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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!

By Maryland Podiatry Center
January 28, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Diabetic Footcare  

Are you diabetic? People who suffer from chronic conditions, such as diabetes, are more susceptible to ankle and foot conditions than other people are. That's why Dr. John Murphy recommends that diabetic patients attend annual check-ups at his office in Ellicott City, MD. During these appointments, your podiatrist uses P.A.D. screening (Peripheral Arterial Disease) to diagnose diseases that may go unnoticed and a CVI Exam to detect damaged valves.

You shouldn't leave it up to your podiatrist to examine your feet—you should regularly inspect them as well. After all, diabetics are likely to develop peripheral neuropathy (i.e. nerve damage) which numbs limbs and makes it difficult for people to feel pain because of poor circulation. During these self-exams, make sure to note any changes in temperature, skin color, pain, and swelling. Keep a close eye on broken skin, ulcers, or high blood pressure, which may result in serious foot injuries.

The importance of proper diabetic foot care is rooted in how you care for feet prior to getting an actual wound. Diabetes impacts a person's nervous, immune, and circulatory systems. If your foot has a wound or an ulcer, you need to speak with your Ellicott City podiatrist. In addition to speaking with your doctor, be sure to wash your feet with warm water and soap on a daily basis, as well as moisturize.

Other ways to maintain the health of your feet is to:

  • Trim toenails to prevent ingrown toenails, infections, and nail fungus
  • Wear moisture-wicking socks and comfortable shoes to prevent damage
  • Buy comfortable shoes that are not too tight or too loose
  • Wear clean, dry socks every day
  • To avoid cuts and lacerations from harmful objects, never walk outside in bare feet

If you do develop a wound, contact Maryland Podiatry Center in Ellicott City, MD. Dial 410-992-8504 today to get in touch with your podiatrist, Dr. John Murphy.

By Maryland Podiatry Center
November 14, 2019
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain can prevent you from participating in your favorite activities, such as working out or playing sports, and even make simple Heel-Painactivities like walking or standing difficult. Fortunately, heel pain can be treated. Here at Maryland Podiatry Center in Ellicott City, MD, Dr. John Murphy can explain which treatments are appropriate based on the cause and type of heel pain that you have. Read on to learn more!

 

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain can be the result of several factors or conditions. The stress and strain caused by performing repetitive movements, such as jogging or running daily, can lead to heel pain. Another common cause of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis, which can develop when the plantar fascia tissues along the bottom of the foot become irritated and inflamed. People who overpronate when stepping are especially likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Some other common causes of heel pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Foot injuries
  • Stress fractures
  • Tendonitis
  • Heel spurs

 

Treatments for Heel Pain

There are several ways to treat heel pain. For minor heel pain caused, resting the foot, applying ice, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers is sometimes all that is needed to alleviate the pain and allow the foot and heel to recover from any minor tension or strain. Wearing supportive footwear with sufficient cushioning for the foot and heel can also reduce heel pain, as well as prevent it from occurring in the first place.

Chronic or more severe heel pain should be treated by a podiatrist. Depending on the specific cause of your heel pain, your Ellicott City podiatrist might recommend one or more of the following methods for managing and treating your heel pain:

  • Custom orthotics—Devices placed inside the shoes to provide cushioning and stability, as well as support for the arches.
  • Physical therapy—Helps improve flexibility in the feet and ankles, as well as strengthen the muscles in the feet.
  • Night splint—Helps keep the plantar fascia tissues in the foot in a stretched position for an extended time, which can reduce pain.
  • Walking cast—A removable cast worn for several weeks that immobilizes the foot so that it can rest and heal from injury.
  • Corticosteroids—A medication injected into the foot to reduce inflammation and alleviate heel pain.
  • Surgery—Surgery is sometimes needed to remove painful heel spurs/heel calluses or to correct structural problems in the foot that are causing heel pain.

 

Need Relief? Give Us a Call

It is possible to experience relief from heel pain. A podiatrist can help by determining the cause of your heel pain and developing a suitable treatment approach. For the treatment of your heel pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Murphy, your Ellicott City podiatrist, by calling Maryland Podiatry Center at (410) 992-8504.

By Maryland Podiatry Center
July 19, 2019
Category: Foot Care

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort anywhere from the bottom of your calf muscle down to your heel, you could have Achilles Ankle Paintendonitis, a condition that occurs when the Achilles tendon has become strained or injured. Fortunately, if you do have Achilles tendonitis, a podiatrist could develop a treatment plan to heal the injury and alleviate the pain. Here at Maryland Podiatry Center, Dr. John Murphy is your podiatrist for the treatment of Achilles tendonitis and other types of foot pain in Ellicott City. Read on to learn what he can do for you!

 

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis is an injury to the Achilles tendon that occurs when the tendon is pulled, strained, or torn. The Achilles tendon runs from the heel bone to the calf muscle along the back of the leg and is the largest tendon in the body. It can become irritated and inflamed from regularly performing repetitive movements, such as jumping or sprinting. Standing for long periods can also strain the Achilles tendon, as can having low arches or flat feet.

 

Treatment Options

Several measures can be taken to reduce strain on the Achilles tendon and prevent Achilles tendonitis. One way to prevent it is to minimize the amount of time spent engaging in repetitive movements. Achilles tendonitis can also be prevented by regularly resting the feet and legs. Resting is particularly important for individuals who spend a lot of time on their feet throughout the day. Wearing orthotics shoe inserts is also helpful for those with flat feet. Orthotics that provide arch support help minimize strain on the Achilles tendon.

Several treatment options are also available for individuals who do develop Achilles tendonitis. Dr. Murphy, your Ellicott City foot pain doctor, can develop a suitable treatment plan for you. Methods for treating Achilles tendonitis include resting the feet and legs, applying ice to the injured area, and taking anti-inflammatory medications. Other treatment options include wearing a walking boot, wearing orthotic heel cups or pads, physical therapy, ultrasound treatment, laser therapy, stem cell injections, and surgery.

 

Contact Us

If you have Achilles tendonitis, a podiatrist can recommend the right treatment for you. For the treatment of Achilles tendonitis or other foot pain in Ellicott City, schedule an appointment with Dr. Murphy by contacting Maryland Podiatry Center at (410) 992-8504.





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