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Thursday, 12 July 2018 19:21

Athlete’s Foot Has a Strong Offense

Athlete’s foot is an easily spreadable fungal infection that can cause many issues. It can travel from your feet to other parts of your body if it comes into contact with it. The way you contract it is from contact with another person or from walking barefoot in public areas such as pools and gym locker rooms.

Symptoms of athlete’s foot include:

  • Itching in between your toes
  • The presence of blisters
  • Cracking skin or even a changed skin tone.

So, you should understand that athlete’s foot does have a great offense and will not stop unless you take defensive measures.

Treatment for this athlete’s foot includes:

  • Using cold therapies such as ice to lower any inflammation and reduce the pain.
  • Taking antifungal medications to attack the fungus causing the infection on your feet.
  • Scrubbing the skin to reduce the external layers of infected skin. Only do this as the infection is going away.
  • Wearing shoes that fit correctly and that are made of breathable material. This will help combat the environment most beneficial to fungus, moist and dark.
  • Sterilizing your shoes so that fungus does not reside in there for the long-term.
  • Keeping your shoes dry! This is very important in reducing the chances of having fungus thrive in them.

Athlete’s foot can cause many problems for your feet. It is best to combat it at its earliest stages to ensure that it does not spread thereafter. 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 ensure that your feet have the best chance of eradicating the fungus that causes athlete’s foot from your feet so that you can be pain and itch free! Please call our office at any of the numbers provided above so that your feet can be clear of the strongest offense put up by athlete’s foot.

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Athlete’s Foot is a very common infection that affects the skin of the foot and swimmers are particularly disposed to contracting it since the fungus that causes it grows in damp and warm places. Since most people will choose to swim in warm pools rather than ice-cold lakes, this will continue to affect swimmers. As this condition is highly communicable, it’s no surprise that it is frequently contracted at swimming pools since individuals walk barefoot in these locations and the surface can be contaminated with fungus. Moreover, the feet of swimmers can be damp, warm and dark in between their toes, which makes it even easier for the fungus to thrive. Symptoms of this condition include the skin of the foot that becomes red, scratchy, dry, broken and rashes that could produce a burning sensation.

Treatment for this condition involves:

•    Swimmers, as well as anyone else, should use antifungal medicated creams or lotions to attack the fungus.

•    Antibiotics may be necessary if other bacterial infections result.

•    Feet should always be kept dry, including in between toes.

•    Use a separate towel to dry your feet if you have this condition to prevent spreading it to other parts of the body.

•    Swimmers should utilize flip-flops when walking adjacent to a pool and in locker rooms.

•    Place talcum powder on feet after drying them.

•    Utilize socks that absorb moisture and change them daily to prevent the buildup of fungus within them.

•    Use shoes that are large enough to allow air to flow within them.

•    Refrain from wearing the same shoes on consecutive days so that they have an opportunity to circulate air.

This condition can cause much inconvenience for swimmers. 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, can help your feet stay healthy during those back strokes! Please make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and we’ll help you maintain your swimming feet.

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Friday, 12 January 2018 15:31

Toenail Fungus is Unpleasant

 

Toenail Fungus can be unsightly and is generally unpleasant. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can provide treatment for 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.

Toenail Fungus is unfortunately a common condition that starts beneath the tip of the toenail. As it grows deeper, the nail discolors, thickens and becomes brittle at the edge. The nails can also become slanted and start to emit an odor. This condition results from various fungi, the most common of which is called dermatophyte. This type of infection can form any age, but it tends to happen in older individuals since their nails get frail and cause cracks, which allow fungi to enter.

Other factors that allow for this condition to occur include:

-        Poor circulation.

-        A weakened immune system.

-        Athlete's foot that spreads to the toenail.

-        Heavy perspiration.

-        Walking shoeless in moist public areas, such as swimming pools, gyms or locker rooms.

-        Diabetes, which can cause a numbness in the feet and a bigger risk of a bacterial skin infection. This would cause any small injury to generally lead to a more severe complication because of the reduced circulation.

Methods of treatment include trimming nails in a straight fashion and filing down the edges of the nail so that their smooth and less thickened. Cleaning the tools used to trim the toenails is also important. Utilizing socks that soak up sweat is helpful to keep moisture away from the toes, wearing foot wear that has materials that allow the feet to air out, discarding older shoes that have become worn out and treating frequently worn shoes with sanitizers and antifungal powders are all helpful in making sure your toes have the best chance of avoiding this condition. It’s also helpful to use closed toe shoes when walking through public pool areas and gym locker rooms. Also, be sure to find nail salons that have clean and sterile tools.

Due to the nature of this condition, it is imperative that you obtain treatment as soon as possible. So, please contact us if you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms and we’ll make sure to have your toenails fresh in no time!

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Athlete’s foot is not a fun condition and can cause other complications due its resilient nature. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, have the know-how and experience to diagnose and 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).

Athlete’s Foot is caused by an infection that is the result of fungus. The infection invades the skin on the foot and is most frequently the fungus known as dermatophytes. Moreover, this infection is the most common type of the skin! This infection persists with humid conditions and occurs in between the toes. Although this condition does not usually cause the proliferation of blisters, they can form, and as the blisters rupture, can cause the infection to spread to all parts of the foot. It may even spread to the bottom of the foot. This condition is accompanied by burning and irritation and the lingering pain of this condition is not produced by swelling as it is with other complications of the foot and ankle, but rather, is characterized by a scaling of the skin of the foot that takes on a red color. This infection can also cause other complications such as a secondary bacterial infection or toenail fungal infection due to the characteristics of this fungus to spread readily the moment it has the opportunity to do so.

