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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 17:24

4 Best Ways to Prevent Foot Problems

From bunions to ankle sprains, foot problems can keep you from staying active. Whether it’s walking to the nearest book store, running an errand, or participating in sports activities, your hard-working feet deserve special attention. Paying attention to your feet can help protect them from painful foot problems.

Here are some simple steps to prevent foot problems:

  1. Daily self-checks: Regular self-checks can help you spot problems early and keep them from getting worse. Look out for corns, swelling, redness, blisters, sores, and cuts. Keeping feet clean and dry can help avoid fungal infections.
  2. Wear good shoes: The right shoes can make your day a breeze. Wear comfortable, fitted and activity-specific shoes to keep your feet safe from different kinds of foot and ankle disorders such as blisters, corns, calluses, heel pain, bunions, hammertoes, and sprains. Have a professional measure both your feet when shopping for new shoes. Save those notorious high-heels for special occasions!
  3. Maintain a healthy weight: Your body weight can have a big impact on your health, and especially your foot health. The more weight you carry, the more stress and pressure your feet and ankles bear. Thus, being overweight can lead to serious foot concerns.
  4. Exercise: No matter how small the dose, exercise is good medicine that benefits your health and well-being, and especially your foot health. Regular exercise not only improves your cardiovascular health but it also improves almost every aspect of your health. Most foot exercises are easy to do and require no heavy or complicated machinery. Exercises like toe curls, marble pickups, big toe stretch, and sand walking can improve strength, flexibility, and mobility in the feet.

Taking a proactive approach towards treating foot and ankle problems can reap the most benefits and boost your overall health and well-being. Good management (proactive self-care) and timely measures can help prevent foot and ankle issues and improve your overall foot health. A podiatrist is the best resource for keeping your feet happy, healthy and pain-free.

If you have any aches and pains or any underlying foot and ankle problem, our foot care specialists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland can help. Our board-certified and qualified podiatrists have the expertise and necessary tools to root out your foot and ankle problems including diabetic foot, bone spurs, sports-related injuries, heel pain, bunions, arthritis, neuromas, plantar fasciitis, and joint pain. Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba, and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas are committed to providing the highest quality foot and ankle care to patients in the Southern Maryland area at our four offices located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata, and Huntingtown, MD. For more information, contact us and schedule an appointment.

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 14:47

Treating Bunions Conservatively

A bone protrusion near your big toe, also known as a “bunion,” can be both problematic and painful. Luckily, there are ways to control this outgrowth and avoid further aggravation.

Here are some of the most common measures to treat bunions conservatively:

  • Use bunion pads to protect the irritated areas, mainly the bony intrusion of the bunion. These pads act as barriers between your toe joint and your shoes. A soft pad helps decrease friction from shoes and ultimately allows inflammation and skin irritation to ease.
  • Wear wide toe-box shoes with plenty of room for your toes to accommodate the bunion that sticks out of your big toe. Wear shoes that are made up of soft and flexible material to relieve the pain caused by friction and rubbing inside the shoes. Improper shoes can aggravate a bunion and bring about unnecessary foot problems. Avoid pointy-toed shoes and the notorious high heel.
  • Orthotic devices may be used to help correct any faulty foot mechanics. A podiatrist may prescribe a custom-mold-orthotic to match your unique foot structure. These foot devices can help correct the position of your foot, evenly redistribute weight, and stabilize the toe joint.
  •  Physical therapy and strengthening exercises can help you get a good start in your bunion recovery process. Proper exercise can help strengthen key foot muscles, decrease bunion-related pain, and preserve joint mobility.
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs (Ibuprofen) may also help relieve painful inflammation.

If these measures do not restore the toe to its ideal position, surgery may be considered as a last resort.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, Dr. Jeffrey Idol and our team of foot doctors have extensive experience treating bunions. We will provide expertise in preventing, diagnosing and treating complications of the foot and ankle. Some of the most common foot and ankle conditions that our podiatrists treat are neuromas, heel pain, flat feet, fungal nails, ingrown toenails, diabetes-related foot problems, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, and ankle sprains. Contact us to schedule an appointment or visit any of our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata, and Huntingtown, MD.

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 14:29

Five Ways to Improve Foot Health

Our feet play a very important role in maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle. They not only carry your body weight but also enable you to get from one place to another and do the things that impact your day-to-day life. Foot health is an important indicator of one’s overall health and well-being.

Here are some tips that can help improve your overall foot health.

