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Feet Need to be "Aired Out" (But Not in Airplanes): MD Podiatrist Jan 1st, 2020

Air travelers have recently inundated Twitter with photos of inconsiderate passengers who have removed their shoes during flights. Last July, an American Airlines flight headed from Philadelphia to London made an emergency landing in Boston after an odor described as a "dirty sock smell” caused several crew members to feel...

Diabetics Need Check-ups at Least Twice Yearly: MD Podiatrist Dec 30th, 2019

“Individuals who can’t feel their feet also can’t feel when they have an injury, callus, or sore,” said Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, who treats patients at the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC in Hagerstown and Frederick. “Oftentimes, when left untreated, these conditions worsen and may turn into open wounds, leading to...

MD Podiatrist Provides Boot Buying Tips Dec 27th, 2019

Podiatrist Daniel D. Michaels, DPM stopped by the Fox2 News studios to share her tips for buying the right boots this holiday season. "First of all, do your shoe shopping at the end of the day, when your feet are the most swollen. Make sure you have the socks on...

Best Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis is Rest: MD Podiatrist Dec 25th, 2019

According to podiatrist Daniel D. Michasels, DPM, "Therapy for plantar fasciitis includes resting from your respective event and going to an alternate aerobic activity such as swimming or biking to stay in cardiovascular condition. I am a firm believer in long distance walking to increase blood flow to the tissues...

Vitamin D Important for Winter Foot Health: MD Podiatrist Dec 23rd, 2019

One way to improve or maintain health is through proper foot care, especially during winter. “An essential role of vitamin D is to absorb calcium, which further promotes bone health and growth,” said Dr. Daniel Michaels podiatrist/foot and ankle surgeon.      “If vitamin D levels are low, which is common...

Frostbite Poses Greatest Threat to Extremities: MD Podiatrist Dec 20th, 2019

Frostbite is a serious tissue destroying disorder. It is something that is not often anticipated in relatively mild winter temperatures. The Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC (RFAI) encourages everyone to stay alert and take precautions to avoid the unnecessary distress of frostbite.       “When you're out in...

Diabetics at Higher Risk for Frostbite: MD Podiatrist Dec 18th, 2019

Weather can affect a lot of things. A local podiatrist says cold conditions can be tough on diabetic patients. Dr. Daniel D. Michaels says people with diabetes are at a higher risk for getting frostbite. He says that if you have diabetes, it's important to check your feet and to stay active.  ...

Painful Hallux Could Indicate Gout: MD Podiatrist Dec 16th, 2019

You notice an enlarged, painful big toe. It could be gout. Gorged on wine and steak? The painful aftermath could be gout, a type of arthritis that often affects the joint of the big toe. Foods high in purine, a chemical compound found in red meats, fish, and certain alcohol,...

Most Times Runners Can Address Arch Pain at Home: MD Podiatrist Dec 13th, 2019

As a busy sports-medicine podiatrist in Hagerstown and Frederick, Md, Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, sees runners with a wide range of foot problems, from Achilles problems to bunions to stress fractures. But more than anything else—along the lines of 15 times a day—athletes walk into his office complaining of arch...

MD Podiatrist Discusses External Causes of Arch Pain Dec 11th, 2019

Like many other foot issues, plantar fasciitis and other types of arch pain can come from two primary sources, says Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a sports podiatrist in Hagerstown and Frederick Maryland: Intrinsic factors, which are related to your individual anatomy and physiology, and extrinsic factors, which come from outside...

Hair Loss on Toes Could Indicate PAD: MD Podiatrist Dec 9th, 2019

If you notice bald toes, it could be arterial disease. If the fuzz on your toes suddenly disappears, it could signal poor blood circulation caused by peripheral arterial disease (PAD). “Signs of PAD can include decreased hair growth on the feet and ankles, purplish toes, and thin or shiny skin,”...

Common Foot Hygiene Problem for 40+s is Not Drying Between Toes: MD Podiatrist Dec 6th, 2019

"Many people over the age of 40 have some unhealthy foot hygiene habits," says Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a foot and ankle surgeon at Reconstive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD. The most common, he says, is failing to dry between the toes after bathing. "If...

Dry Flaky Feet Could Indicate Thyroid Problems Dec 4th, 2019

If you notice dry, flaky feet, It could be thyroid problems, especially if moisturizer doesn’t help. When the thyroid gland (the butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck) goes on the fritz, it doesn’t properly produce thyroid hormones, which control metabolic rate, blood pressure, tissue growth, and skeletal and...

Look for Good Traction in Winter Shoes: MD Podiatrist Dec 2nd, 2019

Dr. Daniel D. Michaels makes sure we have the proper shoes to wear is key to staying warm and healthy during harsh winter weather. Experts say to wear shoes with a wide toe box that allows for thick socks to be worn underneath. We should also choose wool or cotton...

Slippers Not Ideal for Plantar Fasciitis: MD Podiatrist Nov 29th, 2019

To get recommendations for the best slippers for plantar fasciitis, Dr. Daniel D. MIchaels noted that the majority of slippers out there are not ideal for people with plantar fasciitis. "Slippers, although stylish and comfortable, can completely lack the support your lower extremity requires," says Dr. Michaels. "This in effect...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Select Shoes If You Have Plantar Fasciitis Nov 27th, 2019

When you have plantar fasciitis, working on your feet for a few hours or more each day can be uncomfortable. Fortunately, by wearing one of the best work shoes for plantar fasciitis, you can minimize pain as much as possible during your work hours. According to Maryland-based podiatrist Daniel D....

MD Podiatrist Discusses Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Nov 25th, 2019

According to podiatrist Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, "Neuropathy can be a rather scary aspect of diabetes because patients may not be able to feel pain. If you can’t feel an injury or sore, it could lead to a serious infection. People with diabetes have a harder time healing from infections,...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Heel Pain Nov 21st, 2019

Most heel pain is referred to as plantar fasciitis or heel spur pain and is actually caused by irritation of the plantar ligaments. The causes can be from overactivity, foot structure, weight, or footgear. It's multi-faceted and affects all ages," says podiatrist Daniel D. Michaels.   "Most treatment of heel...

Don't Self-Treat Peeling Skin on Feet: MD Podiatrist Nov 18th, 2019

When your "dogs" start barking over the scaly skin situation going on down there, it can be super tempting to take matters into your own hands by, say, picking. Don't, per Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a podiatrist in Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland. "The biggest mistake that people make is trying...

MD Podiatrist Provides Tips on Buying Running Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis Nov 13th, 2019

When choosing the right pair of running shoes for plantar fasciitis pain, it comes down to stability and support. Podiatrists agree that a hybrid between motion controlled sneakers with stability features and arch support is the way to go. Responsive cushioning with arch support is important, but too much cushioning...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Compression Sock Use Nov 11th, 2019

If tired muscles and swollen feet are cramping your style, compression socks work to reduce fluid build-up and fatigue in your legs by promoting better blood flow in the veins of the calves and feet. Athletes, pregnant women, and people who travel a lot can benefit from using compression socks...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Gout as a Cause of Foot Pain Nov 7th, 2019

Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a podiatrist in Hagerstown and Frederick MD, says that for some people, pain and swelling in the foot can be a sign of gout. "[Gout is] a type of painful inflammatory arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the blood," Dr. Michaels explains. "Tophi—which are...

Hagerstown woman recovers after spending more than a decade in a wheelchair Nov 5th, 2019

by: Erica Huckaby Posted: Oct 30, 2019 / 07:11 PM GMT-0400 / Updated: Oct 31, 2019 / 05:52 PM GMT-0400   AddThis Sharing Buttons Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to WhatsAppShare to SMSShare to EmailShare to More HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– One hot summer day in August, Shirley Strouth was cleaning...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Keep Feet Warm in Winter Oct 31st, 2019

According to podiatrist Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, “Cold feet (even in kids) is a huge problem. Wearing a thin layer of socks consisting of a wicking micro-fiber is essential to keeping those feet warm.” Also, having your child’s foot type checked to see if that could cause a boot fit...

Risks of Barefoot Walking Outweigh the Risks: MD Podiatrist Oct 21st, 2019

You take off your shoes every time you get home—and ask anyone visiting to do the same. But is walking barefoot bad for your feet? Even indoors? We checked in with  Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, founder of Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC, who said, “I always advise people from...

Crocs Not Recommended for Kids: MD Podiatrist Oct 18th, 2019

Are Crocs okay for your kid’s feet? Or will wearing the clog-esque shoes damage her tootsies? Here’s what a podiatrist wants you to know. “When kids wear Crocs, their heel is allowed to be excessively mobile because of the wide nature of the shoes and the loose strap around the heel,”...

Faster Treatment of DFUs Saves Limbs: MD Podiatrist Oct 11th, 2019

The sharp uptick in patients seeking limb-saving wound treatment in Wsshington County is due, in large part, to “the increase in patients with diabetes, the increase in patients with peripheral arterial disease, and unfortunately, the American lifestyle, diet,” said Daniel D. Michaels, DPM affiliated with the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle...

Choose a Running Shoe with an Arch Support: MD Podiatrist Oct 8th, 2019

Whether your runs always end with cramped arches or you simply want to ensure your feet are properly supported throughout a workout, it’s time to start considering a running shoe with arch support. “Arch support equals shock absorption,” a Maryland based podiatrist Daniel D. Michaels, DPM states.   “Pick up...

MD Podiatrist Provides Winter Boot Buying Tips Oct 4th, 2019

On the surface, snow looks soft, fluffy, pristine. Trudging through the slush is anything but. That's why it's so important to invest in comfortable winter boots to help you brave the harsh elements. Go for a round and wide toe box. A deep and round toe box allows you to...

90% of My Patients Wear Wrong Sized Footwear: MD Podiatrist Oct 2nd, 2019

Daniel Michaels, DPM, podiatric surgeon and founder Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC, says that about 90 percent of the people who come into his office are wearing shoes that are two sizes too small. “As we get older, our feet increase in size and shape, and so our foot...

Boaters Need to Wear Socks Too: MD Podiatrist Sep 30th, 2019

Even if you aren’t the biggest fan of how your boat shoes look paired with socks, you should throw some on anyway to avoid damaging your feet. According to podiatrist Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, not wearing socks causes excessive sweating which, in turn, “causes the formation of blisters and the...

