Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

As we age, our feet undergo significant changes that may affect their appearance, function, and comfort. One of the most noticeable signs of aging feet is the development of wrinkles and thinning skin, which can result from decreased elasticity and collagen production. Additionally, the natural fat padding on the soles of the feet diminishes over time, leading to a loss of cushioning and increased susceptibility to pain and pressure. Other common signs include changes in toenail thickness and shape, as well as the formation of corns, calluses, and bunions due to years of wear and tear. Arthritic changes may also manifest in the form of stiffness, swelling, and joint deformities, making it more challenging to move and maintain balance. If you have encountered foot problems as you age, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you with effective remedies.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Edward Orman, DPM from Honeygo Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Perry Hall, and Fallston, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Bunions, a prevalent foot condition, present distinctive signs that warrant attention for timely intervention. Characterized by a bony bump at the base of the big toe, bunions often cause pain, swelling, and redness in the affected area. As the condition progresses, the big toe may gradually deviate toward the other toes, causing discomfort and difficulty finding comfortable footwear. Additionally, individuals with bunions may experience corns or calluses due to friction and pressure against the shoe. Bunions can impair mobility and lead to chronic foot problems if left untreated. Factors such as genetics, wearing ill-fitting shoes, and certain foot deformities contribute to the development of bunions. Moreover, conditions like arthritis may exacerbate bunion symptoms. Understanding the signs of a bunion is essential for maintaining foot health and enhancing overall quality of life. If you have developed a bunion, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment options, which may include surgery for permanent removal.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Edward Orman, DPM of Honeygo Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Perry Hall, and Fallston, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Plantar warts, though often considered benign, can be a source of discomfort and frustration for many individuals. Caused by the human papillomavirus, abbreviated HPV, these small, rough growths typically appear on the soles of the feet, particularly in areas subject to pressure and friction. They spread through direct contact with the virus, which thrives in warm, moist environments like communal showers and swimming pools. Despite their harmless nature, plantar warts can cause pain or tenderness, especially while walking or standing for prolonged periods. Prevention techniques can include practicing good foot hygiene and wearing protective footwear in shared spaces. This can help prevent the spread of plantar warts. If you have a plantar wart, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer treatment and removal methods.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Edward Orman, DPM from Honeygo Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Perry Hall, and Fallston, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Laser treatment for fungal nails has emerged as a promising solution for individuals seeking effective and non-invasive ways to combat stubborn nail infections. This innovative approach harnesses the power of concentrated light energy to target and destroy fungal organisms residing within the nail bed. During the procedure, the laser emits pulses of high-intensity light, penetrating the nail tissue to eradicate the fungal infection while leaving surrounding tissues unharmed. The laser energy works by heating the fungal cells to a temperature that effectively disrupts their structure and inhibits their ability to thrive and spread. Unlike traditional treatments such as topical antifungal medications or oral drugs, laser therapy offers several advantages, including minimal side effects and no risk of liver toxicity associated with oral medications. While multiple sessions may be required to achieve optimal results, many individuals experience significant improvement in nail appearance and reduction of fungal infection symptoms following laser treatment. If you have toenail fungus, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine if laser treatment is right for you.

Laser treatment can be an effective way to get rid of toenail fungus. If you have any questions about laser treatment, consult with Edward Orman, DPM from Honeygo Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment for fungal nails.

What Are Toenail Fungal Infections?

Onychomycosis, or fungal infection of the nail, is a relatively common and non-serious condition. Around 10 percent of U.S. citizens are afflicted with fungal nails. Common forms of fungus that infect the nail include dermatophytes, yeasts, and molds.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungal Infections Include:

  • Nail thickening
  • Brittleness of the nail
  • Discoloration of the nail

Diagnosis for Fungal Nails

Fungal infections are diagnosed by fungal culture and microscopy. This will rule out any other conditions such as nail trauma, psoriasis, lichen planus, and onychogryphosis.

What Is Laser Treatment?

Laser treatment is a non-invasive, safe, quick, and painless procedure that uses the heat from a laser to kill fungus in the nail. Each infected nail is targeted with a laser for several minutes. The treatment is usually utilized several different times over a select period. During this time, a podiatrist will keep an eye on the infection.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Perry Hall, and Fallston, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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