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Monday, 02 July 2018 18:25

Arthritic Foot Care is Vital

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!

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Friday, 09 March 2018 20:13

Arthritis is Not for the Weary

Arthritis translates to joint inflammation and is also, unfortunately, the cause of discomfort and rigidity. This condition is a chronic condition that progresses by deteriorating the cartilage in the foot’s joints over time. The loss of cartilage removes the cushioning between bones and causes bones to rub against each other directly. This wearing down of the joints causes a reduction in mobility and deformities. This condition can get worse as individuals age or if they are exposed to significant drama. The joints of the foot that are most affected are the location of where the ankle and shinbone connect, joints of the heel bone, inside of the mid-foot, the outer mid-foot and the big toe joint.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Losing weight can help reduce tension on joints.
  • Utilizing support devices for the ankle and foot such as braces or canes.
  • Physical therapy to reduce rigidity in the joints.
  • Anti-inflammatories to decrease inflammation of the joints.
  • Steroid injections into the joints to reduce swelling.
  • Surgical procedures may be required if this condition continues to get worse with conservative treatments. Arthroscopic, fusion and joint replacement surgery are some of the common types that are chosen.
    • Arthroscopic surgery will assist with removing foreign tissues or spurs that may be in the joint.
    • Fusion surgery will involve fusing bones together via apparatuses such as pins or screws.
    • Joint replacement surgery will involve the replacement of the ankle joint by using artificial implants. This form of surgery is not used as often due to the nature of the procedure.

This condition can cause long lasting and lingering pain. Please contact us because it’s never too early to combat this condition. Here 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, will provide quality and proven treatment methods for your feet! Therefore, please make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above!

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Thursday, 01 March 2018 17:03

Swollen Joints Crowd Your Comfort

Swelling of the Foots Joints can be a complicated issue. Its the accumulation of fluid inside the soft tissue adjoining the joint. This condition is the enlargement of the joints and is generally caused by an inflammatory response or trauma to the joint or surrounding structures. Swelling of these joints can cause it to look as if it is unusually shaped and can lead to significant pain or stiffness. When this happens to the joint after a trauma, it can be a sign of a bone breaking or perhaps a tendon or ligament tearing.

This condition can also be caused by an infection that can also result in a fever. Other symptoms associated with this condition include redness, joint warmth or a reduction in mobility of the joint. Once joints are swollen in the foot, it can lead to any number of arthritic conditions. And in turn, arthritis increases joint inflammation and causes additional redness and warmth.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Physical therapy whereby a focus is placed on exercising and stretching the feet and toes to increase joint movement and elasticity.
  • Wearing correctly fitting shoes that are comfortable and supportive. This would include refraining from wearing high heels.
  • Utilizing topical ointments that can provide relief for arthritic pain. These ointments generally contain capsaicin, which is found in chili peppers and helps to manage pain sensations.
  • Massaging the toes and certain areas of the foot so that joints can increase motion and feel relief from pain.
  • Orthotics are also very helpful in providing long-lasting relief for arthritic toes by helping to re-align and distribute weight evenly over the entire surface area of the foot.
  • Ice packs can provide substantial relief by numbing the pain and decreasing inflammation.

Joint swelling of the foot region can become a painful proposition. Please contact us if your foot joints are swollen. Here 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, we can treat your inflamed joints with care and efficiency! Therefore, please make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above.

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 19:07

Take Care of Your Arthritis

Arthritis in feet can cause long term issues with painful results. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can help to treat this condition 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).

Arthritis can cause pain in the feet and ankles as you age. If it is not timely treated, the nagging pain can grow into something very severe. Arthritis is a condition that destroys the mechanisms of a joint and is a wear and tear of the cartilage that results in inflammation of the joint. Severe arthritis can stop your mobility from behaving normally. However, with the right treatment, arthritis can be slowed down so that it doesn’t hurt you early in life. Severe traumas that lead to broken feet or a torn ligament can cause the joint to develop arthritis in the future. Symptoms of this condition varies by the type, but generally include pain, stiffness, swelling and a reduction in mobility.

Treatment options include:  

  • anti-inflammatories
  • medications to relieve pain
  • orthotics
  • specially made shoes that have a comfortable fit that allow for swollen feet to move
  • padding
  • braces
  • physical therapy
  • loss of weight to help reduce pressure on the injured joints

Surgical options include arthroscopic surgery which helps in the early stages and uses a small instrument to insert into the joint to remove any foreign elements in the joint that are not supposed to be there. Fusion surgery on the other hand involves fusing of the bones with pins or screws. Lastly, joint replacement surgery involves the complete replacement of the ankle joint with implants. This form of surgery is only used in extreme cases.

This condition may form slowly, but it can have lasting implications. To avoid huge issues with your foot and ankle health, please contact us to today to help develop a treatment strategy that can alleviate the pain from your arthritis and let your joints move freely.

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Friday, 08 December 2017 18:41

Hammertoes Mean Business

Hammertoes can really hammer into your feet due to the deformities and long term hinderance to routines that they can cause. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can help to provide quality treatment so that you can overcome your hammertoes 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).

