Orthotics can be very helpful in easing your foot pain. They are made as shoe inserts and help to support and align the foot to correct an abnormal application of pressure on the foot or an irregular walking pattern. This improvement is accomplished by changing the angles that the foot hits the ground and cushioning it from unnecessary pressures. They are especially helpful since when your foot is out of alignment.
Custom fitted orthotics are the most beneficial since they fit the contours of your feet. Arch supports, insoles, heel liners and foot cushions are other forms of orthotics that help with reducing pain in the feet. Arch supports help counteract high arches, low arches and flat feet by supporting the natural arch of the foot. Insoles supply cushioning and support. Heel liners also provide additional cushioning to the heel and can help decrease discomfort caused by a reduction in the heels natural lining.
Orthotics Have Many Applications
- Orthotics fight off pain located at the heel and arch. They assist with distributing pressure evenly within the foot and keep the foot in an unbiased position, which helps to counteract pain from standing.
- Orthotics can stimulate healing as stress is no longer being felt by susceptible parts of the feet. This can be seen with preventing injuries in athletes by re-directing pressures away from sensitive areas of the feet.
- Orthotics treat issues such as plantar fasciitis and diabetic foot ulcers as they prevent sores from developing on the feet.
Here 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), Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can help provide your feet with unparalleled comfort through our custom orthotics! So, please call our office at any of the numbers provided above
Calluses are raised levels of skin on the feet that are caused by dead skin cells. They occur because of feet rubbing against the shoes you choose to wear when walking or running for long periods of time. This process is a protective mechanism since the skin beneath the callus is sheltered from the layers of dead skin; however, calluses can become problematic.
Calluses can become throbbing and are typically the result of an uneven dispersal of the foot’s stride that develops into the rigid skin. Factors leading to this condition include wrongly fitting shoes that are too slender and that squeeze the toes which increases the friction forces on the foot. Genetic deformities may also cause this condition to get worse. They can become unnecessarily large and may cause issues with shoe fitting or mobility. Moreover, calluses can get very thick, break down, and develop into ulcers. This is why treatment can come in very handy.
Treatment for calluses involves:
- Wearing open toe shoes such as sandals to allow for the toes to move more freely and to prevent the irritation of the skin of the feet from shoes that may contribute to calluses. Alternating shoes can also be very helpful.
- Surgical procedures may be required when calluses grow out of control. In this regard, these procedures will alter the location of the bone of the foot so that it is not placed in a manner that provides favorable conditions for the formation of calluses.
Calluses can cause many problems for your feet. It is best to get treatment sooner rather than later to prevent unnecessary complications. 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 best treatment methods possible to prevent any complications from calluses on your feet! Please call our office at any of the numbers listed above to help your feet overcome the potential pitfalls of calluses.
Athlete’s foot is an easily spreadable fungal infection that can cause many issues. It can travel from your feet to other parts of your body if it comes into contact with it. The way you contract it is from contact with another person or from walking barefoot in public areas such as pools and gym locker rooms.
Symptoms of athlete’s foot include:
- Itching in between your toes
- The presence of blisters
- Cracking skin or even a changed skin tone.
So, you should understand that athlete’s foot does have a great offense and will not stop unless you take defensive measures.
Treatment for this athlete’s foot includes:
- Using cold therapies such as ice to lower any inflammation and reduce the pain.
- Taking antifungal medications to attack the fungus causing the infection on your feet.
- Scrubbing the skin to reduce the external layers of infected skin. Only do this as the infection is going away.
- Wearing shoes that fit correctly and that are made of breathable material. This will help combat the environment most beneficial to fungus, moist and dark.
- Sterilizing your shoes so that fungus does not reside in there for the long-term.
- Keeping your shoes dry! This is very important in reducing the chances of having fungus thrive in them.
Athlete’s foot can cause many problems for your feet. It is best to combat it at its earliest stages to ensure that it does not spread thereafter. 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 ensure that your feet have the best chance of eradicating the fungus that causes athlete’s foot from your feet so that you can be pain and itch free! Please call our office at any of the numbers provided above so that your feet can be clear of the strongest offense put up by athlete’s foot.
Arthritic foot care is a very important part of managing the symptoms associated with arthritis, which can be very painful and incapacitate your feet. You see, arthritis fights over time and waits until it can take ahold of your joints when you let your guard down.
The joints of the feet and ankles weaken and cartilage diminishes causing the progressive inflammation of the foot’s joints. When the cartilage fades, bones brush against each other without a buffer. It is the swelling that produces the lessening of cartilage. Osteoarthritis is a common type that settles in with age. Yet, any form of arthritis to the feet or ankles can have lasting negative effects.
Preventative care and effective treatment must be long-term goals.
Ways to diminish the symptoms of arthritis:
- Try using anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling.
- Use other medications that can help to relieve pain.
- Use foot support devices to reduce pressure on the joints of the foot. These include orthotics that are custom made or shoes that have a relaxed fit.
- Place padding in shoes to help reduce pressures on joints.
- Exercising or physical therapy can help to strengthen joints.
- Shedding excess pounds that may be placing unnecessary stress on your joints.
- Surgical procedures may be necessary to replace or clean joints with arthritis. This will work by removing the damaged joint and replacing it with a reproduced one.
- The recovery period will require stabilization. This can be accomplished by using casts and special shoes that immobilize the joints of the feet while they heal.
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 reduce your arthritis pain and assist you with practicing long-term foot care that can delay painful symptoms from occurring early on. So, please call our office at any of the numbers provided above because it’s never too early to start proper arthritic foot care!