Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The hazards of sky high heels

Below is an interesting article about the different ailments that can result from wearing high heels.

July 23rd, 2010
Sky High Heels Hazardous to Your Health
By Melissa Conte

Shoe trends seem to be moving in one direction this season—up. On a recent trip to Bloomingdales, I got vertigo just looking at some of this season’s hottest selling platform shoes. (Some of the styles also look like they were designed by the Marquis de Sade. But that’s another story). As designers unveil their latest creations, women will need to work on their balance skills to stay onboard these mile high heels.
And now medical experts tell us that those high heels may produce serious medical problems. If you wear two-inch heels (or higher) five or more days a week you may create problems for your legs and feet. Elevating the foot not only shrinks a your calf muscle fibers by an average of 13 percent, it also thickens your Achilles tendon, the tendon that attaches the calf muscle to the heel by 22 percent. The findings are from a study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.
Celebrities seem not to have received the memo. Lady Gaga prances around in 12-inch Alexander McQueen creations. And the quartet from Sex and the City 2 have not yet given up their Manolos. During the 2009 spring fashion shows, several models—those professionals who are supposed to make walking in high heels look easy—tumbled on the runway. So if even a skilled catwalk model has trouble keeping her balance, why are designers foisting these killer-heels on normal women? Will this new study cause them to rethink that fashion strategy?
Are sky-high heels the new escapism from the sinking economy? It’s theorized that women buy and wear higher heels when the economy is not good. As the recession seems to worsen, the heel heights grow comparatively higher. According to the stiletto index, the last time sky-high heels were in vogue was during the Great Depression. As this season’s heels climb to an astonishing eight-inch height and beyond, one can’t help but wonder if we’ve seen the worst of the recession yet.
Christian Dior shoe specialist Jonah Bernaki says his clientele prefers the higher styled shoes. “Heels make a woman instantly feel taller, sexier, and more glamorous. It’s an instant emotional pick me up.” Platforms this season have a lift in the front, making them more stable and easier to navigate city streets. According to Bernaki: “They are more manageable and comfortable than a traditional stiletto heel.”
Teetering on top of these stilts may be great for self-esteem, but they can have crippling effects on the long-term health of your feet and spine. Wearing heels takes your spine out of its natural alignment. Hips jut forward, excessive pressure is placed on your forefoot, and your hips move unnaturally. All of this adjustment causes wear and tear on the vertebral discs of your back and postural muscles. Staying in this position for too long will lead to chronic problems with pain and discomfort.
Moving down the kinetic chain of the body, excessive pressure is placed on the knee joint, encouraging the onset of early osteoarthritis. Calf muscles and the Achilles tendon are forced into a short tight position, leading to inflammation of the plantar fascia and other ligaments of the foot. Ankle injuries such as sprains and fractures are not uncommon because you are walking on an unstable surface. Bunions, bony growths on the outside of the foot requiring surgical repair, develop as a result of your foot trying to fit into a narrow and tight toe box. (Think of the Asian practice of binding the feet, and you get the idea).
To go the distance, feet need sturdy and stable shoes. Remember the days when women used to wear running shoes to walk to work and then changed into heels once in the office? Perhaps it’s time to bring that practice back.
Although many of this sesons’s shoe styles are visually attractive, buyer beware. It’s okay to wear high heels occasionally, but long-term wear will result in hammertoes and other unattractive physical maladies. The excessive heel heights this season should come with the label “wear at your own risk.”

More questions answered about toning shoes

This will link you to a study that will hopefully answer questions regarding these shoes and the validity of their manufacturer's marketing claims. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Big Brother housemate to have ankle operation

This article will make you think twice about getting dressed like a spider and crawling out of a giant bath!!! The things people will do for national television! We all hope her surgery goes well and she recovers quickly.

Big Brother 2010: Housemate Keeley needs operation on broken ankle and may have to quit show
By Georgina LittlejohnLast updated at 12:26 PM on 22nd July 2010

Friday's eviction cancelled after her accident
Host Davina McCall is stranded in France
Big Brother contestant Keeley has broken her ankle and may have to quit, show bosses have announced.
The housemate is being treated in hospital and will need an operation to mend the fracture caused as she tackled a task in the Channel 4 show.
Bosses decided earlier today to axe this week's eviction after the programme suffered the double blow of Keeley's injury and Caoimhe quitting the show on Tuesday.

