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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:56

Don’t Tremble at Warts on Your Feet

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Plantar warts are more complicated and annoying than you may think. We cast them as unsightly, yet ignore them until they force us to take action. Warts that occur on your feet happen because of a viral infection that usually presents itself on the bottom of your feet. This can cause them to have a flattened appearance yet also produce pain due to their location when walking. Discomfort can differ by age and generally results in a greater amount of pain for children.

Warts are prone to being delicate from any compression. Appropriate treatment is required to prevent them from spreading since they tend to multiply rapidly. To prevent this from happening, focused treatment is the key to avoiding pain and proliferation. Plantar warts spread quickly and may end up on other parts of your body if you are not careful.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Using suitable medicines can assist with removing plantar warts since they can target the virus causing them. Those that toughen your body’s ability to fight off viral infections will help you to avoid them in the long term.
  • Another method will require using liquid nitrogen directly on your warts. This will make it possible to scrape them off. This triggers a reaction that may make it easier to attack the virus in a quick manner.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas want to not only treat the warts you currently have on your feet but also want to help make sure they do not come back in the future! The underlying cause of your plantar warts coupled with a change in care can help to make this happen. Please contact us for an appointment today. Don’t forget to check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We look forward to making your foot wart issues a problem of the past and invite you to give us a chance to do so. 

Thursday, 29 November 2018 15:40

It’s Easier Than You Think To Treat Flat Feet

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Flat feet can be a substantial impairment to mobility as it triggers the arch of your foot to fail. It can happen at any age. This can produce a number of concerns such as heel pain and an inability to perform routine activities. Your foot may move inwards to counter pressure from each step. If flat feet are not treated timely, they can lead to other complications such as tendonitis.

Problems that can cause flat feet are seniority, being overweight, diabetes or dropping heavy objects on your feet. Your knees and hips can also be affected by flat feet. You may think that treatment for flat feet is unnecessary; however, it will be required to offset any potential complications from the lack of a proper arch.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Use orthotics to help redistribute pressure on your feet. This can help to support your arch and to reduce pain caused by flat feet.
  • Wear the right types of shoes so that you have enough support and stability. This will make a huge difference in preventing or reducing the symptoms of flat feet since providing support to your arch can help to reduce the problems it can cause to your body. In particular, wide toe boxes and heel cushions can help to counteract the symptoms produced by flat feet.
  • Participate in physical therapy to strengthen your arch and potentially help your feet battle the reality of fallen arches.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas will work with you to determine the best course of treatment to help your arches get their bend back in full swing! We want to determine the root cause of your flat feet so that a long-term solution can be provided to support your arches. Please contact us for an appointment and check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We look forward to providing the very best treatment for your flat feet. 

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 18:33

Beat Athlete’s Foot on Its Own Turf

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Athlete’s Foot is not something that athletes have that make them jump higher. It’s also not something that gives them a competitive advantage. Athlete’s foot is actually an infection on the skin of your foot caused by fungi that reside in dark, cool and damp places. Can you think of any locations that sound similar to these characteristics? If you were thinking about public locker rooms, pools or your shoes, you were right!

With this infection, the skin of your foot becomes inflamed, feels itchy and can create a burning sensation. Moreover, athlete’s foot is easily spread and can also make the skin of your feet crack or become discolored. All of this information should make you want to get treatment quickly to avoid having your foot prevent you from becoming the athlete you always wanted to be.

Proper arthritic foot and ankle care involves:

  • Wear shoes that are not damp by using ones that are made of fabric or leather that resist moisture. Also, try to spray anti-fungal sprays or powders into your shoes to destroy any residing fungus within them and to keep a neutral balance.
  • Do not wear socks that are damp. Changing them frequently or using those materials that wick sweat away are of a great advantage to your feet.
  • Allow your feet to get a great amount of fresh air, keeping them bare when possible.
  • Do not walk barefoot in public areas that may be harboring fungus. Additionally, sanitize areas like bathtubs if a family member has athlete’s foot.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can provide meaningful treatment that can not only reduce your symptoms of athlete’s foot, but can also help to determine the underlying cause of how your feet contracted this fungus. Please contact us for an appointment and check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We believe in our approach to treating your foot conditions and want your experience with our podiatry professionals to bring comfort to your feet!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:18

Arthritis Requires Proper Care

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Arthritis can cause many problems for your foot and ankle health. It creeps in overtime and takes its toll eventually. If you take the proper steps for appropriate care of arthritis, you can fend off the symptoms for longer then you may think. Arthritis overwhelms the mechanisms of the foot and ankle joints by chipping away at the cartilage between them and produces inflammation and aching. You may have a higher chance of developing arthritis if you have a history of it in your family or if you place unusually large amounts of pressure on your feet on a daily basis. Arthritis can show itself through a slow decline of flexibility and as well as pain on a consistent basis when moving. Your feet and ankles may be swollen and incapable of providing the swift movements they were once able to make.

Proper arthritic foot and ankle care involves:

  • The use of medications such as anti-inflammatories to decrease inflammation.
  • Place orthotics in your shoes to relieve pressure from your feet. These devices are very helpful since they alleviate the pressure already placed on your foot’s joints from arthritis.
  • Wear shoes that have plenty of padding and that are comfortable.
  • Surgery may be required to fuse or repair joints of the ankle if they have become deteriorated from arthritis.
  • Physical therapy can also be very helpful in keeping mobility at its peak and to reduce the chances of your joints becoming rigid.
  • Losing weight can also be very helpful in reducing the amount of stress placed on your joints. Reducing stress on your feet will prevent any damage in excess of what arthritis has already caused.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas know the difficulty that arthritis can bring to your routine. We have many years of experience in treating arthritis and can provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan to manage your symptoms! Please contact us for an appointment and check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. 

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 Is Fundamental

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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 Plight of Plantar Fasciitis

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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

Don’t Fall to Ankle Sprains

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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 Painful Problems

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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

Outsmart Hammertoes

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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.  

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