Foot Doctor Blog

So you can’t run, now what do I do?

So  you have been training for months for a race and running the best you have in years only to be stopped  short  by an injury.  This is not an uncommon story unfortunately but don’t throw in the towel just  yet.  You need to switch gears and start to  cross-train or switch to an exercise that does not cause your pain and is easier on your body. Cross-training can be very beneficial to runners. ( Etxebarria N, Mujika I, Pyne DB. Training and Competition Readiness in Triathlon. Sports (Basel). 2019;7(5).)  While running may be one of the best workouts, sometimes… Continue Reading

What’s wrong with wearing flip flops?

When individuals are asked why they wear flip flops, most of them usually say because they are comfortable. This is ironic because in the summertime many patients develop pain BECAUSE they have been wearing flip flops every day. Flip flops are one of the least supportive types of shoes on the market. Walking while wearing basic flip flops is similar to walking barefoot. Flip flops do not provide structural support for the joints in the foot, therefore the tendons and muscles have to work harder to stabilize the foot. Also, the lack of arch support and lack of heel cushioning… Continue Reading

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