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Items filtered by date: July 2017
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 12:45

Say No To Neuromas

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

           

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