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aj-ellisA.J. Ellis, catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is out for 15 days due to a sprained ankle that he incurred while on the field celebrating his teammate Josh Beckett’s no-hitter against the Phillies last Sunday. When the game was over, the Dodgers rushed out onto the field to congratulate Beckett for his historic achievement. Unfortunately, catastrophe struck when Ellis slipped on backup catcher Drew Butera’s facemask and twisted his ankle.

"I wanted to be a part of it. It's a great day, a great experience to be a part of. I quickly lost my thrill for what happened," Ellis said. "Rolled it pretty good. I'm beyond frustrated, still kind of shocked."

Ankle sprains can be painful nuisances. To get professional care for your sprained ankle, visit podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, DPM of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramovcan assess the damage and provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan.

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.

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

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luke-rockholdWorld-ranked UFC competitor Luke Rockhold was able to defeat middleweight Tim Boetsch during their recent bout, but unfortunately walked away with a broken toe. He shared a photo of his x-ray on Instagram, and officially made the injury public during a post-game UFC 172 press conference.

Rockhold will use the resting period fighters usually get after a match to allow the toe to heal before his next fight. It’s been rumored that he may be a possible contender for the championship title.

A broken toe can cause a lot of discomfort for such a tiny injury. If you need assistance caring for a broken toe, consult with podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, DPM of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramovwill take a look at the afflicted appendage and recommend an appropriate form of treatment.

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). Another type of trauma that can break a toe is repeated activity that places stress on the toe for prolonged periods of time.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe with ease.
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe
  • injured person experiences fever or chills throughout their body, and when there is an open, bleeding wound present on the toe.

Generally, a minor toe break will heal without long-term complications, but it is important to discontinue activities that put pressure on the toe. It is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated on pillows. Swelling can be alleviated by placing an ice pack on the broken toe for 15 minutes every two hours during the first two days after the fracture.

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

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justin-garrettAs a result of two separate foot injuries, college athlete Justin Garrett spent nearly the entire 2013 season on the bench. Last year the Auburn junior suffered both a sprained left foot and a broken right foot. Garrett’s injuries wound up preventing him from participating in spring practices. In fact, Garrett was forced to give up his Star safety position to former roommate Robenson Therezie Took.


The underlying problem behind Garrett’s injuries was actually an undetected case of flat feet. To help, Garrett wears orthotic insoles to aid with his arch support as well as wide-fitting cleats for additional comfort.  Although Garrett did not return to his starting position, he says he is content just to be in the game.
Orthotics can alleviate the effects of foot and ankle injuries. If you have pain or discomfort in your feet, see podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, DPM of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will address your foot and ankle concerns.    

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.

For more information about Ankle Foot Orthotics, please follow the link below.

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

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bette-midlerSinger and songwriter Bette Midler delivered the keynote speech at a Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas event earlier this month, but the trip wasn’t entirely without a hitch.  Before returning home, the star posted a picture of her foot to Twitter that displayed a heavily bandaged big toe: "My New York toes don't love Texas cowboy boots….Looks like my green thumb has made its way down south!"

Beneath the bandage is naked flesh.  Midler had an ingrown nail removed after a pedicure and uncomfortable footwear worsened the pain until it was too much to handle.

An ingrown toenail can cause vast discomfort and shouldn’t be ignored. For treatment, see podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, DPM of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will assess all of your podiatric concerns and provide the quality care that you need.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.
There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:
-Let your toenails grow out
-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed
-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed.

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

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william-van-marelWilliam Van Marel, Jr. had a rather atypical hobby as a teenager growing up in Orange City, Iowa.  Under the tutelage of shoemaker Wilhelm Jansen, he spent his free time carving traditional Dutch shoes out of wood.

Jansen moved from the Netherlands in 1956.  He distributed his shoes, called klompen, throughout the country, but also provided footwear locally and fine-tuned his shoes for anyone who walked in with specific foot problems.  Jansen could assess whether the problem was caused by bunions, high arches, etc., and carve out appropriate modifications.

