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Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00

Orthopedic Surgeon’s High Heels offer Foot Support

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There now exists high heels that are comfortable for women to wear on their feet, and they have reportedly been created by ex-orthopedic surgeon Dr. Taryn Rose. The 47-year-old has already built a $40 million business with her shoe collection and has now launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund what she calls ‘wing shoes’. The collection, entitled Enrico Cuini for DRESR, has specially constructed carbon fiber ‘wings’ built into the insoles. All three arches of the foot—the medial, lateral, and transverse—are supported, as opposed to just one. “The wings ‘flutter’ as you walk to provide a pumping action, which helps blood flow back to your heart from your feet,” commented Dr. Rose. “This provides comfort and decreases swelling in your feet. “

Most high heels detrimentally affect the feet due to their lack of support. If you would like more information, see one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists will assist you with all of your concerns.

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 have any questions, contact one of our offices in La Plata, Prince Frederick, Lexington Park, and Owing, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Researchers in Denmark put together a study which suggested overweight children have a higher chance of injuring their foot, ankle, or leg during physical activity or play. The researchers involved in the project studied a total of 632 overweight children who attended physical education classes for an hour and a half each week for two and a half years.

The entire group of children experienced a total 673 lower-limb injuries during this time. The children who were heavier had an average of 5.3 injuries for every 1000 “athletic exposures,” while that rate was only 4.4 per 1000 for children at healthier weights. "In the bigger picture the need to get all kids more active, and particularly overweight children, is imperative," sports medicine researcher Malachy McHugh said.

As an epidemic, obesity negatively affects all life stages. Seek the help of to one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists can examine your child’s feet and provide the right care and treatment for them.

How Obesity Affects Your Feet

Extra weight can sneak up on anyone unprepared. It’s not until your feet begin to hurt at the end of the day when you realize they have been carrying your entire body weight. There are many side effects that occur in the feet as a result of having a few extra pounds.

  • Leaning forward (uneven posture)
  • Extra weight placed in the wrong parts of your feet
  • Development of Type-2 diabetes
  • Loss of sensation in the legs and feet
  • Small sores
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Treating your feet can be helped by paying special attention to your footwear and your own body. Investing in yourself can help to lead you on a better road to health as well as serve to relieve some of the issues related to your feet.

  • Invest in shoes that allow for good circulation and support
  • Losing weight can help prevent and treat diabetes in addition to other diseases
  • Activities such as yoga and water aerobics can help keep you active and mobile without placing stress on  your feet
  • Foot stretches can help alleviate some pain associated with foot conditions.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in La Plata, Prince Frederick, Lexington Park, and Owing, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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 Brandi Schlossberg is an advocate of the use of ankle and foot orthotics, or (AFOs), for treating podiatric conditions such as plantar fasciitis, as well as foot and ankle-based injuries. AFOS can treat plantar fasciitis by alleviating any pressure being placed on the heel and spread any shock absorbed by the foot. This will ease any pain and inflammation.  


Aside from plantar fasciitis, orthotics can also improve the biomechanics of your feet. Having good or improved biomechanics can prevent adverse foot and ankle conditions in the first place. However, as with any treatment, Schlossberg advises to consult with a physician first before investing in foot orthotics.

 

Foot orthotics serve a wide range of usefulness when it comes to foot and ankle conditions. If you are undergoing discomfort in your feet, see one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists can treat your foot and ankle needs.

 

What are Ankle Foot Orthotics?


Orthotics are physical aids used to support weak limbs or direct the proper function of limbs. Often they are used to support the ankle and foot. Such orthotics are known as AFOs. AFOs help strengthen the muscles or train them to function in the proper position. AFOs can also benefit muscles that need to be lengthened or loosened.

 

Why might you need orthotics?


Orthotics are often prescribed when someone is suffering from diseases that affect the musculature, like polio and multiple sclerosis. However, more common conditions like arthritis and stroke, or those that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.


Modern orthotics have improved dramatically from the metal braces of previous years. Many of today’s orthotics are made of lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of comfort and support. Often the orthosis is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored.


For more information about Ankle Foot Orthotics, please follow the link below.

 

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in La Plata, Prince Frederick, Lexington Park, and Owing, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

 

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Study Shows Opposite Side of Barefoot Running Debate

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A  study conducted by a University of Colorado doctoral student disputes the benefits touted by adherents of barefoot running. The study, which was conducted by Jason Franz, indicates that people actually perform better while wearing shoes as opposed to abstaining from shoes.

The experiments, held in the locomotion lab, observed runners’ oxygen intake and carbon dioxide exhalation while running on a treadmill. The volunteers ran with both a lightweight running shoe and completely barefoot (but with equivalent weight to the shoe attached to the foot).The results were that the body requires about three to four percent more energy exertion whilst running barefoot. Franz speculates that the adjustments you make to cushion the impacts while running may require more metabolic energy from the body.

Barefoot running can be a difficult transition from traditional running. If you would like more guidance and more information, talk to one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists will treat your podiatric needs.  

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running
-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running

-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running
-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in La Plata, Prince Frederick, Lexington Park, and Owing, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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Maria Schneider, a tourist from Vienna, received a daring helicopter rescue from a peak on the 7,109 foot-high Dobratsch Mountain after attempting to climb its peaks wearing flip-flops. Schneider, twenty-three, was climbing the peak near Villach, Austria when she found she could not travel any farther in her flimsy footwear. When Maria was finally reached by rescued, she discovered to be neither dressed warmly nor equipped with appropriate Alpine gear for mountain climbing. A police helicopter, an Alpine policeman, and eight mountain rescuers comprised the rescue team. Schneider was airlifted off the peak and uninjured in the event.


