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Ankle sprains are painful and can happen to anyone. In particular, the ligaments surrounding the ankle stretch or tear. Ankle movement in unnatural ways can cause a sprain which can end up incapacitating ankle mobility. Thankfully, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, can help to treat this condition. You can visit our team of podiatrists at the Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown).

Ligaments play a crucial role in ankle sprains, which occur when they stretch in excess of their capabilities. Those individuals with frequent sprains may experience long-term joint pain and failing movement. Multiple ligaments hold the bones of your feet together, and those located on the outside of the ankle usually sprain. Ligaments on the inside of the ankle however are stronger and do not sprain as easily. Sprains occurring higher up on the ankle may take longer to heal.

Ankle sprains happen when you make quick unstable movements while your foot stays immobile in one place. It’s important to note that the ankle is made of three bones: the tibia, fibula and talus. These bones work together to keep the ankle stable, yet sometimes your ankle can roll outward, while the foot actually turns inward. This reaction of movements causes ligaments on the outer part of the ankle to stretch and potentially rip. Remedies such as ice packs, rest, bandaging to reduce swelling, elevation and exercises can help to relax and strengthen the ligaments surrounding your ankle. Bandaging or taping is especially useful in keeping the ankle in the right position during recovery and is also needed when you return to playing sports as the ankle may be prone to re-injury. Exercising such as proper physical therapy after sustaining this injury is very important because a lack of proper care can result in chronic pain to the ankle because it never healed correctly.  

If you’re experiencing a sprained ankle, call us as soon as possible. You will receive the best of treatment and a better quality of life when your able to use your ankle at full movement!

Thursday, 17 August 2017 16:12

Don’t Let Your Rhythm Fall Flat to Flat Feet

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Flat feet are a common and yet unnecessary condition. Flat feet make it hard on your knees and many other parts of the body. Our team of doctors, Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, can help to treat this condition. You can visit our team of podiatrists at the Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown).

Flat feet are the result of the arches on the inside of your feet not tightening as normal.  Because those tendons don’t develop correctly, there is no proper arch to support the foot. Without this support, a larger than normal surface area of the foot hits the floor, which may lead to injuries and complications. These injuries can particularly effect other parts of the body as well because flat feet can cause an instability in balance. Participating in sports with flat feet or even normal walking may be painful for those with flat feet because they have the tendency to move their ankles inwards. This inward rotation can lead to abnormal angles in the ankle and surrounding joints. 

Orthotics are a huge help for treatment because they can mimic the arch support that’s lacking to those who suffer from flat feet. Exercises can be used to help minimize the rotation of the ankles from going inwards, which in turn helps to correct an abnormal stride. New technology in orthotics can help those with the flattest of feet to develop an arch. At minimum, they can mimic the effect of arches and provide a safer alternative to the strain put on the tendons in feet without proper arch support.

If you think your routine is hampered by flat feet, please consider calling us as soon as possible. You won’t regret contacting us as this opportunity could provide you with a better quality of life and avoid unnecessary pain.

Thursday, 10 August 2017 14:32

There's Nothing Corny About Dealing With Corns

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Corns can be a real bummer in your daily routine because they can cause significant foot pain, especially when pressure is applied. They usually result from skin rubbing against the inside of your shoe. Luckily, our team of doctors, Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, can help to treat this condition. You can visit our team of podiatrists at the Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown.

Corns are not a welcome surprise when you realize they’re on your feet. They usually develop on the top of feet and are often round in shape. They can also occur when a bone is out of place, causing the skin between your bone and shoe to rub and the outer layer of the skin to thicken for protection from the unusual pressure. Corns can become severe if they become infected, which can hurt normal tissue or reduce foot movement. Hard corns usually form at the top of the little toes because these areas are where poorly fitting shoes tend to rub the most. Soft corns can form and remain between toes from sweat in those areas. Unfortunately, these types of corns are very susceptible to becoming infected, so beware!

There are several herbal treatments that may help treat corns:

  • Rubbing the infected area with pineapple.
  • Oil of oregano can also be used.
  • Rubbing vinegar on the site.
  • Eating foods rich in fiber can also have a healthy effect.

If you develop corns, it’s best to visit us to avoid severe foot complications, especially for those who stand all day on their feet. If you are experiencing corns, call us as soon as possible. Take the opportunity to get the very best treatment offered by our team.

Tuesday, 01 August 2017 13:43

Heel Pain Can Put a Kink in Your Step

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Heel pain can seriously impact your daily routine. In particular, the plantar fascia (the ligament connecting your heel bone to your toes) is usually the cause of heel pain when it gets weak or strained. If left untreated, it can tear and get seriously painful. Thankfully our team of doctors, Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, can help to treat this condition. You can visit our team of podiatrists at the Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown.

With each step, the plantar fascia and other foot muscles work to assist with forces on the arch. Plantar fasciitis occurs when there is frequent strain on this area, causing inflammation at the base of the heel. Inflammation in this area has an effect on the whole body because your heel is important to your overall stability.

