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Posts for: May, 2018

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
May 15, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Health   Aging Feet  

As you age, it becomes even more important to take care of yourself, especially your feet. Foot health tends to decline in seniors for many reasons, including:

∙       Years of walking

∙       Improper footwear

∙       Poor circulation

∙       Diseases related to foot problems such as diabetes and gout

∙       Improperly trimming toenails

When problems are ignored, they may worsen and lead to more dangerous issues. There are easy ways to take care of aging feet and nonsurgical treatments to relieve pain.

When to talk to your doctor

It’s important to know when symptoms are just common aches and pains and when they might be something more serious. Even if your pain isn’t related to something serious, you still need to take care of your feet since they are the foundation of the body. Aging foot pains may cause pain in the knees, hips, or back.

Some symptoms to look out for are:

∙       Brittle or discolored toenails

∙       Discoloration or cold/numb feet

∙       Severe pain in feet and ankles

∙       Blisters or cracked skin

∙       Sores and wounds

Tips for maintaining healthy feet

Taking care of feet is simple and will pay off in the long run. Some easy tips for foot health are:

∙       Inspect your feet and nails regularly

∙       Use soap to wash your feet and always thoroughly dry them

∙       Use lotion to prevent dry, itchy, and cracked skin

∙       Wear properly fitted shoes and clean socks

∙       Trim your toenails regularly

∙       Don’t cross your legs

∙       Elevate your feet when seated

Taking care of aging feet is simple, and your dedicated foot doctors are here to help. Foot care is something you shouldn’t avoid, and individuals that aren’t able to take care of their feet are encouraged to see their podiatrist for foot care appointments. If you have any questions about taking care of your aging feet, call our office today to make an appointment!

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
May 01, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsWhat is a Bunion?

Are you dealing with a bunion? A bunion is a protrusion of the bone at the base of the big toe. While a bunion may seem like a bump, according to the (APMA) American Podiatric Medical Association a bunion is actually the enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe – the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. While bunions are a common foot disorder, it is not something that you should ignore as bunions can cause discomfort and become inflamed if left untreated.

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions can be hereditary and aggravated by the shoes you wear, especially high heels or shoes that don’t have enough room for your toes. Certain factors can also contribute to the development of bunions, such as if you have flat feet or low arches or if your feet pronate (when the ankles roll in towards each other during movement and cause excessive and prolonged pressure on the joints in the feet). If you are dealing with bunions, or think that you are, it’s important to seek help from a qualified podiatrist to get the care you need to relieve your pain and discomfort.

How a Podiatrist Can Help

Your podiatrist may recommend certain conservative at home steps you can take to minimize the discomfort. The first thing they may recommend is that you look at or change the kind of shoes you wear. It’s important to find shoes that are wide enough to accommodate your toes. Shoes such as high heels are likely to make the problem worse. Bunion pads can also help with your discomfort.
Severe bunion pain can restrict your mobility. Untreated bunions can continue to get worse if you don’t do something about them and can lead to other issues such as calluses and corns, or you may experience pain or redness on the site of the bunion, as well as swelling.
Other treatment options include orthotics or a combination of physical therapy and medication to relieve pressure and inflammation of the bunion. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to resolve the issue.

Prevention is Key

We all like to remain active, and oftentimes it is the result of this activity that can make your bunion pain worse. You should visit your podiatrist if you notice any issues so they can be caught and treated as early as possible. Call our office today.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
May 01, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Ingrown toenails are among the most common foot problems. Although they are generally not serious, they can become infected and lead ingrown toenailto potentially serious complications for people with diabetic foot problems. The podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center, serving the Ashburn/Leesburg, Fairfax/Burke, Reston/Herndon, and McLean/Great Falls, VA, area, recommend that you schedule an appointment if your ingrown toenail symptoms do not improve on their own within a few days, show signs of infection, or if you suffer from diabetes.

Ingrown Toenail Treatment

There are a few factors that can cause an ingrown toenail. One of the most common culprits is cutting or filing your toenails too short or at an angle, which can cause a jagged edge of the nail to grow into the skin of the toe. A toenail can technically become ingrown in any toe, but they are generally most common in the big toes. Wearing tight, narrow and uncomfortable shoes that squeeze the toes can also increase the risk of developing an ingrown toenail. Other risk factors include:

  • Heredity (they can run in families)
  • Infections
  • Shape of your toenails/foot anatomy
  • Complication from prior foot surgery or treatment

What You Can Do to Protect Your Feet from Ingrown Toenails

Although they may not be 100% avoidable, there are a number of precautions that you can take to avoid the pain and discomfort of ingrown toenails:

  • Keep your feet and the space between your toes clean and dry
  • Trim toenails straight across and avoid sharp or jagged edges that can grow into the skin
  • Wear comfortable, supportive shoes that do not squeeze or crowd the toes
  • If you are diabetic, schedule regular visits to a podiatrist for diabetic foot care and check your feet regularly for any issues

Find a Podiatrist in Ashburn/Leesburg, Fairfax/Burke, Reston/Herndon, and McLean/Great Falls

For more information on how to prevent and treat ingrown toenails or other foot and ankle injuries, contact the Family Foot and Ankle Center at 703-723-9267 for Ashburn/Leesburg, 703-273-9818 for Fairfax/Burke, 703-556-8637 for McLean/Great Falls, and 703-723-2719 for Reston/Herndon to schedule an appointment today.

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