Monday, 15 February 2016 18:48

Amile Jefferson out due to Foot Injury

foot injurySenior forward Amile Jefferson of Duke University has been out indefinitely due to a right foot injury. Jefferson has been cited as the team’s most productive player in the past. He averaged 11.4 points and 10.3 rebounds in Duke’s first nine games and was among the best offensive rebounders in the country. Duke’s program is not unfamiliar with players suffering significant injuries. During the 2012-13 season, Ryan Kelly had missed 13 games. Before that, Kyrie Irving had suffered a right toe injury.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries need proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. 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.

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

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feet7Keeping your shoes clean is one important factor in ensuring your feet stay clean too. Make sure to always wear socks to prevent moisture from accumulating in your shoes or on your feet. Wash your feet often to repel foot odor and odor-causing bacteria. Antiperspirant sprays are also great for killing bacteria and getting rid of foot odor. Other less common solutions include using insoles that have activated charcoal, or carbon. Activated charcoal insoles are absorbent and can be adjusted to fit the size of your shoe. Use moisture-absorbing material like cedar shoe trees or newspaper to put in your shoes after wearing them. Don’t forget to also swap often between different pairs of shoes.

Every day foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. 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.

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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broken foot6Duke’s senior forward Amile Jefferson will be sidelined for a month following a broken right foot injury after the game against Utah in Madison Square Garden. Jefferson is considered Duke’s “most consistent front court player” in the season and his absence will impact the team. Jefferson averages 11.4 points. Duke won the game against Utah with a score of 9-1, a new record.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with The Podiatry Care Center from Dr. Rhonda Nelson. Our doctor will assist you with all of 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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broken ankle428-year-old Nolan Carroll of the Philadelphia Eagles suffered a broken ankle in the game against the Detroit Lions. Carroll injured his ankle while in run support and could not continue the game. He had to be carried off of the field. Carroll played as part of the defense for the Eagles, but his broken ankle injury will end the season. Carroll “played 99 percent of the Eagles’ defensive snaps,” and was “a big part of the fight of our defense,” said defensive coordinator Bill Davis.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with The Podiatry Care Center from Dr. Rhonda Nelson. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles

A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

●     Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle

●     Swelling around the area

●     Bruising of the area

●     Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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, 18 January 2016 06:43

What is Hyperhidrosis?

swimming3A condition when the body sweats more than what is required to regulate the body’s temperature, hyperhidrosis can be an unsightly and bothersome condition. Although hyperhidrosis has no definite cause, it can be caused by a variety of factors. Those who do have hyperhidrosis may have another condition, such as diabetes or menopause. Symptoms of hyperhidrosis include excessive sweating that occurs sporadically, usually in the palms, face and soles of the feet.

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.

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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Monday, 11 January 2016 13:36

Women and Stress Fractures

broken foot4A possible gender gap may exist between the likelihood of suffering from sports-related injuries, suggests Robert Shmerling, M.D. One of the many injuries that seems to be most common among women more than men is stress fractures. Stress fractures result more often in the foot or lower leg tibia area in women athletes, or women who may have insufficient diets, irregular menstruation cycles, bone loss, and eating disorders. Injuries like stress fractures can be avoided if overall muscles are strengthened.

Activities, where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. If you have any concerns about your feet contact The Podiatry Care Center from Dr. Rhonda Nelson. Our doctor will treat 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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runners20ATOSSA founder and product designer Behrad Ghodsi has purportedly invented a “new generation” of 3D printed shoes, which “embraces each person’s unique form and shapes itself accordingly.” The custom printed shoes resemble high heels, but are designed to promote style, comfort, and quality. ATOSSA requires users to take three pictures of the feet, which they can then use to create custom-made shoes. The footwear’s design is created with the user’s ergonomics in mind, which entails the support of the arch, ball and heel of the feet.

Proper foot care is important for biomechanics of the feet, which incorporate the parts that manage the movement of your feet. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with The Podiatry Care Center from Dr. Rhonda Nelson. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

A History of Biomechanics

- Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
- In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.

Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers provide accurate determinations about the forces, moments and patterns of the foot and lower legs with the most important information captured.

Advances in materials and more awareness of biomechanics have developed enhanced corrective methods, offering further options for foot-related injuries. Understanding foot biomechanics can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot. 

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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Arthritis5According to a recent global study on Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), North America has the biggest market for rheumatoid arthritis therapeutics. Europe follows at second. An increasing number of patients with rheumatoid arthritis are emerging in North America, causing a rise in research and development, in awareness among people of the condition, and in improved healthcare in the region. Drugs that treat RA include pain relieving drugs, corticosteroids, disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), biologics, and non-biologic drugs.

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 about Rheumatoid Arthritis and its symptoms, consult with The Podiatry Care Center from Dr. Rhonda Nelson. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle 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. 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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fungal toenail2Arian Foster of the Houston Texans suffered an Achilles tendon injury while running a pass pattern and immediately fell to the ground following suit. Foster has had groin, hamstring, and calf injuries, which prevented him from playing in a full season since 2012. Texans coach Bill O’Brien has no details on the injury yet but believes “ ‘it obviously didn’t look good.’ ” If the injury is too severe, it can end Foster’s rest of the season.

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with The Podiatry Care Center from Dr. Rhonda Nelson. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  

- Wearing non-supportive shoes

- Weight change         

- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

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 foot3Kenny Gaines, a basketball player for the University of Georgia Bulldogs, is back on his feet after suffering a Lisfranc injury to his left foot last season. Lisfranc injuries result when a metatarsal bone is displaced from the tarsus. Gaines has been cleared by doctors to practice for the next three or four weeks, and he says that “I’ve been moving well in practice and I’ve felt great over the last couple weeks.” He also said that he wasn’t limited to playing just in his first game back, but is willing to practice as well. According to coach Mark Fox, Gaines is on break after the game because of some soreness, but that is typical of a Lisfranc injury.

Full recovery is much more difficult if one continues to play sports with a foot or ankle injury. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with The Podiatry Care Center from Dr. Rhonda Nelson. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Playing Sports with Foot Injuries

Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:

  • Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion

  • Stress Fractures

  • Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait

  • Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base

  • Strains

For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.

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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