Posts for: August, 2017
If you can smell your feet immediately after you take off your shoes or socks, you may have a foot odor problem. Foot odor has a number of possible causes, but the most common reason is some type of a fungal infection. Thankfully bad foot odor can be easily treated with the help of a podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Center in Fairfax, McLean, Ashburn, and Reston, VA.
Causes of Foot Odor
Before you can properly deal with foot odor, you need to know the possible causes. If you don’t identify how it happened, it will continue to reoccur. Here are a few possible scenarios that may have led to your bad foot odor:
- Walking barefoot in public showers or bathrooms.
- Wearing wet shoes all day (especially if participating in athletics).
- Not washing your feet thoroughly when showering.
- Sharing socks and shoes with other people.
All of these scenarios can lead to toenail fungus, foot fungus or athlete’s foot, three of the most common causes of foot odor.
Foot Odor Solutions
Your foot odor will soon be history when you visit a podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Center in Fairfax, Mclean, Ashburn, and Reston, VA. Here are the most common treatments:
- Anti-fungal foot powder or cream.
- Oral anti-fungal medication.
- Laser treatment for nail fungus (targets the fungus, preserves healthy tissue).
Preventing Future Odor Problems
Foot odor isn’t normal and shouldn’t become a regular part of your life. Change some of your habits to avoid foot odor problems in the future:
- Throw out old shoes and socks that may be havens for fungus.
- Only use your own shoes or socks.
- Dry your feet immediately after getting out of a pool or shower.
- Wear flip-flops in public showers, and be sure to thoroughly clean your feet.
- Make sure your socks and shoes are dry when you put them on.
Get Help from a Podiatrist
If your foot odor has become so intense and offensive that others complain about it, it's time to see a podiatrist. Call us at (703) 723-9267 (Ashburn), (703) 273-9818 (Fairfax), (703) 556-8637 (McLean) or (703) 723-2719 (Reston).
If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, chances are pretty good that you’ve been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, one of the most common types. The CDC predicts that osteoarthritis affects approximately 30 million American adults. Whether you are dealing with osteoarthritis yourself or you know someone who is, here are answers to some of your most popular questions regarding this chronic condition.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that results from wear and tear of the cartilage in the joints. While this can affect any area of the body, osteoarthritis is more likely to appear in the hips, knees, fingers, lower back and toes. Cartilage covers bones and helps make joint movement easier while also providing support and cushioning for the bones. Of course, if you have osteoarthritis then the cartilage covering your bones may start to deteriorate, which can cause bones to rub together if the deterioration becomes bad enough.
What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?
Most people with osteoarthritis will start to notice some pain and swelling in the very beginning stages. You may find that certain joints become stiff and sore, or that you don’t have as much range of motion or flexibility as you once had. In more advanced stages, osteoarthritis can cause impaired movement and even disability.
What are the risk factors associated with osteoarthritis?
There are many factors that could increase your chances of developing osteoarthritis, including:
- Gender: Women are more likely than men to develop osteoarthritis
- Age: You are more at risk for osteoarthritis as you get older
- Overuse: You perform the same repetitive movements regularly or you put too much stress on certain joints
- Overweight: Being overweight or obese puts too much stress and pressure on joints
- Heredity: If you have a family history of osteoarthritis then you may be more likely to develop it yourself
How is osteoarthritis treated?
There are many lifestyle modifications that can improve your symptoms if you do have osteoarthritis, including:
- Losing weight
- Exercising regularly (and incorporate strength training exercises)
- Pain medications and anti-inflammatories
- Prescription medications
- Physical therapy
- Assistive devices (e.g. cane)
- Corticosteroid injections (to target pain and swelling)
- Surgery (if all other treatment options haven’t provided relief)
If you are concerned about how osteoarthritis is affecting your feet and you aren’t finding relief through more conservative measures, then it’s time to turn to your podiatrist for proper care.
Are your foot symptoms bad enough to warrant surgical interventions?
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:
- 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.