ankle-sprain2The Netherlands based Delft University of Technology and the Erasmus Medical Centre have developed a new 3D printed ankle device that will reportedly prevent ankle sprains. The EXO-L (short for External Ankle Ligament) is a patented, 3D printed external ligament that replicates the natural motion and anatomy of the ankle to keep it from twisting. The EXO-L seeks to support the ankle when there is a possibility it may be sprained while simultaneously providing freedom of movement. The device is positioned just above the ankle, over the Achilles tendon, and is kept in place by strapping into a special patch on the outside of the shoe. The EXO-L remains inactivated for as long as the ankle’s ligaments remain within the normal range for the sport or activity being played.  

Sometimes the opinion of a healthcare professional is required to ensure a sprained ankle is properly healed. If your ankle is sprained, 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 and answer all of your related questions.

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. One of the most important things is to avoid further stress to the affected area.

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, which will allow you to walk while stabilizing the ankle. 

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, 09 February 2015 00:00

Governor Rick Snyder tears Achilles Tendon

achilles-tendon1After jogging during a vacation in Florida, Michigan governor Rick Snyder reportedly felt a “pop” in his right foot. Following visits with doctors in both Florida and Michigan, the Republican governor has discovered that his right Achilles tendon is torn. Snyder says jogging is part of his Healthy Michigan, but has told The Detroit News that he “overdid it.” According to spokeswoman Sara Wurfel, Snyder describes the pain as “not horrible.” The Michigan governor has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the 2016 presidential election. When asked about running, he responded that he’s “working on literal running first.”
Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful. If you believe you are having problems with this condition, 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 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 in Baltimore and Reisterstown, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Thursday, 05 February 2015 13:41

Steps to Keep Diabetic Feet Healthy

 

scott-janssenAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, about 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur for people ages 20 and older who are living with diabetes. It is very important for diabetics to be aware of whatever cuts or wounds they may have on their feet; due to nerve damage related to diabetes, diabetics often do not realize they even have them. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has offered some advice to help diabetics protect their foot health. Inspect the feet daily for cuts, bruises, or sores, and treat wounds immediately. Exercise by walking, which can help you maintain a healthy weight and improve circulation. Keep feet covered and avoid going barefoot if possible. Have a podiatrist safely remove any calluses, warts, or corns.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent infection. If you are diabetic and have any concerns, see podiatrist Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider can treat your diabetic feet.  

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

For more information about Diabetic Foot Care, follow the link below.

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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High temperatures and humidity greatly affect the risk of having a recurrent gout attack, according to Tuhina Neogi, MD, PhD, and other researchers of the Boston University School of Medicine. 619 participants answered a questionnaire on the study website; all participants were diagnosed with gout and within the past 12 months had had a gout attack. Findings determined that a respective 43% and 40% increased risk of a recurrent gout attack was associated with temperatures of  70°-79° F and 80° F and above.

“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 recurrent gout attacks,” the authors concluded.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

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.

For more information about gout, please follow the link below.

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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Many patients often choose to undergo corrective surgery for hammertoe to quickly relieve the pain and swelling associated with the condition. Insurance companies will often require patients to first try non-surgical treatments, however, before agreeing to cover the cost of hammertoe surgery. Treatments for hammertoe that are non-surgical include a splint to hold the hammertoe in the correct position if it can still be straightened, the placement of non-medicated pads over the tops of the deformed join to protect the toe from rubbing against the shoe, and the creation of a custom-made orthotic insert to help decrease discomfort. General prevention of hammertoe exacerbation involves wearing properly fitted shoes that leave a gap of at least half an inch between the longest of your toes and the top of the shoe and avoiding wearing high heels.

To successfully correct a hammertoe and relieve the pain and inflammation associated it, medical assistance may be necessary. If you are seeking hammertoe treatment, consult with 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 little-known 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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Regularly changing your socks can help prevent the occurrence of fungal infections in the foot, particularly tinea pedis or Athlete’s foot. At any given time, fifteen to twenty-five percent of people have it. While one method to avoid Athlete’s foot is to wear sandals, the colder months make wearing sandals much more difficult. Changing socks will also reduce unpleasant foot odor. A statement from the U.K.’s National Health Service suggests that you should wear a clean pair of socks at least once a day to avoid smells. Bacteria are also more likely to sit on the surface of polyester and other synthetic fabric in comparison to materials such as cotton. 

