By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
April 22, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Intoeing in Children

Normally, most people will walk with their toes and feet pointing straight ahead.  However, sometimes children’s feet turn when they walk, which can be called intoeing or pigeon-toed. Your child may walk with their feet pointing in, but most cases can be corrected on their own as the child grows up, which is why there are not any adults with intoeing. 

Your podiatrist in Fairfax is available to properly diagnose your child’s feet and provide proper treatment plans when needed.  There are three common causes of intoeing:

  • Tibial torsion – the shinbone is the most common twisted bone. This twist can be caused by the way the baby lay in the womb while the bones are still soft. 
  • Femoral anteversion – the thighbone can also be twisted inwards, but is usually corrected in time, slowly.
  • Metatarsus adductus – the feet are curved inwards, and typically get better without treatment, but for some children who have very curved feet, some bracing may help in the first couple of years of life.

According to your Fairfax podiatrist, children who have intoeing tend to trip a little more at first, but will be fine later on.  Children with intoeing will also be just as good at sports and are no more likely to get arthritis or back problems than anyone else. 

Intoeing should not get worse and your child should be able to participate in all types of physical activities.  If you think your child’s intoeing is getting worse, visit our Fairfax podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Centers for further diagnosis.  It is important to remember:

  • Most children do not require treatment and self-correct over time.
  • Special shoes and braces are not usually needed and are only recommended by your Fairfax podiatrist in rare cases.
  • Orthotics has no role in the correction of intoeing.

Visit your podiatrist in Fairfax for more information on intoeing and the best measures to take to protect your child from further complications.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
April 22, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Swollen Ankles  

How to Relieve Swollen AnklesSwollen Ankles

Whether you are pregnant, have increased blood in your body or decreased circulation, or maybe you are a workaholic who is always standing or sitting for long periods of time, there is relief for your swollen ankles. If you are experiencing swollen ankles, your Fairfax podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Centers offers solutions for finding relief.

Swollen ankles do not just happen to pregnant women, but can affect each and every one of us at any stage of life.  Your ankles swell for an array of reasons, including too much sodium in the diet, sodium retention, obesity, neuromuscular disorders, allergic reasons, trauma and standing too long.  Your podiatrist in Fairfax is available to help bring relief to your swollen ankles through the following tips:

Drink water. When you drink plenty of water you are flushing your system.  While this may seem like the opposite thing to do when you are retaining fluid, it helps to flush fluid away with more water.  This is effective and will help you to see a reduction in the swelling of your ankles.

Elevate your legs above your heart. Sitting in a recliner with it fully reclined will do wonders for your swollen ankles.  However, if you do not have a recliner available, then lying flat on your bed or couch with your feet elevated above your heart on pillows will work well, too.

Walk around. Walking around may help with your blood flow and to reduce the swelling in your legs and ankles, but everything should be performed in moderation.  Do not sit or stand in one place for too long.  Remember to move your toes and flex your heels every few minutes to improve your circulation.  

Visit your Fairfax podiatrist. Prolonged ankle or leg swelling can be a sign of an underlying health problem.  An appointment with Family Foot and Ankle Centers, your podiatrist in Fairfax, is a wise decision and will help put your mind at rest. 

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
April 18, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Reston   Fairfax   Ashburn   McLean   shoes  
orthotics reston foot doctorAt this point of the year, you might be concerned with snow and when this weather will change. However, during snowy weather or warm weather, you need to watch what shoes you wear. The shoes that you choose to wear can directly reflect in the health of your feet. From heel pain to bunions, Reston, Ashburn, Fairfax and McLean residents can experience painful conditions if they don’t choose the right shoes for their feet.  As podiatrists serving Reston and surrounding areas, we are available to help you choose the best shoe for your feet and your activity.
 

Women: What Shoes Should You Wear?

Are you wearing the best shoes for your feet? Do you ever end the day in immense pain and discomfort? If you do, that might be the biggest sign that you are not wearing the right shoe for your feet or activity. 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 have easily been avoided. And many of those foot problems are brought on as a result of wearing high heels.
 
Most importantly, the activity in which you may be participating in is vital in choosing what shoe to wear. By wearing the right shoe for your specific activity, it will protect your feet from harm.  Our Reston area podiatrists recommend that women should wear shoes that:
  • Have ties
  • Have a vibram type composite sole
  • Have a relatively wider heel

Men: What is Your Go-To Footwear?

