Monday, 23 May 2016 11:05

Tips for Managing Your Feet

toenail fungus7If you have smelly feet, that may be indicative of excessive bacteria, as well as the need for proper management of your feet. Adjusting your diet and eating healthier is the best choice for addressing excessive sweating and smell in your feet. Check your footwear and make sure they are comfortable. Avoid wearing the same pair for long periods of time, especially without socks. Clean your feet regularly, use a spray, and soak them with home remedies.

Every day foot care is very important, especially for those that are lacking the proper foot care resources. For more information about everyday foot care, contact The Podiatry Care Center from Dr. Rhonda Nelson. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Every Day 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 Glenn Dale, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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ankle surgeryCarlos Hyde of the 49ers, who suffered a stress fracture in his foot, had his season cut short by the injury. He had to undergo surgery before the season ended and missed the last games that his team played. Hyde finally recovered from his operation by early April, saying that his “foot is feeling great,” and that “[he’s] good to go.”

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to fix a foot ailment. To learn more, contact The Podiatry Care Centerfrom Dr. Rhonda Nelson. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

●     Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions

●     Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues

●     Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

●     Bunionectomy for painful bunions

●     Surgical fusion for realignment of bones

●     Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods 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 feel free to contact our office located in Glenn Dale, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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broken foot6UConn guard Katie Lou Samuelson sustained a broken left foot injury in the game against Oregon State and had to miss the team’s national championship game. She was examined by a trainer and had to wear a walking boot. Her status at the time was unknown, and coach Geno Auriemma at the time had said “I think we’re gonna have to go to practice tomorrow and see what looks really good.”

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. To learn more, contact The Podiatry Care Centerfrom Dr. Rhonda Nelson. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when 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 that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Glenn Dale, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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toenail fungus7Diabetes is a worldwide epidemic, especially in countries such as India. Experts suggest that exercise, even taking just 45-minute walks every day, is necessary in combating diabetes and preventing foot problems like diabetic foot ulcers. Diabetics are especially prone to infection in their feet, therefore it is important to take preventative care measures to treat diabetic feet.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are seeking treatment, contact The Podiatry Care Centerfrom Dr. Rhonda Nelson. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 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 Glenn Dale, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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swimming3Although sweating is a normal body process used to regulate our bodies’ internal temperatures, excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, affects about 220 million people across the world. Apocrine glands, which produce sweat, become overactive in areas of the body such as the feet, hands, and underarms. Hyperhidrosis can occur sporadically and it is best to see a doctor if at-home treatments such as specialized antiperspirants do not work.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis consult with The Podiatry Care Center from Dr. Rhonda Nelson. Our doctor will assist you with all of 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 Glenn Dale, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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plantar fasciitis6Point guard Isaiah Taylor of the Texas Longhorns has been suffering from plantar fasciitis, according to head coach Shaka Smart. Following the winning game against the Oklahoma Sooners, Taylor had to skip practice and wear a walking boot for two days. Plantar fasciitis is common among basketball players and can persist for months. Taylor most likely will have to play through his injury for the rest of the reason.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, consult with The Podiatry Care Center from Dr. Rhonda Nelson. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

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 Glenn Dale, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 11 April 2016 14:48

The Benefits of Going Barefoot

barefoot running7Going barefoot when doing exercise may lead to the buildup of stronger muscles and bones, as well as flexibility in the feet. Dr. Phil Hoffman suggests that footwear can be regressive for the feet, potentially weakening the structure of the foot because the shoe offers support while limiting movement. Footwear however, does offer protection for our feet. It is recommended to try going barefoot in safe environments to strengthen and train the feet.

Barefoot running has its own share of benefits and disadvantages. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, consult with The Podiatry Care Center from Dr. Rhonda Nelson. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running
-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running
-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running
-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Glenn Dale, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Arthritis5Turmeric is one potential alternative option for treating your rheumatoid arthritis. The University of Arizona has begun research into whether the botanical compound has any proven effect in treating arthritis symptoms as well as the necessary dose for treatment. According to the article, “turmeric has been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory,” and is the “number one selling herb in health food stores.” Turmeric is said to be able to block proteins that cause inflammation responses in the body.  

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, consult with The Podiatry Care Center from Dr. Rhonda Nelson. Our doctor will assist you with all of 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. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

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

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Glenn Dale, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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broken ankle3Tobias Harris, forward for the Orlando Magic, has recently suffered a sprained ankle. This is his second injury this season, since he also suffered an injury to the head that required seven stitches. His ankle injury occurred when he came too close to teammate, Nikola Vecuvic. Harris’ status has been day-to-day, with his status changing with reports on his health.

Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your feet, consult with The Podiatry Care Center from Dr. Rhonda Nelson. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

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 Glenn Dale, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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broken foot4Stress fractures are commonly known as injuries caused by too much stress or fatigue on the bones, resulting in repeated trauma. Stress fractures are common among athletes and those who do strenuous physical activity. According to a study published in The Official Journal of the International Purine Club University of Liverpool, a particular gene may be associated with higher risks of stress fractures. This specific gene, P2X7R, showed that it affected bone mineral density and possibly “accelerated bone loss in post-menopausal women.”

Activities, where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. If you have any concerns consult with The Podiatry Care Center from Dr. Rhonda Nelson. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

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?

Stress fractures occur frequently in 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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Glenn Dale, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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