Foot Doctor Blog

Form and Function Meet With Dress Orthotics

Published Monday January 9, 2017

We at the Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic have written quite a bit about custom orthotics. They are very important to maintain the proper alignment and function of your feet. The style you may imagine is a sturdy, full-length device made for sneakers or tennis shoes. But what about the days when you’re wearing dress shoes, or even high heels? The good news is, there are orthotics for those shoes too. A dress orthotic is generally designed to be thinner, more narrow, and shorter- they often go to just the ball of the foot. They still contain the… Read More

The Art of Lacing: Yep, It Matters How You Tie Your Running Shoes

Published Monday January 2, 2017

Even if you’ve visited your favorite running store, analyzed your gait, and found the perfect shoe for you, how you lace your shoes can affect your performance and overall running experience. “I’ve had runners slip on a pair of running shoes and say they feel great, but when they stand up, or jog around the store or on the treadmill, they’ll tell me something just doesn’t seem right,” said Rob Voigt, who manages the Georgetown Running Company in Washington, D.C. “I’ll re-lace their shoes and ask them to take another jog around the store, and I already know by their… Read More

Good Vibrations: Shockwave Therapy Demystified

Published Monday December 26, 2016

Extracorporeal Pulse Activated Treatment (EPAT), also known as Shockwave Therapy, is an FDA approved non-invasive treatment for chronic, painful musculoskeletal conditions of the lower extremities including plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis.   EPAT is performed through a handheld applicator, delivering subtle, painless shock waves into injured tissues while recruiting the body’s growth factors and promoting increased blood flow. This process requires no anesthesia or incisions while allowing immediate weight bearing and a quick return to activity. Treatment is performed in the office and usually requires 3-4 fifteen-minute sessions, spaced 7 days apart. Benefits are long-lasting, and are typically noticed after… Read More

Pertinent Insights in Treating CrossFit-Related Injuries

Published Monday December 12, 2016

This article was written by Erin Robles, DPM of the Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, and published in Volume 29 – Issue 12 of the December 2016 issue of Poditary Today. Due to the intensity of CrossFit workouts, athletes can sustain injuries such as ankle sprains, metatarsal fractures and shin splints. This author offers a guide to diagnosing and treating common CrossFit injuries, and provides a couple of illuminating case studies. In a sports medicine-based private practice, patients with a host of injuries come through the door on a daily basis. The maladies range from chronic overuse to acute… Read More

It’s Nutcracker Season for the Ballerina!

Published Tuesday December 6, 2016

It’s Nutcracker season for the ballerina which means more injuries and problems with more intensive rehearsals. As a former professional ballet dancer, I remember not only the festive joy of wearing holiday leg warmers, but also the long dress rehearsals the company endured for successful performances. Spending more time in pointe shoes meant a greater risk for foot and ankle injuries. Common injuries and problems include nail trauma, blisters, and muscle strains. Pointe shoes appear beautiful on the outside but on the inside can traumatize the nails making them loosen, bleed, change color or become infected. Blisters and corns can… Read More

Lecture Series with Dr. Caitlin Madden – Part 2

Published Monday November 28, 2016

Dr. Madden recently had the privilege of speaking at the Mid-Atlantic Podiatry Conference alongside many prominent names in the field. The three-day conference included lectures and workshops, and was co-sponsored by the Podiatry Institute and the Mid-Atlantic Podiatric Medical Association. Dr. Madden shared her knowledge, with a packed lecture hall of her medical colleagues, on topics including antibiotics prophylaxis, DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) prevention, and in-office ultrasound use. She proudly represented FASMA as a young physician and surgeon with a bright future. Part 2: Antibiotic Stewardship: When you really need them. Antibiotics Before Surgery: In Dr. Madden’s second lecture, she… Read More

Lecture Series with Dr. Caitlin Madden – Part 1

Published Monday November 21, 2016

Dr. Caitlin Madden recently had the privilege of speaking at the Mid-Atlantic Podiatry Conference alongside many prominent names in the field. The three-day conference included lectures and workshops, and was co-sponsored by the Podiatry Institute and the Mid-Atlantic Podiatric Medical Association. Dr. Madden shared her knowledge, with a packed lecture hall of her medical colleagues, on topics including antibiotics prophylaxis, DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) prevention, and in-office ultrasound use. She proudly represented FASMA as a young physician and surgeon with a bright future. Part 1: Facts About Ultrasound you may not know With regards to Ultrasound use in the doctors… Read More

Don’t Let Your Ingrown Toenails Keep You From Wearing Your Favorite Fall Boots

Published Monday November 7, 2016

Anyone that has suffered from an ingrown toenail knows how uncomfortable it can be. Ingrown toenails occur because the toenail, instead of growing straight, grows into the skin. This commonly occurs on the great toes but can occur on the lesser digits as well. Common causes include ill-fitting shoes where the toes are cramped within the shoe, trauma to the nail plate causing nail deformity, nail fungus that results in a thickened nail, and improper cutting of the toenail. Conservative therapies include properly fit shoes with a wider toe box, thin layers of cotton applied on the side of the… Read More

How Doctors got Creative to Achieve a Nearly 70% Success Rate Treating Ulcers

Published Tuesday October 25, 2016

The best care demands the best proof of both outcome and value. Trial and error is inherent when searching for the best new applications of healthcare, which is usually manifested by creative, outside of the box thinking. With over thousands of wound care products in today’s market, due diligence is a must in the search for which products work best for various types of wounds. In this particular study, we used a particular engineered matrix that was made up of a porous matrix of cross-linked bovine (bovine, meaning cattle) tendon collagen and glycosaminoglycan and a semi-permeable polysiloxane (Fancy term for… Read More

What Being Active Means for Your Feet

Published Thursday October 13, 2016

Working at his prestigious position as team podiatrist of the Washington Wizards for 25 years and the Washington Mystics since their inception, Dr. Howard Osterman has treated a myriad of foot, ankle and lower leg injuries. Every sports doctor’s dream would be getting players back out doing what they do best while at the same time keeping them safe, mitigating to the highest-degree the chance of becoming re-injured. Featured in an article in this month’s issue of LER Foot Health, Osterman talks about conveying the benefits of orthotics to athletes using high-level data and medical imaging, which resembles heat maps… Read More