Foot Care Myths and Reality

There are myths out there about everything from crossing your eyes and spilling salt to carrying a “lucky” rabbit’s foot. There are even myths about foot care.  And the podiatrists at We Treat Feet have heard it all. So we would like to share our favorite foot care myths and the realities behind them.

Foot Care Myth #1: Cutting a notch (a “V”) in a toenail will relieve the pain of ingrown toenails.

Reality: When a toenail is ingrown, the nail curves downward and grows into the skin. Cutting a “V” in the toenail does not affect its growth. New nail growth will continue to curve downward. Cutting a “V” may actually cause more problems and is painful in many cases.

Foot Care Myth #2: My foot or ankle can’t be broken if I can walk on it.

Reality: It’s entirely possible to walk on a foot or ankle with a broken bone. It depends on your threshold for pain, as well as the severity of the injury, however it’s not a smart idea. Walking with a broken bone can cause further damage.

It is crucial to stay off an injured foot until diagnosis by a foot and ankle surgeon. Until then, apply ice and elevate the foot to reduce pain.

Foot Care Myth #3: Shoes cause bunions.

Reality: Bunions are most often caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot. It is not the bunion itself that is inherited, but certain foot types make a person prone to developing a bunion. While wearing shoes that crowd the toes together can, over time, make bunions more painful, shoes themselves do not cause bunions.
Although some treatments can ease the pain of bunions, only surgery can correct the deformity.

Foot Care Myth #4: A doctor can’t fix a broken toe.

Reality: Nineteen of the 26 bones in the foot are toe bones.

In reality, there are things we can do to make a broken toe heal better and prevent problems later on, like arthritis or toe deformities.  Placing toes back into their “normal” position, and making sure there isn’t a dislocation or movement of the fracture is crucial to caring for these injuries.

From bunions to broken toes, the foot and ankle surgeons at We Treat Feet have heard it all

If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact We Treat Feet Podiatry by clicking here to view our various locations and phone numbers!

We Treat Feet! That’s what we do. From the simplest nail problems, to the most complex foot deformities, we provide exceptional care in a kind and compassionate manner. We offer board certified physicians that have spent years learning the intricate structures and functions of the human foot and ankle. No knees or elbows here, only the best foot and ankle care available in Maryland.

From heel pain, bunions, Sports medicine injuries, broken bones, neuromas, hammertoes, and flatfeet to Achilles tendon problems, we have the most modern technology available to help you, including digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and vascular testing equipment.

Our physician team offers treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. No foot is too big, no problem is too big, because remember, We Treat Feet!

You can check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Is Foot Pain Linked to Obesity?

Is foot pain making you fat? Well, it actually could be.

According to a recent survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), 72% of Americans say they do not exercise because of their foot pain. The study surveyed 1,000 U.S. adults, 18 years of age and older.

It is probably not far fetched to draw a connection between the frequency of foot pain in Americans and the soaring rates of US obesity as reported by the Centers for Disease Control.

Other Findings

•      Americans view their feet as the least important body part in terms of their health and well-being.

•      Feet were the number one body part to experience pain, even more so than the teeth or skin. 

The survey results support the launch of the Today’s Podiatrist campaign, which increases awareness about the specialized medical training and unique qualifications a podiatrist has in treating the foot and ankle.

Foot pain contributes to several health issues. Signs of diabetes, arthritis, and nerve and circulatory disorders can all be detected in the feet. That is why it is important to seek podiatric care immediately if any problems arise.

“Podiatrists are physicians, surgeons and specialists who treat diseases, injuries and deformities of the foot and ankle,” said APMA president Kathleen Stone, DPM. “We should be part of everyone’s health-care team, but it is especially important for those experiencing regular foot pain to seek care from a podiatrist.”

If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact We Treat Feet Podiatry by clicking here to view our various locations and phone numbers!

