Toenail fungus. It sounds unpleasant, doesn't it? Those acquainted with the thickened yellow nails, odor, and embarrassing appearance of fungal nails agree. At Lake Ridge Podiatry, Dr. Ranieri helps numerous patients of all ages treat their nails, making them clearer and healthier. Don't feel embarrassed. Get the help you deserve from this kind and skilled podiatrist in Woodbridge.
Just what is toenail fungus?
Caused by a microorganism which thrives in dark, moist environments, onychomycosis changes the color, shape, and texture of infected nail. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) says the fungus may spread from one nail to another and even to the fingernails and skin in other areas of the body.
Unfortunately, toenail fungus is exceptionally stubborn. Caused by nail damage and person to person or object to person contact, the fungus proliferates in the moisture-laden environment of closed shoes and sweaty socks. It also likes locker room floors and pool decks.
Treating toenail fungus
The most effective treatment for this all too common foot condition is prevention. Your Woodbridge podiatrist highly recommends:
- Washing your feet daily with warm water and soap and drying them with a clean towel
- Wearing moisture-wicking socks and changing footwear often (let your sneakers dry between workouts)
- Applying over-the-counter anti-fungal cream or powder daily during the summer months
- Trimming your toenails straight across with a clean clippers
- Never sharing pedicure instruments or towels
- Wear flip-flops in public shower and pool areas
If, however, you notice signs of toenail fungus, make an appointment with Dr. Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA. Your podiatrist will look at all your toenails to determine the best course of treatment.
Depending on how invasive the infection is, he may advise:
- Anti-fungal medication, applied either topically or as a pill taken orally
- Clipping the nail to remove debris (an in-office procedure)
- Partial or total nail removal (done with local anesthetic)
Your best nails
You can be proud of your feet once again and be assured that they are totally healthy. If you believe you are developing fungal toenails or related conditions, such as Athlete's Foot, please contact Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, for an appointment with Dr. Ranieri.
If you have bunions, there are therapies and treatments that can help reduce their appearance and the pain that sometimes comes with them. Set aside time to visit a podiatrist’s office for a consultation, for the doctors at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA can present you with a number of treatment options for correcting your bunions.
What Causes Bunions?
A recent study published by Arthritis Care & Research determined that bunion deformities may be inherited and passed down from generation to generation. Additionally, they may also be related to other inherited foot conditions, such as arthritis and flat feet. For many patients, the condition is exasperated by wearing shoes that force the toes into an uncomfortable and unnatural position (high heels, for example). Wearing poorly made shoes for long periods of time is another top cause of many foot disorders.
The Progression of Bunions
Bunions start off as small, unsightly bumps on the side of the feet, and soon grow in size as the toe bone continues to shift out of its normal alignment. They change the whole shape, contour, and aesthetic of the feet. At a certain point, the four smaller toes will become crowded as the big toe pushes them together. Hammertoes, calluses, and blisters may form. The longer this deformity persists, the more difficult it will be for your Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist to correct it with conservative therapies as the bones and joints become more rigid.
How a Podiatrist Can Help
It’s possible to fix bunions using non-surgical methods of treatment. It takes some time and patience, but eventually solutions like orthotics, foot wraps, and cortisone injections for pain management will help to realign the deformity. In cases where the bunion won’t respond to non-invasive treatments, a surgical procedure called a bunionectomy may be the best solution.
Help for Your Feet
If you have bunions, please don’t assume that you must continue to struggle with this fairly common foot ailment. Call (703) 491-2603 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA.
Are you diabetic? Then, you must know that taking care of your feet is so important. At Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA,, Dr. Ranieri teaches proper diabetic foot care to avoid the serious threat high blood sugars pose to podiatric health. Here's what you should know on the subject.
You and your feet
As a diabetic, your feet and ankles may be compromised by neuropathy, poor circulation, reduced sensation, limited wound healing and more. Typically, people with diabetes cannot perceive injuries to their feet, and so, small problems quickly escalate to ones which are complex and difficult to treat.
Diabetic foot care
What kind of diabetic foot care regimen does your Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist recommend? Really, caring for your feet is just common sense. Dr. Ranieri's recommendations include:
- Washing and drying your feet daily
- Use warm, not hot, water
- Wear flip flops poolside and in the gym locker room
- Inspecting your feet every day for changes in color, sores, bruises and lacerations
- Daily moisturizing
- Cutting toenails straight across with a clean trimming tool
- Refraining from going barefoot outside
- Wearing shoes and socks even in the house
- Having Dr. Ranieri remove any corns and calluses (no at-home surgeries!)
- Keep feet and ankles warm by wearing socks to bed, particularly in the winter
- Don't let your feet get wet out in the weather
- Stop smoking to decrease your chances of developing peripheral artery disease
- Control your blood sugars
- Clear your bedroom and bathroom floors of any obstructions or objects which could injure your feet
- See Dr. Ranieri regularly for podiatric examinations, and call him with any question or concern you may have
Learn all you can
Taking care of your feet is very worthwhile, particularly if you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes or other conditions which compromise circulation, healing and nerve function. If it's time for your routine examination at Lake Ridge Podiatry, be sure to call the office for a convenient appointment time. Phone (703) 491-2603.
