Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Skin Cancer Awareness Month-May

May is National Skin Care Awareness Month, and this is a good time to check your skin for any abnormal areas or changes in areas. Important things to look for include the following: moles which have uneven borders or color changes inside of them; raised areas on the skin; painful, sore or bleeding moles; moles that are growing in size; or any new color changes to the skin.

Skin cancer can affect the feet! It is important to check them regularly and carefully. The bottoms of the feet and underneath toenails are both areas where skin cancers can develop.

It is important to protect your skin from the sun by using sunblock of SPF 15 or higher, wearing hats or sunglasses, seeking shade from the sun, wearing clothes that protect sun exposed areas of the skin, and avoiding tanning beds.

If you have an area of concern on your feet, please make an appointment today!

Mary Ann Bender, DPM

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ankle Injuries, like Bull's player Derrick Rose

The ankle is a complicated structure, with three bones and several ligaments holding it together. Each side of the ankle has several major tendons that move across it to allow it to move in the direction needed for walking, running, jumping, etc. Although, the X-Rays for Derrick Rose (of the Chicago Bulls) are negative for a fracture or break in his bone, the soft tissue injuries to the ligaments of the ankle can also cause significant pain, swelling, and reduced ability to function.

If you injure your ankle, it is important to ice it, wrap it with an ace wrap, elevate it, and rest. It is essential to make an appointment with a foot and ankle specialist to get X-Rays and develop a plan for healing. Often, braces, soft casts, walking boots, physical therapy, and medication are incorporated into the initial treatment. MRI and Ultrasound may also be used to look at the integrity of the soft tissue structures.

Please call for your appointment today if you have this problem. 708-763-0580