Posts for category: Foot Care

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
March 04, 2014
Category: Foot Care

 

Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in the deep veins of the legs most commonly, but can also occur in the veins of the upper extremities. That is because the blood cot, which usually forms in a calf or thigh deep veins can partially or completely block blood flow back to the heart and cause damage to the one-way valves in the veins.

The clot can also break free and travel through your blood to major organs, such as your lungs, which can be fatal. By visiting your podiatrist in Fairfax, VA you can better understand DVT and how to properly prevent it from occurring.

To lower your risk and help prevent deep vein thrombosis, follow these important steps:
 

  • Maintain an active lifestyle and exercise daily.
  • Manage your weight by exercising and eating a healthy diet.
  • If you smoke, it is important to quit.
  • Check your blood pressure regularly, and check steps to lower it if necessary.
  • Report any family or personal history of blood-clotting problems to your podiatrist in Fairfax, VA.
  • Discuss alternatives to birth control pills or hormone-replacement therapy
  • If you are on an airplane for more than 4 hours, either walk or do leg stretches in your seat and also stay well hydrated and avoid alcohol consumption.


Visit Family Foot and Ankle Centers, your Fairfax, VA podiatrist for further information on deep vein thrombosis and for more tips on how to prevent DVT from developing.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
February 20, 2014
Category: Foot Care


Feet and Ankles

Our feet and ankles are prone to a number of problems at different stages of life.  Below is a list of common foot and ankle problems.  With each issue, you can find quick advice for finding relief from your ailment.  If you experience any of the following conditions, contact your Fairfax, VA podiatrist for further diagnosis and treatment options.

Bunions

A bunion is a painful enlargement at the joint of the big toe.  An important part of treatment is to wear shoes that conform to the shape of your foot and do not cause pressure areas.  By doing this, you can often alleviate your pain.  However, severe cases can be disabling.  Visit your podiatrist in Fairfax, VA for further treatment options if the change in shoes does not provide relief.

Heel Pain

Heel pain is extremely common and can often begin without injury.  You will often feel pain under the heel while standing or walking, with worsening of symptoms when arising out of bed.  Most cases will improve on their own.  Heel stretching, medication to reduce swelling of the soft tissues of the foot, and orthotics are helpful in providing relief from your heel pain.  For prolonged and troubling cases, visit your Fairfax, VA podiatrist for further treatment.

Corns and Calluses

Corns and calluses are caused by pressure on the skin of your foot. Treatment involves relieving the pressure on the skin, usually by modifying the shoe.  Pads to relieve the bony pressure are helpful, but they must be positioned carefully.  A visit to your podiatrist in Fairfax, VA will help in the treatment planning.

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts occur on the sole of the foot and look like calluses.  They result from an infection by a specific virus, and are like other warts, but they grow inward. Plantar warts are extremely difficult to treat, but success has been achieved with repeated applications of salicylic acid to soften the overlying callus and expose the virus.  Other treatments include injection of the warts with medication, freezing the warts with liquid nitrogen and, very rarely, surgery.  Your Fairfax, VA podiatrist can create the best treatment plan for your plantar warts.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
February 04, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Signs that You Need to See a Podiatrist

Often, the problems in your feet and ankles go away with time, rest, ice, anti-inflammatories and shoe gear changes. However, sometimes these problems just won’t go away, and that is when you should visit your podiatrist in Fairfax for further diagnosis and treatment.

When Should I See a Podiatrist?

If you are having a specific foot problem, your best bet is to visit your podiatrist in Fairfax for the best care available.  Several serious conditions, such as diabetes and peripheral arterial disease, can show up in your feet first, making it more important than ever to visit your podiatrist.

A Wound or Sore Does Not Heal

If you have an open sore on your foot or ankle, you should visit your Fairfax podiatrist immediately.  This is especially important if you have diabetes, as it usually takes you longer to heal.

Aging Feet

Some changes to your feet are normal as you age, but having pain isn’t one of them.  As you begin putting more miles on your feet, you may notice that your feet may change shape, lose cushioning, experience skin changes; develop arthritis, and an array of other complications. 

Pain Increasing with Activity or Lasting more than 24 Hours

If you are experiencing pain that gets worse with activity, this may be a sign of a stress fracture.  You should not try to work through the pain; instead it is vital that you visit your podiatrist in Fairfax.  If you treat a stress fracture early, you can potentially avoid more serious problems such as a stress fracture that will not heal, or one that turns into an actual broken bone. 

Don’t ignore your foot or ankle pain.  Visit your Fairfax podiatrist for immediate diagnosis, and treatment, as well as prevention of the worsening of symptoms.  

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
January 23, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Flat Feet   Flat Foot   Fallen Arch  

Flat feet are common, and are the source of many foot problems. Also called fallen arches, flat feet are a condition in which a person has no arch on the bottom of his or her feet.  Where most people’s feet are curved on the bottom, a person with flat feet has no curve or arch.  When this occurs, feet can turn inward causing stress on other parts of the body. With the help of your Fairfax podiatrist, you can find relief from your flat feet while protecting other parts of your body from further problems.

Foot Problems

If you have flat feet, it can lead to other issues with your foot.  One problem you might develop is plantar fasciitis, which causes pain and inflammation in the ligaments of the foot. Tendonitis and arthritis can also result from having flat foot.  The lack of shock absorption in the foot can also cause shin splints, while bunions and hammertoes may also result from having flat feet.

Leg Problems

When problems in the feet occur, odds are you will eventually experience problems with your legs.  Since people with flat feet pronate or roll their feet inward when they walk, the lower legs will try to accommodate to keep balance.  When this occurs, it can lead to pain in the ankles, lower legs, and often pain in the knees.

Treatment for Flat Feet

To stop the leg and foot pain, it is important to visit your podiatrist in Fairfax for further diagnosis and treatment options. Orthotics, or arch supports, are commonly used to lift the foot and give you the cushion that your missing arches normally would.  If a fallen arch is caused by weight gain, losing weight will also help to alleviate your foot complications. 

Visit Family Foot and Ankle Centers for further consultation and treatment planning for your flat feet.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
January 10, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Broken Toe  

Patient with a broken toeDrop a can of soup on your foot or whack your toe into a wall—we have all been there before.  While you may not think anything of these common “stubs,” you may begin to experience a throbbing, swollen, broken toe.  A broken toe is painful, so don’t suffer through it—visit your podiatrist in Fairfax for a diagnosis and proper treatment plan.

Conservative treatments can often help decrease the pain and swelling to help the fracture heal properly.  Your Fairfax podiatrist offers these at home solutions to help with healing your broken toe:

  • Elevation – by keeping your foot raised above the level of your heart, you can help decrease swelling and discomfort. Prop your foot up on some pillows, especially when sleeping.
  • Ice – put ice in a plastic bag and apply it to your injured toe for 15-20 minutes every 1-2 hours for the first couple days.  Don’t forget to place a towel between the skin and the ice to protect your skin.
  • Rest – avoid any strenuous exercise, prolonged standing, or walking.  Crutches or a special shoe may be needed when walking to avoid placing extra weight on the broken toe while it heels, which can be determined by your podiatrist in Fairfax.

Depending on the location and severity of your broken toe, your Fairfax podiatrist might need to splint or cast your toe.  Contact us at Family Foot and Ankle Centers for further diagnosis and treatment planning for the proper healing of your broken toe so that you can get back to your normal day-to-day schedule. 



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