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MD Podiatrist Discusses Stress Fractures Sep 14th, 2020

Running can be great exercise, as long as you maintain social distancing — and avoid getting injured. Whether you're a long-distance runner extending your marathon training by a few extra months, or a first-timer trying to stay active, it's important to know your limits. According to  Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, founder...

Ingrown Toenail Intervention Sep 11th, 2020

A pesky nail issue can start small, but grow into a painful and chronic condition if left untreated. The problem, however, is that ingrown toenails can be hard to treat and manage—and often take professional intervention. Here’s what to do if you have an ingrown issue or suspect you are...

Treating Bunions and Flatfoot Early Can Prevent Arthritis Sep 9th, 2020

Dan Michaels, DPM states, “If bunion and flat foot formation can be caught relatively early, this will prevent permanent arthritis from developing. This can keep the foot from being unable to fit into good supportive shoes in the future."   Dr. Michaels further states, “It is estimated that the people who...

Look at "Specificity of the Shoe" When Shopping Sep 4th, 2020

Working out is a healthy way to manage stress and feel good. Alongside the proper gym equipment, the right pair of workout shoes can prevent foot pain and help you reach your goals with peak performance. When heading into your next workout, make sure you have the right shoes on...

Rise in Heel Pain as People Wear Less Supportive Shoes Sep 2nd, 2020

If spending more time at home due to COVID-19 has meant less time wearing shoes (or sporting your favorite pair of slippers, sandals, or flip-flops), you may be experiencing more foot pain than usual. Or, if you've added at-home workouts to your schedule, not wearing the proper footwear or working...

Prevention is the Key to Avoiding Foot Problems Aug 31st, 2020

“A lot of people take their feet for granted, until there’s a problem, but a little ‘preventive medicine’ can help ensure your feet enjoy summer activities as much as you do,” says Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, who has been in practice in Frederick and Hagerstown MD for over 20 years. Arguably,...

Plantar Fasciitis Common After Return to Activity After Layoff Aug 28th, 2020

"Plantar fasciitis is a classical overuse injury. It's basically stress on the plantar fascia where it attaches to the heel bone. It's very similar to tendonitis or tennis elbow," says Daniel Michaels, DPM. "We see it a lot in weekend warriors and people who resume activities when they have been sedentary...

MD Podiatrist Reports 'Influx' of Ugg Boot Foot and Slipper Injuries Aug 26th, 2020

A MD podiatrist says he has been inundated with cases of 'Ugg boot foot' and other slipper-related injuries as people remain hunkered down at home without appropriate footwear. The Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC principal podiatrist Dan Michaels, DPIM said he had seen a "massive influx" of patients.  ...

MD Podiatrist Recommends Treadmill Aug 24th, 2020

If you’re looking to get some reading done during your run, then Daniel Michaels, DPM, a podiatrist based in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD and the founder of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC, recommends the Proform Smart Pro 2000.   “This heavy-duty large treadmill is ideal for home use....

MD Podiatrist Discusses How Much Children Should be Running Aug 21st, 2020

"Many people are taking to the roads to run during these trying times, which is a good way to distance from anyone who might be infected with coronavirus and still get in exercise. So many parents are constantly asking if children should run? There has been a growing concern that...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Higher Incidence of Foot Problems in Summer Aug 19th, 2020

Podiatrist Daniel D. Michaels, DPM from the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC says he sees many more foot and ankle injuries in warmer months. “This is, of course, is mostly due to the change in footwear,” Michaels said. “What’s important to remember is that we need to wear the...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Ganglionic Cysts Aug 17th, 2020

According to Daniel D. MIchaels, DPM of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC," a ganglionic cyst is a soft tissue fluid-filled cyst. Picture a balloon. You fill it with water and it starts getting bigger. The tendon right over the big toe joint is a common place to get these ganglions....

MD Podiatrist Discusses Ankle Sprains Aug 14th, 2020

According to Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, "A misstep on the stairs or stepping off the curb can easily cause damage to ankle bone and ligaments. Sprains occur when the foot or ankle is twisted past its normal range of motion, injuring the supportive ligaments around the ankle bones. You may also...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Cuboid Syndrome Aug 12th, 2020

The cuboid is a bone in your foot, and this syndrome is characterized by pain in the outer middle part of the foot (think: that little bony part near the pinky toe). This pain issue can also be related to a fallen arch, Dr. Michaels, DPM explains. "When someone’s foot collapses because...

