Recently, major league pitcher Roger Clemens was found not guilty on charges of lying to Congress in an investigation concerning steroid use among major league baseball players. Although Clemens was not being charged with using steroids himself, he was accused of obstruction of justice concerning statements he had made about the use of illicit performance-enhancing drugs in the major leagues.
The term "steroid" often receives a negative connotation due to its frequent association to illegal use among athletes. However, in the world of medicine, "steroids" are utilized everyday. Performance-enhancing steroids are anabolic, which increase protein production and increase muscle mass. Anabolic steroids, when used properly, have an important role in the world of medicine.
Another class of drugs, corticosteroids, include both naturally produced hormones and analogues of natural hormones that are made in a laboratory. Corticosteroids, among many other properties, have great anti-inflammatory effects. Many people are familiar with Cortisone injections which may be used to relieve joint pain. Other uses for steroids include heel injections for heel pain. Steroids are available in topical, oral, injectable, and inhaled forms. Patients presenting with a variety of rashes such as eczema or dermatitis may be treated with a topical steroid. Asthma and allergies involving the airway may be treated with inhaled steroids. Finally, systemic steroids taken either orally or given intravenously may be used to treat anything from brain tumors to skin diseases.
It is important to consult your physician before beginning any type of steroid therapy. Although there are over the counter steroids available, using steroids in the presence of certain skin diseases or pre-existing medical conditions can be harmful. If you are experiencing any symptoms, from an irritating skin condition to joint pain, and would like to find out if steroid therapy may be a possibility for you, be sure to make an appointment at Frederick Foot and Ankle Specialists with locations in Frederick, MD and Urbana, MD. With a few injections or a simple cream, your podiatrist may be able to help alleviate your problematic symptoms without having to preform any invasive procedures. Our goal at Frederick Foot and Ankle Specialists is to keep you on your feet.