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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 20:47

A New Solution for Toenail Woes

Toenail fungus has become extremely widespread over the years and those who suffer from this “plague” know how horrible the infected toes look. However, there seems to be a ray of hope for all such fungal fighters – laser treatment.

The onset of toenail fungus may be hard to detect as the changes that take place are slow to become apparent and they tend to aggravate with time if left untreated. These include:

  • Discoloration in nails – going from yellow to brown and maybe even black.
  • Cuts on toenails with dirt-like particles in between.
  • Nail leaving the skin either in patches or in whole.
  • Nail thickening or distorting in shape.

The latest laser technology is designed to penetrate the thickness of the toenail and reach the area where the fungus is residing. The heat pulses are aimed to kill the fungus accordingly. This neat and precise technique is gaining success; however, treatment sessions may vary depending on the type of laser machinery used and the intensity of the infection. While some patients may have to undergo several sessions before they see positive results, others may be cured with just a one-time treatment.

To date, oral anti-fungal medications have been used to treat toenail fungus. However, these oral medications have limited reach as they tend to have side effects and may tamper with additional medications that the patients may already be taking for other reasons.

Another alternate is topical medication; however, that does not have a very high success ratio.

Laser treatments are becoming more and more common as the results are promising compared to other options. Most podiatry offices are already providing these services in-house.

For a detailed examination of your feet and selection of the most effective method of treatment, come visit Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Dr. Jeffrey Idol and our team of foot experts will assist you through this procedure and answer any queries that you may have. Contact any of our four convenient offices located in Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345, and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719, MD and schedule an appointment with our experts.

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Monday, 18 February 2019 19:53

Fall Risk Prevention

We all want our loved ones to be safe and therefore we take extra effort to ensure their safety by taking precautions around our homes. At Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, we want all of you, especially our seniors, to be healthy and active. According to recent statistics, one in four Americans aged 65 and above fall each year. If you are taking care of a loved one who is 65 or above, we would advise you to talk to them about the risks and preventions of falling. So start talking with the elderly today and help them discover ways they can reduce the risks of falling.

Here are some key suggestions on how you can offer help:

Promote Independence

Seniors who stumble or fall don’t usually tell their loved ones about the mishap because they fear that they are losing their independence. They believe that they may become a liability or a burden on their loved ones. Encourage independence and tell them that by taking proper preventive measures they will not give their loved ones a chance to worry. Give them the chance to be open and honest about any concerns they may have about falling.

Help make your home fall-proof

As most falls occur at home, ensure that your homes are fall-proof so that your loved ones are safe and healthy. To do that you need to consider taking the following measures:

  • Ensuring that footwear is proper.
  • Removing throw rugs or any wires or cables that are in the way.
  • Installing railings for support on the stairs.
  • Installing adequate lighting to ensure any misstep.
  • Adding grab bars and rubber mats in bathrooms.

Medical Checkups

It’s always good to know about the medical condition of the elders within your family. Ask them regularly about their health and concerns. Foot and ankle pain is where you should start because it causes a person to become imbalanced, resulting in a fall.

Advise your loved ones to contact any of our four convenient offices located in Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345, and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719, MD and make an appointment with our foot experts. Our board-certified and qualified podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba, and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can help you find out the root cause and develop treatment plans for any of their foot and ankle problems.

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 17:40

The Stress of a Stress Fracture on Your Foot

When you hear about a fracture, you imagine a bone crushed into pieces. Well, technically speaking that is a kind of fracture, but there is another kind which is commonly referred to as a stress fracture. Stress fractures are small cracks or severe bruising within a bone and are most common in the weight-bearing bones of the feet. It is usually caused by overuse or repetitive activity and is a common foot complication in athletes.

Though you don’t have to be an athlete to develop these fractures, they usually occur when people change their activities, increasing the intensity of their exercise/work out plans all too suddenly or change the workout/exercise environment.

Symptoms of stress fracture

Stress fracture symptoms include discomfort or pain that usually occurs when you are performing a physical activity. However, it so happens that as soon as the activity stops, you start feeling comfortable and the pain diminishes during resting. If you have inflammation or a bruise on the top of your foot, please contact Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland immediately. Prolonged negligence can cause major damage.

The Treatment

Simple treatment such as wearing the right type of shoes and sneakers is always helpful in absorbing shock and reducing serious damage. Give yourself a gap and rest in-between your exercise and workout routines. If you already have pain in your feet, apply ice to reduce the swelling and pain. Make sure to keep your feet elevated.

Getting an expert opinion on the probable cause and the seriousness of the damage is always a good idea, so make an appointment with our highly-qualified and experienced team of podiatrists and know that you are in good hands. Our foot experts are available at Owings (410-257-2242), Lexington Park (301-863-6601), LaPlata (301-934-3345), and Huntingtown (410-535-1719), MD to help you get over all your foot and ankle problems timely and correctly.

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 16:03

High Heels – More Pain, Less Gain

When you think of high heels, you think of elegance and grace. However, once you think about the aftermath, all that comes to mind is pain and sore feet. As attractive as they seem, high heel shoes can cause severe damage to women’s feet and they can suffer from various mobility issues in the long run.

Here are some of the most common problems that women face, especially those who wear high heels very frequently:

  • Due to the awkward and unnatural posture, the leg and feet muscles are constantly under stress. Extended periods of staying in such a position can lead to cramps, strained calf muscles and, in extreme cases, women may develop Achilles tendonitis.
  • At the same time, the feet are exposed to soreness, swelling, blisters, corns, bunions and the list goes on!
  • Since there is massive pressure on the toes, they too are at risk. The majority of women suffer from ingrown toenails, calluses under and on the sides of their feet, hammertoes and painful bone protrusions.
  • Women have to be extra cautious to maintain their balance in high heels. Minor slips could end up in major injuries like sprains, twisted ankles, and even bone fractures.

It is advised to avoid wearing high heels all the time. Not only do they spoil your natural body posture, but they also expose you to high risks. Walking may be problematic and even sitting or lifting can become troublesome due to backaches and other body pains.

At Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our experts are available at Owings (410-257-2242), Lexington Park (301-863-6601), LaPlata (301-934-3345), and Huntingtown (410-535-1719), MD. We will help and guide you regarding any concerns that you may have, especially related to pain in your ankles and feet. Foot health is important; therefore, do not delay or overlook these issues. Feel free to call at any of the four numbers listed above and schedule an appointment with our highly-qualified and experienced podiatrists for a thorough examination.

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