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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 14:29

Five Ways to Improve Foot Health

Our feet play a very important role in maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle. They not only carry your body weight but also enable you to get from one place to another and do the things that impact your day-to-day life. Foot health is an important indicator of one’s overall health and well-being.

Here are some tips that can help improve your overall foot health.

  1. Daily foot bath.

Wash your feet with lukewarm water and soap. After washing, dry your feet completely especially those spaces between your toes. This step can greatly reduce the risk of bacteria and other fungal infections in your feet from spreading. Apply a moisturizer to help keep your skin hydrated and prevent heel cracks. If you sweat excessively, use foot powder to help keep your feet dry.

  1. Foot exercises.

Regularly exercising your feet can help you treat and prevent foot pain. Foot exercises like toe curls, marble pick up or golf ball roll can help alleviate pain and improve flexibility and strength of your feet.  Foot exercises do not only improve your foot health, but they also prevent injury.

  1. Trim your nails properly.

Trim your toenails correctly by cutting them straight across. Do not cut them too short as this may encourage ingrown toenails.

  1. Get the right footwear.

Perhaps the most important factor in preventing foot problems is your choice of footwear. Look for shoes that fit properly and have a roomy toe-box to avoid toe deformities like hammertoes and bunions.

  1. Daily inspection.

Examine your feet properly from top to bottom, and note if there’s anything unusual such as cuts, scrapes, discoloration of the skin, or swelling. Finding a problem during your daily inspections can help you treat issues quickly and avert major ones. This step drastically reduces the risk of complications especially for people with diabetes.

By adopting these few simple tips, you can help boost your foot health. However, if you are experiencing chronic foot pain, it might be a sign of something more serious. In those circumstances, it is best to follow-up with a podiatrist who can assess the severity of your pain, pinpoint the exact problem while ruling out other causes of foot pain, and recommend the most beneficial treatment to reduce it.

At Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, Dr. Jeffrey Idol and our team of expert podiatrists are experienced and well-versed in all aspects of podiatry-related issues. Common foot and ankle problems such as toe deformities, ankle sprains, fungal infections, joint pain, diabetic foot care, flat feet, and heel pain can be taken care of by our experts. Please contact us to schedule an appointment or visit our offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata, and Huntingtown, MD. 

Arthritic pain caused by cold weather can be a painful dilemma for those who suffer from many types of arthritic conditions! The cold and wet weather has a way of making arthritic pain worse for many. This can be the result of a reduction in physical activity, and being active is what usually reduces discomfort caused by arthritis. The reduction of exercise due to staying inside because of cold and damp weather can cause joints to therefore become stiff and painful as a result.

Other causes may be related to the changes in barometric pressure. This can actually lead to an increased number of contraction of tendons or bones in the feet. When the weather is cold, in particular, joint fluids will become thicker and cause joints to be stiff. This will cause a significant impact on those suffering from arthritis. The change in weather may also have a placebo effect whereby the cold weather can produce an internal feeling of discomfort.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Find a way to exercise as much as possible when it’s cold. It promotes strength and flexibility, diminishes joint aching and assists with combating exhaustion.
  • Wear layers of clothing when outdoors in cold weather because they keep the body insulated with its natural body heat.
  • Use socks and waterproof shoes to prevent the inside from getting wet or damp. A damp shoe will cause the buildup of moisture and therefore can trigger the onset of arthritic pain.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas care about your ability to enjoy all types of weather without having to endure severe arthritic pain. Please contact us for an appointment today. Also, check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. Our practice is committed to providing our patients with the care and treatment necessary to help your foot’s joints overcome the impact of cold or damp weather. You will be able to run to your next destination at any time of the year!

An ankle sprain is a sudden occurrence that can lead to lingering pain if you are not careful. Sprains happen as your ligaments stretch too far, causing damage to the way they support the bones of your feet.

