There are some simple measures you can take to prevent this fungal infection from infecting those around you.
Athlete’s foot is a pretty common and unpleasant fungal infection of the feet that leads to burning, stinging and red itchy skin. While the problem can be easily treated, the one issue our Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton, and Kensington, MD, podiatrists see quite often is that this fungal infection can quickly spread like wildfire to other members of the infected person’s family. So, if you have athlete’s foot what can you do to make sure that you don’t infect anyone else? Just follow these simple measures:
Know What to Disinfect
When you have athlete’s foot it’s important that you pay special attention to what things should be cleaned regularly and more meticulously. Laundry is a perfect example. Make sure that any clothing, socks, towels or bedding that have been exposed to the infected person are washed separately in hot water (at least 140 degrees F). If water isn’t hot enough it won’t be able to kill the fungus. For any white clothing or materials, you can also use bleach with hot water.
Keep Surfaces Clean
We all know that every member of your family shares the bathroom; unfortunately, this moist, warm location is a hotbed for athlete’s foot because fungus loves thriving here. As our Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton, and Kensington foot doctors will tell you, one way to prevent the spread of athlete’s foot to other members of your family is to make sure to thoroughly clean and disinfect the tub and bathroom floors after the infected person has showered or bathed.
Have questions about treating athlete’s foot? Need medical care for another foot condition? Don’t hesitate to turn to the experts at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. We offer five convenient locations to serve the Silver Spring, Kensington, Clinton and Olney, MD areas.
Ankle pain that continues for more than a week or two isn't normal. If you ignore your pain, you might face long-term ankle problems that could affect your ability to walk, run or jump. Our Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists discuss common causes of ankle pain and explain treatment options.
Why does my ankle hurt?
Your ankle joint is made up of bones, tendons and ligaments. Surrounding the joint are muscles that help support it. An injury to any of these structures can cause ankle pain. Common causes of ankle pain include:
- Sprains and Strains: If you landed on your ankle the wrong way after jumping or twisted it when you stepped in a hole, you may have a strain or sprain. Sprains occur when a ligament stretches or tears, while a strain happens if a muscle or tendon tears or stretches. Both injuries can be very painful and may affect your ability to put weight on your ankle.
- Fractures: Ankle fractures can occur after vehicular accidents, falls or a jump gone wrong. It's not always easy to tell if you've sprained or strained your ankle or broken it. If it's difficult to put weight on your ankle, the joint looks deformed or you notice severe bruising or swelling, it may be fractured. Call our Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton or Kensington office as soon as possible if you notice these symptoms.
- Stress Fractures: Stress fractures don't occur as a result of an accident, but are usually the result of overuse injuries. The fractures can happen when you decide to suddenly add 10 miles to your usual running schedule or begin working out again after months or years of inactivity.
- Achilles Tendinitis: Inflammation of the Achilles tendon at the back of your heel can cause pain and swelling around your heel and ankle. If you ignore the symptoms and don't decrease your activity level, the tendon may eventually tear.
How can a foot doctor help me?
Podiatrists offer a variety of treatments designed to get you on your feet again. If you have a sprain, fracture or Achilles tendinitis, a walking boot and crutches will decrease pressure on your ankle, facilitating healing. Physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles around your ankle, improving stability and normal range of motion. If your fractured bone is displaced or a severe sprain has caused ankle instability, surgery may be recommended.
Would you like to ease your ankle pain? Schedule an appointment with our podiatrists by calling (301) 439-0300 for the Silver Spring, MD, office, (301) 924-5044 for the Olney office, (301) 868-7670 for the Clinton office and (301) 942-8110 for the Kensington office.
Incorporate these simple tips into your daily life to keep bunion pain at bay.
Yikes! Our Clinton, MD, podiatrists just recently told you that that painful bump at the bottom of your big toe wasn’t just minor inflammation but was actually caused by a common foot deformity known as a bunion. After this diagnosis, you may be wondering what steps you can take to ensure that the problem doesn’t get worse. We are here to help provide you with solutions to keep bunion pain at bay.
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a deformity that often forms at the joint at the base of the big toe (however, a bunion can form on any of the toes). This hard protrusion juts out at the joint and can even cause the big toe to lean in on the other toes. People with bunions may experience pain and swelling around the affected area.
How can you treat a bunion?
If you are noticing foot pain and swelling, stiffness in the affected toe or a bump at the base of the big toe, then it’s a good time to visit our Clinton, MD, foot doctors for an evaluation. By catching the problem early on we can easily recommend some easy, at-home treatment options to help quell your bunion symptoms.
