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Monday, 28 November 2016 15:00

Patient-Centered Care Can Improve Diabetes

diabetic foot care4According to a study published by Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics that focused on Type 2 diabetes cases, “patient-centered care may improve diabetes self-management and patients’ quality of life.” Researchers sought to understand the relationship between patient care and glycemic control. About “an estimated 29.1 million Americans -- 9.3 percent of the US population,” have diabetes, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Patient-centered care focuses on aligning health care with personal values.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet, contact Dr. Sean Sider of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Baltimore and Reisterstown, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 21 November 2016 01:40

Understanding Corns

athletes foot9Corns are known as areas of thickened skin that form on the feet from repeated pressure or friction on the skin. They can be painful and sometimes unsightly, located usually on the toes or on the top of the feet. Corns are typically mild and do not require treatment, as long as they are not irritating. Corns can become severe especially if you are a diabetic patient, have poor circulation or any other serious illness that can affect the feet. Changing your shoes or adding padded inserts in your shoes can help alleviate symptoms from corns. Your podiatrist can help reduce the appearance of your corns by shaving away the thickened skin.

If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Sean Sider of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
- Well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Baltimore and Reisterstown, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 14 November 2016 22:05

Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis

fractures1Known as a painful condition that results when the body’s immune system attacks its own joints, rheumatoid arthritis can lead to permanent damage if left untreated. As rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease, prevention is key to ensuring that symptoms do not progress. Proper health care is vital in prevention, as well as avoiding or quitting smoking and exercise. Smoking can greatly increase the risk for rheumatoid arthritis, while exercise can help maintain mobility and function of the joints.

Understanding where RA starts will help treat and prevent the condition. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, contact Dr. Sean Sider of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will do everything possible to treat your condition.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Severe pain and immobility are caused by an inflammation of the lining of your joints, and in worse cases the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone can occur.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, many cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain will often initially present in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of the feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that your podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor may ask you about your medical history and lifestyle to help determine possible causes of your RA.

Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for RA, so treatment options are designed to specifically target the symptoms of it, most notably the pain it causes. Two types of anti-inflammatory drugs – non-steroidal or NSAIDs and corticosteroids – may be prescribed by your doctor. In some severe cases where the joints are too badly damaged, surgery may be an option. As always, speak with your podiatrist to help determine the appropriate treatment options available to you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Baltimore and Reisterstown, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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achilles tendon1If you experience sharp and sudden pain in your heel, accompanied by swelling and difficulty walking, you may have an Achilles tendon rupture injury. An Achilles tendon injury can be determined through a Thompson test, in which “the patient’s calf is squeeze and if the foot moves, that means the Achilles tendon is intact.” MRIs and ultrasounds can also assist in diagnosing an injury. Treatment options for an Achilles tendon injury involve either surgery or prolonged casting.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, If you have any questions, contact Dr. Sean Sider of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will do everything possible to treat your condition.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation

- Dull to Severe Pain

- Increased blood flow to the tendon

- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot

- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise

- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Baltimore and Reisterstown, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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