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Thursday, 26 April 2018 19:25

Corns Can be Amplified by Diabetes

Corns are defensive sheets of dead skin that develop from recurrent rubbing on the feet. They can cause pain when pressed and usually occur in between or on the toes. Corns can be hard or soft and can develop from a deformity in the foot that causes the toes to be exposed to higher than usual amounts of friction.  They can also form from wearing shoes that are too narrow and increase the amount of pressure on them.

For diabetic patients, an important issue to remember is their slower than normal healing process, which will allow the corn to become more troublesome. Diabetes causes nerve damage and poor circulation which could allow for the corn to become easily infected more so than it would normally. Proper care and treatment for diabetics are essential for controlling the effect of corns on their feet.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Using medicated pads that contain acid to reduce layers of the skin of the corn.
  • Checking feet daily as they may not be able to feel the corns developing on their toes.
  • Washing feet with warm water while making sure to dry them thoroughly afterward.
  • Utilizing shoes that fit comfortably so as to reduce friction forces on the toes.
  • Using custom fitted orthotics to redistribute pressure away from the toes and to provide support where required.
  • Controlling blood sugar levels to promote efficient healing which can reduce infections from corns.

Corns can be a pain, but when coupled with diabetes, are a cause for greater concern. 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 utilize the latest techniques to help provide your corns with the best possible treatment available. Please take a moment to make an appointment by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above to help your feet move in the right direction!

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Friday, 19 January 2018 16:39

Corns Are a Nuisance

Corns can become painful and a real nuisance. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can 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.

Corns are generally yellow layers of thick, dead skin. They are typically located on the toe bones and can press against the nerve. Corns can be hard, where a small patch of rough skin in the middle of the corn is different from the rest of the corn. Soft corns are red and sensitive with a smooth epicenter, are found between the toes and are more painful than hard corns. Seed corns are a group of very miniature corns, are painful and are located on the heel of the foot.

Corns form from continual forces on a single area of the skin on the foot, which causes the skin cells to die. When this happens, that area of the skin becomes a hard surface as a protective mechanism. Symptoms of this condition include:

  •           The skin becomes coarse and discolored.
  •           The skin of the toe is tougher than usual.
  •           The top of the foot takes on a yellow color.
  •           The inside of the toe become red.

Actions that lead to the development of this condition include:

  •           Using tight-fitting shoes.
  •           Wearing foot wear that’s not the right size for your feet.
  •           Wearing fashionable shoes that put abnormal pressures on the feet.
  •           The absence of socks.
  •           Deformities of the foot.
  •           Underlying conditions such as bunions.
  •           Standing or walking for long periods of time.

Treatment for this condition includes wearing shoes that fit correctly or that are the right size, wearing appropriately fitting socks and refraining from wearing high heels. When these methods are not successful in alleviating this condition, surgery may be necessary to fix the abnormality and to stop them from re-occurring.

Due to the stubborn nature of corns, it pays to get timely treatment. So, please contact us today for the care your toes deserve!

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Corns can be a real bummer in your daily routine because they can cause significant foot pain, especially when pressure is applied. They usually result from skin rubbing against the inside of your shoe. Luckily, our team of doctors, Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, can help to treat this condition. You can visit our team of podiatrists at the Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown.

Corns are not a welcome surprise when you realize they’re on your feet. They usually develop on the top of feet and are often round in shape. They can also occur when a bone is out of place, causing the skin between your bone and shoe to rub and the outer layer of the skin to thicken for protection from the unusual pressure. Corns can become severe if they become infected, which can hurt normal tissue or reduce foot movement. Hard corns usually form at the top of the little toes because these areas are where poorly fitting shoes tend to rub the most. Soft corns can form and remain between toes from sweat in those areas. Unfortunately, these types of corns are very susceptible to becoming infected, so beware!

There are several herbal treatments that may help treat corns:

  • Rubbing the infected area with pineapple.
  • Oil of oregano can also be used.
  • Rubbing vinegar on the site.
  • Eating foods rich in fiber can also have a healthy effect.

If you develop corns, it’s best to visit us to avoid severe foot complications, especially for those who stand all day on their feet. If you are experiencing corns, call us as soon as possible. Take the opportunity to get the very best treatment offered by our team.

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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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