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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.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
August 28, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Elderly Podiatry  

What your foot doctor in Alexandria, VA, wants you to know about geriatric foot care

 

Elderly Foot CareYour body goes through a lot of changes as you age, and your feet do too. It’s important to take care of your feet so they can carry you through your life. Your foot doctor, Dr. Angelo Pace, at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center wants to share the facts about taking care of your aging feet. He has two convenient office locations in Alexandria, VA, to help you take care of your feet.

First, you need to know some of the changes you and your feet will experience as you age. Consider that aging causes:

  • Thinner skin, so your feet may get injured easily
  • Stiffer joints, so your feet may not be as flexible
  • Flatter arches, so your feet will become wider and longer

You may also be at increased risk for medical conditions like these:

  • Weight gain, which can cause increased stress on your feet
  • Arthritis, which can make your bones and joints painful
  • Diabetes, which can cause nerve pain and decrease healing
  • Osteoporosis, which can increase risk of fractures

So, how do you take care of your aging feet? There are several simple things you can do to keep your feet in excellent shape. Remember to:

  • Avoid going barefoot
  • Wash and dry your feet thoroughly every day
  • Apply moisturizing cream or lotion on clean, dry feet
  • Examine your feet every day and look for injuries or problems
  • Keep toenails trimmed straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Stretch arches, ankles and toes every day to stay flexible
  • Always wear moisture-wicking socks and supportive shoes

It’s important to take care of your feet as you get older, and it’s easy too. It only takes a few minutes to protect your feet. Your foot doctor can help, so call Dr. Angelo Pace at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, VA, today!

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
July 23, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Orthotics are special inserts placed inside the shoes to correct a variety of foot problems, as well as alleviate the pain or discomfort orthoticsassociated with those conditions. Some types of orthotics are available over-the-counter, but they only treat minor symptoms. Custom orthotics are available through your podiatrist and can treat a wider range of foot problems, as well as provide superior results versus over-the-counter products. At Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center, Dr. Angelo Pace is your Alexandria, VA, foot doctor for custom orthotics.

What Are Custom Orthotics?

Custom orthotics are special shoe inserts customized to your feet for correcting a specific foot condition or problem. Some custom orthotics provide cushioning to protect your feet from the impact of such activities as running, walking, or exercising. Other types of custom orthotics provide additional support in the arch of the foot for patients with insufficient natural arches. Custom orthotics correct foot positioning and alleviate foot strain. Incorrect foot positioning puts a strain on the feet and leads to pain and discomfort.

Your Alexandria foot doctor can recommend the appropriate type of custom orthotic for you. Custom orthotics are available in three main types:

  • Rigid Orthotics — Correct and control foot positioning when walking and alleviate pain and discomfort in the legs and lower back.
  • Semi-Rigid Orthotics — Correct foot positioning and improve foot balance while participating in athletic activities. Also helpful for treating children with flat feet.
  • Soft Orthotics — Provide cushioned support, absorb shock, and alleviate pressure on sensitive areas, such as the balls of the feet. An effective option for patients with diabetes, arthritis in the feet, or foot deformities.

Custom orthotics are right for you if you suffer from any type of foot condition that is putting a strain on your feet and causing pain and discomfort. Custom orthotics are perfectly tailored to your feet and can be used to treat a variety of foot conditions. To learn more about how custom orthotics can help you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Pace, your Alexandria, VA, foot doctor, by calling Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center at (703) 971-7100.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
April 24, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle sprain  

Have you ever experienced an ankle sprain?ankle sprain

Ankle sprains are a painful, debilitating condition that may lead to other severe foot problems when not addressed as soon as possible. If you're experiencing ankle pain, you'll need to talk to your Alexandria, VA, foot doctor, Dr. Angelo Pace, for more information.

More About Ankle Sprains and What Causes Them:

Ankle sprains are one of the most common foot injuries. There are several things that lead to ankle sprains, such as ankles twisting inward due to an unexpected movement and/or a tear, or stretch in one or more of your ligaments. Other reasons include:

  • Loss of balance
  • Walking and/or running on uneven surfaces
  • Trauma and injury due to sports

Ankle sprains are usually accompanied by:

  • swelling
  • limping
  • severe pain
  • bruising
  • limited range of motion
  • ankle instability
  • tenderness

You may confuse bone fractures and ankle sprains, which is why you need to go see your doctor as soon as possible. This is extremely important to prevent severe long-term repercussions. Only your Alexandria doctor can properly diagnose an ankle sprain. Dr. Angelo Pace uses an x-ray to examine your ankle and detect the exact problem.

How to Treat a Sprained Ankle

Rehabilitating your ankle after you can stand on it is necessary. Your foot doctor will provide you with certain exercises to strengthen your flexibility, muscles, ligaments, coordination, and balance.

Treating your sprained ankle properly will increase the rate of your recovery. All you need to remember is RICE: rest, ice, compress, and elevate your ankles.

In addition to RICE, avoid overexerting your ankle. Walking, jogging, running, and other activities will come back after your rehabilitation and recovery process.

Do you need a consultation?

For more information on how to deal with sprained ankles, just call your Alexandria, VA, foot doctor, Dr. Angelo Pace, today at (703) 971-7100.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
March 27, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Find out how to get your heel pain under control.heel pain

Is heel pain keeping you from your favorite activities? Not sure the last time you were able to lace up and go for a run without experiencing pain? If heel pain is affecting you then it’s time you turned to our Alexandria, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Angelo Pace, to find out what’s going on so you can nip the problem in the bud and get back to what really matters.

Causes of Heel Pain

There are many reasons someone might develop heel pain. Of course, while this problem can happen to anyone it more commonly occurs in athletes/runners and those who are overweight. The two most common causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs the length of the feet, to become inflamed and irritated. This is usually not the result of an injury but rather gradual overuse. Of course, if you happen to suddenly increase the intensity or duration of a workout this too can result in plantar fasciitis.

Achilles tendonitis is the result of tiny microtears in the tendon that do not heal properly. Over time, these microtears weaken the tendon and cause pain, swelling, and other problems for the sufferer. Achilles tendonitis causes pain above the heel rather than under it or near the arches like plantar fasciitis does.

Other causes of heel pain include:

  • Heel spur
  • Heel bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Heel pain inflammation
  • Severs disease
  • Stress fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Poor circulation
  • Bone bruise
  • Bone cyst
  • Morton’s neuroma

Treatment Options

How our Alexandria foot doctor treats your heel pain will depend entirely on the root cause. During your evaluation we will perform a physical evaluation, potentially run imaging tests and ask you questions regarding your heel pain. Once we determine the cause we will create an individualized treatment plan to cater to your needs.

Sometimes simple conservative measures such as over-the-counter pain medications, bracing or splinting, wearing shoe inserts, and resting and icing the heel is enough to manage symptoms until the condition goes away. Other times more aggressive measures such as corticosteroid injections, shockwave therapy or surgery are necessary if symptoms don’t improve with at-home treatment options.

With two offices in Alexandria, VA, Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center is here to provide you with the podiatric care you need to get back on your feet. Don’t let heel pain keep you down. Call our office today.





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Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center is a podiatrist focusing on podiatric procedures such as bunions, heel pain, and orthotics.
Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center is a licensed podiatrist in the state of VA.

 

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