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Have you been looking to add a layer of comfort between your feet and the rough terrain beneath them? Well, look no further because you need orthotics! These foot support devices can be used to align, correct or assist with deformities of your feet. They absorb pressure when walking and ease the burden placed on your feet.  Orthotics can help with stabilizing your foot so that it can be more balanced and allow for you to walk in a manner that can help your entire body.

Orthotics are also created in different forms and have diverse patterns. It may require a little time for your feet to adjust to them, but they can be custom-fitted to provide maximum impact. Orthotics can provide relief for foot deformities that cannot be improved through other methods. They can also prevent the onset of mechanical issues that can occur. These devices are made to route pressure away from the trouble spots on your feet so that they can heal at the same time.

Treatment with these devices involves:

  • Those who are very active can benefit from the stability that orthotics provide. They can also help to prevent unnecessary injuries.
  • Orthotics are also useful after surgery to help give that extra layer of support that can reduce tension in the parts of your foot and ankle that are healing.
  • Those who run may see substantial benefits because they can alleviate the toll that their feet endure.
  • Those who have diabetes can also benefit from a reduced risk of injuries to their feet.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can provide you with orthotics that fit the bottom of your feet like nothing else! Our ability to treat your feet with these devices could delay invasive surgeries due to the benefits that they provide. Please contact us for an appointment and check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. 

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 18:45

Diabetic Foot Care Is Fundamental

Diabetic foot care involves extending the longevity of your foot and ankle health in the face of the serious complications associated with that disease. For those with diabetes, any minor scuffs on their feet could develop into an infection that can cause nerve harm, numbness and potential amputation. Patients with diabetes are extra vulnerable to severe foot infections because of the reduced blood flow in their feet which makes it difficult for healing to occur.

Since there is reduced feeling in their feet due to neuropathy, those with diabetes must take extra care to avoid any cuts or nicks on their feet. They must also check their feet to ensure there is no infection developing without their knowledge. Foot muscles may also not work properly because of impairment to the nerves in the feet. This can cause a huge amount of compression in a single area of the foot and a foot ulcer may develop.

Peripheral vascular disease is another complication when diabetes interrupts the flow of blood to your feet. Wounds do not heal appropriately because blood does not reach the wound site when it is required and healing may be delayed as a result. Because there are many risks associated with diabetes, you must take proper care to avoid serious complications

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Get regular medical check-ups and inspect your feet routinely.
  • Have your blood sugar levels checked on a schedule to monitor your health.
  • Participate in physical therapy to help increase blood flow and provide relief from diabetes.
  • Wear shoes that are appropriately fitted to your feet and which do not aggravate them when walking.
  • Be careful about bringing your feet into contact with surfaces that are overly hot or cold since you may not feel pain due to numbness.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas have what it takes to help you manage your feet and ankle health in the face of diabetes. Please contact us for an appointment today! We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. 

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 18:02

The Plight of Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a major part of your arch function and plays an important part in day-to-day mobility. When there is stretching in this area, it results in swelling at the bottom of the heel causing plantar fasciitis. This painful condition usually results in a sharp and aching discomfort that occurs as you first place weight on your heels after resting for a long period of time. Using shoes that have soft soles or no arch support can also lead to higher rates of plantar fasciitis because of the effect they have on your arch. Those who have high arches or flat feet are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Also, those with tight Achilles tendons can also have this injury occur more easily.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Participate in physical therapy to manage pain as therapy can help to stretch the plantar fascia, reinforce lower leg muscles and support steadiness when walking. This treatment can lower the amount of pressure on the plantar fascia.
  • Shoe support devices such as inserts can help to reduce pain.
  • Anti-inflammatories are also beneficial as they can lessen swelling in the heel region.
  • Losing weight can help to reduce inflammation.
  • Ice therapy is also very helpful with reducing inflammation on the heel.
  • Orthotics are another type of support device that have immense benefits for your heel, as they can relieve friction and allow your heel to recover at the same time.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas will provide targeted treatment to fix the cause of your heel issues with accuracy so that your pain can be reduced for the long-term. If you have had enough of your heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis, please contact us for an appointment today! We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We want to show you why we provide the best podiatry services in Southern Maryland; so allow us the opportunity to send your heel pain packing!

