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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 19:53

Have you been looking to add a layer of comfort between your feet and the rough terrain beneath them? Well, look no further because you need orthotics! These foot support devices can be used to align, correct or assist with deformities of your feet. They absorb pressure when walking and ease the burden placed on your feet.  Orthotics can help with stabilizing your foot so that it can be more balanced and allow for you to walk in a manner that can help your entire body.

Orthotics are also created in different forms and have diverse patterns. It may require a little time for your feet to adjust to them, but they can be custom-fitted to provide maximum impact. Orthotics can provide relief for foot deformities that cannot be improved through other methods. They can also prevent the onset of mechanical issues that can occur. These devices are made to route pressure away from the trouble spots on your feet so that they can heal at the same time.

Treatment with these devices involves:

  • Those who are very active can benefit from the stability that orthotics provide. They can also help to prevent unnecessary injuries.
  • Orthotics are also useful after surgery to help give that extra layer of support that can reduce tension in the parts of your foot and ankle that are healing.
  • Those who run may see substantial benefits because they can alleviate the toll that their feet endure.
  • Those who have diabetes can also benefit from a reduced risk of injuries to their feet.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can provide you with orthotics that fit the bottom of your feet like nothing else! Our ability to treat your feet with these devices could delay invasive surgeries due to the benefits that they provide. Please contact us for an appointment and check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. 

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 18:45

Diabetic foot care involves extending the longevity of your foot and ankle health in the face of the serious complications associated with that disease. For those with diabetes, any minor scuffs on their feet could develop into an infection that can cause nerve harm, numbness and potential amputation. Patients with diabetes are extra vulnerable to severe foot infections because of the reduced blood flow in their feet which makes it difficult for healing to occur.

Since there is reduced feeling in their feet due to neuropathy, those with diabetes must take extra care to avoid any cuts or nicks on their feet. They must also check their feet to ensure there is no infection developing without their knowledge. Foot muscles may also not work properly because of impairment to the nerves in the feet. This can cause a huge amount of compression in a single area of the foot and a foot ulcer may develop.

Peripheral vascular disease is another complication when diabetes interrupts the flow of blood to your feet. Wounds do not heal appropriately because blood does not reach the wound site when it is required and healing may be delayed as a result. Because there are many risks associated with diabetes, you must take proper care to avoid serious complications

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Get regular medical check-ups and inspect your feet routinely.
  • Have your blood sugar levels checked on a schedule to monitor your health.
  • Participate in physical therapy to help increase blood flow and provide relief from diabetes.
  • Wear shoes that are appropriately fitted to your feet and which do not aggravate them when walking.
  • Be careful about bringing your feet into contact with surfaces that are overly hot or cold since you may not feel pain due to numbness.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas have what it takes to help you manage your feet and ankle health in the face of diabetes. Please contact us for an appointment today! We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. 

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 18:02

The plantar fascia is a major part of your arch function and plays an important part in day-to-day mobility. When there is stretching in this area, it results in swelling at the bottom of the heel causing plantar fasciitis. This painful condition usually results in a sharp and aching discomfort that occurs as you first place weight on your heels after resting for a long period of time. Using shoes that have soft soles or no arch support can also lead to higher rates of plantar fasciitis because of the effect they have on your arch. Those who have high arches or flat feet are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Also, those with tight Achilles tendons can also have this injury occur more easily.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Participate in physical therapy to manage pain as therapy can help to stretch the plantar fascia, reinforce lower leg muscles and support steadiness when walking. This treatment can lower the amount of pressure on the plantar fascia.
  • Shoe support devices such as inserts can help to reduce pain.
  • Anti-inflammatories are also beneficial as they can lessen swelling in the heel region.
  • Losing weight can help to reduce inflammation.
  • Ice therapy is also very helpful with reducing inflammation on the heel.
  • Orthotics are another type of support device that have immense benefits for your heel, as they can relieve friction and allow your heel to recover at the same time.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas will provide targeted treatment to fix the cause of your heel issues with accuracy so that your pain can be reduced for the long-term. If you have had enough of your heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis, please contact us for an appointment today! We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We want to show you why we provide the best podiatry services in Southern Maryland; so allow us the opportunity to send your heel pain packing!

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:13

An ankle sprain can sound minor but can actually be significantly painful in reality. It occurs when an ankle’s ligaments are stretched or ripped. Ligaments actually interconnect bones at a joint. Ankle sprains can happen if you suddenly fall or twist your ankle beyond its normal point of bendability. This can happen after hitting the ground in an abnormal way on your foot.

After an ankle sprain occurs, there can be a fluctuating amount of agony and swelling. The pain will be significantly worse when the tear is severe. An ankle usually turns after a rapid movement whereby the ligament surrounding it sprains. Those who take part in sporting activities can sprain their ankles if proper precautions are not taken. Those who experience a minor sprain can return to usual activities within a few days. This type of injury can lead to recurring sprains if proper treatment is not obtained. Minor sprains could get better within a few weeks. More severe sprains can require months to get better.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Place wraps around your ankle to help it heal faster and to help reduce inflammation.
  • Take part in physical therapy so that your ankles can be strengthened. This will help your ankle to become resistant to further sprains.
  • Make sure you rest your ankle for extended periods of time to assist with healing.
  • Place ice on your ankle to reduce inflammation.
  • Use braces and splints to keep the injured ligaments isolated so that they can heal and provide support.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas will work with your specific sprain to determine the right course of treatment for a lasting recovery. If the pain and inconvenience from your ankle sprain are causing issues for your mobility, please contact us for an appointment today! We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We can provide the treatment your ankles need for a speedy recovery.