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Posts for: November, 2015

By Family Foot and Ankle Center
November 17, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Soft Feet   Smooth Feet  

Soft FeetDo you have dry, cracked feet? Are you tired of having itchy feet? Due to a variety of conditions, your feet can feel hard and not baby soft.  Due to hot or cold weather, or using your feet for practical purposes like standing and walking, your feet can take a beating. With help from your podiatrist, let’s take a look at a few easy steps to get softer, smoother feet!

Keep Them Clean

The first step is an important one—make sure your feet and toenails are clean! Be sure to wash them with an exfoliator to remove dead skin in the shower or bath. After exfoliating, moisturize your feet to add temporary softness.

Moisturize Overnight

Another trick you can do is to moisturize your feet overnight. Before you head to bed, apply a layer of moisturizer on your feet, but be careful between the toes (fungus can thrive where it is greasy and moist). After applying moisturizer, put on clean cotton socks and head for bed. In the morning, you can take your socks off and throw them in the wash. Be sure to wash your feet to get rid of the excess lotion.

To learn more about other options for getting softer, smoother feet, contact your podiatrist today! We can help you take charge of your feet and protect them from harm.

By Family Foot and Ankle Center
November 09, 2015
Category: Podiatrist
Tags: Bone Grafting  

Being able to walk is vital to most peoples’ daily lives. Many depend on this skill to be able to work, care for their children or just live a normal life. When pain in the foot or ankle becomes so severe that walking is hindered, quality of life can be heavily affected. In severe Bone Graftcases, surgery using bone grafting may be required to fix the problem and get you back to a happy, pain-free life.

What is bone grafting? 
Bone grafts, used during surgical procedures, harvest bone from one part of the body and implant it into another part of the body. Sometimes, a donor bone may be used. Since no actual living material is being grafted, the body cannot reject a bone graft as it could a skin graft.

What situations require bone grafting? 
Bone grafts are usually used in regards to foot and ankle surgery due to these common situations:

  • Bone Loss: Fractures that do not heal correctly could result in bone loss. Bone grafts for bone loss are used to promote healing in the area that it is grafted to.
  • Bone Cyst: A bone cyst may require a bone graft to fill it while it heals. This supports the bone and promotes healing.
  • Arthrodesis: If an arthrodesis, or fusion of two or more bones, is being performed, a bone graft could be used to bridge the gap between a joint, preventing it from being moved. This procedure makes the joint unusable, and it will no longer function as it did before.

How does bone grafting play into foot and ankle problems? 
Many bones in the feet or ankles are small and fragile. Bone grafts have proven to provide a large advantage to promote healing and provide extra support after foot or ankle surgery. While bone grafts are commonplace in foot and ankle surgery, the best way to understand the process and the surgery around it is to meet and consult with your Reston, VA podiatrist.

If you have foot or ankle problems, Family Foot and Ankle Center in Reston, Fairfax Ashburn and Mclean can help. Call (703) 723-2719 to schedule an appointment today!

By Family Foot and Ankle Center
November 03, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Walking   Cholesterol  
WalkingOur feet carry us from point A to point B and help us remain active. But did you also know that using your feet can help you lower your cholesterol, too? One of the best ways to lower your cholesterol is to lose weight and exercise regularly. Let’s take a look at how walking can help you.

The Benefits of Walking

To maintain a healthy and happier lifestyle, walking may be the right choice for you.  It is an easy, safe and inexpensive way to exercise and keep up your health.  Walking can also be a relaxing and invigorating way to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  The results of walking are physically rewarding and add enjoyable years to your life.
Walking is an excellent way to being an exercise program for those who have a long history of inactivity, problems with obesity, or who just don’t like strenuous activity.  When beginning, you can start off slowly and then gradually increase your speed to maintain a steady pace.  A good conditioning program begins with moderation and dedication.
Podiatrists recommend walking to ease or ward off a number of physically related illnesses.  Walking can help you:
  • Strengthen your heart and lungs
  • Improve circulation
  • Prevent heart attacks and strokes
  • Reduce obesity and high blood pressure
  • Boost your metabolic rate 
  • Favorably alter your cholesterol
  • Improve muscle tone in your legs and abdomen
  • Reduce stress and tension
  • Reduce arthritis pain
  • Stop bone tissue decay
Contact your podiatrist for more information on how you can lower your cholesterol with the help of walking and other exercises. 

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