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By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
August 16, 2016
Category: Podiatric health
Tags: Ankle Pain  

Staying healthy and active, while always crucial to your health, becomes more important and, unfortunately, often more difficult as you age. However, increasing or starting your exercise routine suddenly at any age could compromise your ankles and the connective tissues which hold the joints together. Learn about how to protect your ankles while staying active with Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, DPM at AnklesPrince William Foot and Ankle Center in Gainesville, VA.

Common Causes of Ankle Injuries
Ankle injuries can quickly affect your quality of life and make walking and standing difficult. These injuries often come from trauma to the bone, joint, or connective tissue. Something as simple as twisting your ankle while walking could result in an injury through overuse and abnormalities in the ankle itself often cause injury. Suddenly adding more aggressive exercises into your normal routine can also injure the ankle.

Preventing Ankle Injuries in Gainesville, VA
If you choose to up the difficulty of your exercise routine, do so gradually. For example, instead of doubling your normal route while running, add distance slowly over the course of several weeks to reach your goal. Additionally, make sure you wear the correct shoes for the activity you participate in. Shoes designed for running have different qualities and support systems than shoes for other sports, making your choice of shoes important in protecting your feet and ankles. Stretch before and after exercising and take care to stay hydrated.

Ankle Injury Treatment
Treatment for ankle injuries varies depending on the patient, their injury, and their lifestyle. Some injuries require only plenty of rest to allow the body’s natural healing abilities to take over. Icing the ankle several times a day and keeping it elevated can help reduce pain and bring down swelling. Over-the-counter medications can help calm pain, and orthotics like a brace or wrap can also help reduce swelling.

Your doctor may recommend prescription orthotics or medications to aid in the healing process. They may also recommend physical, laser, or hot/cold therapy. Some severe or chronic ankle injuries require surgery to correct the problem. Your doctor can help you determine which treatment is best for your ankle injury.

For more information on protecting yourself from ankle injuries, please contact Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, DPM at Prince William Foot and Ankle Center in Gainesville, VA. Call 703-753-3338 to schedule your foot and ankle examination today!

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
August 10, 2016
Category: Podiatric health

Have you given up on finding an effective treatment for your toenail fungus? Over-the-counter treatments can be helpful if you have a mild problem, but they're not very effective in treating more severe infections. Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, your Gainesville, VA podiatrist at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, explains how laser nail treatment can get rid of toenail fungus for good.Toenail Treatment

The limitations of drugstore products

The topical medications available at your local drugstore coat the top of your nail and may offer some slight improvement initially. Unfortunately, these medications can't reach the fungus that grows under your nail. If you don't kill this fungus, your problem will continue. If you have a particularly stubborn case of toe nail fungus, even prescription oral medication may not get rid of the fungus. Oral medication also has several unpleasant side effects, including abdominal pain, diarrhea and headaches.

How does laser treatment help?

The laser your Gainesville foot doctor uses penetrates your toenail to kill the fungus underneath. Since he can precisely control the thin beam of light, healthy tissue won't be damaged by the laser beam. The heat generated by the laser light quickly kills the fungus in just one session.

Treatment only takes about 30 to 45 minutes and isn't painful. Your toe may feel a little warm when the laser is applied and you may notice a slight pinprick sensation. Unlike oral medications, laser nail treatment has no unpleasant side effects. Although the fungus will be dead after the treatment, you won't notice immediate results. As your toenail grows, you'll gradually see a new section of fungus-free nail emerge.

Will laser treatment cure my problem?

The fungus is killed in the majority of patients who undergo laser nail treatment. Since fungus is everywhere, there's always a chance you could eventually develop another infection, but if you take precautions, such as wearing shoes in public showers and changing your socks when they become sweaty, you can decrease your chances of developing a new infection.

Laser nail treatment offers a simple solution to toe nail fungus. Call Dr. Bhakta, your Gainesville, VA podiatrist at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, at (703) 753-3338 to schedule an appointment to learn if laser treatment is a good option for you. Say goodbye to toe nail fungus with laser nail treatment!