Thursday, November 15, 2012

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. There are three types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetics are often diagnosed as children or young adults, but this disease can develop at any age. The body does not produce insulin which converts glucose into energy for the body. The glucose becomes elevated in the bloodstream, which can have serious health consequences. Type 2 diabetics are often diagnosed later in life and either do not produce enough insulin or it is not recognized by the body. Finally, gestational diabetes develops in women during prenancy. This form of diabetes goes away after delivery of the baby in most cases, but some women may remain diabetic. Diabetes can have a serious impact on our feet: delayed healing, increased risk of infection, nerve damage, muscle weakening and wasting, circulation or blood flow problems, dry skin, and nail changes. It is important to see a foot doctor regularly if you are diabetic! Diabetic Foot Checks can save your feet and your life! Dr. Bender is a foot doctor at Advanced Physical Medicine in Oak Park and Chicago/63rd Street. 708-763-0580 or 773-776-3166.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Side Effects of Medication

Antiinflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or indocin are helpful at reducing the inflammation associated with foot and ankle injuries or surgeries. Additionally, they are useful for treating the inflammation associated with arthritis, whether rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, or gout. Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medications or NSAIDS can be harmful to the gastrointestinal tract and stomach, causing irritation, ulcers, and bleeding. Additionally, they may cause the following side effects with prolonged or inappropriate use over time: kidney or liver failure, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, diarrhea, rash, and constipation. It is important to discuss with your doctor your past medical history, current complaints and level of pain and swelling. NSAIDS may or may not work for your condition, and it is essential to know that there are side effects of these drugs. Dr. Bender is a foot and ankle specialist at Advanced Physical Medicine. She can be reached at 708-763-0580 for appointments at the Oak Park location.