Steeler Nation Update

Steeler Update: Ben Roethlisberger Mid-Foot Sprain

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We, the Steeler Nation, are breathing a sigh of relief after learning our beloved No. 7 isn’t seriously injured (think Lisfranc injury) after being wheeled off the field Sunday in the game against Oakland. He does, however, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, appear to have suffered a mid-foot sprain and is expected to be sidelined a few weeks. He isn’t expected to play …

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem Cell Therapy: Promising Treatment for Diabetic Wound Care

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Treating diabetic foot wounds remains a clinical challenge in podiatric care. Due to a diabetic’s compromised immunity, these wounds are often slow to heal and can lead to further, sometimes devastating problems, such as partial or total amputation of the foot. While these wounds can be helped through debridement and skin grafts, it’s not always enough. In our efforts to remain on the …

Diabetes Research Looks Promising

Diabetes Research Yields Exciting Results

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The Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) in Miami, FL has shared some exciting news for diabetics everywhere. It announced in September that the first patient in its clinical trial for a new transplant technique for insulin-producing cells has been free from insulin injections in record time. This transplant technique includes the implantation of islet cells—cells that help regulate blood sugar within a biological …

Steeler Nation Update

Steelers’ Preseason: Starting Off On The Wrong Foot!

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It appears my Steelers’ preseason is starting off on the wrong, rather an injured foot—actually, make that an injured foot, a broken ankle, and a bum toe. <sigh> The terrible towel is already working overtime sopping up my tears… Let’s start off with the toe Lawrence Timmons injured during training camp. You might be thinking, “Uh, a toe…no big deal!” It is …

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What’s Lurking On Your Shoes?

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Our feet are truly a marvel. They carry us faithfully from place to place, day in, day out.  But, the question for today is: What are our feet carrying beside us? And not just our feet, but more importantly, our shoes? Answer: Some of the biggest transporters of bacteria are our very own feet and shoes…yuck. Multiple studies have borne out …

A callus on the bottom of the foot could indicate more serious problems.

Plantar Callus: Should You Be Worried?

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We’ve all experienced calluses and know what a nuisance they can be. Calluses are usually formed when there is pressure or friction, like a new shoe rubbing on your heel. This area of pressure on the skin will form a callus, or hardened skin, to protect the skin from breaking down. The most common areas for callus formation are near a bunion or …

Should you bare your soles in the summer?

Savvy Summer Foot Tips

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton 1 Comment

It seems summer came early this year to our beautiful West Coast because it’s HOT! Soaring temperatures, increasing humidity, and afternoon thunderstorms all signal the start of summer. There’s one other tell-tale sign of the summer and that is people are baring their soles everywhere! Yes, it’s barefoot season! Floridians everywhere are ditching their shoes in favor of bare feet …

What Does This Tattoo Mean for Diabetes Patients?

Diabetes and Tattoos

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What in the world do these two words have in common? Thanks to inventive nano-engineers, more than you might imagine! Diabetics have the critical task of monitoring their blood sugar levels throughout the day. Without this practice, their life is in jeopardy. The finger prick method of testing has been the standard for this practice. Unfortunately, many patients find this method painful …

How Peripheral Artery Disease Affects Your Feet

How Peripheral Artery Disease Affects Your Feet

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Simple foot problems like hammertoes, bunions, ingrown or fungal nails can become worse when peripheral artery disease (P.A.D) is present. Because the legs and feet of someone with P.A.D. do not have normal circulation, this impedes the healing process and simple problems can become serious complications. To complicate things further, having systemic disease like diabetes or rheumatois arthritis and a double whammy! This combo …