Stretching, getting plenty of rest and shoe inserts can help alleviate pain from this condition, yet those who routinely stand all day for work end up with significant injuries because of the continuous damage done to the heel. Stretching is by far the most preventative treatment for plantar fasciitis as it can help to alleviate weight from your foot until the original swelling dissipates.

You can try applying ice to the swollen area for 30 minutes four times a day to reduce your symptoms. Prescriptions for anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen may also be called for; yet, exercises to stretch the plantar fascia are still the best of treatments. Exercises help as the heel gets better because it can help it get stronger and therefore be less prone to injury in the future. In particular, the following exercises can significantly help to reduce heel pain:

  • Stretching toes
  • Stretching the calf
  • Towel curls

As you can see, heel pain left undiagnosed can lead to severe foot injuries, especially for those who stand all day on their feet. If you are experiencing chronic heel pain, call us as soon as possible for an appointment. Take the opportunity to get the very best treatment offered by our team.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 12:45

Say No To Neuromas

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Neuromas are no laughing matter. They can lead to severe issues with your feet. They occur when the outer coating of a nerve in your foot thickens; which, eventually lead to numbness. Luckily, our team of doctors,  Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, can help to treat this condition. You can visit our team of podiatrists at the Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown).

Neuromas generally occur because two bones recurrently brush against each other. This usually effects the area between the third and fourth toes. Symptoms include burning or numbness that can happen after long walks or standing for a long period of time. Diabetes can also cause these symptoms to occur because of the nerve impact.

Pain from this condition can become severe and may be excruciating if left untreated. In the event treatment can be used without surgery, the following may be used: medication, ultrasound, special shoes or orthotics. Padding and massaging the ball of the foot may also help to alleviate neuroma related pain. It’s important to remember that massages are most effective at the end of the day, generally after a hot bath. Afterwards, ice should be placed on the area with the neuroma.

When non-surgical treatments do not help, surgery may be required to remove the neuroma. Specifically, a portion of the swollen nerve is removed. You can usually put weight on your foot soon after surgery but surgical shoes may be required for a few weeks. However, a small area of the foot may feel numb in the location where the nerve was removed.

As you can see, neuromas can lead to severe situations, especially if the burning sensation gets worse. If you have a neuroma, call us as soon as possible. Take the opportunity to get the very best treatment offered by our team.

Achilles Tendinitis is a common foot injury. It can be painful since the pain originates from the Achilles Tendon from the back of the heel. It can unfortunately be an agony for athletes, especially those who run frequently. Our podiatrists, Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, can help to treat this condition. You can visit our team of podiatrists at the Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown).

Achilles Tendinitis is the swelling, deterioration and the unbalanced healing of the Achilles tendon, which is the big tendon in the back of the leg that insets into the heel. Pain from this condition can gradually increase and be of varying levels, even without a major incident being the cause. The gradual nature of this condition tends to leave many of those afflicted with it surprised when the pain becomes significant. If it’s left untreated, the tendon can break. This would unfortunately require surgery. 

Activities that commonly stress the tendon can cause this condition and swelling would be the first sign. In certain instances, long periods of standing can also cause pain. Home remedies and anti-inflammatory medicines may fail since the actual muscle shortens and produces a regular strain. Exercising and ice may reduce pain but will only provide minor relief because they help reduce swelling rather than repairing the damaged tendon.

Physical therapy such as acupuncture or wearing special shoes are sometimes effective to reduce pain. For those runners out there, tendon pain does not always occur at the time of running and will likely occur within 48 hours after the activity. Using the preventive measures discussed above right away may help reduce the severity of an injury caused by Achilles Tendinitis.

 If you are experiencing Achilles Tendinitis, please contact our office online for an appointment or call us as soon as possible. Take the opportunity to get the very best treatment offered by our team.

Hammertoes have a way of seriously impacting your life because they can reduce mobility. They occur when there is are a bending of the toe at the initial joint. If left untreated, it can lead to immobility of the foot. Our podiatrists, Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, can help to treat this condition and also provide surgery if needed. You can visit our team of podiatrists at the Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown).

Hammertoes are deformities of the toe and occur with higher frequency in women, about 80 percent, because women tend to wear high heels and narrow shoes that lead to bending in the center of the joint. 

The following can be helpful in preventing this condition from forming:

  • Wearing shoes with soft materials or open toe shoes.
  • Have popular shoes stretched around the toe box. 
  • Self-help exercises can prevent the joint from bending in an unnatural way.
  • Silicone pads or foot inserts with custom orthotics can help alleviate pain.

There are several surgical treatments that may also be helpful:

  • Removal of parts of the toe joint that’s stopping the deformed toe from straightening. 
  • Re-routing of the tendon so the toe can be straightened and ease the joint pressure.
  • Shorten the bone so that extra space can be made for the toe to fill in footwear. 
  • Removing part of the joint, which will reduce pain and allow the bones in the toe to grow in a natural manner.  
  • Implanting orthopedic products can to fix deformities. 

If you are experiencing Hammertoes, please contact our office online for an appointment or call us as soon as possible. Take the opportunity to get the very best treatment offered by our team.