Supportive Shoes Mean Less Wear and Tear on Joints: MD Podiatrist Sep 27th, 2019

If your days are long, grueling, and mostly spent on your feet, supportive shoes are a must. So we asked foot surgeon Daniel Michaels, DPM of Reconstructive Foot & Anlkle Institute, LLC to give us her take on the best shoes for all-day wear.   Shoes with solid soles (versus...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Fall Prevention Sep 25th, 2019

“Falls are caused by a combination of factors, some external - like loose rugs, sidewalk cracks, and ill-fitting footwear. Others can be internal health-related causes such as muscle deterioration and certain chronic conditions like cardiovascular disease and neuropathy (frequently caused by diabetes), which can cause numbness, weakness or burning in...

Proper Socks Help Minimize Blister Formation: MD Podiatrist Sep 23rd, 2019

Dan Michaels, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist based with the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC confirms, "Cotton socks can be a primary cause of blisters because of how they handle the moisture." "Although the cotton can absorb moisture, it leaves it in close contact with the foot, making the foot...

Foot Care Tips Sep 20th, 2019

Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC News you can use. Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, MS, ABFAS & Associates   Whether you like to get a pedicure in the nail salon or at home, follow these easy Dos and Don'ts to keep your feet looking and feeling their best. Dos If...

MD Podiatrist Explains Differences Between Men's and Women's Running Shoes Sep 18th, 2019

There are special considerations women need to take into account when shopping for running shoes. “Women’s shoes are generally wider in the forefoot and toe and narrower towards the heel. Men’s shoes are larger, in general,” explains Dr. Daniel D. Michaels, a podiatric surgeon affiliated with Reconstructive Foot & Ankle...

Diet is Key Factor for Diabetics: MD Podiatrist Sep 16th, 2019

"Diabetes is a systemic concern. It's a lifestyle more than a disease. It becomes a disease over time. What I tell my patients is that the most important thing is diet. If your blood sugars are good, you have a much likely chance of avoiding problems," says Daniel D. Michaels,...

MD Podiatrist Emphasizes the Health Benefits of Foot Soaks Sep 13th, 2019

Your feet are a cooling hotspot because they're home to key circulation points in your body, adds Daniel D. Michaels, DPM. "Placing your feet in cool water or a cool washcloth on the inside of the ankle can cool the entire body because of the easy access to circulation in...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Choose a Good Children's Shoe Sep 11th, 2019

"Just because you spend a lot of money on a shoe doesn't make it a good shoe," says Dr. Daniel D. Michaels, DPM of Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC. "To find a good shoe there is a simple test. You take the shoe out of the box and see...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Best Shoes for Nurses Sep 9th, 2019

“You now see all kinds of medical professionals on hospital floors wearing running shoes that are designed to stand up to a lot of stress and strain,” says Dr. Dan Michaels, DPM, a podiatrist based in Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland. Running shoes Dr. Michaels states. They tend to have a...

Heel Pain in 6-14 Year Olds a Warning Sign: MD Podiatrist Sep 6th, 2019

Indoors and outdoors, youth athletes stay active year-round in competitive sports. For many of them, heel pain has become "just another part of the game." Foot and ankle surgeon, Daniel D. Michaels, MS, DPM, advises that when a child complains of heel pain, it should be diagnosed promptly because it...

Choose Fit over Fashion for Back to School Shoes: MD Podiatrist Sep 4th, 2019

As families head out to take advantage of the numerous Labor Day weekend sales, at the top of many shopping lists will be a cool pair of new shoes for back to school. However, the latest cool fashion footwear trends my not be best for young feet that are still...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Zero Drop Shoes Sep 2nd, 2019

Dr. Daniel Michaels states it’s true that Zero Drop Shoes are the opposite of Stilettos. Unfortunately, in a civilized society, both are biomechanically unhealthy. “Pawing around in bare feet” on hard ground is bad for most feet. Zero Drop Shoes cause pedal collapse, develops forefoot spread, wider feet, and more...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Exfoliant Peel for Feet Aug 30th, 2019

Baby Foot, an exfoliating peel has a cult-like following on Amazon. This peel, which touts an impressive 11.5k reviews on Amazon alone, claims it can make skin feel as soft as a baby’s by removing all those layers of built-up dead skin on your feet that are causing calluses and...

Botox Can be Used to Treat Foot Conditions: MD Podiatrist Aug 28th, 2019

Some types of foot aches, including plantar fasciitis, have shown improvement following Botox injections, with one small study showing it to be more effective than steroid treatments.   “Botox can be used to treat a variety of conditions in the feet and lower extremities such as overactive sweating of the...

Achilles Tendon Injuries Can be Prevented: MD Podiatrist Aug 26th, 2019

Daniel D. Michaels with the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC, says that “over my last 10 years in practice, 90% of the clients that I have seen have been suffering from underlying issues in their calf muscles , these have often been uncovered due to the surging of other...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Back to School Shoe Shopping Aug 21st, 2019

Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, is giving tips to parents on back to school shoe shopping. Dr. Michaels emphasizes how important it is to visit his practice when parents notice odd wear patterns on shoes. He states this leads to important diagnoses of conditions such as flatfeet and rotational abnormalities.   ...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Causes of Heel Fissures Aug 19th, 2019

Cracked heels can seemingly pop up out of nowhere, and they essentially suck during the summer when they're constantly exposed in sandals. And once they form, getting rid of them can prove tricky. Odds are your skin is quite literally cracking under pressure. "Our feet are responsible for holding up...

Walking Barefoot is Risky, Especially for Diabetics: MD Podiatrist Aug 16th, 2019

"Going barefoot, whether it’s in spring or summer or all year round, can cause a multitude of injuries. Most injuries are seen in the summer months. Some of the most common barefoot injuries are lacerations and abrasions, as they relate to glass and sharp objects (such as seashells) on the...

Lack of Protection of Feet in Summer Leads to More Injuries: MD Podiatrist Aug 14th, 2019

Giving our feet a little fresh air by breaking out the sandals and flip-flops is one of the joys of summer. Yet, experts say some of our favorite summer shoes can also be pretty rough on our feet.   “Generally, people have more problems with their feet during the warm...

Look for Summer Shoes with Built-in Arch Supports: MD Podiatrist Aug 12th, 2019

“When it comes to summer shoes or sandals, a lot of them are hard to walk in because they are not connected to the foot,” state Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, MS. He recommends looking for sandals with straps that secure your foot and ankle for extra support, stability, and of...

Ultramarathon Winner in Sandals is an Outlier: MD Podiatrist Aug 9th, 2019

Last Thursday, runners took off on a cross-Tennessee journey for the 2019 edition of the Last Vol State 500K, a race created by Barkley Marathon's founder Gary “Lazarus Lake” Cantrell. And it was a sandals-wearing local who was the first to join Cantrell at the finish line. While Armstrong is sold...

Plantar Fasciitis at Epidemic Proportions: MD Podiatrist Aug 7th, 2019

“Plantar fasciitis seems to have recently reached epidemic proportions,” says Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist. “Because the average person takes at least 5000-7000 steps per day, and because we live in a world of concrete and hard surfaces, our feet are continually taking a significant impact and load...

MD Podiatrist Comments on "Barbie Feet: Instagram Craze Aug 5th, 2019

Instagram trends can get weird, but before deeming them totally loco, we like to take our time to investigate the hype. Up on the chopping block today is the Instagram craze we like to call "Barbie feet," which models, celebrities, and fashion girls have taken an obsessive liking to. The...

Foot Pain in Summer Aug 2nd, 2019

Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a podiatrist and foot surgeon, says, “I see many patients with foot pain this time of year. One of the most common foot pain conditions is plantar fasciitis. It is typically brought on by overuse — excessive walking or standing, or even running or jumping. Think...

Massage for Plantar Fasciitis Pain Jul 31st, 2019

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis pain, you're probably already aware of several treatment options, including wearing podiatrist-recommended shoes, adding insoles to your shoes, sleeping with a night splint, and taking OTC pain relievers. But if you want to get instant relief after a long day on your feet, giving...

MD Podiatrist Comments on Renaissance in Foot Care in the NBA Jul 29th, 2019

Daniel D. Michaels, DPM has seen a renaissance of foot care in the NBA. Dr. Michaels, has noticed how the NBA occupational hazard of often wearing new shoes can partially explain the trauma on players' feet. The shoes never quite break in, and the skin around the foot has to...

Bunions Jul 25th, 2019

"Bunions form when the normal balance of forces that is exerted on the joints and tendons of the foot becomes disrupted. This disruption can lead to instability in the joint and cause the deformity. Bunions are brought about by years of abnormal motion and pressure over the MTP joint," says...

Ingrown Toenails Jul 23rd, 2019

Marland podiatrist Dr. Dan Michaels has some tips for taking care of your once-in-a-lifetime foundations. Hayes said when people have foot problems, there is a tendency to dismiss them and assume time will solve the problems. This can be a dangerous approach.                                     “Ingrown toenails are something that...

Maryland Podiatrist Emphasizes the Importance of Wearing Proper Foot Wear Jul 19th, 2019

Feet take a beating. The effects of obesity and sedentary lifestyles, plus modern foot coverings — shoes — often not only fail to protect the foot but instead abuse the little darlings. And trouble can start early. Dan Michaels, DPM of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC said children...

Majority of Heel Pain Patients Have Plantar Fascia Tears: MD Podiatrist Jul 17th, 2019

“Heel pain is a great imposter,” says Daniel D. Michaels, DPM. Of all the bones in the body, the heel bone has one of the largest blood supplies. With that heavy flow comes a higher risk of infection and other muscular problems. If you have a high arch, you’re more...

Foot Detox Jul 15th, 2019

If you’ve been to a spa or alternative health center lately, you may have seen something called a “foot detox” on the list of services. As intriguing/mysterious/totally bizarre as it sounds, you should definitely take a second to learn more about the trend before forking over your cash. Foot detoxing...

Proper Shoe Fitting and Break-in are the Keys to Blister Prevention: MD Podiatrist Jul 12th, 2019

We’ve all experienced the unpleasant sensation of feeling a blister form on your foot while you’re on a long walk. The good news is that blisters are preventable. Friction between your foot and shoe is the most common cause of blisters. For this reason, it’s important to wear shoes that...

MD Podiatrist Explains Why Children's Shoes Should Not be Bought Online Jul 10th, 2019

Today’s busy parents are increasingly turning to the Internet to do their shopping — from buying groceries to appliances. But, shopping for kids’ shoes should be left to the expertise of a shoe fitting specialist in a brick-and-mortar store, according to Maryland-based sports podiatrist Daniel D. Michaels, DPM. “I have parents who...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Plantar Fasciitis Jul 8th, 2019

The most common foot injury among runners is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the plantar fascia. Reduce your training volume and intensity or, better yet, lay off running altogether for a few weeks. “If you keep running through your plantar fasciitis, it will inevitably get worse,” Daniel D. Michaels, DPM...

