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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 17:40

The Stress of a Stress Fracture on Your Foot

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When you hear about a fracture, you imagine a bone crushed into pieces. Well, technically speaking that is a kind of fracture, but there is another kind which is commonly referred to as a stress fracture. Stress fractures are small cracks or severe bruising within a bone and are most common in the weight-bearing bones of the feet. It is usually caused by overuse or repetitive activity and is a common foot complication in athletes.

Though you don’t have to be an athlete to develop these fractures, they usually occur when people change their activities, increasing the intensity of their exercise/work out plans all too suddenly or change the workout/exercise environment.

Symptoms of stress fracture

Stress fracture symptoms include discomfort or pain that usually occurs when you are performing a physical activity. However, it so happens that as soon as the activity stops, you start feeling comfortable and the pain diminishes during resting. If you have inflammation or a bruise on the top of your foot, please contact Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland immediately. Prolonged negligence can cause major damage.

The Treatment

Simple treatment such as wearing the right type of shoes and sneakers is always helpful in absorbing shock and reducing serious damage. Give yourself a gap and rest in-between your exercise and workout routines. If you already have pain in your feet, apply ice to reduce the swelling and pain. Make sure to keep your feet elevated.

Getting an expert opinion on the probable cause and the seriousness of the damage is always a good idea, so make an appointment with our highly-qualified and experienced team of podiatrists and know that you are in good hands. Our foot experts are available at Owings (410-257-2242), Lexington Park (301-863-6601), LaPlata (301-934-3345), and Huntingtown (410-535-1719), MD to help you get over all your foot and ankle problems timely and correctly.

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 16:03

High Heels – More Pain, Less Gain

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When you think of high heels, you think of elegance and grace. However, once you think about the aftermath, all that comes to mind is pain and sore feet. As attractive as they seem, high heel shoes can cause severe damage to women’s feet and they can suffer from various mobility issues in the long run.

Here are some of the most common problems that women face, especially those who wear high heels very frequently:

  • Due to the awkward and unnatural posture, the leg and feet muscles are constantly under stress. Extended periods of staying in such a position can lead to cramps, strained calf muscles and, in extreme cases, women may develop Achilles tendonitis.
  • At the same time, the feet are exposed to soreness, swelling, blisters, corns, bunions and the list goes on!
  • Since there is massive pressure on the toes, they too are at risk. The majority of women suffer from ingrown toenails, calluses under and on the sides of their feet, hammertoes and painful bone protrusions.
  • Women have to be extra cautious to maintain their balance in high heels. Minor slips could end up in major injuries like sprains, twisted ankles, and even bone fractures.

It is advised to avoid wearing high heels all the time. Not only do they spoil your natural body posture, but they also expose you to high risks. Walking may be problematic and even sitting or lifting can become troublesome due to backaches and other body pains.

At Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our experts are available at Owings (410-257-2242), Lexington Park (301-863-6601), LaPlata (301-934-3345), and Huntingtown (410-535-1719), MD. We will help and guide you regarding any concerns that you may have, especially related to pain in your ankles and feet. Foot health is important; therefore, do not delay or overlook these issues. Feel free to call at any of the four numbers listed above and schedule an appointment with our highly-qualified and experienced podiatrists for a thorough examination.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 17:24

4 Best Ways to Prevent Foot Problems

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From bunions to ankle sprains, foot problems can keep you from staying active. Whether it’s walking to the nearest book store, running an errand, or participating in sports activities, your hard-working feet deserve special attention. Paying attention to your feet can help protect them from painful foot problems.

Here are some simple steps to prevent foot problems:

  1. Daily self-checks: Regular self-checks can help you spot problems early and keep them from getting worse. Look out for corns, swelling, redness, blisters, sores, and cuts. Keeping feet clean and dry can help avoid fungal infections.
  2. Wear good shoes: The right shoes can make your day a breeze. Wear comfortable, fitted and activity-specific shoes to keep your feet safe from different kinds of foot and ankle disorders such as blisters, corns, calluses, heel pain, bunions, hammertoes, and sprains. Have a professional measure both your feet when shopping for new shoes. Save those notorious high-heels for special occasions!
  3. Maintain a healthy weight: Your body weight can have a big impact on your health, and especially your foot health. The more weight you carry, the more stress and pressure your feet and ankles bear. Thus, being overweight can lead to serious foot concerns.
  4. Exercise: No matter how small the dose, exercise is good medicine that benefits your health and well-being, and especially your foot health. Regular exercise not only improves your cardiovascular health but it also improves almost every aspect of your health. Most foot exercises are easy to do and require no heavy or complicated machinery. Exercises like toe curls, marble pickups, big toe stretch, and sand walking can improve strength, flexibility, and mobility in the feet.