When you step on your heel, do you feel a stabbing pain? Or, is your heel reddened, swollen and tender? Whatever the extent of your discomfort, see your podiatrist at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA if your heel pain continues and impacts your life. Dr. Ramieri has the skill and experience to uncover the reasons why your heel hurts, and he can treat it successfully.
What causes heel pain?
Plantar warts, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and more lead to varying degrees of heel discomfort. When you come to our Woodbridge, your podiatrist will examine your feet, take X-rays and analyze your gait (how you walk). The information will help him formulate a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and get you feeling good once again.
The following conditions are common causes of heel pain:
- Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation and overstretching of the connective tissue which runs from the heel bone to the base of the toes. When people overpronate (or turn their feet toward the midline), wear poorly supporting shoes or simply overuse their feet through running or other physical activity, the plantar fascia becomes irritated and painful, particularly where it's attached to the heel. Many individuals with this condition also have bony heel spurs.
- Achilles tendonitis is an inflammatory condition, too. It affects the stiff tendon between the calf muscle and the heel and usually comes from overuse, particularly when people increase their level of exercise too quickly, says the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
- Plantar warts are hard, bumpy, benign growths caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). While not a devastating condition, these contagious warts need treatment to resolve completely.
- Arthritis and bursitis happen in the retrocalcaneal bursa, a fluid-filled sac at the base of the Achilles tendon. Vigorous exercise, overuse and obesity lead to this problem as can poorly supportive and ill-fitting footwear.
Your treatment plan
It depends on your diagnosis, but for all of the above conditions, surgical intervention is a last resort. Common sense changes in how much and how often you exercise and what kind of shoes you wear often relieve heel pain quite successfully. Customized orthotics, or shoe inserts, help with gait problems such as overpronation. Stretching and sufficient warm-up before working out help, too.
Regarding warts, your podiatrist may remove them with salicylic acid, cryotherapy (freezing) or with a scalpel and local aesthetic. Prevention, of course, is the best way to treat warts; so be sure to wear shower sandals at the gym or poolside, and avoid going barefoot outdoors. Warts are extremely contagious and may spread among family members sharing the same bathroom, pedicure tools or towels.
Achieve this great goal with the help of Dr. Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA. Call (703) 491-2603.
Sports and fitness are big parts of your life--running, tennis, cycling. Unfortunately, athlete's foot has become a featured player, too, as your toes burn and itch. What's the remedy for this common foot affliction? Ask Dr. Gerard Ranieri, your podiatrist at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA. Dr. Ranieri sees numerous patients with Tinea Pedis and successfully treats them. You can feel better, too.
What is Athlete's Foot?
The National Institute of Health states that athlete's foot is a fungal infection affecting 15 to 25 percent of the American population. In other words, millions of people across the US have Tina Pedis right now and suffer with:
- Extreme burning and itching symptoms
- Cracks and deep fissures between the toes and along the soles of the feet
- Oozing blisters
- Flaking, red, puffy skin
Picked up in shower stalls, on swimming pool tile and on many outdoor surfaces, foot fungus spreads quickly to other individuals. It also thrives in dark, moist environments such as sneakers, sweat socks, and garden clogs.
Treatment and prevention
Your podiatrist in Woodbridge wants to examine patients who have had symptoms of athlete's foot for more than two weeks. Also, Dr. Ranieri urges diabetics or other people with serious systemic conditions to act quickly in getting Tinea Pedis treated.
Interesting, many of the treatments Dr. Ranieri suggests also effectively prevent athlete's foot. These measures include:
- Diligent foot hygiene (washing feet daily with soap and water and drying them carefully)
- Wearing cotton socks and changing them daily or whenever they get wet or sweaty
- Changing shoes daily and allowing sweaty sneakers to dry in the sun
- Using antifungal foot powder daily
- Cutting toenails with clean pedicure instruments
- Wearing sandals and well-ventilated shoes in the warm weather
- Refraining from going barefoot outside or in the gym and pool (wear flip-flops or sandals instead)
- Drying feet with one clean towel only (wash after use, and do not share towels)
Also, your foot doctor may prescribe an oral antifungal medication or a medicated cream if your infection is severe.
It can come back
Even with the most diligent of prevention and treatment, athlete's foot infections can come back, reports Harvard Health. If this happens to you, see Dr. Ranieri to review your treatment plan. Together, you and he can pinpoint the source of your re-infection and clear up this stubborn and uncomfortable condition for good.
If you have symptoms of athlete's foot that just won't resolve, please contact Lake Ridge Podiatry for a consultation in Woodbridge, VA. We want you to have happy feet! Call (703) 491-2603.
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