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By Lake Ridge Podiatry
November 25, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions are more common than you may think. According to the American Foot and Ankle Society, one-third of American women suffer from this uncomfortable and unattractive foot deformity. At Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, Dr. Ranieri helps many people walk without pain, and he stops the progression of bunions. Here are the details.

How do bunions form?

A bunion, a bony bump at the bottom of the big toe, forms due to mechanical pressure and friction on the metatarsophalangeal joint. Contributing factors are:

  • Age (middle years and up)
  • Gender (being a woman)
  • Tight, narrow-toed toes with high heels
  • Improper gait (putting pressure on the side of the foot)
  • Obesity
  • Injury to the foot
  • Fallen, or flat, arches

As a bunion develops and worsens, it turns the big toe toward the second toe and may even cross it. Pain, a lop-sided gait, and limited mobility result.

Diagnose and treatment at Lake Ridge Podiatry

Don't wait for a bunion to impact your life. Come to our Woodbridge, VA, office for a gait assessment and exam by Dr. Ranieri. He may take X-rays as well.

Thankfully, most bunions respond well to simple and consistent interventions you can easily maintain. They include:

  • Switching to more conservative footwear (lower heels and spacious toe boxes)
  • Keeping a healthy body weight
  • Rest and ice as needed
  • Taping or strapping on the affected joint
  • Shoe padding
  • Orthotics, or inserts, custom-made to your foot shape and gait

Stretching exercises maintain range of motion and mobility, and over the counter ibuprofen to relieve the inflammation and pain of any arthritis which may develop. If you have corns and calluses due to friction, your podiatrist will remove than safely and comfortably in the office.

Regarding surgery (bunionectomy), you may be a candidate if simple treatments are ineffective or if your gait and the flexibility of your big toe are severely compromised.

Contact Lake Ridge Podiatry

Your foot and ankle health is our only business. We take bunions seriously. Dr. Ranieri can stop this deformity and help you stay mobile and free of pain. Call our Woodbridge, VA, office for more information.

We are open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Call us at (703) 491-2603 today.

By Lake Ridge Podiatry
November 05, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Feet  

Do you have diabetes? Then, you must know that diligent foot care is a must. At Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, our experienced podiatric physician, Dr. Ranieri, helps diabetic patients achieve and maintain the best foot health and function. Here's how you can participate.

The impact of diabetes

The fluctuating blood glucose levels characteristic of diabetes impacts every bodily system and function, including vision, cardiovascular health, wound healing, nerve function, and more. Peripheral neuropathy is a very common diabetic complication that impedes perception of pain, and poor micro-circulation impairs wound healing.

For example, a diabetic person may not know he or she has a large blister on the foot--even if it becomes deep and infected. Or, a bug bite may go unnoticed until a wound has formed. Endocrine Web reports that between 9 and 20 percent of diabetic foot wounds (ulcers) lead to partial or complete amputations.

As such, the team at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, recommends yearly in-office foot exams. Dr. Ranieri carefully inspects all foot and ankle surfaces, looking for changes in color and skin temperature, corns, calluses, swelling, blisters, breaks in the skin, hammertoes, and Charcot's foot. With Charcot's foot, bones progressively weaken and deform, but diabetics may be unaware of the serious changes to their foot structure.

What you can do at home

Daily, diligent foot care at-home wards off serious foot problems. Here are the simple things you can do, according to your Woodbridge, VA Diabetic foot care expert:

  • Wash your feet every day with soap and water, and dry them with a clean, soft towel.
  • Cut your nails straight across and even with the end of the toes.
  • Apply moisturizer every day.
  • Look for changes in the skin and nails--cracks, rough, red areas, blisters, cuts, rashes, corns, and calluses.
  • Stop smoking as it impairs peripheral circulation.
  • Wear comfortable shoes with low heels, arch support, and roomy toe boxes. Dr. Ramieri will tell you if you need shoe inserts or other modifications for wounds or other problems.
  • Use flip-flops or sandals poolside and in the gym locker room. Avoid going barefoot--even in the house.
  • Wear clean, well-fitting socks which have no seams to cause friction.

Contact us

At Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, Dr. Ranieri offers a wide range of foot and ankle care. Partner with us and have good podiatric health as you manage your diabetes. Phone us for an in-office consultation: (703) 491-2603.