Wednesday, 13 August 2014 20:41

Teen with Gigantism gets the right Shoe Size

As a teenager living with a rare form of gigantism, Dakota Deal has been having trouble finding shoes to fit his size 20 feet—only three sizes smaller than basketball star Shaquille O’Neal’s famous feet. “They’re just hard to find,” said Dakota’s sister, Brandy Ellinger. “When we do find them, they last for three or four months and he just goes through them fast.”

Thanks to the kindness of many strangers, however, Dakota has received shoes from all over the country, including a pair of size 22 Nikes and a pair from Isaac Haas, a Purdue basketball player who sympathized with Deal’s struggle to find his size. “I would like to say thanks to the people that gave me these,” Deal said. “I actually do feel like a celebrity.”

Wearing the right shoe size is important for the health of your feet. For more information, speakto podiatrist Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

So it is important not to always go for a size 7 just because you think you might be a size 7 universally. 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 fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

People walk a lot, so it is important for you to find what is comfortable when it is possible.

For more information about Getting the Right Shoe Size, follow the link below.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Baltimore and Reisterstown, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all of your foot ankle injuries.

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A study recently conducted by faculty at the Boston University School of Medicine has yielded some interesting information about the relationship between high temperatures and the risk of reoccurring gout attacks. The researchers, led by scientist Tuhina Neogi, MD, PhD, began their experiment by gathering data from 619 gout-sufferers using an online questionnaire. The ages of the participants were widely varied, with the youngest being 21 and the oldest being 88.

After analyzing the data, the scientists discovered that temperatures in the 70°-79° F range were associated with a 43% increase in the risk of a gout attack occurring. This risk changed to 40% for temperatures above 80° F. “Patients with gout may be advised that under conditions of hot and/or dry weather, appropriate measures, such as increased water intake, should be considered to minimize the risk of recurrent gout attacks,” the researchers stated of their findings.

Gout attacks are incredibly painful, but they can be manageable if you get proper medical care. For assistance with a foot condition like gout, talk to podiatrist Dr. Sean Sider, DPM of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider can figure out why you keep getting flare-ups and work with you to treat the root of the problem.

What is gout?

Diseases of the feet can affect the whole body, and symptoms usually arise within the feet. A condition like gout can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  The pain caused by this disease is often so agonizing that it requires elevation of the feet and some time off for them to fully recover.

Known in the past as “the disease of kings”, Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. This buildup of acid is typically seen on the big toe of the foot and can cause inflammation, redness and swelling. Although these are common symptoms of the diseases others include joint pain, extreme fatigue and a high fever. 

Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

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

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runnersFor years shoe designers have made running shoes based on the principle that injuries can be avoided by tailoring each pair to meet certain biomechanical needs. But recently a new school of thought has emerged that states that the design of a pair of footwear actually doesn’t keep runners safe from harm.

A 2010 study conducted on members of the U.S. Marine Corps found that runners who had shoes specially designed to correct their pronation weren’t any better protected from injuries than runners with randomly assigned shoes. However, in spite of this evidence the running shoe industry is unlikely to change any time soon, as most of the companies involved make a lot of their money from new, innovative designs.

A lot of things must be taken into consideration when buying a new pair of running shoes. To get help with choosing a pair of footwear, visit podiatrist Dr. Sean Sider, DPM of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will tell you what factors he thinks are the most important and recommend an appropriate shoe style based on your foot type.

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running is a physical activity although fun, can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Injury and stress on the foot can be an important factor on which kind of shoe you’re wearing. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes.

For more information about Choosing the Right Running Shoe, follow the link below.

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

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Monday, 21 July 2014 16:00

Plantar Warts Require Treatment

jo-farrellPlantar warts are contagious viral infections caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). People are prone to coming into contact with the virus when walking around on bare floors, swimming pool decks, and locker rooms; all places where moisture breads the virus. Because the infected cells are on the outside of the body, they are very difficult to kill, making the infection hard to fight.

According to Pete Smith, vice president of the Pennsylvania Podiatric Medical Association, if left untreated, plantar warts can spread. Some home remedies such as duct tape and topical creams may solve the problem, but it is still important to seek professional medical help if no improvement is seen.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you have plantar warts, talk to podiatrist Dr. Sean Sider, DPM of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sidercan treat your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are found on the feet. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into open wounds on the feet. You can recognize plantar warts by a hard bump on the foot. They are usually found on the heels or balls of the feet. Plantar warts are usually not a sign of anything dangerous but do not ignore them if they do cause pain or embarrassment.

If you do have a plantar wart, you may notice some pain when standing but since these warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist only needs to be seen if there is excess pain. Doctors can usually easily diagnose plantar warts. Although plantar warts don’t often call for treatment, there are options available. They can be frozen off, removed by an electric tool or burned off using laser treatment.

Home remedies are also available to help with plantar warts. An apple cider vinegar soak can help remove the wart. You can soak your feet in the vinegar for 20 minutes before using a pumice stone to remove any loose skin from the wart. Make sure to keep the wart covered for protection in between daily treatments.

For more information about Plantar Warts, follow the link below.

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

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achilles-tendon1Nashville Predator Mike Fisher suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during a training session. As a result, Fisher will be out for the opening portion of the next hockey season. Predators general manager David Poile said that Fisher’s recovery will probably take about four to six months.

The news of Fisher’s injury comes as a particularly devastating blow to Nashville because Poile and company have been working hard over the last few months to improve the team’s offensive roster. During this offseason they picked up another forward, James Neal, and a new center, Olli Jokinen, but it remains to be seen if these acquisitions will be enough in the wake of Fisher’s absence.

