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By Lake Ridge Podiatry
May 12, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

Don’t let a bunion slow you down. Find out how to keep it from getting worse.

A bunion is one of the most common foot deformities, most often affecting the joint at the base of the big toe. If you notice that this joint juts out further than it should, you might have a bunion. As the bunion progresses, you may see the big toe leaning in on the other toes. Of course, the goal of our Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist Dr. Ranieri is to make sure that you follow the proper regimen and treatment plan to prevent your bunion from getting worse.

I think I have a bunion? What’s next?

If you notice that this joint sticks out or if it causes you pain when walking or wearing shoes, then you may want to schedule an appointment with a foot doctor who can easily diagnose a bunion just by examining your foot. While a bunion is usually nothing to worry about, it is essential that you properly care for your feet to reduce your chances of swelling and pain. Our Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist can certainly map out a treatment plan to manage your bunions.

How do I treat a bunion?

While the only way to truly correct a bunion is through surgery, this is rarely recommended unless the patient is dealing with severe and persistent pain affecting their quality of life. In fact, following simple everyday practices can go a long way to reducing your bunion pain. Here are some things you can do to ease symptoms and also prevent them from surfacing,

  • Wear properly fitted shoes: It’s important that you wear shoes that don’t bunch up your toes and give your toes room to wiggle and move around. Shoes should also not put pressure on the bunion. Avoid shoes with a high heel over 2-inches tall or shoes with a pointed toe.
  • Ice your bunion: When pain or inflammation sets in, you can apply a towel-wrapped ice pack to the area to reduce your symptoms. Leave the ice on for about 10-15 minutes and ice up to three times a day.
  • Get custom shoe inserts: Our Woodbridge, VA, foot doctor can help you is to create custom orthotics to place in your shoes. Orthotics can redistribute the weight evenly and prevent additional pressure and force from being placed on the bunion.
  • Use a splint: While splinting the foot will not correct the deformity, it can place the foot into the proper alignment, which will take the pressure off the joint and affected bone and tissue to reduce pain and discomfort.

Are you wondering whether a bunion could be causing your foot pain? If so, the next step is to schedule an evaluation with our Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist Dr. Ranieri and the team at Lake Ridge Podiatry. Call us today at (703) 491-2603.

By Lake Ridge Podiatry
March 31, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: diabetic foot care  

Would you like to avoid serious diabetic complications due to foot infections? Diabetic foot care offered by your Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Gerard Ranieri of Lake Ridge Podiatry, will help you keep your feet healthy.

Why is foot care so important when you have diabetes?

High blood sugar can slow the amount of time it takes for a burst blister or a sore on your foot to heal. Although cuts and scratches may have seemed like minor issues before you had diabetes, even minor injuries can quickly become infected now. Once an infection develops in a sore or cut, it may be very difficult to treat. If you have a severe infection that doesn't respond to antibiotics, it might even be necessary to amputate your foot or leg.

Nerve damage, a problem that can occur in people who have diabetes, affects your ability to feel your feet. You may have an ulcer or a blister and not even realize that there's a problem. Unfortunately, once you do notice the issue, you may already have an infection. Diabetic foot care, both at home and at the Woodbridge, VA, podiatry office, will help you avoid complications that can threaten your health.

What should I look for during self-foot exams?

Examine your feet every day and check for:

  • Blisters and burst blisters
  • Red marks that could indicate that your shoes are too tight
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Toenail fungus
  • Corns and calluses
  • Sores and cuts
  • Change in the color or sensation in your foot

If you notice that you have a blister or a red mark, switch to a different pair of shoes. Orthotics, prescription shoe inserts designed by your foot doctor, reduce pressure on your feet and help you avoid blisters.

When should I call the podiatrist?

Call the foot doctor if you notice:

  • Signs of infections, including fever, pus on a wound, warmth or swelling around the injured area, or streaks surrounding a sore, ulcer or cut,
  • Numbness or tingling in your feet
  • An unusually warm or cold feeling in your feet
  • An ingrown toenail
  • Toenail fungus
  • Blue, black or very white skin

Do you need to make an appointment for diabetic foot care services at Lake Ridge Podiatry? Call your podiatrist in Woodbridge, VA, Dr, Ranieri, at (703) 491-2603 to schedule your visit.

By Lake Ridge Podiatry
February 08, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain  

How your podiatrist in Woodbridge, VA, can help you get relief from heel pain

If you have stubborn heel pain, it can keep you from being active. Next thing you know, you are sitting on the couch! You can get relief from heel pain because your podiatrist is here to help. Dr. Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, offers comprehensive foot care services, including treatment of heel pain.

So, what causes heel pain? It turns out, you can develop heel pain from a few causes, including:

  • Stepping on hard or sharp objects, gives you a heel bruise
  • Developing excess calcium deposits, giving you a heel spur
  • Inflammation of the tissue on your heel, giving you plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the more common causes of heel pain, and it’s typically caused by overpronation or rolling your feet when you walk. You can also develop plantar fasciitis from walking, standing on hard surfaces, or doing high-impact activities like running.