Make Smart Choices When it Comes to Footwear Jun 27th, 2019

When it comes to footwear, it used to be you had to forfeit comfort for beauty. Thankfully, designers are finally marrying the two, so you no longer have to walk around in boring “comfort shoes” when you need to look good and be on your feet all day. What to...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Bunion Surgery Jun 24th, 2019

"Bunions form when the normal balance of forces that is exerted on the joints and tendons of the foot becomes disrupted. This disruption can lead to instability in the joint and cause the deformity. Bunions are brought about by years of abnormal motion and pressure over the MTP joint," says...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Ingrown Toenails Jun 18th, 2019

According to Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, there are four main causes of ingrown toenails: footwear that’s too tight, trauma to the toe (like badly stubbing it), improper trimming, and heredity. The first three can be prevented, but there are some people who are just prone to ingrowns “because of the...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Pre-Diabetes and Peripheral Neuropathy Jun 14th, 2019

After a review and meta-analysis of the scientific literature, a research group in the UK recently published a paper in the journal Diabetes reporting an estimated 18% prevalence of peripheral neuropathy in pre-diabetics.     “The correlation between pre-diabetes and peripheral neuropathy is not generally well recognized. In fact, a...

MD Podiatrist Advises How Long to Wear High Heels Jun 12th, 2019

If you’ve ever wondered what the average timeframe is for wearing heels, you’re not alone. Many other women have also been curious, and a Podiatrist has chimed in on the matter. “Heels alter the ability of the foot to absorb shock evenly across the foot and to hold up our...

Most Heel Pain Does Not Require Surgery: MD Podiatrist Jun 10th, 2019

According to Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a doctor of podiatry and podiatric surgery at Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC, the most frequent complaint most podiatrists hear from their patients is heel pain. The pain can be under the heel or along the side or back of the heel and...

Maryland Foot & Ankle Surgeon discusses “Hot Feet.” Jun 7th, 2019

Having hot feet is typically described as being akin to a warm sensation in the feet. In some cases, it’s simply because the feet have become too warm because of a particular choice of footwear or socks made of synthetic materials. In other causes, it’s the result of a more...

MD Podiatrist Provides Children’s Shoe Buying Advice Jun 5th, 2019

  Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, Member of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC, is giving tips to parents on picking out the right shoes for the right sports. Dr. Michaels also shares the most common sports injuries in the pediatric population and how to prevent them.   According to...

Shoe Size Matters: MD Podiatrist Jun 3rd, 2019

"Technology has done a lot in terms of advancing shoewear as well as shoefit," says  Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, with the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC. "What has been lost is that comfort matters. Too many people are buying shoes online and don't really know their size."   "When...

Keeping Nail Polish on Too Long is Dangerous: MD Podiatrist Jun 1st, 2019

While it might seem harmless to leave chipped polish on your nails, it's definitely healthier to remove it. 'The danger with keeping your nail polish on too long is that the pigment in the nail polish can soak into the top few layers of the nail and dry it out,'...

MD Podiatrist Provides Spring Foot Health Tips May 22nd, 2019

April is foot health awareness month, and there are several things you can do to keep your feet healthy and happy says Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a podiatrist at the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC. Check your feet each day, especially if you’re diabetic. Those with the disease can develop...

Stay Away From Platform Sandals: MD Podiatrist May 20th, 2019

’90s-era platform sandals are back — and foot doctors are horrified. Last week, Steve Madden reintroduced his iconic foam platform sandals as part of a capsule collection for Urban Outfitters. On Monday, model Suki Waterhouse posted a photo of herself wearing a similar 4-inch-high pair from Simon Miller.    ...

MD Podiatrist Stressses Amputation Prevention for Diabetics May 17th, 2019

More than 65,000 lower limbs are amputated annually due to complications from diabetes including diabetic foot ulcers, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. Even worse, a huge percentage of those amputations could have been avoided if diabetic patients had stuck to their treatment plans and made at least one...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Pedicures May 15th, 2019

It’s officially sandal season. Everyone should be getting a pedicure on a regular basis. According to podiatrist Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, MS, DABFAS, regular foot care is important for your overall health. “A lot of diseases actually manifest themselves in the feet,” he says. “If you don’t take care of...

Diabetics Should Not Walk Barefoot: MD Podiatrist May 13th, 2019

For people with a loss of sensation in the feet due to diabetic neuropathy, foot covering is crucial. “Neuropathy can lessen your ability to detect a harmful object,” says podiatrist Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, MS, DABFAS a member of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC.   Why does that...

90 Percent of Bunions are Genetic: MD Podiatrist May 6th, 2019

A bunion is s large bump on the side of the big toe, noticeable in grandma’s shoe. Dr. Daniel D. Michaels states, "Despite the common misconception, this condition is not caused by shoes, rather by genetics, and over 90 percent of those with bunions can identify a family member with the...

Many Women Wear the Wrong Type of Shoe: MD Podiatrist May 3rd, 2019

Dr. Daniel D. Michaels frequently advises his patients as a physician who treats the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg, “It’s best to avoid shoes that have no support at all.” This means slipping instead into properly fitting shoes with an arch and some cushion for the ball of...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Basics of a Good Running Shoe May 1st, 2019

"Whether you rarely jog, run a couple of days each week or regularly race competitively on pavement or trails, a key to enjoying – and enduring – the sport is establishing and maintaining foot health practices, which include periodic shoe-fitting and proper selection. As a podiatrist and avid runner, I’m very...

Intervening Early is Key to Treating Bunions: MD Podiatrist Apr 29th, 2019

There are some health problems that you don't expect to experience until your golden years—or preferably, never—and bunions is one of them. But bunions can actually appear at any age. "Conservative treatment is directed at addressing symptoms," explains Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, founder of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute,...

Exercises are Key to Maintaining Foot & Ankle Strength and ROM: MD Podiatrist Apr 26th, 2019

Headed for a workout? Don’t forget your feet and ankles. When it comes to exercising, these body parts are often overlooked. Feet and ankles are crucial for stretching and mobility, said Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, Member, Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC. “Many people neglect the feet and lower extremity...

MD Podiatrist Suggests That British Royal had Bunion Surgery Apr 24th, 2019

Meghan Markle was the picture of elegance in a dazzling, floor-length gown for an event in London on Wednesday night. But it isn't just her navy Roland Mouret dress getting a lot of attention — her feet are, too. Images snapped at the premiere of Cirque du Soleil's "Totem" at...

Fish Skin Strikingly Similar to Human Skin: MD Podiatrist Apr 22nd, 2019

Chilly waters off the coast of Iceland have yielded an unlikely tool for healing humans’ tough-to-treat wounds: the skins of wild cod. After it’s cleaned, doctors can apply the fish skin to troublesome chronic wounds to ease pain and encourage human skin to heal underneath, according to Kerecis, an Icelandic company...

Antiperspirant Spray for Sweaty Feet Apr 19th, 2019

It’s not just the stench; sweaty feet can also cause cracked heels, lizard-like skin, and even fungal infections. Each of your toes has about 250,000 sweat glands, which can churn out half a pint of sweat every day. To minimize the amount of perspiration that reaches the surface, mist your...

Aging Feet More Prone to Foot Issues: MD Podiatrist Apr 17th, 2019

The foot is a complicated body part – home to 26 bones, says Daniel Michaelsr, DPM, a podiatrist in private practice at the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC in Frederick and Hagerstown, MD. This complexity and the heavy-duty wear-and-tear they endure over the years places a lot of stress...

Fashion Craze "Floss Heels" are Bad for Your Feet: MD Podiatrist Apr 15th, 2019

There are many spring shoe trends, including the floss heel craze of 2019. According to Daniel D. Michaels of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC, there's actually quite a bit to not love. He says that spring's biggest shoe trend-floss heels- is, in fact, bad for your feet.  ...

MD Podiatrist Dispels Myths About Bunions Apr 11th, 2019

"Most of the common misconceptions [about feet] that I’ve heard relate to bunions, says Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a podiatrist with Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC. Myth No. 1: Shoes cause bunions and hammer toes. It has been proven that these foot deformities are inherited. Shoes may reinforce the deformity...

MD Podiatrist Provides Tips for Injured Runners Apr 10th, 2019

The temperatures are warming up and local runners are ready to hit the trails. Don’t let common foot and ankle injuries slow you down. Daniel Michaels,, DPM, a podiatrist with the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC says "a lot of injuries I see are from overuse. These include tendonitis,...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Common Running Injuries Apr 8th, 2019

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or you're just getting started—doctors say foot and ankle pain can strike at any time. “A lot of people when they move down to Florida, they start doing sports that they’ve never done before, and unfortunately, as an adult, our bodies do not adjust as...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Common Foot Conditions Apr 5th, 2019

"As we age, the skin on our feet becomes thinner and is predisposed to deformities such as bunions and hammertoes. It is important that you check your feet on a daily basis, especially if you are diabetic, have compromised circulation, or have loss of sensation in your feet," says Daniel...

Today’s Podiatrist: Operate Like a DPM Apr 3rd, 2019

As a foot and ankle expert, Today’s Podiatrist is in a unique position to provide surgical intervention or conservative care to treat foot and ankle conditions. Simply put, no condition is too big or too small and no treatment is too complex for Today’s Podiatrist.   So, what does the...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Treatment of Cracked Heels Apr 1st, 2019

A regular daily body moisturizer is not going to do enough to benefit cracked heels. Podiatrist Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, reccommends using creams taht are specially formulated for tougher foot skin, including FungiFoam and urea based creams. "These have gentle but effective acids that help break down the callus a...

Foot and Ankle Sprain and Fracture Jun 1st, 2016

What is a Foot or Ankle Sprain or Fracture?The feet and ankles work together to provide support and mobility to the body. A foot or ankle sprain is a soft tissue injury. Most often, a sprain occurs when an injury pulls, stretches, or tears the ligaments that connect bone to...

Peripheral Neuropathy May 23rd, 2016

What is Peripheral Neuropathy? Peripheral neuropathy is damage of the peripheral nerves. Your peripheral nerves—the nerves in your toes and fingertips—are the ones on the periphery of your body. When the nerves are damaged, they don't function properly. People with peripheral neuropathy have decreased or abnormal sensation in their toes...

Bothersome Bunions Mar 6th, 2015

One of the most common ailments that people complain of are bunions. A #bunion is a bump that forms on the base of the joint of the big toe. This bump is irritated by shoes rubbing against the affected area. This inflammation can become painful and cause the toe to...

