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A woman from Chongqing, China works as a waitress despite being born with backwards feet. While she was born with the rare condition, Wang Fang has lived a normal life. Doctors have previously worried about the possibility that Wang Fang may find trouble walking. But the Chinese woman has shown otherwise by walking normally and even working on her feet as a waitress. “I can run faster than most of my friends and have a regular job as a waitress in the family restaurant. There is no reason to class me as disabled,” said Fang. “I can walk as well as anyone else and even run faster than them. I’m like everyone else—except of course that I put my shoes on backwards.”

There are several different effects that come with constantly working on your feet. If you are finding difficulty working on your feet, consult with podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care will can treat your foot and ankle needs.

 

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

 

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Try allowing yourself to expose your feet to air.

 

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere.

Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Pikesville, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

 

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Thursday, 16 October 2014 21:32

High Heels Special Designed for Comfort

It might seem like a contradiction, but 47 year old Dr. Taryn Rose aspires to create high heels that are both fashionable and comfortable. An ex-orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Rose has a $40 million business with her footwear collection. Dr. Rose has also launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund what she calls ‘wing shoes’.  

 

Enrico Cuini for DRESR, the name of the collection, consists of special constructed carbon fiber ‘wings’ built into the insoles, which support and cushion all three arches of the foot. “The wings ‘flutter’ as you walk to provide a pumping action, which helps blood flow back to your heart from your feet,” Dr. Rose says, “This provides comfort and decreases swelling in your feet. “

 

High heels can negatively affect your feet if they do not offer enough support. If you would like to learn more, speak to podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care will can treat 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. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Pikesville, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

 

 

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At the University of Central Lancashire, a study that consisted of twelve adult male participants by Dr. Jonathan Sinclair was conducted. Dr. Sinclair’s study has found that wearing orthotic insoles may lower the chances of an Achilles tendon injury.


The study’s participants ran on a mat equipped with special sensors that measure the foot’s biomechanics. It was found that while wearing the insoles, pressure placed on the men’s Achilles tendons was significantly lighter compared to those not wearing insoles. The peak ground reaction of the runners had no difference whether wearing orthotic insoles or not. Sinclair believes this could be that certain running shoes already having cushion around the midsole.

 

Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful and a huge nuisance. If you are suffering from an Achilles tendon injury, consult with podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

 

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.

 

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If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Pikesville, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

 

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When it comes to patients contending with bunions, The Daily News’s Running Doc discusses various treatments and options sufferers may want to look into before opting for surgery. Bunions are identified along the inner portion of the big toe’s first joint as large bumps on the bone.


To prevent the growth of bunions, opt for looser fitting shoes around the toes or flexible full-length orthotics while running. Avoid wearing high heels often. Utilize thin foam or silicone toe separators to prevent toes from rubbing together. Anti-inflammatories and corrective devices can be implemented if the aforementioned methods do not work. Only consider bunion surgery as a last resort.  


To prevent exacerbation and extended pain, treatment for bunions should be implemented quickly. To learn more, see podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care


What is a Bunion?
A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful. 


Formation
Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.
Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement. 


Diagnosis
A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.
Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.
Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, this usually indicates a bunion. 


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If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Pikesville, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

 

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http://2-ps.googleusercontent.com/x/www.broadwayworld.com/images.bwwstatic.com/columnpic6/250xNxicon-fitness.jpg.pagespeed.ic.GKYM9vkZCR.jpgThe Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) put together a presentation that honed in on active women affected by neuromas in their feet. Women, generally speaking, are more likely to sustain podiatric-related conditions, especially neuromas, as a result of  the choice of footwear.

 

Kris DiNucci, who presented at the event, stated that active women who are flat footed or habitually wear narrow shoes develop a higher chance in developing neuromas. Morton’s Neuroma, which occurs between the third and fourth toe, happens to be most common neuroma in the feet.

 

Morton’s neuroma can be a difficult condition to contend with. If you are experiencing symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma, talk to podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov can diagnose and treat your feet accordingly.

 

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.  Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition.


What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot. 


