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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Patient Video Library | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

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Survey Shows You're Never Too Old for Pain Relieving Foot Surgery

Reporter:71-year-old [phonetic] Delores Casda had been suffering from foot pain for many years until it reached the point where she gave up her active lifestyle.

Patient:The hardest part was not being able to do anything. You know, I like to be active. I like to do things. I like to go places and really you couldn’t wear any shoes that were decent. And I just was inhibited from doing anything.

Reporter:A new national survey of patients aged 65 and over shows that older adults don’t have to put up with foot pain. The survey, conducted by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, finds those who had recent foot surgery are very satisfied with the outcome, have little or no pain, and enjoy an active lifestyle. Dr. John Grady, a Chicago foot and ankle surgeon, finds the results of the survey encouraging.

Dr. John Grady:I’ve had patients who’ve said to me I’m 80 years old, why should I have foot surgery? But if you’re 80 years old, wouldn’t it be better to live the rest of your life without pain?

Reporter:The survey finds 80 percent of patients were in pain prior to surgery and after surgery 92 percent reported moderate, little or no pain.

Dr. Grady:I’ve had patients who’ve had such severe pain for years, they couldn’t sleep through the night, couldn’t eat comfortably, couldn’t sit still comfortably, and certainly couldn’t walk. But they sat for years in pain and after a simple 15-minute surgery, had pain relief and could walk fine and lived a perfectly normal life afterwards.

Reporter:For patients like Delores Casda, surgery helped put her back on her feet again.

Patient:Get it done. Get it done because you’ll save yourself a lot of pain and heartache. This way you’ll be able to stay healthy and more young. You can stay younger, by being able to be active.

Reporter:I’m [phonetic] Laura Wheelis.

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Drs. Warn Baby Boomer Athletes About Ankle Injury Risk

Reporter:Even though injuries probably aren’t on the minds of most of these young soccer players, some may suffer ankle sprains in the future. If not rehabbed properly, they risk being plagued with chronic ankle problems later in life. Mark Conner is a sheriff’s deputy who recently had surgery to repair chronic damage from past ankle sprains he suffered while playing soccer and skydiving.

Mark Conner:It really puts you in place as far as when you can not walk, when your ankle is injured. I mean I’ve had other injuries and you really appreciate your legs and your ability to walk and run and just the simple things.

Reporter:The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons warns that baby boomers could be vulnerable to chronic ankle problems caused by old sprains and other injuries that never healed properly.

Dr. Robert J. Duggan:One of the things that we see is that our older adult athletes may have had a previous injury that was maybe 80-85 percent rehabilitated or it improved to that point. But when they increased their level of activity as older adults, we see those kind of come back and haunt us with more pain, more swelling, or problems with activity. All of those should be evaluated as well because that can progress and get worse.

Reporter:Athletes often misunderstand how serious a sprain can be and try to rush back into competition without appropriate treatment and rehabilitation.

Dr. Duggan:Americans are certainly doing the right thing by getting back into sports. What we’d like them to do is do it appropriately and actually tune the instrument before you play it. And in some cases the previously sprained or injured ankles can keep them from doing that and we don’t want that to happen.

Reporter:For both accomplished athletes and out of shape 40-somethings hoping to regain past athletic fitness, the best advice is to have that old ankle injury checked out by a podiatric foot and ankle surgeon before becoming active again. This is [phonetic] Laura Wheelis reporting.

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Differences Between Foot and Ankle Surgeons (DPM's) and MD's

Dr. Samuel S. Mendicino:First of all there are many groups that do lower extremity surgery. Some happen to be M.D.’s. Some happen to be D.O.’s and many if not most are D.P.M.’s. A general orthopedist goes to a medical school and then does a five-year general orthopedic residency. Sounds very impressive but only about 48 or 50 percent get any organized training in the foot and reconstructive ankle surgery during residency. Of those 50 percent that actually do an organized rotation, it’s only about 3 weeks during their second or third year. Upon graduation from their residency program to become board certified they submit the cases that they performed over a specific period of time and it’s possible and often the case where an orthopedic surgeon would become board certified in orthopedic surgery having never performed a reconstructive foot or ankle surgery. Yet when they come to a hospital and apply for privileges, they request all orthopedic privileges, which includes reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and often are granted. Now does that mean they’re not qualified? Certainly not. There are some orthopedic surgeons who through experience and some of their training are quite good at foot and ankle surgery. Now to contrast that to a podiatric foot and ankle surgeon, we do four years of college and four years of podiatric medical school. We perform the same basic sciences as a medical doctor during podiatric medical school. And we do clinical rotations throughout all the departments of medicine and surgery. After that, today’s graduates do a three-year residency in podiatric medicine and surgery. During that three years we have minimum activity requirements for them to graduate from the program. So comparing that to someone who may have had no organized training or just 3 weeks of training, that’s considerable. It’s almost three years of training.

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Board Certification for Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Dr. Jordan P. Grossman:Board certifications means everything to a practicing foot and ankle surgeon and it’s strongly encouraged that all of our residents seek board certification once they finish their residency training. They have a window of time to collect their cases and then sit for their board’s certification.

Dr. Michael S. Downey:You’re really holding yourself out as having expertise in the specialty that you’re certified in. In this case the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons are the recognized specialists in foot and ankle surgery. Not only nationally but also internationally.