Golfers Beware of Ingrown Toenails Aug 10th, 2020

According to Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, "In the game of golf there are less overuse injuries, but believe it or not, one of the most common is an ingrown painful toenail. Players, and people in general, often turn their feet (pronate or rolls in) and the nails get injured. They are...

EVA is Both Shock-Absorbing and Cushioning Aug 7th, 2020

Even though sandals have gotten a bad rap for being blister-causing and ache-inducing, they don't have to be! The best walking sandals for women provide the support you need to log mile after mile on any kind of terrain, from cobblestone streets to nature trails. There are some unbelievably comfy...

MD Podiatrist Describes Exfoliating Property of Epsom Salts Aug 5th, 2020

Epsom salts were discovered in Epsom, England, in the late 1600s and have been used ever since for all sorts of purposes. Don't confuse the stuff for table salt—it's mostly magnesium and has a bitter flavor. One of the most popular uses for Epsom salts is to soothe the sore...

Inspect Your Feet Daily For Signs of Skin Cancer Aug 3rd, 2020

According to Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, "Many don’t realize skin cancer can occur on the feet from unprotected sun exposure, and they overlook applying sunscreen to the area. Skin cancer of the foot is prevalent and can even be fatal if not caught early. While all types of skin cancer, including...

Flexibility Exercises a Must for Weekend Athletes Jul 31st, 2020

According to Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, "Weekend athletes are prone to acute injury, which may become chronic as they lack conditioning. One of the key components to prevent injury is flexibility. When you are young, there is a high percentage of elastin (elastic material in our collagen which is the glue that...

Cycling Safer For Feet Than Running Jul 29th, 2020

According to podiatrist , Daniel Michaels, DPM, "Many are taking to the roads and cycling during COVID-19 for exercise. When cycling is part of your training program, you must build up your training sessions gradually by starting with a 30-minute period and then increasing a few minutes each day. A training...

Best Way to Avoid Bromodosis is to Wear Merino Wool Socks Jul 27th, 2020

Along with sunshine and long days, summer is the season of smelly sneaker feet. When it’s hot out, it’s nearly impossible to wear a closed shoe without being shocked by the scent of your own feet when you take them off. Foot odor, or bromodosis, is primarily caused by excessive...

MD Podiatrist Provides Test to See if Footwear is Supportive Jul 24th, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has halted many of life's daily activities, which means many people have more free time. Using that extra time to exercise, walk the dog, or  do anything else can be beneficial for improving overall health. However, if a person is wearing the wrong shoes, they could cause...

Orthotics Help But Do Not Cure Bunions: MD Podiatrist Jul 22nd, 2020

Orthotics certainly can help people with bunions, but they aren’t a cure. It’s a common misconception, says Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, founder of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC. “People feel better when wearing orthotics, and as a result, they may think that their bunions will improve over time,...

Plantar Fasciitis Signs & Symptoms Jul 20th, 2020

The most common cause of plantar fasciitis is stress on the plantar fascia, which can be attributed to a number of things: wearing the wrong shoes, obesity, rolling your ankles inward while you walk, or simple overuse (think: running too far too fast or standing too long on a hard...

Feet are Often Indicators of Systemic Disease: MD Podiatrist Jul 17th, 2020

Every day you pull on your socks and shoes and off you go. But your feet can tell you a lot about the rest of your body. Daniel D. Michaels of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC, explains: "Our feet often give clues that something is not quite right within...

MD Podiatrist Notes 2 Pitfalls to Avoid When Evaluating the Diabetic Foot Jul 15th, 2020

Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, Founder of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC notes two common pitfalls to avoid when evaluating the diabetic foot. The first is often overlooked, he says, "and that is the severity of peripheral vascular disease and the severity of foot infections in the diabetic patient."...