You are at increased risk of plantar fasciitis if you:

  • Are carrying excess weight
  • Have flat feet

You can try a few easy home remedies to get relief from mild heel pain. Remember to:

  • Apply ice to your heel several times each day
  • Do arch stretches several times each day
  • Elevate your feet when you can, to relieve foot stress
  • Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
  • Wear supportive, comfortable shoes

If you are experiencing moderate to severe heel pain that doesn’t respond to home therapy, it’s time to visit your podiatrist. There are several professional treatments for heel pain, including:

  • Custom-made orthotics and footwear to add support
  • Physical therapy and stretching to maintain flexibility
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications
  • Extracorporeal shock wave treatment (ESWT)

Heel pain can make you miserable, but fortunately, relief is just a phone call away. To learn more about the causes and treatment of heel pain, call Dr. Ranieri of Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, at (703) 491-2603. Help your feet by calling today!

By Lake Ridge Podiatry
February 08, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

When it comes to bunions, surgery is not an inevitable necessity to treat them. There are many things that you and your podiatrist can do to manage bunions non-surgically. Our podiatrist, Dr, Ranieri, from Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA treats bunions frequently and can help to guide you on the best strategy to treat them and get you back to doing all the activities that make life worth living and not be limited by bunion pain.

What are bunions?

Bunions, named hallux valgus, consist of a deformity of the foot where the joint of the big toe becomes displaced. This leads to a protrusion on the inside of your foot where the big toe meets the rest of the foot. Years of stress placed on the foot may lead to the big toe being displaced towards the other toes. Sometimes, in the late-stage progression of a bunion, the big toe may have been displaced so much that it lays on top of the second toe, known as crossover toe.

Bunions range in severity from a mild, annoying condition that is not serious enough to negatively affect your functioning to a very painful condition that impairs your ability to walk. Bunions will progress and get worse if they are exposed to improper stresses and friction, so you must take action as soon as possible after being diagnosed with a bunion.

What are some actions I can take to prevent or stop the progression of bunions?

There is a lot that you can do and our podiatrist can guide you on managing your bunions in Woodbridge, VA. Here are some non-surgical, conservative measures that you and your doctor may choose from to help manage bunion pain.

  • Avoid wearing ill-fitting shoes, high heels, and pointy-toed shoes. Your shoes should be roomy in the toe region. When your toes are squished together, this will cause excessive stress and friction on the big toe joint and lead to further displacement of the joint of the big toe, both of which may cause your bunion to get worse.
  • Buy new shoes in the later hours of the day. Your feet swell slightly throughout the day and any new shoes that you buy need to accommodate this. 
  • Get your foot size measured each time you buy a pair of new shoes. With age, our arches tend to fall and not be as supportive, causing our feet to flatten. You may need to buy a larger size of shoe than you are used to.
  • Maintain a healthy weight to avoid excess stress on the foot
  • Custom orthotics worn in your shoes may help.
  • Pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, may help to alleviate any discomfort.

Contact us to schedule a consultation

Take the first step towards treating bunions in Woodbridge, VA by making an appointment with Dr. Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry by calling (703) 491-2603.

By Lake Ridge Podiatry
November 08, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Osteoarthritis  

Do you suffer from osteoarthritis? Does this make it hard for you to move? If so, you may be looking for a Woodbridge Podiatrist in Woodbridge, VA. Osteoarthritis is a significant problem, and it can become more common as people get older. Dr. Ranieri with Lake Ridge Podiatry can help you take care of your feet. Learn more about what you need to do to take care of your feet and live with osteoarthritis. 

What Is Osteoarthritis? 

First, it is important to understand what we mean when we are discussing osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition that leads to inflammation in the joints throughout your body, including the feet. When inflammation takes place in your feet, it could degrade the cartilage. Cartilage is designed to act as a cushion between your joints. If this cartilage is degraded, the bones on the surfaces of your feet will rub together. This can lead to inflammation and pain, making it difficult for you to move around.

How Do You Manage This Condition? 

There are multiple treatment options available that can help you manage this condition. Even though there might be situations where prescription medications and surgery could be required, this is not always the case. For example, you need to make sure you keep moving. You need to keep your feet loose if you want to preserve your mobility. A Woodbridge podiatrist in Woodbridge, VA can even set you up with a physical therapy program that may be able to strengthen some of the structures in your foot. You can alleviate stress on damaged areas in your feet, improving your mobility. 

Changes in your diet can also help you take care of your feet. There are certain foods you may consume that increase inflammation. They are also foods you may want to eat that can reduce inflammation. If you can change your diet to reduce inflammation throughout your body, you may be able to limit the damage to your feet. You need to work with a doctor who has experience in this area if you want to effectively manage osteoarthritis and improve your quality of life. 

Work with a Local Podiatrist Who Can Help You

Even though osteoarthritis can have a negative impact on your overall quality of life, there are treatment options available. If you think carefully about what you need to do to manage his condition, you may be able to reduce the impact of osteoarthritis on your life. That is why you should work with a Woodbridge podiatrist in Woodbridge, VA. If you are looking for a local Doctor Who can assist you, work with Dr. Ranieri with Lake Ridge Podiatry. Call (703) 491-2603 to make an appointment.

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