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Friday, 12 October 2018 12:43

Neuromas Are Painful Problems

 

Neuromas are powerful due to the pain they cause to the nerves in your feet. It’s not something you can ignore in the hopes that the pain will subside. Neuromas have a tendency to cause sporadic pain in your toes and the ball of the foot.

A neuroma is a swollen nerve that arises at the base of the toes or on the bottom of your foot. This occurs because the tissue next to a nerve increases in size and presses on the nerve. Symptoms of neuromas include numbness, burning, feeling of a bulge between toes and the feeling of walking on an irregular surface. You may also feel an unusual pain or cramp that forms in the toes during movement and which constantly requires massaging the foot to decrease any aching. Some of the factors that bring on the pain of neuromas are flat feet or wearing shoes that are too high or narrow.

You must fight neuromas with the intensity they attack your feet and get the right treatment to overcome their presence.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Using cushioning pads or shoe inserts to help with supporting the arch of your foot.
  • Use custom-fitted orthotics in your shoes to reallocate the weight placed on the foot and to enhance support in areas that require it the most.
  • Physical therapy and exercising can significantly help.
  • Surgical methods may be required to remove any offending nerves or to diminish pressure in the area with the neuroma. Surgery may, however, bring about unintended numbness in your feet due to the unpredictability of nerves.
  • Crutches can be very helpful with taking the weight off the injured nerve.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can help your feet side-step the severity of neuromas with careful and tailored treatment plans. If you’re in the zone to wipe neuromas out of your step, please contact us for an appointment. We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We can help to remove nerve pain in your feet!

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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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Thursday, 22 February 2018 19:04

Orthotics Bring Comfort

Custom orthotic inserts work by modifying the forces that are placed on different regions of the foot caused by numerous reasons. Orthotics assist with alleviating discomfort produced by other foot complications. These devices help to align the foot and, in certain types, utilize a custom molded material that contour to the shape of a particular individuals foot to provide stability to the arch to stop imbalanced weight allocation. Orthotics help to reduce inflammation in feet by correcting the uneven nature of pressure points that may be causing pain for a variety of reasons. The effects of these devices are felt throughout the body and can be made into a vast variety of shapes to provide comfort to any foot shape. Orthotics, like new shoes, require a period of adjustment whereby feet get used to them. There may be a slight pain at the beginning that will eventually give way to comfort as orthotics work their charm. Alterations of these devices can include safety devices that help in adjusting motion.

Custom Orthotics can be used to treat the following:

  • Foot conditions such as tendinitis, diabetic foot ulcers or other plantar deformities.
  • Chronic pain in feet can be reduced by a variety of orthotics such as arch supports (to deter high/low arches and flat feet), insoles, cushions or other types that may work better for some feet than others.

Orthotics are a wonder in fighting foot pain and can be indispensable for providing comfort without the use of invasive procedures. Please contact us if your feet experience chronic pain or are subject to foot conditions that may be treated by the use of these devices. 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 treat your foot pain with custom molded orthotic devices! So, please take a moment to make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above.

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 18:08

Diabetic Shoes are Efficient and Essential

Many foot problems can be treated effectively with preventive foot care. One such form of treatment is via diabetic shoes. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can assist with providing the right shoes for you 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

Diabetic Shoes are specifically designed shoes envisioned to offer safety for diabetic feet and decrease the threat of skin failure, especially as seen in poor circulation and neuropathy. Diabetics are generally more vulnerable to foot complications since it harms the nerves and diminishes blood flow to the feet. This makes it difficult for the feet to heal from injuries or recovery from infections. Diabetic shoes can therefore prevent many complications by using state of the art methods to ensure foot healthiness. These types of shoes consist of the following:

  • Interiors that are made with easy-going materials and with no bulging sewing, since the slightest protrusion can aggravate the skin.
  • Having the top of the shoe at the front be soft to eliminate areas of friction.
  • Stretchable material at the top of the so that it shapes to the contours of the feet, thereby reducing friction.
  • Using orthotics in the form of insoles that are light weight, improve mobility and deliver support to the arch and reduce pressure underneath the feet.
  • Large toe boxes so that the toes have plenty of room to move without hitting into each other or the inside of the top of the shoe. 
  • Choosing the optimal width so that the shoe provides ideal fit and safety.

Diabetic shoes consist of many improvements from ordinary foot wear that are functional in design and that have been well thought out to prolong the longevity of feet for those suffering from diabetes. Please contact us when you can for a chance to get the right fitting diabetic shoes for your feet and take back control of your precious steps!

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Friday, 01 December 2017 16:12

Bone Spurs in the Heel are Serious Business

Bone spurs can affect many areas of the body, including the heel. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, have the requisite experience in treating this condition and can help if you take the opportunity to visit us 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 Bone Spur is actually a bone growing outwards along the edges of a bone. They occur in joints (where bones join), muscles, ligaments or tendons. This condition happens because of constant friction of the bone for a long period of time and can be caused by plantar fasciitis which is an inflammation of the fascia on the foot’s bottom where it attaches to the heel. Generally, cartilage lines the edges of bones at the joint, but with this condition, the cartilage layer is worn down or damaged and new bones form in response to the resulting swelling to try and stabilize it.

This condition may occur more readily for those who sustained severe trauma, such as in an accident, by overusing the joint or by genetics due to family hereditary traits. Treatment for this condition involves:

-          The use of anti-inflammatories to ease pain and to decrease swelling.

-          Physical therapy to reduce and strengthen muscles to increase mobility.

-          Steroid injections into the joint to reduce pain.

-          Appropriate shoe inserts or custom orthotics that can be of great use redistributing. pressure away from the heel where the bone spurs are present.

