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Alexandria, VA 22310
Phone: (703) 971-7100


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Alexandria, VA 22306
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By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
July 19, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Hammertoes  

Your toes may be tiny, but a hammertoe can cause big pain. A joint deformity that occurs on your big toe, a hammertoe can go from Hammertoesirritating to excruciating over time. Fortunately, here at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, VA, we can help determine the best treatment for you.


What causes hammertoe?

A hammertoe is usually caused by a muscle and tendon imbalance that causes the toe to bend and become deformed. Hammertoe can be painful, causing redness, inflammation, and the development of corns and calluses. There are many habits and traits that can lead to hammertoe, including:

  • Wearing shoes that are too small or have pointed toe boxes
  • Having an injury to your toe
  • Having hammertoes run in your family
  • Having a high foot arch
  • Having tightened ligaments and tendons in your foot.


How can I treat my hammertoe?

Hammertoe can become progressively worse if left untreated. During an appointment, our Alexandria foot doctor will examine your foot and may take x-rays to determine which of the following will be the most effective treatment for you:

  • A change in footwear: you may need to avoid high heels and improperly fitting or narrow shoes
  • Toe pads to cushion your corns and calluses
  • Orthotic inserts for your shoes
  • Corticosteroid injections to alleviate pain and inflammation
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen
  • Splints or straps to help realign your toe
  • Surgery: If you have rigid hammertoe (meaning you are no longer able to move the toe) surgery may be necessary. Surgical options include tendon transfer, joint resection, fusion, or amputation. If your hammertoe requires surgery, your Alexandria foot doctor will administer a local anesthetic or possibly general anesthesia. Fortunately, you should be able to go home the same day.


Concerned? Give us a call

With changes to your footwear and the expertise and care of your Alexandria foot doctor, hammertoe relief is within reach. Contact Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center today for all of your foot care needs.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
May 29, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Nail  

Onychocryptosis—that's the medical name for something millions of teens and adults suffer with. The common name is ingrown toenail, a podiatric condition in which the toenail grows into the surrounding skin. Are you experiencing the redness and pain of an ingrown toenail? Learn more by reading below, and call Dr. Angelo Pace, your foot doctor in Alexandria, VA, for treatment. He can help you feel better and stay comfortable on your feet!

FAQs about ingrown toenails

How do ingrown toenails happen? Ingrown toenails develop from friction and pressure against the inside of the shoe. Factors such as inherited foot structure, injury to the toe, or simply cutting nails too short/at an angle contribute to the tenderness, reddened skin, and possible infection of onychocryptosis.

How can you treat them? Mild cases of onychocryptosis can be treated with warm soaks, ibuprofen, and shoes with ample room in the toe box (to relieve pressure and friction). For more severe cases, patients should see their Alexandria, VA, foot doctor for treatment which may include antibiotics for infection and toenail clipping for removal.

Does an ingrown toenail have to be removed? An ingrown toenail does not necessarily have to be removed. However, as needed, the doctor can perform an in-office treatment called a partial nail plate avulsion to keep the nail from regrowing into the skin.

How can I prevent ingrown toenails? As advised by the American Podiatric Medical Association, ingrown toenails can be avoided by regularly wearing low-heeled shoes with wide toe boxes and clean, well-fitting socks. Additionally, patients should use clean nail clippers to trim all toenails straight across (never on a curve). Keep your feet clean by washing them daily with mild soap and warm water and drying them completely with a clean towel.

I am diabetic. Are ingrown toenails dangerous for me? Because many diabetics have impaired nerve function (neuropathy) and reduced peripheral circulation, they easily develop foot infections and ulcers. Both conditions can be dangerous and place patients at risk for amputations. All diabetics should see their podiatrists at least once a year or as advised by their primary care physicians.


See us right away

If you are concerned about the health of your toenails, please contact one of our Alexandria offices for a consultation with Dr. Pace. For our Walker Lane office, phone (703) 971-7100, and for the Sherwood Hall location, call (703) 971-7100.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
March 13, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics   Bunions   Arthritis  

For some patients, bunions are a minor source of discomfort and inconvenience when it comes to their feet. Professional bunion treatment Bunion Treatmentis necessary when the deformity starts to affect the way that you walk and causes pain when you are wearing your favorite shoes. Learn how the team at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, VA, can treat your bunions.

How to Know You Have Bunions
A podiatrist can provide an accurate diagnosis, but it is easy to recognize when you have a case of bunions. These are some of the most telling signs:

- Bump forming on the insides of both feet.
- Toes overlapping for pressing tightly against each other.
- Discomfort when wearing shoes.
- Calluses, hammertoes, and redness or inflammation at sensitive spots on the foot.

How Do Bunions Develop?
Bunion formation is a slow process that happens over weeks or months and in some cases years. The toes may be squeezed together when wearing certain shoes, causing the toe metatarsal bone to move inward while the toes move outward. Besides poor foot wear (especially high heels or pointed-toe dress shoes), bunions can be caused or aggravated by any of these issues:

- A previous foot injury.
- An inherited family trait (bunions can run in families).
- An arthritic condition.
- Congenital defects related to the feet.

