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By Maryland Podiatry Center
December 11, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

See that bumpy bone jutting from the side base of your big toe? That’s a bunion, and it could swell and become painful in some cases. Basically, bunions develop when tissue or bone that surrounds the joint swells due to excessive pressure on the big toe.

In some people, a bunion could likewise cause the big toe to lean towards the neighboring toe. This is known as displacement and could result in issues with your other toes. Dr. John Murphy, here at Maryland Podiatry Center in Ellicott City, MD, regularly treats bunions. Until your consultation, however, here are tips on caring for your bunions at home.

Home Care for Bunion Relief

  • Choose your footwear wisely. Pick shoes that offer a deep and wide space for your toes as well as shoes with great arch support and flat or low heels. Avoid wearing high-heeled, narrow, pointed, or tight shoes. If you must wear heels, make sure to remove them for a few minutes every 30 minutes to an hour and stretch your feet.
  • Call your podiatrist to check if an OTC pain reliever will help with your symptoms. Make sure to follow all your doctor’s instructions for taking the medicine.
  • Try shoe inserts, toe spacers, arch supports, or bunion pads. These can aid in shifting your weight as you walk to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on the big toe and your bunion. Ask your podiatrist in Ellicott City, MD, for recommendations.
  • Place a cold pack or ice on your bunion for about 15 to 20 minutes as needed. Always place a thin towel between your skin and the ice.
  • Elevate the affected foot whenever you lie down, sit, or ice your bunion. This will help minimize swelling.

When Home Care Doesn’t Give You Relief

Call your podiatrist or seek urgent medical care if you’ve done all the at-home care tips above but have developed the following symptoms:

  • Severe pain
  • Your toe feels cooler than usual and looks pale or have changed color
  • Your toe feels numb, weak, or tingly

Also, you should pay close attention to any changes and call your podiatrist if your symptoms don’t subside, particularly if the swelling and pain worsens. Your podiatrist may need to inject steroids into your bunion to see if it helps with the swelling. But if your symptoms persist, your podiatrist may recommend surgery.

Get In Touch With Us For Advice or Concerns About Bunions

Schedule a consultation with your Ellicott City, MD, podiatrist, Dr. John Murphy of Maryland Podiatry Center by dialing (410) 992-8504.

By Maryland Podiatry Center
September 21, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Preventing Heel Pain

You may, like many people, take your feet for granted, but they play a very important role in your daily life. Every time your stand, walk or run, they are responsible for carrying your weight. They are built to handle it and to cope with all the forces placed upon them on a daily basis. In fact, they can withstand up to four times your body weight. However, because they have to meet such demands, they are also prone to strain and injury. When this happens, it can affect your whole routine. Dr. John Murphy is a foot doctor at Maryland Podiatry Center in Ellicott City, MD. He is dedicated to treating all forms of foot and ankle pain.
 

How to Avoid Heel Pain

You can avoid heel pain in the following ways:

  • Do ankle exercises: Doing foot and ankle stretches when you wake in the morning and before you go to bed at night can help. Stretches will keep your muscles and ligaments supple and relieve tension at the end of the day. This can help you minimize your risk of injury.
  • Wear orthotics: If you spend a lot of time on your feet at work or you practice running or athletics, wearing shoes with support or orthotic devices can help to protect your feet from strain or injury and help you avoid heel pain.
  • Massage your calves: Keeping your calf muscles free from tension can help you reduce heel pain by minimizing your risk of plantar fasciitis. This is a condition that causes heel pain when your plantar facia, which connects your toes to your heel, becomes strained. Massaging your calf muscles for just 30 seconds several times a day can help.


If you live in Ellicott City, MD and you are experiencing heel pain, you can call Dr. Murphy at (410) 992-8504 to schedule an appointment.

By Maryland Podiatry Center
July 20, 2020
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Foot Pain  

Foot pain is surprisingly common, so much so that 77% of individuals report that they’ve experienced significant pain in their feet, based on an American Podiatric Medical Association report. There’s plenty going on in with your feet simply because they have all these tendons, ligaments, and bones. And possible causes of pain could vary widely from inflammation and injury to actual deformities.

If you’ve yet to consult with your podiatrist, Dr. John Murphy, here at Maryland Podiatry Center in Ellicott City, MD, about your foot pain, meanwhile, learn the most common causes of foot pain here.

Possible Causes of Your Foot Pain

While not all aches and pains in your feet are serious, you shouldn’t ever ignore them. With this in mind, here are some of the most common culprits of foot pain:

  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fallen Arch
  • Arthritis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Calluses and Corns
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Hammertoes
  • Tendinitis
  • Sprain
     

When to Visit Your Podiatrist for Foot Pain

In general, you should get your foot pain checked out by your podiatrist in Ellicott City, MD when you’ve tried home remedies for a day or two and your pain persists or gets worse. Likewise, having frequent pain in the arches, heels, or toes isn’t normal. Since your feet serve as a stable foundation for your entire body, they’re immensely complex structures that require proper maintenance and care.