Jansen has long since passed away and The Old Factory is now a coffee shop, but Van Marel is doing his best to keep the tradition alive.

Proper foot support is critical to keep your feet healthy.  For questions about appropriate footwear, see podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov's of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will treat your podiatric needs.

The Importance of Proper Foot Support

Walking is an everyday function for both men and women, and in order to keep your body’s balance in order, you are going to need shoes that provide the proper kinds of support. 

Poor foot support can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulder. It also can lead to emotional stress, and physiological changes in the body. In order to avoid these problems, you must have proper foot support.

The arch is the most important part of the foot, which is where most of the support and balance of your feet lies. The arch of your foot varies in height, and as you age, this height can change. Proper foot support will help musculoskeletal issues, which causes inactivity or disability.

When looking for shoes that give proper support to your feet, you should refrain from wearing ill-fitting shoes.  If footwear is too tight, this can affect the body’s posture, stress, bone deformities, and other foot and back pain. Therefore, it is important that shoes fit well in order to avoid these complications.

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

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ciara-capezioWhen the Iowa State University Cyclones began getting ready for their Spring debut this year, they weren’t sure if one of their best players would be ready to participate or not.

Sophomore and former All-Big 12 player Ciara Capezio recently had a case of Morton’s neuroma in her foot surgically corrected, and her coaches were unclear on whether or not she would need more time to recover. But fortunately Capezio was able to return to the court and aid the Cyclones in defeating Nebraska-Kearney, Nebraska-Omaha, and Northern Iowa.

Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition that arises from straining certain areas of the foot. If you are experiencing foot pain and think it might be from a neuroma, call podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, DPM of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will determine how severe your injury is and recommend a suitable treatment method.

Morton’s Neuroma

Also called Intermetatarsal Neuroma or Plantar Neuroma is a condition that affects the nerves of the feet, which targets the toe between the third and fourth toe. Neuroma is a growth that can occur in various areas of the body. Morton’s Neuroma causes the nerves around the feet to become enlarged causing pain in the feet.

Morton’s Neuroma can be caused by injury or pressure, many times no visible signs will indicate that you may have this. Instead, a tingling sensation along with pain will be present.  If this condition is left untreated, pain is likely to continue and worsen.

Foot pain should be treated immediately. Paying close attention to your feet, will less likely mean that you will have to undergo surgery.

How Does It Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes
  • High impact exercise
  • Sustaining injuries
  • Walking incorrectly (bunions, flat-feet)


Treatment for the affected feet can help tremendously. A podiatrist will help identify the issue and prompt the patient to a treatment plan. In many cases the doctor will recommend the following: 

Apply padding to the arch
Ice packs on the affected area to reduce swelling
Reduce strenuous activities
Provide wider shoes


Surgery will be a last option if the podiatrist decides nothing else seems to working.


If you have any questions, 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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kent-bazemoreThere has been an unusually large amount of Lakers’ players that have been injured in the 2014 season; Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Xavier Henry, and now Kent Bazemore.

A recent medical examination revealed the Lakers shooting guard has a tendon tear in his right foot that will require surgery to repair. That surgery was immediately scheduled to repair the injured ligament. The injury occurred, according to Bazemore, as he was dribbling along the edge of court during a game against the Clippers. He felt a pop in his foot and he collapsed. The rest of the 2014 season will not have Kent Bazemore in it.   

Suffering a sports related foot or ankle injury is never good news. If you have a sports related foot or ankle injury, see podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, DPM of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov can provide your injury with the care it needs.  

