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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.

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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.

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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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julius-randallDue to ongoing rumors and speculation, NBA newcomer Julius Randle had to set the record straight regarding talk of foot surgery. These concerns stem from Randle having a screw inserted in his foot last year after fracturing his foot.

Some believe that the screw needs to be replaced. However, Randle is pretty insistent when it comes to avoiding surgery. “My foot is fine,” Randle stated. “Everybody has their opinion on what they should do. But I’m pain-free. No pain before, during, or after. I’m fine.”

Getting back into sports can be a hard thing to do after you’ve suffered a serious foot or ankle injury. If you are injured, see one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists will treat your foot and ankle injuries.

Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries

While one of the most common injuries among athletes may be a sprained ankle, there are still many other types of injuries that plague athletes in any sport. But for less severe foot and ankle injuries, it is recommended by physical therapists and sports medicine doctors that athletes use the R.I.C.E. method to help alleviate pain and to speed up the healing process.

The acronym R.I.C.E. stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. These four steps help in the healing process, not only to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, but also to improve overall health of the affected area, allowing you to get back on to your feet again. Although resting is usually the key to all healing, it is necessary to see a doctor to ensure treatment for any other problems that may not be obvious to you right away.

It is best for injured athletes to allow themselves time to heal. Some athletes need hours of re-training, exercise, check-ups with their physical therapist, and other remedies.

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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uriah-hallMMA fighter Uriah Hall was able to defeat opponent Thiago Santos in a painful middleweight bout at UFC 175. During the fight, the middleweight sustained a broken toe, hampering Hall’s performance as the fight continued on.

For most of the fight, Hall contended with a great deal of pain, and not just from the blows from Santos. The pain from Hall’s foot injury had gotten to the point where Hall consulted with a UFC physician during the third round. Fortunately, Hall was able to push through the pain and secure the win against Santos in a unanimous decision. A post-fight medical examination revealed that a bone in the second toe of Hall’s right foot was dislocated.

Broken toes are painful. If you injured your toe, contact one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists can treat your foot and ankle injuries.

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). Another type of trauma that can break a toe is repeated activity that places stress on the toe for prolonged periods of time.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe with ease.
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe
  • injured person experiences fever or chills throughout their body, and when there is an open, bleeding wound present on the toe.

Generally, a minor toe break will heal without long-term complications, but it is important to discontinue activities that put pressure on the toe.

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, 14 July 2014 00:00

Protecting Your Lower Limbs at the Daily Grind

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jo-farrellPeople who have jobs that require a lot of standing are often troubled by persistent foot pain. If you happen to be one of them, take a moment to consider these tips for avoiding long-term damage to your lower extremities while at work.

One of the most effective things you can do to keep your feet safe on the job is to wear firm, supportive shoes that fit well and provide an adequate amount of cushioning. If possible, take the time to sit down for short intervals throughout the day and give your soles a good massage. Finally, stretch your toes regularly to keep the muscles flexible and lower your risk of straining your plantar fasciia.

Having to work every day is bad enough, but when you add chronic foot pain to the mix, it can become unbearable. To learn more about the effects of your job on the health of your feet, contact one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists can identify any foot conditions you may have developed and help you choose from a wide variety of care options.

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.

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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philip-wellsAn English poet named Philip Wells has been trying to raise awareness of global poverty by walking around parts of the United Kingdom without shoes for the past few months. He was inspired to go barefoot by the fact that many children in the world are too poor to afford shoes and must walk without them constantly.

Wells plans to split the money he earns between the charities the Born Free Foundation, Ocean Stars Trust, and the Consortium for Street Children. Even with the painful foot problems he’s encountered since he began his journey, he’s still managed to find the energy to stop and perform his dramatic poetry in public places and in front of notable landmarks.

Walking barefoot for long amounts of time on outdoor terrain will often cause blisters to develop on the lower extremities. If you need help dealing with blisters on your feet, talk to one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists will examine your feet and treat your condition with the professionalism and expediency you deserve.

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.

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.

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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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ankle-sprainsNASCAR reporter Dustin Long broke his ankle while interviewing Pocono Raceway winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. a few days before the race.

Again, the racecar driver was uninjured while making 160 laps around a track an average of 139 mph, but his prerace interviewer was sent to the hospital with the ankle pictured to the left.

A twitter conversation between Long and Earnhardt, Jr. revealed that Long fell off a scale used to measure cars, which Earnhardt had led him to as a short cut. Earnhardt was extremely apologetic for the incident, but Long brushed it off and insisted that he would still be covering the event.

Broken ankles require rest and proper treatment for full recovery. If you are suffering a break or any other podiatric injury that needs medical attention, see one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists will help you decide on an appropriate treatment plan.

Broken Ankles

The ankle consists of three bones- the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The tibia and the fibula are the two bones that connect to your knees. They sit directly above the talus bone, which is protected by a fibrous membrane and allows slight movement in the ankle joint. A break usually occurs in one of these bones after the foot is twisted too far, a strong impact like jumping from a great height, or repeated stresses like running.

Diagnosis

If you suffer an ankle injury, it is essential that you receive a correct diagnosis. One of the first signs that the ankle is broken is an inability to put any weight on it. There will often be severe bruising and swelling at the sight of the injury. Your doctor may also order an x-ray be taken to determine the exact location and extent of the injury.

Treatment

Without proper care, a broken ankle may not heal properly and could cause arthritis and instability later in life. Therefore, seeking proper treatment is essential to making a full recovery.

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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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nicholas-dubrowReal Housewives of Orange County cast member Heather Dubrow had to take a break from doing real housewife stuff in order to take her son Nicholas to the hospital to get treated for heel pain last week. It turns out that Nicholas has Sever’s disease, an unpleasant but fairly common bone disorder that usually affects athletic preteens.

Heather showed the world that her son was alright by posting a photo of him wearing his cast on Instagram with the caption “Thank you SO much to our dear friend Dr. Scott Forman for taking care of Nicky!! #sever'sdisease #inflammationofthegrowthplate #castfortwoweeks.”

Sever’s disease would be a great cast member for the TV show Real Bone Disorders of the Foot and Ankle. If you or someone you know is experiencing foot pain, contact one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists can determine whether or not Sever’s disease is the cause of your discomfort and recommend an appropriate form of treatment.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Toe gait- develops in which the child must change the way they walk to avoid placing weight on the heel. This can lead to other problems as well in the future.

Symptoms

Acute pain – pain asscoiatied with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

For more information about Sever’s Disease, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to 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 ankle injuries.

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footandankleinjuriesUFC fighter and former WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner broke two bones in his foot and tore some ligaments in the first minute of his match against James Krause, but kept fighting even as his foot repeatedly collapsed beneath him.  The 29-year-old American held on for the first round, but the pain was too great for him to go any further.

“He’s such a tough guy and a great competitor and I’m sorry it ended like it did,” said Krause.  “It was the very first kick I threw.  I felt it hit on his shin.” This was Varner’s fourth loss in his last five matches, and possibly his last shot at winning in the Octagon.

It can take a lot of time and effort to recover from a broken foot. If you think you might have sustained damage to the bones in your feet, visit one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists will diagnose your injury and do everything in their power to help you heal faster.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is either bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury.

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions, please feel free to 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 ankle injuries.

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