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    Welcome to the Patient Information Center! Here you will find information about the most common foot and ankle ailments. Click on any of the issues below to find out more about specific problems and what treatment options are available. Here you will also find links to interesting websites pertaining to podiatry. If you have any questions, feel free to Contact Us through the website or give us a call!

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    The path to board certification by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery (ABPS) begins after graduating from an approved podiatric surgical residency program after which our doctors pass a rigorous written examination to become board qualified. Next, doctors spent up to 6 years of their initial practice time collecting various patient cases which demonstrate to the ABPS their decision-making, competency, and skills as a foot and ankle surgeon. After submission of these cases, detailed review, and acceptance to the ABPS, doctors sit for the ABPS oral examination held in Chicago, IL.

    • Dr. Paradoa has satisfied requirements by the ABPS to become board certified in Foot, Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery.

    Our patients can feel confident that they are being treated by a foot and ankle surgeon who has dedicated years of her education, training, and experience to achieving board certification status by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery.
    The American Board of Podiatric Surgery website has a wealth of information about podiatry and the requirements that must be met.

    A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) is to the foot and ankle what a dentist is to the mouth, or an ophthalmologist to the eye — a doctor specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of foot disorders resulting from injury or disease. A DPM makes independent judgments, prescribes medications and performs surgery. The human foot has a complex interrelation with the rest of the body which means that it may be the first area to show signs of serious conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Since the podiatric physician is often the first to detect symptoms of these disorders, he or she becomes a vital and sometimes lifesaving link in the health care team.

    The American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons is a professional society of thousands of foot and ankle surgeons. Their website contains a plethora of information about advances in podiatry and connects its members to share that knowledge.

    FootHealthFacts.org is the official consumer website of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. This is a wonderful resource of information! From what foot injuries Olympians have suffered from during the 2012 London Olympics to a growing trend in lawn mower accidents, you will find interesting, informative and compelling articles in the world of Podiatry.

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    Sizing Crutches
    Even if you’ve already been fitted for crutches, make sure your crutch pads and handgrips are set at the proper distance, as follows:

    • Crutch pad distance from armpits: The crutch pads (tops of crutches) should be 1½" to 2" (about two finger widths) below the armpits, with the shoulders relaxed.
    • Handgrip: Place it so your elbow is slightly bent – enough so you can fully extend your elbow when you take a step.
    • Crutch length (top to bottom): The total crutch length should equal the distance from your armpit to about 6" in front of a shoe.

    Begin in the “Tripod Position”
    The tripod position is the position in which you stand when using crutches. It is also the position in which you begin walking. To get into the tripod position, place the crutch tips about 4" to 6" to the side and in front of each foot. Stand on your “good” foot (the one that is weight-bearing).

    Walking with Crutches
    (Non-weight-bearing)

    If your foot and ankle surgeon has told you to avoid ALL weight-bearing, you will need sufficient upper body strength to support all your weight with just your arms and shoulders.

    1. Begin in the tripod position, remembering to keep all your weight on your “good” (weight-bearing) foot.
    2. Advance both crutches and the affected foot/leg.
    3. Move the “good” weight-bearing foot/leg forward (beyond the crutches).
    4. Advance both crutches, and then the affected foot/leg.
    5. Repeat steps #3 and #4.

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    Managing Chairs with Crutches
    To get into and out of a chair safely:

    1. Make sure the chair is stable and will not roll or slide. It must have arms and back support.
    2. Stand with the backs of your legs touching the front of the seat.
    3. Place both crutches in one hand, grasping them by the handgrips.
    4. Hold on to the crutches (on one side) and the chair arm (on the other side) for balance and stability while lowering yourself to a seated position, or raising yourself from the chair to stand up.

    Managing Stairs without Crutches
    The safest way to go up and down stairs is to use your seat, not your crutches.

    To go up stairs:

    1. Seat yourself on a low step.
    2. Move your crutches upstairs by one of these methods:
      • If distance and reach allow, place the crutches at the top of the staircase.
      • If this isn’t possible, place crutches as far up the stairs as you can, and then move them to the top as you progress up the stairs.
    3. In the seated position, reach behind you with both arms.
    4. Use your arms and weight-bearing foot/leg to lift yourself up one step.
    5. Repeat this process one step at a time. (Remember to move the crutches to the top of the staircase if you haven’t already done so.)

    To go down stairs:

    1. Seat yourself on the top step.
    2. Move your crutches downstairs by sliding them to the lowest possible point on the stairway. Then continue to move them down as you progress down the stairs.
    3. In the seated position, reach behind you with both arms.
    4. Use your arms and weight-bearing foot/leg to lift yourself down one step.
    5. Repeat this process one step at a time. (Remember to move the crutches to the bottom of the staircase if you haven’t already done so.)

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    IMPORTANT!
    Follow These Rules for Safety and Comfort
    • Don’t look down. Look straight ahead as you normally do when you walk.
    • Don’t use crutches if you feel dizzy or drowsy.
    • Don’t walk on slippery surfaces. Avoid snowy, icy, or rainy conditions.
    • Don’t put any weight on the affected foot if your doctor has so advised.
    • Do make sure your crutches have rubber tips.
    • Do wear well-fitting, low-heel shoes (or shoe).
    • Do position the crutch hand grips correctly (see “Sizing Your Crutches”)
    • Do keep the crutch pads 11/2" to 2" below your armpits.
    • Do call your foot and ankle surgeon if you have any questions or difficulties.

    • Instructions for Using Crutches

      Sizing Crutches Even if you’ve already been fitted for crutches, make sure your crutch pads and handgrips are set at the proper distance, as follows: Crutch pad distance from armpits: The crutch pads (tops of crutches) should be 1½" to 2" (about two finger widths) below the armpits, with the

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