If your ankle rolls in an unusual manner due to slipping, this can lead to significant pain. This may happen on an uneven surface or from an awkward landing when participating in sports. Your ankle joint is also referred to as the talocrural joint and is comprised of the shin bone, fibula and talus. The ankle is therefore a complicated structure that requires care and timely treatment to prevent long-term damage from occurring. An unstable ankle can lead to constant trouble for your foot and ankle health.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Keep your foot raised to prevent excess swelling.
  • Try wrapping your ankle with bandaging to reduce inflammation. Compression will help to provide much-needed support to the soft tissue of your ankle.
  • Use cold therapy such as ice to lower pain and swelling. Do this a few times during the day to ensure that your ligaments have the best chance of avoiding painful swelling.
  • Rest your ankle as much as possible.
  • Participate in physical therapy to strengthen your ankle ligaments for the future.
  • Refrain from participating in highly competitive sports or any other activities that put high amounts of stress on your ankles in a short amount of time.
  • Use support devices to assist with walking. This will help to reduce the amount of force that your ankle needs to bear while healing.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas have the experience to treat your ankle sprains with care and precision. Please contact us for an appointment today. Also, check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We know how expert podiatry services can provide lasting relief for your ankle pain

Wednesday, 26 December 2018 14:51

Ingrown Toenails Out-Stay Their Welcome

Ingrown toenails don’t just happen overnight. This potentially painful situation occurs over a period of time when the toenail digs itself underneath the skin of your toe. Since this type of action can cause tears in the skin of your foot, your toenails will be painful and can become infected. Any toe can acquire an ingrown toenail. It is, however, most commonly associated with your big toe as it is most likely the big toe to sustain that type of damaging force. When ingrown toenails aren’t treated on a timely basis, an infection may make its way into other parts of your body.

Factors leading to ingrown toenails are cutting the nails incorrectly, hereditary disorders or tight-fitting shoes. Improper footwear puts excessive amounts of pressure on your big toe which can force the nail to bend. Ingrown toenails may appear harmless, but can lead to pain that can be avoided by using proper prevention and treatment methods.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Surgery may be desirable since it can remove part of or the entire ingrown toenail so that a new toenail can come back properly.
  • Use shoes that are not overly tight and that have ample space so that your toenails are not jammed.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can treat your ingrown toenails with the level of care that your feet may desperately need! 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. We offer many services for foot and ankle conditions and welcome your business!

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.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 20:45

Calluses Can Be Managed

Calluses are not to be taken lightly as they can end up being problematic for your feet and for your daily comfort. Calluses develop from the layering of skin cells in one focused area of your foot. This can happen from dry skin on your heels or any other skin breakage that can occur on your feet. The damage to the skin on your foot causes dead skin cells to group in one concentrated location to prevent further damage underneath.

If you stand for long amounts of time, do not wear shoes when walking on rough terrain, have other foot infections or do not take care of the skin on your feet, calluses can be easier to form.  Moreover, it is highly beneficial to treat calluses as serious threats to your foot’s health so that you can counter them before they become overly large and cause other inconveniences to your daily routine.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Trim your calluses to reduce the layers of rough skin.
  • Wear shoes that are comfortable and which prevent excess friction on sensitive areas of your feet that are prone to developing calluses.
  • If you have calluses developing on your feet, do not run or participate in activities that cause your feet to undergo high amounts of stress for prolonged amounts of time.
  • Use custom-fitted orthotics that can help your feet feel comfortable and provide the soothing sensation needed to minimize the complications of calluses.
  • You can soak your calluses in warm water to help soften them up as well.

Those who make our practice, Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, a complete success understand that our patients are all unique and require varying levels of treatment for optimal results. Furthermore, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas know how to provide that right level of foot care to get your calluses under control! 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. We hope to hear from you soon!

Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:56

Don’t Tremble at Warts on Your Feet

Plantar warts are more complicated and annoying than you may think. We cast them as unsightly, yet ignore them until they force us to take action. Warts that occur on your feet happen because of a viral infection that usually presents itself on the bottom of your feet. This can cause them to have a flattened appearance yet also produce pain due to their location when walking. Discomfort can differ by age and generally results in a greater amount of pain for children.

Warts are prone to being delicate from any compression. Appropriate treatment is required to prevent them from spreading since they tend to multiply rapidly. To prevent this from happening, focused treatment is the key to avoiding pain and proliferation. Plantar warts spread quickly and may end up on other parts of your body if you are not careful.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Using suitable medicines can assist with removing plantar warts since they can target the virus causing them. Those that toughen your body’s ability to fight off viral infections will help you to avoid them in the long term.
  • Another method will require using liquid nitrogen directly on your warts. This will make it possible to scrape them off. This triggers a reaction that may make it easier to attack the virus in a quick manner.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas want to not only treat the warts you currently have on your feet but also want to help make sure they do not come back in the future! The underlying cause of your plantar warts coupled with a change in care can help to make this happen. Please contact us for an appointment today. Don’t forget to check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We look forward to making your foot wart issues a problem of the past and invite you to give us a chance to do so. 

