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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.

Thursday, 05 April 2018 18:19

Fallen Arches Require Clever Support

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Flat Feet is a condition whereby the foot’s arch is lower than it should be due to a number of factors. This condition is expected to be present in babies since their arches have generally not formed yet. However, deformities in the foot caused over time may result in the aches not developing correctly. Moreover, debilitated muscles in the foot or standing for a long time in improperly fitting shoes can also cause this condition. Fallen arches can also be obtained as an adult, especially when the arch is torn or undergoes inflammation. Flat feet may cause pain in the back, hip or knees. Therefore, ignoring sprained ankles or foot fractures can inadvertently lead to flat feet due to damage that may have been avoidable if the required treatment was obtained properly. For this reason, treatment of this condition is vital when pain or irregularities in mobility are noticed.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Using footwear that absorb shock and that counteract flat and rigid surfaces, no matter how minor the effect is.
  • Utilizing custom made-orthotics and custom-made arch supports that are flexible and made of materials that prevent a rigid feeling when walking. These devices can help to provide ample support to the arch of the foot by absorbing shock. Special shock absorbing polymers are built into the heels, can help alleviate pain caused by this condition and prevent the arch from falling any further than it already has.

Flat feet require smart treatment to prevent unnecessary pain. 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 provide your feet with the appropriate treatment and necessary orthotic devices that are tailored to help manage this condition for the long run! So, please take a moment to make an appointment by calling our office at any of the numbers provided so that your arches can rise to their given potential!

Thursday, 29 March 2018 19:16

Take Precautions with Diabetic Feet When Skiing

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Diabetic Foot Care when skiing is just as important as the skis you choose to glide down those slopes. Skiing can be a great form of exercise, which can help diabetics with blood flow. When participating in this activity, it is imperative that your ski boots fit correctly so that they are not narrow or loose, since the forces generated when skiing can cause the foot to lose sensation if they fit abnormally. This happens because overly narrow boots can place high amounts of pressure on the foot’s nerves. Boots that are loose can cause heat loss by allowing cold air to enter into the boots, circulate around the feet and cause the skin around the toes to tighten and thereby reduce blood flow to the feet. The poor circulation will increase the chances of feet becoming numb while skiing. Since diabetics have poor circulation in the feet already, wearing improperly fitting boots can cause injuries to the feet that may not be realized right away and cause infections that can lead to severe consequences.

Management for this activity involves:

  • Using properly fitting ski boots.
  • Utilizing boot insoles for additional support and extra warmth.
  • Making sure to keep feet dry by letting used ski boots circulate air.
  • Wearing special socks made for activities such as skiing to offset moisture buildup.
  • Replacing ski boots that have been worn out.
  • Gradually warming up the feet, being careful not to place them in hot water right away after skiing.

Diabetics must exercise caution with their feet. Using the right boots when skiing can provide immense benefits. 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 to ensure that you use the correct footwear when participating in cold weather activities and provide other treatment that may be needed to help your feet stay healthy! Please make an appointment by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and get ready to hit the slopes with peace of mind!

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 18:22

Tennis Athlete’s Must Counteract Ankle Sprains

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Sprained Ankles are common among tennis player injuries. The reason for this is that tennis players often land on the outer edges of their feet while the foot is turned inwards, which causes the outer and/or inner ankle ligaments to strain or tear. This can lead to severe pain, immobility or consistent instability in the ankle. Signs of pain associated with sprained ankles include discomfort, inflammation, and discoloration of the ankle.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Getting a great amount of rest which means that players must stay away from tennis for a while.
  • Utilizing ice therapy to reduce swelling, several times a day. Cover the skin of the ankle before applying ice so that the ice is not contacting it directly.
  • Use of bandaging to prevent increased inflammation from the buildup of blood; however, the ankle cannot be significantly swollen at the time it is bandaged.
  • Use of elevation to keep the ankle higher than the heart to reduce inflammation.
  • Physical therapy to regain strength in the sprained ankle. Tennis players can begin to practice at this point to assist with the therapy.
  • When full return to the tennis court is contemplated, ankles should be taped or in a sports brace for protection and to prevent the ankle from spraining again. Use of bandaging, braces or special shoes will likely be required for a few months after starting to play again. It’s important to remember that following these guidelines will help to ensure long-term ankle stability.

Tennis can be a very rough sport on the ankles. 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 provide your ankles with the most comprehensive care possible to allow you to be the best you can on and off the court! So, take a moment to make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above.

Athlete’s Foot is a very common infection that affects the skin of the foot and swimmers are particularly disposed to contracting it since the fungus that causes it grows in damp and warm places. Since most people will choose to swim in warm pools rather than ice-cold lakes, this will continue to affect swimmers. As this condition is highly communicable, it’s no surprise that it is frequently contracted at swimming pools since individuals walk barefoot in these locations and the surface can be contaminated with fungus. Moreover, the feet of swimmers can be damp, warm and dark in between their toes, which makes it even easier for the fungus to thrive. Symptoms of this condition include the skin of the foot that becomes red, scratchy, dry, broken and rashes that could produce a burning sensation.

Treatment for this condition involves:

•    Swimmers, as well as anyone else, should use antifungal medicated creams or lotions to attack the fungus.

•    Antibiotics may be necessary if other bacterial infections result.

•    Feet should always be kept dry, including in between toes.