What are COVID Toes? Jul 13th, 2020

What are Covid toes? They are purple and red lesions on a patient's feet and toes. Covid Toes appear in COVID-19 patients who don't exhibit any other symptoms. Covid toes can disappear in the course of 10 days, but other patients progress to respiratory symptoms. This new symptom appears in more...

Show Your Feet Some TLC During Foot Health Month: Jul 10th, 2020

May is Foot Health Month, and according to the the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC, three-quarters of Americans will experience foot health problems at some time in their lives. But it doesn’t have to be that way. “There are so many different things we can treat to help our...

Supportive Sandals are Best to Wear Around the House: MD Podiatrist Jul 7th, 2020

Today, given that many are spending more time at home, we wanted to zero in on the best shoes to wear around the house. We turned to Daniel Michaels, DPM of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC for expert tips on the best styles for your overall foot health.    "Supportive...

There are Many Reasons for Swollen Ankles: MD Podiatrist Jul 6th, 2020

There are several reasons why your ankles and feet might swell. Any injury to a tendon, muscle, ligament, or bone can cause inflammation around the injured area, which leads to swelling. “This type of swelling can present with a bruise along the affected area and can occur minutes or even...

Early Diagnosis Can Prevent Plantar Fasciitis from Plantar Fasciosis Jul 3rd, 2020

Daniel Michaels, DPM states, "if plantar fasciitis and heel pain are caught early, this can help prevent a condition called plantar fasciosis from developing. This is essentially scar tissue that is exceedingly difficult to reverse. This is when people can develop years of chronic heel pain."   Dr. Michaels further states,...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Use of Exfoliant for Feet Jul 1st, 2020

Daniel D. Michaels explains that the product Baby Foot works by using a gel inside the bootie contains salicylic acid and alpha hydroxy acids (like citric, glycolic, and lactic). Chemical exfoliants like these break down the fibers that bind the dead skin cells together (called desmosomes). Together, these chemicals break...

Summertime Means Increased Incidence of Heel Pain: Jun 29th, 2020

Summertime means shorts, t-shirts, and sandals. The warm weather may have you thinking about ditching comfort and stability for shoes with style. We spoke with a podiatrist who says constant foot pain should not be ignored. Taking care of your feet may be an afterthought, but if you’ve struggled with...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Do's and Don'ts of At-Home Pedicures Jun 26th, 2020

The weather is finally warming up and our boots are being put aside for flip flops and strappy sandals, which means it’s officially time for a fresh pedicure. Only now (and for the foreseeable future), we’ll be taking matters into our own hands. Beyond deciding which color polish to choose, there...

Ugg Boots Present Foot Health Risk During COVID-19 Pandemic Jun 24th, 2020

With many opting for more casual attire for the home office, some foot specialists worry people are not giving their feet the proper support they need. Dr. Michaels, said sheepskin Ugg boots may pose a number of risks to foot health. “Footwear can cause a lot of problems and generally...

MD Podiatrist Recommends Disinfecting Shoes Jun 22nd, 2020

The coronavirus can be found on surfaces like metal and cardboard, but how about your shoes? Dr. Michaels with the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC says the answer is yes, but the research behind it is limited.   “A shoe will attract the coronavirus and the only research we...

Most People Surprised at How Much Walking is Done at Home: MD Podiatrist Jun 19th, 2020

Since staying at home became a mandate, it feels like we've declared that sweats are the new jeans and socks are the new shoes. But Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, podiatric surgeon is ready to set us straight. “We do a lot more walking and standing at home than most of us...

MD Podiatrist Discuss Best Shoes for Bunions Jun 17th, 2020

Bunions happen when your big toe shifts out of place, facing inward and creating an enlarged joint. Therefore, it's important to find a pair of comfortable shoes that won't aggravate the protruding bones. Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a Hagerstown and Frederick Maryland based podiatrist who founded the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle...

Improper Cutting is Cause of Most Ingrown Toenails: MD Podiatrist Jun 15th, 2020

Ingrown toenails can start small, but grow into a painful and chronic condition if left untreated. The problem is; however, they can be hard to treat and manage—and often take professional intervention. Here's what to do if you have an ingrown issue or suspect you are developing one.    Podiatrist Daniel...