Achilles tendon injuries are painful. If you believe that you might have a problem in your Achilles, consider seeing podiatrist Dr. Sean Sider, DPM of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Siderwill treat your podiatric needs.

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.

For more information about Achilles Tendon Injuries, follow the link below.

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

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mary-kaufmanDespite living with Rheumatoid arthritis since the age of twelve, 32 year old Mary Kaufman not only maintains active lifestyle but even runs. In fact, Kaufman participates in local 5k races. In an inspiring fashion, Kaufman was able to complete two races within the past year and hopes to complete at least three more by the end of this year.

However, Kaufman’s RA increases her susceptibility to incurring stress fractures in her feet, meaning she needs to be careful when training. To treat the RA, Kaufman takes a type of protein created in a lab specifically for people with immune system problems known as biologics.

Having Rheumatoid Arthritis can make life difficult, but not impossible. For treatment, make an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Sean Sider, DPM of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Siderwill 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. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occurs, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain often initially presents in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot. Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be genetically inherited, so if you have a family history of RA, you may be predisposed to suffer from it as well.

Symptoms

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

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

For more information about Rheumatoid Arthritis, follow the link below.

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

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joel-embiidJoel Embiid might have been a top pick for either the Cleveland Cavaliers or Milwaukee Bucks team, but unfortunately, an injured foot might make them consider otherwise. Embiid suffered a stress fracture to his right foot over the course of several days. The seven-foot tall athlete is considered to be one of the best picks for any team despite his injury. Even so, the state of the Cameroonian native’s health may affect his future chances.

Stress fractures can be incredibly painful. If you suspect that you are suffering from any foot or ankle fracture, see podiatrist Dr. Sean Sider, DPM of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Siderwill treat your foot and ankle problems.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

-runners                                 
-people affected with Osteoporosis
-play tennis or basketball
-gymnastics
-high impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

For more information about Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle, follow the link below.

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

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michelle-forbesMichelle Forbes, who plays the character of Lieutenant Jackson, has recently sustained several injuries on the Hunger Games set due to an intense production schedule and stuntsgone out of control. The actress’s injuries include a sprained ankle and an injured knee. An insider from the Berlin, Germany-based set told FOX411, “She is recovering and seeing a specialist,” while also mentioning that the set of the final installment of the film trilogy is “pandemonium.”

A source connected to the film’s studio, Lionsgate, however, denied the actors and actresses having received any injuries and stated that filming is on schedule. Another Hunger Games actor suspected of receiving injury includes Liam Hemsworth, who was shown to be limping in several photos and who is rumored to have also injured his ankle on set.

Ankle sprains should not be left untreated. If you have concerns over the treatment of a sprained ankle, see Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider can assist you with any of your foot and ankle concerns.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?

This type of injury takes place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; however, even the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If footing is lost or you are walking on uneven terrain, ankle damage may occur.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin, depending on severity

Is there a Way to Care for my Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful.

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.

For more information about Ankle Sprains, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reisterstown and Baltimore, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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recreational-water-illnessesFor a fun summer unhindered by sickness, certain precautions are important. Summer brings forth a collection of new health risks, which the Center of Disease Control and Prevention labels recreational water illnesses. RWIs are caused by contact with contaminated bodies of water, including pools, spas, lakes, oceans, and rivers. The resulting infections often present in the skin, ears, respiratory tract, eyes, and wounds.

One particularly popular RWI is athlete’s foot. The athlete’s foot fungus is often cultivated in public showers of pools and beaches that lack proper drainage, and swimmers should be wary of standing barefoot in sedentary shower water. Keeping feet as dry as possible in such areas is a helpful preventative measure.

Athlete’s foot is treatable, but can be an uncomfortable and is easy to avoid. For questions about treatment or prevention, see podiatrist Dr. Sean Sider, DPM of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider can assist you with any of your foot and ankle concerns.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a very contagious form of fungus, which can infect persons usually resulting in itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet. Treatment is often difficult, because of its contagious and reoccurring nature. Tinea pedis is the fungus which causes athletes foot, and is found to survive in moist humid areas.

Common places found:

-shower floors            
-public changing areas-locker rooms
-gyms                        
-bathrooms                             
-public swimming pools
-socks and shoes        
-dormitory style houses                      

What is Tinea Pedi?

Is the same fungus which causes ringworm, and is known to be spread by direct contact of the infected body part. Or infection can spread by touching other objects and body parts which have been exposed to the fungus. Tinea Pedi is mostly found on the feet, because it is the ideal place for it to thrive on.

Treatment & Prevention

Because of its reoccurring nature of tinea fungus and athletes foot, the best way to treat this condition is with prevention. By taking the necessary precautions such as:

-Wear flips-flops or sandals in locker rooms and public showers
-Use powders to keep your feet dry
-Keep your feet exposed to light and cool air
-Treating athletes foot with special creams/sprays

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

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chris-bathWhen Seven Sunday Night host Chris Bath was a child, she was a ballet dancer. Today, Bath no longer dances due to flat feet and knock-knees. She still manages to keep dance in her life, however, as the ambassador of Form Dance Projects. Like other local business and creative leaders, Form is searching for an artistic hub for the foundation’s 800 dancers, choreographers, and school students.

“I loved dancing, but was not anatomically made for it so I had no turnout, my knees always wanted to knock in and my feet were also flat,” said Bath. “I realized at age 12 when my teacher told me, but I refused to give in.”

Flat feet can be debilitating, especially if you are a dancer or athlete. If you have foot- or ankle-related concerns, speak to podiatrist Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will provide you with the quality foot and ankle treatment you need.

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.

To learn more about flat feet, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Baltimore and Reisterstown, MD. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to give you the best care options available.

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