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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matt-wietersOrioles’ catcher Matt Wieters left the game after his ankle rolled in the bottom of the fourth inning during a 6-5 loss against the Red Sox.  "Just precautionary," manager Buck Showalter said of the move. "He's fine. [He] went in and got some ice on it."

The foot injury was sustained as Wieters walked with the bases loaded to drive in a run in the fourth inning; he moved to second on a wild pitch, and then ran to third rolling his ankle on Ryan Flaherty’s inning ground out.

Wieters will have some days off which will help him heal and rest his feet. "[Head athletic trainer] Richie [Bancells] said during the season he would have continued to play," Showalter said. "Just wanted to get some ice on it make sure it doesn't turn into something worse."

You must take care of your injuries to be getting back into the game. If you sustained a sports related foot or ankle injury, see podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov's of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov can help treat your foot related injuries.   

Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries

Sprained ankles are a frustrating and painful ordeal many athletes go through. Recovery from a sprained ankle usually involves the RICE method. This includes:

• Rest
• Ice
• Compression
• Elevation

In addition, athletes should consider wearing an ankle brace in order to keep the ankle stabilized and alleviate any pain as it heals.

Stress fractures that occur in the foot and ankle come in two types. This includes stable and displaced. Stable stress fractures do not consist of any shifting in bone alignment while displaced stress fractures involve bone ends that do not line up.

Learn more about getting back into sports after foot and ankle injury by following link below.

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foot-care4A University of Colorado event called the Underserved Interprofessional Health Training and Education program invited homeless people to come to the St. Francis Center shelter to have their feet cared for and examined for illnesses. Six university faculty members and 18 medical students were on hand to clip toenails, provide toiletries, and check for diseases for 75 homeless men and women.

One of the project’s goals was to help prepare the aspiring doctors for work in impoverished urban areas. “These students are really mission-driven and motivated,” said Jan Beezley, one of the facilitators. “They’ve added this on top of med school.”

Many people underestimate the importance of everyday foot care. For advice on how to care for your feet, consider visiting a podiatrist like Dr. Boris Abramov of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov can take a look at your lower limbs and offer his professional opinion about what changes need to be made.

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. Also make sure that the socks fit properly and are not uncomfortably tight.

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

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heel-painWhen Pueblo fitness instructor Tammy Moore first starting feeling heel pain, she thought that she just needed a new pair of shoes. But eventually her feet started to hurt so badly that she could barely stand when she woke up in the mornings.

“When I’d wake up and take a step, it felt like the arches were cramped,” Moore said. “I would have this whole process of waking my feet up in the morning.” She visited a doctor and was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, a very common heel problem among athletic individuals.

Moore’s condition took over a year to heal, and she had to spend over $1000 on insoles, new shoes, and physical therapy. Frequent stretching alleviated her pain considerably, and she found she was able to run on treadmills without aggravating the injured ligament. “At the first signs, if you think you have it, start (treatments),” she said. “If I felt it coming back, I think I’d do all these things.”

Heel pain is often a sign of plantar fasciitis. If you suspect you might have this condition, speak with podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will examine your feet and help determine the source of your comfort.

The Condition Known as Plantar Fasciitis

An inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, Plantar Fasciitis can cause a great deal of pain in the arch and heel of the foot.

Treatments That Can Help Plantar Fasciitis

• Shockwave Therapy- works by sending sound waves to the sites where pain is being experienced. Commonly used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis, shockwave therapy usually requires multiple sessions
• Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia. This is from a relatively smaller new study but shown to be effective in most cases treated
• Conservative Measures- ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, physical therapy and/or anti-inflammatory medication.

What Can Cause Plantar Fasciitis?

• Excessive running
• Lack of adequate footwear
• Bad foot support
• Overpronation
• Obesity

For more information about Plantar Fasciitis, please follow the link below.

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

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Jordan Spieth during the PGA Tour's 2014 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.The Farmers Insurance Open proved frustrating for Jordan Spieth, the man who won last year’s John Deere Open, faring poorly in the weekend portion of rounds and ultimately finishing at T-19.

He’s stated that he somehow injured his ankle there, which he believes might be the cause of his subpar performance. “I felt it in the second day on the back nine…my ankles pretty messed up; ….from there I just stopped loading as well on it and I [missed] fairways.”

While the 20-year old didn’t want to directly blame the injury for his performance, he’s said it caused a loss of control for sure. He has no idea when he got hurt and hasn’t been diagnosed yet either.

Playing sports with a foot or ankle injury, can be potentially career-ending and dangerous without proper recovery time. If you have suffered a foot or ankle injury, it is highly recommended you see a podiatrist like Dr. Boris Abramov of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care before returning to the field. Dr. Abramov will diagnose and lay out all your treatment options you will work together to get you back in shape. 

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 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

There are many types of treatments that are necessary to keep the injury from becoming more serious. Ice is often used to reduce swelling and inflammation while applying a compression bandage can help reduce pain and stress on the foot. 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, feel free to contact our office in Pikesville, MD. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to suit your needs.

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Monday, 03 March 2014 00:00

Fighter In an Air Cast After UFC Victory

lyoto-machidaFamed fighter Lyoto Machida was victorious against Gegard Mousasi at UFC Fight Night. However, Machida’s victory came at a cost, potentially a broken foot.


Regarding his injury, the Brazilian fighter told Karyn Bryant on FOX Sports 1. "I don't know what happened exactly, but maybe in the third round I did some kicking and he defended with his knee,"€ Machida said. "I don't know if I broke my foot, but it happened." Machida says that his foot didn’t bothering him during the fight. "I didn't think about my foot, I just tried to keep my focus on the fight because I know Mousasi was a tough opponent and I tried to give my best," Machida said.


