Foot Doctor Blog

Injury Prevention Made Easy

Next week is Patient Safety Awareness Week. Here are some easy tips for the home, office, and gym to keep you from needing emergency podiatric care. Preventing Home Injuries The most common home injuries are centered around being barefoot, so always wear shoes. This is especially true for diabetic patients. The most frequent home injuries come from stepping on things like a Lego or a piece of glass or stubbing your toe on something. If you spend a lot of time barefoot on hardwood floors instead of soft carpet, you can trigger plantar fasciitis pain (ligament pain in the bottom… Continue Reading

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD): Learn the Signs and Symptoms

February is American Heart Month. To help educate our patients on podiatric heart related issues, we are sharing information about PAD. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) commonly referred to as poor circulation, affects 8 to 12 million Americans. Those over the age of 70 have the disease at a rate of one in every five people. PAD and diabetes are the leading causes of foot or leg amputations in the United States. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is caused by a blockage or narrowing of the arteries in the legs when fatty deposits or plaque build up. This results in a reduction… Continue Reading

Sports Medicine: Stay in the Game

Sports medicine… it sounds healthy, fit and cutting edge… and it’s all true. Sports medicine is a term that talks about staying in the game, getting back in action, being your best and being treated like a superstar jock, no matter if you’re a Super Bowl Quarterback or a gym class hero. We all want to be the best we can be immediately. We want to stay in the game. As Foot and Ankle Specialists, our goal is to get our athletes back in the game. When athletes are sidelined with ankle sprains, fractures and tendinitis, Podiatrists have many tools… Continue Reading

How to Recognize and Treat Chilblains

With winter upon us, and our recent cold weather snap, we are seeing patients with a higher risk of chilblains. WHAT ARE CHILBLAINS? A chilblain is a small, red swelling on the skin, which can be very itchy and gradually becomes very painful. Chilblains usually occur on the smaller toes but can occur on the finger, face, or nose. They occur due to an abnormal reaction of the body to cold. A chilblain may also occur on a pressure bearing area such as a bunion. Appearance A chilblain will usually appear as a red, swollen lesion on the tip of… Continue Reading

September is PAD Awareness Month

PAD Awareness Month (Peripheral artery disease) is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries– mostly commonly in the legs. PAD is easily diagnosed in a simple, painless way. Learn more about PAD by scheduling an appointment with one of our local podiatrists.

What is Sports Medicine?

People hate going to the doctors, none more than athletes. For those individuals who try and incorporate athletics into their lives, it is difficult to admit one needs a doctor. By the time someone comes to my office, they have decided they need to see someone, have asked their friends and family and googled it on the internet. Their biggest fear is that we will send them to physical therapy and discontinue their exercise program. A good Sports Medicine doctor will understand the demands of the sport and design a program that can potentially cross-train, really not telling an athlete… Continue Reading

Lyme Disease is Back This Time of the Year

A bite from a deer tick that carries the organism that causes lyme disease is at the highest ever in the Mid-Atlantic area. So, if you are out doors whether for work or recreation, you are at risk. What to look for? Typically, a red rash (bull’s eye), fever, fatigue, headache. How is it diagnosed? An examination, review of a history of a tick bite and blood test. Not everyone gets the bull’s eye rash! What are treatment options? Oral antibiotics are necessary for several weeks is necessary. Don’t wait to get treatment.  Those that wait can end up with… Continue Reading

Radiofrequency Ablation for Morton’s Neuroma

A neuroma is a common foot condition treated by podiatrists. Conservative treatment includes rest, ice, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, shoe modification, padding to alleviate pressure, orthotics, and injections (corticosteroid or alcohol). Most symptoms resolve, but those that do not may need surgical intervention. Historically, surgery consisted of excision (removal) of the neuroma or decompression of the neuroma by cutting a ligament. Both procedures are effective, but do require significant postoperative recovery. The surgeon may advise non-weightbearing to the operative foot for a period of time and stitches need to be removed. Delayed wound healing, painful scar, infection, and stump neuroma are possible… Continue Reading

Get to Know the Docs Series: Saylee Tulpule, DPM

GET TO KNOW THE DOCS SERIES People rarely discover anything about the professionals they receive services from beyond their interaction with them in the work environment. This week, Dr. Saylee Tulpule, a Podiatrist here at Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, discusses various topics ranging from moments in her life that molded her journey into the field, to her favorite travel destination. Enjoy! 1) Why did you choose the field of podiatry as your profession? I chose the field of podiatry when my mother developed plantar fasciitis during my third year of college. My mother was a grade school… Continue Reading

New Balance vs Brooks

As Podiatrists, we are often asked for our recommendation on a good walking or athletic shoe.  Although there are many brands to choose from, the 2 brands with a long history that consistently impress are New Balance and Brooks Shoes.  New Balance vs. Brooks, which is really better? Since both brands have been around for a while, let us start with a history lesson….. New Balance first began business in 1906 producing arch supports. The small arch support company slowly evolved into the company it is today.  It goes without saying that New Balance has a vested interest in no… Continue Reading