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By Southern Maine Foot & Ankle, PA
March 14, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Corns  

Find out why corns develop on the feet and how to get rid of them.

Corns are hard patches of skin that develop when there is too much pressure or friction placed on a skin surface over time. Even though Foot Cornscorns are usually nothing to worry about if you are healthy, it’s important to know how to treat the issue at home and when to turn our podiatrist in Scarborough, Windham, and Brunswick, ME, Dr. Peter Ocampo, for treatment.

 

How do I know that I have a corn?

It’s possible that you are dealing with a corn if you notice a thick patch of skin on your feet. This thick patch of rough skin usually forms a hard, raised bump, and is sometimes tender or painful to the touch.

 

Is a corn the same thing as a callus?

These two things may sound similar but they are a bit different. Calluses are also thickened areas of skin, but unlike corns, they don’t typically cause pain or become sore. You’re also more likely to see corns developing in less weight-bearing areas such as between the toes or on the sides of your toes.

 

I have a corn. Should I see a doctor?

If the corn is painful or inflamed then it’s a good idea to visit our one of our offices in Scarborough, Windham, and Brunswick, ME, for an evaluation. Those with diabetes or poor circulation in the feet should seek treatment right away to prevent an ulcer from forming.

 

How are corns treated?

When it comes to treating corns, the goal is to avoid certain habits that could make the problem worse or cause another corn to develop. This includes wearing properly fitted shoes that don’t rub against your feet, as well as applying a protective non-medicated pad to the corn before putting on shoes.

However, if the corn doesn’t go away on its own or if it’s extraordinarily painful, then our podiatrist may need to surgically remove it. Sometimes the podiatrist will carefully trim away the hard layer of skin to remove the corn (this is something you should never try at home) or your foot doctor may recommend applying an over-the-counter medicated patch to the corn and then pumicing away the hard layer of skin gradually over time.

Soaking your feet in warm water can also soften the skin and make it easier to file away the corn (just be careful not to file too much of the skin, which can lead to bleeding and infection).

 

Need treatment? Give us a call!

Southern Maine Foot & Ankle is proud to serve the Scarborough, Windham, and Brunswick, ME, areas. If you are dealing with corns, calluses, or other foot problems and you aren’t sure what to do about them, call our office today: (207) 883-0865 for Scarborough, (207) 892-5072 for Windham, and (207) 729-FOOT (3668) for Brunswick.

By Southern Maine Foot & Ankle, PA
January 15, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain  

If your heel pain seems never ending, your podiatrist — a doctor specialized in the feet and ankles — can help you get your health back on track and begin your journey to a pain-free life. Pinning down the cause of heel pain can be a tricky task, but your foot doctor’s expertise will ensure that you find the best treatment for you. Find out more about heel pain and its treatments with Dr. Peter Ocampo at Southern Maine Foot and Ankle in Scarborough, Windham & Brunswick, ME.

What causes heel pain? 
Heel pain can come from various sources, but there are a few common culprits. Though many people assume their heel pain comes from an injury, an underlying condition can also contribute to a heel problem:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Flatfeet
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Heel spur
  • Neuropathy
  • Pinched nerve
  • Stress fracture

Diagnosing Heel Pain 
When you see your foot doctor for the first time, they will use a physical examination to inspect any outward abnormalities in the foot. They will also use this visit to gather your medical and family history, lifestyle background, and other important information. In some cases, your doctor may recognize the symptoms of a condition or injury to your foot just by looking at it. However, your podiatrist often needs x-rays or MRIs to further investigate your symptoms and examine the bone and connective tissues which lie below the surface of the skin.

Heel Pain Treatments in Scarborough, ME
Treating your heel pain depends on its cause. Since treatments for different foot-related conditions vary greatly, the best way to determine which procedures are best for you is to meet with your podiatrist. They may suggest non-invasive treatments like physical therapy, custom orthotics, or simply plenty of rest. Some conditions, however, may require more in-depth treatments or even surgery. Your doctor can help you find the best treatment plan for you and your condition.

For more information on heel pain, please contact Dr. Peter Ocampo at Southern Maine Foot and Ankle in Scarborough, Windham & Brunswick, ME. Call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Ocampo!

By Southern Maine Foot & Ankle, PA
October 29, 2018
Category: podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Isn’t it time you figured out what was causing your heel pain?

Heel Pain CauseAre you currently dealing with heel pain? If so, you may want to know what’s going on so that you know how to best treat it. While most causes of heel pain will resolve on their own with the proper TLC and care, it’s always important to understand what’s going on when issues arise so that you know whether this is something you can handle on your own or whether you need to turn to our Scarborough, ME, podiatrist Dr. Peter Ocampo for help.

What can cause heel pain?

Even though there are many conditions and injuries that can lead to heel pain the two most common causes are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Both of these inflammatory conditions are the result of overuse. If you suddenly increased the intensity or duration of your workout too quickly this can result in either of these problems.

Other causes of heel pain include:

  • Heel spur
  • Sprains and strains
  • Fracture
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis

In most cases, the heel pain will go away on its own with rest and at-home care; however, it’s important to visit your Scarborough, ME, foot doctor if your heel pain is severe, if it gets worse or isn’t relieved with at-home care or if your heel pain is accompanied by weakness, tingling or numbness in the foot.

How do you treat heel pain?

Of course, to be able to determine the best course of action when it comes to treating your heel pain we will need to examine your foot, discuss your symptoms with you and, in some cases, run imaging tests to find out what’s going on. Once we determine the root cause then we can create an immediate and effective treatment plan.