Foot Injury or Disease Can Compromise Overall Health: MD Podiatrist Jun 12th, 2020

Keeping your feet in good health matters more than you think. “Feet are the foundation of your skeleton,” says podiatrist Daniel Michaels, DPM. “Foot injury or disease can often lead to compensation in other areas of the body, which will compromise overall health.” And keeping your feet in tip-top shape goes...

Exercise More Important Than Ever: MD Podiatrist Jun 10th, 2020

  "This COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything. So, regular exercise can improve cardiovascular function and lifespan. It can also help with the following: keeping weight down and suppressing appetite. Because we have been inside for the last few months, we probably eat more than normal. Exercise has been shown to improve...

Dry Feet is an Issue Among Quarantiners: MD Podiatrist Jun 8th, 2020

According to podiatrist Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, insanely dry feet have become a common issue among quarantiners. He explained that our general lack of day-to-day movement is preventing us from shedding our natural daily build-up of dead skin, and that walking barefoot — or in open footwear like slippers — dries...

MD Podiatrist Provides Tips for Safe Walking During COVID-19 Pandemic Jun 5th, 2020

Walking has become a popular form of exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic. Afterall, it is easy for people to stay six feet apart, it lets folks enjoy the fresh air and it provides numerous physical and mental health benefits. According to Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, walking - especially enhanced walking at...

Two Types of Shoes to Avoid During Quarantine: MD Podiatrist Jun 3rd, 2020

By this point in quarantine, most of us have our stay-at-home wardrobes figured out. According to Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, founder of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC, don’t wear backless slippers or flip-flops. “Backless slippers aren’t really supporting your feet; it’s the other way around,” Dr. Michaels explains. “Your...

People Tend to Take Feet for Granted: MD Podiatrist Jun 1st, 2020

According to the Dr. Michaels, three-quarters of Americans will experience foot health problems at some time in their lives. When our feet aren’t working properly, it can impact just about every other element of our body, making everyday tasks difficult or painful. “A lot of people take their feet for...

MD Podiatrist Discusses How to Buy Running Shoes May 29th, 2020

When you’re shoe shopping, Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, at the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC, recommends testing for stability and torsion. First, hold the shoe, from heel to toe, in your hands and push your hands together. “The shoe should only bend where your toes bend,” he says. “If it...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Heel Pain in Post-Menopausal Women May 27th, 2020

By the time you enter your 40s and 50s, your feet have likely sustained considerable damage. Add in menopause, and the issues compound. Foot pain affects women more than men, and ranks among the top 20 reasons for doctor visits among those over age 65, per a 2018 study in...

Ideal Sandal Has Arch Support: MD Podiatrist May 25th, 2020

With so many sandals available online—from flip flops, to wedges, to slides—it can be difficult to distinguish between shoes that actually support your feet and the ones that only get by based on looks. Thankfully, several sandal makers are acing the game when it comes to shock-absorption, arch support, all-around...

Athletes Need to be Aware of Early Signs of Overuse Injuries: MD Podiatrist May 22nd, 2020

Any kind of training, relaxed to rigorous, should include injury prevention. For example, stretching your calves before and after exercise helps prevent plantar fasciitis, a common injury, says Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a podiatrist with the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC. Even with prevention strategies, you could get injured. So,...

Supportive Shoes Protect Your Feet While Indoors: MD Podiatrist May 20th, 2020

If you're spending most of your time at home and inside, it would make sense if your footwear preference as of late has been, well, non-existent. While going barefoot has its benefits (no more lost socks in the washer?), it might not be the best choice when it comes to...

Platelet Rich Plasma May 18th, 2020

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a treatment in which the platelets from the patient’s blood are placed into a centrifuge and then injected back into the patient to incite natural healing. In many cases the use of PRP may eliminate the need for surgery. This practice has been around and...

MD Podiatrist Adapts to Wuhan Red Death (COVID-19) Restrictions May 15th, 2020

Recently, the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC in Hagerstown and Frederick Maryland, adjusted how Its clinics operate to strictly observe the CDC guidelines for social distancing and reduced contact. The Institute is rapidly adapting to the new and ever-changing standards of patient safety. "We are really trying to protect...

