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By Southern Maine Foot & Ankle, PA
April 08, 2020
Category: podiatry
Tags: ankle sprain  

How your podiatrist in Scarborough, Maine can help if you’ve sprained your ankle.

A sprained ankle can put you on the couch, unable to enjoy your daily activities. Fortunately, your podiatrist can help with several effective treatment options to get you up and going again. Dr. Peter Ocampo at Southern Maine Foot & Ankle can help you recover from a sprained ankle. He has two convenient office locations in Scarborough, and Windham, Maine to help you.

A sprained ankle is a common problem, and not just among athletes. You can sprain your ankle by walking on uneven ground or stepping off of a curb. You may be at greater risk of an ankle sprain if you carry extra weight, or if you are getting older. Problems with balance and flexibility can contribute to your risk too.

There are several signs and symptoms of a sprained ankle. You may experience:

  • A sudden popping sound from your ankle
  • Swelling and bruising around your ankle
  • Tightness and loss of ankle mobility
  • Acute pain when you try to put weight on your ankle

It’s important for you to know what to do immediately after you have sprained your ankle. You need to:

  • Elevate your ankle and take the weight off of it
  • Place ice packs on our ankle several times each day
  • Wrap your ankle with compression bandages to add support

You should seek out the help of your podiatrist as soon as possible if you have a severe ankle sprain. Early treatment can lead to early recovery. Dr. Ocampo may recommend:

  • Using crutches to allow your ankle to heal
  • Wearing a walking boot, splint or cast to support your injured ankle
  • Physical therapy to maintain flexibility and increase strength
  • Taking prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling

For severe ankle sprains, surgery may be indicated. Dr. Ocampo can discuss this option with you if it’s necessary. You deserve to get back on your feet, free of pain from an ankle sprain. To find out more about ankle sprain treatment and other podiatry services, call Dr. Peter Ocampo of Southern Maine Foot & Ankle with offices in Scarborough at (207) 883-0865 or his office in Windham, Maine at (207) 892-5072. Call today.

By Southern Maine Foot & Ankle, PA
January 23, 2020
Category: podiatry
Tags: bunions  

For those suffering from bunions, the deformities can become increasingly inflamed and irritated as they rub against the inside of your shoes, leading to immense discomfort and pain. Fortunately, several options are available for treating bunions and alleviating the discomfort associated with them. Here at Southern Maine Foot and Ankle in Scarborough and Windham, ME, a plan for treating your bunions can be developed by our podiatrist, Dr. Peter Ocampo.

What Causes Bunions?

A bunion is a bony protrusion on the side of the foot near the joint connecting the big toe to the foot. Bunions can form when the joint slips out of place, causing the big toe to slant toward the other toes. With the big toe out of alignment, the joint protrudes outward along the side of the foot. In this position, the big toe joint is vulnerable to the friction produced when socks and footwear rub against the area throughout the day. When the area is inflamed and irritated, pain and discomfort often follow.

Treatments for Bunions

Here at our offices in Scarborough and Windham, ME, we offer a number of options to treat your bunions, including:

  • Removal of calluses or corns on the foot
  • Foot exercises to improve joint functioning
  • Custom orthotic inserts for the shoes to stabilize the toe joint
  • Protective padding that cushions the foot and reduces friction
  • Wearing roomier footwear that is less likely to irritate the bunions
  • Wearing a splint at night to help realign the toe joint
  • Surgical removal of the bunions

Contact Us

Led by your podiatrist, Dr. Ocampo, Southern Maine Foot and Ankle offers a number of bunion treatments to relieve your pain and discomfort. To schedule an appointment at the Scarborough office, dial (207) 883-0865, and for Windham, dial (207) 892-5072.

By Southern Maine Foot & Ankle, PA
September 25, 2019
Category: podiatry
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Unfortunately, many people don’t listen to their feet when they start hurting and continue their daily routine; however, this only makes foot problems worse. It’s important that you know when to take time to rest and also when you should turn to our Scarborough, ME, podiatrist Dr. Peter Ocampo for additional treatment.

You might have plantar fasciitis if you are dealing with:

  • Heel pain that originates at the bottom of the heel
  • Arch pain
  • Stiffness of the arches and heel
  • Swelling around the heel
  • Pain that’s worse first thing in the morning
  • Pain that gets worse after long periods of sitting

Of course, plantar fasciitis isn’t the only condition that can cause heel pain. Achilles tendonitis, heel spurs and other problems can also cause the same or similar symptoms. If this is the first time dealing with heel pain then it’s a good idea to see a foot doctor in Scarborough, ME, who can diagnose the problem and provide you with the most effective treatment options.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Plantar fasciitis will often heal within a few weeks as long as you rest your feet and avoid certain activities such as running, which will only make inflammation worse. Following the RICE method (a common method for athletes dealing with sprains, strains, and other soft tissue injuries) can ease symptoms and allow the plantar fascia to heal. The RICE method stands for:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

You may also find that anti-inflammatory medications (e.g. ibuprofen) can also temporarily alleviate pain and swelling. While over-the-counter medication shouldn’t be taken for an extended period of time, it can ease symptoms when they flare up. If heel pain doesn’t respond to at-home care after a week you should consult your podiatrist, who can recommend further treatment options.

