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Monday, 26 September 2016 18:14

Avoid Delaying Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

plantar fasciitis3Approximately 2 million people are treated for plantar fasciitis each year. If left untreated, the condition can lead to further long-term issues, such as knee, hip, and back pain. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, the band of tissue lining the bottom of the foot, becomes inflamed or irritated due to too much strain. Those who are more prone to developing plantar fasciitis have flat feet or either high arches.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will do everything possible to treat your condition.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of 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 are 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 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 and ankle needs.

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Monday, 19 September 2016 14:37

Symptoms of Toenail Fungus

broken toe2It is possible for fungi to appear under your toenail and cause an infection. There are some symptoms that you should look out for if you suspect that you have toenail fungus. If your toes are a darker white, or more yellow than usual, there is a chance that you may have toenail fungus. Another symptom of toenail fungus is toenails that have a strong unpleasant odor. Lastly, you should beware of toenails that are painful and disrupt your walking. This is another sign that you may have a toenail fungus.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, 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.

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.  

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 and ankle needs.

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Monday, 12 September 2016 15:31

Ingrown Toenails Can Affect Anyone

ingrown toenailIngrown toenails, or onchyocrptosis, can affect anyone of any age or gender, and it generally affects the big toe. Causes of ingrown toenails include tight-fitting shoes, infections or injury to the nail, and cutting your toenails too short. Practicing good foot hygiene is also important in ensuring that your toenails stay healthy. Avoid cutting the nails in a rounded shape at the sides and make sure that your shoes are comfortable.

Ingrown toenails can be an easy fix if treated properly. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, contact Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Sider will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

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 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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Monday, 05 September 2016 21:50

High Heels Can Cause Stress Fractures

corns2There are a lot of health risks that come along with wearing high heels. High heels point the toes downward, which loads feet with the full weight of the bodies. As a result, foot, leg, and back muscles are forced out of alignment, and this causes damage to other parts of the body. They can also cause stress fractures due to the excessive pressure being put on the ball of the foot. Heel pain is another issue commonly experienced by women who wear high heels. It is important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of heels before deciding to wear them.

High heels can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Sean Sider, D.P.M. of Foot Centers of Maryland. Dr. Siderwill attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity. Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain. Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems. Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising. If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work. Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock; you can buy either full inserts or metatarsal pads.

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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