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Monday, 07 November 2016 01:38

What Do Podiatrists Treat?

toenail fungus7While most people understand that podiatrists are foot doctors, many people still may not comprehend a podiatrist’s work and the various conditions a podiatrist treats. Various foot problems that many people experience and that a podiatrist can treat include plantar fasciitis, ingrown toenails, bunions, hammertoes, and flat feet.

Among the group who sought podiatric help, 88% reported a quick diagnosis and 76% received treatment that eliminated the problem. A third of the group said that their visits to the podiatrist exposed other health concerns, such as diabetes, circulatory issues, and nerve issues.

"It's not surprising to see how many people are affected by foot pain, when survey results show that we view our feet as the least important body part in terms of our overall health and wellbeing," said AMPA President Frank Spinosa. "Our feet are literally and figuratively the furthest things from our minds."

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek care of a podiatrist when they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as: heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • physical therapy

  • drugs

  • perform surgery on lower extremity fractures

  • orthotic inserts or soles

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Richmond and Glen Allen, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about What is a Podiatrist.

Monday, 31 October 2016 23:26

Wear Shoes That Have Proper Support

feet7Wearing shoes that have proper support for the feet is crucial in maintaining foot health. High heels are not the only shoes that should come to mind when thinking of shoes that lack support. Flats, sandals, and shoes made with synthetic fabrics are equally as bad as heels in terms of the amount of support they provide. Flip-flops have been linked to foot, ankle, and knee pain as well as gait abnormalities. It is important to be selective when choosing a pair of shoes in order to prevent injury as well as other difficulties while walking.

Every day foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked contact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain-free and on your feet.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Richmond and Glen Allen, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about Everyday Foot Care

diabetic foot care3Arthritis is a common condition that can affect the feet as well as many other parts of the body. Fortunately for those who suffer from the condition, there are massage options available in order to alleviate pain and stiffness. Massage therapists can help those who struggle with discomfort. Mild stretches combined with self-guided muscle release steps will have a positive impact on your body. Massage techniques can also be customized in order to fit your needs and limitations.

Foot therapy is necessary for those recovering from both foot deformities and foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy,contact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Most common injuries

People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.

What to do when injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. This is important for those wanting to get back into the game quickly. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:

  1. Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

  2. Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

  3. Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Richmond and Glen Allen, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about Foot Therapy

shoes2If you’re experiencing leg pain, it may be because of ill-fitting shoes, according to Dr. Samridhi Saxena, senior physiotherapist. Choose the proper shoes, especially if you are an avid exerciser, by using an impression of your foot to help determine your own foot shape and pattern. The type of shoe you wear can also affect your feet in the long term. When choosing shoes, make sure to consider what type of activity you will be wearing the shoes for, and shop accordingly. Treat any leg pain you may experience by stretching the sore muscle and taking a warm shower to alleviate the area.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

●     Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away

●     Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes

●     Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have

●     Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes is vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Richmond and Glen Allen, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about proper shoe fitting.

runners20Both walking and running are beneficial exercise for your feet and your body, both of which contribute toward weight loss. However, running is more strenuous, leading to an increased risk of injury. Running “produces ground reaction forces of approximately 2.5 times body weight compared to 1.2 times that for walking,” according to the article. Because of this, it’s important to build up your overall muscles and take breaks when needed. Starting new exercises, especially as intense as running, requires time for your body to adapt so that injury can be prevented.

Runners can still be prone to running injuries even with proper precautions. If you are suffering from a running injury, contact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber, this will help you gain better flexibility.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Richmond and Glen Allen, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about How to Prevent Running Injuries

Monday, 03 October 2016 15:43

Plantar Fasciitis 101

plantar fasciitis6Plantar fasciitis is caused when the arch of the foot becomes inflamed. Each step that a person with the condition takes aggravates the plantar-fascia tissue, making it even more difficult to heal. Plantar fasciitis is the most common foot condition seen by podiatrists. People who are active and always on their feet are likely candidates for the condition. Most people find treatment through over-the-counter medications. However, if your pain persists, you should see a podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis contact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·     Excessive running

·     Non-supportive shoes

·     Overpronation

·     Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·     Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·     Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·     Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Richmond and Glen Allen, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about Plantar Fasciitis

Monday, 26 September 2016 21:51

How to Care for Arthritic Feet

Arthritis5According to recent research, what you incorporate in your diet can affect your arthritis inflammation symptoms. “The goal of your diet should be to eat foods that have been shown to reduce inflammation, which can help manage symptoms like joint pain, swelling, and tenderness,” says registered dietitian nutritionist Kim Larson. Foods such as fatty fish or omega-3 fish oils, fruits and vegetables, turmeric, and ginger can help alleviate inflammation. However, Larson suggests cutting back on red meat, carbohydrates, and sugar.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment,contact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care                   

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

·         Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility

·         Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications

·         Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Richmond and Glen Allen, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about arthritic foot care

Monday, 19 September 2016 22:58

Aaron Mound Breaks Toe

broken toe3Aaron Mound of Real Salt Lake has suffered a broken toe injury that has kept him off the field for four to eight weeks. Although there had been a lot of speculation over what had kept him out for so long, the injury was recently confirmed by beat writer, Aaron Falk. Mound is currently deciding whether or not he wants to have his toe surgically repaired. Deciding to have the surgery would prevent him from returning to the field in 2016.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

·         throbbing pain

·         swelling

·         bruising on the skin and toenail

·         the inability to move the toe

·         toe appears crooked or disfigured

·         tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Richmond and Glen Allen, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about a broken toe

Monday, 12 September 2016 13:04

Tips to Maintain Healthy Feet

feet7You should always make sure to put in as much effort into taking care of your feet as you do your face. Your toenails should always be trimmed at the proper length in order to avoid getting dirt trapped underneath them. Another tip to maintain healthy feet is to make sure you drink plenty of water. Dehydration can lead to dry and cracked feet. However, if you have cracked heels you should make sure you are scrubbing your feet thoroughly in order to get remove dried skin. Pumice stones are often used to exfoliate the feet and can make your heels soft and smooth.

Every day foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checkedcontact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Richmond and Glen Allen, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about Everyday Foot Care

Monday, 05 September 2016 13:34

High Heels May Negatively Impact Foot Health

high heel16A study published by the Journal of Applied Physiology has determined that long-term high heel use can have detrimental effects on the legs’ muscles, such as muscle strain and muscle fatigue. According to the study’s abstract, long-term high heel use has been found to “shorten medial gastrocnemius muscle fascicles and increase Achilles tendon stiffness.” The study’s results are consistent with reports that high heel wearers often experience discomfort, pain, and tiredness. It also suggests that “long-term high heel use may compromise muscle efficiency in walking”.

High heels have a history for causing foot and ankle problems.If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles,feet contact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because their style and societal appeal. Despite this, they can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints

  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear

  • Balls of the Feet

  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them

  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain. Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns

  • Calluses

  • Hammertoe

  • Bunions

  • Morton’s Neuroma

  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems. Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising. If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work. Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Richmond and Glen Allen, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about the effects of high heels

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