The Foot Blog
In this video, Dr. Waskin discusses an amazing new laser treatment for foot and ankle pain with WRIC’s Amy Lacey on ABC-8 News. With concerns about opioid addiction, more doctors are looking for ways to treat pain that don’t involve prescription drugs. The Foot & Ankle Center is the first clinic in the Richmond area to offer MLS Laser therapy for “pill-free” foot pain relief. In this segment, a patient who had suffered debilitating foot pain explained that before her laser treatment, she could not even wear shoes without pain. She was thinking about having surgery when she heard about the new laser treatment and contacted The Foot & Ankle Center. After having MLS Laser therapy, she described the treatment as “an answer to my prayers.”
According to Dr. Waskin, about 80 percent of patients who have the MLS laser treatment get about 80 percent relief from their pain. He uses the laser to treat sprains, strains, arthritis, morton’s neuroma and other types of severe foot and ankle pain. MLS Laser therapy decreases the need for narcotics, stimulates circulation in the foot, speeds healing and relieves pain by decreasing inflammation and swelling. “The results can be very fast,” said Waskin, adding that some patients will have their very first treatment, and 10 minutes later they will stand up and walk and state they can already feel a difference. “It doesn’t happen with everyone, but it’s not the least unusual.”
A series of six laser treatments over two weeks is recommended for acute conditions, with a maximum of 10 treatments.
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Dr. Mitchell Waskin joined Bill Bevins and Greg McQuade on Virginia This Morning to talk about how a “Selfie Footie” can help stomp out diabetes. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and for the second year in a row, Dr. Waskin and his podiatry practice, The Foot & Ankle Center, are raising awareness and money to fight this disease with their Selfie Footie campaign.
How it works: For the entire month of November, people are invited to take a “selfie” of their feet, with or without shoes, maybe with silly socks or a fancy pedicure — any kind of picture of their feet — and post it on The Foot & Ankle Center’s Facebook page. For each Selfie Footie posted on their page during November, they’ll give $5 to the American Diabetes Association, up to $2,500.
As a bonus, the Selfie Footie on their Facebook page with the most “Likes” by noon each Friday in November wins a free pedicure in the practice’s onsite medical-grade nail spa (a $50 value). In a tie, the one posted first wins. See Contest Rules.
Why does a podiatry practice care so much about diabetes? Because foot problems are the number one problem that puts diabetics in the hospital, and many of those foot problems, if left untreated, can become life-threatening and lead to amputation. The good news is that a simple, painless, once-a-year diabetic foot exam can lower a patient's risk by 85 percent. Dr. Waskin urges every diabetic to have a comprehensive, diabetic foot exam every year, without fail. It’s a test that can save people’s feet, and even their lives.
If you’d like to help raise awareness and dollars to fight diabetes, please visit our Facebook page and post a picture of your feet as a comment on the “Show Us Your Selfie Footie” post. Post as many Selfie Footies as you like — each one is worth another $5 for the American Diabetes Association!
And, if you’re diabetic and haven’t had your annual diabetic foot exam yet, please request an appointment:
The Foot & Ankle Center is having their second “Selfie Footie” campaign to raise awareness and money for the American Diabetes Association. Dr. Waskin was on 12News to talk about it recently.
How can a “Selfie Footie” help stomp out diabetes? For the entire month of November, which is National Diabetes Awareness month, people are encouraged to take a picture of their feet and post it on The Foot & Ankle Center’s Facebook page. For each Selfie Footie posted during November, the practice will donate $5 to the American Diabetes Association — up to $2,500. And, to make things interesting, the Selfie Footie on their Facebook page with the most “Likes” by noon each Friday during November will be the winner of a free pedicure in the practice’s onsite medical-grade nail spa ($50 value). In a tie, the first one posted will win. See contest rules.
Dr. Waskin and the other podiatrists at The Foot & Ankle have a special interest in diabetic foot care, because they treat so many patients with diabetic foot problems. In fact, foot problems are the top reason that diabetics are hospitalized. If not caught and detected early, diabetic foot problems can develop into serious, even life-threatening problems, sometimes leading to amputations. But a simple, painless, diabetic foot exam once a year can lower a patient’s risk by 85 percent, by catching foot problems early and treating them before they become much worse.
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We're doing it again! For the second year in a row, we're observing National Diabetes Awareness Month with our "Selfie Footie" campaign. Now through Nov. 30, for each Selfie Footie you post on our Facebook page , we'll give $5 to the American Diabetes Association, up to $2,500. As a bonus, you could win a free pedicure! The Selfie Footie on our Facebook page with the most "Likes" by noon each Friday in November wins a free pedicure in our medical-grade nail spa ($50 value)! In a tie, the one that was posted FIRST wins. See contest rules.
Why do we care so much about kicking diabetes? Because we see a lot of patients with diabetic foot problems, which are are the number one cause of hospitalization for diabetics, sometimes leading to amputations. (This is also why we stress the importance of annual comprehensive diabetic foot exams! If you're diabetic and you haven't had your annual foot exam yet, please make an appointment as soon as possible!)
Help us raise awareness and dollars for the American Diabetes Association! The more Selfie Footies you post on our Facebook page by Nov. 30, the more we'll raise. Each Selfie Footie is worth $5, so post as many Selfie Footies as you can! If you're not sure how to post a Selfie Footie on our Facebook page, just follow the instructions below. Thank you!
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Recently, doctors from The Foot & Ankle Center and Virginia Cardiovascular Services (VCS) teamed up to present educational seminars and raise public awareness about Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD. Podiatrist Dr. Mitchell Waskin and Cardiologist Dr. Ashwani Kumar joined Greg McQuade on the CBS6 show, Virginia This Morning, to talk about this common, potentially serious condition that effects 8 to 12 million Americans.
- What is PAD? PAD is basically a clogging of the arteries. It can happen anywhere in the body but particularly in the lower extremities, in the legs. As it decreases blood flow, it can lead to gangrene and amputations. And PAD doesn’t just effect the leg — people who have PAD also are at increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
- What are some of the symptoms? One typical symptom of PAD is pain in the legs during exertion, such as when walking or going up stairs. Most of the time this pain will go away when you rest. The most common symptoms of PAD are fatigue, difficulty in walking or gait problems. One problem is that PAD often effects older people, who simply blame their symptoms on their age and don’t get medical attention as a result.
- If it’s not addressed, what could happen? Over time, as the disease progresses, it can lead to pain even when at rest. It can also reduce the blood supply to your leg. You could become more prone to developing an infection, and the infection may not heal as quickly as it should because of insufficient blood flow. If blood flow is not restored, it could lead to gangrene, which can lead to amputation.
- What steps can people take to prevent PAD? One risk factor for PAD is genes — you may inherit the condition. But there are other risk factors that you can control. A healthier lifestyle is important. If you do have symptoms, such as tiredness in the calf muscles when you walk just a short distance, you should seek help. Podiatrists and interventional cardiologists are specialists who treat patients with PAD.
- Even at a later age, can people improve their cardiovascular health? Yes. There are risk factors that we should look at. For example, if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you should work with your doctor to control that. And if you smoke, you should quit. Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors that leads to PAD. Being physically active, exercising on a regular basis and keeping your weight under control are lifestyle changes people can make at any age. These can help prevent the development or further progression of PAD.
The Foot & Ankle Center and Virginia Cardiovascular Services provided two free seminars on PAD in Richmond, Va. Both practices provide screenings for PAD. Contact us if you’d like more information, or to make an appointment for a screening.
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