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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!

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!