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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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corns2If left untreated, cracked heels can lead to irritation in the feet, typically characterized as flakiness, redness, itching, and skin peeling. Cracked heels can be caused by ill-fitting shoes, dry skin, aging, an unhealthy diet, and long periods of standing, or constant pressure on the feet. Fortunately, there are many DIY methods you can use to treat your cracked heels. These include the use of oils, avocadoes and bananas, honey, oatmeal, lemons, and wax.

Cracked heels can become painful if left untreated. To learn more, 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.

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.

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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Monday, 20 June 2016 00:00

Hyperhidrosis Happens Across the Globe

plantar-fasciitis5If you’re sweating excessively, especially during random times of the day not caused by exercise or heat, you may have hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is known as a chronic condition that has no known cure. “Nearly three per cent of people around the world deal with [hyperhidrosis], which is marked by excessively sweaty palms, face and feet.” Seeing your doctor is the best option for considering treatment options, which may include prescription antiperspirants or surgery.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis 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.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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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rheumatoid-arthritis2Finding properly-fitting shoes is fundamental in ensuring that your feet do not develop any long-term foot conditions in the future. Shoes that are tight-fitting, such as high heels, can progress the development of bunions or even Morton’s neuroma. Avoid shoes that have pointed ends, as they squeeze the toes together and can aggravate our bunions. Look for shoes that have sufficient arch support if you have flat arches or flat feet, or opt for buying over-the-counter insoles or custom orthotics. If possible, avoid shoes that have elevation or heels. The types of shoes we wear can determine our body’s gait and how our feet develop long term. Ill-fitting shoes can shift our bodies into an unnatural state and put pressure on our backs and legs.

Proper fitting shoes are essential to one’s overall health. If you are having foot and ankle problems,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.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

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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Monday, 06 June 2016 00:00

Advice for Taking Care of Your Feet

childrens-feetAs summer is right around the corner, it’s time to start making proper foot care a daily habit if you haven’t already. Keeping our feet clean and moisturized will keep them looking young and fresh, as well as prevent infections or conditions like cracked heels. Keep your toenails trimmed straight across to prevent ingrown toenails, and make sure that your feet are dry, especially if you sweat often. Also make sure that you have properly-fitting footwear that gives your feet enough support and doesn’t squish your toes together.

Regardless of season or weather, everyday foot care should be practiced year round. For more information about everyday foot care, 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.

Everyday 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.

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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Monday, 30 May 2016 00:00

Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis

fractures1Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and damage to the joints over time without proper treatment. The chronic condition can lead to severe pain and there have been several treatments developed to prevent the progression of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. These treatments include anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroid injections for affected joints, and radiotherapy as a last option.

Understanding where RA starts will help treat and prevent the condition. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, 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 Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Severe pain and immobility are caused by an inflammation of the lining of your joints, and in worse cases the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone can occur.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, many cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain will often initially present in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot.

Symptoms

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

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that your podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor may ask you about your medical history and lifestyle to help determine possible causes of your RA.

Treatment

Unfortunately, there is no cure for RA, so treatment options are designed to specifically target the symptoms of it, most notably the pain it causes. Two types of anti-inflammatory drugs – non-steroidal or NSAIDs and corticosteroids – may be prescribed by your doctor. In some severe cases where the joints are too badly damaged, surgery may be an option. As always, speak with your podiatrist to help determine the appropriate treatment options available to you.

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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wartsPlantar warts are a contagious skin infection caused by the HPV virus, which thrives in environments that are warm and moist, such as public pools or locker rooms. Plantar warts affect the soles of your feet and can spread quickly throughout your body. Solutions for treating plantar warts involve surgical removal, liquid nitrogen freezing or cryotherapy, and CO2 laser. Protect your feet from plantar warts by wearing footwear in public areas with open sources of water, keeping your feet clean and dry, and refrain from picking at your warts if you have contracted them.

If not treated properly, plantar warts can exacerbate and become debilitating. If you would like medical assistance regarding plantar wart treatment, 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.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into the feet through tiny cuts or abrasions. Typically, plantar warts are contracted through walking barefoot on dirty surfaces since the virus thrives in warm and moist environments. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain, 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 by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Legions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, will help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. If you think you have developed plantar warts, it is best speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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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plantar-fasciitis6Wesley Johnson of the Los Angeles Clippers had to miss the game against the Jazz due to plantar fasciitis in both feet. Johnson was experiencing pain when he ran and jumped, possibly why he was also sat out in the game against the Lakers. Johnson was dealing with “pain in both feet at various points earlier this season,” so Johnson’s status was then currently unknown.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, 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 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 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-footcareDiabetes is a disease that can affect different parts of your body, most notably your feet. According to health.usnews.com, “approximately 15 to 25 percent of patients with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer at some point during their lifetime.” Diabetic foot ulcers, injuries to the feet, can lead to infection if not treated properly. Foot ulcers are characterized as an opening “in the skin that exposes the underlying tissue.” There exist neuropathic ulcers, which occur due to a loss of sensation in the feet, or ischemic ulcers, which occur due to a lack of blood flow in the body. It is important to see your doctor immediately for evaluation and treatment of any diabetic conditions you may have.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet,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.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

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

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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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sports-injuryDr. Eric Tan, assistant professor of Clinical Medicine from USC, recently answered some questions from runners regarding injury prevention. While many people understand the basic principle that stretching before and after a run is key in preventing injuries, Dr. Tan believes that there is more one can do. Maintaining and improving one’s flexibility with daily stretching, warming up, and cooling down before and after runs will help keep the body limber. Including days of rest, keeping hydrated, and eating a healthy diet are also very important.

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 assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

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 latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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