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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 18:18

Laser to the Rescue!

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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 Produces an Irregular Pace

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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 Restoration

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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 Spell Relief

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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 

Friday, 20 July 2018 16:30

Calluses Can Be Tricky

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Calluses are raised levels of skin on the feet that are caused by dead skin cells. They occur because of feet rubbing against the shoes you choose to wear when walking or running for long periods of time. This process is a protective mechanism since the skin beneath the callus is sheltered from the layers of dead skin; however, calluses can become problematic.

Calluses can become throbbing and are typically the result of an uneven dispersal of the foots stride that develops into the rigid skin. Factors leading to this condition include wrongly fitting shoes that are too slender and that squeeze the toes which increases the friction forces on the foot. Genetic deformities may also cause this condition to get worse. They can become unnecessarily large and may cause issues with shoe fitting or mobility. Moreover, calluses can get very thick, break down, and develop into ulcers. This is why treatment can come in very handy.

Treatment for calluses involves:                         

  • Wearing open toe shoes such as sandals to allow for the toes to move more freely and to prevent the irritation of the skin of the feet from shoes that may contribute to calluses. Alternating shoes can also be very helpful.

           

  • Surgical procedures may be required when calluses grow out of control. In this regard, these procedures will alter the location of the bone of the foot so that it is not placed in a manner that provides favorable conditions for the formation of calluses.

Calluses can cause many problems for your feet. It is best to get treatment sooner rather than later to prevent unnecessary complications. 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 provide your feet with the best treatment methods possible to prevent any complications from calluses on your feet! Please call our office at any of the numbers listed above to help your feet overcome the potential pitfalls of calluses.

Thursday, 12 July 2018 19:21

Athlete’s Foot Has a Strong Offense

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Athlete’s foot is an easily spreadable fungal infection that can cause many issues. It can travel from your feet to other parts of your body if it comes into contact with it. The way you contract it is from contact with another person or from walking barefoot in public areas such as pools and gym locker rooms.

Symptoms of athlete’s foot include:

  • Itching in between your toes
  • The presence of blisters
  • Cracking skin or even a changed skin tone.

So, you should understand that athlete’s foot does have a great offense and will not stop unless you take defensive measures.

Treatment for this athlete’s foot includes:

  • Using cold therapies such as ice to lower any inflammation and reduce the pain.
  • Taking antifungal medications to attack the fungus causing the infection on your feet.
  • Scrubbing the skin to reduce the external layers of infected skin. Only do this as the infection is going away.
  • Wearing shoes that fit correctly and that are made of breathable material. This will help combat the environment most beneficial to fungus, moist and dark.
  • Sterilizing your shoes so that fungus does not reside in there for the long-term.
  • Keeping your shoes dry! This is very important in reducing the chances of having fungus thrive in them.

Athlete’s foot can cause many problems for your feet. It is best to combat it at its earliest stages to ensure that it does not spread thereafter. 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 ensure that your feet have the best chance of eradicating the fungus that causes athlete’s foot from your feet so that you can be pain and itch free! Please call our office at any of the numbers provided above so that your feet can be clear of the strongest offense put up by athlete’s foot.

Monday, 02 July 2018 18:25

Arthritic Foot Care is Vital

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Arthritic foot care is a very important part of managing the symptoms associated with arthritis, which can be very painful and incapacitate your feet. You see, arthritis fights over time and waits until it can take ahold of your joints when you let your guard down.

The joints of the feet and ankles weaken and cartilage diminishes causing the progressive inflammation of the foot’s joints. When the cartilage fades, bones brush against each other without a buffer. It is the swelling that produces the lessening of cartilage. Osteoarthritis is a common type that settles in with age. Yet, any form of arthritis to the feet or ankles can have lasting negative effects.

Preventative care and effective treatment must be long-term goals.

Ways to diminish the symptoms of arthritis:

  • Try using anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling.
  • Use other medications that can help to relieve pain.
  • Use foot support devices to reduce pressure on the joints of the foot. These include orthotics that are custom made or shoes that have a relaxed fit.
  • Place padding in shoes to help reduce pressures on joints.
  • Exercising or physical therapy can help to strengthen joints.
  • Shedding excess pounds that may be placing unnecessary stress on your joints.
  • Surgical procedures may be necessary to replace or clean joints with arthritis. This will work by removing the damaged joint and replacing it with a reproduced one.
  • The recovery period will require stabilization. This can be accomplished by using casts and special shoes that immobilize the joints of the feet while they heal.

