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Risk Factors for Gout

Gout is a painful condition that affects your big toe. Learn the risks for this painful and chronic condition and how you can reduce them.

Sep 6th, 2021
What Is Flat Foot?

Everyone starts their life with flat feet. Most people go on to develop arches in the soles of their feet. However, some do not. Others lose their arches over time. Learn about flat feet and how to treat this common foot condition.

Aug 12th, 2021
What Is a Plantar Wart?

With summer coming, it will soon be time for sandals and bare feet. You don’t want to be caught with unsightly or uncomfortable warts on your feet. Learn what plantar warts are and how you can treat them.

Jun 17th, 2021
What Causes Nail Fungus?

Do you have unattractive yellow, brittle toenails? Sounds like you may have nail fungus. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with it. Learn what causes this common nail infection and how to prevent it.

Apr 1st, 2021
6 Common Ankle Injuries

Ankle injuries can impact your ability to walk and get around. But did you know that there are different types of ankle injuries? Read on to learn the 6 most common ankle injuries and how to treat them.

Feb 3rd, 2021
Understanding Computerized Orthotics

Are you experiencing foot and ankle pain and don’t know where to turn for treatment options? Orthotics can help relieve foot pain and much more. Learn how computerized orthotics work and if they’re right for you.

Jan 1st, 2021
PRP and Me: What You Should Know

Have you heard about PRP? It’s a natural healing therapy that has become popular in treating a variety of foot and ankle injuries. Learn about this cutting-edge treatment and if it’s right for you.

Dec 1st, 2020
Why Rest Is Important After a Sprain

Did you twist your ankle while playing sports or taking a hike at the local park? If you have pain, swelling, and bruising, you may have sprained your ankle. Read on to learn why rest is imperative after a sprain.

Oct 1st, 2020
How Total Ankle Replacement Can Help Arthritis

Does your ankle hurt? Is it challenging to walk and play sports? Find out if you have ankle arthritis and how total ankle replacement surgery can help you return to a pain-free, active lifestyle. Read on to learn more.

Sep 9th, 2020
What Causes Heel Spur Syndrome?

Heel pain is common and can interfere with walking, sports, and other daily activities. But you don’t have to keep living in pain. Learn the symptoms and causes of heel spur syndrome and how to treat it.

Aug 16th, 2020
Effective Treatments for Tendonitis

Tendonitis is very common, but you don’t have to continue living in pain. Learn about what causes tendonitis, and the most effective ways to relieve the pain and inflammation caused by it.

Jul 16th, 2020
Got Bunions? Know Your Treatment Options

Not only are bunions painful, but they also can make wearing certain footwear a challenge as well. You don’t have to keep struggling with them. Learn about the best treatment options to rid yourself of painful and uncomfortable bunions.

May 19th, 2020
What are the Types of Plantar Warts?

Do you have a painful spot on the bottom of your foot that looks like a callus? Does it cause discomfort when you walk? Find out if you have plantar warts and how to treat it. Read on to learn more about the types of plantar warts.

Apr 17th, 2020
How to Protect Your Feet When You Have Diabetes

Diabetes is a health condition that you manage every day. It helps to create a routine, and the routine should always include checking your foot health. This habit prevents complications later.

Jan 9th, 2020
Dealing With Foot Odor

The feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body, which means they have the ability to sweat profusely.

Sep 13th, 2019
What are Bone Spurs

Bone spurs, also known as osteophytes, can occur anywhere in the skeletal system, and the feet are no exception.

Aug 28th, 2019
What are Hammertoes?

A hammertoe is a common foot deformity that affects the middle joint of the smaller toes.

Jul 8th, 2019
Taking Care of Flat Feet

While there are many people with flat feet, often times they won’t even know it; however, there are others with flat feet that regularly experience pain, soreness, and other problems.

Jun 19th, 2019
Treating Diabetic Feet

Diabetic feet need special care because of decreased circulation, neuropathy, joint deterioration, and more.

May 31st, 2019
What is a Neuroma?

Are you dealing with pain, burning, tingling or numbness between your toes or in the ball of the foot? If you said “yes” then you could be dealing with a neuroma.

May 15th, 2019
Taking Care of Bunions

A bunion is one of the most common foot deformities, often affecting the joint at the base of the big toe.

Apr 29th, 2019
Ingrown Nails

Swelling, reddened flesh, shooting pain, and pus are just some of the incredibly uncomfortable symptoms of having an ingrown toenail.

Apr 19th, 2019
Treatment for Bunions

A bunion is a “bump” on the outer edge of the big toe that forms when the bone or tissue at the base of the big toe joint shifts out of place.

Mar 13th, 2019
What are Corns?

Many people think corns and calluses are the same thing, but there are differences.

Feb 19th, 2019
Dealing with Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office.

Jan 15th, 2019
What is a Crush Injury?

A crush injury occurs when pressure or force is put on a body part. A foot crush injury may cause pain, swelling, and sometimes bruising.

Jan 3rd, 2019
Treating a Sprained Ankle

An ankle sprain occurs when the foot rolls or twists to the point where a ligament inside stretches beyond its normal capacity.

