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Women’s World Cup!

Can you believe the Women's team has won four World Cup tournaments ? What they have achieved is truly remarkable, and something we all get to celebrate together as Americans.  But! Now we move on to your favorite part! Were there any serious foot or ankle injuries during the tournament?  Here is an interesting statistic: the ankle is the most commonly injured body part during soccer, accounting for 20% of all injuries. Lower leg is next at 19%.  Of these injuries, approximately 80% are caused by collision/contact. Reports are still coming in, but here are a few we do know. Jiahui Lou of China was taken off the field during halftime of a game due to an ankle injury. while playing China.  Close to the same moment, Dzseniver Marozsan of Germany endured a broken toe while playing against China, which caused her to miss the rest of the tournament.  Striker Lieke Martens of Netherlands sustained a toe injury, which caused her to miss the rest of the semi-final game and tournament. As a side note, both Rose Lavelle and Megan Rapinoe had some kind of hamstring injury.  If that kind of performance can be done with an injury, then imagine what full strength could produce! Professional athletes at the highest caliber are known to play through injuries, and down play their own injuries to their own medical team in an attempt to be able to play.  They train their whole life for this moment, and may never get another, so it comes as no surprise. It always amazes me to see how these people can put mind of matter, and play through some pretty serious injuries. Huge congrats to the Women's team and all they have accomplished.  The Raleigh division is proud to be the official podiatrists of the Carolina Courage, who had 4 members of their team represent our great country at the World Cup!       Podiatrist Dr. Erika SchwartzDr. Jordan Meyers works in our Raleigh, NC and Holly Springs, NC offices for your convenience. The information on this site is provided for your assistance only; this site does not provide podiatric advice. You should never diagnose or treat yourself for a podiatric condition based on the information provided herein, and the information is not provided for that purpose. Likewise, you should never determine that treatment is unnecessary based on this information. The information contained herein is not a substitute for podiatric care provided by a licensed podiatric professional. The information provided herein is not podiatric, medical or professional advice. This site does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Jordan Meyers z and Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC expressly disclaims all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, related to any products offered for sale on this web site. Dr. Jordan Meyers and Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC further expressly disclaims any product warranties of effectiveness or fitness for any particular purpose or use. You are solely responsible for your use of, or reliance on, any products offered for sale herein, and any consequences arising out of such use or reliance. In no event will Dr. Jordan Meyers and Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC be liable for any damages resulting from use of or reliance on any such products, whether based on warranty, contract, tort or any other legal theory. This website, and the information contained herein, is provided to you as a service for use at your sole

Sunscreen – Don’t Leave Out Your Feet

Summertime for many is filled with beach and pool time fun- and lots of sunscreen application.  Don’t forget the feet! Melanoma is cancer in the cells of the skin that produce pigmentation.  It starts in the melanocytes, which are located in the uppermost layer of skin, and normally function to screen the body against the harmful effects of UV light.  Most cases of melanoma are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun or tanning beds. This exposure can be from intense UV radiation in short periods or lower amounts over longer time spans. Melanoma in the foot and ankle is usually treatable in early stages, but may be diagnosed late, as it often goes undetected under socks and shoes.  Melanoma is rare, but serious. It makes up only about one percent of skin cancers, but causes more cancer deaths than any other type. When malignant melanoma spreads to other areas of the body, it can be especially life-threatening.   Melanoma on areas of skin rarely exposed to the sun, like the soles of the feet and under the toenails, may result from genetic changes and not from sun exposure. But we know with certainty that UV rays from the sun or tanning beds damage the DNA in skin cells and affect how they then grow and divide.  Exposure to sunlight in intense or prolonged amounts significantly increases risk of melanoma. This is absolutely relevant for the top and at times the bottom of the feet. When examining your feet, there are certain characteristics of skin lesions that should make you seek the evaluation of your podiatrist or dermatologist.  Beware of those with asymmetry where one half is different in shape from the other half. Also notable are irregular borders, where the edges may look jagged, notched or blurred.   Other details of concern are a mix of colors or hues within a skin lesion, rather than a single solid color. Any large lesion with a diameter greater than 5 mm should be evaluated. Early detection in malignant melanoma is crucial- inspect all areas of the feet daily, including the soles, toenails, and between the toes. Use adequate sunscreen in all areas that are unprotected by clothing or shoes.   When your shoes are off, be sure to apply and reapply to the soles and top of feet and toes.       Podiatrist Dr. Erika SchwartzDr. Erika Schwartz works in our Chevy Chase, MD and DC K Street (2021) offices for your convenience. The information on this site is provided for your assistance only; this site does not provide podiatric advice. You should never diagnose or treat yourself for a podiatric condition based on the information provided herein, and the information is not provided for that purpose. Likewise, you should never determine that treatment is unnecessary based on this information. The information contained herein is not a substitute for podiatric care provided by a licensed podiatric professional. The information provided herein is not podiatric, medical or professional advice. This site does not create a doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Erika Schwartz and Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC expressly disclaims all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, related to any products offered for sale on this web site. Dr. Erika Schwartz and Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC further expressly disclaims any product warranties of effectiveness or fitness for any particular purpose or use. You are solely responsible for your use of, or reliance on, any products offered for sale herein, and any consequences arising out of such use or reliance. In no event will Dr. Erika Schwartz and Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC be liable for any damages resulting from use of or reliance on any such products, whether based on warranty, contract, tort or any other legal theory. This website, and the information contained herein, is provided to you as a service for use at your sole