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 Centers
June 18, 2014
Category: Foot Care

What’s Causing my Leg Pain?

Leg pain and discomfort can knock you off your feet for a variety of reasons, but it should never be ignored. Aching calves, burning legs, numbness in your feet—pain in the lower extremities is a common complaint that might send you to your podiatrist in Fairfax at Family Foot and Ankle Centers.  If you are experiencing leg pain, it can be due to an array of reasons including:

Shin Splints. This type of lower leg pain occurs when connective tissues and muscles along the edge of the shin bone become inflamed.  You may experience this after running or jumping, especially on hard surfaces due to the repetitive force that overloads muscles and tendons.

Flat Feet. If you suffer from flat feet, and do not have proper orthotics or shoes you can experience leg pain.  Due to the outward rotation of the foot and leg, you may begin to feel pain.  To treat flat feet, it is important to visit Family Foot and Ankle Centers, Fairfax podiatrist, for proper diagnosis and orthotics.

Sprained Ankle.  A fracture or sprain can also cause leg pain.  For mild sprains, your Fairfax podiatrist recommends RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevation.  For a more severe sprain or fracture, apply ice and visit Family Foot and Ankle Centers immediately.  

Diabetic Neuropathy. With diabetes, nerves can be damaged from high blood sugar levels.  Diabetes can cause pain in both legs along with numbness and less sensation in lower legs.  By visiting your podiatrist in Fairfax you can take charge of your diabetes and protect your feet and legs.

By visiting Family Foot and Ankle Centers, you can prevent leg pain and foot pain.  Visit your Fairfax podiatrist today for further diagnosis and treatment options so you can live pain free.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
May 16, 2014
Category: Podiatrist
laser toenail fungus restonWe all know that toenail fungus is embarrassing and makes you hide your feet. But we want you to know one thing: You don’t have to put up with your toenail fungus anymore! Even better, you can eliminate your fungal infection in one easy visit, rather then multiple visits. With our PinPointe laser toenail fungus treatment in Reston, it requires only one painless and quick treatment that is performed in 30 minutes—it’s as easy as coming in on your lunch break!

Understanding Toenail Fungus

Even if you haven’t experienced it, you know about toenail fungus and its embarrassing effects.  Toenail fungus is one of the most common dermatological disorders of the foot, and it affects about half of Americans by the age of 70.  While this is a common infection, it is important to understand contributing factors so that you can avoid the onset of this embarrassing infection.  Some factors that contribute to the development of toenail fungus include:
  • A history of athlete’s foot
  • Injury to the nail bed
  • Sports/shoe trauma
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Diabetes
  • Circulatory problems
  • Immune-deficiency conditions
Toenail fungus can be picked up in damp areas such as public gyms, shower stalls or swimming pools.  And once you pick up the fungus, it can be passed to your family members as well, which is why it is important to visit our office for the best care available in Reston with laser toenail fungus treatment.
At the end of the day, why pay for 3 office visits, when you only need one with the PinPointe FootLaser? Visit our office today to learn more about toenail fungus laser treatment rom our Reston, VA podiatrist with the PinPointe FootLaser!
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.

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