Encountering a skin growth on your foot can be more than an unsightly annoyance. They can sometimes hurt and be made worse without proper care.
It's not always easy to tell if what you are dealing with is a wart or something else, but your Alexandria, and Sterling, VA, foot doctors can help you identify your problem and treat it. To learn more please contact Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin of Alexandria Family Podiatry.
A Wart, a Callus, or a Corn?
They all look very similar if you're unfamiliar with them, but both calluses and corns develop as a result of friction and pressure on your feet. They create rough patches of skin and corns especially can be very painful. The first step to alleviating these is modifying your footwear with custom orthotics. Although intervention by your doctor may be necessary.
A wart, however, although similar in appearance to a corn at first glance, is generally smaller and can be found in areas of the foot not exposed to constant friction. They can actually present themselves in any part of the body.
They appear because of exposure to the human papillomavirus (HPV) which can enter the skin through small cuts.
Wart Treatment in Alexandria, and Sterling, VA
Warts are typically benign and can go away on their own, but it can take months or over a year to be rid of them. Aesthetic concerns alone are a good reason to want them gone, but if they are found on the soles of your feet they can also be quite painful. These are often referred to as plantar warts.
Over-the-counter and home treatments have proven useful for some, but if you've already tried them or wish for an expert opinion before attempting them, then come in for a visit.
This is especially important if you suffer from diabetes, in which case you should not treat any foot problem on your own without first consulting with your doctor.
To make an appointment with our experts, Dr. Lee and Dr. Lin of Alexandria Family Podiatry in Alexandria, and Sterling, VA, dial (703) 823-2357 today.
How your podiatrists in Sterling, VA can help you get relief from toenail fungus.
If you have toenail fungus, you already know how embarrassing and uncomfortable the condition can be. You may be afraid to remove your shoes because of the unsightly look of your toes. The good news is, your podiatrist can help you and your toes feel better!
Dr. Richard G. Lee and Dr. Steven H. Lin of Alexandria Family Podiatry offer a wide variety of foot care services, including treatment for fungal toenails. They have two convenient offices in Sterling, and Alexandria, VA to help you get relief from toenail fungus.
Toenail fungus can begin slowly, with the first sign showing up as a small yellow or white spot beneath your toenail. The spot can become larger as the fungus grows further beneath your toenail.
- You may notice that your toenail is:
- Growing darker and thicker
- Growing more brittle and beginning to crumble
- Appearing distorted and beginning to separate from the nail bed
- Developing a bad odor and starting to hurt
If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, you may have toenail fungus. You can try an over-the-counter topical antifungal cream applied around and underneath your toenail. It also helps to keep your toenails trimmed to reduce pressure.
For moderate to severe cases of toenail fungus that don’t respond to over-the-counter treatments, your podiatrist may recommend:
- Oral antifungal medications
- Topical antifungal medications including nail lacquer
- Laser or photodynamic therapy
Remember that a fungus thrives in moist, warm places so always wear sandals or flip flops when you are in public showers, locker rooms, pools, or gyms. Change your socks and shoes often and don't share linens, towels, socks, or shoes with others.
You can get relief from toenail fungus by seeking out treatment from your podiatrist. To get started, call Dr. Richard G. Lee and Dr. Steven H. Lin of Alexandria Family Podiatry, in Sterling, VA, and Alexandria, VA at (703) 823-2357. Call today!
Bunions typically appear on the side of your big toe as a very visible bump. If you already suffer from them then you're well aware of how they look, and sometimes, and more importantly, how they feel. They can be painless, but when the discomfort begins it's impossible to ignore. You can try some over the counter products to try to manage them at home, but you should consider turning to your podiatrist if these prove unhelpful, or want professional help as early as possible. You can reach out to your local experts for more information, Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin of Alexandria Family Podiatry in Alexandria, and Sterling, VA.
Risks and Complications
Whether high heel shoes, or shoes in general that bunch the toes are responsible for bunions, or if they simply exacerbate the condition is still a matter of debate. But it is true that a condition like flat feet, which is usually inherited, can lead to bunions.
Flat feet, as the name suggests, are feet with low or no arches. The arch of your foot helps to spread the weight of your entire body, and without it, the inside of your foot is forced to carry much more. This is further complicated if your work has you on your feet for extended periods of time.