Dec 17th, 2018
What is Sesamoiditis?

Sesamoids are small bones that are only connected to tendons or surrounded in muscle. This only appears in a few places in the body, one of which is the foot. Two very tiny sesamoids are found in the underside of the foot near the bi

Dec 7th, 2018
Treating Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus--it's one of the most common podiatric problems children, teens, and adults have.

Nov 6th, 2018
What Causes Warts?

Got foot warts? Nearly everyone will have a wart at some point in their lives.

Oct 22nd, 2018
Treating Heel Spurs

Have you been experiencing any heel pain or bothersome tenderness without any obvious cause?

Oct 5th, 2018
Types of Custom Orthotics

Custom orthotics are removable shoe inserts that provide greater arch support and stability to the feet and ankles.

Sep 14th, 2018
Caring for Arthritic Feet

Arthritis is a joint condition that affects roughly 54 million American adults according to the Arthritis Foundation.

Sep 4th, 2018
Do I Have Bunions?

Bunions aren't always due to poor shoes. They are also hereditary. If you're one of those people suffering from bunions, the podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia in Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA, can offer you some advice.

Aug 28th, 2018
What Could Be Causing Poor Circulation in My Feet?

Even though poor circulation isn’t a condition, if you are experiencing poor circulation in your feet this is often a symptom of a much larger issue. This is why it’s important to understand the warning signs of poor circulation and when to see a podiatris

Aug 16th, 2018
What to Do When You Keep Getting Blisters

A foot blister is a small pocket of fluid that forms on the foot. Blisters can be painful while they heal. Foot blisters are caused by several things, including friction, burns, contact with irritants, and autoimmune diseases. Treatment can alleviate your

Aug 1st, 2018
What to Do If You Think You've Sprained Your Ankle

Knowing the first steps after an injury or incident allows you to begin recovering as quickly and easily as possible. Find out what you should do if you think you have a sprained ankle with your podiatrist at Lake Ridge Foot and Ankle Center in Stafford an

Jul 25th, 2018
Do I Have Athlete's Foot?

Remaining active is a crucial part of keeping your body healthy and working properly. However, physical exertion often means perspiration, especially when it comes to your feet, resulting in frustrating and irritating conditions like athlete’s foot.

Jul 25th, 2018
Sports Medicine of the Foot & Ankle

Foot and ankle pain and conditions are particularly common in athletes. In fact, half of the participants in an American Podiatric Medical Society survey reported that foot pain kept them from exercising or participating in their usual activities.

Jul 25th, 2018
Basic Foot Care Guidelines

Foot care is something that is important to your overall well-being and is something that is often overlooked. There are some basic guidelines you can follow in order to keep your feet healthy and feeling good.

Jul 18th, 2018
What You Can Do About Hammertoes

When most people think about foot deformities they most often think about bunions; however, hammertoes are just as common. This unassuming deformity comes about gradually, so you may not even notice it until it’s too late.

Jul 18th, 2018
Common Foot Injuries

The feet endure a lot of stress and impact throughout the day with every step taken. Over time, the daily stress can result in the development of various foot problems, such as strained ligaments

Jul 16th, 2018
Signs You've Hurt Your Ankle

Severe pain in your ankle is a sure sign you've hurt it, but sometimes the signs are more subtle. The Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA, podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia share a few signs that may indicate that you have an ankl

Jul 16th, 2018
Do I Have Flat Feet?

According to the Institute for Preventive  Foothealth , about four percent of adults in America have flat feet, also called fallen arches. It’s a condition that can prevent you from participating in certain sports and professions.

Jul 16th, 2018
Caring Your Feet When You're Diabetic

Dry skin, loss of feeling, reduced circulation, sores that don't heal--all these and more can happen to the diabetic foot. If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, please pay attention to your ankles and feet to avoid serious medical complications.

Jul 16th, 2018
Protecting Yourself from Athlete’s Foot

Despite the fact that fungus is all around us, there are certain measures we can take to ensure that we don’t come down with an unpleasant bout of athlete’s foot.

Jul 16th, 2018
What’s Causing Your Arch Pain?

From the office of the Lakeridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers podiatrists, find out the most common causes of arch pain and what you can do about it.

Jul 16th, 2018
Corns and Calluses

For most people who develop calluses or corns, eliminating the source of pressure is usually enough to make the thickened skin disappear. We recommend the following for treating corns and calluses:

May 17th, 2017
What Are Bunions?

A bunion is an abnormal, bony prominence that develops on the joint at the base of your big toe. As the big toe joint becomes enlarged, it forces the toe to crowd against your other toes, and the pressure exerted on your toe joint results in inflammation.

May 3rd, 2017
Bone Spurs

Normally bone spurs in the feet are painless, but when exposed to pressure, they can cause the excess bone to rub against other nerve endings or soft tissues

Apr 19th, 2017
Athlete's Foot

Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.

Apr 13th, 2017
What to Do About Calluses

While calluses are usually nothing to worry about for the healthy individual, our Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA, podiatrists offer up suggestions for what you can do to treat and prevent calluses in the future.

