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Keep your diabetes in check to prevent serious foot problems.
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with diabetes? If so, we commend you on trying to research ways to keep your health, particularly your foot health, in the best shape possible. You may also know (but perhaps you don’t) that diabetes can have a serious impact on your foot health. If you have diabetes it’s important that you also have a podiatrist like our own Dr. Ranieri that can provide you with diabetic-specific foot care right here in Woodbridge, VA.
How does diabetes affect foot health?
Diabetes is a long-term metabolic disorder that raises a person’s blood sugar. If high blood sugar isn’t controlled through medication and a healthy lifestyle, these elevated levels can cause nerve damage, particularly to the feet. This problem is known as peripheral neuropathy, and as many as 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes will eventually develop peripheral neuropathy.
Nerve damage leads to a loss of sensation in the feet. Since a person with neuropathy is less likely to feel their feet they are also less likely to notice when there is a sore, blister or problem that could lead to further issues. Since poor circulation and nerve damage slow healing substantially, this means that even the smallest injuries to the feet can lead to more serious complications including infections.
How can I keep feet healthy with diabetes?
When changing up a routine, especially your lifestyle, it can be a bit confusing at first. We know you may have concerns and questions along the way. This is why adding a podiatrist to a patient’s current team of doctors will be a major asset to anyone with diabetes. If you have diabetes and you want to discuss ways to prevent diabetes-related foot complications, our Woodbridge, VA, foot doctor is ready to help.
Here are just some daily foot care practices that you should adopt, especially if you have been diagnosed with diabetes,
- Examine feet thoroughly each day to look for cuts, blisters, swelling or other issues that could turn serious quickly. Even minor injuries to the feet should be discussed with your podiatrist.
- Wash feet daily with soap and warm water, and once feet are clean make sure to dry them thoroughly (don’t forget to dry between the toes, too!). Keeping feet dry reduces your risk of developing fungal infections.
- Trim nails properly to prevent ingrown toenails. If you have trouble trimming your toenails a podiatrist can also provide this care to patients.
- Monitor your blood sugar daily. The best thing you can do for your health is to keep your blood sugar in check with medication. Managing your blood sugar will go a long way to preventing problems.
- Do not walk barefoot, even if you are indoors. Walking barefoot could lead to injuries, cuts and sores that could get infected.
- If you notice calluses, warts or other foot problems do not try and treat the problem yourself, as these at-home methods could lead to further injury, burns or infection. Our podiatrist can help you out.
Have questions about caring for your feet with diabetes? The podiatry team at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, can certainly help you. Call our office today at (703) 491-2603.
Are you suffering from heel pain? A common complaint of patients with ankle and foot disorders, heel pain can interfere with your normal activities, even simple tasks such as walking and standing. If treated promptly and properly, however, your foot will heal well. Here at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, Dr. Ranieri offers a complete range of podiatric services to the patients that they service—read on to find out what could be causing your heel pain.
Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury of the band of tissue that connects your heel bone to the calf muscles. If you feel that you might have this condition, you should visit a podiatrist right away. After all, if the issue worsens, your tendon can tear.
Plantar fasciitis a painful condition that usually causes a stabbing pain in the heel of the foot. Although the pain is usually the worst with the first few steps after waking up, it can also be triggered by standing for long periods of time. Common treatments for plantar fasciitis include night splints, medicines, walking casts, stretching exercises, and orthotic devices.
A heel spur is a pointed bony outgrowth on the heel bone. Although heel spurs are often painless, they can cause major discomfort in some cases. Heel spurs are common among athletes whose activities include running or jumping. Common treatments for this foot condition include physical therapy, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and footwear recommendations.
Stress fractures are characterized by severe bruising within a bone or a small crack in a bone. Often caused by overuse and repetitive activities, stress fractures are common in runners and athletes. The symptoms of stress fractures include heel pain and inflammation. If you have a stress fracture, your podiatrist might suggest to use crutches or wear a brace for a period of time. Surgical treatment are also sometimes necessary to ensure complete healing.
Concerned? Give our Woodbridge Office a Call
If you want freedom from heel pain, call Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, at 703-491-2603 right now to schedule a consultation with your podiatrist, Dr. Ranieri.
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.