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Monday, 28 March 2016 18:46

Regulating Your Foot Odor and Sweat

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children.pngIf you find that your shoes are becoming smelly, it may be attributed to your daily routine and habits. If you exercise often or participate in a lot of physical activity, you may be wearing shoes that aren’t able to properly ventilate your feet. Shoes that have cotton or mesh material can help regulate sweat from your feet. Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes for a long period of time, and make sure to wear socks. Also opt for washing your feet and even your shoes if necessary.

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Maryland. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 21 March 2016 17:23

The Aging of Plantar Fasciia Over Time

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heel pain01Plantar fasciitis is a particular condition of the feet in which the fascia, a fibrous band of tissue, becomes inflamed and irritated. As you get older over time, the plantar fasciia also wears down and it can start pulling on the heel bone. The pulling of the heel bone over time can lead to inflammation and microscopic tearing, which usually occurs as sharp pains in the feet. Treatment solutions include wearing shoes that have arch support as well as orthotics, foot splints, cortisone injections, and physical therapy.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. For assistance, consult with one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·     Excessive running

·     Non-supportive shoes

·     Overpronation

·     Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·     Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·     Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·     Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Maryland. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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achilles tendon3Number two in the world Romanian tennis player Simona Halep suffered from an Achilles tendon injury while playing at the Sydney International, in a match against French contender Caroline Garcia. Halep recalls, “I had pain in the second set. This Achilles pain is coming and going away.” Halep struggled to play during her matches, concerned about the sporadic pain from the Achilles injury. Halep had to withdraw out of the Brisbane International because of the injury.

Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful. If you believe you are having problems with your Achilles tendon, consult with one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel bone of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation

- Dull to Severe Pain

- Increased blood flow to the tendon

- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot

- Snapping sensation

- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise

- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If unable to immediately see your podiatrist, remember to Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate until then.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Maryland. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 07 March 2016 02:52

Managing Athlete’s Foot

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brokenAthlete’s foot is highly contagious and thrives in wet places like locker rooms, shared showers, and gyms. Athlete’s foot is a common skin problem that affects the areas between the toes and can spread further into the toenails and the feet. The condition, however, is simple to treat with over-the-counter medications like powders or topical creams. Treating athlete’s foot also involves taking care of your feet daily, keeping them clean, and allowing them to air out so that bacteria doesn’t grow further. It is recommended to see a podiatrist if at-home remedies are not effective.

For more information about how to treat and prevent Athlete’s foot, consult with one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speaking to your podiatrist will give you a better understanding of the different causes of athlete’s foot, as well as helping you figure out which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Maryland. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 29 February 2016 20:03

Treating Your Rheumatoid Arthritis

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fractures1Rheumatoid arthritis, if not treated as soon as symptoms develop, can evolve into permanent damage. While drug treatment can typically slow down the debilitating effects of RA, non-drug treatments like heat therapy can help ease the pain that is often associated with the disease. Heat therapy can also improve the body’s range of motion and bring back strength. Heat-related techniques such as a warm bath or shower and a heating pad can easily bring relief and relaxation at home. Other techniques such as an ultrasound, diathermy, or a paraffin bath are often incorporated into standard physical therapy.

Understanding where RA starts will help treat and prevent the condition. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, consult with one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Severe pain and immobility are caused by an inflammation of the lining of your joints, and in worse cases the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone can occur.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, many cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain will often initially present in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of the feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that your podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor may ask you about your medical history and lifestyle to help determine possible causes of your RA.

Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for RA, so treatment options are designed to specifically target the symptoms of it, most notably the pain it causes. Two types of anti-inflammatory drugs – non-steroidal or NSAIDs and corticosteroids – may be prescribed by your doctor. In some severe cases where the joints are too badly damaged, surgery may be an option. As always, speak with your podiatrist to help determine the appropriate treatment options available to you.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Maryland. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 22 February 2016 08:16

Plantar Fasciitis most common Cause of Heel Pain

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heelpain3The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, and according to hcplive.com, “a full 10% of the population experiences heel pain their lives.” Those who have chronic heel pain may require surgery as a treatment option. A study conducted by the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery suggests that surgery that did not require calcaneal, or heel bone drilling to treat plantar fasciitis was not as effective as those who did have calcaneal drilling.

