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By Maryland Podiatry Center
May 20, 2014
Tags: Foot Doctor
Podiatry’s existence dates back to 2400 BC in ancient Egypt: in fact, the first foot doctors are thought to have served under Pharaoh Ankmahor. Hippocrates, an ancient Greek philosopher, was the first to write of the importance of podiatric care and invented a tool to remove corns and calluses from the bottom of his feet. Throughout history, podiatric medicine has been utilized by remarkable leaders of nations—Napoleon and Abraham Lincoln are both said to have sought medical attention from foot specialists, known then as chiropodists—though the practice wasn’t formally recognized by organized medicine until the early twentieth century. Like most other medicine, podiatry has evolved through the centuries and looks very different today than it did in its beginning. Foot doctors, like the ones at Maryland Podiatry Center in Ellicott City, MA, wear many different hats—or rather, many different shoes.
What is Podiatry?
Podiatric medicine encompasses a range of diagnoses and treatments, but essentially, is the branch of medicine dedicated to the care and keeping of feet and ankles. Because these parts of our bodies are so important but often go neglected when it comes to proper care, podiatrists are here to help us learn about the conditions that affect feet and help us treat those conditions when our feet just aren’t at their healthiest.
How Can Podiatrist Doctor Help Me?
Foot doctors serve several different functions in the realm of podiatry. At Maryland Podiatry Center, our staff is highly trained and dedicated to serving you in the following ways:
- As physicians: A podiatrist’s first and perhaps most urgent role is to be the help you seek when you experience pain in your feet or ankles. Any sort of pain or discomfort in the feet is abnormal and should be brought to the attention of a doctor. A podiatrist will be able to diagnose your condition, treat your pain, and offer helpful advice on how to prevent its return. For more chronic conditions, further action may become necessary.
- As surgeons: Podiatric medicine isn’t just about minor foot ailments. Many podiatrists are also licensed surgeons and are able to perform procedures to treat more chronic conditions that occur in the feet, like Morton’s Neuroma, a disorder that causes nerve pain in the forefoot.
- As educators: Last, but certainly not least, your podiatrist is the most valuable source of information about foot care and health. They can perform general wellness exams and make you more aware of your own foot structure, which can help you plan a fitness regimen for your feet. Caring for your feet is essential to a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle. The more you know, the better prepared you will be to recognize the signs and symptoms of serious foot conditions.
Start walking toward a better future. Call (410) 992-8504 and schedule an appointment at Maryland Podiatry Center today.
By Maryland Podiatry Center
February 25, 2014
Category: Foot Health
Ladies—we have a couple questions for you. Are you a trendsetter? Do you love slipping on those fashionable shoes for the fun of it? While being fashion forward is important, you need to consider foot wellness. If you are suffering from foot pain, Ellicott City foot doctor, Dr. John Murphy can help you put your best foot (or feet) forward in 2014! By pinpointing some shoe no-no’s, you may find yourself making better choices for fashion and foot comfort.
Booties, High Heel Boots and Stilettos
The term booties used to refer to baby shoes. Nowadays, close-toed boots with heels are the new “it” shoe to be found in your closet. While they may look nice, booties, high heel boots and stilettos typically measure 4-5 inches, causing excessive pressure on the ball of your feet and heel. If you wear them all day, you most likely wake up with aching feet.
No-Heel, Platform Shoes
Platform shoes with no heels—that doesn’t make any sense. However, fashion knows no bounds, and these shoes are just what the name states. They look like typical platform shoes in the front, but there is no heel to support the back. It’s quite complicated, but many women have tried out these dangerous heels.
Truthfully, there will never be a high heel that actually is comfortable for more than a couple of hours. And high heels raise your risk of ankle sprains, foot injuries and heel pain. Treatment for foot pain in Ellicott City is available at Dr. Murphy’s practice, Maryland Podiatry Center.
Comfort trumps foot pain any day of the week. Make sure to watch out for over-the-top heels that trip up your foot health.
What kind of shoes do you like to sport at work, out or at home? Let us know in the comments! If you have a foot concern or need to schedule an appointment, call our office at (410) 992-8504! We look forward to hearing from you!