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Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Foot and ankle swelling, medically known as peripheral edema, can be a distressing symptom with various underlying causes. One common reason for swelling is fluid retention, which can occur due to prolonged standing or sitting, especially in hot weather. Another culprit is injury or trauma to the foot or ankle, leading to inflammation and fluid accumulation in the affected area. Medical conditions such as venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, or lymphatic obstruction can also result in swelling. Furthermore, heart failure, kidney disease, liver disease, and certain medications can contribute to fluid retention and subsequent swelling in the lower extremities. Hormonal changes during pregnancy or menstruation may cause temporary swelling. Lifestyle factors, like excessive salt intake, poor diet, obesity, and lack of physical activity, can cause swelling. Identifying the underlying cause of foot and ankle swelling is essential for effective management and prevention of complications. If your feet or ankles are swollen, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine the cause and offer appropriate relief and treatment solutions.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. 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.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

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, 20 February 2024 00:00

The impact of pregnancy on changes in the foot arch is a topic of study. Arch collapse, more common in females, especially during pregnancy, may lead to various foot issues, potentially necessitating surgeries. Hormonal fluctuations, including increased levels of relaxin, progesterone, and estradiol, can contribute to ligament laxity, potentially affecting the foot arch. Research suggests a correlation between pregnancy and foot volume increase, though not necessarily shoe size. If you are pregnant and feel pain in the arches or your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can get to the root of the problem and offer effective relief options.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Plaza Podiatry. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to 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, 13 February 2024 00:00

Cracked heels, medically known as heel fissures, occur when the skin around the heel becomes dry, thickened, and eventually splits. This common foot condition can cause discomfort, pain, and even bleeding in severe cases. Several factors contribute to cracked heels, including prolonged standing, walking barefoot, wearing open-back shoes, and dry weather conditions. Individuals with naturally dry skin or certain medical conditions such as diabetes or thyroid disorders are at a higher risk of developing cracked heels. Additionally, factors like obesity, dehydration, and poor foot hygiene can exacerbate the problem. The lack of moisture and exfoliation leads to the build-up of dead skin, creating pressure on the heels and increasing the likelihood of cracking. Prevention is important, and this can be achieved by maintaining proper foot hygiene, moisturizing regularly, wearing appropriate footwear, and avoiding prolonged standing. If you have developed cracked heels, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can prescribe the necessary treatment for relief.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Plaza Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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 care needs.

Read more about Solutions for Cracked Heels
Friday, 09 February 2024 00:00

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