Sprained ankles are one of the most frequent musculoskeletal injuries seen in doctor’s offices. There are more than 23, 000 people per day in the United States, athletes and non athletes that require medical attention for ankle sprains. It was my first injury in my running journey. Tune in this episode as I take all of us through some of my most memorable ankle sprains. Learn how I treated myself, and hear about tips that you can use to prevent and treat ankle sprains.
Anatomy of the ankle
Different types of ankle sprains
Grading of Ankle Sprains
Treatment for various types of ankle sprains
My ankle sprain stories and how I didn’t let it keep me from my goals.
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Taking care of celebrities isn’t something just anyone can do– but there’s no harm in reaching for the stars.
Joining me today is Dr. Cartise Austin, a dentist who did reach the stars in more ways than one tells how an orthodontist changed her life. In this episode, she’ll share with us how what started as a way to improve her smile gave her inspiration and motivation to start her own movement. She started her practice and built up a brand that wiped out her competition. Despite her lack of background in marketing, Dr. Austin built her knowledge by listening and learning to those she hired and worked around her as well as reading books.
As she picked up on marketing strategies and tools, Dr. Austin was able to build her foundation and finally got the opportunity of a lifetime with her publicist to show her skills on television and printed media, letting her work speak for itself. She now not only takes care of celebrities, she educates others in business, and gives tips so everyone can have a radiant smile.
If you need motivation, then this episode is definitely going to be a source of inspiration for you to make it to your finish life in any area of life.
Cartise’s tips to whiten your teeth
What are veneers
Her book, How to Become a Celebrity Doctor
What are her common procedures now
Some of her celebrity clients
Sports Dentistry and tips to protect your smile while doing those sports you love
Dr. Catrise Austin is a dentist to the stars and an entrepreneur in her own right. With her passion for dentistry going back as far as when she was 15, Dr. Austin knew that early on just what she wanted to be.
Earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Michigan and her doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Maryland, she then moved to New York City where her life changed forever. With the completion of her dental training and working a few jobs, she was given advice to start her own practice– which she did later down the line.
After building her clientele of celebrities, she started appearing on shows and receiving multiple shout-outs that added to her reputation as a dentist to the stars– all backed up by her amazing work.
When you hear Level-Up, your first thought would be Ciara, but today I’m here to introduce to you a movement for cycling spearheaded by an entrepreneur named Erica with the same name. Erica Davis, a long-time enthusiast of Cycling, is here today to tell us how she built– the Level Up Cycling Movement.
With a background in business management and entrepreneurship, Erica is no stranger to the dedication and time needed to make the dream work. With her skills now combined with passion, her movement has gained traction for it’s openness and inclusivity for minorities– striving to ensure that all are welcome in such a white-dominated sport.
Be sure to hit that play button to listen to Erica’s inspiring movement.
How Erica started cyclingErica’s first group in cycling
The culture of cycling clubs
How Erica becoming the first black cycling agent
Why she started ChocLIT Pedals
Erica Davis, a Florida native, is far more than the average entrepreneur. With a bachelor’s degree in business management and a minor in entrepreneurship, she started her career in banking. In addition to her numerous professional titles, she started consulting and began to fund new ventures. She further integrated financial health and wisdom to the home by developing a financial education program for all, which was adopted by Community Redevelopment Agencies. Her program taught inner city residents and families how to use credit and banking to form a sustainable lifestyle.
It is of no surprise although she started cycling as a leisure activity, quickly she developed a charge to do her part for all to have access to cycling, on all levels. The deficiency of diversity amongst groups and club rides as well as organized events caused Erica to ask hard questions, research and conclude the sport she had grown to love, had a void in representation.
With determination in tow, she launched and serves as President of Level Up Cycling Movement, Inc., a non profit organization and nationwide movement dedicated to introducing the health benefits of cycling to minority communities as well as to create a clear path to Professional cycling at the highest level. Inspired by hard working, talented young racers with big dreams to become professional cyclists, Erica knew the mission of Level Up was not, in itself, enough
In 2019 she became the first black female (maybe first black ever) UCI Professional Rider Agent. This prestigious achievement allows her sports company, Shine World Sports, to sign, recruit, promote and place riders in jobs that expand across the world. Immediately thereafter, she facilitated the process for one of those aspiring young cyclists to become the first woman of color to race for a International Professional Women’s team, at the world level.
