Arthritis5A new virus transmitted by mosquitos inflicts its victims with symptoms extremely similar to rheumatoid arthritis. Because of this development, the virus known as Chikungunya may hold information on how to eliminate RA. "Studying Chikungunya arthritis can give us insight into the immunological mechanisms that drive joint inflammation," Miner said. "And maybe someday turn off the pain and inflammation millions of arthritis sufferers live with every day."

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are suffering from arthritic foot pain, contact Dr. Rhonda Nelson of The Podiatry Care Center. Our podiatrist can treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 about arthritic foot care, please feel free to contact our office located in Glenn Dale, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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runningReplacing your running shoes after a long amount of mileage with them is essential to preventing injury and maintaining foot health. Aaron Burke, an engineer who understands the battles of suffering an injury after choosing the wrong shoe or wearing one pair for too long, created MINO. Mino is a slim device installed under the sock liner of a new pair of shoes. After 300-500 miles, or 600 compressions whether walking or running with the shoe, Mino will inform you that it is time to change the shoe. Since over wearing shoes can cause foot problems and other injuries, Mino is a protective device for your feet.

Choosing the right running shoe may essentially be different for every person. If you have any concerns feel free to contact Dr. Rhonda Nelson of The Podiatry Care Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Running is a physical activity although fun, can put a lot of stress on the joints, bones and ligaments of the body. Injury and stress on the foot can be an important factor on which kind of shoe you’re wearing. Running shoes should be worn based on your foot type. It is important to find out what fits you based on cushioning, stability and motion.

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes, since they have stability and control.

Over-pronators

Those who run with excessive ankle rolling. Over-pronators tend to have ankles that angle inward, flat feet, and or bowed legs. This can cause a series of injuries: of the knees, ankles and Achilles tendons.

Under-pronation

Under-pronation is less common than over-pronation. This usually happens to those who have inflexible feet and high arches. Even though there is less rotational stress on the ankles and knees, it prevents any kind of shock absorptions. Under-pronation needs shoes with increase in cushion and flexibility.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Glenn Dale, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 26 October 2015 04:09

Surgery Not the Only Option for Hammertoes

corns2Many patients often have the misconception that conditions such as hammertoes can only be treated and cured through surgery. But such minor conditions can effectively be managed with treatments such as ultrasound-guided injections, which send anti-inflammatory medication directly to the source of pain, and shock wave therapy, which promotes soft-tissue healing. Physical therapy and insoles that ease pressure on the foot are other nonsurgical treatments that have proven successful.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. If you are suffering from hammertoes, contact Dr. Rhonda Nelson of The Podiatry Care Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

·         Pain in the affected toes

·         Development of corns or calluses due to friction

·         Inflammation

·         Redness

·         Contracture of the toes

Causes

·         Genetics – people who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

·         Arthritis – because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

·         Trauma – direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

·         Ill-fitting shoes – undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

·         Orthotics – custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

·         Medications – oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

·         Surgery – in more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

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

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athletes foot9While vinegar has long been recommended for treating foot problems such as athlete’s foot and toenail fungus, some critics say that there is no specific evidence to support those claims. Carol S. Johnston of Arizona State University states, “In popular media, vinegar is commonly recommended for treating toenail fungus, yet support for these treatment strategies is lacking.” Even though there is no scientific backing, remedies involving vinegar are listed on websites such as LiveStrong, Reader’s Digest, and The Huffington Post. Ultimately, if you are suffering from athlete’s foot or any other foot ailment, it is best to contact your podiatrist first.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you are concerned about your athlete’s foot, contact our podiatrist Dr. Rhonda Nelson of The Podiatry Care Center. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

