, leading to the inability to even walk normally.
Treatment of an Achilles tendon tear or rupture can be either nonsurgical (casting) or surgical (open repair, followed by casting). There are hundreds of studies that support either treatment approach. All of the above athletes underwent surgical repair because this approach usually ensures the fastest return to activity and has been shown to be more durable. At Advanced Foot and Ankle Care our doctors, including myself, are all well equipped to discuss your treatment options and create a plan tailored to your needs and goals. We will have you back shooting like Shaq, bending like Beckham, and leaping like Liu in no time.
Boat shoes are a popular summer footwear choice for both men and women. They are often worn sockless, which unfortunately can cause foot odor and blisters. Here are some tips to keep your feet healthy if you wear boat shoes or any other shoes without socks:
Excess sweat inside your shoes allows odor-causing bacteria to grow. If your feet are especially sweaty, there are several things you can do to help prevent foot odor. Many companies make powders and sprays that can you apply to your shoes in the morning to keep your feet dry. Others make insoles that you can put in your shoes to cut down on odor. In addition, try to let your shoes air dry completely before wearing them again, even if it means avoiding wearing them for a day.
Going sockless can also cause blisters. Your shoes should fit comfortably and should be broken in slowly to best avoid blisters. Putting a bandage on areas that take a lot of friction like the heel can help prevent blisters from occurring. Consider wearing “no-show” or “low-cut” socks that protect your heels but still give the effect of you being barefoot.