Heart Health! Feb 18th, 2015

#February is National Heart Healthy Month so today we have dedicated our#wackyshoewednesday to some pretty crazy heart heels! Keep in mind that we offer vascular testing to detect and diagnose poor blood flow. It is not uncommon that if you have poor vascular health in your feet you may also...

Love Your Feet this Valentine's Day Feb 12th, 2015

With #Valentine'sDay quickly approaching, don't forget you can always give the gift of a gift certificate to our Safe Spa! Treat your loved one to a relaxing, safe #mani or #pedi! Call our office, 301-797-8554, to schedule a service or stop in to our #hagerstownlocation to pick up a gift...

Psoriasis Stages Feb 10th, 2015

How can psoriasis be treated, you ask? According to Dr. Michaels, mild psoriasis can be treated with a topical steroid cream applied directly to the affected area. In more severe cases of psoriasis a whole-body treatment can be needed, with medications like #Humira or #Enbrel. If you are experiencing a...

Dry Skin or Something More? Feb 9th, 2015

Since we are still dealing with the wonderful#winter season, now is a great time to discuss skin issues. Some people, especially diabetics, suffer from excessive dry skin. But how do you know when it is more than #dryskin? What if it is #psoriasis?Psoriasis is when the body creates skin cells...

And the answer is.... Feb 6th, 2015

The #answer to our #funfactfriday question is: The big toe! The Hallux is the most common toe to become ingrown.

Ingrown Answers! Feb 6th, 2015

#funfact friday is here! Question of the day: On what toe are #ingrown toenails most common?

Aftercare for your Ingrown Feb 5th, 2015

So, let's say that you have seen Dr. Michaels and he has performed the #ingrowntoenailprocedure. You may be wondering how you should care for it after leaving our office and what to expect. At Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC, we recommend purchasing a #woundcarekit that includes sterile wash, dressing,...

Asking for an Ingrown? Feb 4th, 2015

When #VictoriaBeckham wore these #christianlouboutin heels we are sure that they were at the height of fashion! We are also sure that she could have gotten an #ingrown toenail from these too tight shoes! #wackyshoewednesday #inthenameoffashion #beautyispain #poshspice

Treating an Ingrown Feb 3rd, 2015

You may be wondering how an #ingrowntoenail is treated. Luckily for you, Dr. Michaels has created a video discussing possible treatment options and ways to deal with a pesky ingrown nail. Make sure that you contact one of our convenient office locations to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michaels if...

Inconvenient Ingrown? Feb 2nd, 2015

A few weeks ago we talked about surgery and learned that the most common in-office surgery is to correct ingrown toenails. You may be wondering what an #ingrown toenail is. An ingrown toenail is when the sides of the nail grow into the skin instead of straight out. This most...

Fungal Fact Friday Jan 30th, 2015

For this #funfactfriday, let's talk about celebrities! Can you guess which of these three celebrities has been caught with#fungal nails? A. #MadonnaB. #Kate MossC. #Paula Abdul

Fighting back Fungus Jan 29th, 2015

While fungal nails can be a bothersome infection, Dr. Michaels has found some techniques to fight back. One of our most popular treatment methods is the use of an FDA approved laser. This method allows the patient to receive aggressive, pain-free laser treatments that penetrate the nail to kill the...

Fungal Infection Freaking You Out? Jan 28th, 2015

One way that a person can acquire a #fungal infection is by going to a nail salon that does not use #sterile practices. Luckily we have a medical grade nail salon at our Hagerstown location so that individuals can treat themselves to manicures, pedicures, and reflexology services without running the...

Let's Forget Fungus! Jan 27th, 2015

Let's talk about something that isn't so pleasant....#fungus or fungal infections (onychomycosis in medical jargon). Many of us are plagued by a fungal infection on our#toenails that make us embarrassed to show off our toes in #sandals or while going bare foot. If this sounds like you, don't be ashamed!...

Orthotics Uncovered? Jan 23rd, 2015

Dig deep into your mind today and take a guess for #funfactfriday! Today's question: When were the first foot "orthotics" used? #orthotics #podiatryquiz

#wackyorthoticwednesday Jan 21st, 2015

Instead of #wackyshoewednesday, we decided to show you a few examples of what your custom molded orthotics could look like! And no, your eyes are not fooling you, those are a pair for a child! That's right, even#children can be molded for custom#orthotics! They bring the ground up to the...

Foregoing Foot Pain Jan 20th, 2015

Do you suffer from foot pain? Does the ball of your foot hurt? Do you have pain in the arch of your foot? If you answered #yes to any of these questions, you should know that this is #notnormal! Dr. Michaels has said before that any type of #footpain is...

And the Answers are Revealed! Jan 19th, 2015

The answer to our #funfactfriday is a two-part one. Here at Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, our most common in-office surgery is to correct an #ingrowntoenail and the most common surgical procedure we see in our Ambulatory Surgical Center is a#bunion! Oh #podiatry surgery, how we love thee

Fun Surgical Fact Friday Jan 16th, 2015

#funfactfriday is in full swing this morning! Question: What is the most common#surgical procedure for the feet?

To Cut or Not, That is the Question Jan 15th, 2015

When is surgery necessary? According to our very own Dr. Michaels, "#footsurgery would be necessary when a person is no longer responsive to consevsative treatments and pain, discomfort, and deformity still persist." It is important to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michaels at one of our convenient locations if you...

Bedazzled Boots and Sparkly Surgical Shoes Jan 14th, 2015

If you do require surgery, don't take the bland surgical shoe, get creative like these patients did! #funfootwear#wackyshoewednesday #surgeryrocks

Surgery: A Forgotten Option? Jan 13th, 2015

Part of our name is #reconstruction, which does imply that we perform surgery. While Dr. Michaels does prefer to take conservative measures and use surgery as a last resort, there are times when #footsurgery is the best treatment method. If you are suffering from a foot condition that may require...

Fun Fact Friday Revealed! Jan 12th, 2015

They answer to our #funfactfriday question is.... The #Romans! The Romans were the first group of people to make a different shoe for each the left and the right foot. The reasoning behind this was the feet were each shaped slightly different and the inventor wanted the soldiers to have...

First Fun Fact Friday of 2015! Jan 9th, 2015

It's the first #funfactfriday of #2015! Question: Who were the first group of people to make a different shoe for the left and right foot?  

Cumbersome Corns and Calluses Jan 8th, 2015

A #corn or #callus can be a painless nuisance, but for some they can be a daily problem, causing pain and irritation. If you or a loved one is effected in this way, make sure to call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michaels. The good news is...

Corn-y Shoes Jan 7th, 2015

So maybe these weren't the kind of "corn" that we have been talking about....#wackyshoewednesday #podiatry #shoefun

Celebrities have Corns Too! Jan 6th, 2015

We have briefly discussed #corns and calluses, but lets not forget that these don't happen to just you and me. Women (and men) of all status can be plagued with this uncomfortable condition. Celebrities like #KatieHolmes are included in those that suffer from corns. If you or a loved one...

Corn and Calluses Jan 5th, 2015

Many people suffer from a thickening of the skin on their toes and feet. These areas are called #corns or #calluses. A callus is a thickening of the skin on the bottom of the feet and a corn is thickening of the skin on the top of the foot or...

Happy New Year's Eve 2014! Dec 31st, 2014

Let the countdown begin It's almost time to say goodbye to 2014 and Hello 2015! From our RFAI family to yours, we wish you a very Happy New Year! #2015 #happynewyear#podiatryrocks

Fun Fact Friday 3rd Edition! Dec 12th, 2014

funfactfriday is in full swing! Today's question: What is the #heel bone called?

Posh Heel Pain Dec 11th, 2014

#PoshSpice is no stranger to wearing high heels! The fashion forward former popstar is always making a statement in some skyscraper shoes whenever she steps out. While this is #trendy and cute, Dr. Michaels says that "the shoes choices of #VictoriaBeckhamcould be the source of her publicized heel pain." While...

Decision, decisions... Dec 10th, 2014

So instead of the normal #wackyshoewednesday we want to try #whichwouldyouwearwednesday! So out of the 3 pictures below, which would you prefer to wear for a holiday party and why? #podiatryfun

Pregnant in Heels Dec 9th, 2014

This just in....#DuchessKate is 5 months pregnant and still wearing 4 inch heels! #Pregnant women should not be wearing high heels everyday. The added weight of carrying a child places pressure on the feet possibly causing stress fractures, #bursitis, and #capsulitis.

Hating Heel Pain? Dec 9th, 2014

Make sure to check out Dr. Michaels from#Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Institute, LLC on WHAG's #medicalcorner! This week Dr. Michaels is discussing #heelpain and some of the causes.

Holidays Stressing You Out? Dec 8th, 2014

Does the #holiday preparation have you #stressedout? Are you in need a little "you" time? Come visit our Safe Spa to give yourself a little relaxation between the hustle and bustle of the holiday madness! Call 301-797-8554 to schedule your pedicure, manicure, reflexology, or dip-less paraffin wax treatment today! #spa...

What is R.I.C.E.? Dec 5th, 2014

It's #FunFactFriday again! Today's #question ties into yesterday's post.What does the acronym R.I.C.E. stand for?#podiatryfacts

Sprains Explained Dec 4th, 2014

For those of you who have not had the chance to check out our latest newsletter "Strains, Sprains, and Automobiles", we have pulled a few of the key points for you! A #sprain is a soft tissue injury to the foot or ankle, most commonly occurring during stretching exercises or sports when...

Elf on the Shelf Shoes Dec 3rd, 2014

It's #wackyshoewednesday and we thought with the#holidays coming up our Mom followers, and some Dad's too, can relate to these cute little shoes. Whether your #elfontheshelf is a boy or a girl, these little ice skates and scarf would make a great addition! #shoelife #podiatry

Sprain, Strains, and Automobiles Dec 2nd, 2014

Make sure that you visit our website for the News You Can Use, from our expert Dr. Dan Michaels! This week's topic: Sprains, Strains, and Automobiles! You can find all the information regarding when to seek treatment for a #sprain, how to know if you have one, and what some #causes and #treatments could be....

Treat Your Friends Tuesday! Nov 25th, 2014

The #holidays are right around the corner! Don't forget the special men and women on your list! Treat them with the gift of peace, relaxation, and pampering with a#giftcard to our Safe Spa! Stop by our #hagerstownlocation at 1150 Professional Court, Suite C, to pick up your loved ones gift card and one of...