We Treat Feet! That’s what we do. From the simplest nail problems, to the most complex foot deformities, we provide exceptional care in a kind and compassionate manner. We offer board certified physicians that have spent years learning the intricate structures and functions of the human foot and ankle. No knees or elbows here, only the best foot and ankle care available in Maryland.

From heel pain, bunions, Sports medicine injuries, broken bones, neuromas, hammertoes, and flatfeet to Achilles tendon problems, we have the most modern technology available to help you, including digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and vascular testing equipment.

Our physician team offers treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. No foot is too big, no problem is too big, because remember, We Treat Feet!

You can check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)

Laser Treatments NOW FDA APPROVED!

The Q-Clear Laser, which is essentially two lasers in one, was recently approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for use in general and plastic surgery, dermatology, and podiatry, for the incision, excision, and vaporization of soft tissues. In the field of podiatry, this means the Q-Clear Laser is approved for the following uses:

  • Matrixectomy: The process of surgically, chemically, or electrically destroying all or part of the base nail portion called the nail matrix.
  • Removal of Warts: Including periungal, subungal, and plantar warts.
  • Treatment of Foot Fungus.
  • Radical Nail Excision: A simple method of treatment for Ingrowing toenails by radical excision of the affected nailfold.
  • Neuromas: A painful condition, also referred to as a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor. It is a benign growth of nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes that brings on pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot.
  • And More!

The Q-Clear Laser can provide superior effect with exceptional patient comfort.

If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact We Treat Feet Podiatry by clicking here to view our various locations and phone numbers!

We Treat Feet! That’s what we do. From the simplest nail problems, to the most complex foot deformities, we provide exceptional care in a kind and compassionate manner. We offer board certified physicians that have spent years learning the intricate structures and functions of the human foot and ankle. No knees or elbows here, only the best foot and ankle care available in Maryland.

From heel pain, bunions, Sports medicine injuries, broken bones, neuromas, hammertoes, and flatfeet to Achilles tendon problems, we have the most modern technology available to help you, including digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and vascular testing equipment.

Our physician team offers treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. No foot is too big, no problem is too big, because remember, We Treat Feet!

You can check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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We Treat Feet in the Community: Partnering with Health Care for the Homeless

We Treat Feet has recently partnered with Health Care for the Homeless (HCH), an organization dedicated to providing health-related services, education, and advocacy to reduce the incidence and burdens of homelessness.

 

Established in Baltimore in 1985, HCH has grown to become a nationally recognized model for the delivery of care to underserved populations.

HCH is Maryland’s leading provider of comprehensive health-related services – pediatric, adult, and geriatric medical care, mental health services, social work and case management, addiction treatment, dental care, podiatric care, and HIV services – for adults and children experiencing homelessness. HCH ensures similar services statewide through grants and technical assistance to partner agencies in the City of Frederick and Montgomery, Harford, and Baltimore Counties.

With strong public and private support, HCH is guided by a vision of a future without homelessness in which all Marylanders have access to comprehensive health care, affordable housing, and livable incomes.

We at We Treat Feet would like to encourage you to make an Online Gift. And even if you can’t give a lot, remember, every little bit helps. If you have any questions about We Treat Feet’s involvement with HCH or if you wish to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatric specialists, please contact We Treat Feet Podiatry in Maryland by visiting our website or click here to view our various locations and phone numbers!

If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact We Treat Feet Podiatry by clicking here to view our various locations and phone numbers!

We Treat Feet! That’s what we do. From the simplest nail problems, to the most complex foot deformities, we provide exceptional care in a kind and compassionate manner. We offer board certified physicians that have spent years learning the intricate structures and functions of the human foot and ankle. No knees or elbows here, only the best foot and ankle care available in Maryland.

From heel pain, bunions, Sports medicine injuries, broken bones, neuromas, hammertoes, and flatfeet to Achilles tendon problems, we have the most modern technology available to help you, including digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and vascular testing equipment.

Our physician team offers treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. No foot is too big, no problem is too big, because remember, We Treat Feet!

