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By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
December 29, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunion  

Bunions can be unsightly, uncomfortable, and disruptive to your everyday life. Bunions are a common problem with the big toe's first joint, Bunionsand often associated with genetics, footwear that unnaturally crowds the toes, or a combination of the two. People with arthritis are also prone to developing bunions. Once your bunion has been diagnosed by Dr. Angelo Pace at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, VA, your treatment will be tailored to your needs. To learn more about the various bunion treatments available, read on.

Pain relief

Bunions that form due to arthritis often ache or throb. To combat this, your Alexandria podiatrist might suggest taking over-the-counter analgesics to help with the pain and swelling. Propping your foot up and alternating ice and heat application directly on your toe can also help make you more comfortable.

Footwear and correctors

Sometimes the best bunion treatment can be a new pair of shoes! If your bunion isn't advanced, your feet may respond well to a wider, more comfortable shoe with plenty of room in the toe box. Your Alexandria podiatrist can also make recommendations for bunion pads, cushions, or splints that can help realign your toe over time and prevent friction from the inside of your shoe. You should work with Dr. Pace when wearing bunion correction devices to make sure you're using them properly.

Surgery

Severely painful bunions that are unresponsive to conservative treatments may need surgery. For this treatment, your Alexandria podiatrist removes and repositions the structures inside the affected toe.

If you think you need bunion treatment, contact Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, VA, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Angelo Pace today!

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
July 05, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Orthotics  

What is causing my foot pain? How should I treat it? Learn the answers to these questions and more from your Alexandria podiatry.

The first and most ideal treatment for pain is a non-invasive solution. Orthotics are a common non-invasive treatment that your foot doctor may recommend if you’re experiencing foot problems. Find out if orthotics prescribed by a podiatrist at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria can help you with your foot or ankle-related discomfort.Orthotics

About Foot Pain
If you’re feeling persistent pain in your feet, it’s important that you get the problem diagnosed first. Sometimes it’s simply due to overworking on a particular day or wearing a bad pair of shoes. In some cases, it could be a condition like plantar fasciitis or heel spurs. Patients most often experience pain at the balls of their feet, at the arch, at the base of the heel and around the toes. Some of these issues can be resolved with orthotics.

What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are inserts that are made to fit inside of your shoes to give you better support and balance. There are three main types of orthotics that may be suggested and custom designed by your Alexandria foot doctor:

  • Rigid (very firm and designed to provide support to the area under the ankle joint).
  • Soft (cushioned feel and designed to relieve pressure on sore areas of the feet).
  • Semi-rigid (a firm and cushioned insert that provides optimal balance, especially for athletes).


How Can Orthotics Help with Pain?
Orthotics help position your feet so that you will walk better, which eventually helps relieve pain. In many cases of foot pain, the patient walks in a way that repetitively puts pressure on a certain area of the foot. They also give optimal support to patients who have to stand for long periods of time. It’s important to have the orthotics custom-made by a doctor to ensure that they are properly formed to fit your unique foot shape.

Call for Answers and Relief from Foot Pain
Your Alexandria podiatrist can tell you if orthotics will help with your foot pain. Call (703) 971-7100 today to schedule an initial exam at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
February 29, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: ingrown toenail  

Like migraines and shark attacks, ingrown toenails can be an incredibly painful experience that one typically does not see coming until ingrown toenailit's too late. Unlike shark attacks (unless you are a surfer or an Australian), ingrown toenails are incredibly common. Although many cases can be treated with conservative measures like a warm foot soak to ease tenderness and swelling, ingrown toenails are also prone to causing infection, and may require surgical removal by a podiatrist of the ingrown portion of the nail.

Alexandria, VA-based podiatrist Dr. Angelo Pace frequently treats patients for ingrown toenails at his practice, Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Pace advises patients to take a few precautions when trimming and grooming their toenails in order to minimize the risk that a nail will become ingrown:

  • Avoid jagged and rounded edges when cutting and filing toenails. Cut and trim nails straight across.
  • Keep the feet dry and clean
  • Avoid wearing socks and shoes that are too tight and create prolonged pressure on the toes

What is an Ingrown Toenail?