Manic Monday! Nov 24th, 2014

Don't let foot, ankle, or heel pain add to your #manicmonday! Call one of our convenient offices today for an appointment with Dr. Michaels! 301-797-8554 for #Hagerstown or 301-418-6014 fro #Frederick. #podiatry

Fun Fact Friday Answer Revealed! Nov 24th, 2014

And the answer for #funfactfriday is.....28! There are 28 bones in the foot, including the 2 little sesamoid bones. There are also approximately 33 joints and over 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Isn't#podiatry fascinating!

Fun Fact Friday Nov 21st, 2014

It's #funfactfriday! Today's #trivia questionHow many #bones are in the #foot?

Pump Bump Part 2 Nov 20th, 2014

For all the ladies that were intrigued from #Tuesday's post, we are back again for more information about #PumpBump! We let you know what to look for before, so now let's talk about some ways to treat Haglund's Deformity. Some conservative, non-surgical, treatment options are: wear open-heel shoes (#clogs), ice...

Abominable Snow Shoes! Nov 19th, 2014

These may not be very snow resistant, but they will surely help keep the snow-covered states warm! #snowproblems #abominablesnowman #wackyshoewednesday #podiatry

Bummed about Pump Bump? Nov 19th, 2014

This one is for all of the lady subscribers! Do you experience a painful "bump" on the back of your heel? Are you an avid high heel wearer? If you answered yes to these questions, then you may be experiencing something known as #Haglund'sDeformity or#PumpBump! While this is most associated with...

Keep Calm....It's Boot Season Nov 19th, 2014

It's #wackyshoewednesday! And we would like to bring in the #fall season with a little reminder....#keepcalmitsbootseason #podiatry

Happy Veterans Day 2014 Nov 19th, 2014

Dr. Michaels and the RFAI Staff would like to take a moment of our day and thank all of the #veterans for their #service and #dedication to this country! Thank you, you are appreciated, and #HappyVeteransDay!

Toys for Tots Oct 24th, 2014

The Holiday Season is quickly approaching us. This year, we at Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC have decided to give back. We are now an authorized official #toysfortots drop off location! We are hoping to fill our box to the top with new, unwrapped toys for children in need this holiday...

There Was An Only Lady.... Oct 22nd, 2014

...Who lived in a shoe! It's wacky shoe #Wednesday! So there was an#oldladywholivedinashoe.... No seriously, this is a real "shoe house"! #podiatry

Answers to Athlete's Foot Oct 16th, 2014

After knowing what to look for with #AthletesFoot, we can now talk about how to treat it. First, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Michaels for him to do an evaluation to confirm that you are dealing with#tinepedis. Second, we have a cream called #fungifoam that can relieve your itching, burning, peeling symptoms....

Trick-or-Treat Look at our Clown Feet Oct 15th, 2014

With #trickortreat coming up quickly, we might all need to check our #feet to see who is sporting these #clownshoes! #wackyshoewednesday!

Itchy, Peeling, Red Feet? Oct 14th, 2014

Now that #Fall is in full swing, more people are paying more attention to their feet and taking care of bothersome issues. Many people suffer from something called #TineaPedis, more popularly known as #AthletesFoot. This is not something that you should be ashamed of, studies have suggested that nearly 1 in 5 Americans suffer...

Happy Columbus Day Oct 13th, 2014

Happy Columbus Day! #columbusday #1492 #2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Oct 8th, 2014

In honor of #October being #breastcancerawareness month, we found this awesome shoe silhouette that really speaks volumes for #wackyshoewednesday! #thinkpinkwalkproud

Having Fun at Bright Horizons! Oct 8th, 2014

Two of our staff members had an awesome time spending the morning with the preschoolers at Bright Horizons Childcare in Hagerstown! They got to talk to a group of 57 children about their feet, keeping them healthy, and when to let their parents know if they are having any aches...

Answer to FunFact Friday! Oct 8th, 2014

The answer to #funfactfriday is, drum roll please......A: Your foot contains about 250,000 sweat glands, so it is no wonder that some people have sweaty feet. When your feet sweat, the sweat itself doesn't actually smell, it is the bacteria in your socks and shoes that cause the odor. The best way...

Fun Fact Friday Kicks Off! Oct 3rd, 2014

So we are starting a new trend....#funfactfridays! Every Friday, starting today, we will be doing a fun foot fact trivia game! Today's question: What causes #smellyfeet? #podiatry

News You Can Use - Tendinitis! Oct 2nd, 2014

To keep in line with our previous discussion regarding Tendinitis, make sure to check out our latest Newsletter from Dr. Michaels! The latest installment of the news you can use, features Dr. Michaels discussing possible causes, treatment options, and prevention techniques for #tendinitis. If you think you or someone you know...

Maryland Pride! Oct 1st, 2014

It's #wackyshoewednesday and what better to show our Maryland pride than with a pair of #maryland #underarmorcleats! When purchasing cleats, or athletic footwear in general, you always want to ensure the proper fit and support. If you are unsure of what to look for call our office 301.797.8554, to schedule a time to meet...

Fractured Foot for Football Favorite Sep 25th, 2014

You can add another football star to the list of injured sports professionals. #MantiTe'o of the #SanDiegoChargers suffered his 3rd foot injury in 13 months during Sunday's game against the #BuffaloBills. The starting quarterback is very frustrated and devastated over the fracture of his right foot. The team coaches and doctors are expecting a...

Ankle Dislocation for RG3 Sep 16th, 2014

Quarterback #RG3 for the #WashingtonRedskins suffered a crippling ankle injury on Sunday's game against Jacksonville. After taking quite a hit, the starting quarterback from the Skins' writhed in pain and later learned her has dislocated his left ankle. According to Dr. Michaels RG3 "could be looking at extensive tendon surgery, possibly with his own...

Check It Out! Sep 15th, 2014

Take a look at our video of Dr. Michaels discussing our#pedicures! Proper pedicare services are an essential part of comprehensive foot and ankle care! Call 301.797.8554 to schedule your treatment today! #podiatry #hagerstown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e757WsqwgPQ&list=PL_yQlN_25c5-v8027xRp0OoyI7m8zt-0s&index=4

Terrible Tendinitis? Sep 12th, 2014

We know that swelling and pain while walking or activities can be a sign of Tendinitis (inflammation of a tendon). So what do you do if you suspect you are experiencing this? First, call one of our convenient offices at 301.797.8554 for #Hagerstown or 301.418.6014 for #Frederick to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michaels!...

United We Stand - Remember 9/11 Sep 11th, 2014

In honor of those we loved and lost on this tragic day. #weremember #unitedwestand #September11

Not to "Leaf" Anyone Out... Sep 10th, 2014

We don't want to #leaf anyone out when talking about#wackyshoeswednesday, so check out these crazy shoes!#highheels #podiatry

Aggravated Achilles? Sep 4th, 2014

Have you been experiencing swelling or pain when you walk in your ankles or heels? Are you active in sports or outdoor physical activities? Have you been told that you have flat feet? If you answered yes to all or some of these questions, you may be experiencing Tendinitis. Tendinitis...

Literary Shoes! Sep 3rd, 2014

It's that time again...#wackyshoewednesday is upon us! Today we have found something that combines the literary world with the wonderful world of #Podiatry! #Hagerstownpodiatry#Highheels  

Come See Dr. Michaels! Aug 28th, 2014

We want to hear from you! What do you think is the most important part of Podiatry? Do you see a Dr. Michaels for nail care? How about foot or ankle pain? Did you know that Dr. Michaels can actually treat patients with ailments, aches, and pains from the mid-calf...

Back2School Wacky Shoe Wednesday Aug 27th, 2014

It's been awhile since we have posted anything for #wackyshoewednesday. How appropriate are these "teacher" shoes? I bet these will keep the students "sharp" this year! #back2school#shoespodiatrist #frederickpodiatrist#hagerstownpodiatrist

A Little Bit of "You" Time Aug 26th, 2014

Back to school is here and summer is coming to an end. Don't let the every day hustle and bustle get you down. The Safe Spa at Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC is still here to provide you with a relaxing sterile space for you to unwind at the...

High Heel Haglund's Aug 25th, 2014

We have recently discussed Haglund's Deformity or "Pump Bump" and what may cause it. Now we need to look at ways to treat and eradicate it. The first thing to look at is the type of shoes that you are wearing and what modifications could be made to make them...

Pump Bump? Aug 22nd, 2014

With summer coming to a close, more women will go back to wearing high heels, pump, stilettos, and other damaging shoes. While these types of footwear are fashionable and professional, they can also cause long-lasting effects like Haglund's Deformity or "Pump Bump". Haglund's Deformity is a bony enlargement on the...

Need Surgery? Aug 21st, 2014

Although Dr. Michaels uses surgery as a last resort, we know that sometimes it IS necessary. If a patient has exhausted all conservative treatment options (stretching, meds, changing their shoes, custom modeled orthotics, ect.) then surgery may be a good solution to their issue. To make things easier and more...

Back 2 School Aug 20th, 2014

School is back in session and we know that sometimes accidents can happen, especially on the playground. Whether your child is in Kindergarten or 12th grade slips, trips, falls, and even fractures can still occur. You want to make sure that your child is wearing closed-toe, comfortable, shoes preferably with...

Vacation Time! Jul 31st, 2014

Even doctors have to take a vacation sometimes....so our office will be closed to patients from Friday, August 1st until Monday, August 11, 2014. Office staff will be available to answer questions and schedule appointments Monday through Friday 8 am -1:30 pm. If you need to schedule or have any...

July is UV Safety Month Jul 30th, 2014

July is National UV Safety Month! Like we talked previously, make sure that you are keeping your feet in mind when you are applying sunscreen!#takecareofyourfeet #UVSafetyMonth #July2014#preventskincancer

Protect Your Feet from Heat Jul 29th, 2014

Make sure that you are checking out our website for the latest and greatest about foot and ankle care from Dr. Dan Michaels! Today's topic....Protect Your Feet from the Heat! #footcare#sunshinedays #summerprobs #trustapodiatrist

Dry Skin Dilemma? Jul 24th, 2014

Excessively dry skin is a common occurrence in people with diabetes. It is important to make sure that if you are a diabetic you keep your feet well-hydrated/moisturized on a daily basis. Diabetic who suffer from extra dry skin, especially on their feet, run the risk of developing deep cracks...

Cutting Your Calluses? Jul 23rd, 2014

Continuing with our Diabetes and Your Feet talk, it is important to make sure, as a diabetic, that you are wearing proper shoes and insoles. Most insurance companies have allowances and coverage available for diabetic shoes and insoles. The insoles are recommended to be changed every 4 months in people...

Diabetic Ulcer Jul 21st, 2014

Last week we discussed keeping your feet healthy as a diabetic, so today we would like to discuss why it is important to understand diabetes and diabetic ulcers. A diabetic ulcer is a breakdown in the skin tissues that can cause an open wound, usually located on the feet and...