How Your Bunions Will Be Treated
Your best bet when seeking bunion treatment from your Alexandria, VA, podiatrist is to have the issue resolved using a non-invasive method. If there is some way to train the big toe back into alignment using orthotics, padding between the toes, or foot wrapping, that will likely be the initial choice. If constant foot pain is a problem, corticosteroid injections and NSAID medications may be prescribed. A bunionectomy is the name of the surgery required when bunions won’t respond to non-invasive solutions.

Contact Your Podiatrist for Help
The staff at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, VA, offers simple, effective, non-invasive ways to correct bunion deformities. In some cases, a surgical bunion treatment may be required to get your feet back into alignment. Call (703) 971-7100 or (703) 360-9292 today to schedule an appointment at one of their two locations.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
January 11, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

You may be surprised to learn that shoe inserts could improve the health of your feet.

Are you dealing with tired, sore feet? Are you an athlete? Do you spend the majority of the day on your feet? There are many situations in which a person can benefit from getting orthotics from our Alexandria, VA, podiatrist Dr. Angelo Pace.


So, why choose custom orthotics?

Chances are good that when you’ve visited the local drugstore that you noticed an aisle dedicated to shoe inserts. You may be wondering why you should opt for custom orthotics rather than just grabbing a cheaper over-the-counter pair?

This is a question we get a lot and while we understand that many of our patients want to save money while protecting the health of their feet, these one-size-fits-most approach doesn’t offer nearly the same benefit as custom orthotics, which are tailored to the shape and structure of your feet. In some cases, these over-the-counter orthotics can actually makes some foot problems worse.


Who can benefit from custom orthotics?

From athletes to those with flat feet, most people can benefit to some degree from wearing custom orthotics, as these devices provide support and stability for the foot structure to prevent faulty biomechanics which could eventually lead to foot, ankle, leg, and even back pain. Here are some other conditions that could benefit from custom orthotics,

  • Arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Neuromas
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Foot pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Diabetic feet
  • Corns and calluses
  • Neuropathy


What are the different kinds of custom orthotics?

These orthopedic devices can be created from a variety of different materials designed to cater to specific conditions and foot structures:


Soft orthotics: This type of shoe insert is used to improve balance, relieve pressure on certain areas of the foot, and provide shock absorption. Conditions that respond well to soft orthotics include:

  • Foot deformities (e.g. bunions; hammertoes)
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetic ulcers


Semi-rigid orthotics: If you require both additional cushioning and comfort while providing your feet with a little biomechanical control, then semi-rigid orthotics might be right for you. They are particularly beneficial for athletes and children with flat feet.


Rigid orthotics: This type of orthotic is designed to restrict or control certain movements to prevent faulty biomechanics. They are great for reducing foot pain, as well as ankle, leg, or back strain.


Interested? Give our Alexandria office a call!

Do you have questions about custom orthotics? Do you want to find out if orthotics could benefit your feet? If so, call (703) 360-9292 for Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, VA, to schedule a consultation with us.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
October 30, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Whether you've just developed bunions or had them for years, you're probably eager to find effective ways to relieve your pain. Dr. Angelo Pace, your Alexandria, VA, foot doctor at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center, offers treatments that will make walking a much more comfortable experience.

What are bunions?

Bunions are bony bumps that develop on the joint at the base of your big toe. As the condition worsens, the bump can grow very large, and your big toe may eventually begin to lean toward your other toes.

Why do I have a bunion?

Bunions are particularly common in women, particularly those who regularly wear tight shoes or high-heeled shoes. Whether you're male or female, you're more likely to develop bunions if you inherited a foot imbalance, injured your foot or have arthritis or a leg length discrepancy.

What are the symptoms of bunions?

Bunion pain tends to worsen if you attempt to jam your feet into your shoes but can also occur even if when you aren't wearing shoes. In addition to pain, you may experience numbness or a burning sensation in and around your bunion and notice that the skin over the joint has become red and thick.

If your big toe rubs against your other toes, you may develop corns and calluses on the tops of your toes or the bottom of your foot. Your toe may eventually become stiff and inflexible as the bunion worsens.

What can I do about my bunion?

Choosing shoes that offer plenty of space for your bunions offers a simple way to reduce your pain. Ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication can help reduce pain and swelling. It's also important to change your habits if you suffer from bunion pain. Standing for long periods or running can worsen pain. Activities that don't stress your foot are a better choice.

If you're tired of dealing with bunion pain or your bunion interferes with your life, your Alexandria, VA, foot doctor can offer a variety of treatment options, including taping or splinting your foot to improve the alignment of your big toe joint while you sleep, offering cortisone injections and pain medication, or designing custom-made shoe inserts. When these methods aren't helpful, surgery may be recommended.

Are you ready to find a solution for your bunion pain? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Angelo Pace, your Alexandria, VA, foot doctor by calling (703) 971-7100 for the Walker Lane office or (703) 360-9292 for the Sherwood Hall Lane office.

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Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center is a podiatrist focusing on podiatric procedures such as bunions, heel pain, and orthotics.
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