A broken foot can really hurt. However, these injuries are treatable thanks to podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov can treat your foot and ankle conditions and in juries.


Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment


A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is 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 who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.


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larisa-yurkiw2Skier Larisa Yurkiw  made a comeback to the Sochi Winter Olympics that earned her nickname. The 25 year old skier has had her history of sustaining injuries. According to The Star; Yurkiw sustained a devastating knee injury back in 2009. Additionally, Yurkiw wound up spraining her ankle during a recent training regimen and was dropped from Alpine Canada’s team as a result.

However, Larisa was able to raise $150,000 in order to qualify as an independent racer, effectively achieving her dream at Sochi. In regards to being dropped from Alpine Canada she said, “It stung…but the reality is…that pushed me into a place that has made me grow and develop and get to know myself better and reach my potential and beyond.”

Ankle sprains can be a blockage on the slope, but it doesn’t have to freeze the sports you enjoy. If you incurred an ankle sprain, get in contact with podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov can diagnose and treat your foot and ankle injury.  

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Injured athletes are always looking for better, faster ways to aid their recovery and get back to the sport they love. To do this, podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted so the injured athlete can get back onto the field as soon as possible. But rehabbing an injury is just as serious as the injury itself, and going through the motions of physical therapy or rehabilitation is a necessary process to keeping that injury at bay.

Sports Therapist or Physical Therapist?

If an athlete gets a foot injury, it is essential to receive foot rehabilitation to ensure proper healing. Sports therapists are more focused on athletic-related injuries than general physical therapists. It is important for an athlete to become healed properly because if they attempt to get back into their game before they are physically well, they could re-aggravate the original injury or even suffer a new one due to their weakened state.

Physical Therapy Gives Hope

Physical therapy helps to keep athletes as active as they are physically capable, which will get them ready to return to the field once their feet become healed. Physical therapy often gives hope to athletes. However in cases where the injury is very serious, the athlete may never be able to return to the game; but this does not mean it is the end of the road, as there is always hope to get better. It is best to seek out rehabilitation as soon as possible so there are better chances for a full recovery, no matter how severe or minor the injury is.

Preventing injuries is one thing, but avoiding them all together is harder than it seems, and when one does occur, seek out medical attention right away from your local podiatrist and sports therapist.

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

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sports-injuryCharlotte Jasprizza was competing in the National Netball Championships last year when she was injured and placed in a moon boot for five months after suffering a sesamoid bone fracture.


However, her Jasprizza has made significant recovery and has finally healed; now the Netball NSW has revealed that she is on the list of players representing South Wales at this year’s Championships.


Jasprizza was nominated for the team in October, and survived several cuts to ensure her place on the list. “It would be nice to get through the entire championship this time,” she said good-humoredly. Although she could not participate in the remainder of the 2013 championships, she was still named in the under 17 Australian development squad.


Sesamoiditis is common among young active individuals, especially those who participate in new physical programs. If you or someone you know is suffering from foot pain and suspect it might be sesamoiditis, see podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov of Pikesville Podiatry. Dr. Abramov can examine his or her feet and determine the best course of action.



Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

• Sudden increase in activity
• Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
• Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Maryland. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet all your needs.


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achilles-tendon4Yoga can help relieve both pain and psychological distress suffered by patients with arthritis, according to new research. Patients with osteoarthritis and those with rheumatoid arthritis both see the benefits from the exercise according to Daily Mail.
The authors from the University of Cincinnati’s Health Promotion and Education Program wrote: “By stretching the muscles, yoga can provide physical relief of symptoms around the affects joints.” About 1.5 million people in the UK see medical practitioners for osteoarthritis, which affects the lower extremity and hands. Rheumatoid arthritis is common to those in the feet and hands, affecting more than 580,000 people according to the Daily Mail.

Arthritis is a painful condition. If you are suffering arthritic pain in your feet or ankles, be sure to consult podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov can diagnose and treat your arthritic pain.

Caring for the Arthritic Foot

Humans will walk approximately 75,000 miles in the average lifetime. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and the joints become inflamed and distorted if arthritis occurs, making medical foot care and treatment crucial.
It is best to take care of your feet by wearing proper shoes. Certain conditions can develop as a result of poor footwear, such as hammertoe, neuromas, or bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot can be problematic. Buying shoes that contour to your feet with good arch support can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

-Specific exercises that stretch the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
-Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications with Capsaicin.
-Massages can help to alleviate pain temporarily.

It is best to visit your doctor for treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right health care for your feet.

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

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Thursday, 06 February 2014 13:42

Man Bases Self-Made Shoe from Tradition

mike-moreuA Nelson man named Mike Moreu habitually runs in a pair of self-made leather sandals. Moreu bases the shoe’s concept from the Tarahumara, a tribe in Mexico, citing them as an inspiration. The leather in the shoes becomes reshaped with use, eventually tailoring itself to the feet of the wearer.

Moreu’s main drive for even creating the shoes was when he read about the negative effects of footwear with extra-cushioning in Christopher McDougall’s popular book Born to Run. Moreu said when it comes to past shoes. Moreu said when it comes to past shoes compared to now, "Training for marathons, I used to lose toenails and get blisters all over, but now my feet are completely unscathed, plus there is no chafing,”

When it comes to choosing a running shoe, you need to select shoes that will compliment your feet. For more information and assistance, consult with podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov of Pikesville Podiatry. Dr. Abramov not only provides advice but can even help measure you and recommend shoes that fit your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running is a physical activity although fun, can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Injury and stress on the foot can be an important factor on which kind of shoe you’re wearing. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes, since they have stability and control.


Those people who run with excessive ankle rolling. Over-pronators tend to have ankles that angle inward, flat feet, and or bowed legs.

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