Give hardworking feet the care they need both on and off the field.
It’s not an easy job that feet have, particularly if you are an athlete. Whether you are out pounding the pavement every day or you are part of a team, athletic feet can be especially prone to injuries if you aren’t careful. Our Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist Dr. Gerard Ranieri is here to provide you with some helpful tips for keeping your sporty feet safer.
Be Gradual in Your Training
You wouldn’t immediately sign up for a marathon if you’ve never run before, right? Don’t let your workout go from zero to 60. Instead, gradually increase the length of time or the intensity of your training sessions. If you don’t spend time training in the offseason also don’t expect to come back and immediately get right back into the same shape you were in during the season.
It’s important that you continue to train regularly if you want to maintain a strong, healthy body. By easing back into training or slowly increasing the difficulty of your workouts you can prevent foot and ankle injuries.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Warm-Up
We know that before a game your mind is racing and your heart is probably pounding. Adrenaline can do some pretty amazing things in the heat of the moment; however, you don’t want to just rely on adrenaline to carry you through the game. You need to warm up the muscles, tendons and other soft tissue in your body and feet to loosen them up and reduce your chances of an injury. Take 15 minutes for some light cardio and stretching.
Orthotics are prescription shoe inserts that can provide further support, stability and even shock absorption for your feet. While you may have seen these products at your local drugstore, this one-size-fits-most approach to foot support may not help and may even make issues worse. Luckily, our Woodbridge, VA, foot doctor can make custom orthotics to cater to your specific needs. These simple devices could give your feet the added protection they need to improve how they function on the field.
Don’t Go Barefoot
While this might not seem like the most important advice you’ve received it is important if you want to avoid an unpleasant condition known as athlete’s foot. This fungus thrives in moist, dark environments like your school’s locker room or your gym’s showers. Remember to always wear shoes, particularly in communal areas, to reduce your chances of developing athlete’s foot.
Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, is ready to provide you with the care you need. Whether you are an athlete or someone dealing with diabetic foot problems, we are here to help.
Though it often begins mildly and progresses slowly over time, heel pain can take a huge toll on your quality of life, affecting daily activities like simply walking to the car or checking the mail. Understanding the causes of heel pain is crucial to finding its proper treatment and, eventually, overcoming this frustration condition. Find out more about what is causing your heel pain and what you can do about it with Dr. Gerard Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA.
What causes heel pain?
Podiatrists are well-acquainted with heel pain as it is one of the most common foot issues. While the most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, this inflammation of the plantar fascia is not always the culprit. Some other common causes of heel pain include:
- heel spur
- Achilles tendonitis
- injury or trauma
- stress fracture
- fracture or break
How will my doctor diagnose my heel pain?
Your podiatrist will normally use several diagnostic techniques to determine the cause of your heel pain. A physical examination allows your doctor to see and feel any abnormalities obvious on the outside of the foot. Imagining techniques like MRIs or x-rays help them see the inside of the foot to its bones and connective tissues. They will also take into account your medical and family history and lifestyle choices.
Heel Pain Treatments in Woodbridge, VA
Treatments for heel pain vary greatly depending on your diagnosis. In many cases, your treatment will begin with treating any underlying conditions. Treatment also occurs at home with over-the-counter medication and the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method. However, if these treatments fail to produce results, your doctor may suggest a prescription orthotic to wear inside your shoe, a brace, or, in severe cases, surgery to correct the problem.
For more information on heel pain, please contact Dr. Gerard Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA. Call (703) 491-2603 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Ranieri to find a treatment for your heel pain today!
According to the CDC, about 29 million people suffer from diabetes. This condition can have many serious, long-term effects like damage to the blood vessels and kidneys. Since it affects the body’s blood flow, diabetes can cause numbness in the feet and toes. This can lead to various issues, making caring for your feet especially important if you have diabetes. Learn more about proper diabetic foot care with Dr. Gerard Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA.
Why is diabetic foot care important?
Patients with diabetes have decreased blood flow to their extremities like their hands and feet. The decreased blood flow, in turn, causes numbness. Due to their location, patients do not see their feet as often or easily as their hands, meaning they may not notice potentially harmful situations or conditions without a proper examination. This means that something as simple as an ingrown toenail coupled with the numbness caused by the decreased blood flow can quickly grow into a complex and serious issue like an infection.
How can I properly care for my feet?
Keeping your feet healthy is easy with a few simple tips and additions to your daily routine. Make it a point to examine your feet thoroughly at least once a day. Be sure to include the skin between the toes and underneath the foot. Look for and note any cuts, irritation, redness or swelling and tend to them as necessary. Keep your feet clean and dry at all times and wear a fresh pair of socks every day. Shake out your shoes before putting them on to ensure there are no rocks or other debris inside of them which could injure your feet. Cut your toenails straight across and do not round them out. This prevents ingrown toenails, which become easily infected.