Friday, 07 July 2017 14:23

Feel the Power of Orthotics For Yourself

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Without proper support for your feet, uneven weight distribution to the feet could occur. Fortunately, orthotics are here to the rescue! They help prevent seve

re conditions and correct unequal weight distribution spread across the feet. Our podiatrists, Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, can help you with a custom feeling orthotic. Come and visit us at the Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown).

Orthotics help feet maintain an unbiased position which helps your knees and lower back line up correctly. This will help the body to function correctly and decrease potential pain. They can even help reduce knee pain because it’s related to the arch not maintaining the joint in an unbiased position. Custom orthotics support the arch to prevent unequal weight distribution that can cause uneven pressure along the foot. These pressure points may lead to swelling that can cause substantial un-comfort. Orthotics can help to spread your weight consistently along the foot and reduce pressure points, and help the rest of the body to heal. Our orthotics will help to reduce pressure points at the heel and spread body weight over the entire surface area of the foot. Orthotics can help many foot problems from arch pain to Achille’s Tendonitis.

Our use of state of the art technology allows us to provide your feet with a custom feeling orthotic that will act to minimize pain unique to your feet. By using our orthotics, you will help to minimize heel pain brought about by unequal pressure points.

For those experiencing uneven pressure points in their feet, we will provide you with the best chance of preventing serous pain by fitting you with a custom orthotic tailored to fit the curves of your feet. So don’t hesitate to contact our office online for an appointment or call us as soon as possible. Take the opportunity to visit our team to receive the best option for treatment and pain reduction.

           

Thursday, 29 June 2017 16:38

Fungal Nails are a Stinky Situation

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Our team of podiatrists, Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, at the Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, can treat a variety of foot and ankle health conditions. Toenail Fungus can be unsightly and painful and may potentially lead to major surgery. It will require treatment if not managed correctly. Visit us at of our four Southern Maryland locations (Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown). Treatment will help to prevent pain that can occur with toenail fungus.

Toenail Fungus is common around pools, gyms or even carpeting. 1 in 10 adults develop a toenail fungus infection. This infection can lead to brittle or swollen nails. The fungus will cause nail color to dull and loose its shine, with small white dots forming under the nail. If left untreated, nails will become brown. The area around the infected nails will also start to emit an odor. For elder adults with weakened immune systems, treatment is more urgent as the infection can enter their blood stream.

One form of treatment through drugs is Lamisil, taken for 90 days. Antifungal nail polish or other topical treatments also help to treat nail fungus. Essential oils can help because they have antifungal properties and they can easily be absorbed by the skin to for an immediate benefit. 

Laser treatment may be necessary if the above remedies are unhelpful. This treatment eliminates the source of the fungal infection. The laser penetration is minimally invasive, goes through the surface, and completely kills the infection that causes the fungus under the nails. Fungus will no longer grow after treatment. 

The earlier Toenail Fungus is treated, the less likely laser treatment will be required. However, if you have toenail fungus that is significantly changing toenail color and causing pain, don’t hesitate to contact our office online for an appointment or call us as soon as possible. Please feel free to discuss your Toenail Fungus with our staff and we will determine the best course of treatment specifically tailored for your feet. 

Thursday, 22 June 2017 13:47

Bunions can be Lead to a Bad Condition

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Our team at the Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland can treat a variety of foot and ankle health conditions. Bunions can require significant treatment if not managed correctly. Our team of podiatrists, Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, can treat bunions at one of our four Southern Maryland locations (Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown). Treatment will help to relieve pain and eliminate potential complications.

Bunions are skeletal bumps that form on the joint at the bottom of your big toe. They form because of the pressure exerted when your big toe pushes against the adjacent toe. This causes your big toe joint to get larger and protrude outwards. Generally, the skin covering a bunion will be red. Wearing close-fitting, slender shoes could agitate bunions. Designer shoes with narrow toe boxes can push big toes inward. Raised heels can also cause bunions because the big toe stays bent and budding toward the adjacent toe, causing the lower bones to push out. Bunions can also be genetic or the result of a medical condition such as arthritis.

Natural bunion treatment can be any of the following:

  • Toe spacers that can help restore toes to the normal position.
  • Massage and exercise that can help foot muscles move in a natural direction.
  • Footwear that can reverse damage if it helps aid in natural toe movement.

If natural treatments cannot stop the formation of large bunions, surgery can help position the toe back to the location it was in before the bunion formed. After surgery, arch supports and cushioned shoes are used to help with recovery. Surgery generally includes the following:

  • Realigning the metatarsophalangeal joint at the bottom of the big toe. The tendons around the big toe are thereafter repaired. 
  • Alleviating pain.
  • Correcting malformation of the toes and foot.

Recovery can take a few months to a year. Adequate dressing of the surgical site and medication will help to speed up recovery. Physical therapy may be required post-surgery for severe conditions. Tight fitting shoes should also be avoided after surgery for maximum recovery. 

The earlier bunions are treated, the less likely surgery is required. However, if you have bunions that are significantly reducing foot motion and causing pain, don’t hesitate to contact our office online for an appointment or call us as soon as possible.