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By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia
February 02, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

Dealing with a painful bunion that is affecting your day-to-day life? You don’t have to just put up with the pain. Turn to one of our bunionsStafford or Lakeridge Foot and Ankle Center foot and ankle board certified podiatrists to give you the relief your feet need.

Conservative Options for Targeting Bunion Symptoms

When you first come in for bunion treatment in our offices, it’s standard to receive non-surgical treatment options first. Many times these simple remedies can be exactly what a patient needs to experience relief and to prevent the bunion from progressing.

Choose different shoes: Shoes with high heels or shoes that are too tight will put too much pressure on your bunions. Instead, opt for roomy shoes that offer some support with a lower heel. You should be able to wiggle your toes in your shoes!

Medications: Usually taking prescription strength ibuprofen or other prescription topical anti-inflammatory medications can help control both pain and swelling. But if pain is too severe you may require steroid injections which can give from 2-6 months of relief of discomfort.

Icing: If you are dealing with any soreness or inflammation one of the best ways to combat it is by icing the painful joint for 20 minutes per hour over the bunion area

Orthotics: Many times you need more arch support than your shoes can give you. Custom-made orthotics from your Stafford or Lake Ridge Center foot doctor can help take pressure off certain areas of the foot while also providing more support and stabilization for other regions. We would be happy to talk to you about custom orthotics and what they can do for your foot health.

When Surgery is Needed

Surgery is not usually the first option we look at when it comes to treating your bunions. Of course, this is the only way to actually remove a bunion completely. Surgical techniques utilizing internal bone screws aid in healing bone faster and enabling earlier weight bearing and transition to normal shoes in as little as 4-6 weeks after surgery. Bunion surgical correction is done as an outpatient at a hospital or surgical center. Our doctors are all Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery and are on staff at Fairfax and Stafford Hospitals and Fairfax Surgical Center.

One of our doctors, Richard Derner, DPM, is the current President of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons which is the top surgical educational and surgical training organization for foot and ankle Podiatric care in the world!

If you have a bunion and are looking for the optimum care and treatment, then turn to the foot experts at the Lakeridge and Stafford Foot and Ankle Centers. Call Today!


By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia
February 02, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: hammertoes  

Have you been diagnosed with hammertoes or noticed issues with your feet that may indicate a hammertoe? If so, your Lake Ridge andhammertoes 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.

There are some home self-help ways to help alleviate any pain or other issues you are experiencing as a result. These include: 

  • Wearing shoes that give your toes a little more room to move and don’t have heels higher than 2 inches.
  • Wearing the proper shoes depending on the type of activity you are doing.
  • Using non-medicated hammertoe pads and placing them on the joint to help reduce pressure.
  • Icing the painful joint to reduce swelling. Ice for no more than 15 minutes at a time a couple times a day.

There are several actual treatment options you can consider or use in conjunction with one another depending on the severity of your issue, such as: 

  • Use over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen) to reduce pain and swelling. If the pain is severe or persistent we may also recommend steroid injections to target more acute forms of pain.
  • Wear custom-made orthotics (shoe inserts), which can be placed into your shoes to provide more support and stability for susceptible areas of the foot. This can also reduce pain.
  • We can also show you a series of stretching and strengthening exercises for you to perform every day to improve hammertoe-related symptoms. We may also recommend splinting the toe if the issue is caught in the earlier stages where the joint may be properly realigned through splinting. 

If none of these more conservative options work, you may need to consider surgical correction.  There are many surgical options for treating hammertoes, and if your condition has gotten so bad that pain and other symptoms are affecting your quality of life, then it’s time we talked about these surgery treatment options with you.

Don’t let hammertoes or other foot problems affect your daily life or cause you pain. Turn to the Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers today and let’s get your hammertoe ailment corrected so you can then function pain free. Hammertoe correction is performed as an outpatient surgery at a local hospital or surgery center. Techniques utilizing surgical screws and pins have shortened healing time and improved surgical results tremendously. Just ask one of our foot & ankle board certified surgeons today about the benefits and risks of hammertoe surgical repair. Call Today!