Diabetic Foot Care in Woodbridge, VA
In addition to your daily foot examination, patients with diabetes should see their podiatrist for regular foot examinations. These simple appointments help your doctor catch conditions in their early, most treatable stages and allow for quick treatments of existing issues before they turn into more complex problems. Consult with your podiatrist to determine how often you should have a foot examination.
For more information on diabetic foot care in the Woodbridge, VA area, please contact Dr. Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry. Call (703) 491-2603 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Ranieri today!
Painful ingrown toenails can be prevented in many cases by following a few simple guidelines. Our Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Gerard Ranieri of Lake Ridge Podiatry, shares a few tips that will help you avoid ingrown toenails and explains how a visit to the foot doctor can help if you do experience an ingrown nail.
Don't round your nails
Do you cut off the corners of your nails? Rounding the nails makes it easier for the edges to grow into the soft skin surrounding the nail. The next time you cut your nails, cut them straight across instead.
Avoid tight shoes
High heels and other tight shoes that exert pressures on your toes can drive the side of the nail into your skin. Avoid wearing the shoes, or at least don't wear them every day, to prevent ingrown toenails. Tight socks should also be avoided.
Quick action on your part can stop a nail from growing into the skin. If you notice that your nail has begun to penetrate the skin, soften the skin by soaking it in warm water for 15 or 20 minutes. After you dry your foot, place a small piece of cotton under the edge of the nail. The cotton will help free the trapped nail and prevent it from growing into your skin again. After you free the nail, apply a little antibiotic ointment to your skin to prevent an infection. If you can't loosen the nail, don't force it. Call our Woodbridge office to schedule an appointment instead.
Treat fungal infections
If you have toenail fungus, you may be more likely to develop an ingrown toenail. Treating the infection promptly can help you avoid the pain of an ingrown nail.
Don't treat ingrown toenails at home if you have diabetes
Diabetes can affect your bodies ability to heal itself and causing infections that are difficult to treat. If you have diabetes and notice that the side of the nail is growing into your skin, call our office. Attempting to treat the problem yourself can increase your risk of infection.
Know when to call the foot doctor
Call us if you:
- Can't free the nail yourself
- Notice signs of infection, such as red streaks or pus on your toe
- Are in severe pain
- Experience ingrown toenails frequently
Ingrown toenails are usually treated by removing the section of the nail that's embedded in the nail. You'll receive a topical anesthetic to ensure that you don't experience any pain during the procedure. If ingrown toenails happen often, removing the nail can solve the problem.
Do you have an ingrown toenail? Call our Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Ranieri of Lake Ridge Podiatry, at (703) 491-2603 to schedule an appointment.
Learn more about these frequent foot ailments and what can be done to treat them.
While you may not think about it much your feet have a pretty incredible responsibility. After all, they do have to be able to support your entire body day in and day out. This is a large undertaking, so it’s not all that surprising that feet are also prone to injury, just like anywhere else. Our Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Ranieri, provides some insight into three common foot problems and how they are addressed.
There are many reasons why someone might experience heel pain. Of course, the most common cause is plantar fasciitis, a condition that causes inflammation in the thick, fibrous tissue known as the plantar fascia. Heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis is often more severe in the morning or after sitting for long periods of time.
How to treat heel pain: Most people will find that heel pain will go away on its own as long as they rest and take a break from any high-impact activities like running, which will only make it worse. Icing the foot several times a day, taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications and sometimes even bracing the heel while you sleep can also help provide relief until the fascia heal.
If symptoms do not go away within a couple weeks, or actually get worse, then it’s time to call our Woodbridge foot doctor.
A bunion is a hard deformity that forms at the base of the large toe. As it gets worse, it can cause the big toe to even lean against the smaller toes. A bunion might not seem like a big deal but it can cause severe pain. Bunions are a progressive disorder, so if you catch it early and take preventive measures the problem should not get worse.
How to treat bunions: Similar to heel pain, you’ll want to ice the joint when it’s painful or swollen, brace the foot to help realign the big toe and even swap out high heels for regular supportive shoes. The shoes you wear should provide enough room for the bunion and prevent toes from bunching. If pain is severe or affects your daily activities, then give us a call.
If you trim your toenails too low or cut them at a curve then you may be faced with an ingrown toenail, which causes redness, swelling and tenderness where the edges of the nail meet the skin.
How to treat ingrown toenails: Soak your toenail in warm water several times a day to ease discomfort. Keep your feet dry whenever you aren’t soaking them. If pain or redness becomes severe (or if it hurts to wear shoes) we will need to treat the nail ourselves.
If you are dealing with foot pain or other problems then Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, has you covered. Lean on us for the support and care you need to get back on your feet.
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