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Plantar fasciitis is not only the most common cause of heel pain but also inhibits the ability to perform daily activities. This condition is caused by the tearing and subsequent inflammation of a thick band of tissue under the foot called the plantar fascia. It results in a deep, stabbing pain in the heel and is common among runners as well as people who are overweight. Specific stretching exercises can help to relieve the effects of plantar fasciitis. To loosen tight calf muscles, lean against a wall with one foot back and the other in front. Bend the front knee while keeping the back leg straight. Hold for about 10 seconds and repeat a few times. To loosen the foot muscles, sit in a chair barefoot and roll a tennis ball back and forth along the sole of the foot. Towel curls can also stretch the toe and foot muscles. Sit in a chair with bare feet flat on the floor and a small towel beneath the foot. Grab the towel with the toes curling the towel toward the heel. Relax the foot and repeat five times. For more help with the effects of plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Howard Horowitz from Bowie Foot & Ankle . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Our doctor to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual. 

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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, 18 July 2023 00:00

Gout Demystified

Gout is an inflammatory arthritis that occurs due to excess buildup of uric acid crystals that settle in joints and soft tissue. When the body breaks down the naturally occurring substance in the body and from certain foods, called purines, it produces uric acid. Usually, the kidneys excrete excess uric acid through the urine, but if not enough is expelled, it can cause gout. This affliction often begins in the big toe, but it can also affect the heel of the foot. This affliction causes inflammation, pain, and joint stiffness. Some experiencing gout might notice swelling and discoloration of the affected joint. Gout attacks happen unexpectedly, often in the nighttime, and can be intensely painful. It is said that the pain can be so severe that it can be hard to endure the weight of a blanket. A flare can last from a few days to weeks. Gout can be inherited, but males, women of postmenopausal age, those on certain medications, like diuretics, or having other medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, are more likely to experience gout. Those who are overweight or eat diets rich in purines, like seafood, red meat, and alcohol, can be at a higher risk of gout as well. If you have extreme pain in your foot, it is strongly suggested that you see a podiatrist for an examination, proper diagnosis, and treatment to help you regain comfort.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Howard Horowitz from Bowie Foot & Ankle . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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, 11 July 2023 00:00

Toe Infections

A toe infection can start small and end up big in terms of pain and serious consequences if not tended to. Such an infection can arise from an injury, an unrelated medical condition, a nail problem like an ingrown toenail, wearing shoes that are too tight, or bacteria. Symptoms beyond pain include pressure, swelling, redness, oozing, a bad smell, and being hot to the touch. One might see a visible break in the skin and have a fever as well. Being a diabetic can make dealing with toe infections particularly difficult. In severe cases, this type of infection can lead to a toe amputation. Prevention is key to treating toe infections. Toes, in between toes, and toenails should be checked frequently for any abnormalities. Feet should be kept clean, and socks changed often. Toenails should be cut straight across and not too short. Going barefoot should be avoided. Shoes should be roomy enough that toes can wiggle freely. If you develop a toe infection, it is strongly suggested that you see a podiatrist as soon as possible for treatment.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Dr. Howard Horowitz from Bowie Foot & Ankle . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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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Tuesday, 04 July 2023 00:00

An Achilles Tendon Tear

When the tendon that attaches the calf muscle to the heel is completely torn, it is known as an Achilles tendon tear. This injury is often seen in middle-aged male sports participants. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, and it is prone to injury, especially during sports involving running and jumping because sudden and explosive force is exerted on it. Certain antibiotics and cortisone shots can make one more apt to tear this tendon, and some medical professionals do not give cortisone shots for Achilles tendonitis for this reason. The main symptom of an Achilles tear is sudden and intense pain behind the ankle. Some who have sustained this injury have heard a popping or cracking sound and describe it as being kicked in the heel. There is often difficulty pointing toes down and some may experience swelling and bruising around the tendon. If you think you have torn your Achilles tendon, it is strongly suggested that you see a podiatrist as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. 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.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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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Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

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