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By Family Foot and Ankle Center
March 18, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  
One of the most common forefoot problems are bunions, which are also referred to as Hallux Valgus. The bunion is a prominent bump on the inside of the foot around the big toe joint.  The bone, which protrudes towards the inside of the foot, can often result in pushing the big toe under or over the second toe.  
 
Although bunions are a common foot deformity, there are often misconceptions about them and your podiatrist in Fairfax works to help you understand.  Many people may even go about their lives not realizing they have a bunion because it does not initially cause pain.  Bunions are a progressive disorder in which the bump becomes increasingly prominent.  Symptoms usually appear at later stages, but some people may not exhibit any.
 

Treating Your Bunion: Tips from Your Fairfax Podiatrist

Since bunions are bone deformities, they are not able to be resolved by themselves. The first goal of bunion treatment is to relieve pressure and pain that is caused by irritations, while the second is to stop any progressive growth of the enlargement.  Some common methods used for treating your bunion and reducing pressure include:
 
  • The use of protective padding to eliminate the friction against shoes and help alleviate inflammation and skin problems.
  • Removal of corns and calluses on the foot. 
  • Changing to carefully-fitted footwear designed to accommodate the bunion and not contribute toward its growth.  
  • Orthotic devices to help stabilize the joint and place the foot in the correct position for walking and standing.
  • Exercises to maintain joint mobility and prevent stiffness or arthritis.
  • Splints for nighttime wear to help the toes and joint align properly.
 
When early treatments fail, or your bunion begins to worsen over time, a consultation with your Fairfax podiatrist will be needed.  Depending on the size of the enlargement and pain, your podiatrist in Fairfax may recommend surgery.  It is important to not ignore foot pain, as it can worsen over time.  Protect your feet and seek treatment immediately. 
By Family Foot and Ankle Center
March 03, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Proper Footwear   Heel Pain  
Is heel pain keeping you down?  In pursuit of healthy bodies, pain is often the enemy. Pain that occurs right after an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, often warning us about the damage we have suffered.  Plantar fasciitis (heel pain) is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain.  The heel pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or do daily activities.  If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame.  Contact your podiatrist in Fairfax immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 
 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist in Fairfax

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension.  This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
 
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle.  Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel.  As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief as the pain often will return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
 
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • Wear shoes that fit well
  • Wear proper shoes for each activity
  • Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
  • Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
  • Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
  • Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
  • Lose excess weight
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your Fairfax podiatrist at Fairfax Office immediately.  
By Family Foot and Ankle Center
January 30, 2015
Category: Foot Care
During your lifetime, your feet endure hundreds of thousands of miles, and may be among the most underappreciated and hardest working parts of your body. Taking care of our feet is important; especially since a simple every day task like walking can become painful if an injury or problem occurs. Fortunately, foot care can be simple and easy with the help of your podiatrist.  Here are three easy ways to care for your feet in order to keep them looking, feeling, and functioning, as they should.  
 

Practice Routine Foot Care

It is true that most of us neglect our feet, and practicing good foot hygiene normally takes a back seat when compared to other health and beauty treatments. But we need to take care of our feet if we want to maintain a pain free and active lifestyle. Here are a few simple foot care tips that help keep your feet looking fresh and feeling at the top of their game. 
 
  • Wash your feet daily with warm water. Whenever you get your feet wet, make sure to dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes.
  • Keep skin soft and smooth with foot cream (ask one of our local podiatrist in Fairfax, Reston, Mclean or Ashburn for suggestions) applied to the tops and bottoms of your feet. Do not put lotion between the toes to avoid causing an infection. 
  • Scrub your feet, especially the heels, with a foot scrubber or pumice stone on a regular basis to remove the dead cells. 
  • Trim toenails once a week, cutting the nails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails. 
  • In the sun, apply sunscreen to protect your exposed feet.
  • To keep you feet dry and odor free, make use of products like foot powders and sprays. 
 

Wear Appropriate Footwear

One of the best ways to keep your feet looking and feeling healthy is to wear the proper footwear. 
Purchase shoes that fit well and offer the appropriate support for your feet. The best time to buy shoes is later in the day, when the feet are swollen, and replace old, worn out shoes as soon as possible as they offer no support.  It’s also important to select and wear the right shoe for each sport or activity, such as running shoes if you’re a runner. Family Foot and Ankle Center can help you determine the best shoe that will offer the most support and stability for your feet.  
 