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:13

Don’t Fall to Ankle Sprains

An ankle sprain can sound minor but can actually be significantly painful in reality. It occurs when an ankle’s ligaments are stretched or ripped. Ligaments actually interconnect bones at a joint. Ankle sprains can happen if you suddenly fall or twist your ankle beyond its normal point of bendability. This can happen after hitting the ground in an abnormal way on your foot.

After an ankle sprain occurs, there can be a fluctuating amount of agony and swelling. The pain will be significantly worse when the tear is severe. An ankle usually turns after a rapid movement whereby the ligament surrounding it sprains. Those who take part in sporting activities can sprain their ankles if proper precautions are not taken. Those who experience a minor sprain can return to usual activities within a few days. This type of injury can lead to recurring sprains if proper treatment is not obtained. Minor sprains could get better within a few weeks. More severe sprains can require months to get better.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Place wraps around your ankle to help it heal faster and to help reduce inflammation.
  • Take part in physical therapy so that your ankles can be strengthened. This will help your ankle to become resistant to further sprains.
  • Make sure you rest your ankle for extended periods of time to assist with healing.
  • Place ice on your ankle to reduce inflammation.
  • Use braces and splints to keep the injured ligaments isolated so that they can heal and provide support.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas will work with your specific sprain to determine the right course of treatment for a lasting recovery. If the pain and inconvenience from your ankle sprain are causing issues for your mobility, please contact us for an appointment today! We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We can provide the treatment your ankles need for a speedy recovery.

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!

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 15:15

Outsmart Hammertoes

 

Hammertoes are not a great experience as they can cause significant discomfort and pain. They are actually deformities that develop on the toes as the toe joint bends in the middle. They are elastic in the beginning but become wedged in that position if not taken care of at their onset. Hammertoes normally occur from wearing shoes that are overly tight or due to a deformity that causes your toe to bend in an unnatural way. Shoes that are too slender push your toes into strange positions. Often women wear shoes that squash their toes against the inside of their shoes, damaging the toe muscles and causing them to be stuck in that position.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Wearing shoes that are wide and that do not cause high amounts of friction to be placed on the ball of your feet.
  • Using foot support devices such as orthotics that can assist with providing the support needed to diminish the chances of requiring significant surgery.
  • Taking part in physical therapy to reduce the stiffness in your tendons and to relax your toe muscles. This may help treat your hammertoes early on.
  • Taking anti-inflammatories or other medications to decrease inflammation.
  • Using surgical intervention may be essential to reduce any tightness in your tendons, to fuse toe joints and to remove impediments to proper toe alignment. Surgery will treat this deformity if it has become unresponsive to the conservative treatments discussed above.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas know what it takes to treat hammertoes with positive results. If your hammertoes are causing you pain and other problems, please contact us for an appointment today! We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We strive to provide unique care that takes on your toe deformity from all aspects. Our methods will target the cause of your hammertoes in an effort to prevent it from occurring again after treatment.  

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 18:36

Corns Can Be Clingy

Corns are sheets of skin cells that combine in such a way so as to form a barrier to the sensitive skin underneath. This defense layer is meant to act as a shield against the friction that is being placed on your feet from many different sources. Friction forces applied on the toes from constant sources can produce corns for these reasons.

Patients with diabetes have an even higher chance of developing corns and related infections due to their reduced blood flow. The lowered blood flow leads to a reduction in the ability to heal injuries to the feet. Moreover, it’s not surprising that those who smoke can also have their corns become infected as smoking inhibits the amount of blood that can travel to the feet. This all translates to a significantly lowered ability to fight off complications such as corns and resulting infections. Soft corns are generally prone to infection and can be very painful.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Decreasing moisture through medicated powders can help to inhibit the growth of corns.
  • Letting your corns soak in warm water and then filing them down (if hard to the touch) can help to reduce their prominence.
  • Use orthotics and other foot support devices to redistribute friction away from your corns.
  • Surgery may be required to fix deformities that may be leading to the quick development of corns.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas have many years of experience treating all types of corns on their patients’ feet. If you’re ready to take the first step in combating corns, please contact us for an appointment today! We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. Our goal is to provide you with outstanding service and care in an effort to help your feet stay as healthy as possible. We will work with you to make sure your feet get free from the clutches of corns!

