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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 18:18

Laser treatment contributes to the eradication and prevention of foot diseases. Because it is so invasive, it has become popular among many in treating discolored and damaged toenails. Laser treatment is particularly accommodating because it can fight off nail infections that cause permanent deformities that can make tasks such as walking difficult.

Nail fungus can also cause complications for diabetics and the elderly. These two groups are more likely to have toenail infections since their toes have been unprotected and are susceptible to fungus. Their less than ideal immune response and reduced blood flow make proper treatment necessary.

Laser treatment can get to the problems that many find in their feet without the need for costly and timely surgical procedures. Without this groundbreaking treatment, toenail infections can cause health difficulties and other complications. The main causes of these infections are usually the result of genetics, age, environments and public places.  

Laser treatment is also effective in stopping the necessity for medicines. Don’t forget that medicines may cause other complications as well.  This treatment is relatively quick and painless. It can get to fungal infections underneath your toenails without a scratch! The benefits of being able to destroy infections below the nail without surgery are highly beneficial to many.

 

                                                                             

  • The lack of complications that may arise with other more commonly used procedures.
  • Turning discolored nails back into the clear and healthy versions.
  • There is no need to wear any protective covering as the feet have not been operated on.
  • Laser treatment is quick and effective. It can bring a world of difference to your feet and ankles without the long recovery period.

Here at the 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 focus laser treatment on your particular ailment. So, please call our office at any of the numbers provided above, today.

Thursday, 09 August 2018 18:27

Ankle instability occurs for a variety of reasons. It happens when an ankle sprains or becomes injured and does not heal correctly. It is this incorrect healing that makes your ankle prone to becoming reinjured. When the outer part of the ankle constantly buckles after weight is put on it, a decrease in mobility is generally the result.

The instability in your ankle can lead to repetitive sprains or ankle breaks that could require major surgery. This can be magnified when you’re on uneven surfaces. The pain can range from negligible to severe. It can cause the ankle to become sensitive to touch and undergo inflammation. Weakened ligaments at the ankle can also be a contributing factor to twisting your ankle in a way that causes ankle instability. You have to exercise caution with your ankle to prevent it from becoming a constant problem.

If you suffer from ankle instability, try these tips:

                                                                             

  • General physical therapy and rest can help the ankle heal.
  • When the ankle becomes injured often, it may be time to have ankle replacement to prevent arthritis. This procedure will cause the ankle bone to be cut, permitting metal and plastic pieces to be placed in that area. The ankle joint will then be able to perform more securely and the muscles or tendons can withstand long periods of stress without constantly becoming injured from instability.

Here at the 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 treat your ankle instability with smart care that enhances your ankle strength without causing great disruption to your routine. So, please call our office at any of the numbers provided above for the good of your ankles!

Thursday, 02 August 2018 16:13

Flat feet occur as the arch loses its flexible nature. The arch of the foot fails and the entire surface area of the foot hits the ground. It may not cause much pain, but it usually occurs in young children although others can develop it later in life as well due to a hereditary condition.  Nevertheless, most people outgrow their flat feet. 

Symptoms that you have flat feet can be seen in sluggish feet after standing or taking part in sporting activities for long periods of time. Flexible and rigid flat feet are the two most common types that people can get. Flexible feet have semi-formed arches that can give in from time to time and rigid flat feet have significantly weak arches that are constantly underdeveloped.

What you can do to counteract the effects of flat feet:

                                                                             

  • Use shoes that have a great amount of support.
  • Use medications to reduce inflammation.
  • Wear orthotics to mimic the arch that is non-existent.  This can be very beneficial to those with frequent pain caused by their flat feet.
  • Participate in physical therapy to reduce strain and to help strengthen the foot’s muscles to counteract the effects of flat feet. This can also help to fix abnormal positions of the feet.
  • Losing weight can help with lowering pressure placed on the arches of the foot.
  • Surgery may be necessary when the above methods are not successful. It may be used to repair ankle bones or to create support for the foot that the arches would have naturally provided.

Here at the 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 work with the particular degree of flat feet you may be experiencing in an efficient and lasting manner! Please call our office at any of the numbers provided above to get your arch back in place.

Thursday, 26 July 2018 14:57

Orthotics can be very helpful in easing your foot pain. They are made as shoe inserts and help to support and align the foot to correct an abnormal application of pressure on the foot or an irregular walking pattern. This improvement is accomplished by changing the angles that the foot hits the ground and cushioning it from unnecessary pressures. They are especially helpful since when your foot is out of alignment. 

Custom fitted orthotics are the most beneficial since they fit the contours of your feet. Arch supports, insoles, heel liners and foot cushions are other forms of orthotics that help with reducing pain in the feet. Arch supports help counteract high arches, low arches and flat feet by supporting the natural arch of the foot. Insoles supply cushioning and support. Heel liners also provide additional cushioning to the heel and can help decrease discomfort caused by a reduction in the heels natural lining.

Orthotics Have Many Applications                      

  • Orthotics fight off pain located at the heel and arch. They assist with distributing pressure evenly within the foot and keep the foot in an unbiased position, which helps to counteract pain from standing.
  • Orthotics can stimulate healing as stress is no longer being felt by susceptible parts of the feet. This can be seen with preventing injuries in athletes by re-directing pressures away from sensitive areas of the feet.
  • Orthotics treat issues such as plantar fasciitis and diabetic foot ulcers as they prevent sores from developing on the feet.

Here at the 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 provide your feet with unparalleled comfort through our custom orthotics! So, please call our office at any of the numbers provided above