Diabetics Do Your Feet A Favor Jul 16th, 2014

The feet are such an asset to the human body, yet they are sometimes the last part to be thought of. Diabetics in particular need to continue to receive annual foot exams to make sure their feet are healthy. Small blisters from wearing too small shoes, ingrown toenails, and regular...

Tips for a Healthy Vacation Jul 15th, 2014

It is the middle of the summer and prime time for most families to take vacations! In order to keep your experience fun and healthy, we have some simple summer rules for your feet! First, make sure to use sunscreen, even of your feet! The skin of the top of...

Don't Hide From Your Fungus Jul 11th, 2014

Do you suffer from toenail fungus? Many Americans are plagued with this embarrassing condition, but YOU do not have to be one who continues to hide their toes. At Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC we have several safe treatment options to help rid you of this infection. Ladies, one...

Happy 4th of July! Jul 10th, 2014

Happy 4th of July! Thank you to all the men and women who made it possible for this great nation to be the land of the free and the home of the brave! We appreciate you and your service to make our country independent! #July4th#haveasafeholiday #thankyou #Happy4thofJuly  

Beat the Heat with this Trick! Jul 10th, 2014

Is this heat getting you down? Need to find something to do just for you? Why not treat yourself and your feet to a little relaxation? Safe Spa is a sterile, soothing, fun way to take a mini-break from your day. We offer manicures, pedicures, reflexology, anti-aging manicures, and dip-less...

Hypertension and Your Legs Jul 10th, 2014

We have recently discussed PAD and PVD, and today we would like to touch on hypertension and PAD/PVD. Hypertension is high blood pressure and this can lead to atherosclerosis, which is the build-up of plaque in your blood vessels. Atherosclerosis can lead to poor circulation diseases like PAD and PVD,...

Unequal Leg Lengths Jun 26th, 2014

Today we would like to address a less common issue, and that is the length of the legs. Some people suffer from leg length discrepancy. Unequal limbs can be caused from broken bones not healing properly, a birth defect, infection or damage to the growth plate, or a neuromuscular injury...

Barefoot Sandals! Jun 25th, 2014

It is officially summer and everyone is ready to hit the sand! Since we do not endorse wearing regular non-supportive flip-flops, we found a fun, cute, and kind of wacky alternative: Barefoot Sandals! These give the wearer the look of flip-flops but while actually being barefoot. They are to only...

We Accept MOST Insurances Jun 24th, 2014

Do you need to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist but are unsure if your insurance is accepted? No need to worry! Both Dr. Michaels and Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC are participating providers with most insurance companies, even Maryland Medical Assistance programs. As of June 20, 2014 we...

Surgery? Jun 20th, 2014

While Dr. Michaels believes that surgery should only be used as a last resort, at Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC, we know that sometimes it is a necessity. Some patients experience anxiety about going to a hospital or outpatient surgical facility to have their surgery performed. Who wants to...

Happy Father's Day 2014 Jun 16th, 2014

Happy Late Father's Day to all the Dad's and Grandfather's! Thank you for all that you do, you are appreciated! #fathersday #fathersday2014 #weappreciateyou 

National Safety Awareness Month! Jun 13th, 2014

June is National Safety Awareness Month! Make sure that you keep yourself and your family happy, healthy, and safe this month and year round! #nationalsafetymonth #staysafe #safetyfirst 

Gone Fishin' Jun 11th, 2014

No need to hit the beach and you can leave your poles at home! Just put on a pair of these fish friendly shoes and enjoy yourself! #wackyshoewednesday   #fishykisses  #fishface   #bluesuedeshoes  

Sore and Swollen? Jun 10th, 2014

Yesterday we talked about PVD and PAD, but what if you just suffer from swelling in your lower extremities? You should know that swelling of your feet, ankles, and lower legs is not normal and needs to be addressed by a physician. Edema can be a sign of other health...

PAD or PVD? Jun 9th, 2014

Are you feet and ankles discolored in a an unusually pale/blue tint? Do you experience swelling in your lower legs, feet, and ankles? Have you noticed poor toenail and hair growth on your feet? Are your toes/feet always cold? If you answered yes to any of these questions an Arterial...

Summer Spa! Jun 6th, 2014

The end of school brings the beginning of vacations! Are your toenails ready for the beach? Do you need a good 30 minutes (or more) of YOU time? Call The Safe Spa 301-797-8554 to book your mani/pedi/reflexology appointment today! Let us ease away the tension and stress from your day...

Barefoot at Home? Jun 5th, 2014

While at home we want to be comfortable and relaxed, and for some that means walking around barefoot. We recommend walking in shoes or sandals that have arch supports, such as Orthaheel, while in the house so that you can avoid stepping on items that can puncture the skin or...

Our Spidey Senses are Tingling! Jun 4th, 2014

With great power comes great responsibility, and apparently you don't even have to tie your shoes!#wackyshoewednesday   #spiderman   #spideysense  #tiemyshoes   #ordont   #funforkids   

Osteosarcoma Jun 2nd, 2014

We have recently touched on Melanoma of the toes and lower extremities, but there is another form of cancer that you should be on the look for as well. Osteosarcoma is an aggressive cancer that is found in the bones of the feet and ankles. It is especially common in...

Soccer Stars and Shin Guards May 29th, 2014

Although David Beckham's shoes are a sweet sentiment to his family, cleats are a necessity when playing soccer. You want to make sure that the cleats are a good fit for your child with their gear on. Cleats are not the only important piece of equipment when playing. Parents, make...

How Sweet May 28th, 2014

It's Wacky Shoe Wednesday and while these shoes may not be "wacky" but they are different. Soccer Star #DavidBeckham has all 4 of his children's names embroidered on a pair of pink and white soccer cleats! #howsweet #devoteddad #soccerstar #wackyshoewednesday

Sweaty Feet we can help you Beat! May 27th, 2014

Do you suffer from sweaty feet? This embarrassing condition can contribute to the development of athlete's foot and is best treated before anything can develop. At Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC we have different product options to help combat sweaty malodorous feet. Certain Dri is a roll-on antiperspirant that...

Happy Memorial Day 2014 May 23rd, 2014

In memory of those loved and lost and in honor of those still serving! Happy Memorial Day 2014! #memorialday2014 #armedforces #landofthefree #homeofthebrave #thankyouforserving

Sever's Disease May 22nd, 2014

Is your child complaining of heel pain? Some parents may disregard these complaints and chalk them up to "growing pains". However, please know that pain, regardless of where on the foot, is not normal and should be evaluated by a professional. Since a child's foot is still growing and developing...

Grassy Shoes? May 21st, 2014

These flip-flops will put a little spring (literally) in your step! Each flip-flop contains about 5,000 blades of fresh grass and if watered and cared for properly they can last up to 4 months!#wackyshoewednesday #grassshoes #really #krispykreme

Vibram's Five-Fingers and their 6 Figure Settlement May 16th, 2014

Dr. Michaels has always stressed the importance of purchasing the proper shoes for each occasion. We have always recommended the thicker soled shoes versus the minimalist shoe styles that have been popular in recent years. So it comes as no surprise that Vibram "Five-Finger" shoes are now having to pay...

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! May 15th, 2014

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! Most people don't think about their feet as possible melanoma areas, but unfortunately it is a concern as well. Here are some tips to keep your skin (and feet) healthy all year round! #MelanomMay #Skincancerawarenessmonth

Furry Friends and Our Feet May 14th, 2014

We have recently blogged about athlete's foot and how sweaty feet can cause this problem. However, studies show that the dander from pets can also cause tinea pedis. The dander that falls off of our furry friends can become embedded in our feet and then cause an infection that creates...

Cinderella's Shoes! May 14th, 2014

Just call us Prince Charming since it seems we have found Cinderella's glass slippers! #wackyshoewednesday#princecharming #glassslippers #shoesprobs #disney#Cinderella

World Foot Health Awareness 2014 May 9th, 2014

Happy World Foot Heath Awareness Month!!! It is ALWAYS important to make sure that you have happy and healthy feet, but please take extra time this month to inspect your tootsies! Make sure that you are checking for lumps, bumps, pain, and discoloration on both your feet and nails. Don't...

Barefoot Barbecues? May 8th, 2014

As it begins to get warmer outside more people are choosing to go barefoot or wear sandals/flip-flops. First, if you want to wear sandals, make sure that you check out our full-line of supportive sandals from Aetrex and Orthaheel to help keep your feet healthy! Second, if you are one...

Mom's Day Shoe Wednesday May 7th, 2014

Maybe Mom will enjoy these shoes for Mother's Day? #Wackyshoewednesday #momsshoes #ilovemymommorethanshoes

Michelangelo's David Could Crack May 2nd, 2014

Uh-Oh! After 500 years of being weighed down by 6000 lbs of granite, Michelangelo's David is showing signs of weak ankles! Studies are showing that after all of his time spent on display, this iconic statue is starting to get mirco-cracks in his ankles. Luckily, Dr. Michaels is on his...

Affected by Athlete's Foot? May 2nd, 2014

Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis) is a very common fungal infection that most people dismiss without a second thought. This irritating, unsightly infection can be cured rather quickly and painlessly with a topical cream and continued preventative treatments. If you or your children have peeling, red, cracked, sweaty feet you may...

Sore Psoriasis? May 1st, 2014

Do you have red, scaly, dry, cracked patches of skin on your feet and ankles? If so you may be suffering from Plantar or Palmer Psoriasis. This is a form of psoriasis that affects the hands and feet. Psoriasis can be an itchy uncomfortable skin ailment but can be easily...

What Day Is It? Apr 30th, 2014

We LOVE these #wackywednesday #whatdayisit #itshumpday Shoes!

Summer Shoes that Support all Seasons Apr 29th, 2014

Don't forget to keep in mind the tips for buying good shoes! These can save you (and your feet) from unnecessary aches and pains. You want to make sure that you are checking for a shoe with a roomy toe box, a back or closure, torsional rigidity, and a strong...

Spring Sports Apr 28th, 2014

It is Spring and with Spring comes outside sports for you and your family. Whether you or your children are participating in soccer, softball, track, or basketball it is very important to make sure that you are using the proper equipment. This means to make sure you have proper fitting...

Going like Gaga can Hurt Your Feet Apr 25th, 2014

Lots of fans go Gaga for Lady Gaga's outrageous shoe and outfit choices. These are just an example of some of the crazy things she's been spotted in! While wearing high heels can be a daily routine for some women, it really should be kept to a minimum. Wearing high...