Dr. Grossman:First of all, it raises the awareness of your cognitive and surgical skills, that you are now board certified. Just as it is, it creates a minimum level of competency, just as it does in any surgical or nonsurgical specialty.

Dr. Downey:Members of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, besides becoming initially certified in foot and ankle surgery, are required to become recertified every 10 years to really prove to the public and to their colleagues that they have continuing skills in foot and ankle surgery. If you’re looking for a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon the best way is to go online to www.acfas.org, which is the website for The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Back to School Shoe Shopping

Woman:It’s back to school time. Make sure your kids put their best foot forward with the right shoes.

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Woman:Several important factors should be considered when selecting healthy shoes for your child. It’s as easy as…

Children:One! Two! Three!

Child’s Voice:Step One. Look for a stiff heel.

Woman:Press on both sides of the heel counter. It should not collapse.

Child’s Voice:Step Two. Check your toes.

Woman:The shoe should bend with your child’s toes.

Child’s Voice:Step Three. Don’t do the twist.

Woman:The shoe should never twist in the middle.

For a shoe that will be friendly to your child’s feet, look for the APMA seal of acceptance, which is given to certain models of footwear that podiatrists have evaluated and found to be healthy. For more information about the seal, please visit apma.org.

Little girl:Take care of your feet.

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New Patient Survey Dispels Myths About Bunions

[Doctor in background: Does it hurt when I press on it?]

Reporter:Bunions are an often-misunderstood condition. They’re caused by stress on the big toe joint resulting in a bump when the big toe leans toward the second toe. Contrary to popular belief, bunions are not caused by tight pointy toed shoes. But crowding the foot can aggravate the condition. As a result, the majority of bunion surgeries are performed on women.

Doctor:Pain is the primary reason that people have their bunion deformities repaired. We recommend that when people are altering their daily activities to the point where they can’t perform, that’s the time to have that bunion repaired.

Patient:Having bunion surgery was the best thing I have ever done. It gave me back my life. You don’t realize how much bunions will hold you back until you have great feet again.

Reporter:Thanks to advanced surgical techniques, today’s bunion surgery helps patients become pain free and resume an active healthy lifestyle. This is [phonetic] Laura Wheelis reporting.

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What is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon?

Dr. Samuel S. Mendicino:Basically we treat any condition of the foot, ankle, and lower leg, by any means and method medically and surgically. And we also treat those conditions that can affect those parts of the body using traditional, proven, literature driven, evidence based medicine, allopathic techniques and sometimes osteopathic medical techniques.

Dr. Erin Klein:We are truly specialized in what we do. We spend four years in school learning about the whole body like every other medical student, but then we add on our courses like peripheral vascular disease and lower extremity radiology, lower extremity surgery and biomechanics. Then we’re integrated into the medical world as residents training, learning the whole body and still learning about the lower extremity. So it’s really not podiatry verses orthopedics. It’s lower extremity medicine.

Dr. Jordan P. Grossman:Once you graduate from our medical schools, then you go on to do a residency program. Residency program is one of the most important steps I think in your learning, because this is where you really take everything that you’ve learned in medical school and you have a lot of patient interaction learning, transitioning your cognitive skills into your diagnostic skills and also honing your surgical skills. We have several rotations. The standard of our resident training programs now are a minimum of three years. Three years of training and that mirrors a lot of other surgical specialties. Our residents nowadays are working side by side with residents in the allopathic world, as well in general medicine, internal medicine, family practice, rheumatology but also in surgical specialties as well. During our last couple of years we spend time in clinics – evaluating, treating, and working patients up, honing our diagnostic skills. We use what we learn, our cognitive learning skills that we’ve obtained in the classrooms and we apply those in our clinics. We don’t want our residents to be just entirely trained as technicians whenever they leave or whenever they graduate from their residency programs. We want them to have the full experience of patient interaction and patient care. Once you finish your residency training, you have the option to go into a fellowship and there are some fellowships that are recognized by the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons.

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Misconceptions about Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Dr. Erin Klein:I think people think that we just treat feet. We don’t just treat feet. We treat people with foot problems. We treat people with ankle problems. You know people think that what we do involves a nail nipper and a callous remover and with all due respect, that has a place in our profession. But more and more, particularly those of us that are younger and are entering these environments where we’re trained in an interdisciplinary setting. We are so important as members of the team.

Dr. Jordan P. Grossman:These myths are dogmatically just driven by either people’s misconceptions, not understanding our education or what our training is. We have taken the profession to the point where everyone is three years trained.We have standardized post-graduate training, with even advanced training and fellowship training after that. To the point now where we are raising the awareness and raising the bar as far as the quality of care that we are providing to the patients. Every time that we are able to partner with a member of the allopathic society, that’s an MD or a DO, albeit as a private practitioner on a very difficult case, maybe a very bad diabetic foot infection that you’re trying to salvage and you have infectious disease specialists on the case. They’re helping internal medicine, potentially an endocrinologist or a nephrologist helping on the case, and you are a member of this multidisciplinary team. This again raises the awareness to these individuals, these doctors or these individuals about what our capabilities are as far as doing good patient care, making good sound decisions as far as managing these patients.

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Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Patient Video Library, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen