By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
January 23, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Flat Feet   Flat Foot   Fallen Arch  

Flat feet are common, and are the source of many foot problems. Also called fallen arches, flat feet are a condition in which a person has no arch on the bottom of his or her feet.  Where most people’s feet are curved on the bottom, a person with flat feet has no curve or arch.  When this occurs, feet can turn inward causing stress on other parts of the body. With the help of your Fairfax podiatrist, you can find relief from your flat feet while protecting other parts of your body from further problems.

Foot Problems

If you have flat feet, it can lead to other issues with your foot.  One problem you might develop is plantar fasciitis, which causes pain and inflammation in the ligaments of the foot. Tendonitis and arthritis can also result from having flat foot.  The lack of shock absorption in the foot can also cause shin splints, while bunions and hammertoes may also result from having flat feet.

Leg Problems

When problems in the feet occur, odds are you will eventually experience problems with your legs.  Since people with flat feet pronate or roll their feet inward when they walk, the lower legs will try to accommodate to keep balance.  When this occurs, it can lead to pain in the ankles, lower legs, and often pain in the knees.

Treatment for Flat Feet

To stop the leg and foot pain, it is important to visit your podiatrist in Fairfax for further diagnosis and treatment options. Orthotics, or arch supports, are commonly used to lift the foot and give you the cushion that your missing arches normally would.  If a fallen arch is caused by weight gain, losing weight will also help to alleviate your foot complications. 

Visit Family Foot and Ankle Centers for further consultation and treatment planning for your flat feet.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
January 10, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Broken Toe  

Patient with a broken toeDrop a can of soup on your foot or whack your toe into a wall—we have all been there before.  While you may not think anything of these common “stubs,” you may begin to experience a throbbing, swollen, broken toe.  A broken toe is painful, so don’t suffer through it—visit your podiatrist in Fairfax for a diagnosis and proper treatment plan.

Conservative treatments can often help decrease the pain and swelling to help the fracture heal properly.  Your Fairfax podiatrist offers these at home solutions to help with healing your broken toe:

  • Elevation – by keeping your foot raised above the level of your heart, you can help decrease swelling and discomfort. Prop your foot up on some pillows, especially when sleeping.
  • Ice – put ice in a plastic bag and apply it to your injured toe for 15-20 minutes every 1-2 hours for the first couple days.  Don’t forget to place a towel between the skin and the ice to protect your skin.
  • Rest – avoid any strenuous exercise, prolonged standing, or walking.  Crutches or a special shoe may be needed when walking to avoid placing extra weight on the broken toe while it heels, which can be determined by your podiatrist in Fairfax.

Depending on the location and severity of your broken toe, your Fairfax podiatrist might need to splint or cast your toe.  Contact us at Family Foot and Ankle Centers for further diagnosis and treatment planning for the proper healing of your broken toe so that you can get back to your normal day-to-day schedule. 

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
January 02, 2014
Category: Podiatrist
Tags: Reston  
Podiatrist RestonAt Family Foot and Ankle Center, we pride ourselves in our ability to provide our patients with the best in quality foot and ankle care. As you may know, we had offices in Ashburn, Fairfax and McLean. To further improve the care we provide you, we are happy to announce that our podiatrists now serve Reston, VA at our newest office location.
 
With four available office locations, we hope that you will find the convenience of receiving foot and ankle health care from Family Foot and Ankle Center no matter where you are located in these areas. Our newest off location in Reston allows our podiatrists to bring quality foot and ankle care to your neighborhood, and is conveniently located at: 1760 Reston Pkwy Suite 310, Reston, VA 20190.  To schedule an appointment, please call us at (703) 723-2719 or through our easy to use online appointment-requesting feature at http://www.familyfootandankle.com/appointment-request.html.
 
Whether you are searching for treatment of an ingrown toenail or heel pain in Reston, we are happy to offer the same quality care we offer at our other locations.  We look forward to providing you with the care you need and deserve to remain on your feet, and we hope to become your go-to podiatrists in Reston, VA and surrounding areas.
By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
December 17, 2013
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Pain   Joint Pain   Foot Pain  

Joint Pain In FeetThe foot contains 26 bones and more than 30 joints, which can create multiple areas for pain to originate.  Swelling, tenderness, stiffness, redness, bruising, and/or increased warmth may accompany the pain in the affected joints. Your podiatrist in Fairfax describes joint pain as being caused by trauma, infection, arthritis, bursitis, gout, or structural foot problems.

When you first notice any joint pain in your foot and ankle, your Fairfax podiatrist may initially treat your pain with the conservative treatment, RICE, which stands for:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

Your podiatrist in Fairfax will also recommend a limitation of walking and weight bearing on the painful foot to ensure further damage does not develop.  Use of steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, and ice can also help to reduce local inflammation and pain.  Custom orthotics may also be prescribed to support the foot and reduce the pain. 

Family Foot and Ankle Centers can best determine the cause of joint pain and recommend the appropriate treatment.  If you are experiencing joint pain in your foot or ankle, schedule an appointment today to ensure a speedy recovery. 

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
December 02, 2013
Category: Foot Care

Sprained AnkleHave you ever twisted your ankle while participating in a sport?  Or maybe you simply slipped while walking?  Either way, ankle sprains and fractures should not be ignored.  Ankle sprains are common injuries that occur when ligaments are stretched or torn, with nearly 85% occurring laterally, or on the outside of the ankle joints. By visiting your podiatrist in Fairfax, you can receive the care you need to get back on your feet.

Symptoms of a Sprained or Fractured Ankle

Your symptoms upon spraining your ankle may vary depending on the severity of your pain and how it occurred. The symptoms of an ankle sprain may include:

  • Pain or soreness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty walking
  • Stiffness in the joint

All ankle sprains will produce some level of pain at the time of your injury and the joint will also feel tender, beginning to swell.  If your sprain is mild, you may experience a slight loss in the function of your joint.

With a more serious sprain, you will most likely fall during the initial impact of the injury.  It will often be difficult to move or put weight on your injured ankle, producing bruising and swelling from the ankle to the foot.  Once you have had ankle sprains or other ankle injuries before, you may have a weakened joint that creates more of a chance for future injuries to take place.

Common symptoms of an ankle fracture are similar to ankle sprains, and include:

  • Pain to touch
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Inability to walk on the leg
  • Deformity around the ankle

Treatment and Prevention

Treatment for your ankle sprain begins with self-care.  The RICE evaluation is highly recommended upon the initial onset of your injury:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

When your podiatrist feels you are ready to begin participating in sports and exercising, you can help prevent further sprains and fractures by wearing an ankle brace during the first initial months of being back on your ankle.  Special wraps are also available to protect your ankle. 

If your symptoms still persist after taking the initial step of at-home-care, or if you suspect you might have a fracture, a visit to your Fairfax podiatrist may be in order.  With a consultation with Family Foot and Ankle Centers, your ankle sprain or fracture can be treated and further prevented.  There is no need to put an end to your athletic lifestyle with recurring ankle injuries.





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