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By The Admin 18 Jan, 2018

Do you battle with fatigue or forgetfulness, do you experience problems with weigh or anxiety?

These could all be signs of a thyroid imbalance.

If your thyroid is not working property, neither are you.

It’s time to check your neck.

 Click on the following Link to learn more about a quality provider on the Kenai.

http://www.kenaidoctor.com/our-providers#LeahStreich

 You can check your neck by scheduling an appointment with Leah Streich, PA-C at MediCenter Integrative Clinic by calling 283-9119

By The Admin 09 Jan, 2018

When a patient with a bunion  comes to my office I often hear the same sad tale. “My mother always made me wear shoes that were too small for me when I was a child.” The real cause of a bunion is usually not tight-fitting shoes. Most often the cause of a bunion is genetics, and it pains me to say it, but you just might be able to blame mother for that.

    A bunion is a foot deformity on the outside of your big toe joint. Bunions develop over time due to improper foot motion and abnormal joint stress. After a while this motion and stress forces the bone and soft tissue at the base of the big toe into an abnormal position, creating a bony prominence (a bump, if you will) and instability.

    Most bunions occur in woman (actually 9 times more than occur in men). Since women generally wear tighter, higher-heeled shoes than men, it’s no surprise that many women blame their bunions on tight shoes. The fact is that their XX chromosomes and family are mostly to blame. Tight, high-heeled shoes can cause bunions to progress quicker and may contribute to development of the deformity. They certainly make bunions more symptomatic. Most women with a bunion can attest to the fact that daily wearing of peep toe, pointy toe, or very high-heeled shoes make a bunion very painful. For those with flat feet ,  ballet flats will usually feel more comfortable, but their lack of support can be a developing bunion’s best friend.

    When choosing shoes, be reasonable. I tell my patient’s that there’s nothing wrong with wearing those sexy Christian Louboutin heels to dinner or a nice event. They just shouldn’t be your everyday shoes.

    So, the question remains, what can be done after you have a bunion? There are several conservative options that patients can try as well as surgical correction.  As I mentioned, better shoe choices is one option. Get shoes that fit  your feet- period. You may also find padding and strapping devices  helpful at relieving the pressure on an inflamed bunion. At MediCenter Specialties Podiatry Clinic  we have several options in this category, and we can help in choosing the one that is right for you. Often over the counter anti-inflammatories  such as Ibuprofen provide pain relief from a bunion.   Custom orthotics  are a great option, especially for an early or developing bunion. These help correct mal-alignment problems and can keep a bunion from developing further. They can also relieve some of the pressure on the great toe joint.   Cortisone injections  can be very effective at relieving the painful joint inflammation a bunion can cause. Some patients even find relief from physical therapy  and yoga . However, none of these conservative treatments will get rid of the bump that is already there.

    Surgery  is warranted if your bunion is painful and interferes with your quality of life. Your particular surgical procedure depends on where in your foot the deformity is originating and how severe your bunion is. We would be happy to evaluate your bunion and help you decide which treatment would be best.

    The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) launched a spring campaign in 2013 called “Beat Bunion Blues” with informative posters, a video, and even a Beat Bunion Blues Pinterest pinboard. Here are 5 bunion facts, provided by the APMA:

#1. Bunions are 2-9 times more common in women than in men.

#2. 55% of American women have bunions.

#3. Wearing high heels may increase your risk of developing bunions. The narrow toe box and increased pressure on the front of the foot can put the toe joints out of alignment.

#4. 72% of Americans say that foot pain affects their daily life, but only 22% of Americans with foot pain have consulted a podiatrist.

#5. Up to 95% of patients who undergo bunion surgery are satisfied with the results.

To learn more about Dr Jeffrey L. Carlson, DPM click on the following link   http://www.kenaidoctor.com/our-providers#jeffreycarlson  


By The Admin 09 Jan, 2018

Sprains  of the ankle do not discriminate, as they affect the layperson as well as celebrities (former Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug , ‘American Idol’ winner Kelly Clarkson , ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner J.R. Martinez , and the NBA’s Dwyane Wade to name just a few). Ankle sprains are far too common a condition for our patients at MediCenter Specialties Podiatry Clinic.