MD Podiatrist Recommends Supportive Slippers For Stay at Home Wear May 13th, 2020

Americans’ work wardrobes are taking on new meaning as we continue to shelter in place during the coronavirus crisis. For many, that means exchanging a suit for a pair of comfy pants and leaving shoes at the front door. While this new relaxed wardrobe has its comfort benefits, going barefoot...

MD Podiatrist Discusses "COVID Toes" May 11th, 2020

The longer the novel coronavirus circulates, the more unexpected symptoms pop up. A condition possibly linked to the coronavirus has captured researchers' attention. Dubbed "COVID toes" by the dermatology community, it can look like "purple lesions" on feet or hands. The research is ongoing and rooted in "observation," Daniel D. Michaels,...

MD Podiatrist Keeps Patients Out of ER During COVID-19 Pandemic May 8th, 2020

At a time when COVID-19 is dominating everyone’s attention and resources, people are still experiencing other urgent health issues such as heart attacks, strokes, and any number of other medical conditions that require treatment.   Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a podiatrist with the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC is...

Telemedicine Key in COVID-19 Pandemic: MD Podiatrist May 6th, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the need for regular care continues. "The safety of our patients, employees and providers is our top priority," according to Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, founder-Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC.   "A Telehealth visit enables us to continue practicing physical distancing while also ensuring our patients continue to...

MD Podiatrist Provides Safety Tips For Exercising During the Pandemic May 4th, 2020

"Now that spring is here and we are all heading outdoors, the good news is that the preliminary results from government lab show that the coronavirus does not survive long in high temperatures and high humidity. Here are a few safety tips for both recreational walkers, runners, and bikers," says podiatrist Daniel...

Don't Neglect Foot Health During the Pandemic: MD Podiatrist May 1st, 2020

During this unprecedented time, it’s still important to take care of your overall wellness, and your feet are no exception. Healthy feet and ankles are crucial for balance, mobility, and a healthy body. “Foot and ankle surgeons are here to help keep you healthy via telemedicine visits for non-urgent care...

Foot Sores Could be an Early Sign of Coronavirus: MD Podiatrist Apr 29th, 2020

Foot sores similar to chickenpox could be a new peculiar symptom of the coronavirus, according to Daniel D. Michaels, DPM. Dr. Michaels warns that some COVID-19 patients have experienced lesions on their feet “similar to those of chickenpox or measles.”   “They are purple lesions (very similar to those of chickenpox,...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Indoor Footwear During the COVID-19 Pandemic Apr 27th, 2020

When was the last time you put on outdoor shoes? Probably quite a while. With many people working from home for the unforeseeable future, plush socks and comfortable slippers are becoming our new daytime footwear. And if you’re opting out of wearing shoes for the time being, you might want...

MD Podiatrists Discuss Ways to Prevent Plantar Fasciitis Apr 24th, 2020

“Walking barefoot for extended periods can put excessive strain on your plantar fascia,” Daniel D. Michaels states. The plantar fascia is the tendon that holds up the arch of your foot. According to Dr. Michaels, “this strain can lead to plantar fasciitis.” That’s inflammation of the tissue that connects your...

Foot stretches for sore feet Apr 22nd, 2020

“Pain is the biggest red flag,” says Daniel D. Michaels, DPM. “Pain is not normal. Unless a patient has no sensation to their feet (from neuropathy), a patient should not ignore foot pain and should see a podiatrist.” If your discomfort is more of the sore and aching variety, though,...

In Store Shoe Buying for Children Apr 20th, 2020

Is buying shoes online bad for children’s feet? Getting quality footwear that fits does matter, and having a child fit by someone knowledgeable is ideal, said Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a Maryland-based podiatric physician. Shoes that fit poorly or lack support can be a recipe for blisters, ingrown toenails, or sore...

Athlete's Foot Not Always Easy to Spot: MD Podiatrist Apr 17th, 2020

According to podiatrist Daniel D. Michaels, “Athlete’s foot isn’t easy to spot, as the symptoms are not always consistent and can look quite different. Your feet could be itchy, with little bubbles of fluid, or with red pin pricking in the skin. Or alternatively, it could look like very dry...

