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Posts for: March, 2015

By A.A. Podiatry, PLLC
March 13, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

Do you have a bunion that is causing you pain and interfering with your daily activities? If so, a trip to Dr. Annik Adamson at A. A. Podiatry, P.L.L.C. in Alexandria for bunion surgery may be in order. Of course, you'll want to be well-informed before you decide to undergo surgery or not. Here is what you need to know.Bunions

When Should I Consider Having Bunion Surgery?

Most Alexandria residents begin to consider bunion surgery when their bunion becomes increasingly painful or when it begins to interfere with their daily routines. Only a qualified podiatrist can let you know if bunion surgery is a good option for you, however, so if you have any questions, be sure to set up an appointment with Dr. Adamson at A. A. Podiatry, P.L.L.C.

What Measures Can I Take to Avoid Bunion Surgery?

While bunions generally get worse - rather than better - over time, there are measures that you can take today to delay or decrease your chances of needing to visit Dr. Adamson in Alexandria for bunion surgery. For example, you may switch to more comfortable, roomy walking shoes, you may add extra padding to your shoes, or you may avoid standing or walking for long periods of time. For more severe cases, you may also try pain medications, ice or orthotic devices. All of these can help.

Is Bunion Surgery Painful?

If you do need to come into A. A. Podiatry, P.L.L.C. in Alexandria for bunion surgery, rest assured that the procedure is not painful. You will be given anesthesia so you won't feel anything. Once the procedure is over, it is normal to have pain for a few days, but this pain can generally be treated well with oral pain medication. The symptoms should taper off on their own over a couple of weeks.

How Long Will It Be Until I Can Resume Normal Activities?

The amount of time it will take before you can resume normal activities, such as walking, driving and working, can vary significantly. This is a great question to ask Dr. Adamson before your surgery.

Can My Bunion Return After Surgery?

Unfortunately, yes, your bunion can return if you do not change any habits that may have caused the bunion in the first place. The most important change is choosing more sensible shoes, though you may need to also give up certain activities. With a few lifestyle changes, however, your bunion should not return.

Bunion surgery might sound scary at first, but thankfully, it really isn't as bad as you might think. Call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Adamson at A. A. Podiatry, P.L.L.C. in Alexandria today to find out more about what treatment options you may have.


By A.A. Podiatry, PLLC
March 06, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Athlete's Foot   Fungus  

Athletes FootAthlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our Alexandria office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.

The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.

Tips from Walker Ln Alexandria, VA for avoiding Athlete's Foot:

  • Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
  • Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
  • Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
  • Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
  • Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
  • Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection

Treatment

A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with Walker Ln Alexandria, VA before choosing a treatment.

Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our Alexandria office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.

With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!