When these methods are not successful in satisfactorily treating this condition, a surgical procedure may become necessary to remove the bone spurs. This will ensure a more ordinary joint mechanism and will help alleviate pressure on the surrounding tendons, ligaments and nerves. When this condition has not been timely treated, a much larger procedure replacing the joint may become required.

So, please contact us when you have a chance to help get your bone spurs under control and to let your heel hit the ground with confidence!

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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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Friday, 06 October 2017 13:12

Diabetic Shoes Can Give You That Extra Step

Diabetics need to exercise and perform activities such as walking for their overall health. However, this takes a toll on their feet and can be risky for their foot and ankle health. Diabetic Shoes are therefore imperative for allowing diabetics to maintain an active lifestyle since it is essential to remain healthy.

Diabetics experience numbness in their feet, which makes it difficult to realize that their feet are rubbing against their shoes and causing blisters or sores. This is dangerous because the sores don’t heal normally due to the restriction in blood flow. These complications may get worse due to the fact that diabetics may not realize that they are developing on their feet. Diabetic shoes have a taller and wider toe box that gives toes more freedom to move, preventing them from rubbing against each other and blistering. They also support the foot, ankles, heels and have stabilizers in the sole, thicker material and extra width to prevent unnatural rolling of the foot. Diabetic shoes are also deeper and have removable insoles to allow for orthotics that provide an even stride.

A common complaint with these types of shoes are that they are not fashionable. However, the benefit of these shoes is more important than any fashion trend as they can help to provide support and care for your feet that will keep them in good shape for a long time. For these reasons, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can assist you with finding the best diabetic shoe to help your foot avoid complications. Please 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). We will make sure that your feet are comfortable in the right shoes that provide the right amount of cushioning and support. Please contact us today to set up an appointment so that you can stop any further friction caused by normal fitting shoes and allow your feet to move freely in a customized diabetic shoe. 

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 18:49

Orthotics Are More Helpful Than You Think

Custom orthotics are a great benefit to offset all types of foot conditions. Our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, will provide you with the most efficient and comfortable orthotics available to prevent serious foot and ankle conditions. 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).

Orthotics are generally prescribed by foot and ankle medical professionals. They insert into shoes and help to bring into line and support the foot. They exclusively help with preventing injuries in athletes by guiding mobility in a safe manner during high intensity activities. They are especially helpful to combat pain in the heel, arch and ball of the feet. They also help distribute pressure evenly within the foot and keep the foot in a neutral position, which helps with pain caused by excessive standing on the feet for long periods of time. These actions help to reduce the risk of severe injuries. Orthotics are also made in different shapes and have different modifying parts to support different issues with foot and ankle health. Modifications include posts, pads and other safety devices that assist in controlling motion and better offloading of pressure. It’s important to note that orthotics may require break-in periods and further adjustments to get them fitting and feeling right. This process is important and can be done best by medical professionals because they have the expertise to diagnose improper fitting orthotics, as well as provide further modifications that are precise and effective. Orthotics must be used in a functional manner so that they provide support without weakening other muscles. They must not be too overreaching to other areas of the foot and remain focused on reducing pain to specific areas of need.

If your feet are in constant pain due to injuries or normal day to day activities, orthotics can help to minimize pain and inflammation. For these reasons, please contact us as there will be many benefits to your long-term foot and ankle health.

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Flat feet are a common and yet unnecessary condition. Flat feet make it hard on your knees and many other parts of the body. Our team of doctors, Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba or 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).

Flat feet are the result of the arches on the inside of your feet not tightening as normal.  Because those tendons don’t develop correctly, there is no proper arch to support the foot. Without this support, a larger than normal surface area of the foot hits the floor, which may lead to injuries and complications. These injuries can particularly effect other parts of the body as well because flat feet can cause an instability in balance. Participating in sports with flat feet or even normal walking may be painful for those with flat feet because they have the tendency to move their ankles inwards. This inward rotation can lead to abnormal angles in the ankle and surrounding joints. 

Orthotics are a huge help for treatment because they can mimic the arch support that’s lacking to those who suffer from flat feet. Exercises can be used to help minimize the rotation of the ankles from going inwards, which in turn helps to correct an abnormal stride. New technology in orthotics can help those with the flattest of feet to develop an arch. At minimum, they can mimic the effect of arches and provide a safer alternative to the strain put on the tendons in feet without proper arch support.

If you think your routine is hampered by flat feet, please consider calling us as soon as possible. You won’t regret contacting us as this opportunity could provide you with a better quality of life and avoid unnecessary pain.

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 12:45

Say No To Neuromas

Neuromas are no laughing matter. They can lead to severe issues with your feet. They occur when the outer coating of a nerve in your foot thickens; which, eventually lead to numbness. Luckily, our team of doctors,  Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba or 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).

Neuromas generally occur because two bones recurrently brush against each other. This usually effects the area between the third and fourth toes. Symptoms include burning or numbness that can happen after long walks or standing for a long period of time. Diabetes can also cause these symptoms to occur because of the nerve impact.

Pain from this condition can become severe and may be excruciating if left untreated. In the event treatment can be used without surgery, the following may be used: medication, ultrasound, special shoes or orthotics. Padding and massaging the ball of the foot may also help to alleviate neuroma related pain. It’s important to remember that massages are most effective at the end of the day, generally after a hot bath. Afterwards, ice should be placed on the area with the neuroma.

When non-surgical treatments do not help, surgery may be required to remove the neuroma. Specifically, a portion of the swollen nerve is removed. You can usually put weight on your foot soon after surgery but surgical shoes may be required for a few weeks. However, a small area of the foot may feel numb in the location where the nerve was removed.

As you can see, neuromas can lead to severe situations, especially if the burning sensation gets worse. If you have a neuroma, call us as soon as possible. Take the opportunity to get the very best treatment offered by our team.

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