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Thursday, 14 June 2018 16:27

Neuromas can cause havoc to your feet due to the nerve involvement inherent in their development. Neuromas are inflamed nerves that are located at the bottom of the toe. They can cause discomfort between toes and may radiate further into the foot if left untreated. In particular, they cause a hardening of the nerves and can affect the ball of the foot when mobile. Moreover, numbness in the toes is a major symptom, as is sudden pain. Another symptom caused by neuromas is a scorching pain that spreads throughout the foot. If the nerves on the toe joints become pinched, swelling occurs, followed by them hardening.

Causes for neuromas can be lingering foot injuries, bunions, flat feet or poorly fitting shoes. Neuromas may start off with light pain and a slight numbness, but they can cause far-reaching damage when not attended to quickly and correctly. Proper treatment is paramount in your fight against neuromas.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Rubbing the area of the foot that has the neuroma since massage can help to alleviate pain.
  • Wearing shoes with large toe boxes.
  • Using orthotics to reduce the pressure off of the area inflicted with the neuroma.
  • Using anti-inflammatories to lessen pain and inflammation.
  • More serious solutions include the use of anesthetics to reduce pain and to lower the amount of swelling caused by neuromas.
  • Surgical procedures could be an option if your feet are not able to cope with the effects of neuromas.

At Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345 and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719), Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, will provide the treatment for your neuroma and will do their best to get your feet feeling better as quickly as possible. So, please call our office at any of the numbers provided above so that your feet can rest without any added pain!

Thursday, 07 June 2018 15:52

Plantar fasciitis is actually a very common source of heel pain for many individuals. Its basically long-lasting inflammation on the plantar fascia whereby collagen deteriorates due to recurring tearing. The many tiny tears that produce this inflammation can cause significant pain which may be at its worst after beginning an activity. More specifically, it is at its worst in the morning and fairly uncomfortable at night.

To understand why this pain can become so significant, its important to know that the plantar fascia provides support to the arch and also shock absorption. With such an important role, your mobility can be significantly affected by constant heel pain. Certain people may be susceptible to plantar fasciitis, such as those with low/high arches or flat feet. The most important part to remember is that you can do something about your heel pain!

Pain from plantar fasciitis can be helped by doing the following:

  • Rest the foot when you experience significant heel pain.
  • It may sound like a simple solution, but it can make a world of difference by changing your shoes. Footwear that fits correctly and offers support and cushioning are best.
  • Orthotics can be very helpful in reducing pressure off of the plantar fascia. These foot support devices can help provide an additional layer of comfort to properly fitting footwear. By reducing the amount of stress on the plantar fascia, you may be able to manage your heel pain more efficiently.
  • When inflammation becomes severe, corticosteroid injections can help to reduce discomfort caused by it. This can lead to other negative health effects, so it is administered when other methods are not as successful in treating heel pain.

At Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345 and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719), Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can help to bring relief to your heels through proven treatment methods tailored to match your specific complaints. Please call our office at any of the numbers provided above to bring lasting comfort to your heels!

Thursday, 31 May 2018 15:33

Ankle Sprains happen when the ligaments of the ankle are damaged. This can mean that they are torn or stretched.  Think of ligaments as the connective material that holds the ankle together and prevents it from moving in extreme directions. When they are stretched or torn, it can cause structural problems as well as significant pain.

Ankle sprains can be relatively minor or severe, depending on how much you damage the elasticity of your ankle ligaments. So, if you’re wondering what situations can more often than not lead to an ankle sprain, let’s reveal what they are: falls, sudden twists or an event that causes the ankle to move out of its usual position due to trauma.

It’s not hard to realize that these situations can be born out of participating in athletic activities or wearing unsupportive shoes when active. These sprains can lead to ankle discomfort, inflammation, reduced mobility or joint stiffness.

Treatment for ankle sprains involves:

  • Resting a sprained ankle can provide many benefits for healing purposes. Refraining from bearing weight on it is part of this strategy.
  • Using ice and elevating the injured ankle can help to reduce inflammation.
  • Easing gradually into physical therapy will help to increase the amount of flexibility of the ankle and assist with healing of the sprained ankle.
  • Surgery may be used if the ankle ligaments are significantly damaged beyond the use of conservative treatment methods.

Do you now see how a sprained ankle can be a legitimate problem? At Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345 and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719), Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, will work with you to provide the best possible treatment methods to help your ankle gain back its strength. So, please call our office at any of the numbers provided above to learn more about what we can do to help your sprained ankle get back to being in peak physical condition!

Thursday, 24 May 2018 15:23

Hammertoes can happen and be a cause for concern because the full extent of their influence may not be realized until they have fully formed.  They result from an uneven arrangement of the toe joint. This makes it bend in the middle of the joint and will cause the toe to become fixed in that position if not treated timely. In fact, this condition and the symptoms it causes can become more severe over time if the friction causing it is not curbed. If left untreated, hammertoes may become rigid and lead to open sores.

Shoes are such a huge culprit of this condition because so many are made with style over function. Having your toes squeeze into a $1,000 shoe may look nice on the red carpet, but the red color will also be on your toes when you take them off due to the friction caused from the unnatural shape of the shoe.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Wearing shoes that are bigger than usual in the toe box region. This may not look the best, but your comfort will be heightened immensely.
  • Exercising the feet in a manner that focuses on the toes.
  • Surgical options may be necessary if treatment is delayed significantly. These procedures will repair the deformed toe joint so that it can be manually straightened and stay that way. If medical recommendations are not followed post-surgery, the toe joint may bend again and require additional corrective measures. 

Hammertoes will cause deformities to your toes if left unchecked. Don’t allow your toe to become stuck with this condition. At Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345 and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719), Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, have the skills and experience to provide treatment tailored to your specific hammertoe so that it has a good chance of being eradicated for the long-term. So, why not make an appointment with us? Try calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and stop the hammer from dropping its force on your toes!