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By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
August 17, 2022
Category: Foot Treatment
Tags: Shockwave Therapy  

What Is Shockwave Therapy?

If you are struggling with a chronic foot condition or chronic foot pain in general, then one of the treatment options that your podiatrist may suggest is called shockwave therapy. The procedure can offer many benefits over other non-surgical options in the treatment of chronic foot pain, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendinitis, among others. If you would like to learn more about how shockwave therapy can help you can reach out to Dr. Mukesh Bhakta and Dr. Anam Ali of the Prince William Foot & Ankle Center in Gainesville and Dulles, VA.

Inflammation

Medical conditions that end in "-itis" typically refer to a problem related to inflammation, as is the case with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis, which affect the plantar fascia and the Achilles tendon respectfully. Your podiatrist can offer a variety of treatment options for these and other similar conditions, but if these don't prove successful and before surgery becomes a necessity shockwave therapy can help.

How It Works

During the procedure your doctor uses a medical device that transmits radial shockwaves onto the affected area, these waves have multiple effects as they pass through your tissue. They safely stimulate the reversal of chronic inflammation as well as help to induce the body's natural healing processes. These waves can increase the activity of mast cells, which play a large role in the body's inflammatory process, and can assist with collagen production.

Shockwave Therapy in Gainesville and Dulles, VA

Shockwave therapy can be used to treat severe pain associated with the above and other foot conditions, although its use is usually reserved for those who've experienced chronic pain for a number of months and who have not shown success with other treatment methods alone, such as the use of custom orthotics and physical therapy.

If you are seeking relief from chronic pain and wonder if shockwave therapy is right for you, you can schedule a consultation today with Dr. Bhakta and Dr. Ali of the Prince William Foot & Ankle Center in Gainesville in Dulles, VA, by dialing 703-753-3338.

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
March 17, 2022
Category: Foot Treatment

Are your nails thick and yellow due to toenail fungus? Laser nail treatment offered by your Dulles and Gainesville, VA, podiatrists, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta and Dr. Anam Ali of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, is the ideal solution if you have a stubborn fungal infection.

Why toenail fungus is so difficult to treat at home

Drugstore anti-fungal products only reach the first few layers of your toenails. No matter how often you apply the product, it will never penetrate deep inside your nail or reach the nail bed. If you don't treat those areas, the fungus will never go away. Although over-the-counter products might help if you only have a mild infection, they're much less effective at treating severe infections.

Treating toenail fungus is important

Toenail fungus isn't just an appearance issue. If the fungus thickens your nails, you may be more likely to develop ingrown toenails. As the fungus works its way through the nail, the nail could loosen and may even fall off. If you have diabetes, it's particularly important to treat toenail fungus promptly. An untreated fungal infection could increase your risk of cellulitis and other infections that could harm your health.

Laser nail treatment offers an effective way to treat fungus

Laser nail treatment in the Dulles or Gainesville, VA, podiatry office targets the pigments that give the fungus its color. The laser light heats the pigments, killing the fungus. During the treatment, your doctor uses short bursts of laser lights that heat the nail without making your toe uncomfortably hot. In fact, you may only feel a slight warmth or mild tingling sensation when the laser is activated. As soon as the treatment is over, you can resume your normal activities

When you'll see a difference in your nail

Laser nail treatment immediately kills toenail fungus, but it can't immediately make your yellow nails look clear. As the nail grows over the next few months, you'll notice the bottom part of your nail is no longer discolored. As the discolored part of the nail grows out, your entire nail will eventually become clear again.

Although laser nail treatment is very effective in treating toenail fungus, it won't prevent new infections. Fortunately, following these recommendations will help you avoid another infection:

  • Don't walk barefoot around pool areas and locker rooms
  • Avoid sharing shoes and socks with friends or family members
  • Wear shoes made of breathable materials
  • Change your socks and shoes when they get sweaty
  • Use anti-fungal shoe spray

Would you like to finally get rid of your toenail fungus? Schedule a laser nail treatment with your podiatrists in Dulles and Gainesville, VA, Dr. Bhakta and Dr. Ali of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, by calling (703) 753-3338.

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
January 04, 2021
Category: Foot Treatment

Toenail fungus is hard to get rid of -- even drugstore topicals may not treat them. It can cause your toenail to thicken and become painful, making it hard to wear shoes and socks. If you are ready to explore laser toenail treatment, contact Dr. Mukesh Bhakta at Prince William Foot and Ankle Center in Gainesville, VA.

Are you sure it is toenail fungus?

Nail fungus is a persistent, unsightly condition that usually affects the nail beds of the toes. While there are many over-the-counter treatments available for those with these symptoms, they sometimes aren’t as effective as one would want. Another option is laser toenail therapy.

Getting laser therapy

Laser toenail therapy is an FDA approved medical treatment for those with toenails that have fungal infections. Carbon dioxide lasers to heat and kill the fungus underneath the nail. The procedure also encourages the cellular turnover of the skin cells on the nail bed, which helps the toe slough off the damaged nail and formerly infected skin.

