Healthy Valentine’s Day Dessert

Chocolate Strawberry Cups

Looking for a healthy dessert? Try Dark Chocolate Strawberry Cups!

Valentine’s Day is here and that means chocolate is on the menu! And everyone says…”YES!”

While most milk and white chocolates are loaded with sugar and fats, good news is quality dark chocolate is actually good for you in measured doses. And the darker the chocolate, the better it is for you!

Cocoa beans, the main ingredient in chocolate, are full of  anti-oxidants!  These anti-oxidants called flavonoids rank right up there with some some super foods like acai berry, blueberry, cranberry, and pomegranate.

Flavonoids are remarkable. They are known to increase brain power, increase  blood flow, prevent clotting and promote healthy heart functions. They enable our body to produce nitric oxide that may help in lowering blood pressure. Wow, please pass the chocolates! Just make sure they’re dark!

So in honor of Valentine’s Day and dark chocolate, here’s a healthy recipe you can add to your recipe list!

Dark Chocolate Strawberry Cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dark chocolate 
  • 6-10 paper cupcake liners
  • 1-2 cups fresh strawberries or your favorite fruit
  • Non stick cooking spray

Directions

Melt chocolate in a heat proof container, either in the microwave or melting it in a small pan slowly over another larger saucepan filled halfway with water, on low heat. It will melt quickly, so stir, stay there while it’s melting and be careful not to let it burn!

Lightly spray cupcake liners with organic spray before spooning melted chocolate inside. Carefully brush the chocolate mixture inside the liner with a spoon. The layer of chocolate should be thin, but thick enough to hold up, about 1/4″ or less. Take special care on the sides. Place on a plate in the refrigerator or freezer for 30 minutes and allow the chocolate to harden. If you see any thin spot, re-brush chocolate on the liners.

When ready, peel the paper liners to reveal a perfect chocolate cup. Fill with sliced strawberries, your favorite fruit, one scoop of yogurt or ice cream for a special treat

So there you have it–chocolate you can enjoy without guilt. Eat up and be healthy! Happy Valentine’s Day!

(Recipe and Photo from ToneItUp.com)

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Leonardo DiCaprio Sprains Ankle

If you see Leonardo DiCaprio walking around with a “gold” cane, it’s not because his portrayal of “The Great Gatsby” has rubbed off on him—he sprained his ankle!

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is currently promoting his new film The Wolf Of Wall Street with a sprained ankle…a star’s work is never done!

Evidently he injured his ankle when the floor gave way in his massive mansion which is currently undergoing renovations…bummer!

DiCaprio shared the following with the TV show, Extra, “I sprained my ankle… You feel silly just saying, ‘I sprained my ankle’, but it does hurt.”

nardo DiCaprio Sprains AnkleWe hear ya, Leonardo! Sprained ankles do hurt and if not treated properly, can lead to more pain and problems down the road.

We hope this “titanic” star recovers quickly and remembers RICE. What does rice have to do with a sprained ankle? We’re so glad you asked… it’s the treatment protocol for a sprained ankle. Click here to learn more!

If you are noticing anything unusual with your feet or are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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10 Ways To Take Care of Your Feet in 2014

10 Ways to Take Care of Your Feet in 2014Happy New Year , everyone! We hope your year is filled with health, happiness, and unexpected joys.

The new year is a great time to do an inventory of your life in order to lose bad habits and add new ones!

Here’s a simple and healthy habit to add your life: take care of your feet!

People often do not pay attention to their feet until there is a problem—this is not a good idea!  Being proactive can save you a lot of problems, pain, and money.

Here are 10 easy things you can do to take care of your feet in 2014.

1. Pay attention to your feet every day.

  • If you have pain in your feet, pay attention! Pain is not normal. It’s a sign that something is wrong. Also, check your feet for cuts, sores, red spots, swelling, and infected toenails. 

2. Wash your feet every day.

  • Wash your feet in warm, not hot, water. Clean feet are a good thing!

3. Keep the skin soft and smooth.

  • Rub a thin coat of lotion or cream on the tops and bottoms of your feet. This helps alleviate dry skin.

4. Smooth corns and calluses gently.

  • Use a pumice stone to smooth corns and calluses after bathing or showering. Rub gently, only in one direction, to avoid tearing the skin.
  • Do not cut corns and calluses and or use razor blades to remove them! This can cause more harm than good. It can damage your skin and cause an infection. 

