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Employee of the Quarter

Jennifer Hardee-Powell has been selected for Employee of the 4th Quarter for 2015! She receives a special certificate and $100. Congratulations, Jennifer! Really great job. We are so proud of you!
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9th Annual Sugar Run

The 9th annual Sugar Run was held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at WC Johnson Park in Collierville. Dr. Julie Kate Webster of MSFAS is the co-chair of the Sugar Run along with Dr. Kashif Latif of AM Diabetes and Endocrinology Center. The race benefits JDRF whose goal is to cure Type 1 diabetes. The date of the race coincided with World Diabetes Day. Over 190 runners participated in the Sugar Run, and after this year’s donation, the Sugar Run will have raised over $100,000 for diabetes research. Many thanks to our sponsors and runners for supporting such a great cause!!
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Melanoma

As fall is well underway , it is important to be mindful of the possibly damaging effects the summer sun had on your skin. Now is the time to do a “mole check” and catch melanomas early.

Melanoma is the most serious type of cancer of the skin. Each year in the United States, more than 53,600 people learn they have melanoma, and the percentage of people in the United States who develop melanoma has more than doubled in the past 30 years.

Melanomas can occur on any skin surface including feet and underneath toenails. People with fair skin, history of severe sunburn, or family history of melanoma are at higher risk of development. Often, the first sign of melanoma is a change in the size, shape, color, or feel of an existing mole.


Diagnosis can be easily achieved by a biopsy performed in the clinic and treatment can be as simple as a local excision of the cancer when caught in the early stages.

If you think you have developed a melanoma, contact Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialist at 901-309-7700 to make an appointment today.

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TPMA President

Dr. Chad E. Webster of Memphis, TN, was elected President of the Tennessee Podiatric Medical Association at their Annual Meeting, which took place September 17-20, in Nashville, TN. Dr. Webster is a founding partner of Mid-South Foot & Ankle Specialists, which has four offices throughout the Mid-South, located in Cordova, Atoka, Midtown and East Memphis. He is a native of Sullivan, Indiana, graduated from the University of Southern Indiana, and received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, IL.

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Nail Trauma

A very common and under-treated form of trauma is that to the toenail itself. Trauma to the nail occurs from a variety of mechanisms, with sports, kicking furniture and doors opening across toes being common causes. Obviously going bare foot or wearing open toe shoes are big risk factors.

While painful, most toenail injuries will not result in grave consequences. However they can result in more severe infections of the toe or bones within the toe. For this reason it is important to seek medical attention if you have sustained a nail injury. It is especially important if you are diabetic.

Frequently, when a nail is injured, the nail lifts off the toe. As it raises the edge of the nail can cut into the nail bed underlying the nail. These cuts, or lacerations, are usually underneath of the nail and can easily be overlooked. If enough of the nail has been loosened, bacteria can get trapped under the nail and this can lead to an infection underneath of the nail. If there is a cut, this can get infected as well.

Occasionally, there are fractures of the bones underlying the nail as well. When these fractures are associated with a laceration under the nail bed, then the bone is exposed and this is called an open fracture. In these cases, medical treatment is essential to avoid possible infection of the bone and even potential loss of the toe!

At Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialists we have vast experience in treating uncomplicated and complicated injuries to the toenail. At the very least we will be able to address your pain and get you back into life. At most, we may be able to prevent complications that could lead to severe infection. If you think you have suffered a nail injury, please feel free to contact Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialist at 1-309-7700 to make an appointment today.