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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!

Thursday, 07 June 2018 15:52

Plantar Fasciitis Has Its Obstacles

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Plantar fasciitis is actually a very common source of heel pain for many individuals. Its basically long-lasting inflammation on the plantar fascia whereby collagen deteriorates due to recurring tearing. The many tiny tears that produce this inflammation can cause significant pain which may be at its worst after beginning an activity. More specifically, it is at its worst in the morning and fairly uncomfortable at night.

To understand why this pain can become so significant, its important to know that the plantar fascia provides support to the arch and also shock absorption. With such an important role, your mobility can be significantly affected by constant heel pain. Certain people may be susceptible to plantar fasciitis, such as those with low/high arches or flat feet. The most important part to remember is that you can do something about your heel pain!

Pain from plantar fasciitis can be helped by doing the following:

  • Rest the foot when you experience significant heel pain.
  • It may sound like a simple solution, but it can make a world of difference by changing your shoes. Footwear that fits correctly and offers support and cushioning are best.
  • Orthotics can be very helpful in reducing pressure off of the plantar fascia. These foot support devices can help provide an additional layer of comfort to properly fitting footwear. By reducing the amount of stress on the plantar fascia, you may be able to manage your heel pain more efficiently.
  • When inflammation becomes severe, corticosteroid injections can help to reduce discomfort caused by it. This can lead to other negative health effects, so it is administered when other methods are not as successful in treating heel pain.

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 bring relief to your heels through proven treatment methods tailored to match your specific complaints. Please call our office at any of the numbers provided above to bring lasting comfort to your heels!

Thursday, 31 May 2018 15:33

Ankle Sprains are a Legitimate Threat

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Ankle Sprains happen when the ligaments of the ankle are damaged. This can mean that they are torn or stretched.  Think of ligaments as the connective material that holds the ankle together and prevents it from moving in extreme directions. When they are stretched or torn, it can cause structural problems as well as significant pain.

Ankle sprains can be relatively minor or severe, depending on how much you damage the elasticity of your ankle ligaments. So, if you’re wondering what situations can more often than not lead to an ankle sprain, let’s reveal what they are: falls, sudden twists or an event that causes the ankle to move out of its usual position due to trauma.

It’s not hard to realize that these situations can be born out of participating in athletic activities or wearing unsupportive shoes when active. These sprains can lead to ankle discomfort, inflammation, reduced mobility or joint stiffness.

Treatment for ankle sprains involves:

  • Resting a sprained ankle can provide many benefits for healing purposes. Refraining from bearing weight on it is part of this strategy.
  • Using ice and elevating the injured ankle can help to reduce inflammation.
  • Easing gradually into physical therapy will help to increase the amount of flexibility of the ankle and assist with healing of the sprained ankle.
  • Surgery may be used if the ankle ligaments are significantly damaged beyond the use of conservative treatment methods.

Do you now see how a sprained ankle can be a legitimate problem? 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 work with you to provide the best possible treatment methods to help your ankle gain back its strength. So, please call our office at any of the numbers provided above to learn more about what we can do to help your sprained ankle get back to being in peak physical condition!

Thursday, 24 May 2018 15:23

Hammer the Bend Out of Hammertoes

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Hammertoes can happen and be a cause for concern because the full extent of their influence may not be realized until they have fully formed.  They result from an uneven arrangement of the toe joint. This makes it bend in the middle of the joint and will cause the toe to become fixed in that position if not treated timely. In fact, this condition and the symptoms it causes can become more severe over time if the friction causing it is not curbed. If left untreated, hammertoes may become rigid and lead to open sores.

Shoes are such a huge culprit of this condition because so many are made with style over function. Having your toes squeeze into a $1,000 shoe may look nice on the red carpet, but the red color will also be on your toes when you take them off due to the friction caused from the unnatural shape of the shoe.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Wearing shoes that are bigger than usual in the toe box region. This may not look the best, but your comfort will be heightened immensely.
  • Exercising the feet in a manner that focuses on the toes.
  • Surgical options may be necessary if treatment is delayed significantly. These procedures will repair the deformed toe joint so that it can be manually straightened and stay that way. If medical recommendations are not followed post-surgery, the toe joint may bend again and require additional corrective measures. 

Hammertoes will cause deformities to your toes if left unchecked. Don’t allow your toe to become stuck with this condition. 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, have the skills and experience to provide treatment tailored to your specific hammertoe so that it has a good chance of being eradicated for the long-term. So, why not make an appointment with us? Try calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and stop the hammer from dropping its force on your toes!