5. Trim your toenails regularly.

  • Trim your toenails with nail clippers after you wash and dry your feet.
  • Trim your toenails straight across and smooth the corners with an emery board or nail file. This prevents the nails from growing into the skin. Do not cut into the corners of the toenail.

6. Wear shoes and socks.

  • Wear shoes and socks at all times, even indoors! It is easy to step on something and hurt your feet.  And be sure to wear shoes that fit well and protect your feet.

7. Protect your feet from hot and cold.

  • Wear shoes at the beach and on hot pavement. You may burn your feet, especially in Florida!
  • Put sunscreen on the top of your feet to prevent sunburn.
  • Keep your feet away from heaters and open fires. (not too hard to do in Florida :) )

8. Keep the blood flowing to your feet.

  • Put your feet up when you are sitting.
  • Do not cross your legs for long periods of time.
  • Do not wear tight socks or elastic around your legs.
  • Do not smoke. This interferes with healthy circulation and can cause a host of other problems.

9. Be more active.

  • Being active improves blood flow to the feet. Move more by walking, dancing, swimming, or going bike riding! Just get moving…it’s good for you!

10. Visit your Podiatrist Yearly!

  • Be sure to get your feet checked out regularly, especially  if you are a diabetic! Getting your feet examined by a podiatrist will help prevent future foot problems and maintain healthy feet. It likes I always say: Take care of your feet, and they will take care of you!

Here’s to a happy and healthy new year and feet!

If you are noticing anything unusual with your feet or are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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Last Minute Stocking Stuffers!

Last Minute Stocking StuffersChristmas is almost here, and maybe panic is starting to set in because your shopping isn’t done! Do not fear—West Coast Podiatry Center’s online store has some great stocking stuffers to help you get those names crossed off your holiday list!

Check out the following products and more at our online store for some great holiday shopping ideas! 

Dr.’s Remedy Nail Polish

Last Minute Stocking StuffersDr.’s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish is the only over the counter enriched polish created by doctors and designed to be free from the harmful toxins found in most nail polish.

This amazing polish contains vitamin C and E (to promote healthy nails), wheat protein (contains helpful protein and amino acids), and tea tree oil (an essential oil that has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties), and garlic bulb extract (anti-fungal properties). It comes in a variety of beautiful colors…the ladies in your life will love it!

PediNova III Electric Nail and Foot Care Kit

Last Minute Stocking StuffersThis is an amazing gift! Treat yourself to professional quality manicures and pedicures at home with the The PediNova III Electric Nail and Foot Care System. It offers the resources to indulge in a salon-quality manicure or pedicure in the comfort of your own home. And it’s crafted with incomparable German technology.  The PediNova comes with a full one-year warranty, too!

Barefoot Botanica Cracked Heel Repair Cream

Last Minute Stocking StuffersDry heels getting you down? Try our luxurious Barefoot Botanic Heel Cream! This deep penetrating cream soothes and repairs dry, cracked, and damaged skin and heels.  Feet and heels quickly feel and look good again!

Happy Shopping!

If you are noticing anything unusual with your feet or are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

Oh, and one more thing…if you haven’t already, please like us on Facebook where we share foot tips, great pictures, and fun facts!

 

 

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Foot Surgery for Cher!

Cher to have Foot Surgery

One would expect iconic singer Cher to need foot surgery after years of wearing outrageous stilettos, but it’s actually due to an accident that happened in her studio years ago. (And maybe the outrageous shoes!)

Cher recently shared on twitter that she is ready to finally fix her foot that was injured 16 years ago when a piece of equipment fell off the wall of her studio and “crushed” her foot leading to a compound fracture.

She admit she has pain every time she wears high heels, but hopes the surgery will alleviate it. She stated that she will have to hold off on wearing heels again until Christmas after the surgery.

“Last night, was last night to wear heels till after operation…so…I bit the bullet and wore them…Heaven and pain, but worth it…six weeks till I’m running around on stilettos!” Cher tweeted.

Hmm…running around on stilettos? Just a word of advice to Cher: How about laying off the high heels altogether and giving her feet a break? Or… if she feels she has to wear heels,  how about a heel no higher than 2 inches? Her feet (and body) will thank her!