Taking a proactive approach towards treating foot and ankle problems can reap the most benefits and boost your overall health and well-being. Good management (proactive self-care) and timely measures can help prevent foot and ankle issues and improve your overall foot health. A podiatrist is the best resource for keeping your feet happy, healthy and pain-free.

If you have any aches and pains or any underlying foot and ankle problem, our foot care specialists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland can help. Our board-certified and qualified podiatrists have the expertise and necessary tools to root out your foot and ankle problems including diabetic foot, bone spurs, sports-related injuries, heel pain, bunions, arthritis, neuromas, plantar fasciitis, and joint pain. Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba, and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas are committed to providing the highest quality foot and ankle care to patients in the Southern Maryland area at our four offices located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata, and Huntingtown, MD. For more information, contact us and schedule an appointment.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 14:47

Treating Bunions Conservatively

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A bone protrusion near your big toe, also known as a “bunion,” can be both problematic and painful. Luckily, there are ways to control this outgrowth and avoid further aggravation.

Here are some of the most common measures to treat bunions conservatively:

  • Use bunion pads to protect the irritated areas, mainly the bony intrusion of the bunion. These pads act as barriers between your toe joint and your shoes. A soft pad helps decrease friction from shoes and ultimately allows inflammation and skin irritation to ease.
  • Wear wide toe-box shoes with plenty of room for your toes to accommodate the bunion that sticks out of your big toe. Wear shoes that are made up of soft and flexible material to relieve the pain caused by friction and rubbing inside the shoes. Improper shoes can aggravate a bunion and bring about unnecessary foot problems. Avoid pointy-toed shoes and the notorious high heel.
  • Orthotic devices may be used to help correct any faulty foot mechanics. A podiatrist may prescribe a custom-mold-orthotic to match your unique foot structure. These foot devices can help correct the position of your foot, evenly redistribute weight, and stabilize the toe joint.
  •  Physical therapy and strengthening exercises can help you get a good start in your bunion recovery process. Proper exercise can help strengthen key foot muscles, decrease bunion-related pain, and preserve joint mobility.
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs (Ibuprofen) may also help relieve painful inflammation.

If these measures do not restore the toe to its ideal position, surgery may be considered as a last resort.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, Dr. Jeffrey Idol and our team of foot doctors have extensive experience treating bunions. We will provide expertise in preventing, diagnosing and treating complications of the foot and ankle. Some of the most common foot and ankle conditions that our podiatrists treat are neuromas, heel pain, flat feet, fungal nails, ingrown toenails, diabetes-related foot problems, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, and ankle sprains. Contact us to schedule an appointment or visit any of our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata, and Huntingtown, MD.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 14:29

Five Ways to Improve Foot Health

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Our feet play a very important role in maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle. They not only carry your body weight but also enable you to get from one place to another and do the things that impact your day-to-day life. Foot health is an important indicator of one’s overall health and well-being.

Here are some tips that can help improve your overall foot health.

  1. Daily foot bath.

Wash your feet with lukewarm water and soap. After washing, dry your feet completely especially those spaces between your toes. This step can greatly reduce the risk of bacteria and other fungal infections in your feet from spreading. Apply a moisturizer to help keep your skin hydrated and prevent heel cracks. If you sweat excessively, use foot powder to help keep your feet dry.

  1. Foot exercises.

Regularly exercising your feet can help you treat and prevent foot pain. Foot exercises like toe curls, marble pick up or golf ball roll can help alleviate pain and improve flexibility and strength of your feet.  Foot exercises do not only improve your foot health, but they also prevent injury.

