The American Association for Women Podiatrists is proud to announce our 2015 Founders Scholarship winners. We wish them the best in their careers.
Megan Allen is a student at CCPM. She is currently the Event Coordinator for the AAWP Student Chapter and contributed to the organization of the school-wide banquet, and AAWP student Chapter volunteers at Susan G Komen Race for the Cure and the Nike Women's Marathon.
Sophia DiRusso is a student at KSUCPM and is the Director of Local Affairs. In this capacity, she organizes a Red Cross blood drive and also partakes in AAWP Student Chapter's volunteering to provide podiatry care to indigent patients.
Mara Kennedy is a student at TUSPM. She is the current President of the AAWP Student Chapter. Dress for Success participation is a major initiative of the chapter.
Lacy Beth Peck is a student at CCPM. She is the current President of the AAWP Student Chapter and prior to this was the Workshop Coordinator for the chapter. She has participated in many Student Chapter activities, including Banquet and Dinner Panel, and volunteered at the Nike Women's Marathon, Race for the Cure and Napa Valley Marathon.
AAWP is proud to award our Founder Scholarships for 2014 to Alison D'Andelet and Urja Shah.
Alison is a student at Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and is also pursuing a Master's Degree in Heathcare Administration. She has held several positions in the AAWP Student Chapter, including Secretary and President and remains an active member. She has organized numerous AAWP events during her tenure as President and worked to create a balance of service activities, social activities and academic activities. She excels academically with a 3.9 GPA.
Urjah Shah is a student at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and is ranked 9th in her class. She has been a Secretary in the AAWP Student Chapter and will assume the Presidency this year. She is also involved in several academic clubs at TUSPM and is the Vice President of the Stirling Hartford DiPrimio Honorary Society, which is an academic honor.
We wish continued professional success to these exemplary young women.
The 2013 AAWP Scientific Conference was held at the Biltmore Resort in Coral Cables, Florida on April 26-28 led by AAWP co-Vice President and Conference Chair Aparna Duggirala, DPM. Scientific Chair for the conference was Kathleen Satterfield, DPM and AAWP co-Vice President Alison Garten, DPM was the Sponsorship Chair. A diverse group of topics were presented from speakers across the country and an exhibitor hall was filled with an assorted group of sponsors. Attendees were able to obtain up to 15 CECH hours in a relaxed atmosphere with time available in the schedule to enjoy the world renowned spa. Western University College of Podiatric Medicine sponsored the continuing education hours.
During the course of the conference, the Past Presidents of the AAWP were honored during a luncheon. Past Presidents in attendance included Gina Saffo, DPM (1996-1998), Corrine Kauderer, DPM (1998-2000), Marlene Reid, DPM (2002-2004), Jane Anderson, DPM (2004-2006), Kathleen Satterfield, DPM (2006-2008), and Sheryl Strich, DPM (2009-2012). The annual AAWP meeting was also conducted during the Presidential Luncheon and included the election of the new AAWP board members. The new board members are as follow: President Erika Schwartz, DPM; Co-Vice President Aparna Duggirala, DPM; co-Vice President Alison Garten, DPM; Treasurer Karen Langone, DPM; Secretary Elizabeth Bass, DPM; and Immediate Past President Sheryl Strich, DPM.
AAWP board members would also like to express a special thank you to Dr. Satterfield for stepping in and taking on the role as our Scientific Chair. The return of the annual conference was exciting and well received. Plans are already beginning to continue this tradition and many attendees are anxiously awaiting the next conference to be held in the Fall of 2014.
Included in the photograph are the board members of AAWP including (from left to right) co-VP Alison Garten, DPM; Immediate Past President Sheryl Strich, DPM; Secretary Elizabeth Bass, DPM; Treasurer Karen Langone, DPM; Co-VP Aparna Duggirala, DPM; President Erika Schwartz, DPM; Scientific Chair Kathleen Satterfield, DPM.
At this years Women's caucus, there was a great buzz for our Scientific Conference in Miami, Florida planned for April 2013.
