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.
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 Idol, Dr. 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!
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 Idol, Dr. 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!
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 Idol, Dr. 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.
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 Idol, Dr. 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!
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.
Ankle instability occurs for a variety of reasons. It happens when an ankle sprains or becomes injured and does not heal correctly. It is this incorrect healing that makes your ankle prone to becoming reinjured. When the outer part of the ankle constantly buckles after weight is put on it, a decrease in mobility is generally the result.
The instability in your ankle can lead to repetitive sprains or ankle breaks that could require major surgery. This can be magnified when you’re on uneven surfaces. The pain can range from negligible to severe. It can cause the ankle to become sensitive to touch and undergo inflammation. Weakened ligaments at the ankle can also be a contributing factor to twisting your ankle in a way that causes ankle instability. You have to exercise caution with your ankle to prevent it from becoming a constant problem.
If you suffer from ankle instability, try these tips:
- General physical therapy and rest can help the ankle heal.
- When the ankle becomes injured often, it may be time to have ankle replacement to prevent arthritis. This procedure will cause the ankle bone to be cut, permitting metal and plastic pieces to be placed in that area. The ankle joint will then be able to perform more securely and the muscles or tendons can withstand long periods of stress without constantly becoming injured from instability.
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, can treat your ankle instability with smart care that enhances your ankle strength without causing great disruption to your routine. So, please call our office at any of the numbers provided above for the good of your ankles!
Flat feet occur as the arch loses its flexible nature. The arch of the foot fails and the entire surface area of the foot hits the ground. It may not cause much pain, but it usually occurs in young children although others can develop it later in life as well due to a hereditary condition. Nevertheless, most people outgrow their flat feet.
Symptoms that you have flat feet can be seen in sluggish feet after standing or taking part in sporting activities for long periods of time. Flexible and rigid flat feet are the two most common types that people can get. Flexible feet have semi-formed arches that can give in from time to time and rigid flat feet have significantly weak arches that are constantly underdeveloped.
What you can do to counteract the effects of flat feet:
- Use shoes that have a great amount of support.
- Use medications to reduce inflammation.
- Wear orthotics to mimic the arch that is non-existent. This can be very beneficial to those with frequent pain caused by their flat feet.
- Participate in physical therapy to reduce strain and to help strengthen the foot’s muscles to counteract the effects of flat feet. This can also help to fix abnormal positions of the feet.
- Losing weight can help with lowering pressure placed on the arches of the foot.
- Surgery may be necessary when the above methods are not successful. It may be used to repair ankle bones or to create support for the foot that the arches would have naturally provided.
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, can help to work with the particular degree of flat feet you may be experiencing in an efficient and lasting manner! Please call our office at any of the numbers provided above to get your arch back in place.
Orthotics can be very helpful in easing your foot pain. They are made as shoe inserts and help to support and align the foot to correct an abnormal application of pressure on the foot or an irregular walking pattern. This improvement is accomplished by changing the angles that the foot hits the ground and cushioning it from unnecessary pressures. They are especially helpful since when your foot is out of alignment.
Custom fitted orthotics are the most beneficial since they fit the contours of your feet. Arch supports, insoles, heel liners and foot cushions are other forms of orthotics that help with reducing pain in the feet. Arch supports help counteract high arches, low arches and flat feet by supporting the natural arch of the foot. Insoles supply cushioning and support. Heel liners also provide additional cushioning to the heel and can help decrease discomfort caused by a reduction in the heels natural lining.
Orthotics Have Many Applications
- Orthotics fight off pain located at the heel and arch. They assist with distributing pressure evenly within the foot and keep the foot in an unbiased position, which helps to counteract pain from standing.
- Orthotics can stimulate healing as stress is no longer being felt by susceptible parts of the feet. This can be seen with preventing injuries in athletes by re-directing pressures away from sensitive areas of the feet.
- Orthotics treat issues such as plantar fasciitis and diabetic foot ulcers as they prevent sores from developing on the feet.
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, can help provide your feet with unparalleled comfort through our custom orthotics! So, please call our office at any of the numbers provided above
Calluses are raised levels of skin on the feet that are caused by dead skin cells. They occur because of feet rubbing against the shoes you choose to wear when walking or running for long periods of time. This process is a protective mechanism since the skin beneath the callus is sheltered from the layers of dead skin; however, calluses can become problematic.
Calluses can become throbbing and are typically the result of an uneven dispersal of the foot’s stride that develops into the rigid skin. Factors leading to this condition include wrongly fitting shoes that are too slender and that squeeze the toes which increases the friction forces on the foot. Genetic deformities may also cause this condition to get worse. They can become unnecessarily large and may cause issues with shoe fitting or mobility. Moreover, calluses can get very thick, break down, and develop into ulcers. This is why treatment can come in very handy.
Treatment for calluses involves:
- Wearing open toe shoes such as sandals to allow for the toes to move more freely and to prevent the irritation of the skin of the feet from shoes that may contribute to calluses. Alternating shoes can also be very helpful.
- Surgical procedures may be required when calluses grow out of control. In this regard, these procedures will alter the location of the bone of the foot so that it is not placed in a manner that provides favorable conditions for the formation of calluses.
Calluses can cause many problems for your feet. It is best to get treatment sooner rather than later to prevent unnecessary complications. 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 best treatment methods possible to prevent any complications from calluses on your feet! Please call our office at any of the numbers listed above to help your feet overcome the potential pitfalls of calluses.
