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Monday, 14 September 2015 21:41

5 Points to enhance Foot Care

corns2Basic foot care is something many people overlook. Considering that the feet are some of the body’s most used extremities, many people should consider 5 points to help take care of their feet: shoes, socks, nails, dryness, and calluses. Try to avoid wearing the same pair of shoes everyday and instead try to stagger two pairs, as it takes more than one day for the sweat in your shoes to dry. Socks should be washed after one use and should not be worn twice. Nails should be cut straight across and not too short. Moisturize the feet nightly, as the feet can often become too dry. Wear insoles to prevent calluses and buff existing ones away.

 

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

 

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, 07 September 2015 07:14

Miami Running Back to miss 2015 Season

foot-ankle-injuriesGus Edwards of the Miami Hurricanes will reportedly be missing the 2015 season due to a foot injury. The projected starting running back was injured during an August 22nd scrimmage and has been wearing a walking boot. Al Golden, coach of the Hurricanes, had originally expected for Edwards to miss a much smaller amount of time; Edwards’s injury, however, is much worse than originally thought. “He set a high standard and did a great job leading and being unselfish,” Golden shared in a statement. “We are tremendously disappointed for him, but we will be right there with him on the road to recovery and anxiously await his return.”

 

A sports related foot or ankle injurycan become troublesome if left untreated, especially for athletes. If you have sustained an injured foot or ankle, consult with podiatrist Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov can properly provide you with the foot and ankle treatment you need.

 

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

 

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

•           Plantar Fasciitis

•           Plantar Fasciosis

•           Achilles Tendinitis

•           Achilles Tendon Rupture

•           Ankle Sprains

 

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

 

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, 31 August 2015 00:00

New Implant can treat Flat Feet

flat-feet5Company Tyber Medical LLC has received approval for what will be a new implant procedure to treat flat feet. The device, called the “TyWedge Opening Osteotomy Wedge System,” will help to create an arch in a person’s foot. Flat Feet is one of the most common foot conditions people experience. While people often turn to orthotics or surgery to cure their flat feet, the Ty-Wedge instead uses a wedge made of plastic and titanium that is inserted through a surgical cut in the foot bone. Jeff Tyber, CEO and president of the company, is hopeful that the device will be launched later this year.

 

Flat feet is a condition that can be aided with the help of a podiatrist. For assistance, speak to Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

 

What are Flat Feet?

 

Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

 

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

 

 

Symptoms:

Pain around the heel or arch area

Trouble standing on the tip toe.

Swelling around the inside of the ankle.

Flat look to one or both feet.

Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

 

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle.

 

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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stretchingConsistently wearing high heeled shoes may cause the muscles in your calves and ankles to weaken over time. In addition, ankles are often neglected in many women’s gym routines. There are several exercises, however, women can try to strengthen these muscles and allow them to endure wearing uncomfortable high heels. Calf raises, deadlifts, towel scrunches, toe tappers, and heel walking can all help stretch and strengthen the various muscles in the calves and ankles.

 

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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plantar-fasciitis5A new form of hydrotherapy, Aquaroll, can treat various foot conditions including Morton’s neuroma and peripheral neuropathy. Aquaroll involves a tub that is partially filled with hot water and 30,000 tiny glass beads that swirl rapidly around the feet. Morton’s neuroma is a condition in which the nerves in the ball of the feet become swollen. Often described as “walking on a rock,” the condition makes it very painful to walk. Aquaroll acts on the body’s lymphatic, nervous and circulatory systems.

 

Morton’s neuroma can be a difficult condition to contend with. If you are experiencing symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma, speak to Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will can diagnose and treat your feet accordingly.

 

Morton’s Neuroma


Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones. Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition.

 

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?
-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.


If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot.

 

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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runners11Practicing the right running form is important to ensure that people are making the most of every movement. Practicing a proper running form involves several things, such as: looking ahead, relaxing your shrug, allowing the arms to swing, holding your core, using the glutes, reducing impact, staying bouncy, and focusing on footwork. A universal goal is ensuring that your center of gravity directly over the feet as they hit the ground. Cadence or rhythm can help this while also removing pressure from the knees.

 

Runners can still be prone to running injuries even with proper precautions. If you are suffering from a running injury see Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will provide you with quality treatment and assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

 

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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plantar-fasciitis5Many people already understand that remaining sedentary behind a desk for a full work day can be detrimental for one’s health. To combat this issue, many workplaces have turned to active desks to avoid the damage created by sitting for long periods of time. Researchers in Canada have discovered that standing and treadmill desks reduced sedentariness and improved mood without creating a great amount of workflow troubles. While treadmill desks offered greater health benefits, standing desks allowed for greater activity.

 

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet contact Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will treat your foot and ankle needs.

 

Working on Your Feet

 

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

 

Positive Changes

 

Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

 

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Try allowing yourself to expose your feet to air.

 

Eliminate Pain

 

Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

 

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen.

 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

 

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, 27 July 2015 00:00

Older Adults with Gout are at Risk

foot-pain4New research shows that older adults with gout are more likely to have lower extremity dysfunction when compared to those without gout. The study, published in Arthritis Care & Research, showed that adults aged 45 to 64 years old with gout were more likely to have poor walking speed. The results suggest that older patients with gout may be targeted for interventions to help improve the function of the lower extremities.

 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

 

What is Gout?

 

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

 

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

 

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

 

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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achilles-tendon3Dr. Timothy Miller, an orthopedic surgeon at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, is one of a number of physicians who are implanting Periscope, a live video-streaming app that allows doctors to stream surgeries. Dr. Miller has recently used Periscope to “scope” the surgical repair of a torn Achilles’ tendon to not only test the application but educate those watching. “This is an opportunity for medical education to go beyond the classroom,” said Miller, who believes that even the most experienced of physicians can learn more by watching live surgeries on their days off.

 

Achilles tendon injuries are painful and may make it difficult to walk. If you have any concerns with your feet contact Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will treat your foot and ankle needs.

 

What is the Achilles Tendon?

 

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

 

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

 

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation

- Dull to Severe Pain

- Increased blood flow to the tendon

- Thickening of the tendon

 

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot

- Total immobility

 

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise

- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

 

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, 13 July 2015 23:33

Be Wary of Flip-Flop related Injuries

corns2Summertime is reputably the season in which podiatrists have an influx of patients in their offices with flip-flop related injuries. Flip-flops often cause accidents and injuries due to their lack of stability and arch support, which can cause wearers to trip and fall. Fractured toes, broken toenails, tendonitis, and cracked heels are just a few of the various injuries patients can sustain. Many people do not realize that dry skin on the heels can worsen after wearing flip-flops, as the skin can tear and create fissures.  

 

Wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, speak to Dr. Boris Abramov, D.P.M. of Abramov's Comprehensive Foot Care. Dr. Abramov will assist you with all of your foot and ankle 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

 

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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