The best shoes for men are an oxford style shoe, which are ordinarily associated with wing-tip or cap toe designs.  Slip-ons, dressy loafers and low dress boots are also suitable shoes for men to wear.  As you can see, though, the styles that men are capable of wearing are different than those women should be wearing.  As with women, men should buy specific shoes for work, leisure and special activities.  When buying shoes it is important to:
  • Have your feet measured while standing
  • Always try on both shoes while walking around
  • Buy for the bigger foot
  • Don’t buy shoes that need a “break-in” period
  • Select a shoe with a leather upper, stiff heel county, appropriate cushioning and flexibility
  • Don’t rely on the size of your last pair of shoes
Our Reston area foot doctors are specially trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all foot conditions.  By buying appropriate shoes you can further protect your feet from harm. Your feet carry a lot of pressure, therefore keeping them well-maintained is important for vitality and life.
By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
April 18, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Reston   Pampering   Fairfax   Ashburn   McLean  
reston, fairfax, mclean podiatristAs part of our podiatric practice, we offer The Nail Restoration Center so that you don’t ever have to hide your feet again. We want to help you feel confident in your own feet, and that is made possible through our pampering services in McLean, Fairfax and Reston such as laser toenail fungus treatment, nail reconstruction and medi-spa services.  Each of these services will help your feet look and feel so good that you will want to show them off year-round.
 
The advanced services we offer are:
  • Medi-Spa services for beautiful feet
  • Laser toenail fungus treatment
  • KeryFlex for nail reconstruction
  • Microdermabrasion with Silk Peel
  • Gel Pedicures to prevent fungal growth
  • Dysport or Botox treatments to reduce excessive sweating
  • Sterishoe Shoe Sanitizer for clean, odor-free shoes

Let’s Take a Closer Look at These Services

If you have been hiding your feet, we have just what you are looking for.  By visiting Family Foot and Ankle Centers in Ashburn, Fairfax, McLean or Reston, we can help you significantly improve the appearance of your feet. We want to help you understand your feet, which is why we have provided further information for you about a few of our services:
 

Microdermabrasion with Silk Peel

When your feet have calluses or other “rough” features, you might grow discouraged.  Thanks to advancements in podiatric care, we offer microdermabrasion with Silk Peel to improve the look and feel of your feet.  Microdermabrasion treatments are gentle and painless, as this procedure actually infuses your skin with nutrients while exfoliating the dead skin cells. With microdermabrasion, old, dead, dry skin and discolorations will be removed. 
 

Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment in Reston

With Pedilase, we can help eliminate your toenail fungus without the need for oral medications or ointments.  Pedilase utilizes a gentle beam of light to zap infection and clear your nails without any side effects.  This laser toenail fungus treatment is safe and quick for residents in Reston, Fairfax and McLean, among other areas, with little or no discomfort. 
 

Keep Your Shoes Germ-Free with SteriShoe

Whether you have toenail fungus, athete’s foot, diabetes, chronic shoe odor or other hygiene issues, SterioShoe shoe sanitizer helps to safely and effectively sanitize the inside of your shoes with germicidal ultraviolet (UVC) light.
 
Whether you are in need of toenail fungus treatment or diabetic foot care in Reston, Fairfax, McLean and other surrounding areas, we want to be your go to podiatrists for all of your foot needs.  With our Nail Restoration Center, we want to help you show off your feet and put an end to hiding them.  Contact one of our Reston area podiatrists for more information on our various pampering services.
By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
March 04, 2014
Category: Foot Care

 

Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in the deep veins of the legs most commonly, but can also occur in the veins of the upper extremities. That is because the blood cot, which usually forms in a calf or thigh deep veins can partially or completely block blood flow back to the heart and cause damage to the one-way valves in the veins.

The clot can also break free and travel through your blood to major organs, such as your lungs, which can be fatal. By visiting your podiatrist in Fairfax, VA you can better understand DVT and how to properly prevent it from occurring.

To lower your risk and help prevent deep vein thrombosis, follow these important steps:
 

  • Maintain an active lifestyle and exercise daily.
  • Manage your weight by exercising and eating a healthy diet.
  • If you smoke, it is important to quit.
  • Check your blood pressure regularly, and check steps to lower it if necessary.
  • Report any family or personal history of blood-clotting problems to your podiatrist in Fairfax, VA.
  • Discuss alternatives to birth control pills or hormone-replacement therapy
  • If you are on an airplane for more than 4 hours, either walk or do leg stretches in your seat and also stay well hydrated and avoid alcohol consumption.


Visit Family Foot and Ankle Centers, your Fairfax, VA podiatrist for further information on deep vein thrombosis and for more tips on how to prevent DVT from developing.





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