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.
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
- An infection
- 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.
Preventive care, an essential aspect of maintaining good health, can also help you protect your feet. In fact, regular visits to your podiatrist, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center in Gainesville, VA, offer a simple way to improve your comfort and decrease the risk of complications due to chronic conditions—read on to learn more!
How You Can Benefit From Preventive Care
Feet are often overlooked yet play a crucial role in your life. When your feet hurt, everything becomes more difficult, from navigating the stairs to your bedroom to walking from the parking lot to your office to participating in your favorite activities.
Preventive care can help you:
- Manage Chronic Conditions: Do you have diabetes, circulation problems, or an autoimmune disorder? All of these conditions can affect your feet, increasing your risk of infections, pain, numbness, swelling, and other symptoms. Thanks to preventive visits, your Gainesville foot doctor can diagnose and treat problems before they can affect your health.
- Avoid Balance Issues As You Age: Age-related changes in your feet may affect your gait and increase your risk of falling. Fortunately, your podiatrist offers custom-designed shoe inserts called orthotics to improve arch support and keep your feet properly aligned when you wear shoes.
- Prevent Back, Leg or Hip Pain: Foot imbalances, arch problems, and other issues don't just cause pain in your feet, but may affect the alignment of your entire body. Your foot doctor can determine if a biomechanical foot issue may cause or contribute to your back, hip, or leg pain.
- Identify Foot or Ankle Conditions in Children: Preventive visits are particularly important for young children. Promptly identifying foot, ankle, or toe conditions will ensure that your child receives the treatment needed to avoid lifelong foot issues.
- Prevent Sports Injuries in Children and Adults: Sports participation is a common cause of foot and ankle injuries. Injuries may be more likely to occur if you turn your feet inward, you have a foot imbalance, or if your shoes don't adequately cushion and support your feet. During your visit to the foot doctor, you may be surprised to learn that you have one of these issues. Fortunately, your podiatrist can make a few recommendations that will help you avoid injuries when you're on the field or court.
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Improve your foot health with preventive care! Call Prince William Foot & Ankle Center in Gainesville, VA, today at (703) 753-3338 to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist.
Find out how to get your bunions under control without resorting to surgery.
Is a bunion affecting your ability to get around? Our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist Dr. Mukesh Bhakta can help create the ideal treatment plan for you based on the severity of your bunion, your lifestyle and activity level to make sure that your bunion gets the care it needs without changing your routine.
Here are some ways to get your bunion symptoms under control.
Change your footwear: Any shoes that have high heels taller than 2 inches, or shoes that bunch up toes or have pointed toes are a no-no for people with bunions. Opt for shoes with a wide toe box that give your toes plenty of room to wiggle and move around.
Taping or padding the foot: Applying a protective pad to the bunion before wearing shoes can alleviate additional pressure placed on the area when standing or walking. Furthermore, taping or splinting the foot can also properly realign the foot and joint to reduce pain.
Wear custom orthotics: Our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist can also make prescription shoe inserts, which redistribute weight evenly throughout the foot to prevent the bunion from getting worse. Orthotics can reduce shock absorption while also providing the foot with the support it needs while in motion.
Medication: On days when your bunion just won’t quit, an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen may be able to at least alleviate your discomfort. If you are dealing with severe bunion pain that over-the-counter pain relievers aren’t strong enough to handle, then Dr. Bhakta may recommend steroid injections to treat severe swelling and pain.
Icing: Icing is another easy and simple way to reduce swelling and pain, and may also provide you with relief from your symptoms when you would rather not resort to over-the-counter pain relievers. Ice can dull the pain and reduce inflammation. Ice the bunion for 15 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day.
When should I see a podiatrist?
If you aren’t sure if you are dealing with a bunion then it’s time to turn to a foot and ankle doctor who can diagnose your condition. After all, there are many reasons someone may experience foot pain. If your symptoms aren’t responding to at-home care then Dr. Bhakta would be happy to create a more effective treatment plan to get your symptoms under control.
Whether you have questions about treating your bunion or you are experiencing symptoms of a bunion, turn to the experts at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center in Gainesville and South Riding, VA, for the treatment you need.
Do you still have toenail fungus even though you brush anti-fungal medication on your nails every day? Laser nail treatment may finally help clear your nails. Your Gainesville, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, can help you decide if laser treatment is good option for you.
Laser treatment targets fungus at its source
Over-the-counter topical medications aren't always effective in treating toenail fungus. The medications only penetrate the first few layers of your nail and never reach deeper layers or your nail bed.
If you don't kill the fungus growing underneath the nail on the nail bed, your nails won't get better. During laser treatment, shorts bursts of laser energy heat the pigments that make fungus look yellow. Heat immediately kills the fungus, eliminating the fungal infection. Depending on the severity of the infection, you may need several treatments spaced a few weeks apart.
Laser therapy offers a pain-free treatment method
Your Gainesville foot doctor precisely aims the laser light during your treatments. Laser beams only reach your toenails and don't harm skin or healthy tissues. Thanks to the short bursts used to generate laser energy, your toes never hurt or feel uncomfortably hot during the treatment. You may experience a little tingling, but the sensation isn't unpleasant.
Laser treatment has no side effects and doesn't interfere with your usual activities. You can go back to work immediately after you receive treatment.
Your toenail will still look yellow after you finish your therapy, but that doesn't mean that the treatment didn't work. As your nail grows out, you'll notice that the new growth is clear.
While you wait for your nails to grow, it's important to avoid new infections. Although the fungi in your nails have been killed by the laser light, you can still develop another fungal infection if you share socks, shoes or towels with someone else or walk barefoot in a public locker room or pool area. Taking a few steps to protect your feet will reduce your risk of reinfection.
Clear your toenail fungus with laser nail treatment! Call your Gainesville, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, at (703) 753-3338 to schedule your appointment.
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