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Contributing writer: Carmen Thorpe

This was the first time that a young boy named Colby had ever seen snow. Can you remember the first time you played in the snow? It was probably something like the video above; exciting, scary, and above everything else fun – and bit tiring too! These last few snow falls have given us that beautifully fluffy, white winter that people call “winter wonderland”.  A plethora of social media sites were filled with pictures and videos of people loving the snow – making the best out of the “snowmageddon” situations – and some not so much.  After all, some of the days had been so cold that the feeling in your toes were almost nonexistent. So, to prevent freezing extremities – on your feet and your pet’s paws as well –  and disliking the season, we here at Bull Run Foot and Ankle Clinic put together a great checklist on how to enjoy yourself in the “winter wonderland”.

Here are some essentials:

1.) Thermos Hot cocoa – a definite must if you are venturing out in the snow. It helps to warm you from the inside out and it tastes great too!

2.) Hand and feet warmers – sometimes your toes (and hands) need a little extra help from you in order to maintain warmth.

3.) Shoes – now we can all use more shoes, but the proper shoes for this winter weather are waterproof and made for this season (typically boots).

4.) Socks – an obvious fact, but wool socks work best for these winter days.

5.) Equipment – having the tools that make this weather so much more enjoyable, i.e., sled, skis, inner-tube, and a snowboard.

Pets’ checklist

1.) Fleeced lined jackets – if your pet needs it

2.) Paw protection – rock salt can potentially cause harm to their paws; they make winter protection boots for pets too!

So, now that you know what the essentials are, go out and enjoy the season with your friends or your pets!


We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Now, if your homes are anything like ours, you probably have a lot of food.  Now, it’s time to figure out what to do with it!

We found this segment from Ellen with some tips for using your leftovers in new ways!

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It’s getting colder and the air feels dry.  What does that mean?  It means your feet are probably feeling pretty dry and maybe even cracked.

How do you deal with it?  Here are some tips!

  • Use a daily foot cream, preferably one that contains alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) or urea. Alpha-hydroxy acids help slough off dead skin cells and increase moisture retention in the skin’s epidermis. Examples of alpha-hydroxy acids include glycolic acid and lactic acid.
  • For rough or cracked areas of skin, try applying lanolin, which acts as an effective moisture barrier. Lanolin can be found over-the-counter and is usually labeled as a product for breastfeeding mothers, although it can be used for any form of dry, chapped skin.
  • If you are prone to allergies or skin sensitivities, use skin products that are labeled as hypoallergenic or formulated for sensitive skin.

If the problems persist, you should be seen by a podiatrist to figure out a more effective treatment method.


For this edition of Footprints, we wanted to feature some yearbook photos of Dr. Moien.
Not only was he active in sports, but he was a member of the Cadet Corps and the Senior Class President.  According to his senior yearbook, he was “off to college and a medical career.”

Photo via "Boomette" on

Photo via “Boomette” on

Due to the success of our last diabetic-friendly recipe, we decided to include a breakfast one for today’s post.

For one diabetic friendly portion of “Spiced Irish Oatmeal,” you will need:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/4 tablespoon packed brown sugar or 1/4 tablespoon brown sugar substitute, equivalent to 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar*
  • 1/16 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/16 teaspoon salt
  • 1/16 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 dash ground cloves or 1/4 dash ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk (optional)

What to Do:

  • In a saucepan appropriate to the size of the portion, combine the water, steel-cut oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, allspice, and cloves or nutmeg.
  • Bring to boiling; reduce heat.
  • Simmer, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until desired doneness and consistency, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve with milk on the side.



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Our feet sure do take a beating, don’t they?

Day after day we walk, run, bump them into things, and squeeze them into awful shoes.  Our feet must last us a lifetime and it’s important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of common foot problems.

#1: Heel Pain

According to New York podiatrist Jacqueline Sutera, heel pain typically results from plantar fasciitis – inflammation of a ligament at the bottom of the foot. It can result from weight gain, unsupported arches or overactivity from exercise. You’ll detect it by pain after periods of rest, like when you first step out of bed in the morning, or after intense activity.

It hurts because you’re basically walking on an injury.

There are stretching exercises, combined with a regimen of anti-inflammatory medications to help treat plantar fasciitis.  However, it is also beneficial to be seen by a specialist because if untreated, it can lead to tendenitis.

#2: Bunions

A bunion is a dislocation of the joint in the big toe.  They are a genetic condition that can be made worse by wearing unsupportive shoes like high heels or ballerina flats.  If untreated, they can lead to arthritis.

#3: Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails can either be inherited or they can be caused by tight shoes or pantyhose.  However, the leading cause is cutting too deeply into the corners of the nails.  When that happens, the skin grows over the nail, leaving you venerable to a bacterial infection.  This type of infection can be dangerous if it makes it into the bloodstream.

#4: Fungal Infection

Thick, yellowing, crumbling nails — sound familiar?  That’s a fungal infection.  If you notice fungus, visit a podiatrist to discuss treatment options.

#5: Calluses

Calluses are most often caused by how someone walks.  They can be treated with orthotics, which will correct a person’s gait.  Treatment for calluses can include having a podiatrist regularly shave them down.  Another could simply be moisturizing feet with a good cream nightly and sealing them with a sock for at least 40 minutes afterwards.

It’s important to remember that any kind of pain is an indicator of a problem.  Be sure to seek professional medical advice to determine the cause of it.



Photo via Diabetic Living

Photo via Diabetic Living

This recipe can be found in the Winter 2013 edition of Diabetic Living Magazine.

Mediterranean Couscous and Beef

(serves 4)

You Will Need:

3/4 cup Israeli (pearl) couscous

1 lb beef flank steak

5 tbsp salt-free lemon-herb-peppercorn flavored marinade such as Mrs. Dash

2 medium red and/or yellow tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped

1/4 cub crumbled, reduced-fat feta cheese (one ounce)

What to Do:

1. Heat a dry, medium saucepan over medium-low heat.  Add couscous to hot saucepan; toast couscous 8-10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently.  Remove couscous from saucepan.

2. Meanwhile, preheat broiler, lightly coat unheated rack of a broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Trim any fat from the flank steak.  Season beef with 1/4 tsp of black pepper and 1/8 tsp salt.  Pour 1 tbsp of marinade into a custard cup, set aside remaining marinade .  Brush the 1 tbsp onto the flank steak.  Place meat on the rack.  Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat until desired “doneness,” turning once.  Allow 12 to 14 minutes for medium.

3.  In the same medium saucepan, combine one cup water, 1/4 tsp black pepper, and 1/8 tsp salt; bring to a boil.  Stir in couscous, return to boiling and reduce heat.  SImmer, covered, for seven minutes.  Stir in the remaining tbsps of marinade and tomatoes, and 2 tbsps feta cheese.  Cook 1-2 minutes more or until couscous and tomatoes are tender.

4. To serve:

Thinly slice beef across the grain, serve over couscous mixture.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

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