You can check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

What is Causing my Heel Pain?

Your heel pain may be caused by any number of different conditions, including tendinitis, stress fractures, neuritis, bursitis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and fat pad thinning. However, the number one cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the thick tissue (plantar fascia) on the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch of the foot.

Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot is overstretched or overused, making it painful to walk.

Plantar Fasciitis Risk Factors

•      Obesity or sudden weight gain

•      Foot arch problems, like flat feet and high arches

•      Long-distance running

•      Tight Achilles tendon

•      Shoes with poor arch support or soft soles

•      Walking barefoot

•      Walking on hard surfaces without proper support

Signs and Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

•      Pain and stiffness in the bottom of the heel

•     Tenderness on the bottom of your foot

•     Flat feet or high arches

•     Foot swelling

•     Redness

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Once your podiatrist examines your feet and determines the cause of your pain, you may be treated immediately with options such as custom orthotics, steroid injections, prescription medications, physical therapy, and immobilization. Depending on your response to treatment, your pain may require more advanced treatments or surgery. Talk to your podiatrist about what avenue of treatment is best for you.

Please contact We Treat Feet if you think you may have a heel disorder.

If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact We Treat Feet Podiatry by clicking here to view our various locations and phone numbers!

We Treat Feet! That’s what we do. From the simplest nail problems, to the most complex foot deformities, we provide exceptional care in a kind and compassionate manner. We offer board certified physicians that have spent years learning the intricate structures and functions of the human foot and ankle. No knees or elbows here, only the best foot and ankle care available in Maryland.

From heel pain, bunions, Sports medicine injuries, broken bones, neuromas, hammertoes, and flatfeet to Achilles tendon problems, we have the most modern technology available to help you, including digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and vascular testing equipment.

Our physician team offers treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. No foot is too big, no problem is too big, because remember, We Treat Feet!

You can check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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Dr. Patrick Felton on ESPN Radio Tonight, January 30th

On January 30, 2012, at 5:00 pm, We Treat Feat podiatrist Dr. Patrick Felton will be featured on ESPN Radio 1300 AM. He will be discussing how athletes can improve running performance through biometrics and gait analysis, as well as common foot issues athletes encounter.

Dr. Felton specializes in podiatric sports medicine, conservative care for biomechanical abnormalities, and surgical management of structural and functional abnormalities of the foot. In his spare time, he coaches lacrosse and soccer with the Lutherville Timonium Recreational Council. Dr. Felton has been heavily involved in athletics and outdoor activities throughout his entire life.

  • He played intercollegiate lacrosse at Millersville University and played ice hockey for Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine.
  • He is licensed with USA Cycling and participates in all forms of competitive cycling.
  • He is licensed with USA Triathlon and participates in Duathlons (run, bike, run)
  • He participates in 5K events along with his family

Tune in tonight at http://tunein.com/radio/WJZ-1300-s29822/ or turn that dial to 1300 AM.

If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact We Treat Feet Podiatry by clicking here to view our various locations and phone numbers!

We Treat Feet! That’s what we do. From the simplest nail problems, to the most complex foot deformities, we provide exceptional care in a kind and compassionate manner. We offer board certified physicians that have spent years learning the intricate structures and functions of the human foot and ankle. No knees or elbows here, only the best foot and ankle care available in Maryland.

From heel pain, bunions, Sports medicine injuries, broken bones, neuromas, hammertoes, and flatfeet to Achilles tendon problems, we have the most modern technology available to help you, including digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and vascular testing equipment.

Our physician team offers treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. No foot is too big, no problem is too big, because remember, We Treat Feet!

You can check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

We Treat Feet Podiatry in the Community

Over the last several months, the doctors and staff at We Treat Feet Podiatry in Maryland gave back to the community in several ways. These included:

1. In the spirit of community support, we have been asking patients for a contribution for paper feet to decorate the walls of our four offices. We would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming support of this great cause!

