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Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Foot Health Often Overlooked During Winter

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katey-behneyIn order to get your feet looking their best for the summer, it’s best to start taking care of them in winter. According to stylist Morgan Rush, skin gets driest during cold weather, but many people don’t bother to moisturize their feet during the winter months.

By getting a pedicure before summer starts, your feet will look healthy and beautiful by the time you’re ready to start wearing open-toed shoes. During the spring, Rush recommends using natural moisturizing cream free of synthetic additives.

A good foot care routine should change depending on what season it is. If you have questions about every day foot care, call one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists will show you how you can keep your lower extremities in good shape by following a few simple steps each day.

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. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat. Also make sure that the socks fit properly and are not uncomfortably tight.

For more information about Every Day Foot Care, 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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russel-okungSeahawks tackle Russell Okung, is currently rehabbing his foot after undergoing surgery to fix a toe injury he sustained last season. Okung was hoping he didn’t need surgery; instead he was spotted in a walking boot while attending a spring practice at Oklahoma State. The tackle has been doing some workouts during the off season to give his foot time to recover.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll stated that Okung has been trying to do light training to get him back in the game. “Russell will be fine, and it’s just something we had to do when the season was over,” Carroll said. “He had a few things, so we’ve taken care of it. We know we’ll have him back for training camp. Maybe a little sooner than that.” In the meantime, Alvin Bailey will take over Okung’s position as left tackle.

Sometimes athletes need foot and ankle surgery to correct or repair and injury. If your foot or ankle is injured, consult one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists can treat your podiatric needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Reconstruction to attend injuries caused by accidents or malformations

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will be dependent on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, when it is undertaken, if can provide more complete pain relief than before, and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Such techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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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sean-weatherspoonSean Weatherspoon of the Atlanta Falcons has ended his 2014 season early as a result of a ruptured Achilles tendon. According to a team statement by Falcons coach Mike Smith, “We sent Sean to the doctor for some additional testing and evaluation and unfortunately the results showed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon.”

“Sean had been working extremely hard to get back on the field, but regrettably he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have a procedure done in the near future and we expect him to make a full recovery.” Smith added. Achilles injuries generally take from six months to a year to heal.

Injuries to the Achilles tendon are very painful. If you injured your Achilles tendon, see one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists can treat your foot and ankle injuries.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries.

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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