Studies have shown that laser treatment is not only safe but effective. Your doctor may encourage you to use a topical antifungal to speed up the healing process and ensure that the infection does not return.

Keeping your feet fungus free

After you have gotten your laser therapy, there are a couple of things you want to do afterward:

  • If showering at the gym, pool, or some other moist place, be sure to wear shower shoes to protect your feet.
  • Take care to make sure that your feet are clean and dry at all times. Inspect your feet daily for too much skin, hangnails, and other things that can make your feet susceptible to fungus.
  • Wear clean socks and shoes at all times, and avoid wearing someone else’s shoes.

Call Dr. Bhakta today for more information or to set up an appointment in Gainesville, VA, to see if laser therapy treatment for foot fungus is right for you. Our number at Prince William Foot and Ankle Center is 703-753-3338. See you soon!

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
May 12, 2020
Category: Foot Treatment
Tags: ankle sprain  

Here are the best strategies to follow to achieve a full recovery from a sprained ankle.

A sprained ankle is incredibly common and can happen to anyone. Whether you stepped off the curb awkwardly or you twisted your ankle while running, there are many reasons that you may find yourself dealing with a sprained ankle; however, it’s important that you don’t just ignore your symptoms. Here’s when to treat an ankle at home and when you should visit our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, for a proper evaluation.

Treating Your Ankle Sprain at Home

As you might expect, you want to reduce pain and swelling as quickly as possible after an ankle injury. Practice the RICE method to do so:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

Rest is, by far, the most important thing you can do to help your ankle heal quickly. Avoid putting weight on the ankle and keep your ankle elevated above your heart while sitting down (this can reduce swelling). You should also wrap an ice pack (or a frozen bag of a pea, if you don’t have an ice pack) with a towel and apply it to the ankle for 15-20 minutes up to five times a day. Icing the ankle can temporarily numb the pain and reduce swelling.

When to See a Podiatrist

If you’ve never sprained your ankle before it’s probably a good idea to see a medical professional who can properly diagnose the injury. After all, you may think it’s just a sprain, but it could actually be a more serious condition. It’s important to rule out other problems such as fractures or dislocations.

You should see a podiatrist right away if:

  • Pain and swelling are severe
  • You are unable to put weight on the affected ankle
  • There is a visible deformity in the ankle after injury
  • You heard a popping sound at the moment of impact or injury
  • There is tingling, numbness, or weakness in the foot or ankle

Since a sprained ankle is more at risk for future sprains, it’s important that you follow your podiatrist’s treatment plan exactly. Our team can provide a variety of stretching and strengthening exercises designed to retrain the muscles, ligaments, and tissues within and around the ankle to prevent future injuries.

If you are dealing with urgent problems or a foot infection, our podiatrist is still providing immediate and emergency care to patients living in and around Gainesville, VA. We are also offering telemedicine visits for patients who are dealing with non-urgent issues. To schedule an appointment, please call Prince William Foot & Ankle Center at (703) 753-3338.

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
February 18, 2020
Category: Foot Treatment
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain can be a nasty problem. Here’s when you should seek medical attention…

If you are struggling with your heel pain or dealing with recurring or persistent pain in the heel or foot it may be time to turn to our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist Dr. Mukesh Bhakta for diagnosis and treatment. After all, there are many reasons why you may be dealing with heel pain and the root cause could also determine the most effective treatment for you. Don’t let pain keep you from enjoying your favorite activities.

What causes heel pain?

You may notice that your pain shows up gradually over time. This is usually the case with heel pain, as it’s often a result of overuse rather than an injury. The most common cause of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis, which causes pain below the heel bone that may also affect the arches of the feet. Other causes of heel pain include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Heel spur
  • Arthritis
  • An infection
  • Fracture
  • Bursitis
  • Tumor (rare)

When should I see a doctor?

The sooner you seek treatment the sooner your pain will go away; however, most people will choose to treat more minor symptoms on their own just by resting, icing and taking over-the-counter pain relievers; however, you should turn to our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist if your:

  • Heel pain doesn’t improve after a week of rest and home care
  • Pain continues to get worse
  • Pain is accompanied by severe swelling
  • Symptoms include tingling, numbness or weakness
  • Pain is accompanied by a fever
  • Symptoms make it impossible to move or bend the foot, or to put weight on the foot

During your evaluation, your podiatrist will go through your medical history and perform a in-depth physical examination. We will ask you questions about your symptoms. These questions can help us rule out certain conditions. Sometimes imaging tests and further testing is required.

Prince William Foot & Ankle Center provides a full range of foot and ankle services to the Gainesville and South Riding, VA, areas. If you are dealing with heel pain that isn’t responding to at-home care then call our office today at (703) 753-3338 for an evaluation.