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Achilles tendonitis can produce some serious pain. It’s not something we tend to worry about, but it should be treated with urgency. Achilles tendonitis is a progressive ailment that causes the tendon’s functionality to worsen due to constant tearing.  Discomfort ranges from severe aching to a warm sensation emanating from the torn ligaments.  Actions that intensify the risk of damage to the Achilles tendon include running, other sports or even performance dancing. Sudden movements when raising the foot can also lead to tendonitis. Other factors causing injury to your Achilles tendon include wearing shoes with high heels, having a collapsed arch or other deformities. Symptoms associated with Achilles tendonitis include harsh calf pain, heel swelling and loss of toe function.

Treatment for this condition involves:

                                                                             

  • Use medications such as anti-inflammatories to reduce inflammation.
  • Participate in physical therapy that will have you stretching your calf. The calf muscle is an integral part of the mechanics that allow the Achilles tendon to work, so strengthening it could provide many useful benefits in the fight against tendonitis.
  • Use cold therapy to decrease swelling.
  • Cortisone steroids may assist with reducing pain. This form of treatment should be used with caution as it could have harmful side effects when used incorrectly.
  • Foot support devices such as orthotics can have a lasting impact with regard to the longevity of your Achilles tendon.
  • Wear the right type of shoes that have cushioned soles so that the tendon is not faced with constant pressure from walking.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can help to put an end to problems with your Achilles tendon. If you’re ready to give your feet a much-needed break from tendonitis for good, contact us to make an appointment today. We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We will be waiting to provide you with exceptional foot care to combat your tendonitis issues.

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 18:19

Outgrow Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails tend to occur as your toenail, believe it or not, starts to tunnel into the skin of your toes! That does not sound minor and, when it’s left untreated, it can be quite severe. Toenails usually develop along the top of the skin. When you have ingrown toenails, they may become infected as the nail slashes the skin of the toe. When ingrown toenails aren’t treated appropriately, a minor inflammation can grow into an infection.

Causes leading to ingrown toenails include cutting nails incorrectly which produces a nail that’s too short, inherited disorders, dropping heavy items on the toes or wearing badly fitting shoes. It’s the unsuitable footwear that really adds to the pressures being placed on your toes and this accelerates the formation of ingrown toenails. They may appear like something you can just cut and forget; however, if the underlying cause is not remedied, they can keep happening and eventually you will need medical attention to deal with the resulting infection.

Treatment for this condition involves:

                                                                             

  • Get special assistance with trimming your toenails so that they are done so in the correct way.
  • Try wearing shoes that have wide toe boxes and which also have open toe areas to ease the amount of pressure placed on your toes.
  • Surgical procedures may be necessary to remove the toenail. This will allow for the toenail to grow correctly and treat it as it grows to prevent it from digging into the skin again.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can help to stop the pain emanating from your ingrown toenails by treating the problem at its source. If you’re ready to give your toenails a break from the pain of ingrown toenails, contact us to make an appointment today. We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We look forward to serving all your foot and ankle needs!

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 18:18

Laser to the Rescue!

Laser treatment contributes to the eradication and prevention of foot diseases. Because it is so invasive, it has become popular among many in treating discolored and damaged toenails. Laser treatment is particularly accommodating because it can fight off nail infections that cause permanent deformities that can make tasks such as walking difficult.

Nail fungus can also cause complications for diabetics and the elderly. These two groups are more likely to have toenail infections since their toes have been unprotected and are susceptible to fungus. Their less than ideal immune response and reduced blood flow make proper treatment necessary.

Laser treatment can get to the problems that many find in their feet without the need for costly and timely surgical procedures. Without this groundbreaking treatment, toenail infections can cause health difficulties and other complications. The main causes of these infections are usually the result of genetics, age, environments and public places.  

Laser treatment is also effective in stopping the necessity for medicines. Don’t forget that medicines may cause other complications as well.  This treatment is relatively quick and painless. It can get to fungal infections underneath your toenails without a scratch! The benefits of being able to destroy infections below the nail without surgery are highly beneficial to many.

 

                                                                             

  • The lack of complications that may arise with other more commonly used procedures.
  • Turning discolored nails back into the clear and healthy versions.
  • There is no need to wear any protective covering as the feet have not been operated on.
  • Laser treatment is quick and effective. It can bring a world of difference to your feet and ankles without the long recovery period.

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, will work with you to focus laser treatment on your particular ailment. So, please call our office at any of the numbers provided above, today.

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Thursday, 09 August 2018 18:27

Ankle Instability Produces an Irregular Pace

Ankle instability occurs for a variety of reasons. It happens when an ankle sprains or becomes injured and does not heal correctly. It is this incorrect healing that makes your ankle prone to becoming reinjured. When the outer part of the ankle constantly buckles after weight is put on it, a decrease in mobility is generally the result.

The instability in your ankle can lead to repetitive sprains or ankle breaks that could require major surgery. This can be magnified when you’re on uneven surfaces. The pain can range from negligible to severe. It can cause the ankle to become sensitive to touch and undergo inflammation. Weakened ligaments at the ankle can also be a contributing factor to twisting your ankle in a way that causes ankle instability. You have to exercise caution with your ankle to prevent it from becoming a constant problem.

If you suffer from ankle instability, try these tips:

                                                                             

  • General physical therapy and rest can help the ankle heal.
  • When the ankle becomes injured often, it may be time to have ankle replacement to prevent arthritis. This procedure will cause the ankle bone to be cut, permitting metal and plastic pieces to be placed in that area. The ankle joint will then be able to perform more securely and the muscles or tendons can withstand long periods of stress without constantly becoming injured from instability.

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 treat your ankle instability with smart care that enhances your ankle strength without causing great disruption to your routine. So, please call our office at any of the numbers provided above for the good of your ankles!

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Thursday, 02 August 2018 16:13

Flat Feet Restoration

Flat feet occur as the arch loses its flexible nature. The arch of the foot fails and the entire surface area of the foot hits the ground. It may not cause much pain, but it usually occurs in young children although others can develop it later in life as well due to a hereditary condition.  Nevertheless, most people outgrow their flat feet. 

Symptoms that you have flat feet can be seen in sluggish feet after standing or taking part in sporting activities for long periods of time. Flexible and rigid flat feet are the two most common types that people can get. Flexible feet have semi-formed arches that can give in from time to time and rigid flat feet have significantly weak arches that are constantly underdeveloped.

What you can do to counteract the effects of flat feet:

                                                                             

  • Use shoes that have a great amount of support.
  • Use medications to reduce inflammation.
  • Wear orthotics to mimic the arch that is non-existent.  This can be very beneficial to those with frequent pain caused by their flat feet.
  • Participate in physical therapy to reduce strain and to help strengthen the foot’s muscles to counteract the effects of flat feet. This can also help to fix abnormal positions of the feet.
  • Losing weight can help with lowering pressure placed on the arches of the foot.
  • Surgery may be necessary when the above methods are not successful. It may be used to repair ankle bones or to create support for the foot that the arches would have naturally provided.

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 to work with the particular degree of flat feet you may be experiencing in an efficient and lasting manner! Please call our office at any of the numbers provided above to get your arch back in place.

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