Foot Doctor Blog

Fungus is Among Us!

Fungus on our feet! This causes a lot of insecurity and alarm in the population. Fungus when present on our nails is called onychomycosis. When on our skin it is known as tinea pedis or more commonly known as athlete’s foot. Fungus is caused by dermatophytes which are a class of fungi known to cause fungal infections on our skin. Patients are usually concerned about appearance and possible infection to people who live with them.  In rare circumstances it can have a systemic effect on our bodies. Fungal nails present as thick, discolored and can often cause the nail to… Continue Reading

Women’s World Cup!

Can you believe the Women’s team has won four World Cup tournaments ? What they have achieved is truly remarkable, and something we all get to celebrate together as Americans.  But! Now we move on to your favorite part! Were there any serious foot or ankle injuries during the tournament?  Here is an interesting statistic: the ankle is the most commonly injured body part during soccer, accounting for 20% of all injuries. Lower leg is next at 19%.  Of these injuries, approximately 80% are caused by collision/contact. Reports are still coming in, but here are a few we do know…. Continue Reading

Sunscreen – Don’t Leave Out Your Feet

Summertime for many is filled with beach and pool time fun- and lots of sunscreen application.  Don’t forget the feet! Melanoma is cancer in the cells of the skin that produce pigmentation.  It starts in the melanocytes, which are located in the uppermost layer of skin, and normally function to screen the body against the harmful effects of UV light.  Most cases of melanoma are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun or tanning beds. This exposure can be from intense UV radiation in short periods or lower amounts over longer time spans. Melanoma in the… Continue Reading

Wound Care

Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic: Your wound healing partners! The Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic are committed to providing personalized, effective and advanced treatments to improve our patient’s ability to heal their lower extremity wounds.  Lower extremity wounds are often complex and challenging to heal. Foot and ankle specialists are a key component to the multidisciplinary wound care team. One of the most important aspects of wound care management is having a full understanding of each individual patient. This is achieved by carefully listening to our patients, addressing our patient’s concerns, answering our patient’s questions, reviewing… Continue Reading

Warm Weather Tips for Your Feet

As warm weather is approaching, many people love to wear sandals and flip flops. If you are going to be active then your feet need to have the proper support. The overuse of your muscles can create injuries by not giving your feet the adequate support they need. Your average pair of shoes has a lifespan of 600 miles or 9-12 months. Check your shoes to make sure they haven’t lost support and shock absorption. You can give your shoes a check-up by evaluating that the uppers are not too soft and the soles aren’t showing wear. Replace your shoes… Continue Reading

Got Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis that affects millions of Americans. It is the most common crystal-induced arthropathy. It is now estimated that 4% of the US population now suffers from gout. Gout cases increase each year with the increase in national obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease. Symptoms: Our bodies normally make a chemical called uric acid. When too much of this chemical is produced it can lead to build of crystals in certain joints. The typical symptoms of gout are red, hot, swollen joints in the big toe, ankle, wrist, finger and knee. Attacks can begin quickly… Continue Reading

NAILED IT!

TOENAIL HAPPINESS IS EASY Let’s talk toenails. Not necessarily pretty, not necessarily functional, but they are a bonafide body part that deserves respect. Even more than respect, toenails deserve happiness! They deserve to look good, and feel good! Here’s the great news – podiatrists, everyday, help toenails be their best… YAY!!! YOUR toenails can be their best, too. And it’s usually quite easy! Basic home care, and periodic professional guidance, can get your toes a starring role at the next neighborhood pool party 🙂 Fungus toenails?  Ingrown toenails?  No problem!  Podiatrists treat these everyday.  We can eliminate the guess-work by… Continue Reading

Spring Running Madness

Now that the weather is warmer, are you ready to lace up and hit the open roads? The air is finally getting warmer, the sun is shining brighter and longer, and the urge to throw on the running shoes that have been sitting in the back of the closet begin to call your name. The feeling of hitting an open road with the wind at your back and pavement under foot has probably crossed your mind a few times during the dark and blustery days. For some of you a treadmill has been your home on the nights that it… Continue Reading

Keeping Your Feet Safe and Healthy in the Winter

The snow is starting to fall and the temperatures are dropping. Some people look forward to the chilly weather and others just keep hoping for Spring to come early. No matter which type of person you are, each one of us has to be careful with protecting our feet in the winter. In our region, it seems like it will be a snowy and wet winter which can lead to many hazards for our foot health. One hazard some of us have already had to deal with is the snow and below-freezing temperatures. When the snow starts to fall, many… Continue Reading

Achilles Tendonitis

What is it? The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the human body. It is a band at the back of the lower leg that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. The most common injury to the achilles tendon is achilles tendonitis.  Achilles tendonitis is the overuse of the achilles tendon. It commonly occurs in high impact sports such as running, basketball, jumping and tennis.   What will I feel? Some beginning symptoms of achilles tendonitis are stiffness and tenderness in the back of the foot.  If overuse of the achilles tendon continues, the pain can become… Continue Reading