Saturday, January 30, 2010

How to Get Rid of Your Winter Alligator Skin

Get Rid of My Dry Skin Dry skin! As the air gets cold, the moisture in the air decreases. The air will steal moisture from your skin and as a result, your skin will be drier this time of the year.

Chapped lips and itchy skin goes hand in hand (or foot and foot) with the season. If you already have dry or sensitive skin, the winter can be especially brutal. How to tackle the dry air or just dry skin in general. What else can cause dry skin? Having sweaty feet can cause dry feet! When your feet sweat, they are pulling out the moisture from your body. Thus, many will notice that after they allow their feet dry, their skin will be very dry.

Fungus, will also eat up the moisture in your foot and leave the skin dry and flakey. There are many different skin conditions that can cause dry skin. Psoriasis is the most common, but there are several other common conditions that will leave you dry. If the your feet are dry and cracking open, it is best to seek a medical professional such as a podiatrist to address the problem. When cracks or fissures are forming, there is often a systemic disease that is causing problems in the skin and other organs. If the condition has been there for many years or does not respond to at home treatments, a more aggressive treatment may be necessary that can be provided by medical professionals

When shopping for a lotion to sooth your skin, make sure to read the label. The lotions should be water based and contain little to no alcohol. Shea Butter is a natural moisturizer that does wonders to the skin on many different levels. It can be found in many common over the counter lotions today. If your feet are exceptionally dry, you can apply lotion to your skin at night and wear socks while you sleep. Creams are better than lotions for thick skin areas, like the soles of your feet.

Do not apply lotion between your toes and avoid this area with any moisturizing product. The skin between your toes in very thin and sensitive and can easily macerate when too moist. When shopping for shoes, choose light colors and materials that allow air flow. Synthetic materials tend to reflect heat and cause the feet to sweat. Socks can also help you control the moisture in your foot. Fabric made up of a mix of cotton and polyester can help wick away sweat from your foot and will decrease the amount of moisture that evaporates of your skin.

Whether it is the dry air or something you are fighting all year long, it may be time to give your feet a special gift this season. Fill up the bath, soak your feet, and enjoy some nice relaxing lotion. Soothing your feet is like soothing your soul.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Dance for Diabetes: Podiatry School Gives Back

On January 16, 2010, Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine (SCPM) in conjunction with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) hosted the 23rd Annual Dance for Diabetes at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. This annual event helps raise money to donate to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to help fund research on preventative medicine and education on Diabetes.

Scholl College of Podiatric medicine has been dedicated to raising money for the American Diabetes Association for the past 23 years due to its close professional tie to diabetes. Ask any podiatrist out there about diabetes link to their profession and they will go on for hours about how diabetes affects the lives of many of their patients.

In the past 20 years diabetes has become an epidemic in American society. Currently affecting more then 24 million people in the United States, Diabetes is projected to keep increasing in prevalence over the next decade if the Americans do not change their lifestyles. The reason for the huge increase in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes is strongly correlated to obesity rate of this country.

Diabetes is a disease that really affects the entire body but has special effects on the lower extremities which is why diabetics are frequent visitors to Podiatry offices. Diabetes leads to peripheral neuropathy which causes diabetics to lose sensation in their extremities. Peripheral neuropathy can lead to ulcerations of the feet which can lead to further complications such as infection.

Due to the fact that podiatrists see the devastating side effects of diabetes in their patients many of them become very passionate about raising awareness for Diabetes prevention and research. Undoubtedly this is why SCPM students and faculty work so hard every year to raise money through Dance for Diabetes to donate to the ADA. This year the college was pleased to announce that they donated $21,278 to the American Diabetes Association which is the second largest amount raised by the college in the last 23 years and the most donated since SCPM merged with RFUMS. Congratulations to the all the students and faculty at Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine for raising awareness for a cause that they feel so passionate about. Hopefully Dance for Diabetes will be a tradition that lives on for many years to come.