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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.  

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 18:36

Corns Can Be Clingy

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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!

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:23

Be Wary of Fungus on Your Toenails

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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

The Nerve of Swollen Joints

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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

The Plight of Bunions

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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

Don’t Allow Tendonitis To Take Down Your Feet

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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.

Thursday, 23 August 2018 18:19

Outgrow Ingrown Toenails

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Ingrown toenails tend to occur as your toenail, believe it or not, starts to tunnel into the skin of your toes! That does not sound minor and, when it’s left untreated, it can be quite severe. Toenails usually develop along the top of the skin. When you have ingrown toenails, they may become infected as the nail slashes the skin of the toe. When ingrown toenails aren’t treated appropriately, a minor inflammation can grow into an infection.

Causes leading to ingrown toenails include cutting nails incorrectly which produces a nail that’s too short, inherited disorders, dropping heavy items on the toes or wearing badly fitting shoes. It’s the unsuitable footwear that really adds to the pressures being placed on your toes and this accelerates the formation of ingrown toenails. They may appear like something you can just cut and forget; however, if the underlying cause is not remedied, they can keep happening and eventually you will need medical attention to deal with the resulting infection.

Treatment for this condition involves:

                                                                             

  • Get special assistance with trimming your toenails so that they are done so in the correct way.
  • Try wearing shoes that have wide toe boxes and which also have open toe areas to ease the amount of pressure placed on your toes.
  • Surgical procedures may be necessary to remove the toenail. This will allow for the toenail to grow correctly and treat it as it grows to prevent it from digging into the skin again.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can help to stop the pain emanating from your ingrown toenails by treating the problem at its source. If you’re ready to give your toenails a break from the pain of ingrown toenails, contact us to make an appointment today. We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We look forward to serving all your foot and ankle needs!

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.

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