In partnership with the Williams Brothers of Legion of LA, she launched Miami Blazrs, a national Elite Men’s Race team with the goal to provide equal access to high level American racing. Erica also created and launched ChocLIT Pedals, a women’s ride experience, providing a safe place to nurture, appreciate and celebrate women who seek out the tools of cycling in order to transform their lives and the lives of their families.
In all that she does, Erica’s mission is to create space and culture for minorities in the sport of cycling because she understands each bike ride can save a life. She hopes to encourage, not only women, but also youth of color and other minority groups as they discover their passion, and take their first step onto the path of fulfillment, gaining the happiness and success they deserve.
I had to rearrange my schedule so I could be off a few days but take care of my patients prior to being off. It was a crazy few days. Surgery was scheduled 12/9/2020 for Monday 12/14/2020. I had to crutch proof my house. I got rid of my mobile rugs I bought so my bikes would not mess up my carpet. I also secured the other rugs with tape: one in the living room area and the one in the bathroom. I also purchased a shower chair. I did not know if I would be able to bear weight after surgery and I wanted to be able to shower. I also purchased a rolling cart. The cart would help transport my food from the kitchen to my dining table. I also purchased paper plates, plastic spoon/folks, some prepared food, and restocked items. I purchased a laundry basket with wheels. I also purchased a cast protector to use to keep my leg dry, again so I could shower. It would be more secure than a trash bag and duct tape. I cooked fish, tuna, salmon. I also made dressing and my vegan turkey loaf to freeze if I get stuck here for Christmas. So I will have some holiday food. I purchased freezer containers and bags. I made sure I put all my dishes away. I actually practiced stairs with my crutches. I practiced before my right knee surgery and it was helped as I had about 16 to make it back to my apartment. This time I would have about 6 to make it to my elevator to get to my condo afterward.
Day Of Surgery
8:00 Woke up
9:00 Washed dishes
10:00 Drop off a package to be returned to UPS
11:00 Took my last walk before my road to recovery
11:30 Had the last of some clear liquids before I was NPO- nothing to eat or drink
12:00 Finished last minute straightening up of my place
1:00 Showered and got dressed. I purchased some track pants for ease with brace and dressing after surgery.
2:00 One of my friends picked me up. I grabbed my ID, brace, Ice pack, crutches
2:45 Arrived at the hospital and got checked in
3:00 Was escorted to my room, where I stripped, put all my belonging in a bags and waited. I also signed my consent forms. In the midst of taking care of everything I neglected to charge my phone. One of the nurses was nice enough to charge it for me.
3:30 IV was started, and SCD- sequential compression devices was placed on right calf to aide in circulation of good leg during the surgery.
4:00 I watched CNN as they counted the electoral votes for the final certification of the Presidential election results
4:30 My surgeon came and marked my leg .The anesthesiologist, anesthesia resident, and the operating room nurse came and interviewed me.
4:45 I was rolled to the operating room and I was given versed- the best IV cocktail ever. I was out
7:00 I woke up and saw my recovery nurse who was amazing. My surgeon talked to me but I don’t have a clue what he said. I gave him a thumbs up. I felt like I had too many cocktails. I finally completely woke up. The nurses told me I tried to flash everyone by trying to get up. Of course I don’t remember. I passed the tests–was awake/alert/oriented, used the bathroom, and my pain was controlled–in order to go home.. My nurse went over my discharge instructions. She told me I was partial weight bearing. That was a good sign. My recovery would be easier versus non-weight bearing. She told me that my surgeon informed me to text him to get the details as I was still under anesthesia when he talked to me. So I had no recollection of it .
7:45 My friend picked me up. I almost fell getting out of the car. I hobbled up the stairs and made it to my place.
8:00 I called, texted friends and family. Managed to eat and took some pain medication.
9:00 I realized my August 70.3 bag is a God send. I can carry items hands free and the bag is small enough to fit snuggly on my back.
9:30 My doctor texted me and told me the final verdict— lateral meniscus tear, chondral injury, and small avulsion from part of my ACL.
I lived, and now the real work begins. The road to recovery has begun.
Stay tuned plan to do a detailed podcast explained how I was injured and all the conservative treatment I had prior to surgery, also with details of my road to recovery
October is breast cancer awareness month. NFL players wear pink shoes at least they have in the past. Some cities hold races, but I think the most important think is to bring awareness to the masses.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So many people who are dear to me has passed due to breast cancer my mom being the most signifiant one. October 27, 2008, I watched my mom breath her last breathe.
