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Monday, 14 November 2016 20:13

Understanding Arthritis

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Arthritis5Arthritis occurs as swelling and inflammation of the body’s joints, leading to symptoms such as rashes, itchiness, fever, weight loss, and trouble breathing, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease. Arthritis results when the body’s immune system begins mistakenly attacking healthy cells, particularly in the joints. The different forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia and gout.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment,contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Arthritic Foot Care

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

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 November 2016 22:22

Anthony Davis Updates Status on Sprained Ankle

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ankle sprainsAnthony Davis provided an update on his ankle injury in early October, stating that he was rehabbing his injury. “It’s steady improving every day and I’m trying to figure out what I can and cannot do and then go from there. When I feel ready and able to get back on the floor, I’ll be back on the floor. We’re constantly checking on it every day,” he said. The Pelicans announced that Davis’s Grade 2 ankle injury sprain recovery could be as long as 2 weeks.

Ankle sprains are very pain and inconvenient. If you require medical assistance, 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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Monday, 31 October 2016 17:04

Patient-Centered Care Can Improve Diabetes

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diabetic foot care4According to a study published by Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics that focused on Type 2 diabetes cases, “patient-centered care may improve diabetes self-management and patients’ quality of life.” Researchers sought to understand the relationship between patient care and glycemic control. About “an estimated 29.1 million Americans -- 9.3 percent of the US population,” have diabetes, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Patient-centered care focuses on aligning health care with personal values.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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, 24 October 2016 13:22

Cameron Payne Sustains Stress Fracture Injury

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stress fracturesOklahoma City Thunder announced that guard Cameron Payne sustained an acute foot fracture injury in late September. The injury occurred during an open scrimmage and was originally thought to be an ankle tweak. As Payne experienced symptoms of soreness, he had tests done, discovering he sustained a fracture. Payne suffered a previous stress fracture injury in the same bone in his foot, but stated that the injuries were unrelated. He had undergone surgery to repair the previous injury; it is unknown if Payne will need surgery again for his most recent injury.

Stress fractures can become painful if left untreated for an extended period of time. If you would like assistance in treating a stress fracture, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse. As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:

-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-runners/joggers
-osteoporosis patients
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

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, 17 October 2016 14:32

J.J. Taylor Sustains Broken Ankle

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barefoot running7The Arizona Wildcats lost their running back, J.J. Taylor, as he sustained a broken ankle in late September. The injury was originally thought to be a sprained ankle, sustained during the second half of the loss to the Washington Huskies. At the time, it was thought that either Zach Green or Tyrell Johnson would replace him.

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, 10 October 2016 16:16

Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis

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fractures1Rheumatoid arthritis can be described as a chronic autoimmune disease “that affects 1.3 million Americans, the majority of whom are women.” If left untreated, the condition can lead to eventual disability of the joints. However, early diagnosis and proper treatment can help with prevention of symptoms. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when our body’s immune system begins attacking healthy tissue, particularly in the joints. This leads to stiffness, swelling, pain, and warm sensations in the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect anyone of any age.

Understanding where RA starts will help treat and prevent the condition. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Severe pain and immobility are caused by an inflammation of the lining of your joints, and in worse cases the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone can occur.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, many cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain will often initially present in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of the feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that your podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor may ask you about your medical history and lifestyle to help determine possible causes of your RA.

Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for RA, so treatment options are designed to specifically target the symptoms of it, most notably the pain it causes. Two types of anti-inflammatory drugs – non-steroidal or NSAIDs and corticosteroids – may be prescribed by your doctor. In some severe cases where the joints are too badly damaged, surgery may be an option. As always, speak with your podiatrist to help determine the appropriate treatment options available to you.

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, 03 October 2016 20:06

Tips for Choosing Shoes for your Children

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childrens feetAccording to the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry (ABMSP), parents shopping for their growing children should select footwear “that promotes health and wellness.” Plan ahead by discussing with your child what style and brand of shoes they would prefer. Comfortable shoes that fit should allow for ½ inch of space between the toes and the shoe. Avoid online shopping and make sure to have your children try the shoes on in person. See your child’s podiatrist to determine your child’s foot size and shape, and whether they may need foot support in their shoes.

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 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, 26 September 2016 13:35

Hyperhidrosis a Condition of Excessive Sweating

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foot pain4Hyperhidrosis, commonly known as the excessive sweating disorder, can occur “with or without the presence of an offensive odour.” The disorder can be caused by underlying conditions, so it’s best to consult a doctor to assess your condition. Sweating can also be induced by situational factors such as stress, as well as an improper diet.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis of the feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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 September 2016 13:44

Senquez Golson Has Surgery on Lisfranc

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fractures1Senquez Golson of the Steelers had surgery on his Lisfranc and is out for presumably about four months. Golson had injured his foot during practice in early August, and had to be carted off of the field. His foot had swelled and it was determined that he would need surgery. Golson’s status was at the time unknown and it was suggested he may be out for the rest of the year.

If you require surgical consultation, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

When is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases where less invasive procedures have been unsuccessful. Conditions that often require surgery are listed below:

- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions

- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues

- Reconstruction for injuries caused by accidents or malformations

Types of Surgeries

The type of surgery you receive depends on the nature of the problem. Possible surgeries include the following:

- Bunionectomy for painful bunions

- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones

- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings

Benefits of Surgery

Surgery can provide more complete pain relief than other options and may allow you to finally resume full activity. Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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, 12 September 2016 14:55

Diabetic Foot Disease in South Africa

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diabetic foot care4Diabetes is considered “the number one cause of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, globally,” a disease that can severely impact the feet if proper procedures are not followed. In a large region such as South Africa, about 2.2 million people are presumed to be living with diabetes. Controlling your blood sugar levels is vital to your overall body’s health, as diabetes can affect the heart, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and more. Check your feet everyday, wear comfortable shoes, follow a proper hygiene routine, and avoid going barefoot.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your 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 feel free to contact our office located in Maryland. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about Diabetic Foot Care