Treatment of ingrown toenails Apr 15th, 2020

It’s important to understand exactly what ingrown toenails are before treating and preventing them. The painful issue occurs when the corner of a toenail grows into the soft tissue on either side of the nail. According to Frederick and Hagerstow Maryalnd based podiatrist Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, ingrown toenails usually occur...

Walking a Great Prescription for Health During COVID-19: MD Podiatrist Apr 13th, 2020

"At this present time with COVID-19 in our life, walking for exercise as a physical activity is the best choice for now. It is good for a decrease in anxiety, depression, as well as many other benefits. When we exercise, we release the body's endorphins which are chemicals that produce...

Medicines are Effective in Preventing Gout: MD Podiatrist Apr 9th, 2020

Podiatrist Daniel D. Michaels, DPM of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC said gout and kidney stones are two of the most painful conditions a man can experience. Males are about four times more likely to have the condition, although females can get it too. "It's so painful, you...

Walking Barefoot at Home Over Time Can Lead to Fat Pad Loss: MD Podiatrist Apr 7th, 2020

If you’re a firm believer of not wearing shoes at home, you might want to consider changing your tune. While it’s tempting to spend all day completely barefoot, it might have lasting effects on your feet. “When walking barefoot on hardwood, cement, stone, or ceramic tile, there is really nothing...

COVID-19 Office Update Mar 31st, 2020

Greetings, Here at Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Institute we are going above and beyond to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. As we adjust to the ever-changing climate during this global health crisis, we appreciate your patience and continued loyalty. We want to assure you that we are...

MD Podiatrist Recommends Foot Stretches for Sore Feet Mar 27th, 2020

“Pain is the biggest red flag,” says Daniel D. Michaels, DPM. “Pain is not normal. Unless a patient has no sensation to their feet (from neuropathy), a patient should not ignore foot pain and should see a podiatrist.” If your discomfort is more of the sore and aching variety, though,...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Home Treatment and Prevention of Athlete's Foot Mar 25th, 2020

When caught in the beginning stages, most cases of athlete's foot can be treated at home using common over-the-counter products. "In early and mild cases, there are great over-the-counter antifungal creams, sprays, and powders," Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a podiatrist in Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland says, including Lamisil and Lotrimin, both of...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Bandages for Foot Blisters Mar 23rd, 2020

Suffering from a blister on your foot? For a bandage that comes in a range of sizes, Daniel D. Michaels, DPM of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC, recommends Welly Blister Blasters: “The larger ones work really well for a blister on the back of your heel,” Dr. Michaels...

COVID-19 Update Mar 20th, 2020

Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Institute Patients, We remain open but please call us prior to your appointment if you: Have returned from outside the U.S. or visited an area defined by the CDC as an area of high risk IN THE LAST 14 DAYS. Have had direct contact with an...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Treatment of Ingrown Toenails Mar 16th, 2020

  It’s important to understand exactly what ingrown toenails are before treating and preventing them. The painful issue occurs when the corner of a toenail grows into the soft tissue on either side of the nail. According to Frederick and Hagerstow Maryalnd based podiatrist Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, ingrown toenails usually...

MD Podiatrist Provides Tips on Dealing with Bromhidrosis Mar 13th, 2020

Do your favorite pair of shoes stink to high heaven? Don't chuck them just yet. Lysol Disinfectant Spray is the best way to salvage old shoes because it contains ethanol and other sanitizing ingredients that kill the bacteria, says Daniel Michaels, DPM, podiatrist and founder of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute,...

MD Podiatrist Explains Why Diabetics Should Wear White Socks Mar 11th, 2020

“When you have diabetes and can’t feel your feet, you can develop a wound from trauma or something in your shoe; you can develop an infection and not know it,” says podiatrist Daniel Michaels, DPM. The progression from a small wound to a complicated infection can happen quickly.    That’s...