We know Cher is no stranger to surgery (ahem), nonetheless we wish her the best of luck and hope she is out of pain soon! :)

If you are noticing anything unusual with your feet or are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

Oh, and one more thing…if you haven’t already, please like us on Facebook where we share foot tips, great pictures, and fun facts!

Source: Yahoo News

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How To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

The Holidays can lead to over-indulgence!

The holidays are upon us!

Raise your hand if your calendar is already full of fun activities…

Raise your hand if most of those activities are centered around EATING!

Ugh..it’s true! Food temptations will be out in full force this month. From fattening entrees to sugary desserts, and everything in between, you will be calling upon your willpower more this month (or maybe just checking it at every holiday door) more than any other month of the year!

You might be thinking to yourself, “Oh well, what’s 10 extra pounds?” Think again! Even as few as 10 extra pounds can lead to added stress for your feet including plantar fasciitis, gout, and arch problems. Is another piece of fruit cake worth that? Not really!

Here are a few ways to help you avoid those dreaded holiday pounds…

How To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

1. Never Arrive Hungry

Never ever go to a party hungry. Drink some water and eat an apple before you go. You’ll be surprised how far that goes.

2. Shift Your Attention

Focus your attention on other things at the party beside food. Talk to someone new, dance, do something instead of just gorging on all the holiday goodies.

3. Pace Yourself

Try to take time and enjoy the food. Put your fork down between bites and actually enjoy the bite of food in your mouth!

4. Limit Alcohol

Avoid drinking too much alcohol at holiday parties. This helps you avoid unnecessary calories and helps you make better choices in the long run! If you drink too much, your judgement slips and you could end up over-eating and who knows what else!

5. Be Picky

When it comes to dessert, be very selective. Go for the dessert you really want and that will bring you the most satisfaction! Choose a small serving and ENJOY IT!

Hopefully these simple tips will come in handy this month.  Happy Holidays!

If you are noticing anything unusual with your feet or are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

Oh, and one more thing…if you haven’t already, please like us on Facebook where we share foot tips, great pictures, and fun facts!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

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Tom Hanks Has Type II Diabetes

Tom Hanks has Type 2 DiabetesTom Hanks, known for his roles in blockbuster films like Sleepless in Seattle, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, You’ve Got Mail, The Green Mile, and Cast Away, is now known for something else: Type 2 Diabetes

Sharing this news last month on Late Night with David Letterman has caused quite a stir for the mega star. Apparently, the media has jumped all over it and Mr. Hanks is feeling a little embarrassed by all the attention.

Ironically, he made this announcement just one month before National Diabetes Awareness Month…so maybe all this attention isn’t so bad after all! Someone with his level of star power may be able to “shed a little light”on this growing epidemic.

Perhaps he can take comfort that he is not alone. He joins a long list of stars with diabetes, including Halle Berry, Paula Deen, Larry King and Nick Jonas. Type II diabetes does not discriminate, nor does it play fair!

Here are some warning signs to look out for if you’re concerned you may have type II diabetes: urinating often, feeling very thirsty, feeling very hungry – even though you are eating, extreme fatigue, blurry vision, cuts/bruises that are slow to heal, and tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2).

If you are experiencing any of the these symptoms, do yourself a favor and get checked out immediately. It’s always better to get a diagnosis sooner versus later.

If you are noticing anything unusual with your feet or are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

Oh, and one more thing…if you haven’t already, please like us on Facebook where we share foot tips, great pictures, and fun facts!

Photo Courtesy of nydailynews.com

 

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Diabetes Fast Facts

Fast Facts About Diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and West Coast Podiatry Center would like to lend its voice to raising awareness.

We see firsthand the effects of this disease as we treat many patients with diabetic foot. With proper diagnosis and management, diabetics can lead a long and healthy life. But the first step to dealing with this disease starts with awareness.

Here are a few facts you might not have known about this disease. (Courtesy of the American Diabetes Association)

Prevalence

  • Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  • Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

The Toll on Health

  • Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.
  • The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
  • About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.

Cost of Diabetes

  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
  • Direct medical costs reach $176 billion and the average medical expenditure among people with diabetes is 2.3 times higher than those without the disease.
  •  Indirect costs amount to $69 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
  • One in 10 health care dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications.
  • One in five health care dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes.

If you have diabetes and don’t have a podiatrist or are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

Oh, and one more thing…if you haven’t already, please like us on Facebook where we share foot tips, great pictures, and fun facts!

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