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childrens-feet10Students in Alicia Reyes Elementary School in Merced, CA were fortunate to have the holidays come a bit early for them. One such lucky recipient was 10 year old Saul Lizarraga, who was one of 70 students fitted for new pairs of shoes from Merced nonprofit group Happy Feet Foundation.

“The purpose is to give children confidence so they feel good about themselves,” learning director Lil Ayala said, adding the importance of giving children new shoes as opposed to footwear that is used or donated.

Staff at the school took measurements of the children’s feet before visiting the store. Some of these children had shoes that were oversized or worn out, while others are forced to wear sandals through the colder months as a result of being the only shoes their families can afford. Ayala said these new shoes can fill an important need. “For some, it’s a big deal,” she said.

Making sure your child’s feet are healthy is important during the growing stages. Seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Boris Abramov of Pikesville Podiatry.  Dr. Abramov will examine your child’s feet and provide the right care and treatment for them.

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’.  Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.
As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

• 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

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running injuriesResearchers in Luxembourg studied the differences of training volume, injury rate, shoe usage and other variables involved with running injuries. The study found that runners who wore multiple shoes had a 39% lower risk of injury during the study period as opposed to runners who kept using the same pair.  

Researchers further pointed out that wearing different shoes serve to distribute the impact forces of running differently such as lessening the strain on any given tissue. According to Runner’s World, other research suggests people factor in things such as midsole height and midsole firmness, which creates differences in gait such as stride length and ground reaction time. The researchers further stated that "The concomitant use of different pairs of running shoes will provide alternation in the running pattern and vary external and active forces  on the lower legs during running activity.”

Running injuries often finish the race early. If you sustained a running injury, see podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov of Pikesville Podiatry. Dr. Abramov address any running injuries you have suffered while providing advice on how to prevent subsequent injuries.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned. Physical therapy can help you learn the best exercises to heal runner’s knee.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?

- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.

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high-heel14Yoga instructor Yamuna Zake wishes to help women suffering from heel pain be able to wear the high heels they love. Zake stated that most women abandon heels by the age of 45. Last year, women have been opting for dermal fillings or ‘toe jobs’ in order to make wearing high heels less painful.

 Zake, on the other hand, makes use of a more natural method. This includes incorporating small balls into a sixty minute routine that consists of massaging the feet and learning to evenly distribute weight while walking or standing. While Zake does not necessarily advocate frequent use of wearing high heels, the 59 year old instructor believes it is alright to occasionally don a pair, saying “as long as you are smart and have a healthy foot practice regimen”.

Wearing high heels can cause discomfort or difficulty in standing or walking, if you have concerns over the usage of high heels you should seek the aid of a podiatrist like Dr. Boris Abramov of Pikesville Podiatry. Dr. Abramov can provide you with more information on alternative footwear as well as further details on foot and ankle pain you may be experiencing from heels.

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 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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stretching Foot pain happens to all of us, but according to the Wall Street Journal, that pain can be managed quite easily. The Journal recommends several easy exercises that can alleviate the pain of overworked or strained feet. One exercises involves extending your legs in front of you while sitting down while moving your toes back and forth. Another stretch utilizes small round object such as a golf ball or tennis ball. This stretch requires you to roll the ball over your foot, providing relief to the nerves. These techniques work for those who spend the day standing or routinely put a lot of stress on their feet.

Stretching is an easy and effective antidote for foot pain. For more information on why you should stretch, see a podiatrist like Dr. Boris Abramov of Pikesville Podiatry Dr. Abramov can help you start a proper exercise regimen that involves adequate foot stretching.

Giving Your Feet the Stretch It Needs

Foot pain is very common for people. Our feet carry the entire weight of the human body all day and can be easily strained from overexertion. The feet can receive cramping which can be from any number causes. Pain in the feet can be alleviated without medication and or doctor visits.

How stretching helps:

Stretching relaxes the feet and eases pain whenever performed. It is important to perform stretching slowly and gradually with no force. Stretching should only be held for several seconds, and then relaxed.

Tips to Performing the Perfect Stretch:   

Sit and cross one leg over the other by pulling the toes carefully back without overextending. Start by resting the left ankle on the right knee. With the left hand, gently flex the left foot by pulling back on the toes. Do not pull too hard, just hard enough to feel the stretch in the arch of the foot. Then point the toes of the left foot as far as you can. Rotate the motion of pointing with pulling back on the toes.

The stretch should be performed 10 to 20 times. Repeat the whole process with the other leg.

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diabetic-foot-care7Alongside members of the Healogics network, experts at Southeastern Wound Healing Center say that for every hour seven people across the country lose a foot or leg due to diabetes.
“The disease is responsible for being the leading cause of lower-limb amputations not caused by accidents,” according to Southeastern Health.

During the healing process, diabetic patients are confronted with multiple challenges. Not only do diabetics suffer from impaired circulation, but also a diminished ability to sense the earliest stages of foot injury due to disease-associated nerve damage. Physicians at SWHC recommend people with diabetes manually inspect their feet daily and seek immediate care if a wound in the lower extremity has increased pain.

If you suffer from diabetes, consult with podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov of Pikesville Podiatry Dr. Abramov can ensure your feet remain healthy while providing you with any treatment options for any complications that arise from diabetes.

Foot Care for Diabetics

Diabetes is a condition that affects millions of people annually. The condition affects blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage from diabetes occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send proper signaling to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in neuropathy. If a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is important to provide good care for the feet to avoid the risk of amputation.

Caring for Diabetic Feet

- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Be sure to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet. For diabetic patients, the risk of amputation and sepsis increases if medical treatment is not sought right away, especially when it comes to the feet. Early treatment and routine foot inspection are keys to maintaining good health.
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venric-markThe Northwestern University Wildcats have been in the final college bowl for the past five years consecutively. But lately, it’s been looking like their streak might be over soon. The latest setback involves running back Venric Mark, who is out recovering from a broken ankle. The Wildcats have just learned that Mark will be out for the rest of the season, so that his ankle can fully heal. With one of their star players out, it’s looking more and more unlikely that they’ll win the two games they need to advance.

Broken ankles are painful and can make physical activity difficult. For help with your broken ankle, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Boris Abramov of Pikesville Podiatry. Dr. Abramov can assess your condition and work with you to determine your next step.

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. Your doctor may decide that surgery is the best option.

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carlos-delfinoBasketball player Carlos Delfino will undergo foot surgery as a result of a bone in his foot not fully healing. The Bucks’ small-forward sustained a foot fracture last May and underwent a procedure to help repair his foot.

Unfortunately rehabilitation proved to be not enough as the bone didn’t fully heal. Now the Bucks’ says that Delfino will need additional surgery accompanied by at least four months of recovery time. This means Delfino will likely be off the court until next year.

Choosing to undergo foot surgery for any reason is not something that should be taken lightly.  If you feel that a surgical procedure is necessary you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Boris Abramov of Pikesville Podiatry. Dr. Abramov can diagnose any conditions you may have that require surgery as well as answer your questions.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:
- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Reconstruction to attend injuries caused by accidents or malformations

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will be dependent on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:
- Bunionectomy
- Surgical fusion
- Nerve removal

Benefits of Surgery

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