Things to Look For When Getting a Pedicure Apr 24th, 2014

Check this out: http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/protect-yourself-nail-salons-145427830--abc-news-lifestyle.html?vp=1 We couldn't have said this better ourselves! These reasons are just another few that can justify coming to our Safe Spa at RFA Institute! You never have to worry about reused supplies, sharing of polishes, or the chance of picking up any unwanted fungal or bacterial infections!...

Wet Wacky Shoe Wednesday Apr 23rd, 2014

Happy Wacky (Wet) Wednesday! We thought that these shoes may have been helpful with our storms yesterday!#wackyshoewednesday   #watertime   #aprilshowers    

Happy Earth Day 2014! Apr 22nd, 2014

Our office uses "Green" practices by using Solar Panels to generate electricity, using rechargeable batteries for our blood pressure cuffs, energy efficient light bulbs, and recycled paper! We want to take our small steps to reduce our carbon footprint and celebrate our Earth! Happy Earth Day! #earthday2014   

Irritating Ingrown Toenail Apr 21st, 2014

Unfortunately, many people suffer from ingrown toenails. This can happen when too-tight shoes are worn and pinch the toes and cause the nails to grow into the skin instead of straight out.  Trauma is the main cause of these problems either from repetitive or acute episodes that cause damage to...

Dealing with Drop Foot? Apr 18th, 2014

Are you dealing with Drop Foot? Drop Foot is a condition in which the front leg muscles are no longer able to lift the foot up. This causes the toes to drag when taking a step and could be a fall risk. Drop Foot can be treated with braces to...

Plantar Fasciitis Pain Apr 10th, 2014

Are you suffering with daily heel pain? Is it painful and a struggle for you to take that first step of the day? This is NOT normal and you do NOT have to live like this! You could be a victim of Plantar Fasciitis and this is a very treatable...

Unsightly Nails Have You Upset Apr 4th, 2014

Unsightly nails? Afraid to go barefoot or wear summer sandals because of thick discolored toenails? Let Dr. Michaels at the Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Institute take away your anxiety. The discoloration and thickness of your nails is actually a fungus called onychomycosis and we can treat the fungal infection in...

Happy (late) Wacky Shoe Wednesday Apr 3rd, 2014

This weather is for the ducks...or your shoes? Which one we thought these were fit for the Spring Rain we have been receiving!

Amelanotic Melanoma Apr 3rd, 2014

In keeping with our recent theme of uncommon illnesses and diseases, it is important to realize that not all cancers are unusually colored. Amelanotic Melanoma is melanoma that is not swollen or discolored and is very difficult to diagnose and identify. This type of melanoma is malignant and can end...

Happy Spring! Mar 20th, 2014

Rainy Day Wacky Shoes Mar 19th, 2014

It's a yucky rainy day today. I think that these shoes may help with keeping our feet dry! #Wackyshoewednesday #shoeprobs#girlprobs

Happy St. Patty's Day 2014 Mar 17th, 2014

Happy St. Patty's Day! 

St. Patty's Day Wacky Shoe Wednesday Mar 12th, 2014

St. Patrick's Day is next Monday, but we couldn't resist sharing these shoes for #wackyshoewednesday ! Wonder how many leprechaun lovers will be sporting these? #stpatricksday2014 #leprechaunshoes 

Tip-Top Toes Mar 11th, 2014

Days like today remind us that spring and warmer weather are right around the corner! Let our office and certified pedicurist/reflexologist get your feet into "tip-toe" shape for sandal weather. We are proud to offer spa manicures, pedicures, and reflexology services that you can take advantage of with a clear...

High Heel Wearers Beware! Mar 6th, 2014

Avid high heel wearers beware! We have talked about the damage high heels can have on your feet, back, and hips, but now we have back up from celebrities too! Top celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Thompson, and Kristin Davis have all spoken out against the misery of high heeled...

Wacky Floral Shoe Wednesday Mar 5th, 2014

It's that time again, #WackyshoeWednesday! We are hoping that these shoes inspire Spring to Bloom early!

Don't Let the Cold Beat Your Feet Mar 4th, 2014

With the weather dropping into the single digits, and sometimes below zero, it is important to make sure you are keeping your feet and toes warm and dry. If your feet and toes are exposed to the frigid temperatures too long or unprotected, frost bite can set in and be...

It's STILL Winter Feb 28th, 2014

The Holidays may be over, but the cold has kept coming for most of the country. To keep your feet healthy and ready for spring Dr. Michaels recommends regular stretching of the toes, wearing shoes/boots with a proper fit, elevating your legs to keep swelling down, and treating yourself to...

Heel Bruising from Winter Sports Feb 10th, 2014

Several winter sports participants can suffer from a condition known as Heel Bruising. This occurs when skiers and snowboarders land on their heel from jumps and not their equipment. Heel bruising usually resolves on its own with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. If the pain is persistent or extreme, you...

Orthotic Trade In! Feb 4th, 2014

Do you have a pair of old, ugly, worn out orthotics? Are you experiencing pain even while wearing your custom or gel inserts? Then come see Dr. Michaels for a foot-evaluation and to be casted for a new pair! Orthotics can be a very helpful device in eliminating pain while...

It's Wacky Shoe Wednesday! Jan 29th, 2014

We don't think the Denver Broncos or Seattle Seahawks players will be wearing these cleats for Sunday's game, but they are a great way to show your support! GO TEAM!

Misleading Melanoma Jan 23rd, 2014

Everyone knows the risks of melanoma, but not everyone realizes that you could be at risk for melanoma on your feet as well. An easy way to do a self-check is to periodically look over your feet as your trim your nails for any abnormal spots, wounds, or bumps. Foot...

Wacky Shoe Wednesday 01.22.14 Jan 22nd, 2014

It's Wacky Shoe Wednesday!!!! Take a look at these shoes we think really takes the cake...donuts...candy, anything really that fills your sweet tooth!

Dealing Polydactyly Syndrome Jan 16th, 2014

Polydactyly Syndrome is a fairly common genetic anomaly that causes affected to people to have an extra digit on one or both of the hands and feet. Although in most cases the extra digit is removed at birth, there are those who suffer from this throughout their life and as...

Have Hammertoes? Jan 13th, 2014

One of the most common problems that comes through the doors at RFA Institute is Hammertoes! The hammertoe deformity causes the toes to curl and rub on the top of the shoes and also to drives the tip of the toe into the ground. This causes corns, calluses, and can...

Diabetic Dilemmas Jan 10th, 2014

Diabetics can really suffer and be subject to skin breakdown. With the skin breakdown comes ulcers and open wounds. At RFA Institute we have a Diabetic Center of Excellence that specializes in treating diabetic's foot care and foot problems. We can provide individualized treatment plans that include things like strapping/tapings,...

Diabetic Decisions Jan 10th, 2014

Diabetics can really suffer and be subject to skin breakdown. With the skin breakdown comes ulcers and open wounds. At RFA Institute we have a Diabetic Center of Excellence that specializes in treating diabetic's foot care and foot problems. We can provide individualized treatment plans that include things like strapping/tapings,...

Charcot's Caught You Off Guard? Jan 3rd, 2014

People who suffer from neuropathy (regardless if it is diabetic, idiopathic, or genetic) are at an increased risk of developing Charcot's Foot Deformity. Charcot's is a disorder in which the joints collapse and degenerate. The architecture of the medial arch collapses and can cause ulcers. This can also be confused...

Check for Lumps and Bumps Jan 2nd, 2014

Do you check your feet on a regular basis? If not it is a good idea to start checking them for lumps and bumps, these could be a sign of a soft tissue tumor. Any lumps and bumps are not normal and need to be evaluated. If you have found...

Happy New Year! Dec 31st, 2013

Have a Happy, Healthy, and Safe New Year from the Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Instititue, LLC Family!

Big Toe, Big Pain? Dec 27th, 2013

Arthritis is the big toe joint can be a very painful nagging problem. In addition to the discomfort that comes with arthritis, there can be little pieces of broken bone that get trapped in the joints as well causing pain. This condition can be treated with steroid injections, orthotics, cleaning...

Total Ankle Surgery Dec 19th, 2013

You should know that for those of you who suffer from debilitating ankle pain there are options. Total ankle replacement surgery is a last resort option that you may benefit from. While this surgery does need to be performed in a hospital, with possible rehab time, it can also greatly...

Agh! My Aching Ankle Sprain! Dec 18th, 2013

With the slippery weather here the risk for ankle sprains is greater than ever! Ankle sprains can be treated with something as simple as an over-the-counter ankle brace or a custom fitted brace. Surgery is always the last resort with ankle sprains, but if surgery becomes a necessity, Dr. Michaels...

Stressed About Stress Fractures? Dec 17th, 2013

Stressed about Stress Fractures? Let Dr. Michaels at the Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Institute, LLC soothe your worries. Stress fractures can be caused for a variety of reasons, but the time to make sure you are getting comprehensive foot and ankle care is when the fracture was caused for no...

Play it Safe with Winter Sports! Dec 12th, 2013

With winter sports coming and most of the local ski slopes open, you definitely need to make sure that your ski/snow boots are fitting properly. Even adult feet can change size and shape over time so it is important to make sure you are wearing the proper size and fit...

Slippery Ice Can Cause Nasty Falls Dec 9th, 2013

With the Winter Storm we just got in Maryland, we need to be even more careful and on the look out for black ice. At RFA Institute we have our Fall Center of Excellence that boasts a podiatric fall risk assessment as well as custom casting for Moore Balance Braces....

Diabetic Foot Evaluations Are Important! Dec 5th, 2013

Diabetics beware! Foot care is your best line of defense in keeping ulcers and infection at bay. If you are or know someone is a diabetic, it is in your best interest to have Dr. Michaels perform a foot check on a routine basis to make sure there are no calluses...

Agitated by Athlete's Foot? Dec 3rd, 2013

Peeling, cracking, itchy feet have you ashamed to go barefoot? Don't let athlete's foot hinder you from being free! Athlete's foot is a very common fungus that grows on the skin and causes it to peel, itch, crack, and get red/inflamed. You may have tried over the counter creams that...

Happy Hanukkah and Thanksgiving! Nov 27th, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah form our RFAI Family to yours!

Pump Bump Got You Down in the Dumps? Nov 26th, 2013

Are you an avid high-heel wearer? Do you suffer from a painful bump on the back of your heel? If you answered yes, you may be suffering from Haglund's Deformity aka Pump Bump! This is a common problem as a result from wearing high heels and having the back of...

