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Thursday, 31 May 2018 15:33

Ankle Sprains are a Legitimate Threat

Ankle Sprains happen when the ligaments of the ankle are damaged. This can mean that they are torn or stretched.  Think of ligaments as the connective material that holds the ankle together and prevents it from moving in extreme directions. When they are stretched or torn, it can cause structural problems as well as significant pain.

Ankle sprains can be relatively minor or severe, depending on how much you damage the elasticity of your ankle ligaments. So, if you’re wondering what situations can more often than not lead to an ankle sprain, let’s reveal what they are: falls, sudden twists or an event that causes the ankle to move out of its usual position due to trauma.

It’s not hard to realize that these situations can be born out of participating in athletic activities or wearing unsupportive shoes when active. These sprains can lead to ankle discomfort, inflammation, reduced mobility or joint stiffness.

Treatment for ankle sprains involves:

  • Resting a sprained ankle can provide many benefits for healing purposes. Refraining from bearing weight on it is part of this strategy.
  • Using ice and elevating the injured ankle can help to reduce inflammation.
  • Easing gradually into physical therapy will help to increase the amount of flexibility of the ankle and assist with healing of the sprained ankle.
  • Surgery may be used if the ankle ligaments are significantly damaged beyond the use of conservative treatment methods.

Do you now see how a sprained ankle can be a legitimate problem? 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 work with you to provide the best possible treatment methods to help your ankle gain back its strength. So, please call our office at any of the numbers provided above to learn more about what we can do to help your sprained ankle get back to being in peak physical condition!

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Thursday, 24 May 2018 15:23

Hammer the Bend Out of Hammertoes

Hammertoes can happen and be a cause for concern because the full extent of their influence may not be realized until they have fully formed.  They result from an uneven arrangement of the toe joint. This makes it bend in the middle of the joint and will cause the toe to become fixed in that position if not treated timely. In fact, this condition and the symptoms it causes can become more severe over time if the friction causing it is not curbed. If left untreated, hammertoes may become rigid and lead to open sores.

Shoes are such a huge culprit of this condition because so many are made with style over function. Having your toes squeeze into a $1,000 shoe may look nice on the red carpet, but the red color will also be on your toes when you take them off due to the friction caused from the unnatural shape of the shoe.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Wearing shoes that are bigger than usual in the toe box region. This may not look the best, but your comfort will be heightened immensely.
  • Exercising the feet in a manner that focuses on the toes.
  • Surgical options may be necessary if treatment is delayed significantly. These procedures will repair the deformed toe joint so that it can be manually straightened and stay that way. If medical recommendations are not followed post-surgery, the toe joint may bend again and require additional corrective measures. 

Hammertoes will cause deformities to your toes if left unchecked. Don’t allow your toe to become stuck with this condition. 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 skills and experience to provide treatment tailored to your specific hammertoe so that it has a good chance of being eradicated for the long-term. So, why not make an appointment with us? Try calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and stop the hammer from dropping its force on your toes!

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Monday, 21 May 2018 17:38

Don’t Let Neuromas Numb Your Feet

A Neuroma is a swollen or congealed nerve located in the ball of the foot and generally occurs due to the toes being squished in a tight and forced manner for long periods of time, which makes the nerve in between the toes become inflamed. The swelling makes walking painful. Factors that can create neuromas include footwear with high heels or that may be overly narrow. Symptoms of this type of nerve disorder include numbness in the foot that grows if left untreated, pain at the ball of the foot or discomfort at the base of the toes. Women, unfortunately, suffer from neuromas in greater numbers due to the types of shoes they wear.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Shoes that have large toe boxes for the toes to have ample room to move.
  • Ice placed on the area of discomfort can reduce the amount of pain by numbing the affected nerve.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications can help to significantly reduce the amount of nerve swelling.
  • To alleviate lingering pain from the swollen nerve painkillers can be prescribed.
  • Decrease any high-intense activities as they may irritate the already swollen nerve.
  • Massaging the area of pain may help to ease muscle aching around the nerve.
  • When the above methods do not reduce the symptoms associated with neuromas, a podiatrist can provide custom devices that act to keep toes separated so that they do not squeeze any nerves in between them.
  • Steroid injections may be helpful in reducing discomfort.

In severe circumstances, surgical procedures may be required to remove the injured nerve if all other methods are unsuccessful. Reach out to us if you are still experiencing pain from this nerve condition and have tried all the treatments mentioned above. 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 everything they can to provide quality treatment in an effort to help eliminate or reduce your pain caused by this condition. Please make an appointment by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above.

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Rock climbing is fun and challenging. Calluses are not fun, although they are challenging. The correlation between them becomes evident when you realize that most rock climbers utilize shoes that are too tight in an effort to help them climb better. This greater ability, however, comes at a sacrifice to their feet. The uneven shape of footwear that rock climbers choose forces the foot to rest in an unnatural manner. Unfortunately, these climbers are not well versed in the dangers of their shoes. Calluses occur on climbers’ feet due to the unusual amounts of friction that their shoes cause. This pressure causes the skin on their feet to harden and develop into a callus. The shoes that climbers wear are generally shorter as well, leading to toes becoming squished and pressure being applied on the back and front of the foot. Constrictive footwear results in the toes being bunched up.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Utilizing padding will help to prevent current calluses from becoming worse.
  • Climbers should have footwear that fits correctly without making their feet fit into something that causes increased amounts of friction. To accomplish this, their feet should be measured to get the right size and shoes should be somewhat loose to prevent unwanted forces on their feet when scaling a mountain.
  • Trim toenails to prevent toes from hitting against the inside of the shoe which can lead to conditions that are favorable for callus formation.

Calluses can get in the way of walking; however, they can become obstacles when climbing. Those who rock climb should search for a balance between increased performance and foot longevity. 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 you manage your calluses and provide the right guidance for choosing shoes that don’t damage your feet when climbing. So, please make an appointment by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above before you climb your next mountain!

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 19:11

Toenail Fungus Leads to Cracked Skin

Toenail Fungus is a tough infection to fight.  It can lead to cracked skin since the fungus produces itchy, irritated skin. Failure to obtain timely treatment not only leads to an unsightly, and painful brittle nail, but also the chance that the entire nail separates from the nail bed.  Proper care is paramount since this condition can easily happen again and can spread to other parts of the body.

Treatment for toenail fungus involves:

  • Use of oral antifungal medications that can help to destroy the infection. Those with liver complications may not want to take this medication as it can have adverse reactions.
  • Medicated nail polishes may help to deter a toenail fungal infection, although it is not as effective as other methods.
  • Medicated creams and powders are helpful for covering the entire foot so that the infection doesn’t spread any further and should be applied between the toes to ensure that fungi do not multiply in those locations due to the moist nature of the spot.
  • Use of flip-flops or some type of footwear when walking in public pools or gym locker rooms.
  • Refrain from sharing shoes and sterilize showers used by family members with a fungal infection.
  • Laser treatment is very helpful in destroying fungus residing underneath the nail without invasive surgery since it penetrates the layer of the toenail effortlessly. The only other surgical option would be to physically remove the nail which can lead to longer than expected recovery times.

Toenail fungus can wreak havoc on nails and on the surrounding skin. 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 destroy the fungal infection and treat any resulting cracked skin. Please make an appointment by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above today!

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