This means that aside from negatively affecting how you walk, foot pain could likewise lead to pain in your other body parts, like the legs and the back. Further, keep in mind that there are lots of variables when determining the source of foot pain in different people. For instance, pain in your arches could cause heel pain.

In this light, based on when you received a diagnosis and whether or not it’s already impacted another part of your foot, these issues could’ve actually resulted from various causes that may need different treatments. So pay close attention to what your body’s telling you and the minute you notice that something is amiss, see your podiatrist.

Need Foot Pain Relief? We Can Help
Arrange a consultation with your podiatrist here at Maryland Podiatry Center in Ellicott, MD, Dr. John Murphy, by calling (410) 992-8504.

By Maryland Podiatry Center
April 14, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions occur when the joint at the bottom of your big toe becomes misaligned. As a result of the misalignment, a painful bump forms at the base of your big toe. Fortunately, treatments offered by your Ellicott City, MD, podiatrist, Dr. John Murphy of Maryland Podiatry Center, can slow the progression of your bunions and relieve your pain.

What causes bunions?

Although anyone can get bunions, you may be more likely to develop the foot condition if:

  • You're female.
  • You have a foot imbalance or deformity.
  • You wear high heels or tight-fitting shoes.
  • You have gout, rheumatoid arthritis, or a disease that affects the nerves and muscles of your feet.
  • One of your legs is longer than the other.
  • You have flat feet.
  • You injured your foot.

How are bunions treated?

Bunion treatment involves relieving your pain and taking steps to keep your condition from worsening. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium, eases pain and reduces inflammation. Ice packs can also be helpful in reducing pain and inflammation.

Buying roomier shoes is a must if you have bunion pain. Tight shoes and high heels increase pressure on your foot, which may worsen your bunion and increase your pain.

You may also want to apply adhesive pads to cushion your bunion when you wear shoes. The pads also protect corns and calluses that can form if your big toe begins to overlap your other toes.

If your bunion pain disrupts your life or you can no longer control your pain with home treatment, it's time to call your Ellicott City foot doctor. Your podiatrist can recommend several treatments that may be helpful including:

  • Orthotics: These prescription shoe inserts improve the alignment of your feet and also offer extra cushioning.
  • Night Splints and Taping: Night splints are worn while you sleep and are designed to realign your feet and slow the progression of your bunions. Taping your foot during the day can also improve alignment.
  • Cortisone Injections: The injections may be recommended if your pain continues despite trying over-the-counter medications.
  • Surgery: If other treatment options aren't helpful, surgery may be an option. During surgery, your podiatrist realigns your joint and removes excess bone or tissue.

Has bunion pain changed your life? Call your podiatrist in Ellicott City, MD, Dr. Murphy of Maryland Podiatry Center, at (410) 992-8504 to schedule your appointment.

By Maryland Podiatry Center
March 24, 2020
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

With the constant pressure and weight we put on our feet, there's no wonder foot pain is a common complaint. However, when pulling off your shoes and propping up your feet isn't enough to find relief, you could be suffering from a nasty problem called plantar fasciitis.

This common condition can result in intense and possibly debilitating foot pain. Fortunately, the doctors here at Maryland Podiatry Center in Ellicott City are experts in treating Plantar fasciitis. Here is what to know about the condition, and how we can help you find relief.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a thick tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tissue becomes irritated and inflamed.

What can cause plantar fasciitis?

  • Wearing flimsy, high heeled, too big or small or unsupportive shoes
  • Standing for prolonged periods of time
  • Being overweight
  • Having tight calf muscles
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Having flat feet
  • Participating in exercise that puts constant pressure on your feet, such as sprinting

How do I know if I have plantar fasciitis?

If you are experiencing one or more of the following, your foot pain may be the result of plantar fasciitis:

  • Pain, ranging from mild-to-severe, on the underside of your foot near or on the heel
  • Swelling of your heel
  • Stiffness in your heel
  • Pain that is particularly bad in the morning
  • Pain that increases when you stand
  • Pain that intensifies when you are carrying heavy objects

How can I treat my foot pain?

Your podiatrist at our Ellicott City office will first examine and press on your foot to feel for tenderness. Depending on the severity of your plantar fasciitis, your podiatrist may recommend one or more of the following at home or in-office treatments:

  • Icing the area
  • Wearing well-fitting, supportive shoes or using inserts
  • Physical therapy
  • Cortisone injections
  • Wearing a splint or brace
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Sticking to low-pressure exercises
  • Avoiding activities that put excess pressure on the foot, such as jumping or running
  • Taking an over-the-counter oral pain reliever
  • Stretching your arches

If none of the above lend the relief you need, your podiatrist may talk to you about surgical options at our Ellicott City office.

Need relief? Give us a call

If foot pain has you on the sidelines, call Maryland Podiatry Center in Ellicott City at (410) 992-8504. We're here to get you back on your feet!





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