Posts Tagged ‘Winter Foot Care’

Physical Activities In Our Community

June 27th, 2013 by Dr.Chang

Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic enjoys promoting physical activity in our community. We believe physical exercise is the best CHANGkpmCCskiCROPmedicine available. Charlottesville and the Shenandoah Valley are fantastic areas to enjoy the outdoors. Our clinic sponsors the 2013 Virginia Off-Road Series mountain bike races and some of the Devils Playground fun runs at Devils Backbone Brewery in Roseland, VA. We want to encourage you to find local events this summer to participate in. Your participation is a healthy choice and helps promote physical activity to others by being a role model.kindra

amyOur staff participates in many physical activities year round. Dr. Murray and Dr. Chang enjoy activities such as cycling, hiking, skiing, and ice hockey. Kindra Jones, medical assistant, hits the gym regularly. She’s expecting an addition to her family this fall and now exercising for two. Congratulations Kindra! Mary Mead, billing specialist, and her husband walk all over the streets and trails of Charlottesville. Our jack of all trades, Amy Flevarakis, participates with her family in events such as the March of Dimes Walk. Newbie, Teresa Thompson, enjoys hiking and running the trails in and around Staunton and wants to run her first 5k race this year. Welcome to our practice Teresa.TERESA RUN MalloryMallory Snow, Charlottesville receptionist, stays fit by running while her kid participates in dance class. Mallory and Amy are running the Color Me Rad 5K in Virginia Beach this fall. Mark Smith, Waynesboro receptionist, rides his bike daily and competes in local mountain bike and running races. Aside from keeping our offices running smoothly, Mary Ishee – office manager, walks with her daughter and has participated in the Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler for the last two years.

We hope you join us this summer in some of the fun activities and events our communities have to offer. Let us know if there is anything we can do for your feet or ankles to option2help you be a role model to you family and friends.mary ishee






Here are some sites to help you find local activities:


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Comment on this post to share your thoughts or contact Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic. We’d love to hear from you!

Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic
Charlottesville Podiatrist Location: 887 A Rio E Ct., Charlottesville VA, 22911 (434) 979-8116
Waynesboro Podiatrist Location: 417 S. Magnolia Waynesboro,VA 22980 540-949-5150

Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic has been a part of the Waynesboro and Charlottesville communities for over 20 years.
Podiatrists Dr. Kevin Murray and Dr. Stewart Chang offer services in sports podiatry, foot and ankle problems and
diabetic foot care. Our friendly, accommodating team of Certified Podiatric Medical Assistants look forward to welcoming
you to our practice.

Don’t Let The ‘Frost Bite’!

February 15th, 2010 by Dr.Chang

Frostbite can be superficial or deep resulting in temporary or permanent damage to the skin respectively. This is typically caused by exposure to temperatures below 32°F where the skin freezes causing damage to underlying vasculature. Those with already impaired circulation due to peripheral vascular disease, diabetes mellitus and those on drugs such as beta blockers are at aneven higher risk to this condition.


Progressive Numbness
Loss of Sensitivity to touch
Tingling/ Burning sensations
Disappearance of pain as condition progresses
Color changes from red to white/purple as blood flow is lost
Severe frostbites become infected or develop gangrene resulting in the death of tissues.


Remove yourself from the extreme low temperature atmosphere
If there is an internal drop in body temperature, treat the hypothermia first
Re-warm the area where the frost bite occurred (typically fingers, toes, ears, nose)
Immerse body part in a bath with a constant temperature of 104-105°F for approximately one hour
The key is to vasodilate the blood vessels to allow a return of blood to the affected area.
It is important to avoid smoking as nicotine causes vasoconstriction which is a contraindication in an attempt to treat frost bite.
Once the affected area is re-warmed, it is important to contact your doctor in an effort to seek vascular consult. Once the area is “thawed”, swelling may occur, the skin may develop dark blisters and the area becomes painful.
In cases where the frost bite is extremely severe and develops gangrene, surgery is almost automatic.


Be sure to moisturize all areas that may be exposed in the extremely low temperatures.
Proper attire – including warm, dry clothes, thick absorbent socks, gloves/mittens, hats that cover the ears or earmuffs
Monitor children playing outside to ensure they do not lose their thermal accessories
When exercising, be sure to dress appropriately to ensure insulation as discussed in last week’s blog.
Go inside when feeling to cold. Do not ignore your body’s warning signs.
Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption when venturing out in extreme temperatures as, we said before, nicotine causes vasoconstriction, which decreases the blood flow to the periphery, and alcohol hinders the body’s tempe



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