Milwaukee Foot& Ankle MARCH 2018

Mequon 10945 N. Port Washington Rd. Mequon, WI 53092 414-228-6444

Oak Creek 7001 S. Howell Ave. Oak Creek, WI 53154 414-622-1574



Wauwatosa 10125 W. North Ave. Wauwatosa, WI 53226 414-257-0676

MARCH 2018

New Berlin 3610 Michelle Witmer Memorial Dr. Suite 110 New Berlin, WI 53151 262-821-1588

WATCHING MY KIDS FOLLOW IN MY FOOTSTEPS Years later, I’m a licensed podiatrist working at an incredible practice here at Milwaukee Foot & Ankle. Though I only started at the clinic last January, I’ve already fallen in love with the atmosphere of the place and with the wonderful patients I get to see every day. It feels incredible to achieve tangible, positive outcomes with so many different individuals. Whether I’m helping someone literally back onto their feet so they can walk again or simply alleviating a small issue nagging at the back of their mind, I relish the opportunity to help those suffering from foot and ankle pain. Every podiatrist knows that the feet are the most neglected, underestimated part of the human body, but when they become injured or dysfunctional, there’s little else a patient can think about. It’s a good feeling to restore my patients to a better state than they knew before they even had an issue. In the couple of months since I joined the Milwaukee team, I’ve been constantly impressed with the dedication and compassion of the entire staff. It’s become clear to me that there’s a reason so many people entrust Milwaukee Foot & Ankle with their care. The high standards of treatment and the supportive, family atmosphere speak for themselves. I may not have always planned to be a podiatrist, but I couldn’t be happier. Surrounded by such a kind, talented team, helping patients address issues that have plagued them for years — I can’t imagine any work I’d rather do. I’m thrilled to be part of the Milwaukee team, and I look forward to the years to come. –Dr. Seema Fatima MY PATH TO PODIATRY

People get into podiatry for a variety of reasons, but my introduction to the field was a little more personal than most. When my father was admitted to the hospital with a terrible bout of cellulitis — a large diabetic sore opening up on his foot — relief seemed far away as the issue became more serious by the day. The doctors wanted to give him antibiotics and send him on his way rather than providing any lasting solution to give him back the ability to walk. But when he went to see a podiatrist, they asked questions, did a much more thorough examination, and provided him with a number of treatments that had a dramatic healing effect. Overall, it was a much more detailed approach than I’d seen from the physicians who were so pressed for time and resources. At the time, I was fascinated with molecular genetics, but seeing the effect a podiatrist could have on a person’s life made me reconsider my career path.

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GREEN DOMINATES ST. PATRICK’S DAY FOR A REASON WHY GREEN IS THE COLOR OF ST. PATRICK’S DAY There’s only one day of the year you’ll be scorned for not wearing green: St. Patrick’s Day. If you’ve ever gone the whole holiday wearing any other color, you’ve probably been pinched by your peers, family, spouse, and anyone else decked out head to toe in green. Green has become so deeply associated with the St. Patrick holiday that many people are unaware that green wasn’t always its official color. Blue was the first color to symbolize St. Patrick’s Day, and the saint himself is almost always depicted dressed in what’s known as “St. Patrick’s blue.” What caused the shift from green to blue is more speculation than hard fact. Some have theorized that the change happened sometime in the 17th century, when the symbol for the United Irishmen Rebellion became the clover. St. Patrick used the clover to teach the Irish people about the Holy Trinity, and it eventually became a symbol that represented both the saint and the holiday. Another theory comes from Ireland’s nickname, “The Emerald Isle,” which was coined because of the plentiful green foliage that adorns the country’s landscape. It also relates to the green in the flag. Each of the three colors in the flag have their own symbolic meaning: green for the Catholics who live in the country, orange for the Protestants, and white for the peace between the two. Of course, you can’t forget leprechauns, the little creatures that have always been affiliated with the holiday. But just like St. Patrick’s original blue garb, these impish tricksters used to wear red instead of green. While green overtook blue as the shade of choice for St. Patrick, leprechauns began putting on their signature green suits. You might wonder where the tradition of pinching comes from. We can thank the leprechauns for this one. It’s said that if the gold-loving redheads caught you not wearing their favorite color, they would pinch you. To avoid pinches from leprechauns and people alike, be sure to put on some green this St. Patrick’s Day to blend in with the festive crowd.

The family dinner is a staple of years gone by. These days, the only time you see a family sit together and break bread seems to be at Thanksgiving. This is a shame, because regular family dinners are incredibly important! It’s a time to bond with your loved ones that can have a positive impact on your kids’ lives. A study published in the journal Pediatrics found that kids who regularly partake in family meals are less likely to experience depression or engage in drug use. Furthermore, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University determined that kids who eat family meals five to seven times a week bring home better report cards. YOUR DINNER TABLE MIGHT BE THE KEY TO A HAPPIER FAMILY BE FLEXIBLE ABOUT MEALTIMES Dinner doesn’t have to be at 6 p.m. on the dot. If Kamala has a karate tournament in the evening or Peter needs to stay late at school for art club, why not break out the healthy snacks and make dinner happen a little later or earlier? Plus, the meal you share as a family doesn’t have to be at dinnertime. If there’s time in the mornings, sit down for breakfast. If you have the opportunity on weekends or during a school break, grab lunch together. CALL ALL HANDS ON DECK Mom or Dad shouldn’t be expected to cook by themselves for every meal. This is family time after all, so call in the kids! Make sure their tasks are age- appropriate — leave sautéing vegetables to the high schooler and let your first-grader set out the cups instead. This is the perfect opportunity to teach kids valuable kitchen skills and to take some of the burden off your plate. Plus, if your kids are picky eaters, inviting them to be part of the cooking process can make them more inclined to try the finished product. DON’T STRESS YOURSELF OUT It’s okay if you’re too busy on a Monday to cook dinner. There’s always Tuesday. Or you can take a trip to your favorite family restaurant. Family meals should be fun, and that can’t happen if you’re stressed. Don’t feel pressured to make each meal perfect or to prepare a three-course dinner every night. Chicken and rice can get the job done as long as you’re all sitting around the table as a family. Even when schedules are busy, you can make family dinners fit into your agenda with these tips.


