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Coming this November to Boston Common
Skin Center: NEUROTOXIN TREATMENTS!
Take a Look at Our Skin Center
Your Foot Pronation Style Has a Large Effect on Your Running
November is National Diabetes Month
Put a Podiatrist on Your Diabetes Management Team
Recipe of the Month: Mini Chocolate Tarts
Coming this November to
Boston Common Skin Center:
Did you take off your mask this Halloween and get spooked by what you saw in the mirror? Kidding, but aging doesn’t have to be scary! No amount of exercise or yoga can keep your appearance as young as you feel, but that’s why we have Botox, Dermal Fillers, and chemical peels!
Boston Common Skin Center has recently hired Patrice Stewart. She offers FREE consultations so that together, you can pick a treatment that best suits your skin needs and lifestyle. She offers Botox, Dermal Filler, and chemical peel treatments! Botox is used to soften dynamic wrinkles so that you will leave looking more well–rested and youthful! Dermal fillers are naturally–occurring substances that restore volume to facial areas such as enhancing cheeks or reducing nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Chemical peels unclog pores and provide extreme exfoliation to wake up dull skin and leave it both smooth and glowing.
Take a Look at Our Skin Center
Boston Common Skin Center offers a variety of non–surgical, non–invasive aesthetic enhancement procedures that get results without you having to spend a second under the knife.
Your Foot Pronation Style Has a Large
Effect on Your Running
The way your foot pronates, or rolls, after your heel strikes the ground plays a huge part in your running program and can also put you at risk for foot and other injuries. Foot pronation absorbs shock, distributes your body weight and helps you push off the ground.Some degree of foot pronation when running or walking is completely normal! A neutral pronation pattern is about a 15° roll inward. You will see a wear pattern on the bottom of your running shoes that looks like an “S” running from your heel to your big toe. Look for a running shoe with a moderate amount of support.
If the foot rolls inward more than 15°, you are overpronating. Often found in those with flat feet, the big toe must work harder when pushing off the ground. You may have problems like bunions and calluses but also knee and hip issues. Your running shoe will display more wear at the big toe joint and the inside of the heel. Choose a running shoe with as much support as possible.
Underpronating can occur in runners with high arches, where the foot rolls inward less than 15°. The body’s weight is forced to the outside of the foot and the little toe area is at risk for a stress fracture due to the stress of forward momentum. Your running shoes should have plenty of cushioning.
Let us help! Come in for an evaluation of your gait and pronation style. We will discuss the right type of running shoe and recommend orthotics or arch inserts to minimize your chance of injury.
Put a Podiatrist on Your
Diabetes Management Team
For those with diabetes, you know that managing your blood sugar levels, eating well and staying active takes a team!Your diabetes management team should be those medical specialists who can give you the right treatment and guidance to control this disease and its complications. Your team should include:
Your primary care physician as coordinator and for referrals.
An endocrinologist to help control your diabetes.
Your pharmacist to help keep your medications on track and to educate you on the possible effects of taking over–the–counter drugs along with prescriptions.
A vascular surgeon to help manage some dangerous complications like neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease.
An ophthalmologist who will monitor your eye health because of possible reduced blood flow to the eyes.
Your dentist who with regular exams and cleanings will watch for the development of any gum disease.
And at the top of the list, put a podiatrist on your diabetes management team! Podiatrists are uniquely qualified to treat all problems and conditions of the feet. Complications from diabetes can reduce the sensation in your feet and also restrict blood flow to the lower extremities and feet. This dangerous combination can allow even a small injury to go unnoticed and not heal properly. If a sore develops into an ulcer, the wound may escalate into a very serious injury that may even require amputation.
If you have diabetes, come in to see us at least twice a year for a complete foot exam. We’ll look for any skin, structure, toe or toenail damage that you may have not noticed and act quickly to resolve the problem. We can fix small issues like calluses, corns, fungal infection or sores before they really become a problem.
Recipe of the Month:
Mini Chocolate Tarts
Mini desserts are a great way to offer dessert at the holidays without overindulging.Ingredients
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake the puff pastry cups according to package directions.
In a large bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and skim milk. Put in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
Fold the whipped topping into the pudding mixture.
Spoon or pipe 1 teaspoon chocolate pudding mixture into each puff pastry cup.
Top each tart with 2 mini chocolate chips.
Tip: You will have 2/3 cup pudding mixture remaining. We recommend using for 2 chocolate mousse parfaits (1/3 cup servings). Top with a little whipped topping and a few chocolate chips for another delicious dessert.
By injecting insulin into a diabetic dog in 1921, Canadian physician Frederick Banting and medical student Charles Best found that the hormone effectively lowered the dog’s blood glucose levels to normal.
Celebrity Foot Focus
Actors Salma Hayek, Tom Hanks and James Earl Jones, as well as quarterback Jay Cutler and hockey defense player Nick Boynton, have all revealed that they have diabetes.
Joke of the Month:
Q: Who is not hungry at Thanksgiving?
A: The turkey because he’s already stuffed!
The most common reason your heels hurt is:
A) Trouble in the tissue that supports your arch
B) Plantar warts
D) Legos camouflaged by the carpet
A. One of the most common sources of heel pain is a condition called “plantar fasciitis” which is an inflammation of a thick band of connective tissue that starts in your heel and supports your arch. One remedy for treating the pain is to roll a frozen water bottle with the arch of your foot to ease the inflammation and reduce swelling. Good arch support is important for treating and preventing this condition.
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