Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Flip-flops, though convenient, can be harsh on your feet, especially for individuals at risk like those with diabetes. The lack of support in flip-flops leads to improper heel strike, causing stress on the heels and increasing the risk of plantar fasciitis. Further, to keep the flip flops on, wearers often grip with their toes, which can cause muscle strain and negatively affect conditions like hammertoes. For people with diabetes, the minimal protection provided by flip-flops increases the risk of cuts, blisters, and infections due to decreased sensation and poor wound healing. Additionally, the flat design offers little or no arch support, leading to pain and discomfort in the feet and ankles. If you have foot pain as a result of wearing flip-flops, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you relief tips, in addition to guiding you on more favorable footwear choices.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Howard Horowitz from Bowie Foot & Ankle . Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

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

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Swollen feet and ankles can result from various causes. Prolonged standing or sitting, particularly during travel, can lead to fluid accumulation in the lower extremities. Injuries such as sprains or strains often cause localized swelling as part of the body's natural response to trauma. Medical conditions like heart disease, kidney problems, and liver disorders can also lead to swelling due to fluid retention. Additionally, pregnancy frequently causes swollen feet and ankles from increased pressure on the veins. Certain medications, including those for high blood pressure or diabetes, may have swelling as a side effect. Lifestyle changes like regular exercise, elevating the legs, and wearing compression socks may help to manage and reduce swelling. Swollen feet and ankles also may indicate an underlying health condition. If you have swollen feet and ankles that are causing discomfort, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can uncover the reason and offer you relief remedies.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Howard Horowitz of Bowie Foot & Ankle . Our doctor 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 office located in Bowie, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


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Sunday, 30 June 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, 25 June 2024 00:00

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing pain and swelling. This often happens due to improper nail trimming, wearing tight shoes, or having naturally curved nails. When the toenail pierces the skin, it can create an entry point for bacteria, leading to an infection. Signs of an infected ingrown toenail can include redness, swelling, warmth, and pus. If the infection is not treated, it can worsen, leading to severe pain, increased swelling, and potentially serious complications such as spreading the infection or a bone infection. To treat an ingrown toenail infection, start by soaking the affected foot in warm, soapy water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve discomfort. After soaking, apply an antibiotic ointment and cover the area with a clean bandage. Avoid wearing tight shoes and opt for open-toed footwear to reduce pressure on the toe. If the infection persists or worsens, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide proper treatment, which may include minor procedures to remove part of the nail and prevent further issues.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Howard Horowitz of Bowie Foot & Ankle . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.


  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.


Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.


Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Bowie, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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