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Ingrown toenails don’t come easy. They cause pain and can hinder mobility if not treated during its early stages. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can provide you with great treatment options to help stop this condition. 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).

Ingrown Toenails generally occur on the big toe and cause the sides of the nail to dig downwards into the skin. This causes severe pain and sensitivity to happen in the area of the toe where the nail digs into, which in turn causes redness and inflammation. The swelling caused by this condition can significantly impair mobility as it can become very painful to move the toe and only grows worse as the condition remains untreated.

Treatment to help stop or prevent the formation of ingrown toenails involves soaking the infected toe in warm water, trimming nails in a straight manner so as to prevent rounded edged corners, not cutting the nails too short or using antibiotic cream to kill the infection at its originating location on the toe. Avoiding traumatic injuries to the toes and walking barefoot after long periods of activity can also help with preventing ingrown toenails. If these methods do not help, a podiatrist can raise the infected portion of the nail and apply oral antibiotics. Yet, if this method is not successful in fixing the stubborn ingrown nail, surgery may be performed to remove the outer portions of the nail so that the nail’s edges no longer dig into the skin and then use the application of phenol to destroy cells that stop nail growth in its tracks.

When your feet have ingrown toenails, the best option for those toes is to contact us so that we can help prevent any serious complications or injuries that may result from prolonged digging of the toenails into the surrounding skin. 

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 18:49

Orthotics Are More Helpful Than You Think

Custom orthotics are a great benefit to offset all types of foot conditions. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, will provide you with the most efficient and comfortable orthotics available to prevent serious foot and ankle conditions. 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).

Orthotics are generally prescribed by foot and ankle medical professionals. They insert into shoes and help to bring into line and support the foot. They exclusively help with preventing injuries in athletes by guiding mobility in a safe manner during high intensity activities. They are especially helpful to combat pain in the heel, arch and ball of the feet. They also help distribute pressure evenly within the foot and keep the foot in a neutral position, which helps with pain caused by excessive standing on the feet for long periods of time. These actions help to reduce the risk of severe injuries. Orthotics are also made in different shapes and have different modifying parts to support different issues with foot and ankle health. Modifications include posts, pads and other safety devices that assist in controlling motion and better offloading of pressure. It’s important to note that orthotics may require break-in periods and further adjustments to get them fitting and feeling right. This process is important and can be done best by medical professionals because they have the expertise to diagnose improper fitting orthotics, as well as provide further modifications that are precise and effective. Orthotics must be used in a functional manner so that they provide support without weakening other muscles. They must not be too overreaching to other areas of the foot and remain focused on reducing pain to specific areas of need.

If your feet are in constant pain due to injuries or normal day to day activities, orthotics can help to minimize pain and inflammation. For these reasons, please contact us as there will be many benefits to your long-term foot and ankle health.

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 17:45

Joint Swelling Should be Treated with Care

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!

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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!

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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!

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