By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
August 23, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Oh, no. The big toe on your left foot has a very sore and reddened area on the side of the nail. Even putting on your socks hurts, never ingrown toenailmind donning those dress shoes for the work day. What's happened here? You could have an ingrown toenail. Your Alexandria, VA foot doctor, Dr. Angelo Pace, see numerous ingrown toenails at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center. He'll know how to help.

Symptoms of ingrown toenails

The Institute for Preventive Foot Health estimates that a full 40 million Americans have had one or more ingrown toenails. That's a lot of discomfort. So what does this common foot malady look like?

Dr. Pace says he sees people of all ages with ingrown toenails in his podiatric office. Symptoms vary a bit, but mostly, patients present with sore, reddened toenails that have pushed into the skin at the corner of the nail. Sometimes swelling and pus, indicating advanced infection, is present, too, and the nail itself may be pulling away from the top of the toe.

Treatments and prevention in Alexandria

An ingrown toenail usually warrants a trip to your foot doctor's office where he will examine your foot and ask about your symptoms. He may prescribe an oral antibiotic to alleviate infection, and he may trim back the part of the nail that is intruding into the surrounding soft tissue. Depending on the specifics of your case, Dr. Pace may remove a vertical portion of the nail with a simple treatment called partial nail plate avulsion.

At home, be sure you always trim your nails straight across with clean clippers. Wash your feet each day, and wear clean, well-ventilated shoes and socks. While ingrown toenails depend in part on foot structure, heredity and repeated wear and tear (as with sports), clean feet are less prone to athlete's foot fungus (Tinea pedis). This pesky microorganism loves dark, moist environments and creates the itching, burning, blistering, and yes, ingrown toenails common to athlete's foot.

Additionally, wear good shoes. Avoid dress shoes that are too tight and narrow, especially in the toe box. Alternate different pairs, and throw out overly worn shoes as they can create pressure points and throw off your gait.

See your foot doctor right away

If you have symptoms of an ingrown toenail, see our Alexandria, VA podiatrist, Dr. Pace. He'll get you comfortable, healthy and moving again.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
June 26, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Pumice Stones  

Your foot doctor in Alexandria, VA, wants you to understand the basics of caring for your feet--the parts of your body that support and pumice stonecarry you through your busy day. If you notice that your feet are rough, dry and callused, you are not alone. Most adults experience some unsightly toughening of the skin on their heels, soles of the feet and toes, and they often use pumice stones to relieve those symptoms. Dr. Angelo Pace at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center tells his patients the dos and don'ts of using a pumice stone so feet look and feel their very best.

What is a pumice stone?

A pumice stone is a mildly abrasive gray stone composed of natural volcanic lava. Used for generations in industrial applications such as polishing stone, horticultural enhancement, and filtering water, pumice also relieves dry scaly patches of skin. Used correctly, it's a coarse, but gentle, buffer that exfoliates skin for a smoother, more youthful appearance. Most household or salon quality pumice stones are the size of a rectangular bar of soap, or they may be a bit narrower and attached to a plastic handle for ease of use.

How do you use a pumice stone?

After purchasing a pumice stone, wet it with warm water. Additionally, wash and soak your feet for about 10 minutes to soften the rough areas. Then, using a circular motion, gently rub the stone over the callused areas. Do not rub your skin too hard. Just apply the stone for a few minutes, avoiding soreness or deep abrasions. Then, dry your feet. You may have to repeat the process daily for a few days to get the effect you desire.

Are pumice stones safe?

Used judiciously, yes, pumice stones are safe. The key is gentle application says the American Podiatric Medical Association. These experienced and highly credentialed foot doctors also warn patients to never use cutting tools such as razors or scissors on areas of scaly skin.

Further, while pumice stones help many individuals get the skin on their feet in shape, Dr. Pace and his team urge patients who are diabetic, have poor circulation or are on blood thinners to avoid pumice stones. These patients are at increased risk for bleeding and foot infections and should see their foot doctor in Alexandria for the treatment of any kind of foot condition. In fact, diabetics should visit their podiatrists at least once a year for routine check-ups.

How's the skin on your feet?

If you want your feet to feel good and look good, a pumice stone may help. Of course, Dr. Pace can advise you on many ways to care for and support the skin, nails, toes, tendons, bones and other parts of your feet. Why not call Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center today to arrange a routine check-up in Alexandria, VA? Call today to speak to a team member.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
April 21, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Calluses  

Calluses hurt, but you shouldn’t have to deal with it longer than you have to.calluses

While calluses don’t typically pose much of a threat to a healthy individual, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t painful and annoying. You may find that putting on shoes irritates it, or that you experience pain when you walk around. Since most people can’t just stop in their tracks because of calluses, our Alexandria, VA, podiatrist Dr. Angelo Pace offers up some tips for how to efficiently treat the issue.

What is a callus?

A callus is a rough, scaly and thick patch of skin that develops due to friction. Maybe you keep wearing tight-fitted or loose shoes that constantly rub against your skin as you walk. This is a common reason calluses form. Calluses can develop just about anywhere on the body. You may be more likely to notice calluses on a dancer’s feet or a guitar player’s fingers.

How are calluses treated?

A lot will depend on your health. If you have diabetes, nerve damage in your feet or circulation issues then you won’t want to treat the problem yourself, you will want to turn to our Alexandria, VA, foot doctor for care right away. If you notice any changes to your feet it’s always best to give us a call.

