• “Be Good to Your Feet" With Dr. Stacie Grossfeld

    By Nick on Thursday, October 30, 2014

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    ​Each human foot contains 26 bones, 300 joints, 125,000 sweat glands and more than 100 ligaments—and we care about every, single one of them. So when Dr. Stacie Grossfeld, an orthopedic surgeon in Louisville, Kentucky, hosted “Be Good to Your Feet Month” to inspire injury prevention, we had to learn more.

    Throughout the month of October, Dr. Grossfeld has offered educational information and preventative tips for those who suffer from common foot ailments, working to reduce patients’ everyday pain.
    From blisters and bunions to osteoarthritis and plantar fasciitis, Dr. Grossfeld has seen it all—and she wants to make a tangible difference in the quality of her patients’ lives.

    But for Dr. Grossfeld and her patients, the month of October only represents a small piece of a bigger mission. Year round, the Board Certified Surgeon works to spread her excitement for orthopedic medicine through pre-med internship opportunities, professional mentoring, and a program at nearby Louisville University that helps college students enter medical school. Her passion always shines through. 

    “It’s so important to pass on the profession to others,” Dr. Grossfeld began. “I want to show students what doctors do on the other side, whether it’s a diagnosis, surgery or simply keeping records. I really see myself as a teacher and a mentor.”

    While encouraging these doctors-to-be, Dr. Grossfeld makes sure to treat her staff with the very same respect. So, as part of her special focus on foot care, Dr. Grossfeld provided her entire team at Louisville Orthopaedic Specialists with “some of the most comfortable footwear available”—Dansko shoes! The self-proclaimed Dansko fanatic and owner of 35 pairs led her team through the ultimate Dansko shopping spree, gifting all-day comfort and support to her hard-working staff.

    “Dansko shoes are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn,” Dr. Grossfield concluded. “I sometimes stand for three hours in one place during surgery and my feet are never an issue.”

    From our performance-rich XP collection to our active-inspired Santa Fe collection, we strive to keep all 26 bones and 300 joints healthy, each and every day of the week.

    To learn more about Dr. Grossfeld’s passion for heathy feet, and to read tips from “Be Good to Your Feet Month,” visit LousivilleBones.com/Blog.

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  • A Moment for Mindfulness: Get Out and Explore

    By Mindful Magazine on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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    ​Mindfulness is not only about sitting still and reflecting inward. Getting up and moving, while still maintaining mindful attention, can turn your focus more outward, getting you out of our head and into your body—and the world around you. Perking up your awareness even a little as you move through the world can enrich your daily experience and anchor you during emotional storms. Steady practice can enable you to manage increased intensity—a difficult conversation, a crisis, a challenging campaign—more skillfully. Instead of responding to highly charged situations by tensing up your body, you can learn to handle things with more ease and grace.

    Here are a few ways you can take mindfulness with you the next time you’re heading into the great (or just everyday) outdoors:
     
    When You’re Outside
     
    Whether you’re perched on your front step with your morning coffee or heading to a specific destination, there’s an opportunity to take in your surroundings. Stop for a moment and see if you can take in all of the senses, one by one: sight, sound, taste, feel, smell. What colors are the leaves? If they’re falling through the air, watch them. What can you hear around you as everyone gets ready for the day? It might be the hum of traffic getting louder or children chatting as they walk to school. You might notice the coolness of the breeze on your cheeks or the smell of the air. Take stock of the different elements at play around you.
     
    When You’re Walking
     
    Walking is a great opportunity to tune into what’s happening in your body. When you’re walking—to lunch, to the car, to the bus—change your pace. Walk half as fast. You can try this mini-walking practice:
    • Feel your feet touching the ground and let your weight distribute evenly
    • Drop your gaze slightly. This helps you maintain focus
    • Step out with your left foot. Feel it swing, and feel your heel hit the ground, followed by the ball of your foot, and your toes. Then feel the same as your right foot comes forward. Keep your attention on the movement: heel, sole, toes, lift. This helps you connect the action of walking to the present moment.
    When You’re Commuting
     
    Commuting can often feel like a transition period that’s all about anxiously waiting to get to the next place—including rushing to get home to relax! To counteract the rushing mentality—which is unsafe in any case—do something to ground you in your place. In the car, notice how the steering wheel feels in your hands, your posture as you sit. Take a few deep breaths before you start the ignition. If you’re on the bus, feel the vibrations of the bus through the soles of your feet as the bus accelerates and decelerates.
     
    If you can walk to or from work, even if only for part of your commute, do it. If you find your thoughts, and your body, rushing, a helpful phrase to remember is: “go elephant.” Walk S L O W L Y. Feel your feet on the ground. Gaze easy and level. Feel the heaviness of your feet on the ground in juxtaposition to your racing thoughts.

    —Barry Boyce, Mindful Magazine Editor-in-Chief and Stephany Tlalka, Mindful Magazine Assistant Editor, Digital.
     

    Mindful will return in December with their next guest post. In the meantime, visit mindful.org for feature articles or to subscribe to the magazine in print or digital format.

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  • The Ultimate Nurses’ Bucket List (And A Giveaway, Too!)

    By Diana on Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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    ​In late August, we celebrated the busy back-to-school season by sharing four college lessons, as presented by two of our nurse-blogger friends. Now beyond the transition, and settled into fall, we’re back—and we want to share a little more wisdom from our trusted nurses.

