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By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
July 01, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Diabetic Neuropathy: Pay Attention to Your Feet

Diabetes causes a condition of painful nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy can affect your entire body, but your legs and feet are parts of your body that are more prone to serious health problems.  Damage to the nerves can cause the loss of feeling in your feet, making it difficult to detect extreme temperatures and pain as easily or readily as someone who does not have diabetes. 
 
This is why diabetics get infections so frequently from something as simple as a small cut or blister on the foot. When a person is unable to detect a foot wound it can easily become infected, leading to more serious complications and even amputation in the most severe cases. With that being said, understanding the connection between foot care and diabetes is important to avoid more serious health problems. If you are diabetic it is important talk to your podiatrist in Fairfax at Family Foot and Ankle Centers about the best ways to care for your feet. 
 

What is Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy?

Typically, in diabetic peripheral neuropathy of the feet you will begin to notice sensory changes such as numbness or tingling in your toes.  Initially, these symptoms may come and go, but, in time, will be constant.  When experiencing these symptoms, they may interfere with your sleep, or cause you to awaken from your sleep.  Over a period of time, these disturbances may cause a loss of feeling that may even hinder your ability to detect the tightness of your shoes.  Even a pebble in your shoe can go unnoticed as time goes on, which can injure your foot.  
 
Neuropathy is the leading cause of ulcers or holes that occur in the feet, as well as infections.  Additionally, neuropathy is the leading cause of the loss of toes and even amputation, with advanced cases.  If nerve compression goes untreated, the nerve itself can become deprived of oxygen and nutrients, which cause the nerve to die over time resulting in numb feet.  In many patients, surgery can be performed to relieve these various sites of nerve compression in order to relieve the burning, tingling and pain, or even to restore sensation to your feet in some cases. 
 

Prevent Complications of Diabetes

If you have diabetes, it’s crucial to examine your feet every day and after every injury, regardless of how minor you may think the injury is.  If you notice redness, swelling, persistent pain, numbness, tingling or any other unusual signs on any part of your foot, call your podiatrist in Fairfax immediately as this could signify serious health problems. 
 
We also recommend that if you have diabetes you should visit us at Family Foot and Ankle Centers, your Fairfax podiatrist, for annual checkups.  We work with you to detect signs of changes, broken skin or ulcers that can be detrimental to the health of your feet and body. At our practice we can also check your blood circulation, identify loss of sensation or detect areas of high pressure- all of which require professional medical attention. 
 
Early detection, simple care and regular inspections can go a long way to avoid serious foot complications related to diabetes. Diabetes is serious, especially when it comes to your feet. If you have diabetes, talk with your podiatrist in Fairfax about what you can do now to keep your feet safe, strong, and healthy. 
By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
June 18, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Selecting the Best Walking Shoes


When it comes to your health and your feet, walking helps both.  At Family Foot and Ankle Centers, podiatrists in Fairfax, we want to make sure you are wearing the right shoes to better protect yourself from injury. To protect your feet from complications, it is important to choose the right shoe for your feet.

As a walker, you should look for a good quality, lightweight walking shoe with breathable upper materials, such as leather or nylon mesh.  The heel counter should be very firm, as it should have reduced cushioning to position the heel closer to the ground for walking stability. Additionally, the front area of the shoe should have adequate support and flexibility.

Your podiatrist in Fairfax at Family Foot and Ankle Centers, also urges you to make sure the shoe fits your feet accordingly.  The shoe should be snug, but not too tight over the sock.  It should also have plenty of room for the toes to move around.  What athletic shoes you choose are important as well because you don’t want your shoe to become too tight when wearing socks.

More shoe tips offered by your Fairfax podiatrist include:

  • Check the shoe width to make sure it is comfortable and accommodates the width of the ball of your foot.
  • Make sure the shoe provides good arch support.
  • See that the top of the heel counter of the shoe is properly cushioned and does not bite into the heel or touch the anklebones.  


Proper footwear is essential in protecting your feet from injury and pain, as well as allowing you to properly walk for exercise.  Initially, it is important to meet with your podiatrist in Fairfax prior to beginning any exercise or walking routine.  With the consultation of your podiatrist in Fairfax, a proper walking regimen can be created to ensure appropriate exercise.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
June 18, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Preventing Youth Sports Injuries

As sports are underway, parents and your Fairfax podiatrist understand that children take to sports like fish to water.  Almost as soon as they begin to walk, they are chasing balls, swinging sticks, and running races against nobody in particular.  Children’s sports used to mean baseball, basketball, or football.  Today, however, that has changed significantly.  Children are now playing soccer, wrestling, tennis, hockey and lacrosse.  The starting age for training in individual sports such as swimming, skating, track, and gymnastics grows younger and younger every year.  

