Items filtered by date: July 2016

barefoot running7This year’s Glastonbury festival left a lot of people with sprained ankles and tired muscles. Although it is usual for attendees to be exhausted after Glastonbury, it is unusual for the exhaustion to be caused by poor ground conditions. The ground at this year’s festival was covered in mud, and it made navigating throughout the area difficult. A young man named Tom stated that his father fractured his ankle from dragging his leg through the mud. Walking in the poor conditions proved to be extremely exhausting for the attendees, and it caused many of them to have sore muscles. 

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 attend to 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 feel free to contact our office located in Baltimore and Reisterstown, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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broken toe2Socrates Brito of the Arizona Diamondbacks has been placed on the disabled list for 15 days after a battle with a broken toe. While Brito was able to play a full game before Reno, he was eventually placed as optional because his injuries were questionable. The outfielder was replaced by Brandon Drury despite hitting .211 in 13 games.

A broken toe is extremely painful and needs immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your feet contact Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Siderwill provide quality care for your feet.  

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 feel free to contact one of our offices located in Baltimore and Reisterstown, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 11 July 2016 16:16

High Heels May Cause Corns

black legsAlthough high heels are fashionable, they should not be your first choice in footwear if you care about your foot health. Corns are one of the many issues that stem from wearing heels, though they can easily be prevented.  Corns are an area of thickened skin on the foot, and they mainly occur near the toes. They are the result of repeated pressure on the skin. It is important to wear appropriate footwear in order to maintain healthy and beautiful feet. 

If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?

Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
- Well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a good majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

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

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shoesWearing appropriate footwear is essential in preventing a variety of foot injuries. Wearing shoes that don’t fit properly may cause corns, calluses, bunions, hammertoes, and more. In order to make sure you are wearing appropriate shoes for your feet, it is imperative that you have them measured. It is also important to walk around in a pair of shoes before you buy them. This will allow you to make a proper judgement call on whether or not the shoes will be comfortable enough for daily use.

Proper fitting shoes are essential to one’s overall health. If you are having foot and ankle problems,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.

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

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