Foot Doctor Blog

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


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

Doctor’s Soapbox: Don’t Rely on the Internet to Fix Your Running Injuries

The smartphone has not only irreparably altered our social interactions but also how we view and access healthcare. Dr. Google is instantly available to anyone at any time to diagnose and offer treatment advice for every ache and pain. Our frenetic schedules along with high patient co-pays and astronomic insurance deductibles encourage many to seek cheaper self-help options via the internet– although it can be a valuable resource, it is important to understand what you can treat yourself and what requires a visit to your doctor. A doctor who regularly sees athletes has the experience and first-hand knowledge to diagnose… Continue Reading

Diabetes: We Check Your Feet Like No One Else!

Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1 and Type 2) is a common condition that afflicts many Americans and is being diagnosed more each year! We see many patients who have very subtle symptoms which can be attributed back to early onset and detection of diabetes. Many patients say, “I have a sock balled up feeling under my foot” or “I have severe burning” or “I have tingling in my toes” or “The pain keeps me up at night”.  We have learned that these early symptoms or changes are often not being picked up at our patient’s primary physician annual physical. The American… Continue Reading

Your Feet Deserve Our Support

Arch supports, inserts, insoles, and orthotic devices — what’s the difference and what do I need? Like any building or machine, the foundation of support is essential. Think how annoying it is to sit at a table that rocks back and forth because the base is out of balance. A simple packet of sugar or folded napkin under a table leg can make all the difference. The human body is no different – and that support and balance begins with your feet. The best place to start is with your shoes. Finding the right shoe is more than pinching them… Continue Reading