There are 3 common types of ankle sprains:

                1. Lateral ankle sprain  (most common; outside the ankle)

                2. Medial ankle sprain (inner side of ankle)

                3. High ankle sprain (i.e. above the ankle…rare. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of

                    the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered this injury during the 2011 NFL season)

A “sprain” occurs when there is either an abnormal stretching or actual tearing of a ligament, a fibrous tissue that connects’ bone to bone’. Blood vessels around a sprain can subsequently burst, leaking blood and fluid into the surrounding tissues causing bruising and swelling. The nerves around the area will feel this abnormal pressure and become more sensitive, resulting in pain.

Treatment is geared first at “RICE” (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) therapy and immobilizing or splinting the injury. Depending on the extent of the injury, what usually follows (during the subsequent weeks) is bracing or physical therapy to get you back on your feet as quickly (and safely) as possible. In those unfortunate cases where perhaps chronic pain or instability (ligaments have torn too much and leave the ankle loose and unstable) persists, surgical intervention may be warranted where ligaments can be repaired and/or a minimally invasive “clean out” of a painful ankle joint (i.e. arthroscopy) may be performed. ( New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had arthroscopic surgery on his injured ankle after Super Bowl XLVI)

What allows for the quickest recovery and least amount of complications is a stem cell activator injection into the ankle joint. This causes the damaged tissue to repair and strengthen as well as severely decrease the amount of pain and inflammation.

Oftentimes, sprains that occurred years ago are still painful due to either an inaccurate diagnosis or an incomplete rehabilitation in the first place. Some sprains are severe enough to “strain” or tear the tendons around the ankle. Along with a physical exam, diagnostic modalities such as musculoskeletal ultrasound (available at MediCenter Specialties Podiatry Clinic ) or even an MRI may be warranted to fully understand the extent of your “sprain” and help guide your rehab. Sometimes, a “sprain” turns out to be more involved, including an actual fracture  (i.e. broken bone).

The bottom line is this…pain in and around your foot or ankle is not  normal. But, first and foremost, it is imperative that you see an appropriate physician for an accurate diagnosis. If you’ve had the misfortune of suffering a recent ankle sprain or are still experiencing symptoms from an older injury, contact us at (907) 283-9110 for an evaluation.

To learn more about Dr Jeffrey L. Carlson, DPM click on the following link   http://www.kenaidoctor.com/our-providers#jeffreycarlson  


By The Admin 09 Jan, 2018

With school starting back up again, many parents are shopping for back-to-school items for their children. In addition to backpacks, notebooks, and pencils, it is important to make sure your child is wearing good, supportive shoes. If your child’s shoes  are overly worn in any area, or are too tight in any area, it is time to get your child new shoes.

 Since children’s feet  are actively developing, it is important to make sure that shoes fit properly and are not too tight. If you are having trouble determining your child’s shoe size, most shoe stores have devices for measuring shoe size and staff that is trained to use them. Do not hesitate to ask a member of the store staff for help with determining your child’s shoe size. Your child should be standing comfortably in order to get the best measurement. If you find that one of your child’s feet is a little bit larger than the other, do not be alarmed, as this is common. If this is the case, simply make sure to get shoes for the larger foot. It is best to go shopping for shoes later in the day, as feet swell as the day wears on.

Once you have a good fit, make sure to get good shoes. The most important things to look for in a child’s shoe are stiff, supportive heels and flexible soles. Allow your child to walk around in them for a bit to make sure they are comfortable; children’s shoes should not have to be “broken-in”. With these things in mind, you should be able to start your child’s school year off on the right foot. If you have any questions regarding your child’s shoes, do not hesitate to call MediCenter Specialties Podiatry Clinic  at (907) 283-9110. You can also learn more by visiting our website www.kenaidoctor.com/podiatry .

