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SOURCE Sanders Clinic
Dr. Mark Sanders helps diabetic patients understand the importance of maintaining foot and ankle health - provides free health assessment
HOUSTON, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mark S. Sanders MD FACS of the Sanders Clinic for Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine is a featured participant in the American Diabetes Association Expo July 26 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Reliant Center, Hall B - Booth 858. Over 8000 attendees are expected to participate in the event.
A board certified Orthopaedic surgeon who holds a subspecialty certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine as well as an active member of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, Dr. Sanders will provide free foot and ankle health assessments, which includes joint compliance and sensory testing - to determine a patient's predisposition to potentially serious diabetes-related foot and ankle conditions.
One of the few Orthopaedic surgeons proactively addressing the foot and ankle conditions most prevalent in the diabetic patient before they become serious, life and limb threatening, Dr. Sanders hopes to educate those diagnosed with diabetes on the simple steps they can take to ensure physical well being and quality of life.
A Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Sanders also provides area physicians and other healthcare providers, who may be among the first to diagnose and treat diabetic patients, with educational resources for identifying patients with a predisposition to diabetic foot and ankle conditions.
According to Dr. Sanders, who was recently featured in TexasMD magazine for his overall wellness approach to musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, a simple joint compliance test performed during a physical examination can help identify those patients prone to conditions associated with the diabetic foot - as well as other common foot and ankle conditions.
"Rarely is a musculoskeletal condition isolated to the affected limb. It is increasingly today tied to other diseases and chronic conditions," said Dr. Sanders.
"It is important that we understand how things affect the overall musculoskeletal system to ensure that we are treating the problem and not continuing to address symptoms resulting from them," added Dr. Sanders.
Recognizing some of the key predisposing signs during a routine physical examination can reduce the number of more serious foot and ankle problems seen in the diabetic patient as well as the general population, including metatarsalgia, forefoot ulceration, hallux valgus, flatfoot deformity, Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis and Charcot arthropathy.
"In the diabetic patient, we also work to develop a proactive healthcare plan that addresses nutrition, a healthy weight and lifestyle. We want to reduce the number of lower extremity amputations associated with diabetes and ensure long, active lives for this population," added Dr. Sanders.
A published author, Dr. Sanders is a member of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS), the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA).
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