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Monday, 08 June 2015 00:00

Heel Pain is a Common Condition

heel-painGeneral practitioner Margaret Abbott reports that heel pain is a common condition often caused when the plantar fascia becomes damaged. However, it is very important that a general practitioner or podiatrist examines the foot to diagnose the specific cause of heel pain. To help speed up recovery, rest the foot as much as possible and avoid walking long distances or standing for long periods. Shoes should be fitted properly and should cushion the feet; the latter can be done with the use of foot inserts.

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If your heel is hurting consult with Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Causes of Heel Pain

  • Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.
  • Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.
  • Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                     
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change             
  • Excessive running

Treatments
Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office, located in Pikesville, MD. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.
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Monday, 01 June 2015 21:12

Kyle Irving Played with Strained Foot

foot-ankle-injuriesKyle Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers had scored just 11 points on 3-for-13 shooting in the team’s game against the Chicago Bulls when it was revealed post game that he was playing on a strained right foot. Irving claimed to notice the injury in Game 2 of Cleveland’s first-round series against the Boston Celtics. He underwent tests shortly within the week. “I have been trying to get treatment since then,” Irving said. “I just have to stay ready to play. There are no excuses. And I have to play through it.”

 

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. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov 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 feel free to contact our office, located in Pikesville, MD. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

 

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Monday, 25 May 2015 00:00

Michal Rozsival breaks Ankle in Game

foot-ankle-injuriesDuring a game against the Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival lost his balance while skating backward and broke his ankle. According to a statement from the Blackhawks through Dr. Michael Terry, Rozsival suffered a fractured left ankle. The defenseman will require surgery to repair it and is not expected to return to full hockey activity until next season.
To ensure that a broken ankle completely heals, treatment should be sought right away. For assistance, see Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles
The ankle consists of three bones- the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The tibia and the fibula are the two bones that connect to your knees. They sit directly above the talus bone, which is protected by a fibrous membrane and allows slight movement in the ankle joint. A break usually occurs in one of these bones after the foot is twisted too far, a strong impact like jumping from a great height, or repeated stresses like running.

Diagnosis
If you suffer an ankle injury, it is essential that you receive a correct diagnosis. One of the first signs that the ankle is broken is an inability to put any weight on it. There will often be severe bruising and swelling at the sight of the injury. Your doctor may also order an x-ray be taken to determine the exact location and extent of the injury.

Treatment
Without proper care, a broken ankle may not heal properly and could cause arthritis and instability later in life. Therefore, seeking proper treatment is essential to making a full recovery.

There a number of steps you can take to accelerate the healing process however. Elevating your feet above your head and icing the ankle can reduce pain and swelling.

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

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dtrechIn a 2014 survey from the American Podiatric Medical association, results found that heels were the most common cause of foot pain among women. Much of the foot pain stems from the foot being forced into the “plantarflexed” position, such as standing on tiptoes or wearing high heels. This posture can lead to painful muscle fatigue and strain injuries. High heel wearers are especially prone to calluses, blisters, bunions, and ingrown toenails. The higher the heel, the more concerns the wearer should be aware of.
High heels can negatively affect your feet if they do not offer enough support. If you would like to learn more, speak to Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

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

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

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dtrechWith the arrival of summer temperatures and sandal weather, many people look forward to uncover feet that have spent the colder months in heavy socks and shoes. Some, however, may be wary to show their feet that have become dry and cracked with ridged nails. New gadgets can reportedly bring the feet back up to speed.

Clarisonic has created the Clarisonic Pedi, a toothbrush for the feet that is described as a ‘home foot care system to transform rough, dry heels and toes in just minutes’. Other gadgets include a battery-operated buffer and an electronic heel smoother.

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, consult with Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov 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 feel free to contact our office, located in Pikesville, MD. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Monday, 04 May 2015 00:00

Solutions for Sweaty Feet

brokenHyperhidrosis of the feet is a clinical condition in which the feet sweat excessively. Young men are particularly susceptible to the condition. To combat sweaty feet, there are several solutions.

Wear moisture-wicking socks made out of synthetic material and change them at least once-a-day to prevent bacteria from growing in the damp environment. Foot powder, cornstarch, or even an antiperspirant or deodorant on the feet can also help control sweaty feet.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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

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fractAfter jumping off the stage during her performance of “Dog Days Are Over” at the first Coachella weekend, Florence Welch of the band Florence + the Machine took the stage again with a broken foot. The singer’s injury did not deter her mood or her performance, however, with the 28-year-old giggling at the shouts of fans and even inviting one on stage for a hug.

Welch, normally a high-energy performer, was forced to remain seated during her performance; it was that or either wear a robotic walking boot. While the disabled performer was not able to move around the stage as she would have preferred, Florence + the Machine was still able to showcase Welch’s stunning voice at its rawest.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment to prevent exacerbation. If you are seeking treatment for a broken foot, visit Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have an broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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arthritisSeniors attending the Marcus Daly Rehabilitation National Arthritis Foundation exercise program at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital are learning more about arthritis and how to exercise properly to fight the condition. The two classes, Walk with Ease and the National Arthritis Foundation Exercise program, are supported by studies.

Physical therapy assistant and certified class instructor Missy Frank shared, “Students report improved pain and energy. Studies time and time again show that exercise—walking and strengthening—keeps your bones strong, keeps your health and heart stronger. It increases your overall health. People have already reported better balance and getting stronger.”

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. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov 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 feel free to contact our office, located in Pikesville, MD. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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childrenOrthopedic consultant surgeon Professor Rohan Rajan is a hero amongst children patients at the Royal Derby Hospital for introducing the Ponseti method of treating clubfoot. Professor Rajan has treated over 180 cases of clubfoot. The Ponseti method treats clubfoot through manipulation and by using a series of casts to change the shape of the feet without surgery.

“In the old days, a child with clubfoot would have to wait until they were 18 months old before they could have treatment. It would involve a long incision—big surgery—to reshape the foot and there was risk of a lot of complication. The Ponseti method means children can have treatment as soon as they are born and it means they do not have to undergo surgery.”

Making sure that your child has the proper foot health is important as they grow up. If you have any questions contact Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.
Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

  • Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
  • Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 
As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

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


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Monday, 06 April 2015 00:00

Using Vinegar on Cracked Heels

heighhealsVinegar, while typically used as a cooking ingredient, is very useful in remedying dry and cracked heels. One part of white vinegar, when mixed with two parts of warm water, can be used as a soak for the feet. A pumice stone can be used to scrub the dead skin after soaking for 20-25 minutes. Mixing white vinegar with curd creates a solution that removes dead skin while filling in the cracks.

White vinegar can also be mixed to warm water and sheer or cocoa butter to create a mixture that can be rubbed onto the heels. Apple cider vinegar is another type of vinegar that is useful against cracked heels, and when mixed with two parts warm water can create another soak for the feet to remedy dry skin.

Cracked heels can become painful if left untreated. To learn more, consult with Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.  

The Truth about Cracked Heels
Cracked Heels
Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How do you get them?
Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing
Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief, or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – wearing socks with medicated creams, helps lock in moisture so it can stay on longer.
Moisturizers – applying it both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.
Pumice Stones – these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal.

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

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