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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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Monday, 18 January 2016 01:03

Tips to Combat Poor Circulation

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achilles tendon5Cold hands and feet may suggest that your body is having circulation problems. Colder temperatures have the tendency to make the blood vessels constrict, sending blood to more vital organs. This often leaves the extremities feeling chilled. If you are suffering from circulation issues and feel certain tingling and numbness, consider these four tips to help keep your body’s blood circulation moving to the hands and feet: exercise, stop smoking, massage, and eating a healthy diet free of processed foods.

Poor circulation in the feet can be extremely dangerous. If you are having difficulties with reduced circulation, see one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will identify the cause of your decreased blood flow and help you get the care you need.  

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup, or atherosclerosis, results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

-muscle pain     -numbness in legs

-cramps            -skin discoloration

-weakness        -slower nail & hair growth

-stiffness          -erectile dysfunction

Those who are over 50-years-old, have diabetes and/or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and it is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce the risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

Consult a podiatrist or doctor to help determine a regime that suits 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, 11 January 2016 02:48

Six-Week Course helps RA Sufferer

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fractures1Thirty-two-year-old barman Peter Boyd was serving customers when he fell asleep over the taps. Prior to the incident, Boyd had been suffering from serious joint pain throughout the body and extreme fatigue. After the occurrence, he was referred to a rheumatologist who diagnosed Boyd with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While most RA patients suffer pain in the hand and feet, Boyd experienced pain in his shoulders and hips. To combat his condition, Boyd signed up for a six-week course: “During the course, we learned how to pace ourselves, and how to make adaptations that will help us in daily living.”

Understanding where RA starts will help treat and prevent the condition. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will treat 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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Six-Week Course helps RA Sufferer

Thirty-two-year-old barman Peter Boyd was serving customers when he fell asleep over the taps. Prior to the incident, Boyd had been suffering from serious joint pain throughout the body and extreme fatigue. After the occurrence, he was referred to a rheumatologist who diagnosed Boyd with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While most RA patients suffer pain in the hand and feet, Boyd experienced pain in his shoulders and hips. To combat his condition, Boyd signed up for a six-week course: “During the course, we learned how to pace ourselves, and how to make adaptations that will help us in daily living.”

Understanding where RA starts will help treat and prevent the condition. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will treat 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, 04 January 2016 05:20

Cosmos Players play Last Game of Season Injured

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Marcos Senna and Danny Szetela of the New York Cosmos played the last game of Senna’s season with the team, both suffering from broken toes. The two worked through their pain to play the NASL Championship Final against Ottawa Fury. While both suffered their injuries during high profiled events, they managed to keep the news on the low while obtaining treatment such as cortisone injections and a lot of rest. Head coach Giovanni Saverese stated, “We had two of our central midfielders with broken toes - both playing their hearts out and biting their tongues to perform and perform in an amazing way.”

A broken toe is extremely painful and needs immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your feet contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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 December 2015 00:48

Study reveals Sleep Apnea may increase Gout Risk

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bunions7A recently study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology  has found that having sleep apnea puts one more at risk for developing gout. Sleep apnea, a condition where one’s breathing repeatedly pauses during sleep, shares a common risk factor with gout: being overweight. The study, which involved a group with sleep apnea and a control group without sleep apnea, reported that after one year those with sleep apnea were about 50% more likely to have a gout attack compared to the control group.  

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 assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

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, 21 December 2015 01:13

Diabetes Webinar Educates Patients on Foot Care

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diabetic foot care4Patients in the Northeast Colorado area interested in diabetic foot care benefited from a webinar broadcasted at the end of October. The webinar was fourth in a series of diabetes related webinars. These webinars have been allowing people to learn about a plethora of topics while interacting live with the professionals presenting the information. This diabetes related webinar was presented by Dr. Thomas Hecker, who discussed how to identify skin conditions and deformities that can increase the risk for diabetes. He also gave advice on footwear and socks that reduce diabetic complications.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you have diabetic foot concerns, consult with one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will provide quality care for your diabetic feet.  

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, 14 December 2015 05:36

Plantar Warts more Common in Warm Weather

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wartsResidents residing in southern states such as Florida are more likely to develop plantar warts on their feet due to the warmer weather. While plantar warts are not particularly dangerous, they are still very contagious. Luckily, plantar warts are easy to prevent. When in public showers, locker rooms, and pool areas, be sure to wear slippers to protect the bare feet and minimize walking barefoot. Shoes should be cleaned regularly, and it is important to avoid sharing shoes with another person especially if he or she has had plantar warts.

If not treated properly, plantar warts can exacerbate and become debilitating. If you would like medical assistance regarding plantar wart treatment, please see one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns and provide you with quality treatment.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are found on the feet. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into open wounds on the feet. You can recognize plantar warts by a hard bump on the foot. They are usually found on the heels or balls of the feet. Plantar warts are usually not a sign of anything dangerous but do not ignore them if they do cause pain or embarrassment.

If you do have a plantar wart, you may notice some pain when standing but since these warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist only needs to be seen if there is excess pain. Although plantar warts don’t often call for treatment, there are options available. They can be frozen off, removed by an electric tool or burned off using laser treatment.

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 December 2015 01:55

Achilles Tendon Heel Pain

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heelpain3While there can be several different sources behind heel pain, Achilles tendinitis and Achilles bursitis are two types of heel pain that stem from inflammation in the Achilles tendon. Pain in the Achilles tendon typically results from the overuse of the heel. An increase of activity and stress to the heel can lead to tiny tears in the fiber’s tendon, making the tendon unable to repair itself. This is what ultimately eleads to pain. Achilles heel pain can be treated with stretches such as the toe stretch, gastrocnemius heel drop, foot and ankle circles, and calf stretches with a towel.  

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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