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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
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
November 03, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Do your feet and legs ache after standing or walking, even if you don't walk that far? Orthotics may help ease your pain. Dr. Angelo Pace orthoticsof Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, VA, explains how orthotics can help you.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts placed in your shoes. Unlike one-size-fits-all drugstore inserts, orthotics are molded to fit your feet and are designed to address your particular foot issues. Prescription orthotics are also much more durable than over-the-counter inserts, provide better support for your feet than over-the-counter inserts and last years rather than months.

How do orthotics relieve pain?

The proper alignment of your body depends on the condition of your feet. If you have a weak arch or foot imbalance, your entire body can suffer. Pain in the feet, ankle, legs, hips and back can be a sign of a foot problem that can be easily corrected simply by wearing orthotics in your shoes. Orthotics improve the position of your foot, ensuring that it provides a stable foundation for your entire body.

During your visit to our Alexandria office, Dr. Pace will examine your feet, review your medical history and watch the way you walk to determine if you have any issues that affect your gait. If you can benefit from orthotics, measurements and 3D images of your feet will be used to create orthotics that will decrease your pain and improve your comfort. There is an adjustment period when you first begin wearing orthotics. Initially, you may only wear the inserts for a few hours a day. As you get used to the inserts, you'll wear them for longer periods of time.

Will orthotics help me?

Orthotics can be helpful if you suffer from:

  • Pain in your heels, feet, ankle, knees, hips or back
  • Weak arches
  • Flat feet
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Bursitis
  • Achilles tendonosis
  • Foot imbalances or structural abnormalities
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Chronic pain from a previous foot or ankle injury
  • Aches and pains when standing for hours

Orthotics can ease your foot and ankle pain. Find out if you can benefit from orthotics by scheduling a visit with Dr. Pace of Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, YA. Call (703) 971-7100 to make an appointment for the Walker Lane office or (703) 360-9292 for the Sherwood Hall Lane office.

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.

Questions or Comments?
We encourage you to contact us whenever you have an interest or concern about our services.

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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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