dddfIf not taken care of properly, diabetes can lead to life-threatening problems. Diabetics can lose sensation due to poor circulation, especially in their feet, which can result in further complications. A smart mat device invented by four engineering students from Jackson State University aims to identify diabetic foot issues, such as ulcers, before they completely develop. The device works to sense any temperature changes in diabetic feet, with lower temperatures indicating poor blood circulation. Poor blood circulation can lead to foot ulcers as well as neuropathy, a loss of sensation in the feet.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet, consult with podiatrist Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

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 in Baltimore and Reisterstown, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Monday, 07 March 2016 03:11

Jared Allen may require Foot Surgery

foot surgery2Jared Allen, defensive end for the Carolina Panthers, may be needing surgery for his foot injury against the Seattle Seahawks. The surgery will probably mark the end of Allen’s season, suggesting that Allen will be missing the Panthers’ playoff and possibly the NFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl. Allen will be having an x-ray to determine the status of his condition.  

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary. If you are struggling with a foot or ankle condition, talk to Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider can treat your foot and ankle 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
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

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

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods 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 in Baltimore and Reisterstown, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Monday, 29 February 2016 21:34

Josh Green Recovering from Stress Fracture

stressfractThe Brisbane Lions will be losing their forward player Josh Green as he recovers from a fractured foot for about 10 weeks. Green had scans to confirm his injury on his right foot, the same foot he had fractured last season. The previous fracture had benched Green for six matches. Green is expected to undergo surgery.

Stress fractures can become painful if left untreated for an extended period of time. If you would like assistance in treating a stress fracture, consult with podiatrist Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

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 in Baltimore and Reisterstown, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Monday, 22 February 2016 08:26

Hammertoe Device can make Recovery Faster

hammertHammertoe exists as a deformity of the toe, which is acquired when your toe constantly rubs against your shoes. Because women often wear smaller-fitted shoes, hammertoe seems to occur more in women. One possible solution for hammertoe is surgery. One such surgery involves drilling in an implant, which will help grip the toe and hold the foot together. A hole is drilled by the surgeon, then the implant is inserted into the toe and clipped. Following the implant surgery, patients should be able to return to their normal lifestyles and go back to wearing regular shoes.

To successfully correct a hammertoe and relieve the symptoms associated it, medical assistance may be necessary. If you are seeking hammertoe treatment, consult with podiatrist Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a painful condition that affects the second, third and fourth toes involving different joints of the toe and foot. Hammertoe can be caused by many other conditions such as RA (rheumatoid arthritis), osteoarthritis, trauma or injuries to your foot, it can be hereditary and it can also be caused by a cerebral vascular accident. If you wear shoes that are too narrow or short for your feet, it may exacerbate any pain you already have.

It is really important to your overall well-being to seek out medical attention at the first signs of foot pain or anything that may hinder your ability to walk in a normal manner. Taking care of your feet is one of the first steps to being able to live a full and healthy life.

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

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Monday, 15 February 2016 01:25

Liverpool Captain a Sufferer of Heel Pain

heel painCaptain Jordan Henderson of Liverpool has been suffering from severe chronic heel pain while also recovering from a metatarsal injury. The Liverpool captain was diagnosed with the condition plantar fasciitis, and despite seeing several specialists he is resigned to the fact that he must simply manage the pain. “At times you do get down, especially with this type of injury,” he shared. “With my metatarsal I knew exactly what kind of time scale I’d be out for. You can really focus on each step and what you need to do.”

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If your heel is hurting consult with Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Causes of Heel Pain

  • Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.
  • Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.
  • Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

-          Wearing ill-fitting shoes                     

-          Wearing non-supportive shoes

-          Weight change           

-          Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

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

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fracturesUtah Jazz guard Alec Burks will be missing out on six weeks of play and practice following a broken ankle injury in the game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Burks had collided with Paul Pierce and had to leave the game for treatment. An MRI revealed that the 24-year-old sustained a fractured fibula and will be on recovery for an indefinite amount of time, unable to return to the team. Burks will not be undergoing surgery but will have to wear a cast on his foot.

Broken ankles require immediate treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles consult with Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider can 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 in Baltimore and Reisterstown, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Monday, 01 February 2016 18:14

Basic Foot Care Facts

shoesBasic foot care involves making smart decisions when it comes to your feet. Advice compiled from several foot experts includes avoiding going barefoot in a public shower, avoiding wearing pointy pumps that pinch the toes, wearing shoes that fit properly as your feet grow, checking the feet daily if you’re diabetic, lacing your sneakers correctly, and keeping the feet clean and dry. Toes longer than others may be at risk for developing bunions or hammertoes.

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. If you would like medical assistance regarding foot care, please see Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns and provide you with quality treatment.

Everyday 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.

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

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achilles tendon3Norwegian skier Aksel Lund Svindal has made a speedy recovery after suffering from an Achilles tendon injury, and has no intention of slowing down. The athlete has been keeping up in training sessions with teammate Kjetil Jansrud, who is as fast as skiers can be. “I enjoy the process and that’s a sign I could do this for a while,” Svindal stated. “As long as I’m healthy and able to be fast and have good friends--some of my teammates are my best friends--there’s no reason not to do this.”

Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful. If you believe you are having problems with your Achilles tendon, consult with Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider can treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel bone 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

- Snapping sensation

- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise

- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If unable to immediately see your podiatrist, remember to Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate until then.

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

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Monday, 18 January 2016 01:56

Natural Remedies can ease Plantar Warts

wartsWhile nearly 60% to 70% of the time plantar warts tend to disappear on their own, some cases of the condition may be harder to get rid of. A podiatrist can help determine what treatment will best work for you. While a podiatrist’s suggestions are the best option, certain natural home remedies may help ease the condition. These include a proper diet, aloe vera, green tea, basil, and pineapple juice, and tea tree oil.  

If not treated properly, plantar warts can exacerbate and become debilitating. If you would like medical assistance regarding plantar wart treatment, please see Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns and provide you with quality treatment.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into the feet through tiny cuts or abrasions. Typically, plantar warts are contracted through walking barefoot on dirty surfaces since the virus thrives in warm and moist environments. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain, suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Legions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. If you think you have developed plantar warts, it is best speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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

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Monday, 11 January 2016 03:24

JRA affects Children

childrens feetWhile arthritis is known to be a condition that affects adults, arthritis can also affect children. In kids, the condition is known as Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA), and manifests as joint pain and stiffness with an occasional fever. New findings, however, show that physical therapy can help kids recover from the effects of joint pain. Techniques such as exercise, alternating hot and cold therapy, and orthotics can all help children find relief from JRA.  

Making sure that your children maintain foot health is very important as they grow up. If you have any questions contact Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will treat your child’s 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 in Baltimore and Reisterstown, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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