If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Pikesville, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

 

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 Brandi Schlossberg claims ankle and foot orthotics (AFOs) can benefit who suffer from foot and ankle problems. Schlossberg says that AFOs can treat painful podiatric conditions such as plantar fasciitis. Foot orthotics can treat plantar fasciitis by reducing any pressure being placed on the heel. Additionally, orthotics can spread any shock absorbed by the foot, easing any pain.  
Aside from plantar fasciitis, orthotics can also improve the foot’s biomechanics of the feet. Of course, having good or improved biomechanics can prevent or reduce the likelihood of conditions such as plantar fasciitis in the first place. However, as with any treatment, Schlossberg advises consulting with a physician first before investing in foot orthotics.

Foot orthotics serve a wide range of usefulness when it comes to foot and ankle conditions. If you are undergoing discomfort in your feet, see podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

 

What are Ankle Foot Orthotics?
Orthotics are physical aids used to support weak limbs or direct the proper function of limbs. Often they are used to support the ankle and foot. Such orthotics are known as AFOs. AFOs help strengthen the muscles or train them to function in the proper position. AFOs can also benefit muscles that need to be lengthened or loosened.

 

Why might you need orthotics?
Orthotics are often prescribed when someone is suffering from diseases that affect the musculature, like polio and multiple sclerosis. However, more common conditions like arthritis and stroke, or those that “toe in”, may also require orthotics.
Modern orthotics have improved dramatically from the metal braces of previous years. Many of today’s orthotics are made of lightweight plastics and other advanced materials to provide new levels of comfort and support. Often the orthosis is designed in a rigid L shape that is contoured to the calf and flesh colored.

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If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Pikesville, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Recent research shows that kids specializing in a single sport should halt their progress until they have reached adolescence to avoid contributing to early injury and damage. Specialization can recommence upon reaching the age of 15-years, as it is at this age that boys will usually only have three years left of growing and that girls are just about finishing their growth spurts. “During the growth spurts, the growth plates are at a higher risk for injury,” commented Dr. Liebeg of Akron Children’s Hospital. Sever’s disease is prevalent in growing kids and is very common. The disease primarily manifests in physically active kids as the inflammation of the heel’s growth plate.

 

Sever’s disease is a foot condition that is common in growing children. If your child is experiencing heel pain, consult with Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

 

 

Sever’s Disease

 

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

 

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

 

Toe gait- develops in which the child must change the way they walk to avoid placing weight on the heel. This can lead to other problems as well in the future.

 

 

Symptoms

 

Acute pain – pain asscoiatied with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

 

For more information about Sever’s Disease, follow the link below.

 

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Pikesville, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

 

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Before racing in the World Series final at Edmonton, Commonwealth Games champion and Olympic triathlete Vicky Holland will be racing at the penultimate World Series leg in Stockholm. Holland has been suffering from plantar fasciitis and was a victim of the condition’s serious inflammation earlier in the year. As a result of her troubles, Holland is ending the season early to recover. “I’m not sure what the plan at the end of the season is, whether I will be in a boot or have shockwave therapy again or have injections … So it’s important for me now to finish the season early, address the issues I have and then go again.”
Plantar fasciitis is commonly treated with shockwave therapy. To learn more, consult with Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will answer all of your foot- and ankle-related questions. 


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


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Pregnant women will often find that they are the victims of swollen feet. A variety of simple treatments, however, are available to help relieve swelling. Soaking the feet in either salt water or a solution of water and either peppermint or eucalyptus oil can ease swelling. A foot massage is also an option, as a massage will increase circulation and increase blood flow in the feet. Another method to ensure blood circulation is to keep the feet elevated. Another important concern is the prevention of salt buildup in the body, one of the main causes of swelling. To prevent this, pregnant women should drink at least 7-8 glasses of water every day.


Swollen feet are a natural occurrence for many pregnant women and can be eased with proper treatment. If your swollen feet are giving you trouble, consult with podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov can answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions and provide you with quality treatment. 


What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?
One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  
Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages.  


How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the 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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Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:53

Rugby Athlete Suffers Heel Injury

The Collingwood Magpies Dane Swan has been off the field for the past month due to a strained plantar fascia. However, Collingwood might really need their star player’s skills if they want to win in future games.

 

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley is said to be fully aware that the team lacks in manpower and hopes Swan recovers soon. “He’s a senior player,” Buckley said of Swan. “He has lots of experience, so we’ll end up having a discussion with him over the next 24 hours to see where we go from here.”

 

Heel pain can be caused by a number of different podiatric ailments. If your heels hurt, think about contacting podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov can get you an accurate diagnosis and treat the cause of your discomfort.

 

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 contact our office located in Pikesville, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

 

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