  1. Trim your nails properly.

Trim your toenails correctly by cutting them straight across. Do not cut them too short as this may encourage ingrown toenails.

  1. Get the right footwear.

Perhaps the most important factor in preventing foot problems is your choice of footwear. Look for shoes that fit properly and have a roomy toe-box to avoid toe deformities like hammertoes and bunions.

  1. Daily inspection.

Examine your feet properly from top to bottom, and note if there’s anything unusual such as cuts, scrapes, discoloration of the skin, or swelling. Finding a problem during your daily inspections can help you treat issues quickly and avert major ones. This step drastically reduces the risk of complications especially for people with diabetes.

By adopting these few simple tips, you can help boost your foot health. However, if you are experiencing chronic foot pain, it might be a sign of something more serious. In those circumstances, it is best to follow-up with a podiatrist who can assess the severity of your pain, pinpoint the exact problem while ruling out other causes of foot pain, and recommend the most beneficial treatment to reduce it.

At Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, Dr. Jeffrey Idol and our team of expert podiatrists are experienced and well-versed in all aspects of podiatry-related issues. Common foot and ankle problems such as toe deformities, ankle sprains, fungal infections, joint pain, diabetic foot care, flat feet, and heel pain can be taken care of by our experts. Please contact us to schedule an appointment or visit our offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata, and Huntingtown, MD. 

Monday, 07 January 2019 19:38

Cold Weather Can Aggravate Arthritis in Your Foot

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Arthritic pain caused by cold weather can be a painful dilemma for those who suffer from many types of arthritic conditions! The cold and wet weather has a way of making arthritic pain worse for many. This can be the result of a reduction in physical activity, and being active is what usually reduces discomfort caused by arthritis. The reduction of exercise due to staying inside because of cold and damp weather can cause joints to therefore become stiff and painful as a result.

Other causes may be related to the changes in barometric pressure. This can actually lead to an increased number of contraction of tendons or bones in the feet. When the weather is cold, in particular, joint fluids will become thicker and cause joints to be stiff. This will cause a significant impact on those suffering from arthritis. The change in weather may also have a placebo effect whereby the cold weather can produce an internal feeling of discomfort.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Find a way to exercise as much as possible when it’s cold. It promotes strength and flexibility, diminishes joint aching and assists with combating exhaustion.
  • Wear layers of clothing when outdoors in cold weather because they keep the body insulated with its natural body heat.
  • Use socks and waterproof shoes to prevent the inside from getting wet or damp. A damp shoe will cause the buildup of moisture and therefore can trigger the onset of arthritic pain.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas care about your ability to enjoy all types of weather without having to endure severe arthritic pain. Please contact us for an appointment today. Also, check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. Our practice is committed to providing our patients with the care and treatment necessary to help your foot’s joints overcome the impact of cold or damp weather. You will be able to run to your next destination at any time of the year!

Wednesday, 02 January 2019 13:48

Your Ankle Health Need Not Be Hindered by Sprains

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An ankle sprain is a sudden occurrence that can lead to lingering pain if you are not careful. Sprains happen as your ligaments stretch too far, causing damage to the way they support the bones of your feet.

If your ankle rolls in an unusual manner due to slipping, this can lead to significant pain. This may happen on an uneven surface or from an awkward landing when participating in sports. Your ankle joint is also referred to as the talocrural joint and is comprised of the shin bone, fibula and talus. The ankle is therefore a complicated structure that requires care and timely treatment to prevent long-term damage from occurring. An unstable ankle can lead to constant trouble for your foot and ankle health.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Keep your foot raised to prevent excess swelling.
  • Try wrapping your ankle with bandaging to reduce inflammation. Compression will help to provide much-needed support to the soft tissue of your ankle.
  • Use cold therapy such as ice to lower pain and swelling. Do this a few times during the day to ensure that your ligaments have the best chance of avoiding painful swelling.
  • Rest your ankle as much as possible.
  • Participate in physical therapy to strengthen your ankle ligaments for the future.
  • Refrain from participating in highly competitive sports or any other activities that put high amounts of stress on your ankles in a short amount of time.
  • Use support devices to assist with walking. This will help to reduce the amount of force that your ankle needs to bear while healing.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas have the experience to treat your ankle sprains with care and precision. Please contact us for an appointment today. Also, check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We know how expert podiatry services can provide lasting relief for your ankle pain