2. The Night of Peace Family Shelter asked We Treat Feet to purchase air mattresses for their guests to sleep on. That’s what we did! We Treat Feet bought enough air mattresses to keep The Night of Peace Family Shelter fully stocked!

3. We Treat Feet partnered with Dr. Comfort Shoes to secure over 200 pairs of donated shoes over the Holiday Season. Some of our donations partners included Hannah More Shelter, Night of Peace Family Shelter and Healthcare for the Homeless.

4. While many individuals, families, and organizations adopt a family over the holidays, We Treat Feet wanted to do more. So we adopted an entire shelter!

The staff of We Treat Feet partnered with The Night of Peace Family Shelter on December 6th, 2011 to make guests of the shelter a festive holiday dinner, consisting of fried chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, stuffing, corn and many homemade holiday desserts. We would like to thank Trader Joe’s in Pikesville who donated all of the food! Furthermore, we brought gifts for all the children, as well as shoes for the men and women.

If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact We Treat Feet Podiatry by clicking here to view our various locations and phone numbers!

We Treat Feet! That’s what we do. From the simplest nail problems, to the most complex foot deformities, we provide exceptional care in a kind and compassionate manner. We offer board certified physicians that have spent years learning the intricate structures and functions of the human foot and ankle. No knees or elbows here, only the best foot and ankle care available in Maryland.

From heel pain, bunions, Sports medicine injuries, broken bones, neuromas, hammertoes, and flatfeet to Achilles tendon problems, we have the most modern technology available to help you, including digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and vascular testing equipment.

Our physician team offers treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. No foot is too big, no problem is too big, because remember, We Treat Feet!

You can check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Foot Tendonitis: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

Tendonitis of the foot is a common medical condition that affects the posterior tibial tendon, the tendon that helps support the arch of your foot and prevents your feet from rolling in. Foot tendonitis is a secondary reaction most often caused by overuse or injury.

Foot Tendonitis Symptoms and Signs

•      Pain in the posterior tibial tendon region

•      Inflammation or Swelling of the foot

•      A hot feeling

•      Stiffness of the foot and ankle

•      Stabbing pain in the arch of the foot

Foot Tendonitis Treatment

The first step in treatment is to stop activity immediately and apply the R.I.C.E. method: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Remember to never apply ice directly to the affected area. Wrap the ice or ice pack in a towel and apply in 20-minute intervals. If swelling does not go down, take a regular over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.

Keep up with this regimen until your symptoms subside. If symptoms do not subside or if your tendonitis keeps recurring, consult your podiatrist.

Foot Tendonitis Prevention

•      Wear appropriate footwear: supportive shoes that fit properly

•      Avoid running on uneven surfaces

•      Warm up and stretch before athletic activities

Take care of your feet and they will take care of you!

If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact We Treat Feet Podiatry by clicking here to view our various locations and phone numbers!

We Treat Feet! That’s what we do. From the simplest nail problems, to the most complex foot deformities, we provide exceptional care in a kind and compassionate manner. We offer board certified physicians that have spent years learning the intricate structures and functions of the human foot and ankle. No knees or elbows here, only the best foot and ankle care available in Maryland.

From heel pain, bunions, Sports medicine injuries, broken bones, neuromas, hammertoes, and flatfeet to Achilles tendon problems, we have the most modern technology available to help you, including digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and vascular testing equipment.

Our physician team offers treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. No foot is too big, no problem is too big, because remember, We Treat Feet!

You can check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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Hammertoe: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

Hammertoe is a condition in which one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth (little) toes are abnormally bent (contracture). Commonly caused by a muscle or tendon imbalance – though hammertoes can be inherited or result from trauma – this condition usually starts out mild and slowly worsens over time.

Hammertoe Symptoms and Signs

•      Pain or irritation when wearing shoes

•      Corns and calluses

•      Inflammation

•      Redness

•      Burning sensation

•      Contracture (bending) of the toe

•     In more severe cases, open sores may form

Hammertoe Treatment

Due to its progressive nature, hammertoes should receive treatment as soon as possible. If left untreated, hammertoes can become more rigid. If this is the case, non-surgical treatment is no longer an option.

