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Items filtered by date: January 2018
Friday, 26 January 2018 19:09

Neuromas Need Care

Neuromas usually happen when two bones frequently rub against each other and produce burning or numbness. A neuroma forms as a knot and can become very painful, especially if left untreated because as the nerve function becomes damaged, it becomes less stable regarding pain sensitivity. Of note, diabetics are more prone to developing this condition due to the complications they suffer from their nerves.

Causes for neuromas can be lingering foot injuries, such as severe sprains, bunions, hereditary conditions, such as flat feet and bad-fitting shoes like high-heeled shoes with narrow toe boxes.  Chronic issues, such as arthritis or traumas that occur from ordinary activities like running or jogging, can also be contributing factors.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Medications such as anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling caused by the injured nerve.
  • Orthotics to distribute pressure away from the injured nerve.
  • Massaging the ball of the foot to ease the pain.
  • Icing the affected area.
  • Refraining from long walks.
  • Soaking in hot water and rubbing the foot thereafter.
  • Surgery to remove the damaged nerve tissue by cutting it out, covering it and aligning it to prevent reoccurrence.
  • Use of injectable anesthetics to significantly reduce swelling around the site of the injured nerve.

Due to the far-reaching consequences that neuromas can bring, it is highly recommended that individuals suffering from this condition get proper medical treatment immediately. As the nerve’s injuries get more serious, other complications can make it difficult to fully recover from this condition. So, please contact us so to learn more about how you can avoid this condition and receive the best treatment if it has gotten worse! Here at 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), Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can assist with providing the finest treatment available for this condition! So, make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and your nerves will finally be able to relax!

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Friday, 19 January 2018 16:39

Corns Are a Nuisance

Corns can become painful and a real nuisance. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can treat this condition 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.

Corns are generally yellow layers of thick, dead skin. They are typically located on the toe bones and can press against the nerve. Corns can be hard, where a small patch of rough skin in the middle of the corn is different from the rest of the corn. Soft corns are red and sensitive with a smooth epicenter, are found between the toes and are more painful than hard corns. Seed corns are a group of very miniature corns, are painful and are located on the heel of the foot.

Corns form from continual forces on a single area of the skin on the foot, which causes the skin cells to die. When this happens, that area of the skin becomes a hard surface as a protective mechanism. Symptoms of this condition include:

  •           The skin becomes coarse and discolored.
  •           The skin of the toe is tougher than usual.
  •           The top of the foot takes on a yellow color.
  •           The inside of the toe become red.

Actions that lead to the development of this condition include:

  •           Using tight-fitting shoes.
  •           Wearing foot wear that’s not the right size for your feet.
  •           Wearing fashionable shoes that put abnormal pressures on the feet.
  •           The absence of socks.
  •           Deformities of the foot.
  •           Underlying conditions such as bunions.
  •           Standing or walking for long periods of time.

Treatment for this condition includes wearing shoes that fit correctly or that are the right size, wearing appropriately fitting socks and refraining from wearing high heels. When these methods are not successful in alleviating this condition, surgery may be necessary to fix the abnormality and to stop them from re-occurring.

Due to the stubborn nature of corns, it pays to get timely treatment. So, please contact us today for the care your toes deserve!

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Friday, 12 January 2018 15:31

Toenail Fungus is Unpleasant

 

Toenail Fungus can be unsightly and is generally unpleasant. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can provide treatment for this condition 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.

Toenail Fungus is unfortunately a common condition that starts beneath the tip of the toenail. As it grows deeper, the nail discolors, thickens and becomes brittle at the edge. The nails can also become slanted and start to emit an odor. This condition results from various fungi, the most common of which is called dermatophyte. This type of infection can form any age, but it tends to happen in older individuals since their nails get frail and cause cracks, which allow fungi to enter.

Other factors that allow for this condition to occur include:

-        Poor circulation.

-        A weakened immune system.

-        Athlete's foot that spreads to the toenail.

-        Heavy perspiration.

-        Walking shoeless in moist public areas, such as swimming pools, gyms or locker rooms.

-        Diabetes, which can cause a numbness in the feet and a bigger risk of a bacterial skin infection. This would cause any small injury to generally lead to a more severe complication because of the reduced circulation.

Methods of treatment include trimming nails in a straight fashion and filing down the edges of the nail so that their smooth and less thickened. Cleaning the tools used to trim the toenails is also important. Utilizing socks that soak up sweat is helpful to keep moisture away from the toes, wearing foot wear that has materials that allow the feet to air out, discarding older shoes that have become worn out and treating frequently worn shoes with sanitizers and antifungal powders are all helpful in making sure your toes have the best chance of avoiding this condition. It’s also helpful to use closed toe shoes when walking through public pool areas and gym locker rooms. Also, be sure to find nail salons that have clean and sterile tools.

Due to the nature of this condition, it is imperative that you obtain treatment as soon as possible. So, please contact us if you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms and we’ll make sure to have your toenails fresh in no time!

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 18:08

Diabetic Shoes are Efficient and Essential

Many foot problems can be treated effectively with preventive foot care. One such form of treatment is via diabetic shoes. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can assist with providing the right shoes for you 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

Diabetic Shoes are specifically designed shoes envisioned to offer safety for diabetic feet and decrease the threat of skin failure, especially as seen in poor circulation and neuropathy. Diabetics are generally more vulnerable to foot complications since it harms the nerves and diminishes blood flow to the feet. This makes it difficult for the feet to heal from injuries or recovery from infections. Diabetic shoes can therefore prevent many complications by using state of the art methods to ensure foot healthiness. These types of shoes consist of the following:

  • Interiors that are made with easy-going materials and with no bulging sewing, since the slightest protrusion can aggravate the skin.
  • Having the top of the shoe at the front be soft to eliminate areas of friction.
  • Stretchable material at the top of the so that it shapes to the contours of the feet, thereby reducing friction.
  • Using orthotics in the form of insoles that are light weight, improve mobility and deliver support to the arch and reduce pressure underneath the feet.
  • Large toe boxes so that the toes have plenty of room to move without hitting into each other or the inside of the top of the shoe. 
  • Choosing the optimal width so that the shoe provides ideal fit and safety.

Diabetic shoes consist of many improvements from ordinary foot wear that are functional in design and that have been well thought out to prolong the longevity of feet for those suffering from diabetes. Please contact us when you can for a chance to get the right fitting diabetic shoes for your feet and take back control of your precious steps!

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