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By A. A. Podiatry, P.L.L.C.
December 03, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Orthotics  

Custom orthotics improve the function of your feet in a variety of ways.

Orthotics describe any shoe insert that people wear to increase their comfort. While they can be purchased over-the-counter at any Orthoticspharmacy in Alexandria, only custom orthotics designed by Dr. Annik Adamson of A.A. Podiatry provide personalized relief based on your specific needs.

All custom orthotics are made in a laboratory by highly-trained technicians. They use measurements that your Alexandria podiatrist takes, either from digital imaging or a plaster cast, in order to craft an orthotic device that will fit you perfectly and accommodate your feet. Here's some more information about the kind of custom orthotics that Dr. Annik Adamson prescribes to her Alexandria podiatry patients.

Soft orthotics

For patients who need shock absorption or pressure relief, their Alexandria podiatrist often suggests soft orthotics. Made from flexible but snug materials like foam, soft orthotics are aimed at cushioning malformations or injuries from diabetes or arthritis. They also offer a certain measure of balance if that is a concern as well.

Semi-rigid orthotics

As the name suggests, semi-rigid orthotics have inner layers of soft material, while the outer portions of the insert are more fixed. Your Alexandria podiatrist often proposes the use of semi-rigid orthotics to parents whose children have anatomical issues with their feet or gait problems. Athletes sometimes wear semi-rigid orthotics to stabilize their feet and ankles during practice and games.

Rigid orthotics

When repetitive motion like walking or running is an issue, rigid orthotics help to control function of the joints in the feet. These orthotics are often made from plastic or other lightweight but solid materials.

If you're wondering if your feet might benefit from the use of custom orthotics, contact your Alexandria podiatrist, Dr. Annik Adamson, at A.A. Podiatry for a consultation. She and her staff are excited to help you get back on your feet comfortably!

By A.A. Podiatry
December 02, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Hammertoes  

HammertoesA hammertoe is one of the most common toe conditions, usually stemming from muscle imbalance in which the joints of the second, third, fourth or fifth toe are bent into a contracted, claw-like position. In the early stages, hammertoes are flexible and can be corrected with simple conservative measures, but if left untreated, they can become fixed and require surgery.

The most common cause of hammertoe is a muscle imbalance. Tight-fitting and high-heeled shoes often aggravate the condition, crowding your toes forward. A hammertoe can also be the result of injury in which you break or jam the toe, or from conditions like arthritis or stroke that affect nerves and muscles. In some cases, hammertoes may even be inherited.

Because of their clenched, claw-like appearance, hammertoes will generally be visibly present. Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Difficult or painful motion of a toe joint
  • Redness or swelling at a toe joint
  • Development of calluses and corns
  • Open sores in severe cases

The foot and ankle professionals at our office recommend the following for preventing and reducing the symptoms associated with hammertoe:

  • Wear comfortable, proper-fitting shoes that provide support and allow enough room for your toes
  • Avoid high-heeled or narrow-toed shoes
  • Stretch your toe muscles to relieve pressure and pain
  • Apply splints, cushions or pads to relieve pressure
  • Moisturize with cream to keep the skin soft

Generally, a modification of footwear will reduce the symptoms associated with hammertoe. Other non-surgical treatment includes padding to shield corns and calluses and orthotic devices that are placed in the shoe to help control muscle imbalance. We can help you determine the best treatment for your symptoms. Severe cases that don't respond to conservative measures may require surgery to restore your toe's flexibility and eliminate the pressure.

Hammertoes are progressive - they don't go away by themselves and the condition usually gets worse over time. Once a podiatrist at has evaluated your hammertoe, a treatment plan can be developed that is suited to your needs.

By A.A. Podiatry
November 02, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Growing Pains  

Growing PainsIf your child has ever complained of not being able to sleep at night due to leg pain, he or she may be experiencing what many people refer to as growing pains. They are common for kids during their growth and development years.

Growing pains are often characterized by a sharp, throbbing pain in the leg muscles, usually occurring during the night and sometimes late afternoon without an apparent cause. While there is no evidence that a child's growth is painful, these pains often occur during an active day of running, jumping or swimming.

Whenever a child is afflicted by episodes of recurrent leg pain, it is always best to have them evaluated. Other more serious foot and leg conditions should be ruled out before a diagnosis of growing pains is made.

Consult with a physician or a podiatrist if aching legs are a chronic complaint, or if the pain is so severe it interferes with the child's daily activities. Persistent pain and other unusual symptoms may indicate a more serious problem. The following symptoms are not due to growing pains and should be evaluated by a doctor:

  • Persistent pain
  • Swelling or redness in one specific area or joint
  • Limping
  • Fever
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Abnormal behavior

There are no treatments or medications available for growing pains, but parents can help ease the pain with simple home remedies.

