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The results of the recently concluded Nurses’ Health Study and Nurses’ Health Study II show that women who drink at least one cup of sweetened soda per day are apparently 63% more likely to develop seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA) than women who don’t drink as much soda. The studies found no link between soda consumption and seronegative RA development. Drinking diet soda was not found to have an effect on the growth of either type of RA.

 

The first NHS was conducted from 1980-2008 and the second from 1991-2009, encompassing over 180,000 American female test subjects. The participants were asked to respond to surveys about their soda consumption habits every four years.

 

Rheumatoid arthritis can severely limit mobility if it affects the feet and ankles. For assistance dealing with RA in the feet and ankles, call podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov can help you strengthen your joints and provide you with treatment to make your discomfort more bearable.

 

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occurs, causing severe pain and immobility.

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

 

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain often initially presents in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot. Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be genetically inherited, so if you have a family history of RA, you may be predisposed to suffer from it as well.

 

Symptoms

 

  • Swelling & pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

 

Diagnosis

 

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition.

 

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

 

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flip-flopsbeachFlip-flops are especially popular around the summertime and warmer weather. However, not only are flip flops not good for your podiatric health, but they can also be risky while driving. Studies indicate that those who engage in driving while wearing flip-flops are susceptible to car crashes.

Insurers and road safety experts claim that it is fairly common for flip-flops to get caught underneath the pedals, which interferes with the driver’s braking ability. Wearing flip-flops can also delay the time it takes for the driver to actually hit the brakes and to apply the necessary pressure for the pedal to move.

Flip flops are generally ill-advised for your feet. If your foot or ankle is injured, see podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramovcan treat your podiatric needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops. Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer. However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes. Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections. Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.

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

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fractureAustralian triathlete Tamsyn Moana-Veale traversed thousands of miles to Morocco in order to compete in the 2014 Larache ATU Sprint Triathlon. Unfortunately Moana-Veale found out she had a stress fracture in her foot once she arrived for the event.

This stress fracture prevented Moana-Veale from taking part in the running portion of the race. However, Moana-Veale’s doctors did give her the go-ahead to participate in the swimming and cycling segments. Of course, Moana-Veale was sure to give it her all in those events. Moana-Veale’s training partner, Anel Radford, finished in second place in the event overall.

Stress fractures are painful. If you sustained a stress fracture to your foot or ankle, speak to podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov can treat your podiatric injuries.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

-runners                                  
-people affected with Osteoporosis
-play tennis or basketball
-gymnastics
-high impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

Treatment

The individual and the degree of injury depend on the fracture of the foot. Some fractures heal very fast while others take longer.

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

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running-injuriesIndividuals who enjoy running as a hobby are said to possess a higher risk of sustaining a podiatric injury as opposed to other people. In fact, the most frequent types of injuries among runners are generally foot and ankle injuries. Some of these injuries include Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and metatarsalgia.

Achilles tendonitis occurs when the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed and painful. Plantar fasciitis also involves inflammation of the tendon, namely of the plantar fasciia in the heel and sole of the foot. Finally, metatarsalgia is an injury that occurs in the balls of the feet and is characterized by pain that’s made worse by standing or flexing.

It is best to take measure to prevent running injuries. If you have a running injury, see podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramovcan treat your foot and ankle 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.

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.


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

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cornsMany people like to go adventuring outdoors, but if you hurt your feet while you’re far away from civilization, the lack of modern medicine at your disposal might be a problem. Luckily, many podiatric conditions can be cured with extracts from common plants.

Corns on the feet can be treated by soaking them in a compound of warm water and salicylic acid procured from the bark of willow trees. If you have an ingrown toenail, substitute the willow bark with ground-up acorns. Blisters and other open wounds can be effectively treated with a poultice made from plantains and/or yarrow.

If you’re not lost in the woods, you thankfully have the option of seeking professional medical care for your corns. If you need help dealing with calluses on your feet, take the time to see podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramovwill thoroughly examine the corns on your feet and do everything in his power to rid you of these unsightly blemishes.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?

Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:
- Well-fitting socks
- Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
- Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Treating corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Salicylic acid can help in getting rid of these corns because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a good majority of corns. Podiatrists recommend that people with diabetes not use salicylic acid but should consult with their podiatrist regarding the treatment of corns.

Preventing the Return of Corns


Orthotic shoes can also be an option because they are fitted by a podiatrist and help to prevent the return of corns.

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

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bigger-feetSpecially crafted shoes are made for the various actors and dancers performing at the annually-held Stratford Festival and its several productions. The Stratford shoemakers crank out about 1000 pairs of shoes each year in preparation for the festival. Performers often request customized specifications for their shoes to optimize foot support while on stage.

The theater’s upcoming production of Crazy For You features numerous tap dancers; several of these dancers have requested altered shoe sizes to allow a specific amount of toe room for dancing. Shoes are either altered by the Stratford shoemakers themselves or off-site. “It makes a difference to how you perform, especially with tap dancing,” said Kerry Gage, associate choreographer of Crazy for You. “Everybody’s feet are entirely different.”

Getting the right shoe size is important for those who rely on the performance of their feet. If you would like more information in determining your shoe size, speak to Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramovcan assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

So it is important not to always go for a size 7 just because you think you might be a size 7 universally. It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

People walk a lot, so it is important for you to find what is comfortable when it is possible.

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

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hadi-abukhadraAfter surgery and treatment at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, six-year-old Hadi Abukhadra was able to take his first walk on his newly reconstructed feet. After having undergone surgery, Hadi began foot therapy with physical therapy clinical specialist Richard Gee, and within two weeks of cast removal, Hadi was walking on his feet.

Hadi was born with arthrogryposis. Arthrogryposis is comprised of conditions indicated by orthopedic deformities like stiff joints. Hadi’s deformities were feet that faced upside down and knees that bent the wrong way. “To understand what Hadi’s feet looked like before, and what he does now, is almost night and day,” Gee stated. “He basically had to relearn how to stand and how to balance. Even just the standing process of getting his body over his feet is a new process for him.”

After receiving surgery or an injury, physical therapy will often help one regain movement. If you are seeking more information, see Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov can provide you with any information you inquire regarding foot therapy.

Most common injuries

People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.

What to do when injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. This is important for those wanting to get back into the game quickly. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:

  1. Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
  2. Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.
  3. Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

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

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women-ofbritainAbbey Clancy, model and TV presenter has the best legs in showbiz according to a survey of 2,000 British women. Survey results reveal that half of women hide their legs and feet during the warmer months to keep eyes from their hairy legs and pallid complexions. Hard skin on the feet and cracked heels plagued the concerns of the other half.

“I know I tend to hide in a pair of skinny jeans and ballet pumps when I’ve neglected my legs and feet,” Clancy comments. “However, I get the most compliments and feel best about myself when I have taken the time to ensure my legs are smooth and hair-free and that my feet are well cared for.”

Cracked heels can be worrisome if not properly cared for. If you have questions about cracked heels, speak to podiatrist
Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will attend any of your foot and ankle concerns.

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.

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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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