  1. Daily foot bath.

Wash your feet with lukewarm water and soap. After washing, dry your feet completely especially those spaces between your toes. This step can greatly reduce the risk of bacteria and other fungal infections in your feet from spreading. Apply a moisturizer to help keep your skin hydrated and prevent heel cracks. If you sweat excessively, use foot powder to help keep your feet dry.

  1. Foot exercises.

Regularly exercising your feet can help you treat and prevent foot pain. Foot exercises like toe curls, marble pick up or golf ball roll can help alleviate pain and improve flexibility and strength of your feet.  Foot exercises do not only improve your foot health, but they also prevent injury.

  1. Trim your nails properly.

Trim your toenails correctly by cutting them straight across. Do not cut them too short as this may encourage ingrown toenails.

  1. Get the right footwear.

Perhaps the most important factor in preventing foot problems is your choice of footwear. Look for shoes that fit properly and have a roomy toe-box to avoid toe deformities like hammertoes and bunions.

  1. Daily inspection.

Examine your feet properly from top to bottom, and note if there’s anything unusual such as cuts, scrapes, discoloration of the skin, or swelling. Finding a problem during your daily inspections can help you treat issues quickly and avert major ones. This step drastically reduces the risk of complications especially for people with diabetes.

By adopting these few simple tips, you can help boost your foot health. However, if you are experiencing chronic foot pain, it might be a sign of something more serious. In those circumstances, it is best to follow-up with a podiatrist who can assess the severity of your pain, pinpoint the exact problem while ruling out other causes of foot pain, and recommend the most beneficial treatment to reduce it.

At Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, Dr. Jeffrey Idol and our team of expert podiatrists are experienced and well-versed in all aspects of podiatry-related issues. Common foot and ankle problems such as toe deformities, ankle sprains, fungal infections, joint pain, diabetic foot care, flat feet, and heel pain can be taken care of by our experts. Please contact us to schedule an appointment or visit our offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata, and Huntingtown, MD. 

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Arthritic pain caused by cold weather can be a painful dilemma for those who suffer from many types of arthritic conditions! The cold and wet weather has a way of making arthritic pain worse for many. This can be the result of a reduction in physical activity, and being active is what usually reduces discomfort caused by arthritis. The reduction of exercise due to staying inside because of cold and damp weather can cause joints to therefore become stiff and painful as a result.

Other causes may be related to the changes in barometric pressure. This can actually lead to an increased number of contraction of tendons or bones in the feet. When the weather is cold, in particular, joint fluids will become thicker and cause joints to be stiff. This will cause a significant impact on those suffering from arthritis. The change in weather may also have a placebo effect whereby the cold weather can produce an internal feeling of discomfort.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Find a way to exercise as much as possible when it’s cold. It promotes strength and flexibility, diminishes joint aching and assists with combating exhaustion.
  • Wear layers of clothing when outdoors in cold weather because they keep the body insulated with its natural body heat.
  • Use socks and waterproof shoes to prevent the inside from getting wet or damp. A damp shoe will cause the buildup of moisture and therefore can trigger the onset of arthritic pain.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas care about your ability to enjoy all types of weather without having to endure severe arthritic pain. Please contact us for an appointment today. Also, check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. Our practice is committed to providing our patients with the care and treatment necessary to help your foot’s joints overcome the impact of cold or damp weather. You will be able to run to your next destination at any time of the year!

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An ankle sprain is a sudden occurrence that can lead to lingering pain if you are not careful. Sprains happen as your ligaments stretch too far, causing damage to the way they support the bones of your feet.

If your ankle rolls in an unusual manner due to slipping, this can lead to significant pain. This may happen on an uneven surface or from an awkward landing when participating in sports. Your ankle joint is also referred to as the talocrural joint and is comprised of the shin bone, fibula and talus. The ankle is therefore a complicated structure that requires care and timely treatment to prevent long-term damage from occurring. An unstable ankle can lead to constant trouble for your foot and ankle health.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Keep your foot raised to prevent excess swelling.
  • Try wrapping your ankle with bandaging to reduce inflammation. Compression will help to provide much-needed support to the soft tissue of your ankle.
  • Use cold therapy such as ice to lower pain and swelling. Do this a few times during the day to ensure that your ligaments have the best chance of avoiding painful swelling.
  • Rest your ankle as much as possible.
  • Participate in physical therapy to strengthen your ankle ligaments for the future.
  • Refrain from participating in highly competitive sports or any other activities that put high amounts of stress on your ankles in a short amount of time.
  • Use support devices to assist with walking. This will help to reduce the amount of force that your ankle needs to bear while healing.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas have the experience to treat your ankle sprains with care and precision. Please contact us for an appointment today. Also, check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We know how expert podiatry services can provide lasting relief for your ankle pain

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