Distressed: Keeley grimaces and cries in pain as she waits for medical treatment for her broken ankle. She is now in hospital and needs an operation
The travel agent from Manchester had to leave the house on Tuesday for treatment following a nasty fall during the weekly 'save and replace' task in which nominated housemates take part.
Keeley had been dressed as a spider and was trying to climb out of a giant bath for her task when she suffered her injury.
After damaging her ankle, she was carried to the diary room by fellow contestants Dave and John James.

Painful: An ice pack is applied to Keeley's foot to try and get the swelling down. The travel agent may be forced to quit the programme, show bosses said
At first she was treated on the spot but her injuries were more severe than first thought and she was later taken to hospital, where she spent the night.
She will spend at least two more days in hospital and it is not clear whether she will be able to return to the show.
A statement from Channel 4 said: 'Keeley has fractured her ankle and is in hospital receiving treatment.
'She will remain in hospital for a couple of days as she needs an operation to mend the fracture.
'Together, Keeley and Big Brother producers will discuss whether she will return to the show once she is feeling better. We all wish her a speedy recovery.'

Lindsay Lohan's ankle monitor

Ankles aren't just for spraining and ankles aren't just for breaking. Just ask Lindsay Lohan and check out her new ankle bracelet!! Now that really is ankle pain!

Best of Lindsay Lohan Fashion: Ankle Monitor Style
July 14th, 2010 12:32 AM by Free Britney Tags: Celebrity Fashion, Lindsay Lohan

Being shackled with a court-ordered SCRAM alcohol monitor device around one's ankle would crimp the style of many stars, but Lindsay Lohan rolls with it.
Girl is nothing if not flexible. She's also used to it by now.
Whether she's hitting the clubs or the courtroom, the troubled star has turned a fashion challenge into an opportunity. Let's just say she has a lot of boots!
As for why she goes clubbing while unable to drink, and while staring at a jail sentence for violating her probation, we have no clue. That's Lindsay for you.
The good news: The ankle monitor finally gets taken off July 20. The bad news: She'll be wearing an orange jumpsuit for awhile after that. Kind of a drag.
We're behind you all the way, girl. You look great, at least. Call it ankle monitor chic:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Serena Williams foot surgery will cause her to miss 3 tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open

It pays to wear shoes! Especially at a restaurant! Below is an article about Serena Williams run in with a broken glass at Carmelo Anthony's restaurant. This is just one example of the silly things that can happen to your feet. The Doctors at Gulfcoast Foot and Ankle are here to help no matter what the situation.

Serena Williams Needs Surgery for Cut Foot, Will Miss Three Tournaments

7/17/2010 5:25 PM ET By FanHouse Newswire
FanHouse Newswire

(AP) -- Serena Williams needs surgery on her right foot after cutting it on a broken glass at a restaurant.The top-ranked women's player was injured last week and will miss three tournaments leading to the U.S. Open, the WTA Tour said Saturday.Williams has withdrawn from tournaments in Istanbul, Cincinnati and Montreal. The tour website offered no details about what happened at the restaurant."I'm so upset I won't be able to play in the upcoming events because of this foot surgery," Williams said on the website. "Thank you for all of your support. I can't wait to get back on the courts." A message left with her agent was not immediately returned.On Monday, World TeamTennis said Williams would miss the entire season. Her Washington Kastles team said she cut the bottom of her foot and needed stitches.
On July 10, Williams attended the wedding of Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony in New York. In a photo, it appeared she had two bandages on the top of her right foot.Williams won her fourth Wimbledon crown and 13th major title in July. The Rogers Cup in Montreal begins Aug. 16, and the U.S. Open starts Aug. 30.After winning the Australian Open at the end of January, Williams was sidelined through April because of an injured left knee. She lost in the French Open quarterfinals in June before capturing Wimbledon.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Important information about your Metanx prescription

Eric M. Wingerter is the President and CEO of Pamlab Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Wingerter wrote two letters to his customers to update and inform them about products that are being substituted for Metanx and other Pamlab products. One of the main products of my concern is Neurpath-B. This is the product that could potentially be substituted for Metanx by your pharmacy. I am going to summarize these two letters for you. If you would like to read the actual letters and browse the Metanx website please visit and click on "Attention Metanx Patients: Important information about your Metanx prescription" located at the top of the page.