A hammertoe is a toe that’s been misshaped because it has bent upwards at the middle of the joint. When a muscle in the toe does not work correctly, it can cause pressure on the tendons and toe joints. Therefore, a hammertoe forms as the toe stays bent.

This condition can form from the following:

  • Poorly fitting shoes
  • Arthritis
  • Genetics
  • Trauma

Methods of preventing this condition involve wearing properly fitting and comfortable shoes with extra room for toes (preventing them from being bent from narrow fitting shoes), refraining from wearing high heels (making use of low heel shoes helps to lower the amount of stress placed on toes as they are no longer being pushed against the front of the shoe or stretching toes to keep tendons relaxed. When surgery is required:

-          A flexible hammertoe can be straightened with a tendon transfer which is comprised of rerouting tendons from the bottom to the top of a toe which forces the bent joint straight.

-          A fixed hammertoe is stiff and surgery would favor cutting ligaments and tendons to straighten the toe, removing the end of a bone to straighten it and utilizing pins to keep the toe in a straightened position, which can be removed later on after it heals. Fusion may also be another form of surgical procedure by cutting the ligaments, tendons and bone to strengthen the toe and the use of implants to keep it in that position until it heals.

Hammertoes can cause your toes to get severely deformed if not treated in a timely manner, causing deformities and significant pain. Please contact us as it is imperative that you take proactive steps to ensure your toes stay straight!

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 17:45

Joint Swelling Should be Treated with Care

Joint swelling of the ankle can be painful and immobilizing. This condition should be treated with care and high urgency. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can assist you with treating your swollen ankle. Please call or visit our team of podiatrists 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).

Joint inflammation of the ankle can be a common issue which causes the buildup of liquid within the ankle joint or in the tissues around the ankle. This happens because the body naturally increases the flow of blood to joint injuries, which increases swelling and creates a stiff and painful feeling. This condition can result from poor circulation, a severe injury, gout or even arthritis.

A common cause of blood flow problems leading to ankle joint swelling are blood clots, which happens in a single leg. Those with other complications can have a higher propensity to develop blood clots or other blood flow issues. Severe injuries can be in the form of ankle sprains or broken ankles and are the most common causes of ankle inflammation because they can happen in any number of environments. Gout occurs when there is a buildup of uric acid crystals in your ankle. These crystals are associated with digestion but can accumulate in the ankle, causing inflammation. Arthritis is not so common, but if it effects the ankle, can be seriously painful.

Treatments for ankle joint inflammation can include anti-inflammatories that are generally prescribed for sprains. Other helpful forms of treatment include rest, icing, compression and elevation of the swollen ankle joint. The main focus of treatment is to reduce swelling in a targeted and quick manner. Surgery may however be required for severe issues with the most likely forms being ankle fusion or ankle replacement.

If your ankles are swollen and painful, please contact us as soon as possible since this condition can get worse with time. Please allow us to provide you with the very best treatment for your ankle!

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 16:38

Let’s Eliminate Bunions

Our team at the Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland can treat a variety of foot and ankle health conditions. One such condition forming on the toes are bunions. Our team of podiatrists, Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, can treat bunions via natural or surgical treatment at one of our four Southern Maryland locations (Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown). Treatment will help to relieve pain, eliminate the bunion and stop it from returning.

Bunions are skeletal bumps that form on the joint at the bottom of your big toe. They form because of the pressure exerted when your big toe pushes against the adjacent toe. This causes your big toe joint to get larger and protrude outwards. Generally, the skin covering a bunion will be red. Wearing close-fitting, slender shoes could agitate bunions. Designer shoes with narrow toe boxes can push big toes inward. Raised heels can also cause bunions because the big toe stays bent and budding toward the adjacent toe, causing the lower bones to push out. Bunions can also be genetic or the result of a medical condition such as arthritis.

Natural bunion treatment can be any of the following:

  • Toe spacers that can help restore toes to the normal position.

  • Massage and exercise that can help foot muscles move in a natural direction.

  • Footwear that can reverse damage if it helps aid in natural toe movement.

If natural treatments cannot stop the formation of large bunions, surgery can help position the toe back to the location it was in before the bunion formed. After surgery, arch supports and cushioned shoes are used to help with recovery. Surgery generally includes the following:

  • Realigning the metatarsophalangeal joint at the bottom of the big toe. The tendons around the big toe are thereafter repaired.

  • Alleviating pain.

  • Correcting malformation of the toes and foot.

Recovery can take a few months to a year. Adequate dressing of the surgical site and medication will help to speed up recovery. Physical therapy may be required post-surgery for severe conditions. Tight fitting shoes should also be avoided after surgery for maximum recovery.

The earlier bunions are treated, the less likely surgery is required. However, if you have bunions that are significantly reducing foot motion and causing pain, don’t hesitate to contact our office online for an appointment or call us as soon as possible. Please feel free to discuss your foot pain with our staff and we will determine the best course of treatment specifically tailored for your feet.

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