While rare, it is possible for plantar fasciitis to become a chronic condition. Catching the problem early and treating it immediately can reduce the risk for dealing with long-term heel pain.

If you are dealing with heel pain in Scarborough or Windham, ME, call Southern Maine Foot & Ankle to help you get your pain under control.

By Southern Maine Foot & Ankle, PA
July 17, 2019
Category: podiatry
Tags: Hammertoes  

Hammertoe is a foot condition involving dislocation of a toe joint, which can cause the dislocated toe to bend in a shape resembling a hammer. Hammertoe most often affects the three middle toes of the feet. Hammertoe can be treated and corrected by a podiatrist. At Southern Maine Foot and Ankle, PA, Dr. Peter Ocampo is your Scarborough foot doctor for the treatment of hammertoes.

Causes of Hammertoe

Hammertoe occurs when the middle joint of a toe becomes dislocated, causing the toe to bend in the shape of a hammer. Symptoms associated with hammertoe include diminished flexibility of the affected toe or foot, as well as pain or discomfort in the toes and feet. Corns and calluses also tend to form near the tip of the affected toe or at the top of the dislocated toe joint. Several factors and conditions can cause the toe joint to become dislocated and lead to hammertoe, including:

  • Wearing ill-fitting footwear
  • Having an extremely high arch
  • Suffering a serious injury to the toes
  • Developing arthritis in the toes and feet
  • Tightening of the tendons or ligaments in the foot

Treatments for Hammertoe

Several options are available for treating hammertoe. Serious cases of hammertoe can require surgery to correct the dislocated toe joint. Repositioning the toe joint during surgery can help the affected toe(s) return to a normal position and no longer resemble the shape of a hammer. Correcting a dislocated toe joint can also improve flexibility and alleviate any pain or discomfort that resulted from the dislocation.

Another way to alleviate the pain and discomfort of hammertoe is to wear shoes that fit properly and have extra room in the toe box. Tight-fitting shoes can cause the toes to squish together, which can aggravate an existing hammertoe condition. Cushioned inserts can also be placed inside the shoes to help with pain or discomfort. Additionally, corn pads are helpful if corns or calluses have developed in conjunction with hammertoe.

Finally, stretching exercises for the toes and feet can be beneficial for treating hammertoe. Stretching exercises help strengthen the muscles in the toes and feet, as well as increase flexibility, which can diminish as a result of hammertoe. Following an examination, Dr. Ocampo, your Scarborough foot doctor, could discuss possible treatment options with you.

Hammertoes can cause pain and discomfort, affect flexibility, and cause corns or calluses to develop. For the treatment of hammertoe, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ocampo, your Scarborough, ME, foot doctor, by calling Southern Maine Foot and Ankle, PA, at (207) 883-0865. Treatment is also available in Windham, by calling the office at (207) 892-5072.

By Southern Maine Foot & Ankle, PA
May 16, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ankle Sprains  

Ankle sprains can cause severe pain and discomfort and even limit mobility as it can be difficult to stand or walk with a sprained ankle. Ankle_InjuryMinor ankle sprains often can be treated by applying ice and resting the foot. More severe ankle sprains should be examined by a podiatrist who can recommend appropriate treatment options for healing the sprain. Without proper treatment, a serious sprain could lead to chronic pain and instability. At Southern Maine Foot & Ankle in Scarborough and Windham, ME, Dr. Peter Ocampo is your podiatrist for the treatment of ankle sprains.

Causes of Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains occur when the ankle twists in a different direction from the foot. For example, if the ankle rolls inward as you are turning your foot in an outward direction, a sprain could occur. When the ankle twists or turns in the wrong direction, ligaments in the ankle are stretched out and can tear. Signs of an ankle sprain include pain, swelling, tenderness, instability, weakness, bruising, and limited range of motion.

Some situations and activities in which ankle sprains are more likely to occur include:

  • Performing high-impact movements
  • Running or jogging on rough or uneven surfaces
  • Playing sports or engaging in athletic activities
  • Wearing shoes with little or no support
  • Wearing high heel shoes
  • Jumping or hopping

Preventing Ankle Sprains

It is possible to reduce the likelihood of spraining an ankle by building strength and increasing flexibility. There are several exercises that can be performed to strengthen the ankles and increase flexibility, making them less prone to being sprained. The standing calf raise is an exercise that can help strengthen the ankles, while a simple exercise for increasing flexibility and range of motion is simply tracing the letters of the alphabet with your foot. Another way to prevent ankle sprains is to wear properly fitting footwear that provides good support for the feet.

Treating Ankle Sprains

There are several options for treating and healing ankle sprains. Your Scarborough podiatrist might even recommend using multiple treatment methods to heal and strengthen your ankle following a sprain. Severe ankle sprains could require surgery to heal properly, but the most common treatment methods include:

  • Pain relievers
  • Resting the ankle
  • Applying ice or a cold compress
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Compression bandages
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Braces or splints

See a podiatrist for treatment if you have sustained an ankle sprain. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ocampo, call Southern Maine Foot & Ankle at (207) 883-0865 for the Scarborough, ME, office location. Alternatively, you can call (207) 892-5072 for the Windham, ME, office.

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