Monday, 21 May 2018 17:38

Don’t Let Neuromas Numb Your Feet

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A Neuroma is a swollen or congealed nerve located in the ball of the foot and generally occurs due to the toes being squished in a tight and forced manner for long periods of time, which makes the nerve in between the toes become inflamed. The swelling makes walking painful. Factors that can create neuromas include footwear with high heels or that may be overly narrow. Symptoms of this type of nerve disorder include numbness in the foot that grows if left untreated, pain at the ball of the foot or discomfort at the base of the toes. Women, unfortunately, suffer from neuromas in greater numbers due to the types of shoes they wear.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Shoes that have large toe boxes for the toes to have ample room to move.
  • Ice placed on the area of discomfort can reduce the amount of pain by numbing the affected nerve.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications can help to significantly reduce the amount of nerve swelling.
  • To alleviate lingering pain from the swollen nerve painkillers can be prescribed.
  • Decrease any high-intense activities as they may irritate the already swollen nerve.
  • Massaging the area of pain may help to ease muscle aching around the nerve.
  • When the above methods do not reduce the symptoms associated with neuromas, a podiatrist can provide custom devices that act to keep toes separated so that they do not squeeze any nerves in between them.
  • Steroid injections may be helpful in reducing discomfort.

In severe circumstances, surgical procedures may be required to remove the injured nerve if all other methods are unsuccessful. Reach out to us if you are still experiencing pain from this nerve condition and have tried all the treatments mentioned above. Here 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 do everything they can to provide quality treatment in an effort to help eliminate or reduce your pain caused by this condition. Please make an appointment by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above.

Wednesday, 09 May 2018 18:44

When Rock Climbing, Don’t Tumble into Calluses

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Rock climbing is fun and challenging. Calluses are not fun, although they are challenging. The correlation between them becomes evident when you realize that most rock climbers utilize shoes that are too tight in an effort to help them climb better. This greater ability, however, comes at a sacrifice to their feet. The uneven shape of footwear that rock climbers choose forces the foot to rest in an unnatural manner. Unfortunately, these climbers are not well versed in the dangers of their shoes. Calluses occur on climbers’ feet due to the unusual amounts of friction that their shoes cause. This pressure causes the skin on their feet to harden and develop into a callus. The shoes that climbers wear are generally shorter as well, leading to toes becoming squished and pressure being applied on the back and front of the foot. Constrictive footwear results in the toes being bunched up.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Utilizing padding will help to prevent current calluses from becoming worse.
  • Climbers should have footwear that fits correctly without making their feet fit into something that causes increased amounts of friction. To accomplish this, their feet should be measured to get the right size and shoes should be somewhat loose to prevent unwanted forces on their feet when scaling a mountain.
  • Trim toenails to prevent toes from hitting against the inside of the shoe which can lead to conditions that are favorable for callus formation.

Calluses can get in the way of walking; however, they can become obstacles when climbing. Those who rock climb should search for a balance between increased performance and foot longevity. Here 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 you manage your calluses and provide the right guidance for choosing shoes that don’t damage your feet when climbing. So, please make an appointment by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above before you climb your next mountain!

Thursday, 03 May 2018 19:11

Toenail Fungus Leads to Cracked Skin

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Toenail Fungus is a tough infection to fight.  It can lead to cracked skin since the fungus produces itchy, irritated skin. Failure to obtain timely treatment not only leads to an unsightly, and painful brittle nail, but also the chance that the entire nail separates from the nail bed.  Proper care is paramount since this condition can easily happen again and can spread to other parts of the body.

Treatment for toenail fungus involves:

  • Use of oral antifungal medications that can help to destroy the infection. Those with liver complications may not want to take this medication as it can have adverse reactions.
  • Medicated nail polishes may help to deter a toenail fungal infection, although it is not as effective as other methods.
  • Medicated creams and powders are helpful for covering the entire foot so that the infection doesn’t spread any further and should be applied between the toes to ensure that fungi do not multiply in those locations due to the moist nature of the spot.
  • Use of flip-flops or some type of footwear when walking in public pools or gym locker rooms.
  • Refrain from sharing shoes and sterilize showers used by family members with a fungal infection.
  • Laser treatment is very helpful in destroying fungus residing underneath the nail without invasive surgery since it penetrates the layer of the toenail effortlessly. The only other surgical option would be to physically remove the nail which can lead to longer than expected recovery times.

