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Monday, 16 May 2016 21:37

What Happens to Our Feet as We Age?

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diabetic foot care3According to podiatrist Dr. Joy Rowland, our feet will change as we age, as “our ligaments and our tendons become a little bit more lax over time.” As our feet gradually becomes prone to wear and tear, they also become susceptible to common foot problems such as bunions and hammertoe. Our feet begin losing the fat pads beneath our skin as we get older, so it’s important to see a podiatrist. Other changes also include weight loss or weight gain, which leads to uneven pressure being exerted on the feet over time.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. For more information,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.

The Elderly and their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions

Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.

Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.

Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:

Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe

Shoes that don’t fit properly

Pressure sores

Loss of circulation in legs & feet

Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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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foot pain4Although sweating is natural for the body, excessive sweating, otherwise known as hyperhidrosis, can be detrimental to your everyday habits. Sweating occurs as a natural process that helps keep the body cooled as well as “maintain the body’s balance of fluids.” Sweating results in response to physical activity, but it can also be triggered by anxiety. Hyperhidrosis results when sweat glands become overactive from stimulation and are unable to shut off. The medical condition “affects 1% to 3% of the population.”

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis 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.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment 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, 02 May 2016 14:23

Runner’s Knee a Common Injury for Runners

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achilles tendon4Many runners may develop “runner’s knee” at some point in their training regimen, as it is the most common pain runners tend to experience. To prevent runner’s knee, wearing proper orthotics is the single most important step one can take. Proper orthotics that are full-length and soft can help control the forefoot and help prevent the foot roll that is often behind runner’s knee. It is also important to strengthen the legs; performing terminal extension exercises can help strengthen the quads in one’s thighs.

A sports related foot or ankle injurycan become troublesome if left untreated, especially for athletes. If your feet are 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.

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

•           Plantar Fasciitis

•           Plantar Fasciosis

•           Achilles Tendinitis

•           Achilles Tendon Rupture

•           Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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 April 2016 14:44

Different Kinds of Running Shoes

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achilles tendon4What are the differences in running footwear? There are many various types of shoes that you can wear when training and all are determined by performance. Different types of running shoes include oversized, minimalist, motion control, pronators and supinators, and more. Finding the best running shoes for yourself involve taking your feet’s biomechanics, your weight, experience, and injury history into consideration.

Proper fitting shoes are essential for runners. For more information about proper shoe fitting and its benefits 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.

Proper Shoe Fitting

When it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit with the biomechanics of your body, owning properly fit shoes is vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

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, 18 April 2016 10:01

Understanding Diabetic Symptoms

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diabetic foot care4Diabetes can be a very serious and life-threatening disease if not treated immediately and properly. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “there is an emerging epidemic of diabetes that can be traced back to rapid increases in overweight, obesity and physical inactivity.” The recent statistic suggests that patients be mindful of their health and focus on exercising more often. Common symptoms of diabetes includes frequent urination, constant thirstiness, being hungry often, wounds are not healing as quickly as they should be, blurry vision, discoloration on your skin, neuropathy, nerve pain or numbness. It’s important to be aware of any potential diabetic symptoms, as your feet can become prone to serious side effects of diabetes such as ulcers.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet, 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.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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, 11 April 2016 05:04

Gout and its Causes

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bunions7If you suddenly find that your feet are in excruciating pain, it may be because you have gout. Gout has historically known as the “disease of kings,” and symptoms include swelling, warmth, and redness in the big toe, ankle, and knee areas. Gout can be caused by many different factors such as a diet of red meats or beer which can increase uric acids levels in your body’s blood. The buildup of uric acid can then lead to inflammation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “at least 4 percent of American adults” are affected by gout.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, 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 Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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, 04 April 2016 04:27

Understanding Different Types of Arthritis

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arthritis4Arthritis symptoms can be both debilitating and detrimental to everyday activity. Singer Paul Young discusses his battle with lifelong arthritis in his fingers, treating his condition with acupuncture and osteopathy. Arthritis can affect small joints throughout the body, including the feet and toes as well as the hands and fingers. According to orthopaedic surgeon Shyam Gunaratnam, two types of subgroups of arthritis exist, primary and secondary arthritis. Primary can be caused by aging and genes, while secondary is caused by physical injuries or trauma. Symptoms include swelling, inflammation, pain and discomfort, and the condition can be treated by methods such as cortisone injections or surgery.

The feet are one of the most common sites for arthritis to occur in the body. If you are struggling with arthritis in your feet or ankles, 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.

Arthritic Foot Care

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, including your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In certain forms, such as rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

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, 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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