foot-pain4When it comes to foot therapy, many patients will turn to typical methods such as physical therapy to get themselves back on their feet. One alternative called reflexology, however, is a practice that--despite its intrigue--has been around for many years. Reflexology works on the principle that applying pressure to the feet can ease pain elsewhere. Many clients of reflexologists use the therapy to ease pain throughout the body, such as the back, the head, or the stomach.

Foot therapy is necessary for those recovering from both foot deformities and foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, speak to Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider can answer any of your podiatric questions.

Most common injuries

People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.

What to do when injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. This is important for those wanting to get back into the game quickly. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:

  1. Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
  2. Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.
  3. Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full 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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runnersWhen shopping for new running shoes, it is important for consumers to keep seven things in mind. These factors include your current fitness level and future aspirations, the injuries you’ve had and how they affect the way you run, your gait as you run, how much space you need, an adjustment gameplan, the shoe’s midsole, and how the way your new shoes feel. David McQuade of City Sports says, “The best shoe is the shoe that is specifically tailored to your foot, support- and cushioning- wise. There’s not one shoe that’s the best shoe. There’s the one shoe that’s best for each person.”

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, see Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even go barefoot
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion

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, 17 August 2015 00:00

Summer Foot Care

corns2With summer now in our midst, many people often make flip flops or sandals their choice of footwear. Open footwear, however, allows the feet to be exposed to situations that involve friction, sun exposure, or even sand. To protect the feet from harsh summer environments and prevent rough heels and callus or corn formation, ensure that the feet are supported with arch supports and are properly moisturized. Keep the feet manicured and supported.

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

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.

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, 10 August 2015 00:00

Jake Gyllenhaal enjoys Barefoot Running

barefoot-running7When he’s not busy developing a muscular build for his movie roles, 30-year-old Jake Gyllenhaal enjoys running and biking. For his last action role in Southpaw the actor had followed a strict workout regimen to maintain his boxer build. Even when he is not preparing for action films, however, the actor works hard--sometimes too hard. Before starting barefoot running, Gyllenhaal suffered shin splints. “I’ve had to teach myself to slow down a bit,” he shared. “Because I get so into it, it becomes a real addiction.”

If you have any questions about barefoot running, contact Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot running is a fairly popular trend in the running world. More than just simply ‘running without shoes,” barefoot running affects the way your feet hit the ground and your overall posture. Barefoot runners land on the front part of their feet as opposed to those who wear shoes, who usually strike their heel as they hit the ground.

Barefoot running contains many advantages, including:

  • A lower risk for ankle and foot injuries
  • Improvement in balance and body posture
  • Strengthens muscles in the lower legs, ankles and feet that are not normally worked when wearing shoes

There are also some disadvantages to barefoot running, which include:

  • Lack of shoes increases the risk of incurring blisters, scrapes, bruises and cuts
  • Risk of Achilles tendonitis as a result of landing on the front of your feet constantly
  • Needing time and transition to adjust as the switch cannot be automatic

Start on even, flat surfaces and consider investing in minimalist running shoes. Minimalist running shoes provide the ‘feel’ of barefoot running while affording the same protection you get from wearing shoes. Barefoot running can be safe and enjoyable with the proper planning and transition.

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, 03 August 2015 00:00

Keep Blood Clots in mind while Travelling

corns2Many people who are travelling far for vacation this summer may have to endure long airplane flights. What many people do not realize is that sitting for a long period of time can detrimentally affect the feet; prolonged periods of sitting can increase the risk for the formation of blood clots. To improve circulation in the feet during a long fight, flex the feet up and down while sitting or take walks around the cabin.

Poor circulation in the feet can be extremely dangerous. If you are having difficulties with reduced circulation, see Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will identify the cause of your decreased blood flow and help you get the care you need.  

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain    -numbness in legs

-cramps            -skin discoloration

-weakness        -slower nail & hair growth

-stiffness         -erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions

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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plantar-fasciitis3Plantar fasciitis is a condition that is known to particularly affect athletes, especially those who run or repetitively place pressure on the feet. Plantar fasciitis is an injury that results from overload. If the recovery time between training sessions is not enough, the plantar fascia will begin to tear. Treatment for plantar fasciitis can include painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, orthotics, or extracorporeal shockwave therapy. Stretching and strengthening may also be included in treatment to prevent future injuries.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, visit Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider can treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of a the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·     Excessive running

·     Non-supportive shoes

·     Overpronation

·     Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·     Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·     Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and is usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·     Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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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neuropathyA new study suggests that Botox, or botulinum toxin, may offer successful relief for two forms of neuropathy. Neuropathy is caused by nerve damage and can result in either shooting pain or loss of feeling in the hands and feet. In the study, the botulinum toxin resulted in a lasting reduction of pain. The effects of local versus spinal injection of botulinum toxin B (Botox B or Myobloc) were investigated. Botox-B has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for medical uses.

If you have concerns regarding systemic diseases such as neuropathy and their effects on the feet, consult with Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions and provide you with the treatment you need.

Systemic Diseases of the Foot

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

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

Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

● Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

● Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet.

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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FADuring a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden, Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl fell on stage and suffered a broken ankle. Despite the injury, Grohl continued on with the show. Unfortunately, the rest of the Foo Fighters’ overseas dates were cancelled as a result of his injuries. The band’s publicist released a letter to the fans in which Grohl details his injuries, explains his prognosis, and apologizes to those who bought tickets for the cancelled concerts.

Broken ankles require immediate treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider 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 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-tendon3Thirty-three-year-old three-time Ashes winner Matt Prior will officially be retiring from cricket. Prior had already feared for some time that his cricket career would end after sustaining a debilitating achilles tendon injury. Despite having gone through an achilles surgery that helped him hobble through two Tests against India last summer, Prior appears to have accepted that his condition will be keeping him from continuing onward cricket.

Achilles tendon injuries are painful and may make it difficult to walk. If you have any concerns with your feet contact Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will 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 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, 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 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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corns2San Francisco-based footwear brand Freda Salvador, founded by Megan Papay and Cristina Palomo-Nelson, is interested in representing a kind of footwear that combines elements of both design and comfort. “We wanted the shoes to speak for themselves and be beautiful and be incredibly designed and just interesting,” Palomo-Nelson said. “And once you put them on, and we were wearing them for a couple hours, you would have this fun element of surprise, ‘Hey, my feet don’t hurt!”

Proper fitting shoes are essential for runners. For more information about proper shoe fitting and its benefits consult with Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will provide you with the information to help answer all of your questions.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

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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