  • Massage and rub the child's ache until the pain passes
  • Stretch your child's legs throughout the day and before bed
  • Heating pads or warm baths can help soothe sore muscles
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers (always consult with physician first)

While growing pains are commonly seen in young children during the growth and development years, lower extremity pain can also be caused by mechanical misalignments and structural imperfections. A thorough evaluation is crucial in order to determine the exact cause of your child's leg pain. If growing pains are the cause of your child's discomfort, rest assured that the pain is only temporary and will pass with time.

By A.A. Podiatry
October 01, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Foot Odor  

Foot OdorThe feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body, which means they have the ability to sweat profusely. With your feet encased in your shoes all day and the sweat unable to evaporate, bacteria will begin to grow rapidly. Bacteria then begins to break down the sweat, generating an unpleasant odor. Other factors can contribute to increased perspiration, including anxiety, hormonal changes, medications and various skin conditions.

Foot odor is a common problem, especially among those who perspire excessively, but it can be both embarrassing and physically uncomfortable. If you suffer from foot odor, rest assured that simple lifestyle changes and improved personal hygiene can help reduce and eliminate the smell.

Easy Ways to Eliminate Foot Odor

Since most foot odor is caused from excess sweat and the growth of odor-causing bacteria, it's relatively easy to control and reduce foot odor on your own. Start by taking the following preventative steps:

  • Keep your feet clean by washing them with an antibacterial soap on a regular basis to minimize bacteria.
  • Keep feet dry as moisture enables the growth of bacteria.
  • Alternate shoes and avoid wearing the same pair for multiple days in a row.
  • Choose open shoes such as sandals when possible, allowing air onto the feet which evaporates sweat and slows the growth of bacteria.
  • Wear cotton socks which wick away moisture and absorb perspiration.
  • Apply foot sprays and powders to the feet. Ask your podiatrist for recommended products.
  • Disinfect, wash and discard foul smelling shoes as necessary.

The causes of foot odor are typically not harmful to your health, but do create an environment for the growth of fungus and bacteria. It's not unusual for infections such as toenail fungus and athlete's foot to develop as a result.

When improving your foot hygiene doesn't help reduce the smell, you may need to visit your podiatrist, as persistent foot odor can indicate an infection or a severe case of hereditary sweating. In these cases, a prescription ointment may be required to treat the problem. Visit our office, and we'll work with you to determine the cause and most effective treatment for your condition!

By A.A. Podiatry
September 11, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

Do you have unsightly, painful bunions or are you in the process of developing them? The good news is that there are lots of treatment options available to you, depending on the size, severity and location of your bunions. In fact, here are just a few of the bunion treatmentBunions options Dr. Annik Adamson at A. A. Podiatry, PLLC regularly recommends to his patients in Alexandria. One of them may be just right for you too.

1. Comfortable Shoes

While researchers disagree over whether or not your footwear can cause bunions, the fact is that some types of footwear, especially shoes that are too tight or that feature a large heel, certainly don't help. Look instead for roomy, comfortable shoes that feature a wide toe box and a low heel. This treatment option is recommended for any person who suffers from bunions, whether large or small.

2. Shoe Inserts

If it is the size or shape of your foot that is contributing to the problem, not your choice of shoes, a shoe insert may help. Shoe inserts, which can be purchased over the counter or custom made for your feet, can help distribute the weight of your foot, support your arch and reduce pressure spots. Moleskin pads and gel-filled pads can help with this as well.

3. Medications

While medication won't cure your bunion, if your bunion is painful or swollen, medication can help ease your pain and reduce the amount of swelling. Try an over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen first. If those don't help, ask your doctor for a prescription.

4. Surgery

If your bunion is severe or persistent or other treatments haven't helped, it may be time to speak to Dr. Adamson in Alexandria about surgery. An invasive but effective bunion treatment option, surgery may be able to help when other methods have failed. Common surgical techniques include removing swollen tissue or bone and joining or realigning the bones.

Bunions aren't generally dangerous, but they can be rather unsightly and painful. If you're ready to find the right bunion treatment for you, now is a great time to call Dr. Adamson at A. A. Podiatry, PLLC in Alexandria to discuss your treatment options. Dr. Adamson will evaluate your condition, ask which at-home treatment methods you've tried so far, and work with you to develop a treatment plan that is just right for you. Call and set up your appointment today.

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