Most common on the big toe (although technically any nail can become ingrown), they occur when the corner edge of the toenail grows into the soft flesh around the nail. The most common symptoms are:

  • redness
  • swelling
  • pain and tenderness on the side of the ingrown nail
  • pus (sign of infection)

People with diabetes and other conditions that may compromise blood flow and circulation to the feet are at greater risk for further problems and complications from ingrown toenails and other common foot conditions like blisters, callouses, cuts, and warts. Diabetic patients should be especially careful and consult a podiatrist for regular foot care and maintenance.

Ingrown Toenail Treatment in Alexandria

If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail or other foot problem, contact Dr. Angelo Pace at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center to schedule an appointment.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
January 26, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Orthotics  

If you are suffering from painful and/or debilitating foot and ankle issues you are probably trying to decide how best to treat your condition. No one wants to be even temporarily disabled, but few people want to undergo intense therapies or major treatments unless it orthoticsis necessary.

Fortunately, there is a spectrum of treatment options available. One option is custom orthotics.

Orthotics are inserts such as soles, insteps, heel liners and foot cushions. Podiatrists will often prescribe orthotics to treat such conditions like plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tendonitis, and diabetic-related foot, heel, and ankle issues.

According to the American Podiatric Medicine Association, there are two types of orthotics: Functional Orthotics, which are designed to correct or control abnormal motion and Accommodative Orthotics which are designed to provide additional comfort and support.

While one can buy over-the-counter orthotics, they are obviously limited in effectiveness; a store bought sole insert, for example, is not going to be particularly effective in alleviating flat feet.

But are custom orthotics right for you? That’s a decision that should be made with the help of a qualified podiatrist. However, the APMA does note that several clinical studies have shown that podiatrist prescribed orthotics do decrease foot pain and increase function.

A couple of questions you should consider are:

  • How is your overall health?
  • Is your condition such that orthotics would even be appropriate?
  • What is the purpose? Different people have different activity levels and therefore different needs.

If you have a condition that does not require more intense treatment such as surgery, custom orthotics might be a good option for you. Your podiatrist will carefully examine and evaluate your feet and ankles to ensure that custom orthotics will work for you. Once this is done, whatever orthotic devices your podiatrist prescribes are custom made specifically for you to treat your condition.

If you are in the Alexandria, VA area and are looking for information regarding custom orthotics or have any other questions or concerns regarding the health of your feet and ankles, contact Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center. Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center has two locations, at 6355 Walker Lane and 2616 Sherwood Hall, Suite 401, both in Alexandria. For more information call the Walker Lane office at 703-971-7100 or the Sherwood Lane office at 703-360-9292, or visit the website at www.advpacefootandankle.com.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
December 11, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Spurs  

Most people don't give much thought to the anatomy of their feet until pain or an injury interferes with movement and everyday activities.

For professional athletes and physically active individuals, issues like pronation, gait, and the shape and angle of the foot's arch are all important factors that play a vital role in their overall physical performance and success. But for the average person, heel pain usually Heel Spurs boils down to the choice between comfort and style in choosing footwear.

What are Heel Spurs?

Unlike other foot and ankle injuries like sprains and Achilles tendinitis, which typically result from accidents and mechanical overuse, heel spurs (plantar fasciitis) cause heel pain when the connective tissue that runs from the base of the toes to the heels becomes inflamed.

What Causes Heel Spurs?

This is where the height of the foot's arch and pronation comes in. Pronation refers to the inward roll of the feet and ankles when the heel strikes the ground during motion. If the inward roll of the ankles is excessive (overpronation), it causes the arches to flatten out (also referred to as "flat feet") and strains the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the feet.

In addition to heel pain, overpronation can also cause other foot and ankle problems including:

  • Arch pain
  • Knee, hip, and back pain
  • Shin splints
  • Corns, bunions, and calluses
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in Alexandria
 
A little foot pain is normal from time to time. For persistent foot pain, it is important to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to get a proper diagnosis and treatment for a foot or ankle injury. Depending on the patient, podiatrist Dr. Angelo Pace may prescribe physical therapy, icing and rest to reduce inflammation, orthotics to correct alignment and pronation problems, or medication.

If you are suffering from foot or ankle pain, contact Alexandria foot doctor Angelo Pace, DPM at Advanced Pace Foot And Ankle Center by calling 703-971-7100 to request an appointment 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.
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