Non-Surgical Treatment of Hammertoes includes:

Padding corns and calluses: Your podiatrist can either prescribe or provide you with a special pad designed to shield corns and prevent irritation.

Changes in shoewear: Shoes with pointed toes are strictly forbidden. The same goes for shoes that are too short or high heels. All three of these will force the toe against the front of the shoe, aggravating your condition.

Orthotic devices:  Custom orthotics can be placed in your shoe to help control the muscle/tendon imbalance.

Injection therapy:  Corticosteroid injections can be used to ease pain and inflammation.

Medications:  Oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, may be recommended to reduce pain and inflammation.

Splinting/strapping: Splints or straps may realign the affected toe.

If the hammertoe does not get better with non-surgical treatment and your condition worsens, surgery may be your last option.

If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact We Treat Feet Podiatry by clicking here to view our various locations and phone numbers!

We Treat Feet! That’s what we do. From the simplest nail problems, to the most complex foot deformities, we provide exceptional care in a kind and compassionate manner. We offer board certified physicians that have spent years learning the intricate structures and functions of the human foot and ankle. No knees or elbows here, only the best foot and ankle care available in Maryland.

From heel pain, bunions, Sports medicine injuries, broken bones, neuromas, hammertoes, and flatfeet to Achilles tendon problems, we have the most modern technology available to help you, including digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and vascular testing equipment.

Our physician team offers treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. No foot is too big, no problem is too big, because remember, We Treat Feet!

You can check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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Hammertoe Foot Health Facts

Corns and Calluses: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

Corns and calluses are protective layers of thickened skins formed in response to repeated pressure or friction. What differentiates a corn from a callus is its placement. A corn is a thickened layer of skin on the top or side of your toe, while a callus is a thickened layer of skin on the sole of your foot. Neither is a serious medical condition.

Signs and Symptoms of Corns and Calluses

•      Skin is thick and hardened

•      Skin may be flaky and dry

Treatment and Prevention of Corns and Calluses

Reducing the friction that caused the corn or callus is the best form of treatment and future prevention. For example, if your corn was caused by a shoe that does not fit properly, changing to a new shoe should eliminate the corn within a couple of weeks. Other self-care home remedies include:

•      Place protective covering or bandages over the sore to decrease friction on the skin until the sore heals. This can be done with a donut-shaped corn pads (available in most pharmacies).

•      Apply moisturizing agents such as lotions to dry calluses and corns.

•      Rub sandpaper disks or pumice stone over hard thickened regions.

•      Avoid stress to hands or feet by using gloves or changing shoes or socks.

•      Soak feet or hands in warm soapy water to soften corns and calluses.

With proper care, your corn or callus should fade away in a few weeks. However, if the affected area becomes infected or if an ulcer occurs, contact your podiatrist as soon as possible. They will be able to remove the unhealthy tissue and prescribe an antibiotic for the infection.

Take care of your feet and they will take care of you!

If you have any other questions or wish to schedule an appointment, contact We Treat Feet Podiatry by clicking here to view our various locations and phone numbers!

We Treat Feet! That’s what we do. From the simplest nail problems, to the most complex foot deformities, we provide exceptional care in a kind and compassionate manner. We offer board certified physicians that have spent years learning the intricate structures and functions of the human foot and ankle. No knees or elbows here, only the best foot and ankle care available in Maryland.

From heel pain, bunions, Sports medicine injuries, broken bones, neuromas, hammertoes, and flatfeet to Achilles tendon problems, we have the most modern technology available to help you, including digital x-ray, diagnostic ultrasound, and vascular testing equipment.

Our physician team offers treatments for people of all ages, from infants to seniors. No foot is too big, no problem is too big, because remember, We Treat Feet!

You can check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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Corns and Calluses Treatment

Corns and Calluses

 

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