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Items filtered by date: September 2018
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 18:36

Corns Can Be Clingy

Corns are sheets of skin cells that combine in such a way so as to form a barrier to the sensitive skin underneath. This defense layer is meant to act as a shield against the friction that is being placed on your feet from many different sources. Friction forces applied on the toes from constant sources can produce corns for these reasons.

Patients with diabetes have an even higher chance of developing corns and related infections due to their reduced blood flow. The lowered blood flow leads to a reduction in the ability to heal injuries to the feet. Moreover, it’s not surprising that those who smoke can also have their corns become infected as smoking inhibits the amount of blood that can travel to the feet. This all translates to a significantly lowered ability to fight off complications such as corns and resulting infections. Soft corns are generally prone to infection and can be very painful.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Decreasing moisture through medicated powders can help to inhibit the growth of corns.
  • Letting your corns soak in warm water and then filing them down (if hard to the touch) can help to reduce their prominence.
  • Use orthotics and other foot support devices to redistribute friction away from your corns.
  • Surgery may be required to fix deformities that may be leading to the quick development of corns.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas have many years of experience treating all types of corns on their patients’ feet. If you’re ready to take the first step in combating corns, please contact us for an appointment today! We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. Our goal is to provide you with outstanding service and care in an effort to help your feet stay as healthy as possible. We will work with you to make sure your feet get free from the clutches of corns!

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:23

Be Wary of Fungus on Your Toenails

Toenail Fungus thrives under the toenails of many people. You should be wary of this situation as it can be difficult to treat because it is protected by the toenail. Your toes are usually in a warm and damp environment. It’s not surprising therefore that fungus thrives in those same settings! You generally get such an infection by picking it up on your bare feet at public places.

Toenail fungus produces a rigid toenail that can become brittle and turn discolored over time. Another not too commonly known cause is the use of antibiotics, as they can change the body’s chemistry and allow a fungus to develop. This can make its way to the toenails and cause resulting infections.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • You must try to keep your nails trimmed short.
  • Keep toes dry so as to prevent them from being constantly damp.
  • Place antifungal powder in your shoes.
  • Use shoes when walking in locker rooms or public pools.
  • Use antifungal medicines on areas that are starting to show signs of a fungal infection.
  • Use laser treatment to destroy infectious fungus residing under your toenails. Laser treatment can reach under the toenails without using invasive techniques. The beams of focused laser waves can go through your toenail to abolish the fungus below.
  • Surgical removal of your toenail is not common, but could be required if the infection does not go away with any of the methods discussed above.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can assist you with bringing relief to your toenails. If you’re ready to eradicate the fungus from under your toenails, please contact us to make an appointment today! We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We will help you to make your toes clear and healthy again with treatment that is tailored to target the specific fungus infecting your toenails.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 16:02

The Nerve of Swollen Joints

Swollen joints occur when there's a surge of fluid that collects in the tissues of the joints of the foot. This is actually your body’s response to joint injuries in order to increase the amount of blood that travels to the injured area. This produces swelling, stiffness, soreness, warmth and discomfort in the foot’s joints. Inflammation of the ankle on a single side is often a result of sprains, arthritis, pregnancy, obesity, heart disease and kidney or liver conditions. Moreover, joint swelling can also happen when there is a significant trauma that has impacted your feet or if there is crystal buildup in the joint. Symptoms of swollen joints can also include an aching pain or a significant hindering of mobility that may even require lifestyle changes.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Use anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce inflammation around the joints.
  • Steroid medicines can help whether they are taken orally or injected. When injected, they can help to attack the chemicals that produce an inflammatory response in the body and give quick relief from your foot pain. This type of procedure is generally accompanied by the removal of fluid from the joints to allow for normal movement and easier healing capabilities.
  • The use of antibiotics may be required to eliminate any infection at the source of your joint inflammation. If this cannot be done easily, surgical procedures may be required to proceed with drainage of any infected matter.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can assist with bringing relief to your swollen joints to stop pain and other side effects. If you’re done with the nagging pain of swollen joints, please contact us to make an appointment at your earliest convenience. We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We want you to be comfortable and pleased with the services that we provide and welcome the opportunity to show you why we have the most comprehensive services for your foot and ankle pain!

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 19:28

The Plight of Bunions

So, how do you feel with a bunion on your foot? It’s a safe bet that you thought it would be going away as easily as it came. Yet that is not always the case since they can become a real nuisance for you in the long run! Bunions are bumps on the outside of the big toe and can cause the front of the foot to look broader. The pressures from shoes can aggravate a bunion and cause it to worsen, especially in women due to the types of shoes that they use. It can be hereditary or can happen more readily in those with foot malformations. Bunions can become sore when not treated appropriately due to the irritation and swelling that can occur. You can not underestimate the power of bunions!

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Use special pads in your shoes to ensure that bunions don’t return.
  • Use medicines that are helpful such as anti-inflammatories to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Use toe spacers to help move toes to their normal position.
  • Surgical procedures can be of assistance with positioning the toe back to the location it was in before the bunion formed. These procedures involve realigning the metatarsophalangeal joint, repairing the tendons around the big toe and modifying deformities of your toes and foot.
  • Post-surgery, arch supports and cushioned shoes are helpful. The recovery period is very important as it can help to ensure that the bunion does not come back with ease.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can assist with eliminating your bunions from your routine. If you’re tired of the complications of bunions and the pain they may be causing you on a regular basis, please contact us to make an appointment at your earliest convenience. We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We await your arrival so that we may offer your feet freedom from bunions!

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