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Monday, 05 October 2015 00:00

Cryotherapy treatment goes beyond Warts

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wartsIn the past, plantar wart removal involved freezing the wart by dabbing it with liquid nitrogen with a medical-grade Q-Tip. New developments in cold therapy now include the popular cryotherapy, which aside from conditions like plantar warts and skin tags, is now being used to treat certain cancers, inflammation, and joint pain. Cryotherapy can also reportedly increase athletic performance and decrease targeted fat areas such as “muffin tops” and love handles. While different methods of cryotherapy exist, all use extremely cold temperatures to achieve the desired result.

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, 28 September 2015 00:00

Broken Toe affects Jessica Aguilar

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biomechanics9Heralded to be one of the top strawweight women’s fighters in the world, Jessica Aguilar was set to have her debut match against Claudia Gadelha for number one contender. Nearly a month from her fight, however, Aguilar suffered an injury during training. “I had a broken toe and my foot was fractured, my right foot … It happened during sparring of my fight camp and from then I only had three sparring sessions and drilled and trained as best as I could the last month of camp.” Ultimately Gadelha beat her in a lopsided decision, with Aguilar now reproaching her own choice to stay in the fight knowing she was injured. “It was a decision I chose to make, and it wasn’t the right decision. I won’t make that decision ever again.”

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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foot-pain4Frail seniors often have the unfortunate tendency to fall on their feet due to a variety of reasons. Older age comes with the dimming of vision, loss of depth perception, and a loss of the position sense in their feet or their ability to recognize whether or not they are standing on solid ground. Balance loss can happen as well. To utilize fall prevention, seniors should try exercises that increase balance and strength under the supervision of a doctor or other health professional to ensure that they are not at risk for injury.

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 assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

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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Monday, 14 September 2015 00:00

Prevent Foot Pain before Injury

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runners11Cooler weather often means training season for runners, and with the influx of running comes an influx of running injuries and cases of foot pain. It is inevitable for many runners to develop pain or injury; to help reduce the chances of succumbing to injury, however, runners can keep several points in mind such as the shoes they are wearing, not adjusting how they run upon feeling pain, and massaging and stretching the feet. Shoes should be replaced every 300-500 miles to avoid wear and tear, while massaging and stretching the feet can help ease pain while also helping runners find problem areas.

Runners can still be prone to running injuries even with proper precautions. If you are suffering from a running injury see one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

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 September 2015 07:14

Treating Toenail Fungus

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foot-care5While toenail fungus is known for being one of the more difficult conditions to clear up, anyone suffering from the condition can take several measures to ensure that the fungus does not spread. To begin, patients should visit a podiatrist to clarify that their infection is actually a fungal infection. Once the condition is confirmed, the podiatrist may prescribe any number of treatments which can include over-the-counter products, prescription topical medications, oral medications, debridement, or laser therapy.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, consult with one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body. Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free.

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

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, 31 August 2015 00:00

Cycling can Exercise the Feet

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corns2Cyclers exercising and preparing for their first “century” or 100 mile ride should keep in mind three factors that may influence whether or not their feet experience any soreness or numbness: the type of shoes they are wearing, the type and position of the cleats, and their overall bike fit. To find the best shoe for their ride, cyclers may have to experiment with different sizes and types; the same can apply in finding the right type and position for their cleats. A professional bike fitter can determine the best bike fit for cyclers and can adjust everything from saddle position to the exact placement of the cleats on the shoes.

Exercising the feet and ankles regularly is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any foot or ankle concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you to gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important and often we forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate not to have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure its good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rise, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, also flexing the toes and involving the shins may help too. It is best to speak with your doctor regarding how to do these fitness steps and how often is right for you. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different and it varies from individual to individual to determine what should be done for you to maintain strength in your feet.

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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, 24 August 2015 00:00

New Device can make Hammertoe Recovery Easier

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hammertoesA new procedure is making hammertoe recovery much easier for patients. Traditionally, healing hammertoe, a condition in which one or more of the toes are bent downward and frozen in an abnormal position, required time in rehabilitation and was often painful. Pins would be inserted surgically into the hammertoe to hold the joint in place. Now, a new device called the HammerLock2 is inserted into the bone before it is clipped back. The device, made of nitinol, then expands to fix the toe correctly in place. The implant allows for the patient to move his or toes much quicker than before and reduces the likelihood of improper healing.

To successfully correct a hammertoe and relieve the pain and inflammation associated it, medical assistance may be necessary. If you are seeking hammertoe treatment, consult with podiatrist one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is little-known a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.

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, 17 August 2015 00:00

Seven Shoes for Sweaty Feet

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foot-pain4Summer means warm temperatures, and for some people this means sweaty feet. While walking barefoot is the best way to keep the feet sweat-free, realistically it may not be the most practical. To remedy this dilemma, Bustle lists seven shoes that will help keep the feet sweat-free: slide sandals, which allow for breezes; suede peep-toe booties, suede heeled sandals, and suede flats to absorb sweat; Birkenstocks for their lightweight and durable design; Roshe Runs for their mesh material and lunarlon midsole; and jelly sandals with a non-jelly sole.


If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will treat 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, 10 August 2015 00:00

Finding the Right Workout Shoe

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runners11Jeremy Kneebusch, a personal trainer at Tri-City Wellness Center, believes that finding the right workout shoe goes beyond color, style, or a shoe’s brand name. Shoe type is one important factor to consider, and knowing what kind of activity you’ll be using the shoe for and what kind of terrain they’ll be working on will help narrow down choices. Gait and foot biomechanics are also important, as knowing these factors can help decrease the likelihood of injury while wearing the shoes. Shoe size and fit are basic factors that seem obvious but are often overlooked. Shoes should have an overall good fit with no rubbing areas and room for the toes to spread out comfortably.

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, 03 August 2015 00:00

Several Methods to treat Blisters

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blister7Warmer weather is usually indicative of bare feet and sandals. After a harsh winter, however, feet are often left chafed and blistered. There are several ways to treat blisters. To safely cure the condition, it is best to place a bandage over the blister and allow it to heal itself properly to avoid infection. Aloe vera gel can work as an astringent. Soak the feet to keep the blister clean and soften the skin. Avoid removing loose skin, watch for infections, and make sure the bandages are kept clean. Prevention is key in avoiding blisters.

Untreated blisters can worsen and make mobility extremely difficult and painful. For quality blister treatment, see one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Blisters on the Feet

When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.

What is a Foot Blister?

A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.

How do they Form?

Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet, are prone to blister formation easily.

Prevention & Treatment

Proper care is vital to alleviate pain and prevent infection to the affected area of the foot. The best treatment is to leave them alone. New skin will develop under the blister and during the healing stages, your blister will pop.

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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