Treatment may involve:

  • Utilizing ice packs to alleviate the burning sensation, oral antibiotics (in case a secondary bacterial infection develops)
  • Soaking feet in warm water mixed with salt
  • Using sandals so that moisture does not build up around toes
  • Topical ointments and creams with antifungal compounds

 Due to the profound impact that athlete’s foot can have on the feet, it is imperative that you contact us when you can, so that we can have the opportunity to diagnose your condition and provide preventive treatment and thereby giving you the best chance of winning the marathon against this condition!

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Athlete’s Foot is referred to as Tinea Pedia and is a skin disease that can be caused by fungus that generally occurs between the toes. It can however also happen in other areas of the feet. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can help to treat athlete’s foot. You can 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).

The fungus that causes athlete’s foot usually attacks feet because it thrives in the dark and moist environments such as in shoes which inspires its growth. This condition generally happens because of swimming pools, showers or gym locker rooms because they are havens for fungi. The name athlete’s foot was coined because it’s so prevalent among athletes who used these types of facilities on a frequent basis. However, now that the general public is more active, it can be associated with anyone, not just athletes. Symptoms include dry skin, itching or burning between toes or swelling. Athlete's foot can spread to the soles or toenails because of scratching the infection and then spreading it when touching other areas of the body with the same hand.

Treatment can include antifungal medications that are either topical or oral, depending on which your doctor prescribes. If there is an infection caused by bacteria and not fungus, then antibiotics are especially effective. Keeping your feet dry with foot powder in your shoes is very helpful and frequent bathing of toes is necessary to avoid getting athlete’s foot. If a family member develops this condition, it could be necessary to disinfect showers after each use to prevent another person from becoming infected since the fungi can linger until it is removed.

                                                                       

If you believe you may be the victim of athlete’s foot, please contact us as soon as possible. We will ensure that you get the very best treatment for your feet with regards to athlete’s foot today!

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 18:13

Running and Your Feet

Running or fast-paced walking on a regular basis is a great way for you to stay fit year round. Whether you are just starting out or already an expert runner, there are a few things that you can do to maximize the benefits and make running work for your body from head to toe. Most people know to stretch their legs and watch out for knee injuries, but only a handful know to give their feet the same attention and care. Feet are the foundation for the rest of your body and making sure they are healthy and strong can boost your performance and reduce your risk of injury.

 

What can you do to prevent common running related injuries or ailments?

 

1 .Wear the proper shoes.  Buying shoes that fit your feet properly are one of the most important things you can do for yourself. When shoes fit properly, you can avoid common problems such as blisters, calluses, numbness, bunions, pinched-nerve pain, and corns. Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas of Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland also suggests to get a thorough examination of your feet before purchasing shoes at a store. Store salesmen have a limited knowledge of their products and how they match with your feet. We can give you an in-depth analysis of which shoe and shoe features match your feet and help fix any minor or emerging shoe-related issues.

2. Keep your feet dry. Athlete’s foot (and other foot fungi) can be an unpleasant experience and shoes that are damp or moist with sweaty feet are the perfect breeding ground for foot fungi. By keeping your feet dry, you can prevent your feet from contracting a fungal infection in the first place so that you can avoid getting itchy skin, redness, and blisters on your toes and soles.  

3. Fix problems before they get worse. If you notice a blister, callus, or a sore spot, take the time to soothe your feet and address the problem before your next run or walk. Ignoring a problem early on can result in much more debilitating injuries in the long run. Also, if you notice blisters are occurring frequently, try switching up your socks or your shoes. Look for a solution that reduces the friction (and space) between your feet and the shoes.

4. Pamper your feet. This may seem like an indulgence, but a foot rub or a pedicure can be beneficial for your overall foot and body health. Pedicures are especially great for cleaning your feet thoroughly and keeping your toenails trimmed to a neat and healthy length.

 

If while running, you notice any pain or serious symptoms, stop right away and consult your doctor.  Contact us at one of our 4 convenient locations in Owings, LaPlata, Huntington and  Lexington Park so we can provide quality care, consultations and treatment for any foot related injuries. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

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Friday, 10 February 2017 14:48

Winter Foot Blues?

Dry, scaly, itchy feet plaguing you?! In the winter, our patients often complain that their feet are itchy and scaly, dry and calloused.  Sometimes this is due to lack of air circulation in closed, confined shoes.  Other times, we find that our patients are suffering from an affliction known as Athlete’s Foot.  Athlete’s foot can usually be treated with over-the-counter creams and sprays.  However, sometimes, a stronger prescription medicine needs to be prescribed.  Other times, we find that our patients may be suffering from skin conditions such as: psoriasis of the feet.  In this instance, prescription creams are necessary.  At Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, we offer four convenient locations to cater to your podiatry needs:  Owings- (410) 257-2242, LaPlata- (301) 934-3345, Huntington- (410) 535-1719, and Lexington Park- (301) 863-6601.  Our skilled doctors, Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba, and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas are here to help.

  In the interim, before you are able to get in to see us, these are some helpful home remedies you can turn to that will help minimize the itchiness and dryness associated with the above mentioned conditions: 

  • Wash and apply cream to the feet whenever possible.
  • Some examples of very rich, hydrating creams are: Aquafor, Vaseline, and any body butters.
  • If you have very calloused feet, you can apply the creams at bedtime “under occlusion”, which means to cover the feet with plastic wrap after applying the cream, and sleep with the cream covered, plastic             wrap covered feet overnight.  Often putting socks on top, helps keep the plastic wrap in place.
  • Put baby powder on your feet before putting shoes and socks on.  Also sprinkle some in your shoes to minimize sweating and foot odor.

If these tactics don’t provide enough relief, we are here to help!  Come make an appointment, so our skilled team can diagnose and treat your problem at any of our convenient four locations at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland.

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