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Tuesday, 29 August 2023 00:00

Remedies for Toenail Fungus

Onychomycosis, a fungal infection that primarily targets the nails of the toes, arises from diverse fungal sources, which can complicate effective treatment. Fortunately, a number of remedies are available to help combat this issue and restore healthy nails. Toenail fungal infections can lead to symptoms such as thickened, discolored, and deformed nails, causing discomfort and embarrassment. Topical medications, including antifungal nail polish, creams, and ointments, can be applied directly to the affected nail. For more severe infections, prescribed oral medications work from within to eliminate the underlying infection. Although they may require several weeks or even months of treatment, they offer better results for stubborn cases. Laser therapy is a less invasive option, which involves using a laser to target and destroy the fungal cells within the nail. In extreme cases, when the infection is particularly resistant or has caused significant damage, surgical removal of the affected nail may be necessary. This involves extracting the entire nail or a portion of it. If you have a fungal toenail infection that is not responding to common treatments, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for additional options.

For more information about treatment, 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.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

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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Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00

Wound Debridement

The removal of dead or infected skin tissue is known as debridement. This procedure also eliminates foreign materials from tissue. Debridement promotes the growth of healthy tissue, minimizes scarring, and reduces infection complications. Not all wounds require debridement. It is typically used for non-healing old wounds, chronically infected wounds, or those at risk of infections. Severe or new wounds might also need debridement. The choice of debridement depends on factors like wound type, age, overall health, and risk for complications. Methods include biological debridement using sterile maggots, enzymatic debridement with ointments, autolytic debridement harnessing the body's enzymes, and mechanical debridement as the most common approach. Sharp debridement, both conservative and surgical, involves cutting off unhealthy tissue. Recovery varies but typically takes 6 to 12 weeks. Careful wound management, including regular dressing changes and hygiene, is crucial. Although complications are possible, debridement's benefits often outweigh the risks. If you have a foot wound that persists or appears infected, it is strongly suggested that you see a podiatrist for immediate treatment, which might include debridement.

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, 15 August 2023 00:00

Can Poor Circulation Be Prevented?

Maintaining good circulation is vital for overall health. Symptoms often noticed in the feet include a numbing or tingling sensation and they may feel cold. There are methods that can be implemented that may help to prevent poor circulation naturally. First, stay active and engage in regular exercise to promote blood flow. Avoid sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time, and take short walks or stretch breaks. Maintain a healthy diet, including foods rich in antioxidants and essential nutrients. Quit smoking, as it constricts blood vessels and hinders circulation. Manage stress through relaxation techniques, like meditation or yoga. Opt for compression socks or stockings to improve blood flow in the legs. Keep your body hydrated and avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Ensure proper posture and avoid crossing your legs when sitting. Finally, avoid tight-fitting clothing that can restrict blood flow. If you notice signs of poor circulation in your feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Howard Horowitz of Bowie Foot & Ankle . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.


Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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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As parents, we cherish every moment of our children's growth and development. When it comes to their footwear, making the right choices is crucial. Shoes play a significant role in supporting their feet as they explore the world around them. There are essential tips to look for while buying children’s shoes. Having a proper fit can ensure there is adequate room for growth. Wearing shoes that are soft and flexible can encourage natural foot movement. Having ample arch support can help to aid in proper foot development. Additionally, choosing shoes that are made of breathable materials like mesh or leather can help to keep the feet dry and comfortable. Children's feet grow rapidly, and having regular checkups can help to ensure the right fit. By prioritizing the health and comfort of our children's feet, we empower them to enjoy every step of their journey toward a bright and active future. It is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can provide you with additional information about shoes for children.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, 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.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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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Wednesday, 02 August 2023 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

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, 01 August 2023 00:00

Various Reasons for Heel Pain

Heel pain is a common condition that affects people worldwide. There are various foot conditions that can cause heel pain, including plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and Achilles tendonitis. It can be difficult to walk, and medical attention is often sought for relief. There are certain stretches that can be performed that may reduce heel pain. The standing calf stretch is done by standing on a step and lowering one heel at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. This can be repeated several times per day to gradually strengthen the heel. Another effective stretch is done by sitting on the floor while stretching the feet out in front of you. After rolling up a towel lengthwise, it can be put around the ball of the feet, while pulling it towards you. After holding for several seconds, this stretch can be repeated during the day. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can determine the cause and provide effective treatment solutions.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, 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.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please 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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