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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.

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.





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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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