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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 18:17

Look Past Bunions

Bunions can mean bad news for certain individuals as they present as bumps on the joint of your big toe and can cause many inconveniences to your stride. Bunions occur as the bone at the big toe joint moves into an unnatural position and out of place, forcing it to curve and hit against other toes right next to it. This produces discomfort and perhaps far-reaching issues such as with walking or performing other routine activities. Bunions can create significant pain when treatment is not sought soon. The big toe joint will become rigid and cause your feet to no longer fit into your normal footwear. Bunions have also been known to form along the small toe, at the outside, also caused by from similar friction forces.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Take medications to reduce pain from bunions.
  • Place orthotics in your shoes to bring relief since they can help to realign the foot’s bones.
  • Use ice packs to assist with stopping the spread of swelling that can be caused by bunions.
  • Use shoes that have a large amount of padding and support to help reduce the level of friction that your toes are exposed to. This translates into wearing heelless shoes, those that have wide toe boxes and that are constructed from soft materials.
  • Bunion surgery may be used for those bunions that grow out of control and require significant intervention to bring the mechanics of the foot back to normal.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can provide your feet with comprehensive care and support so that your bunions no longer dictate the level of comfort you feel on a daily basis! Please contact us for an appointment today and do not forget to check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. Our goal is to surpass your expectations through targeted therapy that can bring a new level of balance to your feet for the future.

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Friday, 26 January 2018 19:09

Neuromas Need Care

Neuromas usually happen when two bones frequently rub against each other and produce burning or numbness. A neuroma forms as a knot and can become very painful, especially if left untreated because as the nerve function becomes damaged, it becomes less stable regarding pain sensitivity. Of note, diabetics are more prone to developing this condition due to the complications they suffer from their nerves.

Causes for neuromas can be lingering foot injuries, such as severe sprains, bunions, hereditary conditions, such as flat feet and bad-fitting shoes like high-heeled shoes with narrow toe boxes.  Chronic issues, such as arthritis or traumas that occur from ordinary activities like running or jogging, can also be contributing factors.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Medications such as anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling caused by the injured nerve.
  • Orthotics to distribute pressure away from the injured nerve.
  • Massaging the ball of the foot to ease the pain.
  • Icing the affected area.
  • Refraining from long walks.
  • Soaking in hot water and rubbing the foot thereafter.
  • Surgery to remove the damaged nerve tissue by cutting it out, covering it and aligning it to prevent reoccurrence.
  • Use of injectable anesthetics to significantly reduce swelling around the site of the injured nerve.

Due to the far-reaching consequences that neuromas can bring, it is highly recommended that individuals suffering from this condition get proper medical treatment immediately. As the nerve’s injuries get more serious, other complications can make it difficult to fully recover from this condition. So, please contact us so to learn more about how you can avoid this condition and receive the best treatment if it has gotten worse! 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 assist with providing the finest treatment available for this condition! So, make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and your nerves will finally be able to relax!

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Friday, 17 November 2017 15:02

Redistribute Pressure with Orthotics

Orthotics are invaluable in their ability to redistribute pressure in the feet and reduce pain in the process. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can help to provide orthotics that may give your feet the best chance of being able to experience reduced pain, 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).

Orthotics can involve shoe inserts for the heel that may have been bought over the counter or they can be custom designed devices that fit the specific contours of your feet. Orthotics are very useful in alleviating pain in the feet due to their ability to redistribute where pressure is applied on the foot, as it hits the surface of the ground by manipulating which parts initially absorb forces. Moreover, they are particularly helpful for the following:

  • Aligning the foot and ankle.
  • Preventing or reworking foot deformities.
  • Improving the overall function of the foot or ankle.
  • Supporting those with flat feet.
  • Decreasing a variety of pain in the feet.
  • Reallocating pressures applied to feet.

These devices work by using a wedge-shaped shoe insert that is placed onto side of the sole of the shoe. Heel cushions are a form of orthotics that can help to absorb forces when the foot hits the ground and relieve stress placed on the heel when performing routine activities. Generally, the particular category of orthotics that may be recommended will vary on the type of symptoms exhibited and whether there are any present deformities in the feet. Custom orthotics are generally more expensive; yet, they have greater longevity than those purchased over the counter. Currently, technology allows for custom orthotics to be developed using computerized techniques that map out the contours of the foot.

It’s important to remember that orthotics are very helpful for many foot complications from Plantar Fasciitis to high arches and are well worth the cost when considering the many benefits they provide. So, please contact us today and start removing pressure from your feet!

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 13:47

Bunions can be Lead to a Bad Condition


Our team at the Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland can treat a variety of foot and ankle health conditions. Bunions can require significant treatment if not managed correctly. Our team of podiatrists, Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, can treat bunions at one of our four Southern Maryland locations (Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown). Treatment will help to relieve pain and eliminate potential complications.

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.

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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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