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Items filtered by date: April 2018
Thursday, 26 April 2018 19:25

Corns Can be Amplified by Diabetes

Corns are defensive sheets of dead skin that develop from recurrent rubbing on the feet. They can cause pain when pressed and usually occur in between or on the toes. Corns can be hard or soft and can develop from a deformity in the foot that causes the toes to be exposed to higher than usual amounts of friction.  They can also form from wearing shoes that are too narrow and increase the amount of pressure on them.

For diabetic patients, an important issue to remember is their slower than normal healing process, which will allow the corn to become more troublesome. Diabetes causes nerve damage and poor circulation which could allow for the corn to become easily infected more so than it would normally. Proper care and treatment for diabetics are essential for controlling the effect of corns on their feet.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Using medicated pads that contain acid to reduce layers of the skin of the corn.
  • Checking feet daily as they may not be able to feel the corns developing on their toes.
  • Washing feet with warm water while making sure to dry them thoroughly afterward.
  • Utilizing shoes that fit comfortably so as to reduce friction forces on the toes.
  • Using custom fitted orthotics to redistribute pressure away from the toes and to provide support where required.
  • Controlling blood sugar levels to promote efficient healing which can reduce infections from corns.

Corns can be a pain, but when coupled with diabetes, are a cause for greater concern. 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 utilize the latest techniques to help provide your corns with the best possible treatment available. Please take a moment to make an appointment by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above to help your feet move in the right direction!

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 17:41

Bunions and Genetics are Interrelated

Bunions are, let’s face it, hereditary in nature. They are structural defects in bones that will likely require surgery as the most efficient solution. Those who have a family history with this condition are predisposed to developing it because of a mutation in the nucleotide base of their DNA, which makes up their genetic code. It is important to remember that there are other factors that can lead to bunions, such as improperly fitting shoes, as well as flat feet, weak muscles or lax ligaments. Other disorders like cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis or Down’s syndrome can also lead to this condition since they can weaken the joint and cause bone deformities.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Using orthotics to provide ample support for the arch and decrease pressure placed on the toes.
  • Using footwear that fit around the contours of your feet and have cushioned soles and large toe boxes.
  • Using shoe inserts or padding to provide a soft area to the toes.
  • Surgical procedures if the bunion development does not subside with conservative treatments. These procedures will realign the injured area of the bones, ligaments or nerves in an effort to correct the position of the toe inflicted with the bunion. Post-surgical recovery will include periods of inflammation and pain that will decrease as the toe heals.

Bunions are known to be a nuisance but it’s important to understand why they occur. 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 determine the cause of your bunions to see if genetics plays a role so that they can fine-tune your treatment. Please take the time to make an appointment by calling our office at any of the numbers provided to help your feet have the best chance of beating bunions.

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 18:07

Watch Your Achilles Tendon During CrossFit

Achilles Tendonitis can be a very painful condition and results from the frequent strain that may be placed on the Achilles tendon, which is a group of tissues that join the calf muscles to the heel bone. Unfortunately, the Achilles tendon declines with age and therefore can become easier to injure. CrossFit is an intense exercise that can lead to high amounts of pressure and tension being put on the foot’s joints, ligaments, and tendons. This also includes discomfort in and around the back of the ankle and in the Achilles region. Those who undertake this activity will likely repeat the same types of movements which can cause complications with the ankle. The Achilles tendon may begin to experience pain as the heel touches the ground during and after CrossFit since it may become inflamed and show signs of tendonitis.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Utilizing the appropriate shoes during CrossFit will help to minimize tension in the Achilles region. These shoes should have ample cushioning to support the heel and a prominent arch support system to relieve pressure on the Achilles tendon.
  • Swapping out shoes that are showing signs of being worn out for new shoes.
  • Elevating the foot with tendonitis to reduce inflammation in the Achilles tendon.
  • Using anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling around the ankle and the Achilles tendon.

Achilles tendonitis can be caused by a number of physical activities and CrossFit is a big contributing factor. 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 do their best to help you participate in high-intensity activities without harming your Achilles tendon and will provide you the required treatment to help alleviate any pain you may be experiencing. Moreover, please take some time out of your day to check your ankle and make an appointment by calling our office at any of the numbers provided to prevent your tendonitis from getting worse.

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Thursday, 05 April 2018 18:19

Fallen Arches Require Clever Support

Flat Feet is a condition whereby the foot’s arch is lower than it should be due to a number of factors. This condition is expected to be present in babies since their arches have generally not formed yet. However, deformities in the foot caused over time may result in the aches not developing correctly. Moreover, debilitated muscles in the foot or standing for a long time in improperly fitting shoes can also cause this condition. Fallen arches can also be obtained as an adult, especially when the arch is torn or undergoes inflammation. Flat feet may cause pain in the back, hip or knees. Therefore, ignoring sprained ankles or foot fractures can inadvertently lead to flat feet due to damage that may have been avoidable if the required treatment was obtained properly. For this reason, treatment of this condition is vital when pain or irregularities in mobility are noticed.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Using footwear that absorb shock and that counteract flat and rigid surfaces, no matter how minor the effect is.
  • Utilizing custom made-orthotics and custom-made arch supports that are flexible and made of materials that prevent a rigid feeling when walking. These devices can help to provide ample support to the arch of the foot by absorbing shock. Special shock absorbing polymers are built into the heels, can help alleviate pain caused by this condition and prevent the arch from falling any further than it already has.

Flat feet require smart treatment to prevent unnecessary pain. 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 your feet with the appropriate treatment and necessary orthotic devices that are tailored to help manage this condition for the long run! So, please take a moment to make an appointment by calling our office at any of the numbers provided so that your arches can rise to their given potential!

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