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Friday, 27 October 2017 13:09

It’s Hard to Ignore Heel Pain

Heel pain can be debilitating and hard to ignore because it can arise during routine activities. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can provide you with quality treatment for your heel pain before it becomes unbearable 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).

Heel Pain generally results from plantar fasciitis, which involves swelling of tissue that extends from the bottom of the foot to the heel bone. This condition results in the ligament on the bottom of the foot stretching irregularly, causing tiny tears in the ligament. Constant heel pain is associated with plantar fasciitis when it’s not treated early on. Heel pain produces bruising, swelling, burning while resting at night or sores that do not heal as usual because of peripheral vascular disease. Contributing causes to heel pain include arthritis because it produces inflammation of the joints or deformities in the heel, diabetes, poor foot wear or standing for extended amounts of time.

Heel Spurs are another usual cause of pain in the heel as they are pointed bone fragments that form on the heel bone. They form at the same time as plantar fasciitis and pain is felt the most when first walking after long periods of relaxation. Although pain does go away as the foot is returned to normal activity, it unfortunately returns after returning to rest.

Treatments to alleviate pain from the pain discussed above include getting plenty of rest, exercise, cold treatment through ice packs, anti-inflammatories or heel inserts. Other methods include stretching and massaging the calf muscle, wearing properly fitted shoes or weight loss. Preventing surgery by reducing inflammation can be successful in stopping pain and can actually reverse damage without the need for invasive surgical treatments. However, early treatment through the methods discussed above are a necessity to avoiding surgery. For these reasons, please contact us today for a comprehensive diagnosis and thoughtful treatment plan that can help you avoid serious complications from heel pain.

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Friday, 20 October 2017 16:40

Don’t Get Lazy with Calluses

Calluses can be painful or a nagging annoyance. Either way, knowing what they are and how to treat them could save you from a painful situation. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can provide you with preventive information and/or treatment depending on how advanced your calluses have become, all 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).

Calluses are areas of thickened skin on feet and are a protective mechanism to protect the skin underneath it from extra forces exerted for extended periods of time. They are basically made of dead skin cells in reaction to friction or pressure. Calluses can form over several weeks and can fade away if the excess pressure that caused it is reduced. They can develop from an unnatural stride, bad-fitting shoes, high-heeled shoes (which put extreme amounts of pressure on the toes - causing women to develop this condition more frequently), foot deformities or wearing shoes without socks which leads to increased amounts of friction forces on the feet. Rubbing or pressure applied on the foot can cause this condition. Since feet are constantly in a closed and damp setting, there are increased chances of fungal and bacterial infections since they thrive in such an environment. Bacterial infections in particular can start when they insert themselves through calluses when there is a breakdown in the skin.

However, when they get too thick and interfere with day to day routines, they may need to be sheared before they become painful and potentially develop blisters underneath. Severe pain can result from the calluses cracking and subsequently expose the skin underneath. To treat this condition on a daily basis, you can soak them in warm water and thereafter rub them with a pumice stone to remove the dead skin layers that have been softened. This can help to stop extra layers of thickened skin from developing. Please contact us today if you are suffering from calluses to get treatment proactively and effectively. 

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Ankle instability can be a frequent occurrence if it’s chronic and can result in a painful situation.The feeling of a weak ankle can stop you from participating in routine activities. Proper care and treatment is required to adequately deal with this condition. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can assist you with treatment 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).

Ankle Instability is a condition in which the ankle repeatedly “gives out” while engaged in physical activities, walking, standing, or when weight or pressure is placed on the ankle. Instability typically affects the outside part of the ankle, that causes it to turn inwards. Ankle instability can result in continual pain, soreness, inflammation or a sensation that the ankle can buckle at any given time. Unfortunately, recurrent sprains can lead to a chronic condition of ankle instability because each sprain stretches the ligaments. Without taking measure to re-strengthen the injured ligament, it will stay frail and prone to instability.

This condition most often requires physical therapy, which will make the muscles of the ankle and foot stronger and increase their mobility. Getting a great amount of rest, using ice and taking medications will help to reduce swelling. Braces or any other type of ankle support apparatus can help with the ankle joint. Footwear is also very important to the overall stability of the ankle. Surgery may be required in cases where preventive measures and less invasive treatments do not correct this condition. However, recovering from surgery may take several months as the ankle is restored to its optimal position.

If you have constant ankle pain with a feeling that it will buckle under normal activity and it does not improve with taking preventive measures, please contact us today to setup an appointment. We can make sure you are given proper treatment and knowledge so that your ankle instability becomes a problem of the past!

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Friday, 06 October 2017 13:12

Diabetic Shoes Can Give You That Extra Step

Diabetics need to exercise and perform activities such as walking for their overall health. However, this takes a toll on their feet and can be risky for their foot and ankle health. Diabetic Shoes are therefore imperative for allowing diabetics to maintain an active lifestyle since it is essential to remain healthy.

Diabetics experience numbness in their feet, which makes it difficult to realize that their feet are rubbing against their shoes and causing blisters or sores. This is dangerous because the sores don’t heal normally due to the restriction in blood flow. These complications may get worse due to the fact that diabetics may not realize that they are developing on their feet. Diabetic shoes have a taller and wider toe box that gives toes more freedom to move, preventing them from rubbing against each other and blistering. They also support the foot, ankles, heels and have stabilizers in the sole, thicker material and extra width to prevent unnatural rolling of the foot. Diabetic shoes are also deeper and have removable insoles to allow for orthotics that provide an even stride.

A common complaint with these types of shoes are that they are not fashionable. However, the benefit of these shoes is more important than any fashion trend as they can help to provide support and care for your feet that will keep them in good shape for a long time. For these reasons, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can assist you with finding the best diabetic shoe to help your foot avoid complications. Please 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). We will make sure that your feet are comfortable in the right shoes that provide the right amount of cushioning and support. Please contact us today to set up an appointment so that you can stop any further friction caused by normal fitting shoes and allow your feet to move freely in a customized diabetic shoe. 

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