Millions of American children participate in team and individual sports, many of them outside of the school system, where advice on conditioning and equipment is not always available.  At Family Foot and Ankle Centers, your podiatrist in Fairfax, we are available to provide tips for protecting your children while they remain active in sports this season.

Parents should be concerned about their child’s involvement in sports that require a substantial amount of running and turning, or involve contact.  Protective taping of the ankles is often necessary to prevent sprains or fractures.  Parents should also consider discussing these matters with their family podiatrist if they have children participating in any active sports.  Sports related foot and ankle injuries are on the rise as more children actively participate in sports.

Contact your podiatrist in Fairfax at Family Foot and Ankle Centers for more information on proper footwear and care for your child’s feet.  Whether they are actively participating in sports, or simply walking to school, it is important to take extra precautions to protect your child’s feet well into adulthood.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
June 18, 2014
Category: Foot Care

What’s Causing my Leg Pain?

Leg pain and discomfort can knock you off your feet for a variety of reasons, but it should never be ignored. Aching calves, burning legs, numbness in your feet—pain in the lower extremities is a common complaint that might send you to your podiatrist in Fairfax at Family Foot and Ankle Centers.  If you are experiencing leg pain, it can be due to an array of reasons including:

Shin Splints. This type of lower leg pain occurs when connective tissues and muscles along the edge of the shin bone become inflamed.  You may experience this after running or jumping, especially on hard surfaces due to the repetitive force that overloads muscles and tendons.

Flat Feet. If you suffer from flat feet, and do not have proper orthotics or shoes you can experience leg pain.  Due to the outward rotation of the foot and leg, you may begin to feel pain.  To treat flat feet, it is important to visit Family Foot and Ankle Centers, Fairfax podiatrist, for proper diagnosis and orthotics.

Sprained Ankle.  A fracture or sprain can also cause leg pain.  For mild sprains, your Fairfax podiatrist recommends RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevation.  For a more severe sprain or fracture, apply ice and visit Family Foot and Ankle Centers immediately.  

Diabetic Neuropathy. With diabetes, nerves can be damaged from high blood sugar levels.  Diabetes can cause pain in both legs along with numbness and less sensation in lower legs.  By visiting your podiatrist in Fairfax you can take charge of your diabetes and protect your feet and legs.

By visiting Family Foot and Ankle Centers, you can prevent leg pain and foot pain.  Visit your Fairfax podiatrist today for further diagnosis and treatment options so you can live pain free.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
April 22, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Intoeing in Children

Normally, most people will walk with their toes and feet pointing straight ahead.  However, sometimes children’s feet turn when they walk, which can be called intoeing or pigeon-toed. Your child may walk with their feet pointing in, but most cases can be corrected on their own as the child grows up, which is why there are not any adults with intoeing. 

Your podiatrist in Fairfax is available to properly diagnose your child’s feet and provide proper treatment plans when needed.  There are three common causes of intoeing:

  • Tibial torsion – the shinbone is the most common twisted bone. This twist can be caused by the way the baby lay in the womb while the bones are still soft. 
  • Femoral anteversion – the thighbone can also be twisted inwards, but is usually corrected in time, slowly.
  • Metatarsus adductus – the feet are curved inwards, and typically get better without treatment, but for some children who have very curved feet, some bracing may help in the first couple of years of life.

According to your Fairfax podiatrist, children who have intoeing tend to trip a little more at first, but will be fine later on.  Children with intoeing will also be just as good at sports and are no more likely to get arthritis or back problems than anyone else. 

Intoeing should not get worse and your child should be able to participate in all types of physical activities.  If you think your child’s intoeing is getting worse, visit our Fairfax podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Centers for further diagnosis.  It is important to remember:

  • Most children do not require treatment and self-correct over time.
  • Special shoes and braces are not usually needed and are only recommended by your Fairfax podiatrist in rare cases.
  • Orthotics has no role in the correction of intoeing.

Visit your podiatrist in Fairfax for more information on intoeing and the best measures to take to protect your child from further complications.



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