·         Hydrate your feet by using lotion

·         Exfoliate

·         Buff off nails

·         Use of anti-fungal products

·         Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speaking to your podiatrist will give you a better understanding of the different causes of athlete’s foot, as well as helping you figure out which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Glenn Dale, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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running4Nearly 2 million people in the United States are affected by plantar fasciitis each year. While anyone can get plantar fasciitis, some say there has been an increase in recent years due to heavy sports involvement. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the band stretching from the toes to the heels and is often referred to as “heel pain syndrome.” While sports such as running seems to be a major cause of the condition, those that are often on their feet, athletes, and improper shoe wearers can all suffer. Pain from an overused fascia can go undetected for a long time until the band becomes so strained and inflamed.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, visit Dr. Rhonda Nelson of The Podiatry Care Center. Our doctor can treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of a 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 contact our office in Glenn Dale, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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feet3With New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week coming to an end, designers will be seen attending and presenting their shows with their hair pulled back and heels left in their closet for a more comfortable foot wear. One Designer, Anya Hindmarch attempted to comfortable revive her guests with bright and familiar objects, logos, but her models were also kept in sneakers and more comfortable shoes. Models walking down the runway in what resembled gymnastics leotards gave way to a more comfortable outlook of the week, one without blisters and calluses and other issues caused by the effects of high heels.

High heels have a history for causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet contact Dr. Rhonda Nelson of The Podiatry Care Center. Our doctor 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 Glenn Dale, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 28 September 2015 02:32

The Best Ways to Avoid Heel Spurs

fungal toenail2Heel spurs occur when there is extreme strain on the heel bone and surrounding ligaments causing a calcium deposit on the heel bone. In order to avoid the painful condition many suggest to wear shoes that are your size, massage the feet after walking around in heels and consider switching to a flatter shoe, and stretch the feet. Additionally, running on hard surfaces or barefoot can increase risk of heel spurs. Avoid exerting too much pressure on the heels and get fitted for a proper running shoe to reduce chances of heel spurs forming.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful, and sometimes might make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, call Dr. Rhonda Nelson of The Podiatry Care Center. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be a cause from small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching it to the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot. Bone may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs. Pain sometimes intensifies with age. Heel spurs are known to cause a substantial amount of pain. One of the main associations spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often times because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to poke and affect other boners and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain there are several methods for healing. Medicines, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

For more information about Heel Spurs, follow the link below.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office in Glenn Dale, MD. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Monday, 21 September 2015 11:50

New Zealand Study Finds Tomatoes Trigger Gout

toenail fungus7According to a research conducted in New Zealand, where there is the most gout cases compared to anywhere else in the world, tomatoes may trigger gout attacks. In a survey consisting of 2,051 New Zealand citizens it was noted that tomatoes along with seafood, alcohol, and red meat are consistent triggers of gout. N. Lawrence Edwards, MD who was not directly involved with the research states that although this knowledge helps gout sufferers control their attacks, food is just one factor in gout management. “People can’t go on a restrictive enough diet so that their uric acid will be lowered to the point that they’re not at risk for gout flares,” he mentions.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, consult with Dr. Rhonda L. Nelson from The Podiatry Care Center. Our doctor 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 Glenn Dale, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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broken foot4Niles Paul of the Washington Redskins will be out for the remaining season due to a fractured ankle. The injury occurred while Paul was blocking on a run play during a game. The projected starter twisted his left foot as he fell to the ground. The official injury is cited as a fractured and dislocated ankle. Paul’s injury is a “huge loss” for the Redskins, as he was reportedly impressive in camp. Last season, he caught thirty-nine passes for 507 yards and a touchdown.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries need proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Rhonda L. Nelson of The Podiatry Care Center. Our doctor will treat 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 tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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corns2Gareth Bale of Real Madrid has undergone a series of medical tests to ensure his toe is not broken. Bale was sent to Sanitas La Moraleja after suffering a blow to his right toe during a game in Gijon. While the x-rays revealed Bale had no broken bones, the club has taken the matter seriously to quickly rule out injury. Bale has since been preparing for a game against Betis.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns contact Dr. Rhonda L. Nelson of The Podiatry Care Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

·         throbbing pain

·         swelling

·         bruising on the skin and toenail

·         the inability to move the toe

·         toe appears crooked or disfigured

·         tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any concerns please feel free to contact our office located in Glenn Dale, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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