Podiatrist - Annapolis
139 Old Solomons Island Road, Suite C
Annapolis, MD 21401
 

P: (410) 224-4448
F: (443) 949-9539

 

 

Would orthotics help me?
What causes my heel pain?
How do you treat heel pain?
Why do I have tendonitis?
Why are pressure ulcers dangerous?
Can I get arthritis in my feet?
Is it true that diabetics have to take special care of their feet?
How can I avoid getting athlete's foot?
Should my child go to a podiatrist?
Does foot surgery require hospitalization?
What is worn on the foot following surgery?
Is special treatment needed after surgery?
How can I have a quick recovery after surgery?


Would orthotics help me?

People, whose feet or legs are not in perfect alignment, often experience pain in other parts of their body.  Your feet are your foundation.  Orthotics correct the movement of the foot and that may relieve the problems in the legs and hips. 

Wearing orthotic devices, also known as orthoses, inside your shoes can help your feet function better as you stand, walk, and run.  The Podiatry Group of Annapolis can prescribe orthotic devices, based on your specific diagnosis of your foot problem, and then have them individually manufactured from a mold of your feet.  Feet are relieved of the chronic stress that results from abnormal movement and are usually relieved of pain.


What causes my heel pain?

The most common cause of heel pain is incorrect foot movement during walking or running.  This can place too much stress on the heel bone and the soft tissues that attach to it.  An example of incorrect foot movement is excessive pronation - leaning inward as each step is completed.  What causes incorrect foot movement?  Poor Biomechanics, Muscle, and bone problems can be inherited, but external causes such as heel injury or bruising, poorly fitted or worn-out shoes, and excessive weight also play a role.

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How do you treat heel pain?

Heel pain, plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome is caused by an abnormal and excessive pull of the plantar fascia at its insertion.  Morning pain and pain after periods of rest is characteristic and can progress to pain all the time.  90% of patients with Heel Pain can be treated successfully without surgical intervention. Treatment is aimed at reducing the soft inflammation tissue via strapping, oral anti-inflammatories, injection and orthotics.

If external conservative treatment fails, surgical intervention may be required. Treatment can be rendered via endoscopic plantar fasciotomy, in which a pencil thin camera is placed into the heel soft tissue to release the fascia.  Another technique is open heel spur surgery where a small incision is placed to allow for visualization of the heel spur, which is then resected.  Recovery is approximately two months.

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Why do I have tendonitis?

When you use a set of muscles too much, you're likely to strain the tendons (soft tissues) that connect those muscles to your bones.  At first, pain or swelling may come and go quickly.  But if you do too much too soon, your muscles may overtire again.  The strain may cause a tendon's outer covering to swell or small fibers in a tendon to pull apart.  If you keep pushing your muscles, damage to the tendons adds up and tendonitis develops.  Over time, pain and swelling may limit your activities.  But with your doctor's help, tendonitis can be controlled.  Both your symptoms and your risk of future problems can be reduced.

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Why are pressure ulcers dangerous?

Pressure ulcers are sores that occur when pressure cuts off the blood supply to the skin.  Pressure caused by the body's weight and the impact of striking the ground place the ball of the foot, the big toe, and the heel at greatest risk.  Left untreated, an ulcer may allow infection to enter your body.  If infection reaches the bloodstream or bone, your life or limb may be at risk. But with your doctor's help, your health can be protected.  Pressure ulcers can be controlled and even prevented.

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Can I get arthritis in my feet?

The symptoms of arthritis which may include joint swelling, pain, tenderness, heat, redness, and/or limitation of motion, plus early morning stiffness, and skin rashes - often show up first in the feet?  Since arthritis attacks the joints - and each of your feet has 33 joints - it is easy to understand how arthritis can seriously affect foot function.  Fortunately; there is much you can do offset these effects on your feet and stay as active as you want to be.

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Is it true that diabetics have to take special care of their feet?

All of us are likely to have problems with our feet, but diabetics may develop serious problems more quickly and have more complications, especially when circulation or nerves are impaired.

The key for the diabetic is to view all foot problems as potentially dangerous and to prevent them or seek podiatric medical care as soon as they occur.  Regular Diabetic foot care can significantly reduce the risk of limb loss in diabetic patients

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How can I avoid getting athlete's foot?

You can help prevent athlete's foot by keeping your feet - and your bath or shower area - clean and dry.  Avoid walking barefoot in community areas.  Always wear clean socks and don't wear the same shoes two days in a row, they need time to dry out.

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Should my child go to a podiatrist?

Having strong, healthy feet allows your child to walk, run, and play.  If your child's feet form correctly, certain types of back and leg pain can be avoided later in life.  Exams of the feet and ankles ensure that your child's bones are growing correctly.  Your doctor can also make sure that your child is walking properly.  This helps prevent some future foot problems.  And if a problem does arise, it can be handled early - when it is easiest to treat.


Does foot surgery require hospitalization?

Not usually.  Surgical procedures may be performed in our office in a Licensed Ambulatory Surgical suite for your convenience.  Your podiatric surgeon is well qualified to discuss the needs of your particular case.  Surgery may be performed under local anesthesia or with light sedation administered by an Anesthesiologist specialist.  Your surgeon will advise you on the best possible postoperative care, so that your recovery will be rapid and as comfortable as possible. In some instances where specialized surgical equipment is required, the Podiatry Group of Annapolis is affiliated with the Anne Arundel Medical center.


What is worn on the foot following surgery?

Each surgical procedure requires a different type of foot immobilization such as a bandage, splint, surgical shoe, cast, or open sandal.  Good post-operative results require proper foot support to prevent future problems.  Early use of leg and foot muscles hastens recovery.  After sufficient healing time, most patients can resume wearing their usual footwear.


Is special treatment needed after surgery?

Many patients require postoperative care, such as physiotherapy, orthotic devices ( foot supports), and special footwear.  This care helps ensure that the results of the operation are long lasting

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How can I have a quick recovery after surgery?

The type of foot surgery performed determines the length and kind of aftercare required to assure that your recovery from surgery is rapid and uneventful. The basics of all postoperative care involve to some degree each of the following:  rest, ice, compression and elevation  (RICE). The "RICE" method promotes healing, decreases pain, and reduces swelling around the area. Bandages, splints, surgical shoes, casts, crutches, or canes may be necessary to improve and insure a safe recovery after foot surgery.  A satisfactory recovery can be hastened by carefully following the instructions from the Podiatry Group of Annapolis.

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