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By Family Foot and Ankle Center
December 03, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Calcaneal Wounds  

Calcaneal WoundPatients often come to foot doctors with concerns about sores, wounds and lesions on the feet. One type of foot problem that is very urgent for podiatrists and their patients alike is a calcaneal wound. Without critical and proper treatment, these types of lesions could become very serious and even lead to the amputation of foot tissue. Learn more about calcaneal wounds, what causes them and how they can be treated successfully by your podiatrist.

What Is a Calcaneal Wound?

A calcaneal wound is a problem that occurs around the heel. The word “calcaneus” is a more formal word for the heel bone. The wound progressively gets worse, starting as a small sore, progressing to an ulcer and then (if not properly treated in early stages) it can become an infected series of lesions and ulcers that requires tissue to be removed. In extreme cases, amputation may be necessary.

How Does this Type of Wound Develop?

Calcaneal wounds usually develop as a result of direct injury to the heel of the foot, obesity (continual pressure on the same area of the foot causes the ulcer to form) or diabetic complications. If a patient experiences a severe trauma to the heel of the foot that causes a wound, but doesn’t get it treated it can progress to an infection. Patients who are overweight often develop pressure ulcer on their heels. And diabetic patients who experience neuropathy (nerve damage) due to out­of­control blood glucose levels are also susceptible to calcaneal wounds.

Calcaneal Wound Treatments

It’s important to see a podiatrist at the first signs of a calcaneal wound. The usual treatment plan includes cleaning the wound thoroughly, removing bad tissue, applying wound care medication, bandaging the area and prescribing antibiotics to fight infection. In serious cases surgical treatment may be necessary correct the problem.

If you are at risk of developing calcaneal wounds, sores or ulcers in any part of your foot, keep a direct line open with your podiatrist. Schedule regular checkups with your foot doctor to continually monitor the condition of your feet. It’s also important that you follow doctor’s orders from your primary care provider.

By Family Foot and Ankle Center
November 17, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Soft Feet   Smooth Feet  

Soft FeetDo you have dry, cracked feet? Are you tired of having itchy feet? Due to a variety of conditions, your feet can feel hard and not baby soft.  Due to hot or cold weather, or using your feet for practical purposes like standing and walking, your feet can take a beating. With help from your podiatrist, let’s take a look at a few easy steps to get softer, smoother feet!

Keep Them Clean

The first step is an important one—make sure your feet and toenails are clean! Be sure to wash them with an exfoliator to remove dead skin in the shower or bath. After exfoliating, moisturize your feet to add temporary softness.

Moisturize Overnight

Another trick you can do is to moisturize your feet overnight. Before you head to bed, apply a layer of moisturizer on your feet, but be careful between the toes (fungus can thrive where it is greasy and moist). After applying moisturizer, put on clean cotton socks and head for bed. In the morning, you can take your socks off and throw them in the wash. Be sure to wash your feet to get rid of the excess lotion.

To learn more about other options for getting softer, smoother feet, contact your podiatrist today! We can help you take charge of your feet and protect them from harm.

By Family Foot and Ankle Center
November 09, 2015
Category: Podiatrist
Tags: Bone Grafting  

Being able to walk is vital to most peoples’ daily lives. Many depend on this skill to be able to work, care for their children or just live a normal life. When pain in the foot or ankle becomes so severe that walking is hindered, quality of life can be heavily affected. In severe Bone Graftcases, surgery using bone grafting may be required to fix the problem and get you back to a happy, pain-free life.

What is bone grafting? 
Bone grafts, used during surgical procedures, harvest bone from one part of the body and implant it into another part of the body. Sometimes, a donor bone may be used. Since no actual living material is being grafted, the body cannot reject a bone graft as it could a skin graft.

