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Diabetic Foot Care when skiing is just as important as the skis you choose to glide down those slopes. Skiing can be a great form of exercise, which can help diabetics with blood flow. When participating in this activity, it is imperative that your ski boots fit correctly so that they are not narrow or loose, since the forces generated when skiing can cause the foot to lose sensation if they fit abnormally. This happens because overly narrow boots can place high amounts of pressure on the foot’s nerves. Boots that are loose can cause heat loss by allowing cold air to enter into the boots, circulate around the feet and cause the skin around the toes to tighten and thereby reduce blood flow to the feet. The poor circulation will increase the chances of feet becoming numb while skiing. Since diabetics have poor circulation in the feet already, wearing improperly fitting boots can cause injuries to the feet that may not be realized right away and cause infections that can lead to severe consequences.

Management for this activity involves:

  • Using properly fitting ski boots.
  • Utilizing boot insoles for additional support and extra warmth.
  • Making sure to keep feet dry by letting used ski boots circulate air.
  • Wearing special socks made for activities such as skiing to offset moisture buildup.
  • Replacing ski boots that have been worn out.
  • Gradually warming up the feet, being careful not to place them in hot water right away after skiing.

Diabetics must exercise caution with their feet. Using the right boots when skiing can provide immense benefits. 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 ensure that you use the correct footwear when participating in cold weather activities and provide other treatment that may be needed to help your feet stay healthy! Please make an appointment by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and get ready to hit the slopes with peace of mind!

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Sprained Ankles are common among tennis player injuries. The reason for this is that tennis players often land on the outer edges of their feet while the foot is turned inwards, which causes the outer and/or inner ankle ligaments to strain or tear. This can lead to severe pain, immobility or consistent instability in the ankle. Signs of pain associated with sprained ankles include discomfort, inflammation, and discoloration of the ankle.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Getting a great amount of rest which means that players must stay away from tennis for a while.
  • Utilizing ice therapy to reduce swelling, several times a day. Cover the skin of the ankle before applying ice so that the ice is not contacting it directly.
  • Use of bandaging to prevent increased inflammation from the buildup of blood; however, the ankle cannot be significantly swollen at the time it is bandaged.
  • Use of elevation to keep the ankle higher than the heart to reduce inflammation.
  • Physical therapy to regain strength in the sprained ankle. Tennis players can begin to practice at this point to assist with the therapy.
  • When full return to the tennis court is contemplated, ankles should be taped or in a sports brace for protection and to prevent the ankle from spraining again. Use of bandaging, braces or special shoes will likely be required for a few months after starting to play again. It’s important to remember that following these guidelines will help to ensure long-term ankle stability.

Tennis can be a very rough sport on the ankles. 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, will help to provide your ankles with the most comprehensive care possible to allow you to be the best you can on and off the court! So, take a moment to make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above.

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Athlete’s Foot is a very common infection that affects the skin of the foot and swimmers are particularly disposed to contracting it since the fungus that causes it grows in damp and warm places. Since most people will choose to swim in warm pools rather than ice-cold lakes, this will continue to affect swimmers. As this condition is highly communicable, it’s no surprise that it is frequently contracted at swimming pools since individuals walk barefoot in these locations and the surface can be contaminated with fungus. Moreover, the feet of swimmers can be damp, warm and dark in between their toes, which makes it even easier for the fungus to thrive. Symptoms of this condition include the skin of the foot that becomes red, scratchy, dry, broken and rashes that could produce a burning sensation.

Treatment for this condition involves:

•    Swimmers, as well as anyone else, should use antifungal medicated creams or lotions to attack the fungus.

•    Antibiotics may be necessary if other bacterial infections result.

•    Feet should always be kept dry, including in between toes.

•    Use a separate towel to dry your feet if you have this condition to prevent spreading it to other parts of the body.

•    Swimmers should utilize flip-flops when walking adjacent to a pool and in locker rooms.

•    Place talcum powder on feet after drying them.

•    Utilize socks that absorb moisture and change them daily to prevent the buildup of fungus within them.

•    Use shoes that are large enough to allow air to flow within them.

•    Refrain from wearing the same shoes on consecutive days so that they have an opportunity to circulate air.

This condition can cause much inconvenience for swimmers. 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 your feet stay healthy during those back strokes! Please make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and we’ll help you maintain your swimming feet.

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Friday, 09 March 2018 20:13

Arthritis is Not for the Weary

Arthritis translates to joint inflammation and is also, unfortunately, the cause of discomfort and rigidity. This condition is a chronic condition that progresses by deteriorating the cartilage in the foot’s joints over time. The loss of cartilage removes the cushioning between bones and causes bones to rub against each other directly. This wearing down of the joints causes a reduction in mobility and deformities. This condition can get worse as individuals age or if they are exposed to significant drama. The joints of the foot that are most affected are the location of where the ankle and shinbone connect, joints of the heel bone, inside of the mid-foot, the outer mid-foot and the big toe joint.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Losing weight can help reduce tension on joints.
  • Utilizing support devices for the ankle and foot such as braces or canes.
  • Physical therapy to reduce rigidity in the joints.
  • Anti-inflammatories to decrease inflammation of the joints.
  • Steroid injections into the joints to reduce swelling.
  • Surgical procedures may be required if this condition continues to get worse with conservative treatments. Arthroscopic, fusion and joint replacement surgery are some of the common types that are chosen.
    • Arthroscopic surgery will assist with removing foreign tissues or spurs that may be in the joint.
    • Fusion surgery will involve fusing bones together via apparatuses such as pins or screws.
    • Joint replacement surgery will involve the replacement of the ankle joint by using artificial implants. This form of surgery is not used as often due to the nature of the procedure.

This condition can cause long lasting and lingering pain. Please contact us because it’s never too early to combat this condition. 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, will provide quality and proven treatment methods for your feet! Therefore, please make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above!

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Thursday, 01 March 2018 17:03

Swollen Joints Crowd Your Comfort

Swelling of the Foots Joints can be a complicated issue. Its the accumulation of fluid inside the soft tissue adjoining the joint. This condition is the enlargement of the joints and is generally caused by an inflammatory response or trauma to the joint or surrounding structures. Swelling of these joints can cause it to look as if it is unusually shaped and can lead to significant pain or stiffness. When this happens to the joint after a trauma, it can be a sign of a bone breaking or perhaps a tendon or ligament tearing.

This condition can also be caused by an infection that can also result in a fever. Other symptoms associated with this condition include redness, joint warmth or a reduction in mobility of the joint. Once joints are swollen in the foot, it can lead to any number of arthritic conditions. And in turn, arthritis increases joint inflammation and causes additional redness and warmth.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Physical therapy whereby a focus is placed on exercising and stretching the feet and toes to increase joint movement and elasticity.
  • Wearing correctly fitting shoes that are comfortable and supportive. This would include refraining from wearing high heels.
  • Utilizing topical ointments that can provide relief for arthritic pain. These ointments generally contain capsaicin, which is found in chili peppers and helps to manage pain sensations.
  • Massaging the toes and certain areas of the foot so that joints can increase motion and feel relief from pain.
  • Orthotics are also very helpful in providing long-lasting relief for arthritic toes by helping to re-align and distribute weight evenly over the entire surface area of the foot.
  • Ice packs can provide substantial relief by numbing the pain and decreasing inflammation.

Joint swelling of the foot region can become a painful proposition. Please contact us if your foot joints are swollen. 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 can treat your inflamed joints with care and efficiency! Therefore, please make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above.

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