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Monday, 05 September 2016 00:00

What is a Heel Spur?

bunions7Diagnosis of bone spurs in the heels was enough to lead to a draft deferment for current Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during the Vietnam War. Bone spurs in the heel develop “on the edges of a person’s bones,” growing outward toward the arch of the feet. Bone spurs can either form by themselves or people can be born with them. If they grow to be particularly large, the spurs can potentially impact everyday movement. Treating bone spurs involves wearing the right shoes and if necessary, surgical removal.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful, and sometimes might make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be a cause from small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching it to the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot. Bone may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs. Pain sometimes intensifies with age. Heel spurs are known to cause a substantial amount of pain. One of the main associations spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often times because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to poke and affect other boners and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain there are several methods for healing. Medicines, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

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

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foot-surgery2Jared Cook of the Green Bay Packers admitted that he felt a sharp pain in his foot while performing organized team activities. He originally didn’t think the injury was serious, however the team’s doctors suggested that he has preventative surgery. Cook says, “I’d rather be safe than sorry” in regards to the injury. There isn’t an exact timetable for Cook’s return to the team, but it is not expected to be imminent.     

If you require surgical consultation, contact Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

When is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases where less invasive procedures have been unsuccessful. Conditions that often require surgery are listed below:

- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions

- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues

- Reconstruction for injuries caused by accidents or malformations

Types of Surgeries

The type of surgery you receive depends on the nature of the problem.  Possible surgeries include the following:

- Bunionectomy for painful bunions

- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones

- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings

Benefits of Surgery

Surgery can provide more complete pain relief than other options and may allow you to finally resume full activity.  Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated.  Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Pikesville, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 22 August 2016 00:00

High Heels can cause more than Foot Pain

corns2The risks women face while wearing high heels are no secret; for decades, women have been made aware of the damage the feet sustain in high heels. Aside from causing pain and damaging joints, new findings suggest that wearing high heels can actively trigger low-level inflammation while the body struggles to adjust to an unnatural posture and gait. Some scientists believe that if such low-level inflammation becomes long term, the process can be destructive for the body. While the science is still unclear, high heels pose enough risk for women already.

High heels can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet consult with Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

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 walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock; you can buy either full inserts or metatarsal pads. 

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Pikesville, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 15 August 2016 00:00

Preventing Osteoarthritis

arthritisWhile there is no cure for osteoarthritis, experts share that there are steps one can take to help prevent the condition and preserve the strength of their joints. The first step is to eat a healthy and balanced diet full of anti-inflammatory foods such as salmon, berries, walnuts, and leafy greens. The second step is to develop a workout regimen that incorporates strength training to make the muscles and joints stronger and reduce the body’s inflammatory process. The third step is have good posture, as slouching can compromise the body’s joints.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment,contact Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

·      Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility

·      Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications

·      Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

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

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Pikesville, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 08 August 2016 00:00

Plantar Fasciitis Often Behind Foot Pain

plantar-fasciitis3Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition that is often the source behind many cases of foot pain. The condition occurs when the tendon along the bottom of the foot becomes swollen and painful. Plantar fasciitis risk factors can include: being female, being overweight, working in a job profession in which there is a great amount of walking or standing on a hard surface for long periods of time, regularly walking or running long distances, and having tight calf muscles, flat feet or high arches.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, consult with Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will provide quality care for your feet.  

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·      Excessive running

·      Non-supportive shoes

·      Overpronation

·      Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia 

How Can It Be Treated?

·      Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·      Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·      Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Pikesville, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 01 August 2016 00:00

Prevent Blisters on Your Feet

Blistered feetBlisters are painful skin irritations that can appear anywhere on our bodies. However, they most often show up on the feet. In order to prevent blisters you should make an effort to protect your feet. Wearing socks can help prevent your feet from rubbing against your shoes, which causes blisters. You can also apply powder to your feet to help reduce friction when your skin rubs together.

Untreated blisters can worsen and make mobility extremely difficult and painful. For quality blister treatment, contact Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramovwill attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.  

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.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Pikesville, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 25 July 2016 00:00

Bracing vs. Taping for Ankle Sprains

ankle-sprain2An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments that connect bone to bone tear apart. Unfortunately, ankle injuries are very common in the sport of netball. Prophylactic tape and bracing can be used in order to prevent ankle sprains. There are different benefits that come along with taping your ankle compared to bracing, and vice-versa. A benefit of using tape is that it can be manipulated to fit your foot; however, the tape tends to loosen after about thirty minutes. A benefit of braces is that they provide extra support, but they cannot be tailored to fit a person’s foot.

Ankle sprains are very pain and inconvenient. If you require medical assistance, contact Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will provide you with the foot and ankle information you seek.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

·         Mild to moderate bruising

·         Limited mobility

·         Swelling

·         Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

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. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions, please feel free to 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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Monday, 18 July 2016 00:00

Cross Training to Avoid Injury

running-injuriesRunning for many is a passion, a means of clearing the mind and blowing off steam while building muscle all over the body. However, it is important to cross train regularly to avoid running injury. Cross training lets your feet rest while providing maintenance on the rest of the body. Attempting lower aerobic exercises such as cycling reduces the chances of stress fractures and other injuries in the feet while maintaining endurance.

Running injuries, even with proper precautions, can still occur in many runners. If you are suffering from a running injury, visit Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

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. 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.
- 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.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

If you have any questions, please feel free to 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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Monday, 11 July 2016 00:00

Summer Is the Time to Treat Bunions

bunions10Many people choose to wear sandals and flip flops during the summer months. However, it is important to take care of any bunions before wearing any type of open-toed shoes. Ice and anti-inflammatories can help alleviate any pain bunions may cause. Bunions and bunion pain should be treated in their early stages or else they may worsen. Although bunions are seen as unattractive, surgical removal is only necessary in extreme cases. It is best to consult with a podiatrist in order to choose a treatment option that is best for you.

Bunions can be very troublesome if they are not treated correctly. If you are having problems with your bunions visit Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

$1·         Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

$1·         Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

·         Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort

·         Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain

·         Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs

·         Orthotics or foot inserts

·         Surgery

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

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diabetic-foot-care3It is possible that swollen legs and ankles could be the result of leaking veins. The name of this disease is venous insufficiency. In our bodies, the job of veins is to pump blood back toward the heart. There are valves that close in order to direct our blood back to our hearts. However with venous insufficiency, these valves do not fully close. Endovenous ablation is a new, non-invasive treatment that was created in order to treat this disease. It is done by using heat in order to seal the veins.

If you have concerns regarding systemic diseases such as diabetes and their effects on the feet, consult with Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will provide you with the foot and ankle information you seek.

Systemic Diseases of the Foot

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

  • Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet.

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

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