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No matter how hectic your schedule may be, making family meals a priority is always worth the investment. Who’s in the mood for meatloaf?




Knee osteoarthritis is one of the most prevalent causes of disability in the world, affecting more than an estimated 250 million people across the globe and over 10 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. If you expand this number to include tears of the meniscus, it increases to one in four people over 50 years of age. Pain from knee osteoarthritis or meniscal tears can differ in important ways, but the fact remains that both problems can result in a debilitating condition that will diminish the sufferers’ quality of life.

osteoarthritis or meniscal tears. Instead, they suggest noninvasive treatment methods like watchful waiting, weight loss if overweight, and physical therapy.

Over the last few years, a number of studies have come out questioning the efficacy of surgery for this condition. While it’s true that arthroscopic surgery generally does result in positive outcomes for patients, they’re virtually identical to the outcomes of noninvasive exercises and treatments in the long run. Essentially, this means that expensive, painful, and potentially dangerous surgeries, which forces patients off their feet for weeks, may be easily avoided. Issues as widespread as knee osteoarthritis or tears of the meniscus can be corrected in other ways. Still, a substantial number of doctors rush to surgery as the only option for their patients, perhaps because they’re unaware of or disagree with these 2017 recommendations. Of course, it’s important to trust your physician and listen carefully to the advice they give, but you should consider every possible alternative. Taking a few months to see if conservative treatment will solve your knee problem can save you thousands of dollars and a lot of pain and struggle.

It’s no surprise, then, that so many patients turn to their doctors for advice on treating osteoarthritis or a tear in their meniscus. It often seems that surgery is the only option for a substantial recovery. But an array of new research indicates that surgery is rarely the best course of action for these particular conditions. Just last year, the respected British Medical Journal released new recommendations strongly steering physicians away from advising their patients to undergo arthroscopic surgery for either knee

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COLCANNON When you think of St. Patrick’s Day cuisine, corned beef and green beer are probably the first things that come to mind. This year, consider adding colcannon to your March 17 menu. It’s basically mashed potatoes on steroids, and it’s utterly delicious.


• 3 pounds potatoes • 2 sticks butter • 1 1/4 cups hot milk • 1 head cabbage, cored and shredded

• 1 pound cooked bacon, chopped into small pieces • 4 scallions, finely chopped • Parsley, for garnish • Salt and pepper, to taste



Steam potatoes for 30 minutes. Peel skins and mash flesh thoroughly. Chop 1 stick of butter into small cubes and add to warm potatoes. Once melted, slowly add milk, stirring constantly. Boil cabbage in water. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to tenderize.


Add cabbage, bacon, and scallions to mashed potatoes, gently stirring to combine. Serve garnished with parsley and a pat of butter.




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Meet Dr. Seema Fatima, Our New Podiatrist! What Every Parent Needs to Know About Family Dinners St. Patrick’s Day vs. the Color Green New Evidence Comes Out Against Knee Surgery Colcannon The 3 Best Places to See Beautiful Flowers





Spring is here, which means flora will soon be in full bloom. Flowers can be an easy pick-me-up or a great way to add color to your home, but some people take their flower obsession to the next level by planning botanical-themed vacations. Here are some of the most impressive gardens and flower displays in the world. NETHERLANDS Holland, most famous for its tulips, always draws visitors at the first sign of spring. One of its most famous destinations, Keukenhof, located in Lisse, is among the world’s largest flower gardens. The park is 79 acres and boasts approximately 7 million flowers each year. This colorful garden is open annually from mid-March to mid-May, but mid-April is the ideal time to see the tulips. WASHINGTON, D.C. Besides the monuments and historic buildings, one of the biggest attractions in Washington, D.C. is the cherry tree blossoms. Travelers who visit the Tidal Basin

during the spring can witness 3,000 trees, which were a gift from Tokyo in 1912, flaunt their beautiful pink blossoms. The best time to see the spectacle is from the end of March through the end of April. ANZA-BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK Desert lavender, flowering cacti, pygmy poppies, and rock daisies are just a few of the many wildflowers decorating Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The various native species are often seen weaved together to form a colorful carpet over any barren patch in the park, which is located just two hours from San Diego. In addition to flowers, visitors often spot bighorn sheep. Wildflower blossoms vary in intensity each year, but they typically begin to bloom in late February or early March.

Next time you’re planning a spring trip, consider visiting one of the world’s most beautiful flower displays. No green thumb required.


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