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By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
August 02, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Surgery   Ankle Surgery  

Are your foot symptoms bad enough to warrant surgical interventions?Foot Surgery, Ankle Surgery

Have you been trying every treatment possible to help manage your foot problem? Are you not experiencing the relief you thought you would even after months of dedicated care? Are your foot or ankle problems affecting your day-to-day activities? If you said, “yes” to these questions, then it might be time to consider getting foot or ankle surgery. While surgery is often the last thing someone wants to think about it, here are some reasons why it might be needed.

What are the most common types of foot surgeries?

You might be surprised to learn about all the seemingly common conditions that could benefit from surgery. While these conditions don’t always warrant this kind of aggressive treatment, there are some cases in which it will. Here are some of the most common foot surgeries to consider:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Arthritis (of the foot and/or ankle)
  • Ankle replacement
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Achilles tendon rupture or injury
  • Tibialis posterior dysfunction

Why is surgery needed?

Most people with these issues above won’t require surgery to get a handle on their symptoms. Whether you do actually need to get foot surgery will really depend on several factors such as:

  • The severity of the pain
  • How long you’ve been experiencing pain
  • Whether or not you are responding to treatments
  • Your quality of life
  • Your personal needs

What are the advantages of foot surgery?

For those patients not finding relief through non-surgical methods, you may find that getting surgery could provide you with all the benefits you were hoping for including:

  • Reduced or completely eliminated pain
  • Improved mobility, function, and range-of-motion
  • The ability to wear shoes without discomfort or irritation
  • Improvement in the shape and appearance of your feet

Sometimes surgery is able to provide the quality of life that other nonsurgical options just can’t. You can always talk to your podiatric specialist to learn more about the treatments that are right for you.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
July 05, 2017
Category: Foot Care

The clearest indication that there’s a problem with your feet is pain or a strange sensation. The next is a physical manifestation of a sore or wound, which is sometimes called a foot burn. If you’re having a problem with foot burns or a burning sensation in your feet that doesn’t seem to go away, it’s important that you talk to a podiatrist about these symptoms right away. This is a common condition that occurs in athletes and people who have certain medical issues, like hypothyroidism and diabetes.

What Are Foot Burns?

A foot burn most commonly refers to a wound that develops on the feet due to friction with a surface, such as a shoe. It usually begins as a sensation in the feet that the patient feels when running or participating in a high-energy activity. The sensation is often felt between the toes, on the sides of the feet and on the balls of the feet. If it goes untreated, actual red, swollen wounds that resemble burns can develop.

Causes of Foot Burns and “Burning” Feet

Sometimes foot burn or the sensation of “burning feet” is simply due to wearing shoes or sneakers that are too tight. The friction of the shoes against the feet causes redness, swelling, the burning sensation and eventually what looks like a foot burn to appear. Foot burns can also develop due to contact dermatitis or an actual burn to the foot due to contact with heat. Another common cause of “burning feet” is uncontrolled diabetes, which can lead to nerve damage (also called peripheral neuropathy) and ulcers. If any burn wounds to the feet go untreated, they can become infected.

Treatments for Foot Burns

When foot burns develop, they must be properly treated as soon as possible by a skilled podiatrist. Treatment options include thorough cleansing of the burn, applying medication to the area and bandaging the feet to aid the healing process. Orthotics may be designed to relieve pressure on the wound and prevent the burn from reoccurring. Orthotic devices can also help stop the burning sensation due to friction with shoes. To address burning or tingling feelings in the feet that are caused by medical conditions, like hypothyroidism or diabetes, it’s important for patients to take steps to get their symptoms under control with better diet and prescribed medication.

If you’re struggling with painful foot burns or a burning sensation in your feet, talk to a podiatrist about your symptoms today. Without proper treatment, burns on the feet or a burning sensation can progress into more complicated problems.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
June 26, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: purple toenail  

Just discovered that one of your toenails is purple? Find out what this means.foot care

You just took your shoes and socks off and you suddenly noticed that one of your toenails is purple. What is going on, you may wonder? Should you visit one of our Reston, McLean, Ashburn and Fairfax, VA, podiatrists or is this an issue you can handle all on your own? Find out more about why toenails turn purple and if they require special care.

If you notice a purple toenail this is a sign that there is blood pooling under the toenail. This is usually due to an injury to the toenail. Perhaps you stubbed your toe on something, dropped a heavy object on the nail or clocked your foot while running. When the nail is injured the blood vessels underneath will break open and leak.

