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Thursday, 22 February 2018 19:04

Orthotics Bring Comfort

Custom orthotic inserts work by modifying the forces that are placed on different regions of the foot caused by numerous reasons. Orthotics assist with alleviating discomfort produced by other foot complications. These devices help to align the foot and, in certain types, utilize a custom molded material that contour to the shape of a particular individuals foot to provide stability to the arch to stop imbalanced weight allocation. Orthotics help to reduce inflammation in feet by correcting the uneven nature of pressure points that may be causing pain for a variety of reasons. The effects of these devices are felt throughout the body and can be made into a vast variety of shapes to provide comfort to any foot shape. Orthotics, like new shoes, require a period of adjustment whereby feet get used to them. There may be a slight pain at the beginning that will eventually give way to comfort as orthotics work their charm. Alterations of these devices can include safety devices that help in adjusting motion.

Custom Orthotics can be used to treat the following:

  • Foot conditions such as tendinitis, diabetic foot ulcers or other plantar deformities.
  • Chronic pain in feet can be reduced by a variety of orthotics such as arch supports (to deter high/low arches and flat feet), insoles, cushions or other types that may work better for some feet than others.

Orthotics are a wonder in fighting foot pain and can be indispensable for providing comfort without the use of invasive procedures. Please contact us if your feet experience chronic pain or are subject to foot conditions that may be treated by the use of these devices. 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 treat your foot pain with custom molded orthotic devices! So, please take a moment to make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above.

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 19:12

Hammertoes can Pound Pain into Your Toes

Hammertoes are a contracted toe at the first toe joint. They may start out as mild pain but can get painful when wearing the wrong types of shoes. Those with this condition are at an increased risk of developing pain on the top of the toe since thats where the toe will hit against the inside of a shoe or where it will rub against the toe next to it. The most common shoe issues include small toe boxes and high heels. Other factors that increase the chance of getting this condition include genetics, trauma, infections or even arthritis. The type of stride also helps to create this condition as certain muscles may be used in an abnormal manner, causing a toe deformity over time.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Treatment must be sought early on and before a hammertoe is allowed to severely deform a toe. Moreover, poor choices in footwear must be addressed at the time of pain and solutions such as padding or orthotic devices should be considered to relieve pressure on the toes.
  • Surgical procedures may also become necessary if conservative methods are unsuccessful and/or the hammertoe becomes severely deformed. An important part of undergoing surgery will require proper circulation to manage the stress of the procedure.

Hammertoes do not have to be a pain in your toes if proper footwear choices are taken and timely treatment is sought. Please contact us now if you feel that you have this condition and it is significantly impacting your comfort. 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, have the expertise and experience to treat your hammertoes with targeted and proven treatment methods. We therefore ask that you make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and we’ll do our best to put an end to your hammertoes and provide your toes with renewed vitality!

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Friday, 09 February 2018 18:56

Ingrown Toenails are Not Welcoming

Ingrown toenails are a common toenail issue that can be caused by poorly fitting footwear, infections, incorrectly trimmed toenails, severe traumas and genetic disorders. The ingrown toenail occurs when the side of the nail digs and tears into the skin next to the nail, causing significant pain.

The reason ingrown toenails can cause infections is that if the nail pierces the surrounding skin it can allow microbes present on the skin to then get below the skin. Symptoms that the toenail is infected include a growing pain, inflammation, pus near the nail, fever and the toe becoming redder. Those who participate in high-intensity activities may develop this condition more frequently than others.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Soaking the injured toe in water to soften the skin surrounding the nail, then pushing the skin down and away from the nail. This can allow the nail to grow without hitting the skin.
  • Use of antibiotics to treat any infections.

Ingrown toenails can be prevented through proper foot care and can be treated early to prevent infection. When ignored, it can develop into a serious complication that can become more difficult to treat. Please contact us today if you have an ingrown toenail to avoid pain and infections from developing any further. 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 help to provide your toenails with the care that they deserve! So, please make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and we’ll take care of the rest!

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Friday, 02 February 2018 14:14

Calluses are Tough on Your Feet

A Callus happens when dead layers of skin on the feet accumulate and are usually located on the heel. They are triggered by a reaction to rubbing. When you withstand continual damages, the skin attempts to defend itself from blistering and the skin cells gush to the location of the pressure to leave a dense layer of itself. Typical reasons for the creation of this condition are shoes with high heels, obesity, malformations in the foot or even flat feet. They can start to get painful and irritating as the callus becomes dry and may even start to drain.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Removing badly fitting shoes.
  • Use of padding to allow calluses to heal.
  • Using medications such as antibiotics, especially if an infection forms.

The formation of this condition can be a defense mechanism by the foot to defend the foot against high levels of stress. This is a good thing. The bad part, however, is when the skin thickens too much in an attempt to prevent against other complications from forming. Even though this thickening may help to avoid the creation of blisters for those on their feet for extended periods of time, the resultant callus can become infected, thereby causing other serious complications. Timely treatment is paramount to the successful elimination of this condition. Therefore, we recommend that you contact us to discover more about how you can escape the perils of this condition and obtain the finest treatment available today! 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, we make it our priority to assist your feet by making them feel pain free once again! It would be best if you make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above so that your calluses can soften up and be eliminated, rather than succumbing to the pitfalls of the pain that they cause.

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