Acella Pharmaceuticals products, including Neurpath-B, contain an active ingredient called XOLAFIN-B (described as L-methylfolate calcium). This ingredient comes from a manufacturer in China that is not cGMP (current good manufacturing practice) certified in China or the United States. Pamlabs Metanx also contains a formula of L-methylfolate calcium called Metafolin. All active ingredients in Pamlabs Metafolin (Pamlabs L-methylfolate calcium formula) containing products, including Metanx, are US cGMP compliant.

All ingredients in medical foods must be GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) or FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved. Since XOLAFIN-B is manufactured in a Chinese facility that is not cGMP certified by either China or the United States it cannot be considered GRAS. Pamlabs active ingredients that compete with Acella products have verified GRAS status which took several years to achieve.

Acella labels its Neurpath-B product with a 24 month expiratioin date. Acella nor its contract manufacturer has actually performed any stability testing to support this claim. Stability testing, in the pharmaceutical field, tests how well a product retains its quality over the life span of the product. On June 23, 2010 a third party testing laboratory, BioScreen Testing Services, evaluated Neurpath-B with an expiration date of April 2012. The assay results showed that the active ingredient XOLAFIN-B to be out of specification within 2 months of being manufactured.

The Doctors at Gulfcoast Foot and Ankle want you to know the facts about this alleged substitute for Metanx. Please feel free to contact us at Gulfcoast Foot and Ankle with questions or concerns you may have. We will try our best to get you the answers you need in a timely fashion.

Miami's Chalmers in cast for ankle sprain

The Doctors at Gulfcoast Foot and Ankle can help you with your pains and sprains!

Chalmers has high ankle sprain, in cast 2-4 weeks
The Associated Press
Posted: 5:22 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, 2010

MIAMI — Heat guard Mario Chalmers has a high left ankle sprain and will be in a cast for 2-4 weeks.

The injury took place July 12, the Heat said. Chalmers will be re-evaluated once the cast is removed, at which time a plan for further rehabilitation will be made.

Chalmers, who hopes to be Miami's starting point guard this season, has averaged 8.6 points and 4.2 assists in his first two years with the Heat.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Utah Jazzs' Mehmet Okur playing golf 3 months after Achilles Tendon repair

Even after a ruptured Achilles Tendon the Doctors at Gulfcoast Foot and Ankle can get you back into your golf game if you take the appropriate measures! Below is an article about Utah Jazzs' Mehmet Okur and his ruptured Achilles Tendon surgery.

Utah Jazz notebook: Mehmet Okur says 'so far so good' on rehab

By Jody Genessy
Deseret News
Published: Saturday, July 10, 2010 8:22 p.m. MDT

LEHI — Mehmet Okur can't do much about his basketball game right now.

The Utah Jazz center, however, was excited to work on his golf game Saturday afternoon at Deron Williams' charity tournament.

That might come as a surprise to some, considering he had surgery to repair his ruptured left Achilles tendon in April.

"Actually," Okur said when asked about golfing in his condition, "it's good for me."

Though he's been cleared to golf — and reap the benefits of walking the fairways — the injured center said he's "hoping" to be ready to join the Utah Jazz on the court in the preseason.

Okur even believes it's possible to play by the beginning of the NBA's regular season, which would be about six months after he ruptured the tendon in Denver. That would fit in the recovery time frame his doctor told him after his playoff-ending procedure.

"Like, so far so good," Okur said of his rehab. "Hopefully I'm going to be able to be back early and maybe catch up (in) the preseason games a little bit and go from there."

Okur still walks with a slight limp on his left side — something that the walking and golfing should help, he claims.

But the good news, he added with a smile, is that he no longer has to wear a walking boot on his right foot, something that was required for a while after he underwent surgery to repair the Achilles that ruptured during Game 1 of the Jazz's first-round playoff series against Denver. The tendon doesn't hurt anymore, either.

"Doing good," he said. "I'm a lot better."

Normally one to leave for his homeland of Turkey in the offseason, the surgery forced Okur to stay in Utah this summer. Along with golfing — a sport he played multiple times just last week — Okur has five rehab sessions a week. He said doing pool exercises and lifting weights has helped him get "a lot stronger."

Okur anticipates being able to start jogging, shooting and doing other things on the court in a month.

But he really has his eye on being fully healed for the season-opener.

"I'm hoping," Okur added. "I don't know what to say about my injury because I've never had such a long-time injury like that in my career."

Farve tests his surgically repaired ankle

You too can have lower leg surgery and still be able to get back into the game. Let the Doctors at Gulfcoast Foot and Ankle help you play at your fullest potential. Below is an article showing Brett Farve working out with high schoolers after having arthroscopic ankle surgery.

