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By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC
June 29, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Foot Health  

Now that summer is finally here and the weather is nice and warm, you may be tempted to throw off your winter boots in favor of flip flops or even no shoes at all. 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.Summer

Before you ditch the shoes for the summer, take some time to review these four common summer foot hazards. They might just have you rethinking your choice in summertime footwear after all.

1. Cuts and Splinters

One of the main problems with walking around barefoot is that it offers your feet no protection. As a result, you can easily get a splinter, step on shards of glass or even step on a rusty nail. While a small splinter may provide little more than an annoyance, rusty nails can prove to be quite dangerous. Protect your feet with proper footwear and you'll reduce your chances of cuts and splinters dramatically.

2. Sunburn

After keeping your feet tucked away in shoes all winter long, chances are they are pretty white. Spend a day outside in the yard or at the lake, and you may just wind up with a little more sun than you bargained for. The tops of the feet can burn very easily, and many people forget to put sunscreen on them. This is a recipe for disaster!

3. Athlete's Foot and Plantar Warts

If you plan on visiting the pool, gym or water park this summer, don't forget to bring your water shoes. Bacteria thrive in these warm, wet environments, making them the perfect spot to contract a bad case of athlete's foot or plantar warts.

4. Foot Pain

On the other hand, if you plan on doing a fair amount of walking this summer, you'll want to ditch the water shoes and flip flops for a sturdier pair of sandals or tennis shoes. Flip flops and water shoes provide next to no support, and can leave your feet aching after a long day.

While there is nothing wrong with wanting to show off your beautiful feet in the summer, you do need to take the appropriate precautions. Otherwise, you just might find yourself visiting your podiatrist at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC in Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA for treatment for one of these four common summertime foot hazards.

Are you experiencing one of these (or any other foot and ankle problems) already? Call Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC in Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA to schedule an appointment with a friendly and knowledgeable podiatrist today.

By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia
June 29, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Pedicure  

Pedicures are a great way to relax and pamper yourself at the end of a long day. Unfortunately, they can also be a great way to get a fungal infection if you aren't careful. Don't skip the pedicures altogether. Simply follow these tips for a better pedicure from your foot doctor at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC in Stafford and Lake Ridge, Va., to keep your feet looking and Pedicurefeeling their very best.

1. Visit First Thing in the Morning

When salons are busy, your beautician may not have enough time to properly clean the instruments in between appointments. Visit at the end of the day and she may be using tools with a full day's worth of germs on them. Visiting first thing in the morning (or making sure the tools are properly sterilized) is the best way to avoid this.

2. Wait to Shave Your Legs Until After Your Appointment

While freshly shaven legs are softer and smoother, it is best to wait until after your appointment to shave. Shaving can cause small nicks and cuts in your skin, which provide the perfect entry points for bacteria. Let bacteria in your skin and it won't be long until you're making an extra visit to see your foot doctor at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC in Stafford and Lake Ridge, Va. for treatment.

3. Don't Cover Up Discolored Toenails

If your toenails are thick or discolored, you may be tempted to have them painted to cover them up. This is a bad idea. Thick and discolored toenails often indicate a fungal infection which needs to be properly treated, not disguised.

4. Dry Your Toes Thoroughly At the End of Your Visit

Once your appointment is through, be sure to thoroughly dry your toes, including the spaces in between them and underneath your nail beds. Bacteria thrive in warm, wet environments. Don't give them a chance to make you their home.

While most Stafford  and Lake Ridge, Va. residents are able to enjoy a relaxing pedicure without any problem, if you do notice any signs or symptoms of a foot problem after visiting the salon, don't hesitate to give your foot doctor at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC a call. The sooner you come in for treatment, the sooner we'll have your feet both looking and feeling fantastic again.

By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC
June 02, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

Podiatrist in Lake Ridge, Stafford, VAIt’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. There are solutions available that you can find at your local podiatrist office. Learn more about what causes bunions and how it can be effectively treated at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC, a popular Lake Ridge podiatry.

Bunion Problems
Bunions are a common foot problem that affects over five million Americans. The people who are most susceptible to developing bunions are those that spend a lot of time working on their feet or walking for long periods of time. The big toe moves toward the other toes while a large bump forms on the inside of your foot. Some people think that bunions are just superficial skin growths, like corns, but it’s actually a problem with the bone.

What Causes Bunions?
Bunions happen when the bone on the inner side of the foot begins to protrude into an unnatural position. The more the bone protrudes, the more painful it becomes to move around—it can even cause you to start limping when you walk. Bunions are usually caused by poor walking habits, flat feet, bursitis and wearing shoes that are too tight for your feet. In some cases, it’s a hereditary condition that runs in families. Your Lake Ridge podiatrist will consult you about the exact cause.

Bunion Cures
You don’t have to continue to struggle with bunions—they can be cured with therapy, medication, and, in some cases, surgery. The first goal is to relieve your pain, so your podiatrist may prescribe pain medication or NSAIDs. Applying heat or ice therapy to a bunion also provides relief. The next goal is to help train the bone back into a normal position with orthotics and roomier shoes. In some cases physical therapy may help, at the very least to learn how to walk normally again. And in advanced cases, surgery may be helpful.

No More Bunions
If you’re tired of struggling with your bunions and want help, call the Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC in Lake Ridge today at 703-491-9500 to see a podiatrist. The practice specializes in providing high-quality foot care.