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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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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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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

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.

Over-pronators

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

For more information about Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type, follow the link below.

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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bunions8Pending the results of further check-ups, National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi may be unable to attend constitutional amendment rallies this month because of her recent bunion surgery. The procedure went very well, but she needs rest and can’t stand for extended amounts of time yet. She has already decided not to go to an assembly in Maubin. Her doctor, Dr. Tin Myo Win, has suggested that she cancel all public appearances for the next few weeks.

Bone deformities like bunions are painful and uncomfortable. Thankfully, they can be cared for with the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Boris Abramov of Pikesville Podiatry. Dr. Abramov can take a look at your bunions and help you determine if an operation is necessary.

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, shifting toward the smaller toes, this usually indicates a bunion.

Treatment  

Wearing a wider shoe can remove the pressure on the bunion and reduce pain. High heeled shoes should not be worn, as this forces the big toe inward toward the smaller toes.

For more information about Bunions, follow the link below.

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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Monday, 20 January 2014 00:00

Stress Fracture Keeps Dobson off the Field

aaron-dobsonAaron Dobson, a player for the New England Patriots, sustained a stress fracture in his left foot during the team’s recent game against the Buffalo Bill, and had to skip the last practice so it could heal.

That Patriots didn’t have a game this week, since their second-place finish in the AFC gave them a bye for the first round of the playoffs, so the wide receiver had some time to rest his foot. But even so, his future for the rest of the season is uncertain. The team doesn’t know if he’ll have to miss any more practices or even games.

Dealing with a stress fracture can be frustrating. If you have a fracture in your foot or ankle, think about seeing a podiatrist like Dr. Boris Abramov of Pikesville Podiatry. Dr. Abramov can give you the professional care and advice you need to help you deal with your injury.

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?

Common among 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 a long times and one would need crutches.

- Surgery with support pins around the fracture helps
- A great intake of Calcium and Vitamin-D helps for strong bones

For more information about Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle, follow the link below.

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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biomechanics7Athletes’ unique biomechanics can affect how hard their feet hit the ground when running as much as their weight and speed do.  Biomechanics is harder to calculate than those other factors, but several studies have been done to show that it can be measured and changed. In 2010, scientists at the University of Delaware examined a group of test subjects with particularly hard strides and instructed them on how to change the alignments of their bodies. The alteration was a permanent success, and caused the runners to not only step more softly but to injure themselves less as well.

Biomechanics is very helpful in understanding why runners’ bodies work the way they do. For more information about biomechanics, check with a podiatrist like Dr. Boris Abramov of Pikesville Podiatry. Dr. Abrmov will analyze your running technique and give you advice about how to improve your alignment.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body causing an interference with the biological structure and focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

- Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
- In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.

Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.

Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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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antony-jinmanAntony Jinman has journeyed through the South Pole during the 2013 holiday season. With three weeks into the adventure, Jinman had already completed an impressive 230 miles. “I am very happy with my progress,” the Plymouth-born Jinman shared on his personal blog. “I am delighted to have covered 91 nautical miles (about 95 miles) in the last week.”

Jinman has had to pull a 120-kg sled with his supplies, and endured everything from blizzards to foot blisters. This marks the second step in his attempt to complete the Three Poles challenge. He bested the North Pole in 2010 and plans to take on Mt. Everest in 2015.

Blisters on the feet can be uncomfortable and of course painful. If you suffer foot blisters, contact podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov of Pikesville Podiatry. Dr. Abramov can provide you with blister prevention and treatment options.

Blisters on the Feet

When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.


What is a Foot Blister?

A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.


How do they Form?

Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet are prone to blister formation easily.


Prevention & Treatment

Proper care is vital to alleviate pain and prevent infection to the affected area of the foot. The best treatment is to leave them alone. New skin will develop under the blister and during the healing stages, your blister will pop.


• Do not lance the blister , which can lead to infection
• Place a band-aid over the blister to provide pain relief

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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

For more information on keeping your children’s feet healthy, follow the link below.

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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