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries 

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

• Plantar Fasciitis
• Plantar Fasciosis
• Achilles Tendinitis
• Achilles Tendon Rupture
• Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions, 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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Young Swimmer Has no Need for Flat Feet

C.J. Kopecki, of the South Florida Aquatic Club (SOFLO) surges ahead during the Boys 13-14 Division 200-yard butterfly event at the recent Florida Gold Coast 14-Under Junior Olympics in Coral Springs. Kopecki helped SOFLO win is fourth consecutive combined team championship.Fourteen-year-old C.J. Kopecki could be considered a “Junior Olympian” in swimming. He’s a valuable team member of the South Florida Aquatic Club (SOFLO) and was just awarded third place in his division at the Florida Gold Coast 14-Under Junior Olympics. In a strange twist, Kopecki’s original aspiration was actually to be a soccer player.

Unfortunately, he has flat feet, and when he was ten he found out that he would probably never be able to run as well as his teammates. So he considered swimming as his next option. "I decided to try it out,” Kopecki said. “I went to a practice and … got taught all of the strokes and learned to swim. I have loved it ever since then.”

Flat feet are a nuisance. If you have questions about living with this condition, call podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, DPM of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov can teach you how to avoid as much of the discomfort brought on by flat feet as possible.

Flat Feet

Flat feet is the name of a condition in which the arch of the foot is lowered or fails to develop all together. Flat feet are common among babies and small children, but arches are generally formed as the child grows. However, flat feet can become problematic if the arch never develops.  Adults may develop flat feet after an injury or from the increased weight of a pregnancy.

Diagnosis

The wet footprint test can help diagnose flat feet. The individual places their feet on a wet surface, and then walks across a dry surface to create an impression of their footprint. If there are no indentations or arches in the footprint, the individual may have flat feet. In all cases, it is best to consult with a podiatrist to confirm the diagnosis.

Types of Flat Feet

Rigid – this is when someone’s arch of the foot is not present when sitting or standing.
Treatment may be necessary if pain is present, and orthotics may be prescribed.

Flexible – the arch shows when someone is sitting, but then goes away when they are standing.
Treatment may not be necessary.

Surgery

In some instances surgery may be recommended if exercise and orthotics do not work.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Pikesville, MD. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to give you the best care options available.

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runnersRunning experts have lately been locked in an intense debate about whether it’s better to avoid injuries by running in shoes with a lot of cushioning, shoes with minimal cushioning, or no shoes at all. But according to some scientists, the shoe you wear doesn’t matter at all, and what’s really important are each runner’s unique biomechanics and exercise habits.

“The best shoe for a runner is highly individualized,” Allison Gruber, a researcher at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s biomechanics laboratory, told Outside. “What may prevent or ‘cure’ injuries for one person may cause them or make them worse for another.”

Barefoot running is a relatively new trend, and its advantages are still being widely scrutinized. If you have questions about barefoot or minimalist running, visit podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov's of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov can teach you the facts about this technique and help you decide if it’s something you’d like to pursue.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running

-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running


-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running

-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our offices in Pikesville, MD. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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wartsMany people are going barefoot, a practice that is becoming more common year-round. Nevertheless, by doing this you can be placing your feet in serious vulnerability. According to Hudson Valley podiatrist Clifford Toback, having your feet bare can make them liable to moveable objects on the ground and also increase the danger of plantar warts.

By putting your bare feet on unprotected ground, you can become more prone to athlete’s foot, plantar warts and other disturbing conditions. It is recommended to should avoid flip-flops and keep your toenails properly trimmed and maintained.

If your or someone you know suffers from plantar warts, it is advisable to seek professional medical advice from a podiatrist like Dr. Boris Abramov of Abramov's Comprehensive Footcare. Dr. Abramov can advise you on how best to treat a number of foot conditions; including plantar warts.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly on the heels or balls of the feet. Some symptoms include:

  • Some pain while standing
  • Tenderness in the foot’s sole
  • Cosmetic discomfort (embarrassment)


While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or a biopsy.

Several methods for treating plantar warts exist. They include:

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over the counter medications
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Soak

To avoid plantar warts, refrain from walking barefoot in public areas and avoid direct contact with warts.

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

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