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre tests his ankle, working out with high school players in Mississippi
Associated Press

Updated: 07/13/2010 12:08:18 AM CDT

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre looks like he's getting along just fine on that surgically repaired ankle.

Favre worked out with some high school football players at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Monday, then eluded reporters looking to ask him about his future by running to his truck and driving away.

The 40-year-old quarterback has yet to tell the Vikings if he will return for a 20th NFL season. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle in May and has been throwing to receivers at the high school for a few weeks.

Favre worked out for about an hour, then grinned and waved at reporters as he drove off.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Steelers' Willie Colon out for season

Achilles tendon surgery can happen suddenly and unexpectedly but rest assured that the Doctors at Gulfcoast Foot and Ankle can take on surgeries such as this. Willie Colon had Achilles tendon surgery and will be out for the season as you will read in the article below.

It's official: Colon to miss Steelers' entire season

By John Harris
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Steelers right tackle Willie Colon will miss the entire 2010 season following surgery tomorrow on his torn Achilles tendon, agent Joe Linta said today.

Colon, who has started 54 consecutive games (including playoffs), is expected to miss nine to 12 months, which will effectively keep him off the playing field this year.

"It's a classic deal where the Steelers are very positive Willie will be back 100 percent in the nine-to-12 month range," said Linta, who spoke at length with team physician Dr. James Bradley, who will perform the surgery. "He (Bradley) made it very clear that Willie will be fine."

Colon suffered the injury Monday while working out at the Steelers' practice facility.

"He was making a change in direction," Linta said. "He went one way, his Achilles went the other."

Pittsburgh Pirates Steven Pearce to have Platelet Rich Plasma injection

Although at Gulfcoast Foot and Ankle we only work from the below the knee to the ends of your toes our Doctors perform these Platelet Rich Plasma injections to tendons in the ankles and feet.

Below you will find the article that talks about Steven Pearce and his PRP injection

Pirates' Pearce out until August

July 06--HOUSTON -- First baseman Steve Pearce will be out of action until August, as the Pirates' medical staff will perform an injection in his left knee tomorrow and prescribe at least a week of rest after that.

Pearce was examined this afternoon in Pittsburgh by Dr. Patrick DeMeo, the team physician, and it was decided that his patella tendinitis was not severe enough for surgery. A platelet-rich plasma injection will be administered aimed at accelerating the healing. From there, Pearce will have no activity for 7-10 days, then resume treatment and exercises.

General manager Neal Huntington said that surgery remains an option if the current course does not work, but he expressed optimism that it will based on the doctors' findings.

Alex Wong eliminated from "So You Think You Can Dance" due to lacerated Achilles tendon

Below is an article from to read about Alex Wong and his Achilles tendon injury.

What happened to Alex Wong is awful and painful. This type of injury is just one of many that the Doctors at Gulfcoast Foot and Ankle can treat! No matter how small or how extreme your problem is we will do our best to find a solution.

So You Think You Can Dance front-runner Alex Wong was eliminated Thursday after learning he required surgery for an injury sustained during the competition.

"The results of Alex's MRI came in late last night," executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe said at the end of the show. "Alex has suffered a lacerated Achilles tendon."

Wong was injured Tuesday during rehearsals of his Bollywood number with Adechike Torbert, and was unable to perform on Wednesday night's show. The 23-year-old ballet dancer is set to undergo surgery on Tuesday in Los Angeles to reattach the tendon, though it will take at least three months to heal.

"It is just another thing you've got to get through in your life," Lythgoe said. "It will strengthen you."

With this type of injury, Lythgoe said there is a 20 percent chance that Wong's career in the dance world will be sidelined, but Wong insisted backstage that he is "a pretty positive person, so that's not going to happen."

There were few dry eyes in the house, especially from Wong, who thanked everyone for his time on the show, saying he is "very, very grateful.

"My heart's more in pain," said Wong after the show. "[It's] not so much physical. It was a freak accident and it's unfortunate that it snapped completely in half."

Billy Bell and Ashley Galvan, who joined Wong in the bottom three, were spared elimination this week.

Like Bell, who returned straight to the semi-finals in Las Vegas after having to leave the competition early last season, Wong has a ticket to Vegas and is eligible to be in next season's top 10 despite already competing this season.

"I feel like I haven't finished my journey and I feel like I have so much more to learn," Wong said. "So I would love to come back."