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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.

Friday, 12 October 2018 12:43

 

Neuromas are powerful due to the pain they cause to the nerves in your feet. It’s not something you can ignore in the hopes that the pain will subside. Neuromas have a tendency to cause sporadic pain in your toes and the ball of the foot.

A neuroma is a swollen nerve that arises at the base of the toes or on the bottom of your foot. This occurs because the tissue next to a nerve increases in size and presses on the nerve. Symptoms of neuromas include numbness, burning, feeling of a bulge between toes and the feeling of walking on an irregular surface. You may also feel an unusual pain or cramp that forms in the toes during movement and which constantly requires massaging the foot to decrease any aching. Some of the factors that bring on the pain of neuromas are flat feet or wearing shoes that are too high or narrow.

You must fight neuromas with the intensity they attack your feet and get the right treatment to overcome their presence.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Using cushioning pads or shoe inserts to help with supporting the arch of your foot.
  • Use custom-fitted orthotics in your shoes to reallocate the weight placed on the foot and to enhance support in areas that require it the most.
  • Physical therapy and exercising can significantly help.
  • Surgical methods may be required to remove any offending nerves or to diminish pressure in the area with the neuroma. Surgery may, however, bring about unintended numbness in your feet due to the unpredictability of nerves.
  • Crutches can be very helpful with taking the weight off the injured nerve.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can help your feet side-step the severity of neuromas with careful and tailored treatment plans. If you’re in the zone to wipe neuromas out of your step, please contact us for an appointment. We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We can help to remove nerve pain in your feet!

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 15:15

 

Hammertoes are not a great experience as they can cause significant discomfort and pain. They are actually deformities that develop on the toes as the toe joint bends in the middle. They are elastic in the beginning but become wedged in that position if not taken care of at their onset. Hammertoes normally occur from wearing shoes that are overly tight or due to a deformity that causes your toe to bend in an unnatural way. Shoes that are too slender push your toes into strange positions. Often women wear shoes that squash their toes against the inside of their shoes, damaging the toe muscles and causing them to be stuck in that position.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Wearing shoes that are wide and that do not cause high amounts of friction to be placed on the ball of your feet.
  • Using foot support devices such as orthotics that can assist with providing the support needed to diminish the chances of requiring significant surgery.
  • Taking part in physical therapy to reduce the stiffness in your tendons and to relax your toe muscles. This may help treat your hammertoes early on.
  • Taking anti-inflammatories or other medications to decrease inflammation.
  • Using surgical intervention may be essential to reduce any tightness in your tendons, to fuse toe joints and to remove impediments to proper toe alignment. Surgery will treat this deformity if it has become unresponsive to the conservative treatments discussed above.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas know what it takes to treat hammertoes with positive results. If your hammertoes are causing you pain and other problems, please contact us for an appointment today! We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We strive to provide unique care that takes on your toe deformity from all aspects. Our methods will target the cause of your hammertoes in an effort to prevent it from occurring again after treatment.  

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 18:36

Corns are sheets of skin cells that combine in such a way so as to form a barrier to the sensitive skin underneath. This defense layer is meant to act as a shield against the friction that is being placed on your feet from many different sources. Friction forces applied on the toes from constant sources can produce corns for these reasons.

Patients with diabetes have an even higher chance of developing corns and related infections due to their reduced blood flow. The lowered blood flow leads to a reduction in the ability to heal injuries to the feet. Moreover, it’s not surprising that those who smoke can also have their corns become infected as smoking inhibits the amount of blood that can travel to the feet. This all translates to a significantly lowered ability to fight off complications such as corns and resulting infections. Soft corns are generally prone to infection and can be very painful.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Decreasing moisture through medicated powders can help to inhibit the growth of corns.
  • Letting your corns soak in warm water and then filing them down (if hard to the touch) can help to reduce their prominence.
  • Use orthotics and other foot support devices to redistribute friction away from your corns.
  • Surgery may be required to fix deformities that may be leading to the quick development of corns.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas have many years of experience treating all types of corns on their patients’ feet. If you’re ready to take the first step in combating corns, please contact us for an appointment today! We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. Our goal is to provide you with outstanding service and care in an effort to help your feet stay as healthy as possible. We will work with you to make sure your feet get free from the clutches of corns!