Athlete’s foot is an easily spreadable fungal infection that can cause many issues. It can travel from your feet to other parts of your body if it comes into contact with it. The way you contract it is from contact with another person or from walking barefoot in public areas such as pools and gym locker rooms.
Symptoms of athlete’s foot include:
- Itching in between your toes
- The presence of blisters
- Cracking skin or even a changed skin tone.
So, you should understand that athlete’s foot does have a great offense and will not stop unless you take defensive measures.
Treatment for this athlete’s foot includes:
- Using cold therapies such as ice to lower any inflammation and reduce the pain.
- Taking antifungal medications to attack the fungus causing the infection on your feet.
- Scrubbing the skin to reduce the external layers of infected skin. Only do this as the infection is going away.
- Wearing shoes that fit correctly and that are made of breathable material. This will help combat the environment most beneficial to fungus, moist and dark.
- Sterilizing your shoes so that fungus does not reside in there for the long-term.
- Keeping your shoes dry! This is very important in reducing the chances of having fungus thrive in them.
Athlete’s foot can cause many problems for your feet. It is best to combat it at its earliest stages to ensure that it does not spread thereafter. 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 ensure that your feet have the best chance of eradicating the fungus that causes athlete’s foot from your feet so that you can be pain and itch free! Please call our office at any of the numbers provided above so that your feet can be clear of the strongest offense put up by athlete’s foot.
Arthritic foot care is a very important part of managing the symptoms associated with arthritis, which can be very painful and incapacitate your feet. You see, arthritis fights over time and waits until it can take ahold of your joints when you let your guard down.
The joints of the feet and ankles weaken and cartilage diminishes causing the progressive inflammation of the foot’s joints. When the cartilage fades, bones brush against each other without a buffer. It is the swelling that produces the lessening of cartilage. Osteoarthritis is a common type that settles in with age. Yet, any form of arthritis to the feet or ankles can have lasting negative effects.
Preventative care and effective treatment must be long-term goals.
Ways to diminish the symptoms of arthritis:
- Try using anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling.
- Use other medications that can help to relieve pain.
- Use foot support devices to reduce pressure on the joints of the foot. These include orthotics that are custom made or shoes that have a relaxed fit.
- Place padding in shoes to help reduce pressures on joints.
- Exercising or physical therapy can help to strengthen joints.
- Shedding excess pounds that may be placing unnecessary stress on your joints.
- Surgical procedures may be necessary to replace or clean joints with arthritis. This will work by removing the damaged joint and replacing it with a reproduced one.
- The recovery period will require stabilization. This can be accomplished by using casts and special shoes that immobilize the joints of the feet while they heal.
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 reduce your arthritis pain and assist you with practicing long-term foot care that can delay painful symptoms from occurring early on. So, please call our office at any of the numbers provided above because it’s never too early to start proper arthritic foot care!
Plantar warts form on the bottom of feet. They don’t often protrude from your foot since they are constantly being pressed down as you walk and although they are generally not painful, they can become so if a large amount of pressure is applied to them when mobile. This is why taking care of your feet and controlling the conditions that they are in can help with prevention.
You’ll know you have a plantar wart because it will start small at first, and then grow much larger. They are generally due to viral infections on the outer layer of the skin. The type of virus usually associated with plantar warts is HPV, however, numerous strains of the virus exist. When plantar warts start to become a problem, they will produce a burning sensation, become tender and develop an infection. The infection that may happen can cause side-effects and lead to other problems.
How can you rid yourself of plantar warts?
- There are medications you can use to get rid of warts. This will help by allowing you to peel them off after the outer layers become softened.
- Using technology that freezes the outer layer and thereafter allows for a medical professional to scrape them off. This is usually accomplished by the use of liquid nitrogen.
- Laser technology may be utilized to burn them off. This will also be more useful after the plantar wart is frozen. These methods are helpful in destroying the virus that may cause plantar warts.
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 methods to relieve the pain caused by your plantar warts and will eradicate them from your feet for the long-term. Please call our office at any of the numbers provided above so we can help.
Ankle fractures happen as the ligament of the ankle joint tears and the bones break in the process. With all the negative effects that an ankle fracture can bring, it can also lead to arthritic joints. This happens as a side effect when waiting too long to obtain treatment. The ankle joint is prone to fractures more than any other type of injury because it plays an integral part in the foot’s movement, which can often be in many different directions.
Because increased amounts of tension placed on the ankle joint can lead to problems, it is important to reduce any activity that can cause it to fracture easily. These include sudden twists or lateral movements whereby the foot moves onto its side and causes an uneven amount of weight to be placed on the ankle.
This type of fracture will undoubtedly lead to severe pain as well as inflammation. The combination of these symptoms will render the ankle immobile until it heals. Healing is very important since an unstable ankle could result from your neglect.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Immobilizing the ankle with a rigid device such as a cast.
- Relieving stress on the ankle by refraining from bearing weight on it.
- Splinting the ankle to allow it to heal in the correct position and minimizing the risk of producing chronically weak ankles.
- Surgery may be the only answer for severe ankle fractures as it will act to realign the bones of the ankle. This is crucial to preserving the longevity and function of the ankle.
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 maximize your recovery with proven and insightful treatment methods tailored to your specific fracture. Please call our office at any of the numbers provided above in order to obtain advanced treatment so you can advance pain-free into your next step.