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Posts for: May, 2015

By A.A. Podiatry, PLLC
May 05, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsA bunion is an abnormal, bony prominence that develops on the joint at the base of your big toe. As the big toe joint becomes enlarged, it forces the toe to crowd against your other toes, and the pressure exerted on your big toe joint results in inflammation and pain. Early treatment is necessary to decrease the risk of developing joint deformities.

Bunions develop due to prolonged abnormal pressure or motion on your big toe joint, most often caused by inherited structural defects, poor-fitting shoes, foot injuries, or congenital deformities. Women are generally more prone to bunions because of the shoe types typically worn, such as high-heels and narrow-toed shoes.

Bunion pain can range from mild to severe, often making it difficult to wear shoes and perform normal activities. You should contact our Alexandria office if you notice the following symptoms:

  • An enlarged, visible bulge on your big toe joint
  • Restricted movement of your big toe or foot that prevents you from performing normal activities
  • Irritation, corns or calluses caused by the overlap of the first and second toes
  • Frequent pain, swelling or redness around your big toe joint

Treatment for a bunion will vary depending on its severity. Identifying the condition in its early stages is important to avoid surgery, with the main objective of early treatment being to relieve pressure and stop the progression of the deformity. Many times conservative treatments, such as padding, modified footwear or orthotic devices can be highly effective for preventing further growth and reducing the pressure and pain.

Our podiatrist at A.A. Podiatry, PLLC recommends the following for reducing pressure and pain caused by bunions:

  • Wear comfortable shoes that don't cramp or irritate your toes and avoid high-heeled shoes
  • Apply ice to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Our podiatrists can show you how to apply padding to your foot to place it in its normal position and reduce stress on the bunion

When early treatments fail or the persistent pain associated with your bunion is interfering with your daily activities, a surgical procedure may be recommended as a last resort to realign the toe joint and alleviate the pressure. Our podiatrist at A.A. Podiatry, PLLC can advise you on the best treatment options available to relieve pressure on the bunion and slow the progression of the joint deformity.

By A.A. Podiatry, PLLC
May 01, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Custom Orthotics  

Find out if custom-made orthotics in Alexandria could improve your overall foot health.

If you’ve ever seen an Alexandria podiatrist regarding a foot injury or medical condition then you may have heard about custom Orthoticsorthotics, which are shoe inserts that are used to help prevent further injury and to treat the symptoms of a current injury or foot problem. However, if you’ve looked at the cost of custom orthotics you may have been a bit shocked. So, how do you know whether it’s worth the price tag and if it will truly help you? Find out more about custom orthotics.

The Types of Custom Orthotics

When you start shopping for orthotics, you’ll quickly find that there are a few different types, and they all cater to different needs and symptoms.

Soft orthotics: This type of orthotic is usually made from foam or another soft material, and its main purpose is to reduce foot pain and correct more minor problems. Soft orthotics are often recommended for children to help with gait issues and to improve walking.

Semi-rigid orthotics: These are a bit more versatile. They offer all the cushioning and comfort of soft orthotics, with the stability and structural support that rigid orthotics provide. They are a great option for athletes and those living more active lifestyles who want to prevent overuse injuries take some of the shock off the foot when running or walking.

Rigid orthotics: Your Alexandria podiatrist also recommends rigid orthotics for runners, as this type of shoe insert can hold up to high-impact sports and offer the foot the support and stability needed to prevent injury. However, this doesn’t mean that rigid orthotics are right for all types of athletes. Those who play sports that require lateral movement, like tennis or basketball, will not tolerate rigid orthotics as well. In fact, it could even cause further irritation, which is why these types of athletes should opt for semi-rigid orthotics instead.

The Benefits of Custom Orthotics

If you’ve thought about just purchasing shoe inserts from your local drugstore, you might want to think about custom orthotics instead. Because shoe inserts are a one-size-fits-most approach, they aren't tailored to your specific needs, injuries, foot structure or symptoms. They can actually hurt, rather than help.

You don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy the benefits of custom orthotics in Alexandria. Those with flat feet, bunions, bone spurs, diabetes, arthritis and other musculoskeletal problems affecting the feet can find relief just by wearing these prescription shoe inserts.

If you want to find out if your feet could benefit from the wonders of custom orthotics, then schedule an appointment today with your Alexandria podiatrist, Dr. Annik at A.A. Podiatry.