Mar 15th, 2017
How to Properly Care for Your Feet

Without your feet you wouldn’t be able to get around easily or do a lot of the activities you love, and yet you wouldn’t believe how many people abuse their feet or just don’t know how to care for them.

Mar 8th, 2017
Types Of Foot Warts And To Deal With Them

Foot warts can be a real pain, especially when left untreated. However, these pesky little bumps normally get to a point where they become painful and irritating, requiring the help of your podiatrist to find a good treatment plan.

Jan 27th, 2017
Does Your Ingrown Toenail Need Surgery?

Ingrown toenails can be very painful, but luckily, most improve with home treatment. If your toenail isn't getting better, minor surgery may be recommended.

Nov 10th, 2016
What's a Bunion?

Are you concerned that you may have a bunion? Drs. Douglas Stabile, Mark Scripps, Richard Derner, Andy Roussel and Michael Cashdollar, your Stafford, VA, podiatrists, share a few bunion signs and symptoms and explain what you can do about bunion pain.

Nov 9th, 2016
Common Running Injuries

Running never goes out of style. In recent years, the popularity of recreational racing and long distance running has increased with the proliferation of relay races and marathons.

Sep 12th, 2016
What Type of Shoes Are Right For Me?

But the shoes we wear - in and out of the gym - are much more than just a fashion statement. In addition to shoe size and personal tastes, factors like arch support and ankle stability determine whether we develop everything from heel pain and bunions.

Sep 12th, 2016
What Is Wrong With My Ankle?

Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia treats a variety of foot and ankle problems due to injury, stress, arthritis and congenital malformations.

Jul 14th, 2016
Common Foot Infections

Your feet serve you well, and they are more complex than you may think. They are also prone to infections, particularly if you have a suppressed immune system, suffer from peripheral vascular disease (PVD), are diabetic or have sustained an injury.

Jul 13th, 2016
Is My Ankle Pain Serious?

A little pain is common after an ankle injury, but when your ankle doesn't seem to be getting better, it's time to visit your podiatrist. Your Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot and Ankle Center podiatrists explain the signs and symptoms.

May 11th, 2016
How to Tell If You Have Flat Feet and What You Could Do

Flat feet don't just affect your feet but can also cause pain in your knees, ankles and hips. Your Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA podiatrists explain how to tell if you have flat feet and what you can do to treat the problem.

May 9th, 2016
Don't Let Heel Pain Stop You

Many people believe that living with heel and foot pain is an inevitable part of life. Whether the source of pain is from a beloved pair of shoes or too many miles clocked on the treadmill, the "no pain no gain" mantra has been seared into the mind.

Mar 9th, 2016
Is a Podiatrist Visit Really Necessary?

podiatrists actually provide many essential medical foot care services beyond treating an infected ingrown toenail. The board certified podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers handle a range of standard and emergency foot conditions.

Mar 4th, 2016
Treatment Options for Bunions

You don’t have to just put up with the pain. Turn to one of our Stafford or Lakeridge Foot and Ankle Center foot and ankle board certified podiatrists to give you the relief your feet need.

Feb 2nd, 2016
Treatment Options for Hammertoes

If so, your Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot and Ankle Center podiatrists are here to help. Find out the most common treatments available for those with hammertoes and why you should seek treatment.

Feb 2nd, 2016
How to protect your feet this winter

Colder weather is quickly approaching Northern Virginia, and brings with it the need for more substantial footwear. If you have problems with your feet and ankles, it can be difficult deciding which shoes will provide the most support.

Dec 3rd, 2015
How to Avoid Bunions

If you've experienced a bunion before, you're likely to have another. At Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia in Stafford, our podiatrists recommend the following regimens to keep your feet comfortable and bunion-free.

Dec 3rd, 2015
Four Summer Foot Hazards to Watch Out For

What you may not realize, however, is that wearing no or inadequate foot protection is a great way to find yourself needing an extra visit to your podiatrist at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC in Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA.

Jun 29th, 2015
Bunions Don't Have To Slow You Down

It’s estimated that 1 in 51 Americans struggle with bunions. If you’re included in that statistic, you know how painful and difficult bunions can be, but you should also know that they don't have to slow you down forever.

Jun 2nd, 2015
Signs You May Have An Athletic Foot Injury

When you experience a foot injury on the playing field or during practice, some mild to moderate injuries can be easy to try to pass off as something that will get better or that you can tough out.

Jan 27th, 2015
Treatment for Foot Infections

If you think you may be experiencing a foot infection, it is important to seek care quickly at our Lake Ridge or Stafford podiatrist offices. Treating a minor infection requires fewer interventions and has a greater success rate.

Jan 26th, 2015
How to Prevent Athletes Foot

Treating it is easy enough, but preventing athlete's foot is simple, too. Good hygiene, above all else, is crucial to keeping your feet infection-free.

Dec 17th, 2014
How to Prevent Ankle Injury This Basketball Season

Basketball season is officially underway, meaning players are eager to get out on the floor and compete after several months off the court. It's also prime time for injury, when players often go out too hard too fast or slip into bad habits.

Dec 17th, 2014