•    Use a separate towel to dry your feet if you have this condition to prevent spreading it to other parts of the body.

•    Swimmers should utilize flip-flops when walking adjacent to a pool and in locker rooms.

•    Place talcum powder on feet after drying them.

•    Utilize socks that absorb moisture and change them daily to prevent the buildup of fungus within them.

•    Use shoes that are large enough to allow air to flow within them.

•    Refrain from wearing the same shoes on consecutive days so that they have an opportunity to circulate air.

This condition can cause much inconvenience for swimmers. 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 your feet stay healthy during those back strokes! Please make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and we’ll help you maintain your swimming feet.

Friday, 09 March 2018 20:13

Arthritis is Not for the Weary

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Arthritis translates to joint inflammation and is also, unfortunately, the cause of discomfort and rigidity. This condition is a chronic condition that progresses by deteriorating the cartilage in the foot’s joints over time. The loss of cartilage removes the cushioning between bones and causes bones to rub against each other directly. This wearing down of the joints causes a reduction in mobility and deformities. This condition can get worse as individuals age or if they are exposed to significant drama. The joints of the foot that are most affected are the location of where the ankle and shinbone connect, joints of the heel bone, inside of the mid-foot, the outer mid-foot and the big toe joint.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Losing weight can help reduce tension on joints.
  • Utilizing support devices for the ankle and foot such as braces or canes.
  • Physical therapy to reduce rigidity in the joints.
  • Anti-inflammatories to decrease inflammation of the joints.
  • Steroid injections into the joints to reduce swelling.
  • Surgical procedures may be required if this condition continues to get worse with conservative treatments. Arthroscopic, fusion and joint replacement surgery are some of the common types that are chosen.
    • Arthroscopic surgery will assist with removing foreign tissues or spurs that may be in the joint.
    • Fusion surgery will involve fusing bones together via apparatuses such as pins or screws.
    • Joint replacement surgery will involve the replacement of the ankle joint by using artificial implants. This form of surgery is not used as often due to the nature of the procedure.

This condition can cause long lasting and lingering pain. Please contact us because it’s never too early to combat this condition. 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 provide quality and proven treatment methods for your feet! Therefore, please make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above!

Thursday, 01 March 2018 17:03

Swollen Joints Crowd Your Comfort

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Swelling of the Foots Joints can be a complicated issue. Its the accumulation of fluid inside the soft tissue adjoining the joint. This condition is the enlargement of the joints and is generally caused by an inflammatory response or trauma to the joint or surrounding structures. Swelling of these joints can cause it to look as if it is unusually shaped and can lead to significant pain or stiffness. When this happens to the joint after a trauma, it can be a sign of a bone breaking or perhaps a tendon or ligament tearing.

This condition can also be caused by an infection that can also result in a fever. Other symptoms associated with this condition include redness, joint warmth or a reduction in mobility of the joint. Once joints are swollen in the foot, it can lead to any number of arthritic conditions. And in turn, arthritis increases joint inflammation and causes additional redness and warmth.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Physical therapy whereby a focus is placed on exercising and stretching the feet and toes to increase joint movement and elasticity.
  • Wearing correctly fitting shoes that are comfortable and supportive. This would include refraining from wearing high heels.
  • Utilizing topical ointments that can provide relief for arthritic pain. These ointments generally contain capsaicin, which is found in chili peppers and helps to manage pain sensations.
  • Massaging the toes and certain areas of the foot so that joints can increase motion and feel relief from pain.
  • Orthotics are also very helpful in providing long-lasting relief for arthritic toes by helping to re-align and distribute weight evenly over the entire surface area of the foot.
  • Ice packs can provide substantial relief by numbing the pain and decreasing inflammation.

Joint swelling of the foot region can become a painful proposition. Please contact us if your foot joints are swollen. 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, we can treat your inflamed joints with care and efficiency! Therefore, please make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above.

Thursday, 22 February 2018 19:04

Orthotics Bring Comfort

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Custom orthotic inserts work by modifying the forces that are placed on different regions of the foot caused by numerous reasons. Orthotics assist with alleviating discomfort produced by other foot complications. These devices help to align the foot and, in certain types, utilize a custom molded material that contour to the shape of a particular individuals foot to provide stability to the arch to stop imbalanced weight allocation. Orthotics help to reduce inflammation in feet by correcting the uneven nature of pressure points that may be causing pain for a variety of reasons. The effects of these devices are felt throughout the body and can be made into a vast variety of shapes to provide comfort to any foot shape. Orthotics, like new shoes, require a period of adjustment whereby feet get used to them. There may be a slight pain at the beginning that will eventually give way to comfort as orthotics work their charm. Alterations of these devices can include safety devices that help in adjusting motion.

Custom Orthotics can be used to treat the following:

  • Foot conditions such as tendinitis, diabetic foot ulcers or other plantar deformities.
  • Chronic pain in feet can be reduced by a variety of orthotics such as arch supports (to deter high/low arches and flat feet), insoles, cushions or other types that may work better for some feet than others.

Orthotics are a wonder in fighting foot pain and can be indispensable for providing comfort without the use of invasive procedures. Please contact us if your feet experience chronic pain or are subject to foot conditions that may be treated by the use of these devices. 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 treat your foot pain with custom molded orthotic devices! So, please take a moment to make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above.