• Dr. Richard S. Mendelsohn, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
  • Dr. Gary Scheib, D.P.M.
  • Dr. Deena L. Charney, D.P.M.
  • Dr. Cameron Philpps, D.P.M., A.A.C.F.A.S.
  • Dr. Ashley Mayer, D.P.M., A.A.C.F.A.S.
  • Dr. Michael Petranik DPM FACFAS

 

By Family Foot and Ankle Center
August 25, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Heel Pain and Kids

 
At Family Foot and Ankle Center, your podiatrist in Fairfax, we want to emphasize the importance of not ignoring your child’s complaints about pain in their feet.  Your child should never play through the pain in their feet, as heel pain can lead to difficulty in walking that can require complicated therapy.  We never want our children to be in pain, and it is especially important to protect their feet from pain in order to allow them to remain active.  As your Fairfax podiatrist, we are available to help diagnose your child’s ailments, while also providing the best treatments possible to keep your children active. 
 
Heel pain is a common child-hood complaint, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored or that you should wait to see if the pain will go away.  Heel pain is a symptom, not a disease.  In other words, heel pain is a warning sign that a child has a condition that deserves attention from their podiatrist in Fairfax at Family Foot and Ankle Center. Heel pain in children can often be associated with these signs and symptoms: 
 
  • Pain in the back or bottom of the heel
  • Limping
  • Walking on toes
  • Difficulty participating in usual activities or sports
 
Treatment from your child’s Fairfax podiatrist will depend on the diagnosis and the severity of the pain.  For mild heel pain, treatment options might include a reduction in activity and cushioning the heel with temporary shoe inserts.  For moderate heel pain, in addition to reducing activity and cushioning the heel, your podiatrist in Fairfax might use medications, physical therapy and/or orthotic devices.  If your child has severe heel pain, immobilization, follow-up measures or surgery might be needed. 
 
Schedule an appointment with your Fairfax podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Center if your child is experiencing heel pain.  
By Family Foot and Ankle Center
August 25, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Proper Footwear   shoes  

Proper Footwear for Men and Women

An average day of walking brings a force that is equal to several hundred tons on your feet and is subject to more injury than any other part of your body.  This shows just how important the need to protect your feet with proper footwear is.  Feet carry a lot of pressure, therefore keeping them well maintained is important for vitality and life. Your podiatrist in Fairfax is available to offer solutions for the best shoes for your feet. 
 

Men and Their Shoes

According to Family Foot and Ankle Center, the best shoes for men seem to be oxford style shoes, which are ordinarily associated with wing tip or cap toe designs.  Additionally, slip-ons, dressy loafers and low dress boots can also be suitable shoes for men to wear.  As you can see, though, the styles that men are capable of wearing are indeed different than those women should be wearing.  
 
As with women, Family Foot and Ankle Center—your Fairfax podiatrist—states that men should buy specific shoes for work, leisure, and special activities.  Your shoes should match the intended activity.  When buying shoes it is important to:
  • Have your feet measured while you’re standing
  • Always try on both shoes, and walk around the store
  • Always buy for the larger foot; feet are seldom exactly the same size
  • Don’t buy shoes that need a “break-in” period.  Shoes should be comfortable immediately
  • Shop for shoes later in the day
  • Select a shoe with leather upper, stiff heel counter, appropriate cushioning, and flexibility at the ball of the foot.
  • Don’t rely on the size of your last pair of shoes because your feet do tend to get larger

Women: Watch for Comfort, Not Fashion

Women tend to inflict more punishment and pressure on their feet than anyone else.  Improper footwear worn by many women can bring about unnecessary foot problems that could easily be avoided. High heels cause many of the foot problems that are brought on as a result of improper footwear.  
 
To relieve the harmful effects of wearing heels, women should limit the time that they wear them, or eliminate them altogether.  If you must wear heels, it is important to alternate with supportive sneakers or flats for part of the day, in addition to a varied heel height.  There are comfortable and attractive walking pumps for work and other social activities.  These will blend comfort with pleasure.  
 
Most importantly, the activity in which you may be participating in is vital in choosing the proper shoe.  Wearing the right shoe for a certain activity is the most important factor in your choice for shoes to wear.  
 
Your Fairfax podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Center is specially trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all foot conditions.  Protect your feet by buying appropriate shoes for your occasion. 
By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
July 01, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Diabetic Neuropathy: Pay Attention to Your Feet

Diabetes causes a condition of painful nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy can affect your entire body, but your legs and feet are parts of your body that are more prone to serious health problems.  Damage to the nerves can cause the loss of feeling in your feet, making it difficult to detect extreme temperatures and pain as easily or readily as someone who does not have diabetes. 
 
This is why diabetics get infections so frequently from something as simple as a small cut or blister on the foot. When a person is unable to detect a foot wound it can easily become infected, leading to more serious complications and even amputation in the most severe cases. With that being said, understanding the connection between foot care and diabetes is important to avoid more serious health problems. If you are diabetic it is important talk to your podiatrist in Fairfax at Family Foot and Ankle Centers about the best ways to care for your feet. 
 