Thursday, 29 November 2018 15:40

It’s Easier Than You Think To Treat Flat Feet

Flat feet can be a substantial impairment to mobility as it triggers the arch of your foot to fail. It can happen at any age. This can produce a number of concerns such as heel pain and an inability to perform routine activities. Your foot may move inwards to counter pressure from each step. If flat feet are not treated timely, they can lead to other complications such as tendonitis.

Problems that can cause flat feet are seniority, being overweight, diabetes or dropping heavy objects on your feet. Your knees and hips can also be affected by flat feet. You may think that treatment for flat feet is unnecessary; however, it will be required to offset any potential complications from the lack of a proper arch.

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Use orthotics to help redistribute pressure on your feet. This can help to support your arch and to reduce pain caused by flat feet.
  • Wear the right types of shoes so that you have enough support and stability. This will make a huge difference in preventing or reducing the symptoms of flat feet since providing support to your arch can help to reduce the problems it can cause to your body. In particular, wide toe boxes and heel cushions can help to counteract the symptoms produced by flat feet.
  • Participate in physical therapy to strengthen your arch and potentially help your feet battle the reality of fallen arches.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas will work with you to determine the best course of treatment to help your arches get their bend back in full swing! We want to determine the root cause of your flat feet so that a long-term solution can be provided to support your arches. Please contact us for an appointment and check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We look forward to providing the very best treatment for your flat feet. 

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 18:33

Beat Athlete’s Foot on Its Own Turf

 

Athlete’s Foot is not something that athletes have that make them jump higher. It’s also not something that gives them a competitive advantage. Athlete’s foot is actually an infection on the skin of your foot caused by fungi that reside in dark, cool and damp places. Can you think of any locations that sound similar to these characteristics? If you were thinking about public locker rooms, pools or your shoes, you were right!

With this infection, the skin of your foot becomes inflamed, feels itchy and can create a burning sensation. Moreover, athlete’s foot is easily spread and can also make the skin of your feet crack or become discolored. All of this information should make you want to get treatment quickly to avoid having your foot prevent you from becoming the athlete you always wanted to be.

Proper arthritic foot and ankle care involves:

  • Wear shoes that are not damp by using ones that are made of fabric or leather that resist moisture. Also, try to spray anti-fungal sprays or powders into your shoes to destroy any residing fungus within them and to keep a neutral balance.
  • Do not wear socks that are damp. Changing them frequently or using those materials that wick sweat away are of a great advantage to your feet.
  • Allow your feet to get a great amount of fresh air, keeping them bare when possible.
  • Do not walk barefoot in public areas that may be harboring fungus. Additionally, sanitize areas like bathtubs if a family member has athlete’s foot.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas can provide meaningful treatment that can not only reduce your symptoms of athlete’s foot, but can also help to determine the underlying cause of how your feet contracted this fungus. Please contact us for an appointment and check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We believe in our approach to treating your foot conditions and want your experience with our podiatry professionals to bring comfort to your feet!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:18

Arthritis Requires Proper Care

Arthritis can cause many problems for your foot and ankle health. It creeps in overtime and takes its toll eventually. If you take the proper steps for appropriate care of arthritis, you can fend off the symptoms for longer then you may think. Arthritis overwhelms the mechanisms of the foot and ankle joints by chipping away at the cartilage between them and produces inflammation and aching. You may have a higher chance of developing arthritis if you have a history of it in your family or if you place unusually large amounts of pressure on your feet on a daily basis. Arthritis can show itself through a slow decline of flexibility and as well as pain on a consistent basis when moving. Your feet and ankles may be swollen and incapable of providing the swift movements they were once able to make.

Proper arthritic foot and ankle care involves:

  • The use of medications such as anti-inflammatories to decrease inflammation.
  • Place orthotics in your shoes to relieve pressure from your feet. These devices are very helpful since they alleviate the pressure already placed on your foot’s joints from arthritis.
  • Wear shoes that have plenty of padding and that are comfortable.
  • Surgery may be required to fuse or repair joints of the ankle if they have become deteriorated from arthritis.
  • Physical therapy can also be very helpful in keeping mobility at its peak and to reduce the chances of your joints becoming rigid.
  • Losing weight can also be very helpful in reducing the amount of stress placed on your joints. Reducing stress on your feet will prevent any damage in excess of what arthritis has already caused.

Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey IdolDr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas know the difficulty that arthritis can bring to your routine. We have many years of experience in treating arthritis and can provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan to manage your symptoms! Please contact us for an appointment and check out our four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. 

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