Foot Doctor Blog

Prevention of Swollen Feet & Legs During Travel

Early this year, before anyone had heard of Covid-19, my husband and I traveled abroad to India.  We flew across oceans for nearly 16 hours.  During that time, I remained quite active, especially with my feet.  To adjacent passengers, it probably seemed like I was a high maintenance traveler, as I often stretched out, took frequent walks about the cabin, changed out compression stockings, frequently removed shoes, and even extended my legs for massages (begrudgingly provided by my husband).  What the passengers didn’t know, and what my loving husband did, was that, as a Podiatrist, I acted to avoid swollen… Continue Reading

Arthritis.. It can happen to Kids too!

Children can be hard to treat, whether it by your own or your patients. Often when we think of arthritis we immediately associate that with the older individuals rather than our pediatric population.  Juvenile arthritis (JA) is an autoimmune disease, therefore not usually hereditary, caused by inflammation (swelling) of the synovium, which is the lining of joints, occurring to children aged 16 or younger with girls more likely to develop JA than boys. Juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children in the United States. The most prevalent form of juvenile arthritis is juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) (also known as juvenile rheumatoid… Continue Reading

Plantar Plate Injuries

Are you experiencing pain under your 2nd toe(lesser toe) when walking? Have you noticed a slight gap between your 2nd and 3rd toes?  You may be suffering from a plantar plate injury. The plantar plate is a thickening of the joint capsule found under each of the bases of the lesser toes. This structure is responsible for stabilizing the lesser toes, helping you push off from your toes when walking, and preventing the very common “hammertoe” deformity.  Injuries to the plantar plate can be caused by poor shoes such as high heels, walking barefoot on hard surfaces, and impact exercises… Continue Reading

Anterior Tibial Tendonitis

Anterior Tibial Tendonitis is inflammation within the tendon. It is typically from overuse. This muscle runs down the front of your shin and crosses the ankle, then ends along the inside of the foot. What Causes it? Overuse of the tendon Excessive Training Sports:  Running on uneven surfaces  Kicking with toes pointed Repetitive movements Tight foot or ankle wear High Heels Poor foot/ankle biomechanics – pronated feet   Symptoms: Symptoms are typically gradual at onset with pain or stiffness along the front of the ankle and worsened when trying to lift the foot or toes up. There is pain… Continue Reading

Peroneal Tendonitis 

The outer edge of the leg consists of muscles called the peroneals. They attach the fibula bone (outside leg bone) to the outer edge and bottom of the foot. These muscles help move the foot up and out, also known as eversion. The tendon portions of these muscles insert to the outside of the foot at the fifth metatarsal base and at the bottom of the foot into several bones. The peroneal tendons can get fatigued due to excessive use from repetitions of prolonged high forces, which ultimately results in pain. The overuse of the tendons results in degeneration and… Continue Reading

Preparing Your Feet for Hiking

It’s that time of year when the outdoors calls, and for many of us we are left wondering how to safely protect and support our feet and ankles as we launch into a more active lifestyle. Which brings us to shoes, shoes, shoes… They are the most important and most critical piece of equipment that you have control over. Unfortunately, your grandmother’s bunions are there for the long haul, so managing the feet you’ve got, the best you can, takes some preventative care. When planning a hike, proper fitted boots or hiking shoes are the first line of defense against… Continue Reading

Swimming Pools and Plantar Warts

Summer is nearly upon us, and everyone will be looking forward to diving into a nice refreshing swimming pool on a scorching hot summer day. However, what you may not realize is that swimming pools could place you at risk for developing a painful and unsightly lesion on your foot. These lesions can be very resilient, recur, and are challenging to treat. What is this lesion I speak of? Plantar warts or verrucae plantaris are skin lesions that develop on the plantar (bottom) aspect of the foot. They are caused by the infection of keratinocytes (skin cells) with the human… Continue Reading

Why should I go to the doctor if it doesn’t hurt?

Many of us, men and women alike, lead busy lives. Our daily commitments to our work, families, and daily activities cause us to not address problems unless they stop us from doing the things we want to do. Unfortunately, your feet are one thing that do not allow you to get far when not working properly. When your heels continue to ache day after day or you literally crawl out of bed in the morning, you are likely to call for any appointment as soon as possible. Our doctors at Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid Atlantic are ready… Continue Reading

Posterior Tibial Tendonitis

Has there been a silver lining to the Covid 19 pandemic? It’s hard to believe that there could possibly be any , but we’ve observed a noticeable increase in walkers, bikers and golfers over the past several months so in that respect people are trying to be healthy. Along with the increased activity , however , is the possibility of exacerbation of inherent foot disorders and pain . One problem in which I am very familiar, having suffered with the condition for several years myself is called posterior tibial tendonitis. This tendon originates in the leg and courses around the… Continue Reading

Is it OK to go barefoot in the house all day?

Many people are now staying at home all day due to the corona virus lock down and this means dressing casually, including going barefoot or only wearing socks. While a healthy person can go barefoot for limited periods , people who are older, or have underlying health issues such as diabetes, autoimmune disease, poor circulation, arthritis or neuropathy should always wear supportive cushioned shoes or slippers. Younger people not wearing shoes or their orthotics in the house have been reporting discomfort and pain in their feet. Prolonged standing on hard surfaces without shoes can cause many injuries including plantar fasciitis… Continue Reading