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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!

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 13:43

Heel Pain Can Put a Kink in Your Step

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.

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