If you are already suffering from bunions, the problem will only get worse, they do not heal on their own. Unattended, bunions can lead to other foot problems, including inflammation of the fluid-filled sac that cushions your big toe joint, nerve damage, and chronic foot and heel pain. To combat these and other complications reach out to your local podiatrist in Alexandria, and Sterling, VA.
Consider roomier shoes as your first step to easing the symptoms of your bunions. Over the counter medication can help with moderate pain, but you are best served by visiting your podiatrist, especially if the pain is difficult to manage and if you are having trouble finding shoes that fit.
Your doctor can help by prescribing custom orthotics and can apply pads to your feet to reduce the pressure. If necessary, your doctor may suggest surgery to return your big toe to the correct position. So don't endure the discomfort any longer, make an appointment today with Dr. Lee and Dr. Lin of Alexandria Family Podiatry in Alexandria, VA, by dialing (703) 823-2357, and (703) 823-2357 for the Sterling, VA, location.
Athlete’s foot is a type of fungal infection that occurs between the toes and on the tops and soles of the feet. It is common in people whose feet are frequently sweaty in the confines of tightly fitting shoes. It is best treated with prescription medication. Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin are podiatrists at Alexandria Family Podiatry in Sterling and Alexandria, VA. They provide treatment for all foot and ankle conditions including athlete’s foot.
Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot
Sterling residents who notice the following signs and symptoms may have athlete’s foot:
- A red or pink scaly rash
- Itchy skin
- Blisters in the rash
- Dry skin
Athlete’s foot can infect one or both feet and may spread to your fingers if you touch the infected areas on your feet. You should see a podiatrist if your symptoms persist for more than two weeks of using over-the-counter fungal cream. You should see a doctor straight away if you think you have Athlete’s foot and you suffer from diabetes.
Causes of Athlete’s Foot
Jock itch and Athlete’s foot are caused by the same type of fungus. If you frequently wear damp, warm socks, these conditions encourage the fungus to grow. This condition is contagious and can be spread to other people on contact with the infection or contaminated surfaces such as floors and towels.
Prevention of Athlete’s Foot
Following these practices can help reduce your risk of Athlete’s foot:
- Keep your feet dry as much as possible and let them air out after sports or a bath or shower.
- Change your socks regularly.
- Wear well-ventilated shoes.
- Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes every day.
- Protect your feet in locker rooms and around public pools.
- Avoid sharing shoes.
Don’t suffer in silence with Athlete’s foot. If you live in Sterling, VA, or Alexandria, VA, call Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin today at (703) 823-2357 to request an appointment.
Sometimes, heel pain can be caused by wearing high heels, spending a lot of time on your feet, or running a marathon. However, in other, more serious, cases, heel pain can be caused by an underlying condition, which necessitates a visit to the podiatrist. Fortunately, here at Alexandria Family Podiatry in Sterling and Alexandria, VA, your podiatrists, Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven H. Lin, can help diagnose and treat your heel problems.
Diagnosing Heel Pain
Sterling or Alexandria residents who have heel pain can schedule a consultation with Dr. Lee or Dr. Lin to find our if the following possible conditions may be causing their discomfort.
- Plantar fasciitis: This condition arises when the fascia ligament (the tissue connecting the heel to the toes) is overstretched. It causes pain in the lower heel and sole of the foot.
- Achilles tendonitis: The Achilles tendon (which connects the calf muscles to the heel) can become inflamed and painful due to overuse or sporting injuries. This causes pain to the heel and ankle.
- Sprains and strains: Sprains and strains are usually caused by physical activity and/or injuries to the feet/ankles. These are common causes of heel pain and the symptoms may be minor or severe depending on the extent of the damage.
- Bursitis: The bursae are fluid-filled sacs that protect your joints in regions where muscle or tendons join with bones. The Bursae in the ankles can become inflamed and swollen, causing heel pain.
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome: The tarsal is a large nerve located in the back of the foot. If this becomes compressed, it can cause pain in the foot or heel.
If you are looking for a podiatrist in Virginia to treat your heel issues, you can contact our Alexandria office at (703) 823-2357 and our Sterling office at (703) 823-2357.
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