If our Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Ranieri, has recently told you that you’re dealing with a bunion, here’s what you should know about this foot deformity.
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a hard protruding bump that originates at a toe’s joint, most often that of the big toe. This condition is also progressive, meaning that while it may not be noticeable at first, as it continues to grow, it can cause adverse structural changes in your feet.
What are the symptoms of a bunion?
The most common sign that you have a bunion is developing a hard mass that sticks out at the base of your big toe. You may experience pain, soreness, or swelling in the area, and you may find it more difficult to move the big toe.
Do I need treatment?
Some people with bunions don’t even notice that they have them. As long as they continue to wear properly fitted shoes they may never need treatment. Of course, if you are experiencing pain or other problems as a result of your bunions, then it’s time to see your Woodbridge, VA, foot doctor to find out the best course of action.
The first course of action is usually simple at-home care such as,
- Icing or warm soaks
- Stretching and performing certain foot exercises
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
- Non-medicated bunion pads
- Shoe inserts
- Wearing properly fitted shoes and avoiding high heels
If these measures don’t provide you with relief then our podiatrist may provide prescription medications or cortisone injections to reduce severe pain and swelling. Splinting or taping the foot can also temporarily realign the foot to prevent pain.
Do I need bunion surgery?
Most people can get their bunion pain under control without resorting to surgery. However, surgery may be necessary if,
- You’ve tried all nonsurgical treatment options and nothing has worked
- You are experiencing severe pain and swelling
- Your symptoms occur regularly and affect your daily routine and quality of life
If you think you may be dealing with a bunion or if you want to talk with our podiatry team to find out whether bunion surgery is the best treatment option, call Lake Ridge Podiatry in in Woodbridge, VA, today at (703) 491-2603 to schedule an appointment.
Your feet sustain a lot of pressure and stress during the day—especially if you work on your feet or you are an athlete who does a lot of running and jumping. One foot problem that can develop is a neuroma, which can become painful as it develops. A podiatrist at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, can help you with numerous foot conditions, including neuromas.
What Is a Neuroma?
A neuroma is a growth on the foot that usually develops between or around the toes. The benign growth is a bundle of nerves that become irritated by constant friction and pressure. It is most often caused by wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. In some cases, the neuroma grows because the patient’s foot has an abnormal bone structure, which is often hereditary. Besides the visual presence of a growth, other signs of a neuroma include numbness, tingling, thick skin, and burning sensation. The most common type is called a Morton’s neuroma, which appears between the third and fourth toes.
Many cases of foot neuromas can be treated conservatively, by simply changing habits and managing pain. Here are a few of the ways your Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist can help:
- Corticosteroid injections to reduce pain.
- Custom-made orthotic supports or shoes to relieve pressure on the toes.
- Foot exercises.
- Surgery to remove the growth, if necessary.
Avoiding a Foot Neuroma
A neuroma develops because of the way you treat your feet over an extended period of time. Here are some of the ways you can avoid it in the future:
- Do not wear very high heeled shoes, or shoes that pinch the toes together.
- Choose shoes that give your toes plenty of room to spread apart and move around.
- If you play sports or exercise for many hours, make sure you wear proper athletic footwear with ample supports.
- Understand that patients who have other foot deformities, like flat feet or bunions, may be more predisposed to developing neuromas, and discuss this with your podiatrist.
Seek Treatment for a Neuroma
Don’t allow a neuroma to make walking, running, or standing a daily problem for you. Get assistance from a podiatrist who is familiar with these cases. Call (703) 491-2603 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA.
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.
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