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Posts for: September, 2015

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.

By A.A. Podiatry
September 03, 2015
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Runners  

Foot Care for RunnersIf you're a runner, it goes without saying that your feet take the brunt of the punishment. In fact, for runners the feet are more vulnerable to injury than any other part of the body. Luckily, both long-distance runners and casual joggers can improve their performance by paying extra attention to their feet and taking steps to prevent common foot problems. Poor fitting footwear is often the source of many foot problems caused by running. A visit to our practice can help you determine the best shoes for your foot structure.

A Runner's Roadblock

While many running-related foot injuries can result from a fall or twisted ankle, most running injuries are caused by overuse, meaning the majority of runners experience foot and ankle pain because they do too much for too long. Runners should be aware of the signs of foot problems that can slow them down if not treated promptly. Common foot and ankle injuries experienced by runners include:

Achilles Tendonitis: Achilles tendonitis and other calf-related injuries are prevalent in runners. Poor training, overuse and improper footwear are the three most common reasons for this condition. A sudden increase in distance or pace can strain the muscles and tendons in the foot and ankle, causing small tears within these structures that result in pain and inflammation. Appropriate shoes and training are the most important steps to preventing Achilles tendonitis. Conservative treatment includes rest, ice, stretching, and sometimes orthotics or physical therapy.

Heel Pain: Runners develop heel pain more than any other foot-related injury. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, the result of placing excessive stress on the ligament in the bottom of the foot. Rest, stretching, and support are the best ways to ease the pain and inflammation. Reduce your mileage and avoid hill and speed workouts. Stretch before and after you run, and ice your heel after each workout. Special splints and shoe inserts from our practice may also provide support and relief for your heel pain.

Stress Fractures: Stress fractures are small cracks in the surface of a bone. Runners generally notice gradual muscle soreness, stiffness, and pain on the affected bone, most often in the lower leg or the foot. Early diagnosis is critical, as a small fracture can spread and eventually become a complete fracture of the bone. Stress fractures are typically caused by increasing training more quickly than the body's ability to build up and strengthen the bone.

If you have symptoms of a stress fracture, you should stop running immediately and see a podiatrist. This injury can keep a runner off the track for several weeks, and is not an injury that you can run through. Depending on the severity of the stress fracture, a cast may be necessary.

If you experience chronic foot pain from running, make an appointment with a podiatrist. Leaving foot injuries untreated could result in more serious conditions, ultimately keeping you from your best performance. Keep in mind that these are not the only foot ailments caused by running, and when at-home foot care isn't effective, you'll need to be evaluated by a podiatrist. As in most cases, prevention is the best medicine. Good footwear, proper training, and recognizing a problem before it becomes serious are your keys to staying on the road and avoiding foot injuries.