Besides an injury to the nail, tightly fitted shoes could also lead to a purple toenail. This is why it’s so important to make sure that your toes have enough room to wiggle and move around no matter what shoes you wear. Wearing proper footwear is not only important for the health of your toenails but your feet, as well.

You may also be more likely to develop a purple toenail if you keep your toenails longer than they should be. If you are an athlete you will want to strongly consider keeping your nails trimmed regularly, as running or playing sports with long toenails can increase your chances of stubbing the toe and damaging the toenail.

While discoloration is often the only symptom people experience, if there is enough blood that has pooled under the nail this can cause some discomfort and swelling. If you aren’t experiencing any pain then you won’t have to do anything about the nail (your toenail will grow out healthy over time).

However, if you are experiencing pain, then our Reston, McLean, Ashburn or Fairfax, VA, foot doctors will need to drain the fluid that’s under the nail. By drilling a tiny hole into the nail we can remove some of the excess blood, which will ease symptoms.

Family Foot and Ankle Center in Reston, McLean, Ashburn and Fairfax, VA, is here to answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns. We provide a comprehensive array of foot care services to meet everyone’s personal needs. Find out more about the services we offer by calling our office today.

Call us at (703) 723-9267 (Ashburn), (703) 273-9818 (Fairfax), (703) 556-8637 (McLean) or (703) 723-2719 (Reston).

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
May 02, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Spikes   Cleats   Soccer  

Soccer and football players must wear athletic shoes that contain spikes on the bottom. The spikes are crucial for traction and safety when running on the field—especially in harsh weather conditions. Here are a few tips regarding picking out soccer and football spikes (also called cleats) for yourself or your child athlete.

Spikes (Cleats)

The purpose of a spike is to give a player an advantage on the field. Football and soccer players often to have to play in muddy or wet conditions, so if they were to wear standard sneakers they’d spend more time sliding and falling than passing the ball. A proper spike gives a soccer or football player the traction and support needed to be successful in the sport and protect the foot from injury.

Pick Spikes Specifically Designed for Your Sports

One mistake that some athletes make is assuming that every sports spike is created the same. There are different spike shoe designs for different sports—soccer, football and running track. Track shoe spikes are often pointier. Soccer spikes and football spikes are more similar to each other in looks. Also called “mud cleats,” football spikes are commonly designed with blunter metal, rubber or plastic studs and a more angled sole. They also have studs near the top to facilitate fast forward movement as well as thicker soles.

Soccer spikes are lighter and low­cut to aid with quick, agile movements. The “spikes” are usually made of replaceable aluminum cleats. They don’t normally have spikes or studs at the front as in the case of football shoes.

Get Sports Advice from a Podiatrist

If you’re still unsure about which spikes to buy for soccer or football (especially if you’ve had foot complications in the past), consult your podiatrist in advance for any sports advice this season. Maintain regular checkup appointments throughout the year as well and be sure to replace your cleat studs when they become worn down.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
April 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Problems   Scandals  

Find out how sandals can negatively impact the health of your feet and ankles.

We all like to find shoes that match our style; however, sometimes we replace comfort with fashion. While our feet might look stylish and trendy on the outside, they are often achy and unhappy on the inside. Many of the popular shoes we wear can affect our foot and ankle health and cause pain and other problems. If you love a good pair of sandals then you might be sad to hear this news; however, it’s important to shop for shoes that offer the most comfort and protection for your feet.

Sandals and Foot Problems

If you can’t get enough of these toe­wiggling shoes, they may be your go­to during the warmer months; however, because sandals lack the necessary support, you may also find yourself dealing with foot pain. This foot pain is often brought on by a condition known as plantar fasciitis. You may also find yourself with tendon problems and ankle sprains. 

So, how do you get the support you need while still wearing your favorite shoes?

Opt for sandals that boast biomechanical technology, which will give your foot and ankle the built­in support it needs to carry on with daily activities, from a night out on the town to just running errands.

You can also opt for custom­designed orthotics from your podiatrist to give you the exact support you need and to take pressure off the foot to reduce pain and inflammation, particularly on the plantar fascia.

There are even special plantar fasciitis shoes that are meant to support both the heel and the arch of the foot to alleviate discomfort. While you may be less likely to find a wide variety of sandal styles, there are still options for the sandal lover who also needs to take care of their plantar fasciitis.

Remember, your feet are vital to getting you around, so it’s important to treat them right. As always, if you notice pain or any other sort of discomfort that doesn’t go away, or is severe, then it’s time to see your podiatrist. Put your foot health first.



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