MD Podiatrist Provides Shoe-Buying Tips Mar 9th, 2020

Just as there’s a proper time of day to try on shoes, there’s also best practices for how and how long to try on shoes, according to Daniel Michaels, DPM, founder of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC. It’s important to try them on standing up, as your foot...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Use of Arnica to Decrease Inflammation Mar 6th, 2020

Usually found in gel or cream form (though there are supplements as well), arnica montana has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, according to Daniel Michaels, DPM, a podiatrist and ankle surgeon in Hagerstown and Frederick Maryland.   Fuchs has her patients use arnica gel or cream after surgery,...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Prevention and Treatment of Cracked Heels Mar 4th, 2020

There’s nothing worse than deciding to slip on your favorite pair of backless shoes and seeing rough, cracked skin. For hardened heels, it’s crucial to use a moisturizer daily. “Look for one with urea or lactic acid on the ingredient label as these will exfoliate as well as hydrate,” explains Daniel...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Orthotics Mar 2nd, 2020

"Orthotics may be used to help reduce foot pain and prevent, or minimize, the discomfort of foot deformities," said Daniel Michaels, DPM, director of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC. "Patients with arthritis, fat pad atrophy, and heel and arch pain are often pain-free with the use of orthotics."...

Early Action Allows for Early Diagnosis and Easier Treatment: MD Podiatrist Feb 28th, 2020

"Most people spend a lot of time each day taking care of their face, skin, hair, and teeth, but feet often end up being overlooked when it comes to daily routines," says Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist and resident doctor at Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC.  ...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Blister Care Feb 26th, 2020

What should you do when you get a blister? It’s the fluid trapped within the blister exerting pressure on your skin that leads to the pain you feel, podiatrist Daniel Michaels, DPM. This leads to one of the biggest questions with blisters: to pop or not to pop?   Unfortunately,...

MD Podiatrist Comments on Gaming Shoes Feb 24th, 2020

From computer specs down to the peripherals used, top gamers want to be the best by using the best. Now, companies like K-Swiss and Puma are looking to help gamers in an area overlooked before: footwear. The marketing language used for both shoes aims to help gamers reach their maximum...

MD Podiatrist Discusses When to Use Soft Orthotics Feb 19th, 2020

“A rigid orthotic is often composed of stainless steel or polypropylene or an acrylic lamination,” explains Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a board certified podiatrist and foot surgeon at Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC. Conversely, a soft orthotic is typically molded from Plastazote, polyurethane foam (also known as PPT), or...

MD Podiatrist Provides Tips on Toenail Care Feb 17th, 2020

Trim toenails regularly with nail clippers, not scissors — your toenails are twice as thick as your fingernails from birth and clippers are stronger. “Cut them straight across, not too short — there should be a bit of nail showing above the toe — and not down at the corners,”...

Wearing the Correct Size Shoes Prevents Foot Problems: MD Podiatrist Feb 14th, 2020

Squeezing into a too-small shoe or trying to make a slightly too-big one work is not only uncomfortable, it could be harmful to your feet. “Wearing shoes that are a size too small may cause discomfort and blisters at first. Over time, you can develop bent toes — or ‘hammertoes,’”...

MD Podiatrist Provides Cold Weather Foot Care Tips Feb 12th, 2020

In addition to causing dry and cracked heels, colder weather can also lead to poor circulation, arthritic flare-ups, and other aches and pains that your run-of-the-mill pedicure can’t fix. And those with chronic health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure are even more at risk for foot woes at...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Fungal Infections of the Feet and Nails Feb 10th, 2020

According to podiatrist Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, MS, “The most common conditions that arise from improper sanitation at spas are fungal infections of the skin and nails. The most difficult one to treat is fungal infections of the nails. Once the spores get under the nail, they are almost impossible to...

Black Nails in Runners Generally Not a Big Issue: MD Podiatrist Feb 7th, 2020

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but if you run regularly, you can pretty much expect a blackened cktoenail or wo at some point in time, wDaniel Michaels, DPM, foudnder of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC. "When you gt your first one, it's kind of a...

Foot Size Changes with Age: MD Podiatrist Feb 5th, 2020

The Remedy asked the top physicians and health and fitness experts in the country to explain all the ways our bodies change as we hit the pivotal age of 50—and how we can respond to the changes the best way possible. No, it's not your imagination. As you age, your...