To learn more about Dr Jeffrey L. Carlson, DPM click on the following link   http://www.kenaidoctor.com/our-providers#jeffreycarlson  


By The Admin 09 Jan, 2018

A common condition we see at MediCenter Specialties Podiatry Clinic is fallen arches . In a normal foot, the bottom of the foot should have a slight arch to it. This arch is made by numerous tendons and other connective tissue. When the arch is fallen, this leads to flat feet. Flat feet can be caused by several issues. The tendons in the foot can be over-used, irregular since birth, or the foot may have experienced damage that has caused the arch to fall. Other factors include age and obesity. Having flat feet can be extremely painful. Even after only mild standing, your feet can tire easily and ache with swelling and pain in legs, heel and lower back.

Diagnosing fallen arches is easy and noninvasive. If you are suffering from any of these symptoms or would like to have your arches looked at, give our office a call today at (907) 283-9110 to set up an appointment. 

Custom orthotics are often the best solution to the problem of fallen arches. Our doctors can also advise you of stretches and other treatment options to help ease the aches of fallen arches.

To learn more about Dr Jeffrey L. Carlson, DPM click on the following link   http://www.kenaidoctor.com/our-providers#jeffreycarlson  

To learn more MediCenter Podiatry, click on the following link   http://www.kenaidoctor.com/podiatry  


By The Admin 09 Jan, 2018

What do Albert Pujols , Kobe Bryant , and Eli Manning have in common? Besides all being athletes, they have all suffered from plantar fasciitis . Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain in adults, and has affected many professional athletes during their career. Unfortunately, this condition also occurs in many adults who are not athletes, so read on to learn more about what plantar fasciitis is and how it is treated.

What is the plantar fascia anyway?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs from your heel bone to your toes. It helps support the arch of your foot. Plantar fasciitis results from stress to the tissue, and can be very painful.

What are the symptoms?

Most patients with plantar fasciitis complain of pain in their heels. Often, the pain is worse when getting out of bed in the morning, but gets better as you walk throughout the day. As the tissue stretches throughout the day, it becomes less painful to walk. Resting allows the tissue to return to its pre-stretched state, which makes the pain come back.

What treatments are available?

There are several treatments for plantar fasciitis. Conservative treatments include icing and stretching the plantar fascia. Orthotics  and physical therapy  might be needed for some patients. Others still might need a night splint, which is a device that keeps your foot in a fixed position to help stretch the tissue.

Many patients know that corticosteroid shots in the heel can help with the pain of plantar fasciitis. While this is true, repeated shots to the plantar fascia can do harm to the surrounding tissues. This is why at MediCenter Specialties Podiatry Clinic we prefer to perform stem cell activator injections that actually repair and strengthen the diseased tissue.

Finally, it is important to talk to your doctor if you have heel pain, because several conditions can cause pain in the heel. If your heels hurt, make an appointment by calling (907) 283-9110 for an examination and discussion on the best treatment options for you.


To learn more about Dr Jeffrey L. Carlson, DPM click on the following link   http://www.kenaidoctor.com/our-providers#jeffreycarlson  

To learn more MediCenter Podiatry, click on the following link   http://www.kenaidoctor.com/podiatry  


By The Admin 05 Jan, 2018

The MediCenter Medical Group welcomes Dr. Bill Kim, Gastroenterologist to the Kenai Peninsula.  Dr. Kim is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology.

 " The Kenai has always had a need for a Gastroenterologist, one who will raise the quality of healthcare on the Kenai " said Mr. Joseph Hurley, Executive Director of the MediCenter Medical Group. Dr. Kim addresses problems such as abdominal pain, liver problems, colon polyps, cancer, acid reflux (heartburn), peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease (IBD), nutritional problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, constipation and many other issues . said Joseph Hurley.  

