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Wednesday, 10 April 2024 00:00

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Your feet, often overlooked, hold valuable clues about your overall health. They serve as a mirror reflecting various underlying conditions that might otherwise go unnoticed. Paying attention to subtle signs can provide insight into your well-being. For instance, cold feet could indicate poor circulation, while dry, cracked skin might suggest dehydration or a nutrient deficiency. Swelling may signal issues with your heart, kidneys, or lymphatic system. Additionally, changes in toenails, such as discoloration or thickening, may hint at fungal infections or more serious ailments like diabetes or psoriasis. Moreover, persistent foot pain might not just be due to overuse but could signify conditions like plantar fasciitis or arthritis. Therefore, by observing and heeding the messages your feet convey, you can take proactive steps toward maintaining optimal health and addressing potential concerns before they escalate. After all, your feet are more than just the foundation of your body, they are valuable indicators of your overall well-being. If you have foot pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who may find underlying health issues and offer you specific treatment plans.

When dealing with systemic disease of the feet, it is extremely important to check the affected areas routinely so that any additional problems are caught quickly.  If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact one of our podiatrists from Plaza Podiatry. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric needs.

Systemic Diseases of the Feet

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  Systemic diseases include gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs to relieve pain and inflammation, and other drugs that lower the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus – is an increase in the level of blood sugar that the body cannot counteract with its own insulin. Failure to produce enough insulin is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

Peripheral Vascular Disease – can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Baltimore, Lutherville, and Dundalk, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Toe pain, though often overlooked, can significantly impact daily life and mobility. Several factors can contribute to toe discomfort, ranging from minor injuries to underlying medical conditions. Stubbing or jamming the toe, for instance, can result in acute pain and swelling. Additionally, wearing ill-fitting shoes or high heels can cause pressure and friction, leading to conditions like corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails. Arthritis, whether osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, can affect the joints in the toes, causing chronic pain and stiffness. Moreover, fungal infections like athlete's foot can manifest as itching, burning, and pain between the toes. Symptoms of toe pain may vary depending on the underlying cause but commonly include tenderness, swelling, redness, and difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected toe. Proper diagnosis and treatment are essential for relieving toe pain and preventing further complications. If your toe pain persists, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is, and offer appropriate treatment solutions.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Plaza Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Baltimore, Lutherville, and Dundalk, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Sesamoiditis, a condition affecting the sesamoid bones beneath the big toe joint, manifests through various symptoms that can significantly impact mobility and comfort. Common indicators of sesamoiditis include pain and tenderness in the ball of the foot, particularly beneath the big toe. Individuals may experience discomfort when bearing weight on the affected foot, especially during activities such as walking, running, or squatting. Swelling and inflammation around the sesamoid bones are also prevalent symptoms of this condition, contributing to heightened discomfort and limited mobility. In some cases, individuals may notice difficulty bending or straightening the big toe due to the pain and stiffness associated with sesamoiditis. The symptoms of sesamoiditis can vary in intensity, ranging from mild discomfort to severe pain that interferes with daily activities. If you have difficulty walking, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat sesamoiditis.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact one of our podiatrists of Plaza Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Baltimore, Lutherville, and Dundalk, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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