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Monday, 27 July 2015 00:00

Judo can Prevent Flat Feet in Children

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flat-feet5A recent study published online by the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B states that judo training may help prevent flat feet in children. The study found that boys who regularly practiced judo had higher foot arches and better balance than a control group of boys who were relatively inactive. The boys involved included 29 who enrolled in 90-minute judo classes three times a week and 29 who did not participate in sports outside of school. Both groups were, on average, 11.5 years old and had similar body types.

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 are 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. Standing 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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foot-ankle-injuriesWhile boating with her husband and children, Chrissie Frickman was knocked over by a dolphin that had flipped onto the boat and broke both of her ankles. The dolphin was part of a pod that was swimming alongside them. “The dolphin jumped and we thought it was doing a flip and I guess it miscalculated,” said her husband Dirk Frickman. “It came right onto my wife and flipped in the boat and knocked down and grazed my daughter.” After pulling his wife free, Mr. Frickman was able to steer the boat toward an Orange County harbor where the dolphin was pulled onto the dock with a rope before being pushed back into the water.

Broken ankles require immediate treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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, 13 July 2015 00:00

Rosie Pope partners with Stride Rite Footwear

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children.pngRosie Pope of Pregnant in Heels fame is partnering with Stride Rite, a footwear brand specifically designed for kids. The thirty-five-year-old mom of four kids has stated how she is “blown away by how on trend the Stride Rite collection has become,” as she is a firm believer that children’s shoes “have to feel good” and “my kids have to love them.” Pope shares that while cuteness is a factor in shoe selection, comfortability is just as important. “I can’t bear the thought of them getting blisters or not being able to play properly.”

Making sure that your children maintain foot health is very important as they grow up. If you have any questions contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

  • Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
  • Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

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, 06 July 2015 00:00

Peter Allton releases Book for Diabetics

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diabetic-foot-care4UK author and podiatrist Peter Allton recently launched his book Undefeeted by Diabetes: a Step-by-Step Guide to Keep your Feet Healthy for Life. Almost every twenty seconds someone in the world has a lower limb amputated because of diabetes. Allton’s book focuses on helping those with diabetes acquire more knowledge and awareness of the personal risks that they are up against while also educating them how to take appropriate action when needed. The book is geared toward an audience that includes those with diabetes, their family members, friends, and those at risk for developing diabetes.

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, 29 June 2015 00:00

New York Startup SOLS 3D Prints Shoes

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rheumatoid-arthritis2SOLS, a New York-based startup, specializes in creating personalized 3D-printed insoles that act as correctors for sizing. SOLS is now interested in creating custom-built, 3D-printed footwear for customers as well. SOLS’s technology involves a customer taking photos of each of their feet from three different angles. The company then models them digitally before printing the shoes to match the customer’s foot.

Getting the right shoe size is important for overall foot health. If you have any concerns about shoe size, please contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will answer any of your foot and ankle questions.

Getting the right shoe size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are considering. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, shoe size can vary within two sizes depending on where they shop.

When shoe shopping, it is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the shoe must fit well, as ill-fitting shoes can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and can also hurt the toes if the shoe is too tight.

Shopping online for shoes can be very tricky and time consuming, especially since you cannot try on the shoe or see how it fits or how it feels.

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-pain4To keep flip-flops from ruining the feet, experts from Today Health shared several tips. Avoid driving in flip-flops, as they can slip off the feet and become a hazard to your safety. Invest in flip-flops of a quality material. Flip-flops should be replaced every few months to offer optimal support. Watch where you walk while wearing flip-flops, as they offer little to no protection against broken glass.

Wearing the wrong pair of flip-flops can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, speak to one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops. Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer. However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes. Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections. Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

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

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Monday, 15 June 2015 00:00

Ryan Rua of the Rangers plays Rehab Game

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 footandankleinjuriesSince landing on the disabled list in early April with a foot injury, Ryan Rua of the rangers finally played in his first minor-league rehab game. While starting at third base, Rua had gone one for two with a two-run home run for Triple-A Round Rock. Prior to his injury in April, Rua had four hits in seventeen at-bats in five games. Rua’s return has yet to be determined.

Athletes often have to go through foot rehabilitation after sustaining an injury. For more information, visit one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors can provide you with professional treatment and guidance through foot rehabilitation.

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Injured athletes are always looking for better, faster ways to aid their recovery and get back to the sport they love. To do this, podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted so the injured athlete can get back onto the field as soon as possible. But rehabbing an injury is just as serious as the injury itself, and going through the motions of physical therapy or rehabilitation is a necessary process to keeping that injury at bay.

Sports Therapist or Physical Therapist?

If an athlete gets a foot injury, it is essential to receive foot rehabilitation to ensure proper healing. It is important for an athlete to become healed properly because if they attempt to get back into their game before they are physically well, they could re-aggravate the original injury or even suffer a new one due to their weakened state.

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

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Monday, 08 June 2015 00:00

Overweight Woman able to wear Shoes

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runners11Lynne Weston has, until recently, been confined to her own house and unable to wear shoes. Due to her roughly 400 pound weight, Weston’s day would consist of her sitting in her armchair all day. Lymphedema, a complication of obesity that leads to fluid buildup, caused swelling in the feet and legs. After being admitted to the Bendigo Hospital on April 9th, Weston has lost 77 pounds. “I can see my toes and ankles now, and I can bend my knees. I can wear shoes again.”

Maintaining a healthy weight and an active lifestyle can promote not only foot health, but overall health. To learn more, speak with one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will provide you with quality podiatric care.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot.

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 June 2015 00:00

Several Methods to treat Blisters

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blister7Now that the summer months are upon us, many people are stepping out into sandals and flip-flops. The bearing of feet, however, leaves many wary for the possible existence of blisters on the skin. To handle blisters without creating more damage, there areseveral tips one can follow: let the blister be, make sure the blister is kept clean, try aloe vera, soak the feet, use proper tools if you decide to pop the blisters, do not remove the loose skin, always use clean bandages, watch for infections, and prevent future 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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katey-behneyA new technique developed by French researchers offers mobile monitoring of landing patterns of the feet—useful knowledge for runners seeking information about the way they run. Marlene Giandolini, a researcher at the Universite Savoie Mont Blanc in France stated, “We think the capacity of a trail runner to adapt [to different foot strikes] would give him an advantage.” While runners are often given different advice on how to run properly, basic guidelines to follow include trying to run as quietly as possible and making sure the feet land beneath the body’s center of mass.

The biomechanics are the moving parts that manage the movement of your feet. If you would like more information, see one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors can provide you with the foot and ankle information you seek.  
A History of Biomechanics
- Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.

- In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.
Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.

Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot. 
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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