If you are someone who doesn’t have these conditions then you will most likely be able to just treat your callus from the comfort of your own home. Here are some steps you can take:

Soak: Place the callused foot into a warm water soak for about five to 10 minutes. This is usually enough time to soften the skin.

File it down: Now that the skin is soft enough, gently use a pumice stone to rub away the dead skin. You will want to be very careful and meticulous when you do this, as rubbing away too much skin could cause bleeding or an infection.

Moisturize: Once some of the dead skin has been rubbed away it’s important to lather up with a moisturizer. Using a moisturizer every day on your feet is one way to keep them supple, particularly during the colder winter months when feet are prone to cracking.

Protection: If you found that there is one pair of shoes in particular that leads to calluses you need to stop wearing these shoes. To prevent further irritation to the callus, you can apply a moleskin pad over it to protect it.

If you are concerned about calluses or other foot problems then isn’t it the perfect time to call Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center and schedule an appointment with our Alexandria, VA, foot specialist? Book with us today.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
February 17, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Don’t let bunion pain tell you how you should spend your days. We can help!bunions

Most people who have bunions won’t often know that they have one until they start to notice pain or discomfort. If you notice a hard lump that protrudes at the bottom of the big toe and causes it to lean inward toward the rest of your toes, then you could be dealing with a bunion. Find out more about bunions and how our Alexandria, VA podiatrist Dr. Angelo Pace can help.

What causes a bunion to form?

A bunion is the result of a deformity at the base joint of the big toe that causes the toe to lean at an angle. So how does this deformity develop in the first place? Well, the causes aren’t entirely certain but it’s believed that heredity and joint weakness or two common reasons. In some situations, those with arthritis of the foot are more likely to develop a bunion.

Despite what causes a bunion to form in the first place, it’s important to know that there are certain issues that aggravate the condition and can make it worse. Wearing shoes that are too tight or that don’t provide the support your feet need can put additional pressure on the bunion and exacerbate symptoms.

What are my treatment options when it comes to handling bunion pain?

First and foremost, it’s important to take a look at the kinds of shoes you are wearing. It’s always best to avoid shoes that have high heels or pointed toes. You want shoes that offer cushioning and support, particularly in the arches, and shoes that give your toes room to move. If toes are bunched up this will cause you problems. This is a simple fix but one that you wouldn’t believe how many people don’t listen to.

Those with structural imbalances in the feet could also benefit from custom orthotics that our Alexandria, VA, foot doctor can custom-design to provide you with the unique comfort, support and shock absorption your feet need, based on the issues you are facing.

Other non-invasive treatment options include:

  • Icing the joint or soaking the foot in a warm bath
  • Splinting the foot at night while sleeping to reduce morning pain and stiffness
  • Cortisone injections to tackle more severe pain and inflammation
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Massage therapy

Advanced Pace Foot And Ankle Center has two locations in Alexandria, VA, to better serve you. If you are dealing with issues caused by a bunion, or if conservative measures aren’t offering you relief, then it’s time you called us.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
January 17, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot problems  

Discover the issues that most often affect your foot health and what to do about it.

Did you know that our feet walk us around the Earth five times during an average lifespan (thanks to The College of Podiatry for this foot problemsfancy fact!)? Just this statistic alone shows us just how much our feet are hard at work to get us moving and shaking. And if you are dealing with foot problems it may be difficult to get moving like you normally would. Here are the most common foot issues and the many ways our Alexandria, VA, podiatrist Dr. Angelo Pace recommends treating them.

Ingrown Toenail

An ingrown toenail is a painful nail condition in which the nail grows into the skin at the sides. This is often caused by cutting nails too short or by trimming them at a curve rather than straight across. You can ease your symptoms by soaking the infected toe in saltwater. If you have diabetes or a weakened immune system and develop an ingrown toenail, you’ll want to visit our Alexandria, VA, foot doctor right away for care.

Bunions

This bony protrusion that often develops at the base of the big toe can be painful and get worse if the symptoms aren’t managed. By wearing shoes that fit properly and offer your toes room to move around you can prevent the bunion from progressing further. Most people will be able to easily manage their symptoms with conservative care, but if your bunion is too painful and makes it difficult to move around, then surgery may be necessary to correct the deformity.

Corns and Calluses

These thick dead layers of skin often develop on a toe due to friction from ill-fitted shoes. If the corn is painful then you’ll want to see us to have it removed. Stay away from shoes that are too tight and limit how often you wear heels. You can try to gently and carefully remove the hardened layer of skin with a pumice stone, but if you have diabetes or other issues that cause loss of sensation in the feet, then you’ll want to see an expert for professional care.

Athlete’s foot

This fungal infection often causes redness, flaking, cracking and itchy skin between the toes. This infection can spread to the nails, causing them to become brittle, discolored and thick. You can prevent athlete’s foot by changing your socks and shoes daily and wearing sandals or shoes while using community pools, gyms and locker rooms.

Plantar fasciitis

This is one of the most common causes of heel pain and is often the result of overuse. This condition usually occurs in runners. Resting and avoiding activities that could exacerbate your condition can help heal your condition faster. Sometimes more aggressive treatments like shockwave therapy or corticosteroid injections are needed.

Get back to moving and shaking in no time when you turn to the foot experts at Advanced Pace Foot And Ankle Center in Alexandria, VA. We are here to provide the latest and most effective treatment options to tackle all of your problems.





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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.

Podiatrist - Alexandria, Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center, 6355 Walker Lane, Alexandria VA, 22310 (703) 971-7100
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