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Monday, 18 January 2016 00:00

Combat Dry Winter Skin

corns2While during the summertime, opens shoes and skin exposed to the elements can make for cracked heels, winter and the colder months are the main causes behind the condition at the end of the year. Cracked heels occur when the skin loses its moisture, causing it to dry out and crack. To combat winter dryness be sure to keep a loofah in the shower to exfoliate the skin, always moisturize to keep the skin smooth, and consider wearing gel socks to keep your heels soft.

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

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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stretchingTo improve balance, posture, and prevent common foot issues, Professor Patrick McKeon of Ithaca College’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance suggests walking barefoot and completing some simple exercises. One example includes shortening the foot by squeezing the ball of the foot towards the heel. By taking off the shoes and walking barefoot, the muscles in the feet can become strengthened.

Exercising the feet and ankles regularly is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any foot or ankle concerns, contact Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you to gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important and often we forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate not to have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure its good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rise, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, also flexing the toes and involving the shins may help too. It is best to speak with your doctor regarding how to do these fitness steps and how often is right for you. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different and it varies from individual to individual to determine what should be done for you to maintain strength in your feet.

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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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fractures1On Yahoo!’s “Most Searched Symptoms” list, rheumatoid arthritis ranks number four. Accordingly the disease affects nearly 1.5 million adults in the United States alone. Known to affect the lining of the joints and bones through deformity, swelling, and erosion; RA has been associated with the wrist, hand, and joints in the feet. Although symptoms typically include pain and stiffness in these joints, fever, loss of energy, and dry eyes/mouth can also occur if you have the disease.

Understanding where RA starts will help treat and prevent the condition. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, contact Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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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Monday, 28 December 2015 00:00

Nerve Pain affects Half of Diabetic Patients

neuropathyNerve pain is one of the many common symptoms diabetics suffer from. An estimated 50% of diabetic patients develop nerve damage over the course of their diabetes. Nerve pain, or neuropathy, can develop in four forms: peripheral, autonomic, radiculoplexus, and mononeuropathy. Of the four, peripheral neuropathy is the most common and is associated with tingling and burning in the extremities. The longer a patient is diabetic, the higher his or her risk for nerve damage.

Aside from neuropathy and paresthesia, several nerve complications can ail the feet. For assistance with a nerve disorder in your lower extremities, visit Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov can provide you with a specific diagnosis and work with you to alleviate your symptoms.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf. In other instances one may encounter partial numbness and atrophy if the cases are extreme.

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, 21 December 2015 00:00

Tucson Community gathers for Run

childrens-feetLast month members of the Tucson, Arizona community came together to run and walk in the Fleet Feet Veterans Day Half Marathon, 5K and TMC for Children’s Fun Run. The event featured a salute to veterans, an anthem by the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Color Guard, mini flags for each runner as they finished, live on-course musicians, free breakfast and cheerleaders. The TMC for Children’s Fun Run in particular offered obstacles and fun run challenges for children aged 2 to 9 who wished to participate. The event took place on the Sabino High School football field.

Making sure that your children maintain foot health is very important as they grow up. If you have any questions contact Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

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’.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • 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

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, 14 December 2015 00:00

Excessive Sweating of the Feet

brokenExcessive sweating is a medical condition that affects multiple people around the world. There are different forms of hyperhidrosis, with primary focal hyperhidrosis being more common and lacking a medical cause, and secondary hyperhidrosis, which can be caused by medical conditions. Effective treatment for hyperhidrosis involves prescription antiperspirant, medications, surgical removal of sweat glands, and iontophoresis, a procedure in which a machine administers electrical currents to affected areas to reduce sweating.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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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diabetic-foot-care3Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys received a therapeutic injection to reinforce his recovery from a fractured right foot. The therapeutic injection included bone marrow stem cells that were taken from his hip and then injected into his ankle. Team owner Jerry Jones stressed that the procedure was not an indication for a setback in Bryant’s rehab. “There is not a concern about his progress,” Jones shared. “That fact that he can do that (injection therapy) is a positive. This was not something to address something that was a surprise or anything. It was something to get him some additional strength.”

Foot therapy is necessary for those recovering from both foot deformities and foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, speak to Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov can answer any of your podiatric questions.

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 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 November 2015 00:00

Japanese High Heel Design alleviates Pain

corns2A revolutionary new design in high heels from Yasuyuki Yamada has come out of Japan that has a spring heel designed to be pressed down as you walk, alleviating the pain associated with wearing high heels. With the introduction of a spring in place of the traditional heel, each time you take a step in them, some of the shock is absorbed by the spring, allowing you to feel more comfortable walking and standing in high heels. This new design could help alleviate the pain associated with wearing high heels in women across the world.

High heels can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet contact Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will treat 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 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, 23 November 2015 00:00

Jeison Hernandez has Largest Sized Feet

rheumatoid-arthritis2For most people, getting the right shoe size involves a few steps at a retail store before walking away with a comfy new pair of shoes. However, for Jeison Orlando Rodríguez Hernandez of Venezuela, it might be a different case. Hernandez holds the Guinness World Record for biggest feet in the world, measuring 16 inches each and having a shoe size of 26! Having to get custom shoes to fit his extra large feet, Hernandez talks about growing up and simply wanting a pair of shoes that would not only fit, but last for longer than several weeks.

Getting the right shoe size is important for overall foot health. If you have any concerns about shoe size, please contact Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will answer any of your foot and ankle questions.

Getting the right shoe size

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

When shoe shopping, 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 shoe must fit well, as ill-fitting shoes can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and can also hurt the toes if the shoe is too tight.

Shopping online for shoes can be very tricky and time consuming, especially since you cannot try on the shoe or see how it fits or how it feels.

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, 16 November 2015 00:00

Mosquito Virus has similar Symptoms as RA

fractures1Chikungunya, a virus transmitted by mosquitos, can reportedly result in the same symptoms as rheumatoid arthritis. The new development has helped create new information on how to properly treat RA. “Studying Chikungunya arthritis can give us insight to the immunological mechanisms that drive joint inflammation,” Dr. Jonathan Miner of Washington University states, “And maybe someday turn off the pain and inflammation millions of arthritis sufferers live with everyday.”

The feet are one of the most common sites for arthritis to occur in the body. If you are struggling with arthritis in your feet or ankles, call Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov can examine your lower extremities to help alleviate your joint pain.

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 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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