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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.
Need to schedule a diabetic foot exam? Request an appointment:
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!
How to Post a Selfie Footie With Your Smart Phone:
The results are in from our November "Selfie Footie" fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association! All of us at the Foot & Ankle Center want to thank every person who took part in our Selfie Footie campaign. We appreciate the time you took to snap pictures of your feet and post them on our Facebook page — some with crazy socks, others with fabulous pedicures — there was lots of creativity, and some of you even posted multiple Selfie Footies. For each Selfie Footie you posted during November, we are donating $5 to the American Diabetes Association.
So, how much did we raise? We received a total of 240 Selfie Footies, and that adds up to a $1,200 donation for the American Diabetes Association, thanks to each of you who shared your Selfie Footies!
Why is a podiatry practice so interested in diabetes? We actually have a very special interest in raising awareness about diabetic foot health. That's because foot problems are the number one problem that put diabetics in the hospital. Foot problems can become serious and can lead to amputation or even death if not diagnosed and treated promptly. So, for anyone with diabetes, it's vital to have an annual comprehensive diabetic foot exam. By having this simple, painless exam once a year, diabetics can lower their risk factors for foot complications leading to amputation by 85 percent. If you have diabetes and haven't had a diabetic foot exam in the last year, please make an appointment with us for this potentially lifesaving exam, as soon as possible.
Once again, thanks to each of you for all of your Selfie Footies, making this past November a fun and meaningful National Diabetes Awareness Month!
Dr. Waskin was recently on Virginia This Morning on CBS-6 to talk about diabetic foot health, and to let people know about our "Selfie Footie" fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association. During the segment, he and host Greg McQuade demonstrated how easy it is to take a Selfie Footie and post it on The Foot & Ankle Center's Facebook page. For each Selfie Footie posted, The Foot & Ankle Center will donate $5 to the American Diabetes Association — up to $2,500 in November!
To post your Selfie Footie photos: Visit our Facebook page, and look for a post that says "Show us your Selfie Footie," then comment on the post. (Click the little camera icon in the comments field to upload your Selfie Footie photo.)
Your Selfie Footie could score you a free pedicure: If your Selfie Footie has the most "Likes" on our Facebook page at noon on Friday, you'll win a free pedicure in our medical-grade spa! (For a tie breaker, the one posted first wins.) There will be a winner each Friday in November. See contest rules.
Remember, the more Selfie Footies that are posted on our Facebook page, the more money we'll raise for the American Diabetes Association!
There are still some seats available for our free seminar on Nov. 19: "What Every Diabetic Should Know About Feet." To reserve your seat, register today!
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