Here are some easy day-to-day measures you can take:
- Wear custom orthotics, or shoe inserts (which we can create for you). This cushioned insert can be placed into your shoes to provide additional support, stabilization and even shock absorption. It can even help redistribute the weight more evenly when walking or standing.
- Only wear shoes that provide you with proper support and that won’t put additional pressure on your bunion. A good rule of thumb is to only wear shoes in which your toes can move and wiggle freely and aren’t bunched up together. Also, avoid high heels that are over 2 inches tall.
In most cases, these lifestyle changes are enough to prevent a bunion from getting worse. Only in severe cases is bunion surgery recommended.
The podiatry team at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland are here to help should you ever have any questions or concerns about managing your bunion symptoms. We know that a bunion doesn’t have to take over your life. We are happy to provide quality, comprehensive foot care to the Olney, Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, areas.
Heel pain doesn't only occur after you've fallen or been in an accident. Sometimes, pain can seem to occur for no obvious reason. The foot doctors at Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton and Kensington, MD, discuss common heel pain causes and share treatment options.
A stone bruise
Metatarsalgia, commonly known as a stone bruise, can affect the ball of your foot or your heel. The pain occurs when the fat pad that cushions your heel becomes bruised because you stepped on a hard object or put too much pressure on your heel due to worn out or poorly fitting running or walking shoes.
Overuse injuries are a common cause of heel pain. Pain develops when you decide it's time to get healthy and jump right into an ambitious work out schedule or increase the intensity or duration of your usual workout. Because these conditions don't occur as result of a dramatic injury, you may be unaware of the cause. Overuse injuries can cause a variety of conditions, including:
- Retrocalcaneal Bursitis: The back of your heel is cushioned by a small, fluid-filled sac. Thanks to this sac, your Achilles tendon can glide over your heel bone easily. An overuse injury can cause the bursa to become inflamed, resulting in pain when you walk, run or move your foot up and down.
- Achilles Tendinitis: Achilles tendinitis occurs when your Achilles tendon becomes inflamed. Although an overuse injury may be to blame for the condition, your risk of developing Achilles tendinitis rises with age. Tight calf muscles and flat feet may also increase your risk. In some cases, you may have both Achilles tendinitis and retrocalcaneal bursitis.
- Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis can be caused by an overuse injury, but has other risk factors. You're more likely to develop it if you're over 40, stand for long periods of time or have diabetes. The condition occurs when the plantar fascia, a tough band of tissue that joins your heel to your toes, becomes inflamed.
Easing the pain
Ice, rest and over-the-counter pain medications are often all you need to relieve heel pain. If your pain continues for more than a week or two or is severe, schedule an appointment in our Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton or Kensington office. Although your treatment plan will depend on your condition, you may benefit from physical therapy, orthotics, corticosteroid injections, or shockwave therapy or other treatments.
Stop your heel pain with a visit to the foot doctor. Schedule an appointment with the foot doctors at Family Foot & Ankle by calling (301) 924-5044 for the Olney office; (301) 439-0300 for the Silver Spring office; (301) 868-7670 for the Clinton office; or (301) 942-8110 for the Kensington office.
Custom orthotics in Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton and Kensington, MD can help patients of all ages. These inserts help correct irregular or abnormal walking patterns. Arch supports allow people to run, walk and stand more comfortably. The podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland can evaluate each patient to determine if custom orthotics will help remedy their foot issues.
More About Custom Orthotics
Prescription orthotics in Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton and Kensington fit a patient’s unique foot structure, making them more effective than over-the-counter varieties. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes and are made from a variety of materials. They can change the foot function and protect the entire structure.
Rigid orthotics are designed to help those with walking or dress shoes. They are made of a firm material that is made from a mold from a podiatrist. It helps to control motion in two major foot joints that lie above the ankle joint. They also help eliminate aches, pains in the legs or thighs or strains. Soft orthotics absorb shock and increase balance in those wearing them. They are great for arthritic and diabetic feet. They are made of soft, cushion material that is worn in the sole. They are also made from a mold taken from a podiatrist.
Semi-rigid orthotics offer balance for walking and athletes playing sports. It is made of a series of layers of soft material that is reinforced with rigid materials. It is often prescribed for those with in-toe or out-toe disorders or flat feet. This type helps athletes with pain while they train or compete.
The type of custom foot orthotics that work best for you will be determined during a full exam and discussion of one’s pain and discomfort. For more information about orthotics in Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton and Kensington, MD, call today. Call 301-924-5044 for Olney, 301-439-0300 for Silver Spring, 301-868-7670 for Clinton, and 301-942-8110 for Kensington.
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