Many factors over the course of a lifetime can influence breast cancer risk according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can’t change some factors, but you can help lower your risk of breast cancer by taking care of your health in the following ways—
Maintaining a healthy weight
Limit alcoholic drinks.
If you are taking, or have been told to take, hormone replacement therapy or oral contraceptive (birth control pills), ask your doctor about the risks and find out if it is right for you.
Breastfeed if possible
If you have a family history of breast cancer it may be a good ideal to get a BRCA test.
Screening for breast cancer can seem scary, but the sooner it is diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated and the better chance for survival. Ages 25-39, talk with your health care professional at least once every year for risk assessment, risk reduction counseling and a clinical breast exam. At age 40, begin getting mammograms unless you have a family history of breast cancer. I started mammograms at age 35 due to my family history.
Check yourself regularly- know your body so you know when it’s changing. Between regular screenings or exams, pay attention for the following:
A lump, hard knot or thickening in the breast
A lump under your arm
A change in the size or shape of a breast
Nipple pain, tenderness or discharge, including bleeding
Itchiness, scales, soreness or rash on the nipple
A nipple turning inward or inverted
A change in color and texture (dimpling, puckering or redness)
A breast that feels warm or swollen
The American Institute of Philanthropy’s Charity Watch cites 12 organizations as the top-rated cancer charities and of those there are three on the list that focus specifically on breast cancer prevention and research. If you are interested in donating to breast cancer research, please consider the following. I also have been heavily involved with Susan G Komen actually one of the first races I ever ran but they get a C rating due to heavy administration cost.
According to the CDC, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience violence by their intimate parter at some point during their lifetimes. … At least 5 million acts of domestic occur annually to women aged 18 years and older.
October is domestic violence month and while you may think it doesn’t involve you or anyone you know or love. You maybe sadly wrong. People often live in fear and silence. I didn’t know how prevalence domestic violence was until two years ago this month. I had a good friend. We had been friends since college. I pledged her, after college I went to work then medical school and she moved to New York. We also kept in touch. When I lived in Philadelphia I used to go up on the train and always stayed with her. We shopped, we partied. I hung out with her linesisters. She taught be how to somewhat maneuver on the New York subway. I moved to Chicago. She later moved to the suburbs with her significant other and had a precious little girl. We didn’t talk as much but we always caught up at college homecoming.
Well October 2018 she was murdered by her significant other. I could not believe it. My friend was gone. A couple of weeks later another friend was murdered by her ex-husband. A week later an emergency room doctor was murdered by her ex-fiance at a hospital where I used to work. He also killed a police officer, and pharmacy student and would have killed more people had it not it not been for the receptionist. She called an alert, and moved patients out of the lobby.
I write this blog to bring awareness. Below are some signs of abuse. If you have a friend or family who is in an abusive relationship you can’t make them leave. They have to make that decision themselves. Do be a friend and be supportive. Also support legislation like
House Bill 3, a bipartisan measure known as Aisha’s Law, passed 94 to 0 May of 2020. The bill was named after my friend who was murdered by her ex-husband.
Under HB 3, victims would be referred to domestic violence survivors’ programs where they could get help in housing, job training, child care or other resources.
See below signs of abuse It usually doesn’t start with violence
Your partner bullies, threatens, or controls you:
Accuses you of having an affair
Blames you for abuse
Tells you what to wear and how you should look
Threatens to kill you or someone close to you
Throws things or punches walls when angry
Yells at you and makes you feel small
Your partner controls your money:
Keeps cash and credit cards from you
Puts you on an allowance and makes you explain every dollar you spend
Keeps you from working whatever job you want
Steals money from you or your friends
Won’t let you have money for basic needs like food and clothes
Your partner cuts you off from family and friends:
Keeps close tabs on where you go and whom you go with
Makes you ask for an OK to see friends and family
Embarrasses you in front of others, and it makes you want to avoid people
Your partner physically abuses you:
Abandons you in a place you don’t know
Attacks you with weapons
Keeps you from eating, sleeping, or getting medical care
My ski club Sugar and Spice a part of the National Brotherhood of Skiers is doing it’s part and we are holding a virtual run/walk/bike with all the funds raise going to a domestic violence charity. I ask that you support and move something while helping to save a life. ( link in caption)