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If your heel is hurting consult with one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Causes of Heel Pain

  • Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.
  • Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.
  • Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

-          Wearing ill-fitting shoes                     

-          Wearing non-supportive shoes

-          Weight change           

-          Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Maryland. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 15 February 2016 00:21

Expensive Running Shoes no better than Cheaper Shoes

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runnersStatistics gathered by Danish website RunRepeat have concluded that expensive running shoes are often no better than cheaper running shoes. The information was collected from nearly 135,000 consumer reviews gathered over a year. The biggest surprise the reviews showed was that high-priced shoes often had lower ratings. The 10 most expensive running shoes, averaged at a price of $181 per pair, were rated 8.1 percent lower than the 10 cheapest models. These models had an average price of $61.    

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, see one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even go barefoot
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Maryland. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 08 February 2016 16:55

Barefoot Training Helps Prevent Injuries

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barefoot running7Barefoot training is basketball coach’s Chris Dyer’s new solution for treating injuries for his players. Dyer has found that barefoot training offers a variety of benefits, including the strengthening of different muscles in your legs and feet. Running barefoot reinforces mechanics in the foot, preventing injury as your feet become more accustomed to different positions. Dyer now takes his players out to the beach, where they run barefoot a few times a week on the sand. He’s discovered that this new training practice has helped prevent the recurrence of foot and ankle injuries.

If you have any questions about barefoot running, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot running is a fairly popular trend in the running world. More than just simply ‘running without shoes,” barefoot running affects the way your feet hit the ground and your overall posture. Barefoot runners land on the front part of their feet as opposed to those who wear shoes, who usually strike their heel as they hit the ground.

Barefoot running contains many advantages, including:

  • A lower risk for ankle and foot injuries
  • Improvement in balance and body posture
  • Strengthens muscles in the lower legs, ankles and feet that are not normally worked when wearing shoes

There are also some disadvantages to barefoot running, which include:

  • Lack of shoes increases the risk of incurring blisters, scrapes, bruises and cuts
  • Risk of Achilles tendonitis as a result of landing on the front of your feet constantly
  • Needing time and transition to adjust as the switch cannot be automatic

Start on even, flat surfaces and consider investing in minimalist running shoes. Minimalist running shoes provide the ‘feel’ of barefoot running while affording the same protection you get from wearing shoes. Barefoot running can be safe and enjoyable with the proper planning and transition.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Maryland. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 01 February 2016 17:57

Wearing High Heels In Moderation

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corns2The holiday season often comes with a long line of events and parties. Many women attend such festivities wearing high heels, and with high heels often comes uncomfortable feelings of pain. Dr. Nadya Swedan understands well what problems high heels can cause, “All that squishing can cause bunions, and it can cause metatarsal pain or pain in the toes and pain in the all of the foot.” Women who love heels should try to only wear them for short periods of time as to avoid any debilitating pain.

High heels can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems. If you are suffering feet pain from high heels, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity. Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain. Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems. Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising. If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work. Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock; you can buy either full inserts or metatarsal pads.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Maryland. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 25 January 2016 23:17

Adidas previews Sneaker for Flat Feet

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flat feet5Many fans of sneakers and streetwear can agree that the adidas Ultra Boost was the best sneaker of 2015. While the original Ultra Boost is great already, a new version of the sneaker has been previewed. This new version sports one huge difference: a stability bar added to the midsole. Stability is typically added to shoes, usually as a hard plastic, specifically to help those with flat feet. This flatfoot-friendly version of the adidas Ultra Boost features three stripes as opposed to two.

Flat feet is a condition that can be aided with the help of a podiatrist. For assistance, speak to one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

Pain around the heel or arch area

Trouble standing on the tip toe.

Swelling around the inside of the ankle.

Flat look to one or both feet.

Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Maryland. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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