Luckily, plantar fasciitis, or Achilles tendonitis will go away on its own as long as you rest and do not perform any high-impact activities, which could exacerbate your condition. Other ways to ease symptoms include:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Icing the heel 2-3 times a day
  • Wearing a splint or supportive brace
  • Stretching and exercising the foot

When these conditions do not respond to at-home care then it is time to consider other treatment options such as ultrasound or shockwave therapy, or corticosteroid injections. This is something you will discuss extensively with your podiatrist beforehand.

Don’t let heel pain keep you from doing what you love most. Southern Maine Foot & Ankle is proud to serve the Scarborough, Windham, and Brunswick, ME, areas. Call us today and let us know what’s going on. We want to help!

By Southern Maine Foot & Ankle, PA
August 28, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Sprained Ankle   Ankle Pain  

Sprained Ankle TreatmentYou want to make sure a sprained ankle heals properly. Here’s what you should do.

 

As you might imagine, ankles are pretty delicate and prone to injury. In fact, ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries to happen in both children and adults. Whether you stepped off the sidewalk awkwardly or you were involved in a sports-related accident, our Scarborough, Windham, and Brunswick, ME, podiatrist Dr. Peter Ocampo is here to tell you the warning signs of a sprained ankle and how to best treat the symptoms.

Is it a sprained ankle?

It isn’t always easy to tell whether you are dealing with a strain, sprain or a fracture. Often times the symptoms are very much the same just more intense depending on the severity of the injury. So, how do you know if what you’re faced with is a sprained ankle? If you have a sprained ankle, you may be experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • Ankle pain, particularly when you put weight on the foot
  • Tenderness to the touch
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Instability or weakness in the ankle
  • Limited range of motion
  • A snapping or popping sound at the time of injury

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then you could be dealing with an ankle sprain, but it could also be something more severe. This is why it’s important to see your foot doctor in Scarborough, ME, if you are dealing with an ankle injury. Any kind of pain or swelling should be evaluated by a doctor to make sure there isn’t serious damage to the ligament.

What is a sprain anyway?

Your ankle, just like the rest of your body, is made up of ligaments that help to support and stabilize the joints. These ligaments are also there to prevent the joints from going beyond their normal range of motion; however, when your roll or twist an ankle this can cause the ligaments to stretch outside their range of motion or even tear.

How is a sprained ankle treated?

For minor sprains, your podiatrist may tell you to keep off the ankle as much as possible and to follow the RICE method for treating your symptoms while the ankle heals itself. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation and here’s what you should know.

  • Rest: Take time to let your ankle heal, which means avoiding physical activities that could make symptoms worse.
  • Ice: To ease inflammation and pain, apply an ice pack to your ankle for up to 20 minutes at a time every 2-3 hour during the day.
  • Compression: Applying a compression stocking or brace on the ankle can help keep swelling down.
  • Elevation: Prop your foot up above your heart to reduce swelling. Placing your ankle above your heart will help drain the excess fluid in your ankle.

Sometimes you’ll need to turn to over-the-counter or prescription painkillers to help temporarily alleviate the pain. Those with more moderate-to-severe ankle sprains may require a brace or a walking boot to protect the ankle as it heals. It’s also common to go through physical therapy to help restore the ankle’s range of motion and to help restrengthen it. Only in rare cases when the ligament is severely damaged is surgery required to repair the ligament.

Southern Maine Foot & Ankle provides comprehensive foot and ankle care to the Scarborough, Windham and Brunswick, ME, areas, making it easy to get the care your feet need. From sprains and fractures to bunions and flat feet, our medical team can handle it all. Call us today to find out if your ankle sprain requires medical attention.

By Southern Maine Foot & Ankle, PA
July 10, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: bunions  

BunionsApproximately 33 percent of people in Western countries develop bunions. This, however, isn't due to the problem being hereditary, although certain families have the tendency to form them. If you're one of those people suffering from bunions, Dr. Peter Ocampo of Southern Maine Foot & Ankle in Scarborough, Windham, and Brunswick, ME, can offer you some advice.
If you start to notice the joint of your big toe becoming larger, then you may be forming a bunion. The protrusion of the bunions can be very painful and other issues such as flat feet, foot injuries and neuromuscular problems may contribute to their formation.

Here are some things bunions can have an effect on:

  • Walking can be an obstacle because it rubs against your shoes causing friction, pressure, redness, and eventually pain.
  • The bunion can also cause the toe to overlap the third toe, which is something referred to as Hallux Valgus.
  • If the bunion moves towards the second toe and starts to rotate, this is called Hallus Abducto Valgus.
  • The enlargement moves the toe at an angle where it starts bending in towards the rest of the toes.

The problem with bunions is that they can cause the formation of other toe deformities, such as hammertoes, bursitis, arthritis, and corns and calluses

How to Deal with Bunions

  • Make sure to wear shoes that have extra padding. The felt material in the padding creates a protective cushion that reduces friction. This will help reduce the amount of friction and inflammation to your skin.
  • Your Scarborough, Windham, and Brunswick doctor may recommend an orthotic device designed to keep your toe in the proper position.
  • To improve and maintain healthy joint mobility and reduce stiffness, your podiatrist may prescribe exercises.
  • Removing corns and calluses, if they've formed any, can help alleviate some of the issues experienced due to bunions.

Bunions are painful to deal with. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, just call your Scarborough, Windham, and Brunswick, ME.





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