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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:23

Toenail Fungus thrives under the toenails of many people. You should be wary of this situation as it can be difficult to treat because it is protected by the toenail. Your toes are usually in a warm and damp environment. It’s not surprising therefore that fungus thrives in those same settings! You generally get such an infection by picking it up on your bare feet at public places.

Toenail fungus produces a rigid toenail that can become brittle and turn discolored over time. Another not too commonly known cause is the use of antibiotics, as they can change the body’s chemistry and allow a fungus to develop. This can make its way to the toenails and cause resulting infections.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • You must try to keep your nails trimmed short.
  • Keep toes dry so as to prevent them from being constantly damp.
  • Place antifungal powder in your shoes.
  • Use shoes when walking in locker rooms or public pools.
  • Use antifungal medicines on areas that are starting to show signs of a fungal infection.
  • Use laser treatment to destroy infectious fungus residing under your toenails. Laser treatment can reach under the toenails without using invasive techniques. The beams of focused laser waves can go through your toenail to abolish the fungus below.
  • Surgical removal of your toenail is not common, but could be required if the infection does not go away with any of the methods discussed above.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can assist you with bringing relief to your toenails. If you’re ready to eradicate the fungus from under your toenails, please contact us to make an appointment today! We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We will help you to make your toes clear and healthy again with treatment that is tailored to target the specific fungus infecting your toenails.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 16:02

Swollen joints occur when there's a surge of fluid that collects in the tissues of the joints of the foot. This is actually your body’s response to joint injuries in order to increase the amount of blood that travels to the injured area. This produces swelling, stiffness, soreness, warmth and discomfort in the foot’s joints. Inflammation of the ankle on a single side is often a result of sprains, arthritis, pregnancy, obesity, heart disease and kidney or liver conditions. Moreover, joint swelling can also happen when there is a significant trauma that has impacted your feet or if there is crystal buildup in the joint. Symptoms of swollen joints can also include an aching pain or a significant hindering of mobility that may even require lifestyle changes.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Use anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce inflammation around the joints.
  • Steroid medicines can help whether they are taken orally or injected. When injected, they can help to attack the chemicals that produce an inflammatory response in the body and give quick relief from your foot pain. This type of procedure is generally accompanied by the removal of fluid from the joints to allow for normal movement and easier healing capabilities.
  • The use of antibiotics may be required to eliminate any infection at the source of your joint inflammation. If this cannot be done easily, surgical procedures may be required to proceed with drainage of any infected matter.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can assist with bringing relief to your swollen joints to stop pain and other side effects. If you’re done with the nagging pain of swollen joints, please contact us to make an appointment at your earliest convenience. We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We want you to be comfortable and pleased with the services that we provide and welcome the opportunity to show you why we have the most comprehensive services for your foot and ankle pain!

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 19:28

So, how do you feel with a bunion on your foot? It’s a safe bet that you thought it would be going away as easily as it came. Yet that is not always the case since they can become a real nuisance for you in the long run! Bunions are bumps on the outside of the big toe and can cause the front of the foot to look broader. The pressures from shoes can aggravate a bunion and cause it to worsen, especially in women due to the types of shoes that they use. It can be hereditary or can happen more readily in those with foot malformations. Bunions can become sore when not treated appropriately due to the irritation and swelling that can occur. You can not underestimate the power of bunions!

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Use special pads in your shoes to ensure that bunions don’t return.
  • Use medicines that are helpful such as anti-inflammatories to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Use toe spacers to help move toes to their normal position.
  • Surgical procedures can be of assistance with positioning the toe back to the location it was in before the bunion formed. These procedures involve realigning the metatarsophalangeal joint, repairing the tendons around the big toe and modifying deformities of your toes and foot.
  • Post-surgery, arch supports and cushioned shoes are helpful. The recovery period is very important as it can help to ensure that the bunion does not come back with ease.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can assist with eliminating your bunions from your routine. If you’re tired of the complications of bunions and the pain they may be causing you on a regular basis, please contact us to make an appointment at your earliest convenience. We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We await your arrival so that we may offer your feet freedom from bunions!

Thursday, 30 August 2018 18:38

Achilles tendonitis can produce some serious pain. It’s not something we tend to worry about, but it should be treated with urgency. Achilles tendonitis is a progressive ailment that causes the tendon’s functionality to worsen due to constant tearing.  Discomfort ranges from severe aching to a warm sensation emanating from the torn ligaments.  Actions that intensify the risk of damage to the Achilles tendon include running, other sports or even performance dancing. Sudden movements when raising the foot can also lead to tendonitis. Other factors causing injury to your Achilles tendon include wearing shoes with high heels, having a collapsed arch or other deformities. Symptoms associated with Achilles tendonitis include harsh calf pain, heel swelling and loss of toe function.

Treatment for this condition involves:

                                                                             

  • Use medications such as anti-inflammatories to reduce inflammation.
  • Participate in physical therapy that will have you stretching your calf. The calf muscle is an integral part of the mechanics that allow the Achilles tendon to work, so strengthening it could provide many useful benefits in the fight against tendonitis.
  • Use cold therapy to decrease swelling.
  • Cortisone steroids may assist with reducing pain. This form of treatment should be used with caution as it could have harmful side effects when used incorrectly.
  • Foot support devices such as orthotics can have a lasting impact with regard to the longevity of your Achilles tendon.
  • Wear the right type of shoes that have cushioned soles so that the tendon is not faced with constant pressure from walking.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can help to put an end to problems with your Achilles tendon. If you’re ready to give your feet a much-needed break from tendonitis for good, contact us to make an appointment today. We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We will be waiting to provide you with exceptional foot care to combat your tendonitis issues.