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Know when it might be time to turn to a podiatrist for foot and ankle care.
Your feet and ankles are two of the hardest working parts of the body, so it’s no surprise that you may find yourself dealing with issues at some point. Since you rely on your feet and ankles for everyday movements, it’s important to turn to our Gainesville, VA, podiatrists Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, and Dr. Anam Ali when issues arise. Here are the most common reasons to turn to our team for care,
You Have Diabetes
Diabetic feet require extra special care, like those with diabetes are more at risk for nerve damage, and ulcers. If you notice any changes in your feet, no matter how minor (even mild redness or swelling), it’s important that you call us right away for an evaluation. Even if you aren’t dealing with issues, you should still have your feet checked out by our team at least once a year.
You Have an Infected Ingrown Toenail
An ingrown toenail is typically a minor nuisance for healthy individuals, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still deal with an infected toenail. It’s important to spot the signs of an infection, such as increased redness, swelling and pain, and pus or drainage coming from the nail. If you notice any of these symptoms, you’ll want to call our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist as soon as possible.
You Have Toenail Fungus
Toenail fungus can be downright challenging to treat, especially on your own, but leaving toenail fungus untreated can lead to permanent nail damage. If at-home or over-the-counter treatments aren’t working for you, our team can provide you with effective medications or laser therapy to destroy the fungal infection.
You Are Dealing with New or Worsening Foot Pain
While not all aches and pains warrant turning to our team, it’s important that any new, worsening or severe pain is evaluated by our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist to find out what’s going on and know how to treat it properly. After all, not all foot and ankle conditions are treated the same way, and you want to make sure your feet are getting the right care.
Your Everyday Routine is Impacted
Suppose you find that foot or ankle problems impact your daily routine and make it difficult to do everything from run errands to workout. In that case, you may want to schedule an appointment with us to find out what’s going on and to get the customized treatment you need to get back on your feet again.
If in doubt, don’t hesitate to call Prince William Foot & Ankle Center in Dulles and Gainesville, VA, at (703) 753-3338 to schedule an appointment with our podiatrists Dr. Bhakta and Dr. Ali. We provide full-spectrum foot and ankle care to patients of all ages.
Should you turn to a podiatrist if you are experiencing heel pain?
Heel pain is one of the most common foot problems our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist Dr. Mukesh Bhakta sees. In fact, heel pain impacts more than 2 million men and women in the US each year. While minor heel pain may go away with rest and proper care, it’s also important to recognize when you may need to turn to a foot care professional for treatment.
If you are dealing with heel pain you may think you can handle it on your own, and if the pain is minor you may be able to; however, you should turn to our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist right away if you are experiencing any of these symptoms,
- Severe heel pain
- Severe swelling
- Issues moving or bending the foot
- Difficulty walking or you’re unable to put weight on the foot
- Numbness of the foot
- An open sore that won’t heal
Any heel pain that occurs as a result of an injury or accident requires immediate attention from a qualified foot care professional. While you won’t require urgent care, it’s still a good idea to see us if your heel pain persists even at rest or if you are dealing with heel pain for several days and it doesn’t seem to be alleviated with rest and home care.
What will a podiatrist do?
We will first examine the foot and ask you questions regarding the pain. Your answers will provide us with insight into what might be going on. In most cases, an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis if often to blame. While this condition isn’t usually a cause for concern, it can become chronic if left untreated or if not properly treated, which is why it’s always best to turn to our podiatric staff for immediate care.
Once we’ve determined the cause of your heel pain we can provide you with a variety of treatment options. Some ways to ease heel pain include,
- Limiting activities and getting ample rest
- Over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers
- Steroid injections (for more severe cases)
- Physical therapy
- Orthotics & orthopedic shoes
- Shockwave therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
- Surgery (only in rare cases)
If you are dealing with severe or recurring heel pain, we have an offices in Gainesville, VA, to better serve you and your foot needs. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bhakta at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, call (703) 753-3338.
Sometimes certain foot problems and symptoms require an expert’s opinion.
Our feet work so incredibly hard for us each and every day and yet we don’t often recognize all that they do until they start to cause us problems. Before we know it everyday activities like going upstairs or enjoying your morning run cause you pain. Our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, provides individualized foot and ankle care to patients of all ages. Whether you are dealing with simple problems like ingrown toenails or more serious matters like diabetes here are some instances in which you should turn to our podiatrist for care.
Pain and Swelling
There are many injuries and conditions that can lead to foot pain or swelling. While more minor conditions can be treated with rest and home care, it’s important to know when to see a podiatrist. If the pain and swelling is severe, if the pain gets worse or if these symptoms impact your ability to walk normally then it’s time to see a doctor.
Numbness and Tingling
While you may notice your feet “going to sleep” when sitting in a certain position if you notice recurring numbness, tingling or weakness that affects the whole foot this could be a sign of something more serious such as neuropathy (nerve damage). This requires immediate medical attention.
A Lump or Deformity
There are many types of lumps and bumps that can form on the feet; however, we are talking about the lumps and growths that don’t seem to go away such as bunions, warts, or neuromas. While most of these problems are benign, it’s a good idea to find out what’s going on, especially if you are experiencing any discomfort.
You Have Diabetes
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes it’s important that you add our Gainesville, VA, foot doctor to your team of doctors so that we can provide you with customized care and treatment when you need it. After all, diabetes can greatly impact the health of your feet and even small problems like cuts, blisters, and redness can lead to more serious complications. Having a podiatrist you trust is crucial for people living with diabetes.
If you have any concerns about the health of your feet or you are dealing with problems that give you pause, our team at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center can provide you with the answers and care you need right here in Gainesville and South Riding, VA. Call our office today at (703) 753-3338.