Posts for: May, 2010
Sunscreen on Your Feet?
Doctor urges sunscreen use and exams to prevent skin cancer on feet
(Greensburg, PA, May 17, 2010) When at the pool or lake we all lather up with sun screen to protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun. But do we remember to apply sunscreen to our feet?
Many don't realize skin cancer can occur on the feet from unprotected sun exposure, and overlook applying sunscreen to the area. But, Todd Cindric DPM, AACFAS warns skin cancer of the foot is prevalent and can even be fatal if not caught early.
While all types of skin cancer, including squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma, can be found on the foot, the most common is the most serious form, melanoma. Symptoms can be as subtle as an abnormal-looking mole or freckle found anywhere on the foot, and often go unnoticed without routine foot exams.
According to foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Cindric, early diagnosis is key to effective treatment for the condition. But because people aren't looking for the early warning signs or taking the same precautions they do for other areas of the body, often times skin cancer in this region is not diagnosed until later stages.
"I advise my patients to regularly inspect their feet, including the soles, in between their toes and even under their toenails, for any changing moles or spots and to have any suspicious areas promptly examined by a foot and ankle specialist," Dr. Cindric explains.
For more information on skin cancer of the foot contact Dr. Cindric at 724-832-1000 to schedule an appointment at our Jeannette or Greensburg location. More information is also available on the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeon's Web site, FootHealthFacts.org.
Westmoreland Foot and Ankle Care adds Third Office location!
We are glad to welcome the full time addition of Dr. Todd A. Cindric to our practice, beginning May 3, 2010. He will be working in our Greensburg office, as well as our newest office in Jeannette. The office in Jeannette is located at 601 Michigan Avenue. To schedule an appointment for any office, please call our main number at (724) 832-1000. We hope to see you soon!
Spring is ankle sprain season in Westmoreland County.
(Greensburg, PA) Spring is sports season for many amateur athletes and weekend warriors in the area. It's also ankle sprain season for one area foot and ankle surgeon.
Todd A. Cindric, DPM, AACFAS, a foot and ankle surgeon with offices in Greensburg and Jeannette, says ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries he treats this time of year.
"As people emerge from their winter hibernation and start to get active again, they can injure their ankles playing sports such as basketball, baseball, tennis and soccer," he says.
Anyone who injures an ankle requires prompt medical treatment, whether it's their first sprain or their fifth. Rest, ice, compression and elevation (R.I.C.E.) can reduce swelling and pain until the ankle can be evaluated and treated by a foot and ankle surgeon. A sprain may not always be a sprain; the ankle could be fractured.
Dr. Cindric notes that many athletes develop chronic ankle instability from repeated ankle sprains, causing their ankle to frequently "give way." In some cases these players may require surgery. Proper rehabilitation of an ankle sprain reduces the likelihood of developing chronic ankle instability.
Cindric shares three spring ankle sprain prevention tips from FootHealthFacts.org:
1. Perform warm-up stretches and exercises before playing sports.
2. Wear the right shoes for the sport. For example, don't wear running shoes for sports that involve a lot of side-to-side movement, such as tennis and basketball.
3. Wear an ankle brace if you're recovering from an injury or have repeatedly sprained your ankle.
FootHealthFacts.org is the consumer Web site of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). Cindric is a member of the ACFAS and board qualified in Foot and Ankle Surgery. He earned his podiatric medical degree from The Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and has been practicing in Greensburg for several years. He recently opened another practice site in Jeannette, PA. Dr. Todd Cinric can be contacted at (724) 832-1000