What is Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy?

Typically, in diabetic peripheral neuropathy of the feet you will begin to notice sensory changes such as numbness or tingling in your toes.  Initially, these symptoms may come and go, but, in time, will be constant.  When experiencing these symptoms, they may interfere with your sleep, or cause you to awaken from your sleep.  Over a period of time, these disturbances may cause a loss of feeling that may even hinder your ability to detect the tightness of your shoes.  Even a pebble in your shoe can go unnoticed as time goes on, which can injure your foot.  
 
Neuropathy is the leading cause of ulcers or holes that occur in the feet, as well as infections.  Additionally, neuropathy is the leading cause of the loss of toes and even amputation, with advanced cases.  If nerve compression goes untreated, the nerve itself can become deprived of oxygen and nutrients, which cause the nerve to die over time resulting in numb feet.  In many patients, surgery can be performed to relieve these various sites of nerve compression in order to relieve the burning, tingling and pain, or even to restore sensation to your feet in some cases. 
 

Prevent Complications of Diabetes

If you have diabetes, it’s crucial to examine your feet every day and after every injury, regardless of how minor you may think the injury is.  If you notice redness, swelling, persistent pain, numbness, tingling or any other unusual signs on any part of your foot, call your podiatrist in Fairfax immediately as this could signify serious health problems. 
 
We also recommend that if you have diabetes you should visit us at Family Foot and Ankle Centers, your Fairfax podiatrist, for annual checkups.  We work with you to detect signs of changes, broken skin or ulcers that can be detrimental to the health of your feet and body. At our practice we can also check your blood circulation, identify loss of sensation or detect areas of high pressure- all of which require professional medical attention. 
 
Early detection, simple care and regular inspections can go a long way to avoid serious foot complications related to diabetes. Diabetes is serious, especially when it comes to your feet. If you have diabetes, talk with your podiatrist in Fairfax about what you can do now to keep your feet safe, strong, and healthy. 
By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
June 18, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Selecting the Best Walking Shoes


When it comes to your health and your feet, walking helps both.  At Family Foot and Ankle Centers, podiatrists in Fairfax, we want to make sure you are wearing the right shoes to better protect yourself from injury. To protect your feet from complications, it is important to choose the right shoe for your feet.

As a walker, you should look for a good quality, lightweight walking shoe with breathable upper materials, such as leather or nylon mesh.  The heel counter should be very firm, as it should have reduced cushioning to position the heel closer to the ground for walking stability. Additionally, the front area of the shoe should have adequate support and flexibility.

Your podiatrist in Fairfax at Family Foot and Ankle Centers, also urges you to make sure the shoe fits your feet accordingly.  The shoe should be snug, but not too tight over the sock.  It should also have plenty of room for the toes to move around.  What athletic shoes you choose are important as well because you don’t want your shoe to become too tight when wearing socks.

More shoe tips offered by your Fairfax podiatrist include:

  • Check the shoe width to make sure it is comfortable and accommodates the width of the ball of your foot.
  • Make sure the shoe provides good arch support.
  • See that the top of the heel counter of the shoe is properly cushioned and does not bite into the heel or touch the anklebones.  


Proper footwear is essential in protecting your feet from injury and pain, as well as allowing you to properly walk for exercise.  Initially, it is important to meet with your podiatrist in Fairfax prior to beginning any exercise or walking routine.  With the consultation of your podiatrist in Fairfax, a proper walking regimen can be created to ensure appropriate exercise.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
June 18, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Preventing Youth Sports Injuries

As sports are underway, parents and your Fairfax podiatrist understand that children take to sports like fish to water.  Almost as soon as they begin to walk, they are chasing balls, swinging sticks, and running races against nobody in particular.  Children’s sports used to mean baseball, basketball, or football.  Today, however, that has changed significantly.  Children are now playing soccer, wrestling, tennis, hockey and lacrosse.  The starting age for training in individual sports such as swimming, skating, track, and gymnastics grows younger and younger every year.  

Millions of American children participate in team and individual sports, many of them outside of the school system, where advice on conditioning and equipment is not always available.  At Family Foot and Ankle Centers, your podiatrist in Fairfax, we are available to provide tips for protecting your children while they remain active in sports this season.

Parents should be concerned about their child’s involvement in sports that require a substantial amount of running and turning, or involve contact.  Protective taping of the ankles is often necessary to prevent sprains or fractures.  Parents should also consider discussing these matters with their family podiatrist if they have children participating in any active sports.  Sports related foot and ankle injuries are on the rise as more children actively participate in sports.

Contact your podiatrist in Fairfax at Family Foot and Ankle Centers for more information on proper footwear and care for your child’s feet.  Whether they are actively participating in sports, or simply walking to school, it is important to take extra precautions to protect your child’s feet well into adulthood.





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