Inspect Your Feet Regularly
Small Foot Problems Can Lead to Bigger Problems
- Ulcers that don’t heal
- Cracked heels
- Ingrown toenails
Keep Your Feet Healthy with Proper Foot Hygiene
- Wash your feet daily with lukewarm water and mild soap, making sure to dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes.
- Keep the skin on your feet smooth and soft by applying a non-irritating moisturizer, avoiding the areas between the toes. Doing so can help prevent cracks and sores that lead to infection.
- Avoid ingrown toenails than can get infected by keeping them neatly trimmed straight across.
- Wear clean, dry socks and change them every day.
- Avoid walking barefoot to protect feet from harmful foreign particles.
- Never attempt to remove corns, calluses or other sores from your feet on your own. See your Fairfax podiatrist for safe and pain free removal.
Toenail fungus is an embarrassing problem that can cause foot pain and lead to the loss of a nail over time if it’s not properly treated. Learn more about this foot issue and how you can get the most technologically advanced help available from the Reston laser toenail fungus treatment office of Dr. Richard S. Mendelsohn, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
What Is Toenail Fungus?
Toenail fungus is a growth that begins beneath the tip of your nail. Its official name is “onychomycosis” or “tinea unguium.” The fungus, if not eliminated before it has a chance to get stronger, will eventually find its way deeper and deeper into the nail bed until it has completely taken over. In a worst case scenario, the nail gets thick, dark or yellow and becomes painful when you wear closed-toed shoes. Sometimes the fungus will begin to spread to all of the toes and Reston laser toenail fungus treatment is the best way to stop it in its tracks.
How Can Fungus on the Toes Be Prevented?
Nail fungus thrives in warm, wet environments like public swimming pools in the summertime and hot tubs. To prevent the growth of fungus on your toenails, follow these simple tips:
- avoid keeping your feet in moisture for long periods of time, such as a wet pair of socks
- wash your feet thoroughly with clean water after leaving a pool or beach
- avoid walking outside barefoot (especially when there’s moisture on the ground)
- wear flip flops when you shower in a public gym or dorm bathroom
- inspect your toenails carefully for cuts, separations and hangnails where fungus can easily find a way into the nail bed (this needs to be thoroughly cleaned and treated)
If you already have symptoms of a toenail fungus, you can take steps to reverse it by applying an anti-fungal product, but in severe cases you need professional help from a podiatrist.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
If your toenail fungus problem has gone beyond prevention steps, schedule an appointment with Reston laser toenail fungus treatment Dr. Richard S. Mendelsohn today. He will evaluate your problem and consult you about the latest and most effective treatment for this common problem. His office can be reached at (703) 273-9818 or by visiting http://www.familyfootandankle.com to make an appointment request online.
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Heel Pain/Plantar Fasciitis
Orthotics Provide Comfort and Stability
Your Reston podiatrist gives you the lowdown on heel pain treatments.
Sometimes nothing feels better than getting in a really great run. Whether you participate in the Runners Marathon of Reston every year or you just enjoy pounding the pavement around your neighborhood, it’s important that your feet are able to keep up the same pace. After all, working out is great for your body and your mind. However, there are times that even the best athletes will notice problems. If you’ve been experiencing heel pain as of late, it’s important to nip the problem in the bud before it keeps you from your workouts.
Q. What causes heel pain?
A. There are several things that can cause heel pain. For a lot of runners and athletes this pain could be due to overpronation. This means your foot tilts inward as you walk, putting unnecessary pressure on certain parts of your foot. This can lead to inflammation of the fascia, better known as plantar fasciitis.
Other heel pain causes are heel spurs, Achilles tendinitis and rheumatoid arthritis. If you’re noticing persistent pain even when you walk, it’s time to see your Reston podiatrist for a diagnosis.
Q. How do you treat plantar fasciitis-related heel pain?
A. Our first line of treatment is always conservative. Why go right for the more invasive treatments if you don’t have to! Here are some of the most common heel pain treatments:
Over-the-counter medication: Certain anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen and Aleve can help ease pain and swelling related to heel pain.
Ice packs: Icing your heel pain can also provide some relief. Never apply ice directly to your skin. Always wrap it in a cloth or paper towel. You can ice your foot several times throughout the day but never for more than 20 minutes at a time. Like icing? Try this: freeze a water bottle and roll it under your foot (remember to wear socks!) for a few minutes a day. This can help ease some of the inflammation. While the coldness might not be the most pleasant experience, it’s most definitely better than pain.
Orthotics: From arch support to heel cups, custom-made orthotics can help you distribute pressure evenly throughout the foot, making walking and even running more comfortable.
Physical therapy: During your visit, we will show you some exercises to help stretch and stabilize the plantar fascia. You can do these exercises anywhere, including the comfort of your own home.
Sometimes these treatments won’t work for more persistent heel pain cases. In which case, we may consider extracorporeal shock wave treatment (ESWT) to treat your heel pain. Through the use of sound waves, we can activate your foot’s healing process. If you’re interested in heel pain treatment in Reston, give us a call. We want you to be able to lace up your shoes and going for your next run again soon.
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