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Our Tips to Stay Warm and Cozy

The cold season is here to stay, so we would like to share some of our favorite tips on how to stay warm and cozy during the holidays!

Our first recommendation comes from Tammy Norberg. She loves watching a good movie with her husband and their dog Beatrice. Tammy stays warm in front of her electric fireplace with a pair of comfy fuzzy socks.

Warm socks are a great idea, indeed! We recommend avoiding 100% cotton socks, because they capture moisture, especially when wearing them outside with thick boots. This moisture cancels out any insulation effects and may cause Athletes Foot. Wool socks will keep your feet both warm and healthy. Here is a selection of some of the best winter socks:

Our next recommendation comes from Dr. Smith. He enjoys a cup of hot cocoa when temperatures drop and likes to cover himself with his favorite Iowa Hawkeye blanket. If possible, he heads to California or Arizona for a week in January to warm up.

Choosing a good blanket is easier than choosing the perfect sock. You may choose between blankets made of flannel, fleece, Sherpa and others because humidity is not a concern. Have a look at the following selection of  cozy blankets based on these professional’s recommendations and user reviews:

Every family has their own special strategies, so talk with your friends and neighbors and exchange ideas. Also do not hesitate to gift a nice blanket or a warm pair of socks.

We wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving weekend!

Tammy’s FAQs

Tammy has been with Dr. Smith for more than four years. Not only does she own horses, she also expanded her animal family by 28 newly hatched chickens this week. There are certain topics Tammy addresses on a regular basis, so she wanted to make sure you have the answers to the following top 2 frequently asked questions.

Do I need a referral to see Dr. Smith?

No, you don’t need a referral from a primary health physician or other medial professionals to make an appointment with Dr. Smith. There are exceptions when it comes to insurance providers, though. Some require referrals as a condition to cover expenses. Others don’t, though, so please check with your insurance carrier before making an appointment. Once you have scheduled an appointment, we will ask you to bring the following documents:

  • Completed New Patient Form
  • Insurance Cards
  • Co-Payment Information
  • List of Current Medications

Does my insurance covers orthotic treatments?

We accept most insurance.  Ask your insurance prior to making an appointment is crucial to avoid any surprises. This applies especially to orthotics which are often not covered. We do understand how important orthotics are to improve the quality of many people’s lives, which is why we offer a discounted cash price in certain cases. We will also go the extra step of checking with your insurance beforehand to provide a better estimate on the cost of orthotics. We will always work with you to come up with the best solution.

Thank you for the insights, Tammy! She is more than happy to answer your questions, so please feel free to give her a call at 309-762-7919.

Celebrating 40 Years of Podiatry with Dr. Buckrop!

As many of you know already, my colleague and good friend Dr. Buckrop will be retiring at the end of this week after a long and wonderful career in podiatry! I wanted to take the time to reflect on his 40 years of work and celebrate the terrific contributions he has made to our field.

Believe it or not, Dr. Buckrop is a second-generation podiatrist having been inspired watching his Dad go to his own practice every day. Both he and his brother practice in the Quad Cities area, with his brother taking over his father’s practice and Dr. Buckrop branching out to create his own practice in 1979. Understanding how things worked and the mechanics or history behind how the body works truly solidified his passion. A lot has changed since he rented his first office space after graduation. At that time, Dr. Buckrop pointed out to me that podiatry wasn’t as well-known of a field as many other medical practices. Illini Hospital in Silvis was one of the only medical facilities in the area with a dedicated podiatrist on staff.  However, in the years after his graduation many podiatrists began establishing themselves in our area, including many of his former classmates! Now there are several residency programs, research opportunities and we’ve seen many exciting medical advancements in podiatric care.

After establishing his first practice near the Viking club on 41st St in Moline, Dr. Buckrop was ready to partner with a local architect to design and build his very own office space where he spent the next 30 years providing top tier care to his patients. Dr. Buckrop told me, “I really  enjoyed partnering in your office, because of many of the new design features and how you incorporate a personalized feel like I have always strived for in my previous practices.”