Alaska is arguably the most beautiful state in our great nation and offers opportunities in nature that are not found elsewhere. Many times, Alaska calls on individuals who can also make a difference in their new communities. Dr. Kim is one of those individuals. He is an avid outdoorsman who has been coming to Alaska to hunt and fish for several years.

Growing up in Iowa, Dr. Kim received his medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He completed his residency and Gastroenterology fellowship with the UCLA Health Systems. He has been in practice for more than 20 years in Downey, California.

Dr. Kim believes that all patients deserve to be treated with compassion, respect, and dignity. He focuses on treating the entire patient and not just focusing on the gastrointestinal issues. This comprehensive care philosophy is shared by the founder of the MediCenter, Dr. R. Lynn Carlson, and the other health care providers at the MediCenter facilities

Gastroenterology is a service that per patient population is severely lacking in the Kenai. Choice is a term not commonly used in Alaska as we seem too rural to really offer competition, lower prices, and higher quality. This topic has been something the MediCenter Medical Group has taken on directly. " We are going to offer higher quality care, lower the overall cost of healthcare, and improve the ability to choose quality healthcare providers  " said Joseph Hurley  

Dr. Kim is welcoming new patients and all insurances. He will begin seeing patients with MediCenter Specialties Clinic at 100 Trading Bay Rd STE 8, Kenai, Alaska 99611.  Appointments can be made by calling 907-283-9110.

Patients have options in Alaska and we believe our patients deserve the best locally ” stated Joseph Hurley. " Instead of driving to Anchorage, patients can now been seen by Dr. Kim right here in downtown Kenai!  " stated Joseph Hurley.

To learn more about Dr Bill Kim, MD click on the following link   http://www.kenaidoctor.com/our-providers#DrBillKim

To learn more MediCenter Gastroenterology, click on the following link   http://www.kenaidoctor.com/gastroenterology

To learn more, contact us at 907-283-9110

By The Admin 11 Nov, 2017

The MediCenter Medical Group welcomes Dr. Jeffrey Carlson, DPM a regenerative medicine trained Foot and Ankle Specialist.   

Dr. Carlson is board certified and an Associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery.  He is also a member of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and the American Podiatric Medical Association.

" The Kenai has always had one Dr. Carlson (Dr. Ray Lynn Carlson, MD) but now they are lucky enough to have two " said Mr. Joseph Hurley, Executive Director of the MediCenter Medical Group when speaking of Dr. Lynn Carlson's oldest son coming home to work as a physician.  " Two Carlsons who understand the benefits of serving our patients, providing house calls, working hard to help those in need, and providing service without ever seeking recognition.  Most of the community really never understands the work put in after-hours that the entire Carlson Family has done for our local community " said Joseph Hurley.  

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson is originally from Alaska. Growing up, he spent his summers working in the salmon commercial fishing industry, learning the importance of hard work and catching the "Alaskan Spirit" from his father, Dr. Lynn Carlson, who also commercial fished to pay his way through medical school and residency. Dr. Jeffrey Carlson spent time on boats drift netting for Salmon, and in his grandparents’ cannery. One summer he even spent time in the oil field to help pay for college.

As a college athlete, Dr. Carlson learned the significance of the feet and the important role they play for the rest of the body. This is what sparked his interest in the field of Podiatry. With more than a decade of traveling around the country with his wife Alison, they are excited to share his knowledge and expertise with the residents of Alaska.
 
Dr. Carlson earned his medical degree from Des Moines University in Iowa before completing a three-year surgical residency in Salt Lake City, Utah. This residency program provided the advanced training needed to be considered an expert in the treatment of all ailments of the foot and ankle, including reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, sports medicine, pediatric, diabetic and geriatric lower extremity care.

Over the last several years Dr. Carlson has been practicing in both Ohio and Utah. He has enjoyed being able to devote quality time and effort to his patients and ensure they understand their treatment plan. More recently he has been focused on the use of stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine. He currently serves on the board of directors for World Access to Regenerative Medicine, a non-profit organization.