Footwear that locks proper arch support, such as flip-flops, are highly inappropriate for strenuous physical activities such as mountain climbing. For more information about long-term flip-flop-wear and its negative effects, consult with one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns and answer any of your related questions. 


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

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?


When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result.
For more information about Flip Flops, follow the link below.


If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in La Plata, Prince Frederick, Lexington Park, and Owing, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.


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Monday, 01 September 2014 00:00

Managing Diabetes in All Its Stages

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custom orthoticsThe World Health Organization claims that over 340 million people worldwide have the condition known as diabetes. Amputation is a common threat for diabetics that could be avoided by taking proper care of one’s body. In cases where amputation is deemed necessary, doctors should focus on helping their patients adjust to life with prosthetic limbs.

When it comes to managing diabetes, getting plenty of exercise, monitoring the level of glucose in one’s bloodstream, and maintaining healthy weight are encouraged. However, it’s important to remember that diabetes can also cause ulcers and gangrene. Diabetics should put a lot of effort into preventing these conditions so that their limbs don’t eventually have to be amputated.

Diabetics need to take special care of their lower limbs to avoid having to get them amputated. For help treating the effects of diabetes in your feet, speak to one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists will assess your current level of foot health and provide you with the care you need.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send proper signaling to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is mandatory that the feet are well taken care of to avoid amputation.

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 Hemoglobin A1C levels. This test allows the physician to know how well the blood sugar levels are being controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). Visiting a podiatrist is highly recommended if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving his or her feet.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in La Plata, Prince Frederick, Lexington Park, and Owing, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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High heelsInflammation and pain involving the plantar fascia, known as plantar fasciitis, is a common foot problem experienced by many people around the world. Physician Lee Sung-hun of the UN Oriental Medical Clinic notes that approximately one in 10 people experience this condition.

Plantar fasciitis is often caused by changes in hormones, pregnancy and heavy physical activity. Physician Lee Sung-hun also notes that poor habits can contribute to it. Although plantar fasciitis often clears up on its own over time, he points out that bee venom, moxibustion and acupuncture treatments found in Oriental medicine are well known for providing patients relief.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful, but luckily treatment for this condition is often simple. For help with a strained plantar fascia in your foot, contact one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists will assess your injury and provide you with a suitable form of foot care.

 What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in La Plata, Prince Frederick, Lexington Park, and Owing, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Walking and ExercisingNew replacement joints could be in the works. A team of scientific researchers working at the University of Pittsburgh has been looking at how 3D printers can transform a person's stem cells into a replacement joint. This research would be a boon to arthritic patients who often require joint replacements as a last resort, but the current models are made from metals or plastic and can wear out. Rocky S. Tuan, a cellular engineering expert, and his team hope to help those with osteoarthritis and wounded military members with this new creation that could herald a new future in treatment options.

 

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, call one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists will examine your lower extremities and do everything he can to help alleviate your joint pain.

 

Arthritic Foot Care

In an average lifetime, we walk approximately 75,000 miles. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if arthritis comes into play, the joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care and treatment would become imperative at this point.


It is best to take care of your feet by wearing well-fitted shoes. Certain conditions may develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly, for example hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with arch support will help; it is also a good idea to buy shoes that contour to your foot.

 

Alleviating Arthritic Pain


-Specific exercises may help; stretching the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury. Stretching can also increase your mobility.

For more information about Arthritic Foot Care, follow the link below.

 

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in La Plata, Prince Frederick, Lexington Park, and Owing, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Monday, 11 August 2014 00:00

Six Methods to Care for Your Feet

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foot-care5Neglecting daily foot care is a common mistake that can lead future problems. Fortunately, there are six easy methods that help prevent them. New York podiatrist Isaac Tabari, DPM, recommends a warm foot bath that includes black tea. The tea's tannic acid shows antibacterial properties that may reduce your chances of developing athlete's foot. Moisturize your feet after soaking them and dry thoroughly to discourage fungal growth. If you develop a fungal infection, seek treatment promptly. Applying sunscreen to your feet when tanning, keeping your toenails properly trimmed and choosing foot-friendly shoes round out the list of healthy foot habits.

Thankfully, every day foot care is not difficult. To receive professional foot care, see one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Every Day 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.

For more information about Every Day Foot Care, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in La Plata, Prince Frederick, Lexington Park, and Owing, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 04 August 2014 00:00

Exercises Can Help Prevent Running Injuries

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mary-brunetRunning injuries are more likely to be incurred with intensive physical training, according to Mary Brunet of Back in Motion Physical Therapy. Even experienced runners may sustain a variety of running injuries. Fortunately, measures can be taken to help decrease your susceptibility of injury.

It is highly recommended to wear proper running shoes that provide ample foot support and a good foot arch. Runners should also opt for longer distances gradually over time. To help prevent running injuries, Brunet also suggests an exercise in which the foot is pushed down onto the ground while simultaneously raising the foot’s arch.

While there are methods to prevent running injuries, sometimes they cannot be avoided. If you are injured, see one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs. 


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 in La Plata, Prince Frederick, Lexington Park, and Owing, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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