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Christmas is fast approaching and if you don’t have your stocking hung on the mantle yet…get on it! Christmas stockings are a deep rooted Christian tradition, but generally used for anyone who celebrates Christmas for any reason. Mostly that reason is presents. But do you know the origin of the Christmas stocking?
Apparently no one really does, but the legend goes back to Saint Nicholas. Ol’ Saint Nick was a real figure and a bishop of the Catholic church who is known also for signing the Nicene Creed and being patron saint of sailors, children, and pawnbrokers. He also became associated with Christmas and muddled up with Santa Clause due to a story no one is quite sure on. The legend goes that St. Nick heard of a man who had no money to pay a dowry for his three daughters. Being unmarried, they would be looked down upon and shamed, but the man would not accept charity. So Nicholas, under the cover of night, threw three bags of gold through an open window into their stockings which were drying on the mantle over the fire. While there are many variations on this story, the trend caught on and children across Europe began hanging stockings on their mantles. At first these were just everyday socks and stockings, but over time they became specialized items that held more gifts.
Be sure to hang your stocking by the fire this year so you don’t miss out on all the generosity of St. Nick. And if it turns out to be coal in your stocking on Christmas morning, just remember…there’s always next year.
Humans often pride themselves on being the most intelligent creatures on the planet. We have evolved from living outdoors to building massive luxury homes for ourselves. We have progressed from thinking the sun revolved around the earth to unlocking the secrets of our human genome. In other words, we’re pretty smart. And one of the coolest things we have created are shoes! Okay, maybe not the very coolest, but they are important. So important in fact that we decided shoes were important for more than just the human race.
All the way back in 400BC, humans recognized the importance of shoes for horses and other working animals. In Asia, people would wrap horses hooves with rawhide or leather. The ancient Romans created metal boots that would strap to the hoof, protecting it from wear. It wasn’t until 500 or 600AD though that the modern metal horseshoe (nailed into the hoof) was invented. Don’t worry though, the outer layer of the horses hoof where the shoe is nailed is not sensitive and won’t be damaged by the nails.
It all started with the domestication of horses. When we change the environment, terrain, or work load of a horse it changes the conditions of a hoof. Imagine always going barefoot in a warm dry climate. Now imagine moving to Alaska and still trying to go barefoot. You’re probably not going to have a very good time of it. The same thing happened to horses. The added weight of a rider or a cart added greater strain on the hoof, wearing it down quickly over time. Colder and wetter environments can breakdown the keratin wall of the hoof, causing decay. Horseshoes were the best solution.
Modern horseshoes can be made of anything from steel and aluminum to specialized shoes of rubber, plastic, or titanium. The shoe is specially shaped to each individual hoof for each individual horse and can help with protection, traction, and even gait correction for horses with bone or muscle deformities in the leg. Racehorses (like the ones competing in the Kentucky Derby this Saturday) often wear aluminum horseshoes because they are lightweight. Some racing shoes are actually glued onto the hoof rather than nailed to promote a healthier gait and hoof wall growth. With a growing multitude of styles, materials, and brands available, it’s just as important to match the shoe to the horse and activity, as it is to match a running shoe to your own foot and movement. So before you place your bets this Saturday, read up a bit on what shoes each horse is wearing. A good set of shoes can mean the difference between first and second place.
Let’s talk about the earth. Earth day is today and whether you’re celebrating by planting trees or just going outside to enjoy the sun, there are a few cool facts that we should all know.
The first Earth Day celebration was held on April 22nd, 1970 at the insistence of senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. Almost 20 million people celebrated that year.
By the end of 1970, the US government had created the Environmental Protection Agency and signed legislation for clean air, clean water, and endangered species.
Today it is estimated that over one billion people will celebrate Earth Day worldwide, with the largest event taking place in Dallas, Texas.
The earth has a circumference of 24,901 miles at the equator. The average human will walk approximately 110,000 miles in a lifetime. Congratulations on your four and a half journeys around the world!
Every plant and animal is important, even for your foot health! Comparative foot morphology is the study of feet across the entire animal kingdom. The structure of a horse’s hoof or the way the muscles of a dog’s paw flex when it walks could one day help scientists find innovative solutions for common human foot problems.
If you want to be closer to the earth, go barefoot! Only about 0.89% of people who walk barefooted on a regular basis have foot problems directly caused by not wearing shoes.
Earth is the only planet where life has been discovered. If you only have one place to live, it’s not a very smart idea to destroy it, but the Earth is in a slow health decline due to human activity. Intervention is necessary so that we can protect our home and ensure we have lots of healthy ground to walk on in the future.
Happy Earth Day everyone! Now get outside and start protecting our planet just as well as you protect your own feet.
The College Football National Championship is just 4 days away and as the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide duke it out in Tampa, I wonder how many of those fans really know why the game they are watching is called football. After all, there is an average of only 14 times the ball ever contacts the foot in a game.
Have you ever wondered? As many interesting American words began, the origins of the term football lead us back to 19th century England. Colleges during that time played a variety of sports involving inflated balls, running, kicking, carrying, etc. Each school had their own version and it could be difficult to distinguish between the subtle variations. Eventually, (around 1805) the first modern rules of football were officially written down. The umbrella term for these games was deemed football since all the games were played on foot.
The larger schools, Such as Eton College and Rugby College, popularized their versions and turned them into what we know today as Association football (Soccer—to Americans) and Rugby football. Other variations of these games became Australian rules football, Gaelic football, international football, and our definite favorite – Gridiron football (known also as North American football). Each of these is called a football code since each has their own code of rules and regulations for play.
Whether you are heading South for the game or maybe just watching it on TV with your friends, tell someone next to you what you learned and maybe you will impress them with your newfound knowledge.
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year everyone! I hope your New Year’s Eve shoes were sensible and supportive. Let’s jump right into 2016 with the amazing topic of Lasers. Lasers are used in a wide variety of technology nowadays and that means great things for your feet. Lasers can treat warts, rejuvenate skin, remove hair, cure fungal nails, and even diminish spider veins.
Lasers have been in use since 1958, the year of their invention. Modern day lasers are used for scientific, military, medical, and industrial purposes. One of the most common uses for lasers in podiatry is for the effective removal of warts. Many of the at-home-remedy options for warts involve salicylic acid. This compound can be found in the form of drops, gels, or pads and should be used with caution since it can damage healthy skin and should not be used on people with diabetes. A laser is for everyone.
A laser will attack the wart in two ways, making it doubly effective for our patients. First, the laser destroys the cells that are infected; then, it destroys the capillaries that feed the infected area. A local anesthetic is usually given for added comfort, especially when the wart is large or already painful. Treatment can be completed in a short office visit, though there will be some recovery time where you will want to take it easy.
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