Dr. Carlson is a fluent Spanish speaker and enjoys using this in his medical practice. He has served the people of Guatemala and Spain and plans to perform more medical missions in the future.


Spending time with family is also important; Dr. Carlson, his wife, and four children love to visit local attractions and activities, spend time outdoors, and attend athletic events. 

Podiatry is a service that per patient population, is severely lacking in the Kenai.  Choice is a term not commonly used in Alaska as we seem too rural to really offer competition, lower prices, and higher quality.  This topic has been something the MediCenter Medical Group has taken on directly.  " We are going to offer higher quality care, lower the overall cost of healthcare, and improve the ability to choose quality healthcare providers " said Joseph Hurley  

Dr. Carlson is welcoming new patients and all insurances. Dr. Carlson will begin seeing patients with MediCenter Specialties Clinic at 100 Trading Bay Rd STE 8, Kenai, Alaska 99611.  Appointments can be made by calling 907-283-9110.

Patients have options in Alaska and we believe our patients deserve the best locally ” stated Joseph Hurley. " Instead of driving to Anchorage or traveling down south to receive the latest and greatest in treatment of the foot and ankle,  they can now been seen by Dr. Jeffrey Carlson right here in downtown Kenai! " stated Joseph Hurley.

To learn more, contact us at 907-283-9110

To learn more about Dr Jeffrey L. Carlson, DPM click on the following link   http://www.kenaidoctor.com/our-providers#jeffreycarlson

To learn more MediCenter Podiatry, click on the following link  http://www.kenaidoctor.com/podiatry


By The Admin 01 Nov, 2017

FREE Diabetic Screening Event  for the Month of November.

KEEP THE DATE 11/18/2017

November 18th from 10:00am - 2:00pm 

MediCenter North and Jared Wallace  PA-C, Certified Diabetic Educator will be hosting a FREE Diabetic Screening Event.

What does this mean?

MediCenter North will be offering:

  • Free Provider Time from a Certified Diabetic Educator!
  • Free Diabetic screening with counseling.
  • Free a1c lab Testing
  • Free education on labs
  • Free blood pressure
  • Free BMI test
  • Free Dietary advice from aCertified Diabetic Educator 
  • Free Diabetic prevention counseling with diet and exercise

Free diabetes prevention awareness!

This Diabetic Health care exhibition will be a great opportunity for the general public to upgrade their knowledge on Diabetes and complications with diabetes.

To learn more, contact us at 907-283-9116

To learn more about Jared Wallace, PA-C, CDE click on the following link  http://www.kenaidoctor.com/our-providers#JaredWallace

By The Admin 06 Oct, 2017

Andrea Trescot, MD, Interventional Pain physician practicing with MediCenter’s Specialty Clinic has been recognized by the World Institute of Pain(WIP) as a Certified Interventional Pain Sonologist (CIPS). This designation has been earned by less than 20 interventional pain physicians in the world and represents an exceptional level of competence in ultrasound guided interventions including injections, nerve ablations and regenerative medicine techniques.

The CIPS is awarded to physicians who undergo a rigorous examination that includes successfully diagnosing complex pain syndromes and demonstrating appropriate interventions in a cadaver lab under the critical eye of the WIP’s most accomplished practitioner/examiners.

Dr. Trescot has practiced in Alaska for the past 5 years and is currently the President of the Alaska Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. She has been a professor and pain fellowship director at the University of Washington and the University of Florida and has served as the President of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the Florida Academy of Pain Medicine and has been a board member of the World Institute of Pain. Her recently published medical textbook ‘Peripheral Nerve Entrapments: Clinical Diagnosis and Management’ (Springer) has received critical acclaim and rounds out her over 200 peer reviewed publications.

Schedule a consultation with MediCenter Pain Management by calling to schedule an appointment at 283-9110.

Learn more about her by reading her biography by clicking on the following Link.

http://www.kenaidoctor.com/our-providers#DrTrescot  



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