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Thursday, 14 September 2017 17:45

Joint Swelling Should be Treated with Care

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Joint swelling of the ankle can be painful and immobilizing. This condition should be treated with care and high urgency. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can assist you with treating your swollen ankle. Please call or visit our team of podiatrists 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).

Joint inflammation of the ankle can be a common issue which causes the buildup of liquid within the ankle joint or in the tissues around the ankle. This happens because the body naturally increases the flow of blood to joint injuries, which increases swelling and creates a stiff and painful feeling. This condition can result from poor circulation, a severe injury, gout or even arthritis.

A common cause of blood flow problems leading to ankle joint swelling are blood clots, which happens in a single leg. Those with other complications can have a higher propensity to develop blood clots or other blood flow issues. Severe injuries can be in the form of ankle sprains or broken ankles and are the most common causes of ankle inflammation because they can happen in any number of environments. Gout occurs when there is a buildup of uric acid crystals in your ankle. These crystals are associated with digestion but can accumulate in the ankle, causing inflammation. Arthritis is not so common, but if it effects the ankle, can be seriously painful.

Treatments for ankle joint inflammation can include anti-inflammatories that are generally prescribed for sprains. Other helpful forms of treatment include rest, icing, compression and elevation of the swollen ankle joint. The main focus of treatment is to reduce swelling in a targeted and quick manner. Surgery may however be required for severe issues with the most likely forms being ankle fusion or ankle replacement.

If your ankles are swollen and painful, please contact us as soon as possible since this condition can get worse with time. Please allow us to provide you with the very best treatment for your ankle!

Athlete’s Foot is referred to as Tinea Pedia and is a skin disease that can be caused by fungus that generally occurs between the toes. It can however also happen in other areas of the feet. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can help to treat athlete’s foot. You can call or visit our team of podiatrists 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).

The fungus that causes athlete’s foot usually attacks feet because it thrives in the dark and moist environments such as in shoes which inspires its growth. This condition generally happens because of swimming pools, showers or gym locker rooms because they are havens for fungi. The name athlete’s foot was coined because it’s so prevalent among athletes who used these types of facilities on a frequent basis. However, now that the general public is more active, it can be associated with anyone, not just athletes. Symptoms include dry skin, itching or burning between toes or swelling. Athlete's foot can spread to the soles or toenails because of scratching the infection and then spreading it when touching other areas of the body with the same hand.

Treatment can include antifungal medications that are either topical or oral, depending on which your doctor prescribes. If there is an infection caused by bacteria and not fungus, then antibiotics are especially effective. Keeping your feet dry with foot powder in your shoes is very helpful and frequent bathing of toes is necessary to avoid getting athlete’s foot. If a family member develops this condition, it could be necessary to disinfect showers after each use to prevent another person from becoming infected since the fungi can linger until it is removed.

                                                                       

If you believe you may be the victim of athlete’s foot, please contact us as soon as possible. We will ensure that you get the very best treatment for your feet with regards to athlete’s foot today!

 

Diabetics must be careful to ensure that treating their wounds is of the utmost importance to their routine. Failure to treat wounds for those who have diabetes can be a fatal misstep. Thankfully, our podiatrists, Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, can help to treat wounds in diabetics. You can visit our team of podiatrists at the Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown).

Diabetic Foot Care, as mentioned above, is a must do for diabetics at the first sign of foot wounds because they can turn into foot ulcers. These foot ulcers form as openings in the skin on the foot that can reveal the tissue residing underneath. Diabetic foot ulcers can be so dangerous that amputation may be required. It may be possible to sever only the ulcer from the skin in an attempt to save the entire foot. Nerve damage is likely to happen when wounds are not treated correctly. This can hinder the feeling in your feet, which can severely complicate your overall foot and ankle health. A lack of sensation in feet is very dangerous for diabetics since you may not realize when an injury is sustained. Diabetics generally have poor circulation to the feet. This condition makes it harder for wounds to heal. 

Your medical provider may provide a method for cleaning the wound, or may prescribe medicines to destroy the infection. Losing weight also helps because it reduces the amount of pressure on your feet, and therefore on wounds on the bottom of feet. Routine daily activities suddenly become more serious because precautions must be taken no matter how simple your grooming may be as any unnecessary cuts or injuries could lead to surgery. 

Proper diabetic wound care is essential to ensure the long-term health of the feet of diabetics. If you’re a diabetic and have concerns about treating wounds on your feet, please call us as today for a consultation so that we can help make sure your feet stay healthy!

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.