Wednesday, 26 December 2018 14:51

Ingrown Toenails Out-Stay Their Welcome

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Ingrown toenails don’t just happen overnight. This potentially painful situation occurs over a period of time when the toenail digs itself underneath the skin of your toe. Since this type of action can cause tears in the skin of your foot, your toenails will be painful and can become infected. Any toe can acquire an ingrown toenail. It is, however, most commonly associated with your big toe as it is most likely the big toe to sustain that type of damaging force. When ingrown toenails aren’t treated on a timely basis, an infection may make its way into other parts of your body.

Factors leading to ingrown toenails are cutting the nails incorrectly, hereditary disorders or tight-fitting shoes. Improper footwear puts excessive amounts of pressure on your big toe which can force the nail to bend. Ingrown toenails may appear harmless, but can lead to pain that can be avoided by using proper prevention and treatment methods.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Surgery may be desirable since it can remove part of or the entire ingrown toenail so that a new toenail can come back properly.
  • Use shoes that are not overly tight and that have ample space so that your toenails are not jammed.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can treat your ingrown toenails with the level of care that your feet may desperately need! Please contact us for an appointment today and do not forget to check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We offer many services for foot and ankle conditions and welcome your business!

Tuesday, 18 December 2018 18:17

Look Past Bunions

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Bunions can mean bad news for certain individuals as they present as bumps on the joint of your big toe and can cause many inconveniences to your stride. Bunions occur as the bone at the big toe joint moves into an unnatural position and out of place, forcing it to curve and hit against other toes right next to it. This produces discomfort and perhaps far-reaching issues such as with walking or performing other routine activities. Bunions can create significant pain when treatment is not sought soon. The big toe joint will become rigid and cause your feet to no longer fit into your normal footwear. Bunions have also been known to form along the small toe, at the outside, also caused by from similar friction forces.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Take medications to reduce pain from bunions.
  • Place orthotics in your shoes to bring relief since they can help to realign the foot’s bones.
  • Use ice packs to assist with stopping the spread of swelling that can be caused by bunions.
  • Use shoes that have a large amount of padding and support to help reduce the level of friction that your toes are exposed to. This translates into wearing heelless shoes, those that have wide toe boxes and that are constructed from soft materials.
  • Bunion surgery may be used for those bunions that grow out of control and require significant intervention to bring the mechanics of the foot back to normal.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can provide your feet with comprehensive care and support so that your bunions no longer dictate the level of comfort you feel on a daily basis! Please contact us for an appointment today and do not forget to check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. Our goal is to surpass your expectations through targeted therapy that can bring a new level of balance to your feet for the future.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 20:45

Calluses Can Be Managed

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Calluses are not to be taken lightly as they can end up being problematic for your feet and for your daily comfort. Calluses develop from the layering of skin cells in one focused area of your foot. This can happen from dry skin on your heels or any other skin breakage that can occur on your feet. The damage to the skin on your foot causes dead skin cells to group in one concentrated location to prevent further damage underneath.

If you stand for long amounts of time, do not wear shoes when walking on rough terrain, have other foot infections or do not take care of the skin on your feet, calluses can be easier to form.  Moreover, it is highly beneficial to treat calluses as serious threats to your foot’s health so that you can counter them before they become overly large and cause other inconveniences to your daily routine.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Trim your calluses to reduce the layers of rough skin.
  • Wear shoes that are comfortable and which prevent excess friction on sensitive areas of your feet that are prone to developing calluses.
  • If you have calluses developing on your feet, do not run or participate in activities that cause your feet to undergo high amounts of stress for prolonged amounts of time.
  • Use custom-fitted orthotics that can help your feet feel comfortable and provide the soothing sensation needed to minimize the complications of calluses.
  • You can soak your calluses in warm water to help soften them up as well.

Those who make our practice, Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, a complete success understand that our patients are all unique and require varying levels of treatment for optimal results. Furthermore, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas know how to provide that right level of foot care to get your calluses under control! Please contact us for an appointment today and do not forget to check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We hope to hear from you soon!

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