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A new report from the daily mail reports that famous James Bond actor Roger Moore has removed all alcoholic cocktails from his diet following a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Moore, who starred as James Bond in seven iconic flicks, was diagnosed with diabetes last year at age 85 after collapsing at his home in Monaco. Moore was rushed to the hospital where doctors confirmed his chronic high blood sugars had evolved into full-fledged diabetes.

The martini cocktail, famously ordered by Sean Connery in the movie ‘Goldfinger’ and iconically ordered as ‘shaken not stirred’, is made from a combination of gin and vermouth. These ingredients are both high in sugar, and make it very difficult for patients with diabetes to control their blood glucose levels. In an interview, Sir Roger Moore stated, “I make a very good dry martini but I’m not allowed to drink them anymore. No more sugar, no alcohol…I enjoy it much more”. 

Following his diagnosis Moore will have to adventure into a whole new world of personal– as diabetes will affect not only his martini intake, but also his overall health. Severe diabetics can develop peripheral neuropathy which can even lead to amputations in some cases. At Crofton Podiatry we see a multitude of patients whose foot health has been directly affected by their diabetic control.

We cannot stress the importance of diet, regular exercise, and overall health monitoring in protecting the quality of your feet. Proper diabetic foot care and protection may include custom extra depth shoes and proper nail care which may be done by your podiatrist every nine weeks or so. In a world where the phrase, ‘You only live twice’ isn’t even true for James Bond, it is ever important that we remain vigilant about our health! 

By Brad Toll.

‘Tunnel vision’ seems to have set-in again for the potential 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie. New Jersey Governor Christie is once again considering a plan to increase commuter access between New Jersey and Manhattan by expanding tunnel access across the Hudson River. To the residents of New Jersey this on-going saga couldn’t seem like more of a pain, however, tunnels of a different sort are causing very real pain and misery all over the U.S. These tunnels, such as the infamous carpal tunnel in our hand or the tarsal tunnel just behind our ankles, act as small passages for nerves, arteries and tendons into our periphery, and when trapped can cause significant pain to the extremity.

 

For those unfamiliar with the tarsal tunnel, it is a small passage behind the inside of our ankles. This particular tunnel holds the posterior tibial nerve, a nerve primarily responsible for the muscle control and sensation to parts of our feet. Ankle injuries, systemic disease, biomechanical problems, and many problems can all cause this tunnel to become compressed, placing excessive pressure on the nerves and vessels which pass through. This entrapment is what causes the numbness, tingling, and sometimes even shooting pain in our feet.

 

If you ever feel these symptoms in your feet, it is imperative that you see a local foot specialist immediately, as a compressed tarsal tunnel may cause irreversible nerve damage. Following examination and diagnosis, your local physician may try a multitude of options to reduce this compression, orthotic shoe devices, physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, and custom footwear.  In severe situations, ankle surgery may even be required.

 

While tunnel issues may be a pain in the necks of citizens of New Jersey, don’t let tarsal tunnel pains become a problem in your feet! No matter where you live in the Crofton, Gambrills, or Annapolis area of Maryland, pain in your ankles or feet is not normal and should be checked by a local specialist before any permanent damage can set in and if you’re in the area don’t hesitate to call Crofton Podiatry for an appointment.

 

By Brad Toll.

Recently Laura Caradonna-Dubiel completed her fifth Boston Marathon, each with times within the seven minute miles.  While this would be impressive for most people, what makes it even more impressive is that she had to miss the last two marathons due to a Morton’s Neuroma. “My feet were cramping up” she said in an interview, but “I was determined to finish. I kept think ‘Boston Strong’”.

A Morton’s Neuroma (or a plantar neuroma) is a condition that involves the nerves of the feet.  The term ‘neuroma’ refers to a benign growth that occurs around our nerves, causing the tissues around the nerves to become thickened and painful.  Typically, I see patients present with a neuroma between the third and fourth toes. 

Neuromas are thought to be the result of injury, pressure or persistent irritation.  This is why we mainly see them on the bottom of the foot, where the constant pressure from each step may contribute to their development.  Most of the time, no lump will be felt in the bottom of the foot, but instead, patients often tell me at my podiatry clinic in Crofton, Maryland that they feel a sort of burning pain in the ball of their foot.  Oftentimes, this is accompanies with tingling or numbness, especially when wearing shoes with a very narrow or tight toe box.  As the condition progresses, patients will typically experience more pain and tingling, increasing in severity over time.

An experienced podiatric specialist will be able to quickly discern whether your pain is from a Morton’s Neuroma, or from any of a multitude of causes.  The earlier a foot is examined, the greater the chance for intervention without the need for surgery.  This is why I strongly suggest we strongly suggest that anyone with foot pain see a podiatrist immediately, before conditions are exacerbated.  Additionally, people who have a previous history of bunion, flat foot or other biomechanical changes are at an increased risk for developing a neuroma.

Below are the tricks that I tell my patients to best prevent a painful neuroma:

  • Have your feet sized by a professional.
  • Wear shoes that are right for your feet!
  • See your foot care specialist immediately if are experiencing persistent pain (and if you’re in the area, come check us out at Crofton Podiatry).
  • Seek guidance on modifications to your workout routine to minimize forceful impacts.

 

By Brad Toll.




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