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Wednesday, 31 January 2024 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Treatment Options for Clubfoot

The congenital deformity of clubfoot is characterized by a permanent twist in the foot and ankle. Typically diagnosed at birth, clubfoot results from overly tight ligaments and tendons, causing the foot to assume an abnormal position reminiscent of the head of a golf club. For mild cases identified within the first two weeks of birth, casting emerges as a successful non-surgical option. Employing the Ponseti method, this technique involves gradual stretching of the foot into a more normal position, secured by the cast. Over a span of six to eight weeks, this method can correct clubfoot without the need for surgery. This proves particularly advantageous for infants and cases of mild deformities. Severe clubfoot cases in both babies and older patients may necessitate surgical intervention. It may involve Achilles tendon lengthening, tissue release, and, in some instances, a tendon transfer to facilitate improved foot mobility. A cast plays a vital role in the recovery process and may be worn for up to three months to support the healing of incisions, tendons, and bones. Replacements may be necessary, especially for growing infants, ensuring that post-removal, the foot exhibits more normalized appearance and functionality. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to determine the most suitable clubfoot treatment.

Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Jeffrey L. Bober, DPM of Maryland. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Congenital foot problems are deformities affecting the feet, toes, and/or ankles that children are born with. Some of these conditions have a genetic cause while others just happen. Some specific foot ailments that children may be born with include clubfeet, polydactyly/macrodactyly, and cleft foot. There are several other foot anomalies that can occur congenitally. What all of these conditions have in common is that a child may experience difficulty walking or performing everyday activities, as well as trouble finding footwear that fits their foot deformity. Some of these conditions are more serious than others. Consulting with a podiatrist as early as possible will help in properly diagnosing a child’s foot condition while getting the necessary treatment underway.

What are Causes of Congenital Foot Problem?

A congenital foot problem is one that happens to a child at birth. These conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, developmental or positional abnormalities during gestation, or with no known cause.

What are Symptoms of Congenital Foot Problems?

Symptoms vary by the congenital condition. Symptoms may consist of the following:

  • Clubfoot, where tendons are shortened, bones are shaped differently, and the Achilles tendon is tight, causing the foot to point in and down. It is also possible for the soles of the feet to face each other.
  • Polydactyly, which usually consists of a nubbin or small lump of tissue without a bone, a toe that is partially formed but has no joints, or an extra toe.
  • Vertical talus, where the talus bone forms in the wrong position causing other bones in the foot to line up improperly, the front of the foot to point up, and the bottom of the foot to stiffen, with no arch, and to curve out.
  • Tarsal coalition, when there is an abnormal connection of two or more bones in the foot leading to severe, rigid flatfoot.
  • Cleft foot, where there are missing toes, a V-shaped cleft, and other anatomical differences.
  • Macrodactyly, when the toes are abnormally large due to overgrowth of the underlying bone or soft tissue.

Treatment and Prevention

While there is nothing one can do to prevent congenital foot problems, raising awareness and receiving neonatal screenings are important. Early detection by taking your child to a podiatrist leads to the best outcome possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Glen Burnie, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 23 January 2024 00:00

Diagnosis and Management of Flat Feet

Pes planus, commonly known as flat foot, is a condition where the arch of the foot is lower or in contact with the ground when compared to the typical foot structure. It is important to note that infants are born with flexible flat feet. Arch development usually begins at approximately 3 years of age, and reaches adult levels in arch height between 7 and 10 years old. Flexible flat feet can be developmental in infants and toddlers but may be considered true flat feet by age 8 to 10. On the other hand, rigid flat feet are associated with underlying pathology and lack the longitudinal arches both in heel elevation and weight bearing. Acquired flat feet can develop from various factors, particularly diabetes, which can affect the structure and functionality of the feet. Additionally, foot and ankle injuries can lead to the development of flat feet. Certain medical conditions, including arthritis, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy, are also associated with acquired pes planus. Interestingly, pregnancy can be a factor in the development of flat feet due to the changes that occur in the body during this period. Regardless of the reason for your flat feet, if they are causing you problems, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can help you to find relief.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Jeffrey L. Bober, DPM from Maryland. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  


  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn


If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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Tuesday, 16 January 2024 00:00

Common Foot Injuries in Sports

Common foot injuries in sports often result from the intense physical demands placed on the lower extremities. One prevalent injury is the ankle sprain, which occurs when ligaments surrounding the ankle are stretched or torn due to sudden movements or impacts. Athletes are also prone to stress fractures, particularly in the metatarsal bones, resulting from repetitive impact forces. Plantar fasciitis, another frequent ailment, involves inflammation of the tissue along the sole of the foot, causing heel pain. Achilles tendonitis, often seen in runners, is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon, causing discomfort and reduced mobility. Turf toe, common in sports played on artificial turf, is a sprain of the big toe joint. Athlete's foot is a fungal infection affecting many athletes due to shared locker rooms. Proper footwear, conditioning, and technique are essential in preventing these injuries. If you have a foot injury that you have sustained playing sports, timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment are vital, and It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Jeffrey L. Bober, DPM of Maryland. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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Tuesday, 09 January 2024 00:00

Unveiling the Significance of Foot Hygiene

In the realm of overall health, the often overlooked foundation is our feet. Foot hygiene, a seemingly simple aspect of self-care, plays a critical role in promoting well-being. Our feet, subjected to daily wear and tear, are susceptible to various issues that can impact mobility and comfort. Regular cleansing, including washing and drying thoroughly, prevents the accumulation of bacteria and fungi, reducing the risk of infections such as athlete's foot. Proper nail care, which consists of trimming the nails straight across, aids in preventing ingrown toenails and related complications. Choosing breathable footwear and allowing shoes to air out between wears contributes to a healthier environment for the feet, reducing chances of infection. Regular inspection of the feet for any abnormalities, such as cuts, blisters, or calluses, allows for timely intervention. By prioritizing foot hygiene, we not only prevent discomfort and potential health issues, but also lay the foundation for an active and mobile lifestyle. If you are having problems with your feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Jeffrey L. Bober, DPM from Maryland. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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Tuesday, 02 January 2024 00:00

Common Causes of Foot Pain

Foot pain, though common, should not be dismissed. Various factors contribute to foot pain, such as fractures and sprains resulting from the complex structure of the feet. Seeking prompt intervention from a podiatrist after a foot injury is essential for effective treatment. Achilles tendonitis, inflammation of the tendon behind the heel, often stems from overuse in activities like sports. Hammertoes, a painful consequence of toe stress, may be alleviated with special footwear and in severe cases, surgical intervention. Heel spurs, caused by tissue overuse, may respond to gentle daily stretching, wearing proper footwear, and, in extreme situations, medical procedures such as corticosteroid injections or surgery. Metatarsalgia, inflammation on the ball of the foot, is common in active individuals as are corns, which are painful bumps resulting from toe crowding or tight shoes. Bunions, bony bumps at the base of the big toe, may necessitate surgery, with varying results depending on the severity. Plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes, may be prevented through wearing proper footwear and warm-up practices. If you need medical help with any of these common causes of foot pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Jeffrey L. Bober, DPM from Maryland. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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