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:23

Be Wary of Fungus on Your Toenails

Toenail Fungus thrives under the toenails of many people. You should be wary of this situation as it can be difficult to treat because it is protected by the toenail. Your toes are usually in a warm and damp environment. It’s not surprising therefore that fungus thrives in those same settings! You generally get such an infection by picking it up on your bare feet at public places.

Toenail fungus produces a rigid toenail that can become brittle and turn discolored over time. Another not too commonly known cause is the use of antibiotics, as they can change the body’s chemistry and allow a fungus to develop. This can make its way to the toenails and cause resulting infections.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • You must try to keep your nails trimmed short.
  • Keep toes dry so as to prevent them from being constantly damp.
  • Place antifungal powder in your shoes.
  • Use shoes when walking in locker rooms or public pools.
  • Use antifungal medicines on areas that are starting to show signs of a fungal infection.
  • Use laser treatment to destroy infectious fungus residing under your toenails. Laser treatment can reach under the toenails without using invasive techniques. The beams of focused laser waves can go through your toenail to abolish the fungus below.
  • Surgical removal of your toenail is not common, but could be required if the infection does not go away with any of the methods discussed above.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can assist you with bringing relief to your toenails. If you’re ready to eradicate the fungus from under your toenails, please contact us to make an appointment today! We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We will help you to make your toes clear and healthy again with treatment that is tailored to target the specific fungus infecting your toenails.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 16:02

The Nerve of Swollen Joints

Swollen joints occur when there's a surge of fluid that collects in the tissues of the joints of the foot. This is actually your body’s response to joint injuries in order to increase the amount of blood that travels to the injured area. This produces swelling, stiffness, soreness, warmth and discomfort in the foot’s joints. Inflammation of the ankle on a single side is often a result of sprains, arthritis, pregnancy, obesity, heart disease and kidney or liver conditions. Moreover, joint swelling can also happen when there is a significant trauma that has impacted your feet or if there is crystal buildup in the joint. Symptoms of swollen joints can also include an aching pain or a significant hindering of mobility that may even require lifestyle changes.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Use anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce inflammation around the joints.
  • Steroid medicines can help whether they are taken orally or injected. When injected, they can help to attack the chemicals that produce an inflammatory response in the body and give quick relief from your foot pain. This type of procedure is generally accompanied by the removal of fluid from the joints to allow for normal movement and easier healing capabilities.
  • The use of antibiotics may be required to eliminate any infection at the source of your joint inflammation. If this cannot be done easily, surgical procedures may be required to proceed with drainage of any infected matter.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can assist with bringing relief to your swollen joints to stop pain and other side effects. If you’re done with the nagging pain of swollen joints, please contact us to make an appointment at your earliest convenience. We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We want you to be comfortable and pleased with the services that we provide and welcome the opportunity to show you why we have the most comprehensive services for your foot and ankle pain!

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 19:28

The Plight of Bunions

So, how do you feel with a bunion on your foot? It’s a safe bet that you thought it would be going away as easily as it came. Yet that is not always the case since they can become a real nuisance for you in the long run! Bunions are bumps on the outside of the big toe and can cause the front of the foot to look broader. The pressures from shoes can aggravate a bunion and cause it to worsen, especially in women due to the types of shoes that they use. It can be hereditary or can happen more readily in those with foot malformations. Bunions can become sore when not treated appropriately due to the irritation and swelling that can occur. You can not underestimate the power of bunions!

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Use special pads in your shoes to ensure that bunions don’t return.
  • Use medicines that are helpful such as anti-inflammatories to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Use toe spacers to help move toes to their normal position.
  • Surgical procedures can be of assistance with positioning the toe back to the location it was in before the bunion formed. These procedures involve realigning the metatarsophalangeal joint, repairing the tendons around the big toe and modifying deformities of your toes and foot.
  • Post-surgery, arch supports and cushioned shoes are helpful. The recovery period is very important as it can help to ensure that the bunion does not come back with ease.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can assist with eliminating your bunions from your routine. If you’re tired of the complications of bunions and the pain they may be causing you on a regular basis, please contact us to make an appointment at your earliest convenience. We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We await your arrival so that we may offer your feet freedom from bunions!

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