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March 2024

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Common Signs of Poor Foot Circulation

Effective circulation is essential for maintaining optimal foot health and overall well-being. Poor foot circulation, often overlooked, can lead to various discomforts and complications if left unaddressed. Common signs of inadequate circulation in the feet include persistent coldness or numbness, particularly in the toes and lower extremities. Individuals may also experience tingling sensations, known as paresthesia or pins and needles, indicative of reduced blood flow. Swelling, discoloration, and slow-healing wounds or ulcers on the feet are additional signs that circulation may be compromised. Cramping or muscle weakness in the legs and feet, especially during physical activity, can also signal poor circulation. In severe cases, individuals may develop peripheral artery disease, abbreviated PAD, which is a condition characterized by narrowed arteries that restrict blood flow to the extremities. If you are experiencing poor foot circulation, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Mark Spier of Maryland. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.


Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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, 19 March 2024 00:00

Insights into Children's Foot Development

During infancy, a child's feet are pliable and mostly made of cartilage, gradually ossifying into bones over time. Until the age of six, children's feet are still forming, with the arches gradually developing. It is normal for children to have flat feet during this period, as the arches develop and muscles strengthen. Additionally, children's feet grow rapidly, often requiring new shoes every few months during growth spurts. As they become more active, ensuring proper footwear fit is essential to support their growing feet and prevent discomfort or injury. Children's feet may appear pigeon-toed or have other gait abnormalities as they learn to walk and run. Most of these issues resolve on their own as they develop coordination and muscle strength. Regular monitoring of children's foot health and providing adequate support through appropriate footwear can contribute to their overall well-being and comfort. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s feet, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you are seeking.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Mark Spier of Maryland. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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 and ankle needs.

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Our feet, the unsung heroes of our daily activities, are intricate structures that enable mobility and support our entire body weight. Comprising numerous bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons, the feet work in unison to provide stability, balance, and the ability to walk, run, and stand. Maintaining optimal foot health is essential for overall well-being. To keep our feet in top condition, it is important to choose footwear that provides proper arch support and cushioning, and fits well. Regularly cleaning and inspecting the feet, especially between the toes, can help to prevent infections. Stretching exercises promote flexibility while strengthening exercises help maintain the foot's arch and stability. Alternating shoe choices, wearing moisture-wicking socks, and allowing feet to breathe can prevent issues like fungal infections. Paying attention to any discomfort or pain and seeking timely medical attention ensures prompt intervention. By understanding the marvel of how our feet function and adopting simple yet effective tips, we can prioritize our health and continue to move through life with comfort and ease. If you are seeking additional information about foot function and care, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Mark Spier from Maryland. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

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 in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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 and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 05 March 2024 00:00

Pain in the Ball of the Foot

Pain in the ball of the foot can be a discomforting and debilitating issue that can affect daily activities. This type of pain can occur due to various factors, including excessive pressure, overuse, or structural abnormalities in the foot. Metatarsalgia, a condition characterized by inflammation and pain in the ball of the foot, is a common culprit. High-impact activities, prolonged standing, and wearing improper footwear with inadequate support can exacerbate the pain. Additionally, conditions such as Morton's neuroma, sesamoiditis, and arthritis can contribute to discomfort in this area. Individuals may experience symptoms like burning, tingling, or numbness in the ball of the foot, making it challenging to walk or stand for extended periods. Proper footwear selection, orthotics, and rest are essential for alleviating pain and preventing further injury. If you have pain in the ball of your foot, it is suggested to seek treatment from a podiatrist who can help identify the underlying cause and develop an effective management plan.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Mark Spier from Maryland. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot 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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Friday, 01 March 2024 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

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