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Items filtered by date: November 2018
Thursday, 29 November 2018 15:40

It’s Easier Than You Think To Treat Flat Feet

Flat feet can be a substantial impairment to mobility as it triggers the arch of your foot to fail. It can happen at any age. This can produce a number of concerns such as heel pain and an inability to perform routine activities. Your foot may move inwards to counter pressure from each step. If flat feet are not treated timely, they can lead to other complications such as tendonitis.

Problems that can cause flat feet are seniority, being overweight, diabetes or dropping heavy objects on your feet. Your knees and hips can also be affected by flat feet. You may think that treatment for flat feet is unnecessary; however, it will be required to offset any potential complications from the lack of a proper arch.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Use orthotics to help redistribute pressure on your feet. This can help to support your arch and to reduce pain caused by flat feet.
  • Wear the right types of shoes so that you have enough support and stability. This will make a huge difference in preventing or reducing the symptoms of flat feet since providing support to your arch can help to reduce the problems it can cause to your body. In particular, wide toe boxes and heel cushions can help to counteract the symptoms produced by flat feet.
  • Participate in physical therapy to strengthen your arch and potentially help your feet battle the reality of fallen arches.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas will work with you to determine the best course of treatment to help your arches get their bend back in full swing! We want to determine the root cause of your flat feet so that a long-term solution can be provided to support your arches. Please contact us for an appointment and check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We look forward to providing the very best treatment for your flat feet. 

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 18:33

Beat Athlete’s Foot on Its Own Turf

 

Athlete’s Foot is not something that athletes have that make them jump higher. It’s also not something that gives them a competitive advantage. Athlete’s foot is actually an infection on the skin of your foot caused by fungi that reside in dark, cool and damp places. Can you think of any locations that sound similar to these characteristics? If you were thinking about public locker rooms, pools or your shoes, you were right!

With this infection, the skin of your foot becomes inflamed, feels itchy and can create a burning sensation. Moreover, athlete’s foot is easily spread and can also make the skin of your feet crack or become discolored. All of this information should make you want to get treatment quickly to avoid having your foot prevent you from becoming the athlete you always wanted to be.

Proper arthritic foot and ankle care involves:

  • Wear shoes that are not damp by using ones that are made of fabric or leather that resist moisture. Also, try to spray anti-fungal sprays or powders into your shoes to destroy any residing fungus within them and to keep a neutral balance.
  • Do not wear socks that are damp. Changing them frequently or using those materials that wick sweat away are of a great advantage to your feet.
  • Allow your feet to get a great amount of fresh air, keeping them bare when possible.
  • Do not walk barefoot in public areas that may be harboring fungus. Additionally, sanitize areas like bathtubs if a family member has athlete’s foot.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can provide meaningful treatment that can not only reduce your symptoms of athlete’s foot, but can also help to determine the underlying cause of how your feet contracted this fungus. Please contact us for an appointment and check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We believe in our approach to treating your foot conditions and want your experience with our podiatry professionals to bring comfort to your feet!

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:18

Arthritis Requires Proper Care

Arthritis can cause many problems for your foot and ankle health. It creeps in overtime and takes its toll eventually. If you take the proper steps for appropriate care of arthritis, you can fend off the symptoms for longer then you may think. Arthritis overwhelms the mechanisms of the foot and ankle joints by chipping away at the cartilage between them and produces inflammation and aching. You may have a higher chance of developing arthritis if you have a history of it in your family or if you place unusually large amounts of pressure on your feet on a daily basis. Arthritis can show itself through a slow decline of flexibility and as well as pain on a consistent basis when moving. Your feet and ankles may be swollen and incapable of providing the swift movements they were once able to make.

Proper arthritic foot and ankle care involves:

  • The use of medications such as anti-inflammatories to decrease inflammation.
  • Place orthotics in your shoes to relieve pressure from your feet. These devices are very helpful since they alleviate the pressure already placed on your foot’s joints from arthritis.
  • Wear shoes that have plenty of padding and that are comfortable.
  • Surgery may be required to fuse or repair joints of the ankle if they have become deteriorated from arthritis.
  • Physical therapy can also be very helpful in keeping mobility at its peak and to reduce the chances of your joints becoming rigid.
  • Losing weight can also be very helpful in reducing the amount of stress placed on your joints. Reducing stress on your feet will prevent any damage in excess of what arthritis has already caused.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas know the difficulty that arthritis can bring to your routine. We have many years of experience in treating arthritis and can provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan to manage your symptoms! Please contact us for an appointment and check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. 

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Have you been looking to add a layer of comfort between your feet and the rough terrain beneath them? Well, look no further because you need orthotics! These foot support devices can be used to align, correct or assist with deformities of your feet. They absorb pressure when walking and ease the burden placed on your feet.  Orthotics can help with stabilizing your foot so that it can be more balanced and allow for you to walk in a manner that can help your entire body.

Orthotics are also created in different forms and have diverse patterns. It may require a little time for your feet to adjust to them, but they can be custom-fitted to provide maximum impact. Orthotics can provide relief for foot deformities that cannot be improved through other methods. They can also prevent the onset of mechanical issues that can occur. These devices are made to route pressure away from the trouble spots on your feet so that they can heal at the same time.

Treatment with these devices involves:

  • Those who are very active can benefit from the stability that orthotics provide. They can also help to prevent unnecessary injuries.
  • Orthotics are also useful after surgery to help give that extra layer of support that can reduce tension in the parts of your foot and ankle that are healing.
  • Those who run may see substantial benefits because they can alleviate the toll that their feet endure.
  • Those who have diabetes can also benefit from a reduced risk of injuries to their feet.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can provide you with orthotics that fit the bottom of your feet like nothing else! Our ability to treat your feet with these devices could delay invasive surgeries due to the benefits that they provide. Please contact us for an appointment and check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. 

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