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By Lake Ridge Podiatry
August 30, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: ingrown toenails  

When you trim your toenails too short or you wear shoes that tend to squeeze your toes, you’re putting yourself at risk for developing ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenails can be painful and can cause infections to occur. It’s important to take care of your feet and find out how you can reduce some of the pain that you might receive from an ingrown toenail. Dr. Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, can explain how you can stop suffering from ingrown toenails and how to prevent them from happening again in the future.

How to Deal with Ingrown Toenails

When you’re dealing with an ingrown toenail, the nail is growing into the side of the skin, and it can be painful and cause infection. This often occurs because the toenails have been trimmed too short and begin to grow incorrectly. They can become sore and red and skin might start to grow over the ingrown nail.

Luckily, it’s fairly simple to relieve pain from an ingrown toenail at home. You should be sure to soak the foot in warm, soapy water several times a day and avoid wearing tight shoes and socks. If there’s an infection with your ingrown toenails, your podiatrist in Woodbridge, VA, may prescribe an antibiotic to stop that infection.

In severe cases, you may need to remove part of the toenail so that it can start over and grow correctly. It’s important to prevent ingrown toenails by making sure that you cut your nails straight across and avoid rounded corners. You should also make sure that your shoes and socks properly fit and that your feet stay clean.

Contact Your Podiatrist Today

Don’t suffer from the pain of an ingrown toenail. Contact Dr. Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, to learn how you can deal with ingrown toenails. Call for more information and to schedule an appointment at (703) 491-2603.

By Lake Ridge Podiatry
July 13, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: ingrown toenails  

An ingrown toenail can be an annoyance or a passing discomfort in the early stages, but can quickly become a serious problem if allowed to progress without treatment. Although for mild cases at-home care is an option, for many circumstances you will want to turn to your Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist for help. Some of the dangers of improper treatment will be outlined below, as well as proper safety, but to learn more about ingrown nails you can get in contact with Dr. Gerard Ranieri of Lake Ridge Podiatry.

Symptoms

Even in early stages, you can experience pain from an ingrown toenail as it pushes into your skin with just the pressure of walking.

The problem begins as your nail begins to grow into adjacent skin which can be visibly seen. At this stage, if it isn't very painful, you can simply trim the nail. But it can quickly become infected causing redness at the site, swelling, sometimes bleeding and oozing, and certainly increasing pain the longer it lasts.

An infection can threaten not only your toenail but also the bone beneath, and your overall health if it becomes serious enough. If you suffer from diabetes these complications can be even more severe. Treating an ingrown toenail that's become infected is inadvisable and dangerous.

Treatment

At the first sign of infection, it's important to see your podiatrist for treatment, they can trim back the nail and may treat it so it doesn't grow back into the skin.

Severe cases may need either a partial or complete nail removal, especially also if you have had recurring ingrown toenail problems. In these cases, it's usually best to start again with a new nail, although it may take some time to grow back, often over a year.

Ingrown Toenails in Woodbridge, VA

Consult with your podiatrist for the best way to trim your nails, avoid footwear that bunches your toes, and practice proper foot hygiene to prevent future ingrown toenails.

For help treating ingrown toenails, you can schedule a consultation in Woodbridge, VA, with Dr. Ranieri of Lake Ridge Podiatry by dialing (703) 491-2603.

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
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.