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Posts for: March, 2015

By Family Foot and Ankle Center
March 25, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Toenail Fungus Do you have painful, tender ingrown toenails that make simply walking difficult? Even if they're not that bad yet, leaving ingrown nails untreated can lead to trouble getting around, or even the full removal of the nail.

At Family Foot and Ankle Center, you'll find final foot relief for your pesky ingrown toenail symptoms.Sometimes, ingrown toenails are caused by people trimming their toenails too short or too much shoe pressure from ill-fitting footwear. But other common causes of ingrown toenails include:

  • injury
  • fungus infection
  • heredity
  • poor foot structure

Regardless of how the infection begins, ingrown toenails can become painful in a hurry, first feeling swollen and tender before manifesting themselves as painful, red, and infected as surrounding skin begins to grow over the affected nail.

Check out a few tips on ingrown toenail prevention below, followed by do-it-yourself relief options offered by the helpful podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center:

Ingrown Toenail Prevention

Keep your feet free from ingrown toenail infections by:

  • Trimming toenails from end-to-end-- without rounded corners.
  • Only wearing footwear that fits properly.
  • Washing your feet regularly, particularly after engaging in an activity that gets them dirty.

Ingrown Toenail Relief

You can provide relief for already incurred ingrown toenails by remembering to:

  • Soak your feet in warm, soapy water at least twice daily.
  • Stop wearing ill-fitting footwear.
  • Take prescribed antibiotics-- some medication can be of aid in the fight against ingrown toenail infections.
  • Come see your trusted podiatrist, who might suggest surgical removal of some or all of the ingrown toenail in severe cases.

Regardless of why or how your ingrown toenails came to be, the painful results are often the same - but they don't have to be! Trust the gentle hands of your podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center, right here Reston, VA. We also offer convenient locations in Fairfax , McLean, and Ashburn. Give us a call at (703) 723-2719 today, for full foot relief that starts now!


By Family Foot and Ankle Center
March 18, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  
One of the most common forefoot problems are bunions, which are also referred to as Hallux Valgus. The bunion is a prominent bump on the inside of the foot around the big toe joint.  The bone, which protrudes towards the inside of the foot, can often result in pushing the big toe under or over the second toe.  
 
Although bunions are a common foot deformity, there are often misconceptions about them and your podiatrist in Fairfax works to help you understand.  Many people may even go about their lives not realizing they have a bunion because it does not initially cause pain.  Bunions are a progressive disorder in which the bump becomes increasingly prominent.  Symptoms usually appear at later stages, but some people may not exhibit any.
 

Treating Your Bunion: Tips from Your Fairfax Podiatrist

Since bunions are bone deformities, they are not able to be resolved by themselves. The first goal of bunion treatment is to relieve pressure and pain that is caused by irritations, while the second is to stop any progressive growth of the enlargement.  Some common methods used for treating your bunion and reducing pressure include:
 
  • The use of protective padding to eliminate the friction against shoes and help alleviate inflammation and skin problems.
  • Removal of corns and calluses on the foot. 
  • Changing to carefully-fitted footwear designed to accommodate the bunion and not contribute toward its growth.  
  • Orthotic devices to help stabilize the joint and place the foot in the correct position for walking and standing.
  • Exercises to maintain joint mobility and prevent stiffness or arthritis.
  • Splints for nighttime wear to help the toes and joint align properly.
 
When early treatments fail, or your bunion begins to worsen over time, a consultation with your Fairfax podiatrist will be needed.  Depending on the size of the enlargement and pain, your podiatrist in Fairfax may recommend surgery.  It is important to not ignore foot pain, as it can worsen over time.  Protect your feet and seek treatment immediately. 

By Family Foot and Ankle Center
March 03, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Proper Footwear   Heel Pain  
Is heel pain keeping you down?  In pursuit of healthy bodies, pain is often the enemy. Pain that occurs right after an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, often warning us about the damage we have suffered.  Plantar fasciitis (heel pain) is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain.  The heel pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or do daily activities.  If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame.  Contact your podiatrist in Fairfax immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 
 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist in Fairfax

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension.  This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
 
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle.  Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel.  As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief as the pain often will return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
 
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • Wear shoes that fit well
  • Wear proper shoes for each activity
  • Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
  • Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
  • Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
  • Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
  • Lose excess weight
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your Fairfax podiatrist at Fairfax Office immediately.  



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