The American Association for Women Podiatrists held its annual Women's Caucus during the House of Delegates meeting in Washington, D.C. The event, which is held for those attending the House of Delegates meeting and AAWP members, was a great success. In attendance was Dr. Sylvia Virbulis, who is the newest member of the APMA Board of Trustees as well as a member of the AAWP. Congratulations Dr. Virbulis! We also had the opportunity to announce that the AAWP Spa Conference is back by popular demand. It will be held at the Biltmore Resort in Coral Gables, Florida, April 25-28, 2013. AAWP board is excited and looking forward to a successful event. Anyone interested in joining the speaker panel, exhibiting or attending can go to www.AmericanWomenPodiatrists.com or email Dr. Duggirala at email@example.com.
In an effort to magnify The American Association for Women Podiatrists the student chapter at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine has uprooted a project to survey the "in shoes of the season" to determine if they would be considered Podiatrically Correct from a female, student perspective.
You may be wondering what podiatrically correct means right? Well, we evaluate parameters such as heel height and width, toe-box space, material, comfort and wearability in surveying our members from a podiatric point of view. Equally as important, we take fashion into consideration here. With podiatry still being a male dominated field, the men will never understand why we insist on wearing high heeled, uncomfortable-looking footwear. This is where we podiatric ladies need to take charge and find what will work best for our precious feet while still looking good. Therefore if the shoe fits our criteria positively, it will be boasted as stylish and podiatrically correct...a combo no woman can resist.
The Washington Post
By Carolyn Butler, Published: May 7
Click here for article.
I was recently asked whether stiletto heels are good for you. My son, a fashion illiterate, summed it up after his semester in Italy. “Mom, girls who wear those pointy high heel shoes are total high maintenance.”
My son and I approach life in quite different ways. Currently he’s backpacking through Argentina and Chile sleeping outdoors in a tent, while I am quite content living with heat, air conditioning and indoor plumbing. My hairdresser is concerned about where he takes his showers, and I haven’t had the heart to tell her that showers are not one of his main concerns.
So although my son and I are coming from different perspectives, I must say that we do share the same conclusion when it comes to pointy high heel shoes.
I want to start off by saying that I think stilettos totally flatter the leg, and add a certain pizzazz to any outfit.
On occasion I have even been known to own a pair or two, but frankly, I’ve always been too uncomfortable to wear them.
Part of my reticence might be that adding an extra four inches to my 5’9” frame has me towering over most people in the room. Also in order to wear pointy shoes without totally squeezing my foot, the pointy part has to be way past the toes. Imagine how long my size 11 shoes have to be in order to fit comfortably. Rather than feeling feminine and dainty, I begin to feel like a giant elf.
My issues aside, there are some real concerns about wearing stilettos for activities that involve walking or standing for any length of time. According to the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, as the heel height increases, your body weight is pushed forward.
Think about your posture for a minute. If your weight is on the ball of your foot, you lean forward. In order to maintain balance, you often times have to thrust your bottom out. So there you are wearing shoes to enhance your legs, with your tush protruding quite prominently; i.e., appearing much bigger than you probably realize.
A two inch heel can cause knee strain. Once the heel reaches three inches or more, there is seven times more stress on the ball of the foot than when wearing a one inch heel. This unnatural foot position can also cause bunions, neuromas (nerve tumors), ankle sprain or fractures, along with corns, calluses and blisters.
In a 2003 study by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) it was noted that when shoes cause discomfort, women are likely to remove their shoes for a brief time (84%), walk barefoot (74%), put their feet up (64%), or massage their feet (52%). Fewer reported using insoles, cushions or other over-the-counter products (38%), or soaking their feet (26%).
Very few women with foot discomfort see a medical professional (15%). Indeed, 44% indicated that they do nothing and suffer with the problem, but foot pain is not natural. Shoes should not hurt when you wear them. High maintenance should not be a cause of foot pain.
Log on to the American Podiatric Medical Association website for more about foot care.
Sheryl Strich, DPM
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