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Items filtered by date: December 2018
Wednesday, 26 December 2018 14:51

Ingrown Toenails Out-Stay Their Welcome

Ingrown toenails don’t just happen overnight. This potentially painful situation occurs over a period of time when the toenail digs itself underneath the skin of your toe. Since this type of action can cause tears in the skin of your foot, your toenails will be painful and can become infected. Any toe can acquire an ingrown toenail. It is, however, most commonly associated with your big toe as it is most likely the big toe to sustain that type of damaging force. When ingrown toenails aren’t treated on a timely basis, an infection may make its way into other parts of your body.

Factors leading to ingrown toenails are cutting the nails incorrectly, hereditary disorders or tight-fitting shoes. Improper footwear puts excessive amounts of pressure on your big toe which can force the nail to bend. Ingrown toenails may appear harmless, but can lead to pain that can be avoided by using proper prevention and treatment methods.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Surgery may be desirable since it can remove part of or the entire ingrown toenail so that a new toenail can come back properly.
  • Use shoes that are not overly tight and that have ample space so that your toenails are not jammed.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can treat your ingrown toenails with the level of care that your feet may desperately need! Please contact us for an appointment today and do not forget to check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We offer many services for foot and ankle conditions and welcome your business!

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 18:17

Look Past Bunions

Bunions can mean bad news for certain individuals as they present as bumps on the joint of your big toe and can cause many inconveniences to your stride. Bunions occur as the bone at the big toe joint moves into an unnatural position and out of place, forcing it to curve and hit against other toes right next to it. This produces discomfort and perhaps far-reaching issues such as with walking or performing other routine activities. Bunions can create significant pain when treatment is not sought soon. The big toe joint will become rigid and cause your feet to no longer fit into your normal footwear. Bunions have also been known to form along the small toe, at the outside, also caused by from similar friction forces.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Take medications to reduce pain from bunions.
  • Place orthotics in your shoes to bring relief since they can help to realign the foot’s bones.
  • Use ice packs to assist with stopping the spread of swelling that can be caused by bunions.
  • Use shoes that have a large amount of padding and support to help reduce the level of friction that your toes are exposed to. This translates into wearing heelless shoes, those that have wide toe boxes and that are constructed from soft materials.
  • Bunion surgery may be used for those bunions that grow out of control and require significant intervention to bring the mechanics of the foot back to normal.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can provide your feet with comprehensive care and support so that your bunions no longer dictate the level of comfort you feel on a daily basis! Please contact us for an appointment today and do not forget to check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. Our goal is to surpass your expectations through targeted therapy that can bring a new level of balance to your feet for the future.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 20:45

Calluses Can Be Managed

Calluses are not to be taken lightly as they can end up being problematic for your feet and for your daily comfort. Calluses develop from the layering of skin cells in one focused area of your foot. This can happen from dry skin on your heels or any other skin breakage that can occur on your feet. The damage to the skin on your foot causes dead skin cells to group in one concentrated location to prevent further damage underneath.

If you stand for long amounts of time, do not wear shoes when walking on rough terrain, have other foot infections or do not take care of the skin on your feet, calluses can be easier to form.  Moreover, it is highly beneficial to treat calluses as serious threats to your foot’s health so that you can counter them before they become overly large and cause other inconveniences to your daily routine.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Trim your calluses to reduce the layers of rough skin.
  • Wear shoes that are comfortable and which prevent excess friction on sensitive areas of your feet that are prone to developing calluses.
  • If you have calluses developing on your feet, do not run or participate in activities that cause your feet to undergo high amounts of stress for prolonged amounts of time.
  • Use custom-fitted orthotics that can help your feet feel comfortable and provide the soothing sensation needed to minimize the complications of calluses.
  • You can soak your calluses in warm water to help soften them up as well.

Those who make our practice, Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, a complete success understand that our patients are all unique and require varying levels of treatment for optimal results. Furthermore, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas know how to provide that right level of foot care to get your calluses under control! Please contact us for an appointment today and do not forget to check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We hope to hear from you soon!

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:56

Don’t Tremble at Warts on Your Feet

Plantar warts are more complicated and annoying than you may think. We cast them as unsightly, yet ignore them until they force us to take action. Warts that occur on your feet happen because of a viral infection that usually presents itself on the bottom of your feet. This can cause them to have a flattened appearance yet also produce pain due to their location when walking. Discomfort can differ by age and generally results in a greater amount of pain for children.

Warts are prone to being delicate from any compression. Appropriate treatment is required to prevent them from spreading since they tend to multiply rapidly. To prevent this from happening, focused treatment is the key to avoiding pain and proliferation. Plantar warts spread quickly and may end up on other parts of your body if you are not careful.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Using suitable medicines can assist with removing plantar warts since they can target the virus causing them. Those that toughen your body’s ability to fight off viral infections will help you to avoid them in the long term.
  • Another method will require using liquid nitrogen directly on your warts. This will make it possible to scrape them off. This triggers a reaction that may make it easier to attack the virus in a quick manner.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas want to not only treat the warts you currently have on your feet but also want to help make sure they do not come back in the future! The underlying cause of your plantar warts coupled with a change in care can help to make this happen. Please contact us for an appointment today. Don’t forget to check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We look forward to making your foot wart issues a problem of the past and invite you to give us a chance to do so. 

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