The continuing learning that occurs in podiatry has always been an enticing aspect of his practice as well. Dr. Buckrop and I have spoken many times about the implications of different advancements and approaches to different ailments developed over the years. Over the last 15 years, we’ve both been excited to see podiatry expand to treating a broader set of ailments, as well as providing more services in the office, so patients can more often be diagnosed and treated all in one place.

As he prepares for his retirement, I asked Dr. Buckrop what he was looking forward to most and he told me, “I’m really looking forward to getting to visit with my family more. Both of my kids live out of town.  I love to travel, so I’m really excited to be able get out, explore and share more time with them.” For those who don’t know, Dr. Buckrop is quite the maritime enthusiast having gone scuba diving, canoeing and kayaking in places like the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Cancun, Cayman Islands and Barbados. Just yesterday, he told me, “I’ve had a really blessed life” and I know we’ve all been very fortunate to have him here in the office. He did offer some advice to future podiatrists as well, he reminded us all to stay patient focused and always present the best ideas to get patients to their healthcare goals. Do no harm should always be on the top of our minds.  

He also wanted to leave a message for everyone: “Thank you to all of my patients, past and present.  Thank you to all of the medical professionals who have given me the chance to serve you! Thank you for making this such an amazing career.  I’ve really had a blessed life and I wish you all the best!”

A Day in the Office

One of the coolest parts about working as a podiatrist is that no two days are exactly alike. There’s just enough similarity to keep things manageable but the variety in patients, diagnoses, and treatments means every day has a new challenge that I can’t wait to tackle. Typically, I tend to see a lot of diabetic foot care, heel pain and fungal nails. However, most days I get a little bit of everything from trimming nails and callouses to treating bone spurs. Most often I see people for fungal nails which is a very common condition in general. Heel pain is common too because it can be a condition on its own or an indicator of something else that needs to be addressed.

Every once in a while, I get a case that really sticks out above the rest. Like I mentioned before I do a lot of diabetic foot care and with that comes treating the neuropathy and numbness some people get in their feet. There was a patient I was treating for neuropathy who came in complaining about a strange pressure sensation in his foot.  During the examination, I noticed a strange kind of figure-eight shape pressed into the bottom of his foot. Obviously, this is very unusual, so I took a look inside his shoe and you wouldn’t believe what I found… a pair of folded up sunglasses! When I pulled them out and showed him, he went, “There they are!” Apparently, he had dropped them at some point and had been walking around on them without realizing it. There’s never a dull moment around our office!

Facebook Post: Take a peak into the daily happenings at Dr. Smith and Buckrops’ office with this month’s blog! You won’t believe some of the stories he has!

Dr. Smith: A Retrospective

As the year starts to wind down a lot of us take some time to look at all we’ve accomplished and set goals for the year ahead. I’ve been thinking about this myself and started a little walk down memory lane, looking at the events that have led to my practice here in Moline and I thought I’d share that with you in my blog for this month.

I’m often asked why I chose to practice podiatry over other areas of medicine or even over a different job. A lot of folks assume I must really like feet to be in this profession, but I like to think more about the people I’m treating and the service I’m providing. There are a lot of benefits to podiatry that other medical fields don’t have. I really enjoy the opportunity for immediate relief for my patients which is something you might not find when treating other body parts or ailments. If a patient comes in with an ingrown nail or heel pain, they can walk out with pain relief in the same visit. My practice is about the people I treat and considering those small details that can make a huge difference in my patients’ lives. It’s really a joy to be able to diagnose and treat the cause of pain a patient might have and see them walk out of the office notably better than when they walked in.

After deciding what I wanted to practice, it came down to choosing where to practice. As a Quad Cities native, it was a no brainer for me to stay in my home community. I’ve been at my current location in Moline for 3 years now. Prior to that I spent 15 years working the practice I inherited from another doctor and before that I was a resident and medical student in Chicago. I was born and raised in Davenport and all of my family lives here, so it made a lot of sense to establish my practice here. Over time, I’ve found that my patients appreciate the local touch and knowing that I live in the same community they do. There’s a level of familiarity and understanding that comes with being from the area and I’ve always enjoyed being able to share in that with my patients.