Worry about Warts? Nov 21st, 2013

Do you suffer from Plantar Warts? Tired of not seeing results after painful freezing? At RFA Instituteï we use a topical treatment called Canthrone in the office to draw the root of the wart out. We then like to recommend you to follow up with Gordofilm twice daily at home....

Combating Bacteria and Fungus? Nov 20th, 2013

Are you battling toenail fungus, warts, shoe odor, or athletes foot? At RFA Institute we have a product available for out of pocket purchase called a SteriShoe. The SteriShoe is a shoe horn with a UV light at the end that sterilizes the insides of your shoes to rid them...

Dancing with a foot injury Nov 16th, 2013

Dancing with the Stars will be coming to an end soon, but not without several injuries during the season. Among those injured is Brant Daugherty who suffered from a sprained ankle/foot earlier in the season. This injury can be a common occurrence with dancing, and in every day life! If...

Got Gout? Nov 15th, 2013

Got Gout, we can fix that! Gout is something that plagues many people daily. It is very painful, and can be thought to be a fracture because of the pain. Gout is an accumulation of uric acid deposits in the joints and when it is in the toe it can...

Foot Problems of the Famous Nov 14th, 2013

Do you think you're the only person with ugly feet or corns and calluses? Think again! Even the most beautiful celebrities like Halle Berry have foot problems! Take a look at what constantly wearing high heels and improperly fitting shoes have done to this celebs tootsies. Remember, whether you suffer...

Ankle Pain? Nov 14th, 2013

Ankle pain? We bet that Jay Cutler can sympathize with you! Remember if you are having foot or ankle pain, this is not normal! Call our office at one of 2 convenient locations 2100 Old Farm Drive, Suite D, Frederick, MD or 1150 Professional Court, Suite C, Hagerstown, MD 301-797-8554...

Shrugging Off Surgery? Maybe You Shouldn't Nov 13th, 2013

At RFA Institute we try to ALWAYS use the most conservative treatments available to avoid surgery. However, sometimes using our state of the art ambulatory surgery center is necessary. For example, there was a patient we had recently that was having chronic pain in her Great Toe. We tried everything;...

Happy Veteran's Day! Nov 11th, 2013

RFA Institute would like to take this time to say thank you all of the veterans. Without you we would not be able to do what we do. Thank to all of our patients, families, friends, and followers who have served for our country. You are our Heroes!

Boston Bombing Won't Keep Her Down! Nov 8th, 2013

This article is truly touching and amazing! Technological advances even in the field of podiatry are astounding and are really affording victims (patient's) several options now. We at RFA Institute are an authorized DME dispenser and can provide several items to help aide in everyday obstacles. Give one of our convenient locations...

Gift Giving: Gift Certificates! Nov 7th, 2013

The holidays are right around the corner. Are you in need of a quick gift idea? How about a gift certificate to Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Institute for use on a #footfacial or a new pair or Aetrex Worldwide or ORTHAHEEL shoes! Come to our Hagerstown or Frederick office to...

Come See Us Soon! Nov 6th, 2013

Are you having foot or ankle pain? Do you feel like you're walking on a pebble? Do you have unslightly toenails or an ingrown toenail? These are all problems that we can treat at RFA Institute. Call our office 301-797-8554 to schedule an appointment at either of our convenient locations: 2100...

Hurting from Hammertoes? Nov 4th, 2013

Do you feel like you are walking on the tips of your toes? You may be suffering from Hammertoes! Hammertoes are a deformity that causes the toes to bend forward and curl under instead of pointing forward. This can be very painful for some and can be caused by ill-fitting...

Bunions Bugging You? Oct 30th, 2013

Bunions are a very common nuisance that can be very painful and make wearing and finding shoes a problem. A bunion is a bony bump that (usually) protrudes from the base of the big toe. The bunion is usually covered in callused skin that can become irritated and even infected! There...

Trick-or-Treat, Watch Your Feet Oct 29th, 2013

Trick-or-treat is right around the corner and we are all ready for the spooks and scares of this night! While having fun with your children is the top priority, safety should be your second. Cracks in the sidewalk and uneven spots can be dangerous if you are unprepared for them....

Neuropathy Numbess Oct 29th, 2013

Do you suffer from painful burning sensations in your feet? You may be experiencing neuropathy from damage to the small somatic fibers in your feet and ankles. Symptoms can range in severity from vague discomfort to severe numbness in the affected areas. People who suffer from Small Fiber Neuropathy may...

Cold Weather Leads to Cracked Skin Oct 25th, 2013

Brrr...it's cold outside and your feet can feel it! The late fall and winter months can be brutal on your feet. The excessive cold can cause extra dry skin and lead to painful cracks in your heels. AtRFA Institute we have several products that can help keep your feet/heels smooth and...

Tone Down Your Toenail Fugus Oct 25th, 2013

Since winter is approaching there has been an influx of people coming in to treat the dreaded toenail fungus. At RFA Institute we use FDA cleared lasers to zap the fungus and clear your toes. The HyperBlue and QClear lasers have a 95% efficacy rate and are safe. We also recommend some...

Manage Your Foot and Ankle Pain Oct 21st, 2013

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis and have consistent pain, a Low-Dye Taping (Strapping) may help reduce your discomfort. Studies show that there are measurable changes to the arch height immediately following the application of a strapping that help reduce that nagging pain in your foot. The Low-Dye Taping helps...

Lisfranc Fracture Oct 17th, 2013

Have you been having nagging middle foot pain? You may be suffering from an acute Lisfranc Fracture. This fracture of the midfoot is commonly overlooked since it is difficult to see on some x-rays. Here at Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Institute, we use state of the art digital imaging that...

Football Falls? Oct 16th, 2013

For many Americans, fall means football, and with football comes fractures, shin splints, dislocations, and many other injuries. Just yesterday the Houston Texans had 20 injured players, 5 of which had below the knee injuries. While playing or participating in any fall sports/activities, it is vital to maintain safety for...

PRP Oct 16th, 2013

Do you have heel pain or plantar fasciitis? Have no fear, PRP is here! Our office is now offering PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections to help speed up the process of healing soft tissue injuries. PRP can even help heal bone fractures faster. The PRP treatment is made from the...

Water, Water Everywhere, Don't Let It Saturate Your Feet! Oct 11th, 2013

It has been rain, rain, and more rain in Maryland. Don't get me wrong, we needed it but just watch out for your feet! With the rain comes water that can saturate your shoes and really cause unhealthy conditions for your feet. During the wet months you should make sure...

Lovely Leaves: Dangerous When Wet Oct 9th, 2013

The weather today has announced that Fall is officially here! With fall comes fun outdoor activities, spooky chilly nights, and colorful leaves falling all around us. Those leaves, while beautiful, can pose a threat when they get wet and fall to the ground. Wet leaves are a fall risk for...

Forefoot Pain? Oct 4th, 2013

Are you having pain in your forefoot or the ball of your foot? This is a common problem that is referred to as Metatarsalgia; literally meaning pain of the metatarsals (the bones that make up the arch of the foot). If you or someone you know is suffering from this...

Colder Months Mean Closed Toe Shoes Oct 2nd, 2013

With colder months fast approaching, it is time to start thinking of purchasing new closed toe shoes. But where to start? There are several things that you should look for when purchasing new shoes/sneakers for you and your family. 

Are Your Feet Feeling the Weight on Your Shoulders Oct 1st, 2013

Are your feet feeling the weight on your shoulders? Believe it or not, your body weight contributes to the overall health and feeling of your feet. Visit our website to learn more about our Weightloss Center of Excellence and the Medifast Program!

Upgrading at RFAI Sep 30th, 2013

RFAI is changing with the times and upgrading to the newest EMR system to continue to comply with meaningful use requirements. We have been preparing for this migration for several months and D-Day is here. We are pleased to say that our transition and first day "live" with Allscripts PRO...

Are You Suffering from Ingrown Toenails Sep 27th, 2013

Having severe toenail pain? Do you have an ingrown toenail? There are several ways to treat an ingrown toenail at home, but the best way to take care of an ingrown toenail is to come to a professional! If this is plaguing you and causing an issue in your daily...

Cyclists Beware! Sep 26th, 2013

Continuing with our sports information, for our avid cyclists we have found relief for that nagging "hot foot" that you may experience on those long rides. Contrary to it's name, hot foot is actually a pinching of the nerves in the metatarsals that creates a burning sensation. This burning sensation...

Back to School/Sports Shoe Shopping Sep 25th, 2013

With back to school and back to fall sports, it is important to keep your child's feet in mind. When shoe shopping with your children, try to do it in the evening hours while their feet at their largest ,feet tend to swell as the day goes on, this ensures...

What is PAD? Sep 16th, 2013

PAD is short for Peripheral Arterial Disease. PAD is caused by a blockage or narrowing of the arteries in the legs when fatty deposits called plaque buildup. The buildup of plaque causes the arteries to harden and narrow, which is called atherosclerosis. This results in a reduction of blood flow...

Ouch! Shin Splints, Too Much Too Soon? May 31st, 2013

Shin splints are characterized as pain at the front inside area of the shin bone due to overexertion of the muscles. Shin splints usually involve small tears in the leg muscles where they are attached to the shin bone.  The most common cause of shin splints is inflammation of the...

Running Shoes: Basic Guidelines May 15th, 2013

People run for many different reasons. For some, it gives them a positive energy boost, and it’s an ideal way to keep their weight in check. For others, it’s the buzz of competition, or quite simply, because they enjoy it.  One of the first steps to healthy running is wearing...

Arthritis and Pain Management May 15th, 2013

If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, or joint inflammation, you know all too well the pain associated with the disease.  There are several types of arthritis, but the most common form is osteoarthritis, or “wear and-tear” arthritis. Also referred to as degenerative joint disease, it’s the breakdown of cartilage...

Fungus Got Your Toes? Mar 20th, 2013

Do you have thick, yellowish, brittle, and easily cracked or broken toenails without having injured them? They are likely discolored due to a fungal infection called onychomycosis, which is the most common disease of the nails.  The nail weakens as fungi continue to grow through the nail tissue. Since fungus...

Boots-A Perfect Fit Mar 20th, 2013

Downhill skiing provides an exhilarating feeling and an excellent workout, too. But as with most winter sports, skiing requires proper equipment and footwear to prevent foot and ankle injuries. Don’t ruin your ski holiday with ill-fitting ski boots. Choosing the right kind of ski boots will enhance your skiing experience...

Dancing Dangers Mar 20th, 2013

Are you familiar with “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance”? These television dance programs showcase the rigors of dancing, as well as potential foot and ankle injuries that come with the territory. “Dancers have the same type of injuries as any other athlete. They have...