    This time, we got personal. But we wanted to have a little fun, too. In honor of Kaplan Nursing’s “Start Off On The Right Foot” giveaway, we asked our bloggers to share their number one, uncontested, absolute top bucket list item on the job. What do our nurses dream of accomplishing before they retire?

    Their answers may surprise you! Take a look below.

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      Name: Lorettajo
      Location: Springfield, Massachusetts
      Nursing Specialty: Trauma and Emergency Care
      Favorite Dansko Shoe: Professional Clog in Charcoal
      Blog: Nurse on the Run

      My Bucket List Item: To Publish a Book

      “The biggest item on my bucket list is a lofty goal, but I'm not afraid to dream. Before I retire, I want to write a book and have the content recognized as credible because I am a Registered Nurse. I want the general population to realize that nurses are knowledgeable and influential. I want to demonstrate that we are autonomous thinkers, capable of driving healthcare into the future. I know it's possible, I just have to figure out how I am going to accomplish it.”

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      Name: Kerri
      Location: Baltimore, Maryland
      Nursing Specialty: Emergency Medicine, PA-C Resident
      Favorite Dansko Shoe: Professional Clog in Patent Leopard Multi
      Blog: Girl With a Latte

      My Bucket List Item: To Work in Medical Education

      “One day, I want go back and work in medical education. I believe the best medical practitioners are those who were truly inspired to pick the field, whether it was by a person or a past experience. To be a person who inspires others to pursue greatness in the field of medicine is the most rewarding goal I can think of, and one I hope to someday fulfill.”

      As autumn presses onward, make sure to enter the Kaplan giveaway. Who knows – you may be wearing a comfortable, supportive pair of Dansko shoes the next time you head to class or clinicals! Hurry – all entries must be submitted by October 31.

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  • Runway Rundown: Q&A with Designer Karolyn Pho

    By Diana on Monday, September 22, 2014

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    ​Young, creative and inspired by her surroundings, fashion designer Karolyn Pho strives to achieve a delicate balance between an artful, avant-garde ideal and the ease of classic American design. Her Spring/Summer 2015 collection, entitled Vagabond, accomplishes this goal…

    …and just so happens to showcase Dansko footwear!

    During her New York Fashion Week presentation at Pier 59 Studios, located on the Hudson River in Chelsea, New York City, Karolyn featured 26 different looks, each sporting clean whites, fun pops of color and oversized accessories. White clogs from our Stapled collection, including Ingrid, Sonja and the Professional, added a classic, minimalistic touch, one that Karolyn called “a huge statement piece” while remaining “subtle.”
     

    We caught up with Karolyn to learn more about her fashion expertise—and her passion for Dansko clogs.

    Q: How does the title Vagabond describe your SS15 collection?
    A: The collection this season is more utilitarian and functional in its silhouettes. That ease and wearability helps to evoke the vagabond spirit.
     
    Q: What inspired Vagabond’s color palette?
    A: The color palette was inspired by Art Deco Architecture of South Florida in the 60's-- there's a mixing and matching of pastels and pops of neon.

    Q: How can fashion tell a story?
    A: Fashion is cinematic by nature. It can literally place you in a specific world at a specific time and give insight into a character's person … all without saying one word.
     
    Q: Describe your personal style in five words or less.
    A: Elevated classic with a personal quirk.
     
    Q: Name one accessory you never leave home without.
    A: My tennis bracelet and my gold thumb band. The ring was my mother's 'lucky' ring which she wore when her and my father started their first business.
     
    Q: Name one location or setting that never ceases to provide inspiration.
    A: New York City
     
    Q: How did our Ingrid, Sonja and Professional clogs enhance your collection’s aesthetic?
    A: The clog style footwear was my homage to 90's fashion. They were a huge statement piece in my runway showing, yet subtle enough to not distract from the clothing.
     
    Q: Why Dansko?
    A: Dansko is a household name for clogs. Every one of my friends has owned a pair of Dansko shoes at some point in their life—they’re a classic!
     
    To learn more about the clogs featured in Vagabond, and to browse the rest of our Stapled collection, visit Dansko.com.

     

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  • Spotted: TV Host Meredith Vieira

    By Nick on Friday, September 19, 2014

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    Spotted: Meredith Vieira

    Style: Dansko Ingrid

    Source: Meredith Vieira Show: Friday, September 19

    Story: With her outstanding sense of humor, and her down-home personality, Meredith grabbed her backpack and joined the audience during a “Meredith’s favorites” segment. The ever-candid host proceeded to pull various items from her bag, explaining their significance to her daily routine.

    And then, with her smiling crowd watching intently, she unveiled a pair of Dansko Ingrid clogs.

    “My Dansko clogs!” Meredith exclaimed. “Clogs are cool now, but I was ahead of the trend. I’ve actually been wearing these since I was a teenager…”

    As the crowd shared their oohs and ahhs, Meredith announced a gift for all: a voucher for a free pair of Dansko shoes. Of course, the attendees followed with a raucous round of applause (and a few more oohs and aahs!).

    To learn more about our fabulous Ingrid clog visit Dansko.com. Or, to view clips from Friday's episode, check out Meredith Vieira online.

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