Having Athlete’s foot warrants a visit to your physician for proper treatment. If you have any questions regarding Athlete’s foot and how to manage the condition, speak to Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

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

For more information about Athlete’s Foot, follow the link below.

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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The successful Samaritan’s Feet event, held by Samaritan’s Feet International and Northeastern Indiana Credit Union Chapter (NEICUC), was able to put new pairs of shoes onto three hundred members of the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne and the Euell A. Wilson Center. To help spread and share hope among local children, the event also had the members’ feet washed by volunteers. Samaritan’s Feet’s leaders believe it is possible to show to the youth that they can reach their dreams. NEICUC financed the event, coordinated the logistics, and recruited over 40 volunteers to help run the project. “It is wonderful to see the collaborative efforts that have been done on behalf of the youth in our community,” said Joe Jordan, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne.

Growing children should wear proper fitting shoes to ensure that their development is not hindered by detrimental foot problems. For more information about proper shoe fitting and its benefits for children, consult with Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will help you determine the best fit for your children’s feet and 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

For more information about Proper Shoe Fitting, follow the link below.

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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Many fashion-forward women are aware of the painful consequences that come with wearing high heels for extended periods of time. What women often forget, however, is that flat shoes—especially those with little to no foot support—can cause just as many foot problems as heels. 41-year-old teaching assistant Michele Crow learned this the hard way after being diagnosed with plantar fasciitis following a vacation in Portugal. Crow had worn a pair of wooden-soled flip-flops that left her with burning, stabbing pains. When the pain did not improve, a consultation with her doctor told Crow she had plantar fasciitis. “He said that wearing flat, unsupportive shoes, such as flip-flops and old trainers, had caused my arches to drop and the ligaments and tendons in the base of my foot to overstretch or tear,” said Crow.

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition. If you are experiencing heel pain, see one of our podiatrists of Foot Centers of Maryland. Our doctors will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Baltimore, MD. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Fans of summer are filling up nail salons, looking to receive pedicures that will ensure their feet are sandal-ready. The importance of salon sterilization is on the rise, however, as doctors and salon managers become more and more concerned over the risk of acquiring toenail fungus.

Even the most skilled and experienced of pedicurists can accidentally cut the skin and put their clients at risk for infection. It is encouraged to therefore ask about the methods in which salon equipment is sterilized. Due to their use of high-temperature and high-pressure steam, autoclaves have become the gold standard for cleaning metal tools. People with high-risk health concerns such as poor circulation or immunity, or diabetes should avoid pedicures altogether. 

Toenail fungus can be difficult to treat. Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland can assist you in determining which treatment is best for you. Dr. Sider will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments 

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body.  Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free. 

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

For more information about Toenail Fungus, follow the link below.

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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Last season, the Miami Heat’s elite shooting guard Dwayne Wade was allowed to rest his damaged knees due to presence of LeBron James. For 28 games, Wade was not participating on the court but in a “maintenance program” designed by trainers to keep him healthy for the playoffs. This season, however, the Heat is without the presence of James, pushing Wade to become the team’s consistent shooting guard. Wade was originally following a specific plan that involved shockwave therapy to prepare his body for a strong playoff run while also strengthening his knees for future seasons. He and the Heat are looking forward to see the extensive effects of the OssaTron shockwave therapy. 

Shockwave therapy is a treatment commonly used to treat various injuries and conditions, particularly plantar fasciitis in the feet. 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 information and treatment.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves that are directed to the affected tissues of the body with pinpoint accuracy. The effects are very beneficial, leading to a production of collagen fibers, eliminating inflammation.

Who Benefits from Shockwave?

Shockwave is recommended for patients suffering from heel pain and associated problems. Heel pain is a common condition which can be caused by obesity, overexertion, and spending a substantial amount of time on hard floors with your feet exposed and unsupported.

Fast and Easy

The therapy is actually a simple process that can leave patients feeling better the very next day. Shockwave therapy is not as dramatic as it sounds. It enables more blood flow to effected areas, attacking the source of the problem so treatment lasts for a long time.

Treatment & Recovery Time

Shockwave treatment will enable your feet to recover quickly. This is especially important since surgery is not required. It is cost effective and does not require the use of anesthesia. This treatment is a better option to surgery, since it is proven safe.

For more information regarding shockwave therapy, follow the link below.

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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