rheumatoid-arthritis2Technology developed by Swedish firm Volumental can now reportedly scan the feet and recognize what size shoe would best fit the feet. Using 3D cameras such as Microsoft’s Kinect or Intel’s RealSense, the technology would map a person’s foot in seconds. The cameras would be connected to a computer and rotate around the foot to create a 3D image that depicts a specific shape and size. If successful, Volumental would be eliminating the need for customers to try on multiple sizes of shoes before finding their best fit; the technology would determine it for them.
Getting the right shoe size is important for overall foot health. If you have any concerns about shoe size, please contact Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will answer any of your foot and ankle questions.

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

When shoe shopping, 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 shoe must fit well, as ill-fitting shoes can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and can also hurt the toes if the shoe is too tight.

Shopping online for shoes can be very tricky and time consuming, especially since you cannot try on the shoe or see how it fits or how it feels.

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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arthritis4To fight and raise awareness for arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability, the Arthritis Foundation is holding their 2015 Walk to Cure Arthritis at Montrose Beach. The walk does not only set an example for raising awareness, but for exercising to help manage arthritis. The CDC recommends two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week; this can include brisk walking, cycling, swimming, gardening, or dancing. Another option is an hour and 15 minute vigorous-intensity aerobic activity per week; this can include calisthenics, weight training, or working with resistance bands.

The feet are one of the most common sites for arthritis to occur in the body. If you are struggling with arthritis in your feet or ankles, call Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider can examine your lower extremities to help alleviate your joint pain.

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

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stressfractMusic sensation Usher had recently undergone surgery to repair a fractured foot. The performer did not let his injury keep him from putting on a show, however; at the 2015 Global Citizen Earth Day concert in Washington, D.C., Usher hit the stage with a crutch and leg brace. The singer performed his classic hits as well as covering John Legend’s Oscar-winning song “Glory” and The Beatles’ “Come Together”. Surprises further came with a guest performance by Common.  

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 Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider can determine the severity of your condition and provide you with quality care.

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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fiaAfter recently spraining his right foot, Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies still intends to continue playing into the playoffs. The sharp pains the Grizzlies guard experiences are not enough to keep him on the bench. The Grizzlies have seen Conley play through pain before. “It’s going to flare up no matter what I do,” Conley said.

“I just go out there and play as if I’m not injured and see how much I can do and what I can do to help the team and the following day is just rehab and recover.”

Full recovery is much more difficult if one continues to play sports with a foot or ankle injury. If you would like assistance with an injury, see Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will assess your injury and provide you with a quality treatment plan.  

Playing Sports with Foot Injuries
Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot and ankle injuries athletes are at risk for include:

  • Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
  • Stress Fractures
  • Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
  • Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
  • Strains

For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.

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, 27 April 2015 00:00

Gareth Bale injures Toe

raWales winger Gareth Bale is suspected to have a broken toe and was forced out of a recent training session. Bale was also pulled from the game against Rayo Vallecano. Madrid fear Bale has fractured his toe; if that is the case, Bale’s season would be coming to an end, and he would need significant time to recover.

While the injury may be serious, it may come as a blessing in disguise, as many Madrid fans believe Bale is the least needed member of Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI. Both Bale and Ancelotti, however, have stood firm, and Bale’s injury could possibly save him for being dropped. 

A broken toe is extremely painful and needs immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your feet contact podiatrist Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider Nelson will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe
Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.
Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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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FAMichigan junior Caris LeVert is having trouble deciding his next step in his basketball career while in a walking boot. According to University of Michigan coach John Beilein, LeVert is still learning more about his possible place in the 2015 NBA draft and is deciding between returning for his senior year or moving on to a professional career.

After undergoing surgery January 21st for his full foot fracture, LeVert has been in the middle of recovery and rehabilitation. He looks to return to the court in May. The athlete’s health and recovery are heavy factors on his decision to stay with Michigan or move on to the NBA. “Coming back next year would be very fun for me and very beneficial for me and the team as well,” LeVert said. “Going to the NBA would also be fun. That’s a lifetime dream. It’s definitely going to be a tough decision.”

Injured athletes often have to go through foot rehabilitation before they can return to the field. For more information, visit Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider can provide you with professional treatment and guidance through foot rehabilitation.

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes
Injured athletes are always looking for better, faster ways to aid their recovery and get back to the sport they love. To do this, podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted so the injured athlete can get back onto the field as soon as possible. But rehabbing an injury is just as serious as the injury itself, and going through the motions of physical therapy or rehabilitation is a necessary process to keeping that injury at bay.

Sports Therapist or Physical Therapist?
If an athlete gets a foot injury, it is essential to receive foot rehabilitation to ensure proper healing. It is important for an athlete to become healed properly because if they attempt to get back into their game before they are physically well, they could re-aggravate the original injury or even suffer a new one due to their weakened state.

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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archBoots designed by Steven Collins and his colleagues from Carnegie Mellon University reportedly make walking easier without using any power. These energy saving boots do this thanks to a spring and clutch mechanism inspired by the Achilles tendon. The spring stretches during the act of stepping forward while walking, which stores energy; energy is then released when the spring recoils, powering the foot to push off of the ground.

Normally one’s muscles burn energy to exert the force needed to push the body forward; the boots, however, reduce how much force is needed and therefore reduce the energy needed to walk.

The biomechanics are the moving parts that manage the movement of your feet. If you would like more information, see Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider can assess and provide in-depth information as well as measure your personal foot biomechanics.  

A History of Biomechanics
- Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
- In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.

Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.


Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot. 

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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footpainWhile they are often blamed for exacerbating certain women’s foot conditions, high heels are not the only type of footwear that creates issues. Flats and flip-flops, according to the Cleveland Clinic, have been known to aggravate and irritate foot conditions such as Achilles tendonitis, metatarsalgia, and plantar fasciitis.

Flip-flops in particular should not be worn daily and should be saved for the beach, while flats should have room for an insole and come with built-in arch support. Flats or flip-flops force the body to change the way it supports itself and should therefore not be worn regularly to prevent putting extra strain on the muscles of the legs and feet.

Wearing the wrong pair of flip-flops can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, speak to Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet
When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?
Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

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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strechingMany foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis, gout, and cramping come from a lack of corrective exercise. Stretching is one of the simplest and most effective ways to exercise the feet. The expanding and contracting of muscle fibers during stretching creates a pumping effect that brings lymph and blood flow to and from tissues, allowing for better circulation and providing less room for potential illness and pain. Interrupting this pumping effect increases the chance for possible health concerns.

Stretching the feet is an important part of maintaining optimal foot health. To learn more, 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.
Stretching Your Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits such as increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief. Stretching is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone who is experiencing foot pain or is constantly on their feet should stretch.
Good ways to stretch your feet are:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pulling your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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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atletesfootAccording to a recent study conducted by physicist Cyril Rauch, there’s a science as to why ingrown toenails are more likely to occur on big toes. When nails grow too quickly or slowly, stresses on the nail occur changing the nail’s natural curvature causing cuts into the skin near the nail. The study also found that pregnant women and children, those with a large share of growth hormones in their body, are more susceptible to the condition. Pedicures have also been known to increase the chances of an ingrown toenail occurring due to the process of flattening the nail bed.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are left unattended. To learn more, consult with Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention
Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment
Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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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