You might be wondering what is PTTD and how does it exactly paralyze it prey? PTTD is a severe dysfunction causing medial arch collapse via physiological changes in the posterior tibial tendon. You might have heard it being referred to as the “adult acquired flatfoot” or pancake foot! This is something all podiatrists treat, and is a well known disease throughout the world of podiatry.
PTTD most often affect one foot at a time, however in some severe cases it can be bilateral. PTTD is a progressive disease and if it isn’t addressed immediately it can lead to a crippling disability. It can prevent you from doing the simplest everyday activities.
Causes include overuse of the posterior tibial tendon from activities like running, walking hiking! This can also be caused by an abrupt increase in physical activity ie starting a new rigorous exercise routine.
Symptoms of PTTD include pain out of proportion to medial ankle/ foot area. You may also notice some swelling and obvious collapsing of your arch. Since this is progressive disease overtime your symptoms may vary. In severe cases that aren’t treated premature arthritis can occur as well.
Depending on each patient presentation there are numerous ways to treat PTTD. If caught early enough a well crafted orthotic can relief the pain and decrease the progression of PTTD. And other cases the patient will need to wear certain bracing to help aid in lifting that medial arch, to help create a more functional foot. The more we can restore your function the sooner you can return to your everyday activities.
If you or someone you know might have PTTD and/or is interested in PTTD, come on into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle Specialists. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at either of our locations in Frederick, MDand Urbana, MD. We can set you up the proper evaluation and treatment plan to help you relieve your foot pains; don’t hesitate visiting your local podiatrists!
Is this Chilly Weather Keeping you down?
Does the cold weather keep you from enjoying this holiday season? When you are out in the frigid air do you have embarrassing red patches appear on your feet, hands and/ or cheeks? Do you ever feel any numbness or tingling when exposed to cold?
If you said yes to these three questions, you might have Raynaud's disease and you may want to see a podiatrist. This is a condition that causes some areas of your body to have weird reactions to the cold. People with Raynaud’s disease in response to cold weather their smallest blood vessels, called arteries start to close down. Thus limiting the blood flow to the area exposed to the cold, unfortunately most of the time this will affect your feet, hands and head.
Unfortunately, for us women we are more likely to have this condition over our men counterparts. This can be an inherited condition. Symptoms vary in severity and so do the treatments. For most people, Raynaud’s is just irritation not a disabling condition, but a visit to our podiatry office could help!
What is actually going on you might ask? When you expose your body to cold temperatures your feet, especially your toes lose heat. The body slowly decreases blood supply to your toes in order to preserve your core temperature. In people with Raynaud's, this normal response is exaggerated. The decreased blood flow causes the vessel walls to become thickened and this may become a problem over time. You may also notice some skin discoloration.
If you or someone you know is experiencing similar pain during or after short exposure to this cold weather, come on into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle Specialists. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment for your foot evaluation, at either of our locations in Frederick, MDand Urbana, MD.Stay warm out there in this Holiday Season!
By Nikki Ho
Do you ever experience soreness in the ball of your foot at the end of the day? Do you feel like you need to take off your shoes and rub them right when you get home from work? If so you should visit your local podiatrist to be evaluated, because you might have metatarsalgia.
Metatarsalgia is generalized inflammation and pain in the ball of your foot. Pain can be felt from the base of your toes to the midfoot. Symptoms can range from tingling and burning to a mild dull achy pain.
There are many reasons that cause metatarsalgia. For instance, if you change your workout routine, if you went from yoga to a running routine, with little to no transition this might cause the pain and inflammation in the ball of your foot. Also with boot season amongst us, it is very easy to get away wearing wedged or heeled boots out on the town for a date or in the office. However, wearing certain higher heeled boots more pressure is placed on the forefoot, producing more strain in the ball of the foot.
Most often or not metatarsalgia is a mild diagnosis and is truly treated with some ice and rest, with discontinuation of the cause; whether is a new work out or new pair of shoes. If discontinuation of the suspected cause isn’t helping relief of the symptoms make sure you follow up with your podiatrist, you might have a different problem.
In order to prevent most metatarsalgia cases you can start new work outs gradually, instead of jumping right into a hardcore workout plan to quickly get back into shape that you once were. We are all looking for a quick fix to look and feel good, but quicker is not always better when looking out for injuries or metatarsalgia. Also be weary of wearing higher heeled shoes and make sure you have enough padding or the correct orthotics to prevent that severe pressure on the forefoot.
If you or someone you know suffers from achiness and soreness in the ball of their foot and doesn’t recall a certain injury you might have metatarsalgia, come on into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle Specialists. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment to evaluate and treat your symptoms, at either of our locations in Frederick, MDand Urbana, MD.
This past weekend was the mark of the 38th annual Marine Corp Marathon. 40,000 runners were ready Sunday morning ready to fire the howitzer to signify the start of the race! Many people wish they could experience this historic race that tours the historical landmarks of the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Arlington Cemetery and the Washington Monument.
As the racing podiatristsas you know Frederick Foot & Ankle had 2 runners participating in the MCM. This past weekend was a great experience had by all. It was the 2nd marathon that we ran together and it was one of the best running experiences that I ever had. There was massive support for the entire 26.2 miles. There were local high school bands and drummers filling the air with their musical support. And people holding their signs and blowing their vuvuzelas. This running event was a little different than the others we’ve participated. During the entire run their were people lined up throughout the 26.2 mile course. The only area where there weren’t cheering bystanders was on the bridge, and even then there had been a few people. It was never a dull moment from the moment you cross over the sensors to the last person cheering at the finish line.
Sunday was definitely a day to remember! I hope that next year we are able to run the MCM next year too!
If you or someone you know have an interest in running the MCM and have questions about our experiences come on into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle Specialists. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at either of our locations in Frederick, MDand Urbana, MD. We can set you up the proper evaluation and treatment plan to help you reach your goals of completing the MCM. And also if you have any more questions or are interested in hearing more about the MCM weekend don’t hesitate visiting your local podiatrists!
By Brenna Steinberg
Do you have what it takes to become a Podiatrist?
Many of you, readers might be inquiring about podiatry as a profession. There are many years of schooling and a multitude of exams that you must take in order to become a full fledged podiatrist.
First, you must complete the basic science requirement courses, at your undergraduate university. Then you must take your MCATs which is essentially a preliminary exam testing your abilities to study biological sciences. It fundamentally predicts if you can successfully complete a full course load of graduate medical education. After you take your MCAT and receive your high scores, then you can apply to podiatry school. There are only 9 in the country! The schools are located in Arizona, California (2 schools), Florida, Illinois, Iowa, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
Once you are in school you take your board part I exam between your 2nd and 3rd years. This first exam consists of the basic science courses taught, in 1st and 2nd years in podiatry school. Then in your 4th year you take 2 more board exams, all based on your clinical assessment skills and surgical knowledge. I know it does seem very overwhelming at this point, but times flies by when you stay busy!
If you or someone you know has a special interest in podiatry and wants to learn more about having a career in podiatry, come on into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle Specialists. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at either of our locations in Frederick, MDand Urbana, MD. We can set you up to meet some of our amazing doctors for a Q&A.
By Coralia Terol
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