Toenail fungus can wreak havoc on nails and on the surrounding skin. Here 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 help to destroy the fungal infection and treat any resulting cracked skin. Please make an appointment by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above today!

Thursday, 26 April 2018 19:25

Corns Can be Amplified by Diabetes

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Corns are defensive sheets of dead skin that develop from recurrent rubbing on the feet. They can cause pain when pressed and usually occur in between or on the toes. Corns can be hard or soft and can develop from a deformity in the foot that causes the toes to be exposed to higher than usual amounts of friction.  They can also form from wearing shoes that are too narrow and increase the amount of pressure on them.

For diabetic patients, an important issue to remember is their slower than normal healing process, which will allow the corn to become more troublesome. Diabetes causes nerve damage and poor circulation which could allow for the corn to become easily infected more so than it would normally. Proper care and treatment for diabetics are essential for controlling the effect of corns on their feet.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Using medicated pads that contain acid to reduce layers of the skin of the corn.
  • Checking feet daily as they may not be able to feel the corns developing on their toes.
  • Washing feet with warm water while making sure to dry them thoroughly afterward.
  • Utilizing shoes that fit comfortably so as to reduce friction forces on the toes.
  • Using custom fitted orthotics to redistribute pressure away from the toes and to provide support where required.
  • Controlling blood sugar levels to promote efficient healing which can reduce infections from corns.

Corns can be a pain, but when coupled with diabetes, are a cause for greater concern. Here 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 techniques to help provide your corns with the best possible treatment available. Please take a moment to make an appointment by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above to help your feet move in the right direction!

Thursday, 19 April 2018 17:41

Bunions and Genetics are Interrelated

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Bunions are, let’s face it, hereditary in nature. They are structural defects in bones that will likely require surgery as the most efficient solution. Those who have a family history with this condition are predisposed to developing it because of a mutation in the nucleotide base of their DNA, which makes up their genetic code. It is important to remember that there are other factors that can lead to bunions, such as improperly fitting shoes, as well as flat feet, weak muscles or lax ligaments. Other disorders like cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis or Down’s syndrome can also lead to this condition since they can weaken the joint and cause bone deformities.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Using orthotics to provide ample support for the arch and decrease pressure placed on the toes.
  • Using footwear that fit around the contours of your feet and have cushioned soles and large toe boxes.
  • Using shoe inserts or padding to provide a soft area to the toes.
  • Surgical procedures if the bunion development does not subside with conservative treatments. These procedures will realign the injured area of the bones, ligaments or nerves in an effort to correct the position of the toe inflicted with the bunion. Post-surgical recovery will include periods of inflammation and pain that will decrease as the toe heals.

Bunions are known to be a nuisance but it’s important to understand why they occur. Here 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 determine the cause of your bunions to see if genetics plays a role so that they can fine-tune your treatment. Please take the time to make an appointment by calling our office at any of the numbers provided to help your feet have the best chance of beating bunions.

Thursday, 12 April 2018 18:07

Watch Your Achilles Tendon During CrossFit

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Achilles Tendonitis can be a very painful condition and results from the frequent strain that may be placed on the Achilles tendon, which is a group of tissues that join the calf muscles to the heel bone. Unfortunately, the Achilles tendon declines with age and therefore can become easier to injure. CrossFit is an intense exercise that can lead to high amounts of pressure and tension being put on the foot’s joints, ligaments, and tendons. This also includes discomfort in and around the back of the ankle and in the Achilles region. Those who undertake this activity will likely repeat the same types of movements which can cause complications with the ankle. The Achilles tendon may begin to experience pain as the heel touches the ground during and after CrossFit since it may become inflamed and show signs of tendonitis.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Utilizing the appropriate shoes during CrossFit will help to minimize tension in the Achilles region. These shoes should have ample cushioning to support the heel and a prominent arch support system to relieve pressure on the Achilles tendon.
  • Swapping out shoes that are showing signs of being worn out for new shoes.
  • Elevating the foot with tendonitis to reduce inflammation in the Achilles tendon.
  • Using anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling around the ankle and the Achilles tendon.

Achilles tendonitis can be caused by a number of physical activities and CrossFit is a big contributing factor. Here 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 do their best to help you participate in high-intensity activities without harming your Achilles tendon and will provide you the required treatment to help alleviate any pain you may be experiencing. Moreover, please take some time out of your day to check your ankle and make an appointment by calling our office at any of the numbers provided to prevent your tendonitis from getting worse.

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