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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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Monday, 30 November 2015 23:03

Carlos Hyde’s Foot Pain is not Plantar Fasciitis

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foot pain4Good news for San Francisco 49ers fans! Carlos Hyde’s foot pain this season is not the result of plantar fasciitis. “I just put too much pressure, too much weight on it,” Hyde said. “It hurts when I put too much weight on it.” His condition will continue to be monitored as the season progresses.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, visit one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors can treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of a 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 is 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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Monday, 23 November 2015 00:00

New 3D Technology can fight Nerve Conditions

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neuropathyNew 3D technology could be used to combat nerve conditions and diseases by allowing better visibility into a patient’s nervous system and give doctors the ability to find the root of the problem. Doctors use structured light scanning to create a 3D map of the nervous system to allow them to place replica, hollow nerves in place of the damaged ones, ideally leading to nerve repair. “Someday, we hope that we could have a 3-D scanner and printer right at the hospital to create custom nerve guides right on site to restore nerve function,” said Michael McAlpine, the lead author of the study and an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota.

Aside from neuropathy and paresthesia, several nerve complications can ail the feet. For assistance with a nerve disorder in your lower extremities, visit one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors can provide you with a specific diagnosis and work with you to alleviate your symptoms.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf. In other instances one may encounter partial numbness and atrophy if the cases are extreme.

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, 16 November 2015 00:00

University Study finds Elderly use Ankles Less

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foot-pain4According to a study conducted at East Carolina University, older individuals take shorter steps than younger walkers and rely less on their ankle muscles for movement. In another study, research showed that runners’ speed and stride length decreased with each passing decade. This shows that older individuals will shift away from using their lower leg muscles and will not engage other muscles as they age, instead simply slowing down.

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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Tuesday, 10 November 2015 00:00

Foot Support essential for Low-arch Feet

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ankle-foot-orthoticsRoughly 20% of the population has feet that can be classified as “normal”, with a majority of the population having feet with high or low arches. Problems with low-arch feet, the most common type of foot, can be exacerbated by wearing shoes that are too flat and that do not offer the proper foot support needed. People with low-arch feet are particularly prone to pronation, or the inward rolling of the feet, and the negative effects of pronation can eventually extend into the hips and back.

Proper foot support is of utmost importance in foot health. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will provide you with the foot and ankle information you seek.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support.

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

The arch is the most important part of the foot, which is where most of the support and balance of your feet lies. The arch of your foot varies in height, and as you age, this height can change. Proper foot support will help musculoskeletal issues, which causes inactivity or disability.

When looking for shoes that give proper support to your feet, you should refrain from wearing ill-fitting shoes. If footwear is too tight, this can affect the body’s posture, stress, bone deformities, and other foot and back pain. Therefore, it is important that shoes fit well in order to avoid these complications.

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 November 2015 00:00

Active Desks can promote Wellness at the Workplace

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foot-pain4Many people already understand that remaining sedentary behind a desk for a full work day can be detrimental for one’s health. To combat this issue, many workplaces have turned to active desks to avoid the damage created by sitting for long periods of time. Researchers in Canada have discovered that standing and treadmill desks reduced sedentariness and improved mood without creating a great amount of workflow troubles. While treadmill desks offered greater health benefits, standing desks allowed for greater activity.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Try allowing yourself to expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen.

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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, 26 October 2015 00:00

Short Foot Exercises can increase Foot Strength

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stretchingThe feet are some of the most used and dynamic parts of the body, and due to this title they must be simultaneously strong and stable while also being flexible and malleable. To increase foot strength, short foot exercises such as arch strengthening can help contract the muscles in the feet. Various short foot exercises include toe splaying or moving the toes away from each other, big toe presses or pressing the big toe into the floor while extending the other four toes, leg swings, and calf raises to big toe presses.

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, 19 October 2015 00:00

Ankle Sprains may have Lifelong Effects

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ankle-sprainsSeveral new studies in both people and animals have revealed that a single sprained ankle may have lingering, lifelong negative effects on how well and often one may move. In one study that involved young people, college students with chronic ankle instability were found to move significantly less than those without the condition; taking a daily average of about 2,000 fewer steps. This reflected a different study involving mice, in which mice with past sprains continued to have problems during balance testing when compared to mice that did not suffer injury.

Ankle sprains are very pain and inconvenient. If you have any concerns about your foot and ankle needs contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity. Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen 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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