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January 2023

Tuesday, 31 January 2023 00:00

Types and Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon, the long tendon that connects the calf muscles to the back of the heel. The Achilles tendon is used every time you walk, run, jump, or push up onto your toes. Tendonitis is considered to be an overuse injury and is especially common among runners who increase their distance or speed too quickly. Achilles tendonitis can also affect middle-aged people who play sports, such as tennis and basketball, but only play on weekends. Pain of Achilles tendonitis usually starts out with an ache above the heel and progresses after longer bouts of running, stair climbing, or sprinting. Other symptoms are tenderness or stiffness in the morning that dissipates with some activity. If such activities continue and increased pain is ignored, Achilles tendonitis can lead to ruptures that may require surgery. If pain in the back of your heel persists or worsens, please consult a podiatrist for an examination and suggested treatment options.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Mark Spier of Maryland. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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 create immense 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 injuries 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 one of our offices located in Columbia and Reisterstown, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

Bunions and Foot Baths

Bunions are a bony kind of bump that can develop on the outer side of the big toe or the pinky toe. Bunions have the potential to cause the individual a significant amount of discomfort. Bunions are typically something that patients will want to treat, and there are many ways in which one might go about treating their bunions. For example, an individual with bunions might choose to use the power of foot baths. Sometimes, individuals suffering from bunions can experience some kind of stiffness in their big toes due to the bunion. Immersing the feet in a warm foot bath can significantly help to mitigate feelings of stiffness. If a warm bath for the feet is not possible, then one might substitute a warm foot bath with a steamed towel. It usually helps if the towel is moist as well. If you are suffering from bunions, contact a podiatrist today for an appointment.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Dr. Mark Spier of Maryland. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Columbia and Reisterstown, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

Elastic Bandages and the Feet

Sometimes when we develop a cut or wound on the human body, it can be beneficial to cover up the wound with a bandage to protect the skin and help it heal. The feet are no different, and sometimes they might benefit from the use of a bandage when wounds develop. To help keep bandages held in the proper place, the use of an elastic bandage on top may be useful. These bandages give extra support to an area of the foot that is injured. Elastic bandages are usually applied to the feet by wrapping or crossing the bandage across the foot, leaving the heel exposed. It can be helpful to refrain from wrapping the elastic bandage too tightly around the foot which may help to prevent cutting off blood circulation to the feet. Elastic bandages are not for everyone. However, if you are interested in elastic bandages and believe they may help you keep your bandages in place, please contact a podiatrist for guidance today.


 

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Dr. Mark Spier from Maryland. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Columbia and Reisterstown, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

Purchasing Well-Fitting Shoes

Interestingly, research shows that 70% of us do not wear shoes that fit properly in terms of length or width. A key reason for this is that we think we know the size of our feet and we maintain that belief without getting our feet measured regularly. As we age, we lose elasticity in the ligaments and our feet change. The result of shoes that do not fit properly can be discomfort and pain from our feet up into the body. We must remember that our feet are the foundation of our bodies, and foot problems can impact knees, hips, the back and even the neck. While shopping online is quick and easy, going to a store later in the afternoon when the feet are at their largest to try on shoes is a better bet in purchasing shoes that fit well. Wear foot coverings that you would normally wear with the shoes that you are buying and bring orthotics or shoe inserts with you. When considering shoes, think about what you will be wearing them for, the surface you will be walking or running on while wearing them, and how long you will be on your feet. For more advice on purchasing shoes that are best for your feet, consult with a podiatrist who is an expert in this area.

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of Dr. Mark Spier from Maryland. Our doctor will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
  • Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Columbia and Reisterstown, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 04 January 2023 00:00

How Can I Prevent Toenail Fungus?

Toenail fungus is undoubtedly an unpleasant, unsightly, and potentially uncomfortable condition that can affect just about anyone. Since this condition can make the nails appear discolored and in bad form, many patients of podiatrists are curious about how they might go about preventing toenail fungus from developing. The good news is that there are several steps that an individual might take to prevent toenail fungus. If a patient uses antifungal sprays or powders, then this might significantly improve the patient’s resistance to developing a toenail fungus. Additionally, when a person properly cares for their nails, this can significantly help protect the nails from becoming infected. This includes properly cutting the nails, and ensuring that they are clean. If you are worried about preventing toenail fungus, you can make an appointment with a podiatrist today. This foot specialist will help you address your problems.

For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Mark Spier of Maryland. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Columbia and Reisterstown, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 03 January 2023 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

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