At 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 reduce your arthritis pain and assist you with practicing long-term foot care that can delay painful symptoms from occurring early on. So, please call our office at any of the numbers provided above because it’s never too early to start proper arthritic foot care!

Thursday, 28 June 2018 17:28

Destroy Pesky Plantar Warts

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Plantar warts form on the bottom of feet. They don’t often protrude from your foot since they are constantly being pressed down as you walk and although they are generally not painful, they can become so if a large amount of pressure is applied to them when mobile. This is why taking care of your feet and controlling the conditions that they are in can help with prevention.

You’ll know you have a plantar wart because it will start small at first, and then grow much larger. They are generally due to viral infections on the outer layer of the skin. The type of virus usually associated with plantar warts is HPV, however, numerous strains of the virus exist. When plantar warts start to become a problem, they will produce a burning sensation, become tender and develop an infection. The infection that may happen can cause side-effects and lead to other problems.

How can you rid yourself of plantar warts?

  • There are medications you can use to get rid of warts. This will help by allowing you to peel them off after the outer layers become softened.
  • Using technology that freezes the outer layer and thereafter allows for a medical professional to scrape them off. This is usually accomplished by the use of liquid nitrogen.
  • Laser technology may be utilized to burn them off. This will also be more useful after the plantar wart is frozen. These methods are helpful in destroying the virus that may cause plantar warts.

At 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 utilize the latest methods to relieve the pain caused by your plantar warts and will eradicate them from your feet for the long-term.  Please call our office at any of the numbers provided above so we can help.

Thursday, 21 June 2018 19:34

Ankle Fractures are Distressing

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Ankle fractures happen as the ligament of the ankle joint tears and the bones break in the process. With all the negative effects that an ankle fracture can bring, it can also lead to arthritic joints. This happens as a side effect when waiting too long to obtain treatment. The ankle joint is prone to fractures more than any other type of injury because it plays an integral part in the foot’s movement, which can often be in many different directions.

Because increased amounts of tension placed on the ankle joint can lead to problems, it is important to reduce any activity that can cause it to fracture easily. These include sudden twists or lateral movements whereby the foot moves onto its side and causes an uneven amount of weight to be placed on the ankle.

This type of fracture will undoubtedly lead to severe pain as well as inflammation. The combination of these symptoms will render the ankle immobile until it heals. Healing is very important since an unstable ankle could result from your neglect.

Treatment for this condition involves:

-          Immobilizing the ankle with a rigid device such as a cast.

-          Relieving stress on the ankle by refraining from bearing weight on it.

-          Splinting the ankle to allow it to heal in the correct position and minimizing the risk of producing chronically weak ankles.

-          Surgery may be the only answer for severe ankle fractures as it will act to realign the bones of the ankle. This is crucial to preserving the longevity and function of the ankle.

At 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 maximize your recovery with proven and insightful treatment methods tailored to your specific fracture. Please call our office at any of the numbers provided above in order to obtain advanced treatment so you can advance pain-free into your next step.

Thursday, 14 June 2018 16:27

Neuromas Cause Throbbing Discomfort

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Neuromas can cause havoc to your feet due to the nerve involvement inherent in their development. Neuromas are inflamed nerves that are located at the bottom of the toe. They can cause discomfort between toes and may radiate further into the foot if left untreated. In particular, they cause a hardening of the nerves and can affect the ball of the foot when mobile. Moreover, numbness in the toes is a major symptom, as is sudden pain. Another symptom caused by neuromas is a scorching pain that spreads throughout the foot. If the nerves on the toe joints become pinched, swelling occurs, followed by them hardening.

Causes for neuromas can be lingering foot injuries, bunions, flat feet or poorly fitting shoes. Neuromas may start off with light pain and a slight numbness, but they can cause far-reaching damage when not attended to quickly and correctly. Proper treatment is paramount in your fight against neuromas.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Rubbing the area of the foot that has the neuroma since massage can help to alleviate pain.
  • Wearing shoes with large toe boxes.
  • Using orthotics to reduce the pressure off of the area inflicted with the neuroma.
  • Using anti-inflammatories to lessen pain and inflammation.
  • More serious solutions include the use of anesthetics to reduce pain and to lower the amount of swelling caused by neuromas.
  • Surgical procedures could be an option if your feet are not able to cope with the effects of neuromas.

At 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 provide the treatment for your neuroma and will do their best to get your feet feeling better as quickly as possible. So, please call our office at any of the numbers provided above so that your feet can rest without any added pain!

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