What situations require bone grafting? 
Bone grafts are usually used in regards to foot and ankle surgery due to these common situations:

  • Bone Loss: Fractures that do not heal correctly could result in bone loss. Bone grafts for bone loss are used to promote healing in the area that it is grafted to.
  • Bone Cyst: A bone cyst may require a bone graft to fill it while it heals. This supports the bone and promotes healing.
  • Arthrodesis: If an arthrodesis, or fusion of two or more bones, is being performed, a bone graft could be used to bridge the gap between a joint, preventing it from being moved. This procedure makes the joint unusable, and it will no longer function as it did before.

How does bone grafting play into foot and ankle problems? 
Many bones in the feet or ankles are small and fragile. Bone grafts have proven to provide a large advantage to promote healing and provide extra support after foot or ankle surgery. While bone grafts are commonplace in foot and ankle surgery, the best way to understand the process and the surgery around it is to meet and consult with your Reston, VA podiatrist.

If you have foot or ankle problems, Family Foot and Ankle Center in Reston, Fairfax Ashburn and Mclean can help. Call (703) 723-2719 to schedule an appointment today!

By Family Foot and Ankle Center
November 03, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Walking   Cholesterol  
WalkingOur feet carry us from point A to point B and help us remain active. But did you also know that using your feet can help you lower your cholesterol, too? One of the best ways to lower your cholesterol is to lose weight and exercise regularly. Let’s take a look at how walking can help you.

The Benefits of Walking

To maintain a healthy and happier lifestyle, walking may be the right choice for you.  It is an easy, safe and inexpensive way to exercise and keep up your health.  Walking can also be a relaxing and invigorating way to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  The results of walking are physically rewarding and add enjoyable years to your life.
 
Walking is an excellent way to being an exercise program for those who have a long history of inactivity, problems with obesity, or who just don’t like strenuous activity.  When beginning, you can start off slowly and then gradually increase your speed to maintain a steady pace.  A good conditioning program begins with moderation and dedication.
 
Podiatrists recommend walking to ease or ward off a number of physically related illnesses.  Walking can help you:
  • Strengthen your heart and lungs
  • Improve circulation
  • Prevent heart attacks and strokes
  • Reduce obesity and high blood pressure
  • Boost your metabolic rate 
  • Favorably alter your cholesterol
  • Improve muscle tone in your legs and abdomen
  • Reduce stress and tension
  • Reduce arthritis pain
  • Stop bone tissue decay
Contact your podiatrist for more information on how you can lower your cholesterol with the help of walking and other exercises. 
By Family Foot and Ankle Center
October 15, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  
BunionsMany women adore their high-heels, but wearing these high fashion shoes could be hazardous to your health.  Knowing when to choose comfort over fashion, you can potentially reduce the amount of pain your feet will suffer from painful bunions and other foot conditions. 
 
Our office is available to help you prevent the development of a bunion.  When it comes to bunions, let’s take a closer look at some valuable information for bunion prevention.  

Prevention is Key 

When it comes to bunions, it is important to give your feet a break from high-heeled shoes.  If a bunion begins to form, soaking feet in warm water can provide temporary relief in the early stages.  
 
To minimize your chances of developing a bunion, do not force your foot into a shoe that doesn’t fit.  Improper fitting shoes can aggravate bunions and foot pain.  When it comes to your shoes, choose ones that conform to the shape of your foot.  
 
Custom orthotics at your podiatrist’s office are also available to slow the development of the deformity.  Orthotics can also relieve pain in your feet, which makes it important to visit your podiatrist when complications arise. 

What if I Already Have a Bunion? 

According to your podiatrist, if you are a patient with a bunion, it is important to wear shoes that have enough room as to reduce pressure on the deformity.  When a bunion progresses to the point where walking becomes difficult and conservative treatments are not effective, you may need surgery.  
 
A consultation with your podiatrist will be needed to further diagnose and develop a proper treatment plan. Don’t wait for a bunion to form, talk to your podiatrist about steps you can take to protect your feet from a painful bunion bump.




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