MD Podiatrist Discusses Broken Ankles Feb 3rd, 2020

During the winter season, Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a board-certified podiatric surgeon at Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC, treats many sprained and broken ankles. He shares the most common causes of a broken ankle and offers some sound advice for being cautious while walking around this winter. Signs and...

MD Podiatrist Discusses DPN Jan 31st, 2020

Podiatrist Daniel D. Michaels, DPM says, "I always tell my diabetic patients that nothing is too small. A corn or callus sounds simple and trivial, but it can turn into something much more severe. Come into the office. Let's take a look at it."   "With diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), the...

Overuse Injuries Require Rest: MD Podiatrist Jan 29th, 2020

Running puts three times your bodyweight on your feet. When running higher mileage and on concrete, this load may cause many problems, according to Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a podiatrist and founder of the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC. “Stress fractures and shin splints occur from repetitive stress on...

MD Podiatrist Recommends Stretching After Wearing Heels Jan 27th, 2020

According to Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a Hagerstown and Frederick-based podiatrist, your feet are in need of some serious TLC after wearing heels. “The next day, there are certain things you must do to reverse the effects of wearing high heels, and that involves doing some high heel rehab,” she...

High Heels Can Cause Back Pain: MD Podiatrist Jan 24th, 2020

If you're someone who loves a sky-high stiletto, we have bad news. "High-heeled shoes are the biggest culprit for causing back pain," says Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, of The Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute. "In general, the higher the height of the heel, the greater the risk the shoe poses....

Wedge is Most Supportive High Heel: MD Podiatrist Jan 22nd, 2020

Luckily, today's designers are waking up to the fact that heels don't have to be uncomfortable. And we don't mean after a "break-in period." There is no break-in period when it comes to heels shopping! Your shoes should immediately feel good when you try them on, says Daniel D. MIchaels, DPM, a...

Culprit in High Heels is Often Lack of Cushioning: MD Podiatrist Jan 20th, 2020

Do your New Year's plans include killer high-heeled shoes, with your toes crammed into a pointy toe box, blisters forming at the back of your heel, and painful pressure on the balls of your feet? "The higher the heel, the more unstable the foot," said  Daniel d. Michaels, DPM, of...

Fall Prevention is a Priority: MD Podiatrist Jan 17th, 2020

Daniel D. Michaels, DPM spent 20 years in private practice focusing on Fall Prevention.   He has a Fall Prevention Center of Excellence in all of our locations.   "We’ll want to evaluate the patient and see if it’s a lower extremity problem or something we might not be treating, say...

Diabetics Need Regular Foot Exams: MD Podiatrist Jan 15th, 2020

The leading cause of hospitalization among people with diabetes is foot ulcers and infections, but most of those problems are largely preventable.   “While it is extremely important for those with diabetes to receive regular foot exams by a podiatrist, keeping feet healthy to remain active can often prevent one from developing...

CMT Patients Have Increased Risk of Falling: MD Podiatrist Jan 13th, 2020

Why would someone with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) go to a podiatrist? "Podiatrists receive extensive training in identification of sites of potential skin breakdown, before becoming serious, leading to more effective treatment. Not only do these nerve problems lead to a lack of sensation, the disease produces changes to the nerves controlling...

Feet Should be Washed Thoroughly Daily: MD Podiatrist Jan 10th, 2020

How often should you wash your feet? People tend to skip this important personal hygiene task because they are under the assumption that getting their feet wet and soapy in the shower is good enough. However, according to Daniel D. Michaels, DPM, a Maryland-based podiatrist, you should wash your feet...

MD Podiatrist Provides Tips on Keeping Your Feet Warm Jan 8th, 2020

Technically, winter doesn’t arrive until December 21. But let’s be real—it’s already in full-force. And with the freezing temps and snowy days comes a constant battle to keep your feet warm. Daniel D. Michaels, Hagerstown and Frederick-based podiatrist and founder of Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC, says to make...

Podiatrist Discusses Surgery and Rehab for Achilles Tendon Rupture Jan 3rd, 2020

Portland Trail Blazer Rodney Hood ruptured his Achilles in Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers when coming down for a rebound, landing on his left foot with his toes pulled back against his shin. This position maximally and suddenly loaded the Achilles and tested its integrity. Given Hood’s age...

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...