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Items filtered by date: October 2018
Tuesday, 30 October 2018 18:45

Diabetic Foot Care Is Fundamental

Diabetic foot care involves extending the longevity of your foot and ankle health in the face of the serious complications associated with that disease. For those with diabetes, any minor scuffs on their feet could develop into an infection that can cause nerve harm, numbness and potential amputation. Patients with diabetes are extra vulnerable to severe foot infections because of the reduced blood flow in their feet which makes it difficult for healing to occur.

Since there is reduced feeling in their feet due to neuropathy, those with diabetes must take extra care to avoid any cuts or nicks on their feet. They must also check their feet to ensure there is no infection developing without their knowledge. Foot muscles may also not work properly because of impairment to the nerves in the feet. This can cause a huge amount of compression in a single area of the foot and a foot ulcer may develop.

Peripheral vascular disease is another complication when diabetes interrupts the flow of blood to your feet. Wounds do not heal appropriately because blood does not reach the wound site when it is required and healing may be delayed as a result. Because there are many risks associated with diabetes, you must take proper care to avoid serious complications

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Get regular medical check-ups and inspect your feet routinely.
  • Have your blood sugar levels checked on a schedule to monitor your health.
  • Participate in physical therapy to help increase blood flow and provide relief from diabetes.
  • Wear shoes that are appropriately fitted to your feet and which do not aggravate them when walking.
  • Be careful about bringing your feet into contact with surfaces that are overly hot or cold since you may not feel pain due to numbness.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas have what it takes to help you manage your feet and ankle health in the face of diabetes. Please contact us for an appointment today! We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. 

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 18:02

The Plight of Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a major part of your arch function and plays an important part in day-to-day mobility. When there is stretching in this area, it results in swelling at the bottom of the heel causing plantar fasciitis. This painful condition usually results in a sharp and aching discomfort that occurs as you first place weight on your heels after resting for a long period of time. Using shoes that have soft soles or no arch support can also lead to higher rates of plantar fasciitis because of the effect they have on your arch. Those who have high arches or flat feet are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Also, those with tight Achilles tendons can also have this injury occur more easily.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Participate in physical therapy to manage pain as therapy can help to stretch the plantar fascia, reinforce lower leg muscles and support steadiness when walking. This treatment can lower the amount of pressure on the plantar fascia.
  • Shoe support devices such as inserts can help to reduce pain.
  • Anti-inflammatories are also beneficial as they can lessen swelling in the heel region.
  • Losing weight can help to reduce inflammation.
  • Ice therapy is also very helpful with reducing inflammation on the heel.
  • Orthotics are another type of support device that have immense benefits for your heel, as they can relieve friction and allow your heel to recover at the same time.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas will provide targeted treatment to fix the cause of your heel issues with accuracy so that your pain can be reduced for the long-term. If you have had enough of your heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis, please contact us for an appointment today! We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We want to show you why we provide the best podiatry services in Southern Maryland; so allow us the opportunity to send your heel pain packing!

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:13

Don’t Fall to Ankle Sprains

An ankle sprain can sound minor but can actually be significantly painful in reality. It occurs when an ankle’s ligaments are stretched or ripped. Ligaments actually interconnect bones at a joint. Ankle sprains can happen if you suddenly fall or twist your ankle beyond its normal point of bendability. This can happen after hitting the ground in an abnormal way on your foot.

After an ankle sprain occurs, there can be a fluctuating amount of agony and swelling. The pain will be significantly worse when the tear is severe. An ankle usually turns after a rapid movement whereby the ligament surrounding it sprains. Those who take part in sporting activities can sprain their ankles if proper precautions are not taken. Those who experience a minor sprain can return to usual activities within a few days. This type of injury can lead to recurring sprains if proper treatment is not obtained. Minor sprains could get better within a few weeks. More severe sprains can require months to get better.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Place wraps around your ankle to help it heal faster and to help reduce inflammation.
  • Take part in physical therapy so that your ankles can be strengthened. This will help your ankle to become resistant to further sprains.
  • Make sure you rest your ankle for extended periods of time to assist with healing.
  • Place ice on your ankle to reduce inflammation.
  • Use braces and splints to keep the injured ligaments isolated so that they can heal and provide support.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas will work with your specific sprain to determine the right course of treatment for a lasting recovery. If the pain and inconvenience from your ankle sprain are causing issues for your mobility, please contact us for an appointment today! We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We can provide the treatment your ankles need for a speedy recovery.

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Friday, 12 October 2018 12:43

Neuromas Are Painful Problems

 

Neuromas are powerful due to the pain they cause to the nerves in your feet. It’s not something you can ignore in the hopes that the pain will subside. Neuromas have a tendency to cause sporadic pain in your toes and the ball of the foot.

A neuroma is a swollen nerve that arises at the base of the toes or on the bottom of your foot. This occurs because the tissue next to a nerve increases in size and presses on the nerve. Symptoms of neuromas include numbness, burning, feeling of a bulge between toes and the feeling of walking on an irregular surface. You may also feel an unusual pain or cramp that forms in the toes during movement and which constantly requires massaging the foot to decrease any aching. Some of the factors that bring on the pain of neuromas are flat feet or wearing shoes that are too high or narrow.

You must fight neuromas with the intensity they attack your feet and get the right treatment to overcome their presence.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Using cushioning pads or shoe inserts to help with supporting the arch of your foot.
  • Use custom-fitted orthotics in your shoes to reallocate the weight placed on the foot and to enhance support in areas that require it the most.
  • Physical therapy and exercising can significantly help.
  • Surgical methods may be required to remove any offending nerves or to diminish pressure in the area with the neuroma. Surgery may, however, bring about unintended numbness in your feet due to the unpredictability of nerves.
  • Crutches can be very helpful with taking the weight off the injured nerve.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can help your feet side-step the severity of neuromas with careful and tailored treatment plans. If you’re in the zone to wipe neuromas out of your step, please contact us for an appointment. We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We can help to remove nerve pain in your feet!

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 15:15

Outsmart Hammertoes

 

Hammertoes are not a great experience as they can cause significant discomfort and pain. They are actually deformities that develop on the toes as the toe joint bends in the middle. They are elastic in the beginning but become wedged in that position if not taken care of at their onset. Hammertoes normally occur from wearing shoes that are overly tight or due to a deformity that causes your toe to bend in an unnatural way. Shoes that are too slender push your toes into strange positions. Often women wear shoes that squash their toes against the inside of their shoes, damaging the toe muscles and causing them to be stuck in that position.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Wearing shoes that are wide and that do not cause high amounts of friction to be placed on the ball of your feet.
  • Using foot support devices such as orthotics that can assist with providing the support needed to diminish the chances of requiring significant surgery.
  • Taking part in physical therapy to reduce the stiffness in your tendons and to relax your toe muscles. This may help treat your hammertoes early on.
  • Taking anti-inflammatories or other medications to decrease inflammation.
  • Using surgical intervention may be essential to reduce any tightness in your tendons, to fuse toe joints and to remove impediments to proper toe alignment. Surgery will treat this deformity if it has become unresponsive to the conservative treatments discussed above.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas know what it takes to treat hammertoes with positive results. If your hammertoes are causing you pain and other problems, please contact us for an appointment today! We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We strive to provide unique care that takes on your toe deformity from all aspects. Our methods will target the cause of your hammertoes in an effort to prevent it from occurring again after treatment.  

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