Taking care of our feet doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, incorporating a few extra steps into your daily routine can keep your feet looking and feeling their best. Always consult with your podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Center if you experience pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles. And if you are diabetic, you run a much higher risk of developing foot problems, so visit your podiatrist regularly for foot care tips and exams. 
By Family Foot and Ankle Center
January 28, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Your podiatrist warns about the common foot complications that diabetics face.

With the increase in obesity rates in America the rate of diabetes has also increased. Diabetes is a serious and chronic disorder that doesn’t just affect how your body handles blood sugar but it also puts people at risk for other serious complications like heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and amputation. For those with diabetes, there is always a concern about foot health. Your podiatrist servicing the Fairfax, Reston, Mclean and Ashburn area shares the common foot problems that befall diabetics.

Neuropathy

The Neuropathy Association has reported that about 15-18 million Americans have diabetic neuropathy, and this number just Diabetic Foot Carecontinues to increase. Those with neuropathy often experience a loss of sensation in the foot, which can include losing the ability to feel hot or cold. Since there is a loss of sensation in the foot it can often be hard to tell if you have a foot injury or serious problem.

Calluses

While calluses might seem like a common occurrence, for those with diabetes a callus can be more serious. Calluses happen more frequently and are often worse in those with diabetes. If your calluses become too big, you may need orthotics to help take pressure of these problem areas.

While there are ways to care for your calluses at home, you will want to make sure not to remove them yourself, which can lead to infection and other issues. If you have calluses, talk to your podiatrist about how to best care for them.

Ulcers

The majority of foot ulcers appear on the bottom of the big toe or balls of the feet. Shoes that don’t fit properly often cause ulcers. Even if your ulcer isn’t painful, you should see your Reston podiatrist if you experience a foot ulcer. If left untreated, ulcers in those with diabetes can lead to amputation. For more information on ulcers visit our page!

Amputation

This is a frightening risk for anyone, which is why it’s so important to see your Reston podiatrist if any changes or issues arise. Many people with diabetes also suffer from peripheral arterial disease, which restricts blood flow. This coupled with ulcers or an infection can lead to loss of a limb. This is why it’s essential to properly care for your feet and to come in right away if there is an issue.

If you notice any changes in your feet, or are a diabetic concerned about caring for them, then contact Family Foot and Ankle Center at one of their convenient locations in Fairfax, Reston, Mclean and Ashburn. For more information, visit our website at familyfootandankle.com or give us a call today at (703) 273-9818.

By Family Foot and Ankle Center
January 15, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Healthy Feet   Diabetes   Foot Hygiene  
Diabetes causes a condition of painful nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy can affect your entire body, but most often the legs and feet are the body’s most prone areas 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. Understanding the connection between foot care and diabetes is important to avoid more serious health problems. Visit your podiatrist in Fairfax at Family Foot and Ankle Center, about the best ways to care for your feet. 
 

Inspect Your Feet Regularly

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 Fairfax podiatrist immediately as this could signify serious health problems. 
 
It’s also recommended that people with diabetes see a podiatrist for annual checkups.  A professional podiatrist in Fairfax can detect signs of changes, broken skin or ulcers that can be detrimental to the health of your feet and body. He can also check your blood circulation, identify loss of sensation or detect areas of high pressure- all of which require professional medical attention. 
 

Small Foot Problems Can Lead to Bigger Problems

If you have diabetes, even the smallest foot problems such as a cut, can turn into more serious complications.  Some of these small complications include:
  • Ulcers that don’t heal
  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Cracked heels
  • Hammertoes
  • Bunions
  • Ingrown toenails
With these complications, you run the risk of developing diabetic peripheral neuropathy, which is a condition that develops slowly and worsens over time, and Charcot foot, which is a condition in which the bones of the foot are weakened enough to fracture.  Taking extra precautions and caring for even the smallest problem can save your foot. 
 

Keep Your Feet Healthy with Proper Foot Hygiene

Everyone needs to practice good foot hygiene daily, but people with diabetes should pay extra attention to keeping their feet clean in order to prevent health problems.  If you have diabetes your podiatrist in Fairfax urges you to:
  • 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. 
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. 




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