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Contributing Writer: Andrea Lopez | Images: BRFC —

Maintaining a routine can help you stay focused to complete a goal. These 5 healthy routines are to help you live a healthier life, checkout them out!

  1. Drink plenty of Water. Water is good for your health because it has no sugar and it keeps you hydrated. It also helps your skin look clear and youthful.
  2. Turn off all electronic devices an hour before you go to sleep. Your electronic devices can keep you from getting 8 hours of sleep. Turn it off so you don’t get distracted, and get a goodnight sleep!
  3. Add more green to your plate. To get your full value of nutrient for the day add fruits, and vegetables to your meals. You can start off your day by drinking a fruit smoothie, or you can add you favorite fruits to your water for an exciting new taste.
  4. Stretch after waking up. Open up your mind and breathe in the fresh air. Stretching can help relieve pain if you slept wrong.
  5. Think positive, don’t think about the negatives for too long, maintain positive and be optimistic.

Good luck, and may you live a long and healthy life!

 

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Contributing Writer: Bull Run Foot Clinic | Images: BRFC —

The warm weather feels even greater when you don’t have to worry about the appearance of your feet. Fungus leads to embarrassment, but some treatments can help. Dr. Mahavadi, Dr. Cardinal, and Dr. Arminio have all helped fight fungus for years and are here to help you understand fungus.

Bacterial fungus can infect your toes, usually starting on the skin, also know as athlete’s foot. If left untreated, it can infect the nail bed. This infection can cause your nails to appear thick, discolored, brittle, or black. Fungus grows in dark, moist, warm areas such as shoes; you can get fungus by being barefoot in common areas. In order to prevent fungus, our doctors recommend patients to keep their feet clean and dry daily and change their socks and shoes everyday.

At the clinic, our doctors offer three different treatment options for fungus. One option is an oral prescription, in which a blood test is needed. Another option are topicals, which are medications applied on the toes like a nail polish. Lastly, there is the laser treatment option, called HyperBlue Plus. This option is a 10 minute painless treatment that requires no blood test.

If you are sick of having fungus, come to the office today to have healthier toenails by the end of the season!

 

Contributing writer: Carmen Thorpe––

Flip–flops, let’s talk about them. Some doctors say that they are “OK” to wear and others are against them. We know that spring is here and soon we will want to show our tootsies off with lovely polished nails and stylish flip–flops, but are they good for our feet? With tons of questions swirling around this topic, we have put together a list –below– of the pros and cons on the matter.

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Pros

  • Stylish
  • Comfortable
  • Perfect for the warmer weather
  • Showcases our painted toes

Cons

  • Can’t be worn for extended amounts of time
  • Some have little to no arch support
  • Not enough support for the foot –as a whole
  • Expensive; with no real benefits for the feet (which supports the weight of the body)

With this list in mind, we checked out APMA’s site (American Podiatric Medical Association) to see what they had to say on the matter and we found this: You can wear flip–flops, but in order to avoid having problems with your feet later you could perform this simple checklist prior to purchasing your shoes. Click here to see the list and read more about what APMA has to say on the topic.

Contributing writer: Carmen Thorpe

This was the first time that a young boy named Colby had ever seen snow. Can you remember the first time you played in the snow? It was probably something like the video above; exciting, scary, and above everything else fun – and bit tiring too! These last few snow falls have given us that beautifully fluffy, white winter that people call “winter wonderland”.  A plethora of social media sites were filled with pictures and videos of people loving the snow – making the best out of the “snowmageddon” situations – and some not so much.  After all, some of the days had been so cold that the feeling in your toes were almost nonexistent. So, to prevent freezing extremities – on your feet and your pet’s paws as well –  and disliking the season, we here at Bull Run Foot and Ankle Clinic put together a great checklist on how to enjoy yourself in the “winter wonderland”.

Here are some essentials:

1.) Thermos Hot cocoa – a definite must if you are venturing out in the snow. It helps to warm you from the inside out and it tastes great too!

2.) Hand and feet warmers – sometimes your toes (and hands) need a little extra help from you in order to maintain warmth.

3.) Shoes – now we can all use more shoes, but the proper shoes for this winter weather are waterproof and made for this season (typically boots).

4.) Socks – an obvious fact, but wool socks work best for these winter days.

5.) Equipment – having the tools that make this weather so much more enjoyable, i.e., sled, skis, inner-tube, and a snowboard.

Pets’ checklist

1.) Fleeced lined jackets – if your pet needs it

2.) Paw protection – rock salt can potentially cause harm to their paws; they make winter protection boots for pets too!

So, now that you know what the essentials are, go out and enjoy the season with your friends or your pets!

Photo via istockphoto.com

Photo via istockphoto.com

It’s getting colder and the air feels dry.  What does that mean?  It means your feet are probably feeling pretty dry and maybe even cracked.

How do you deal with it?  Here are some tips!

  • Use a daily foot cream, preferably one that contains alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) or urea. Alpha-hydroxy acids help slough off dead skin cells and increase moisture retention in the skin’s epidermis. Examples of alpha-hydroxy acids include glycolic acid and lactic acid.
  • For rough or cracked areas of skin, try applying lanolin, which acts as an effective moisture barrier. Lanolin can be found over-the-counter and is usually labeled as a product for breastfeeding mothers, although it can be used for any form of dry, chapped skin.
  • If you are prone to allergies or skin sensitivities, use skin products that are labeled as hypoallergenic or formulated for sensitive skin.

If the problems persist, you should be seen by a podiatrist to figure out a more effective treatment method.

 

Image via novanthealth.org

Image via novanthealth.org

In the hopes of boosting community involvement, we want to keep you updated on local health-related events.

Novant Health will be hosting a Fitness and Wellness Open House on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their Health Fitness Center.

The event will include a food demo of healthy snacks and treats from 10 a.m. to Noon.  Then, there will also be a tour of the facility, a free one-week pass for all attendees, chair massages, free body composition, blood pressure, and cholesterol screenings.  The event will also feature refreshments and raffle prizes.

The Novant Health and Fitness Center is located at:
8640 Sudley Rd. Suite 104
Manassas, Va 20110

Will you be going?

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Patients experiencing  knee pain can suffer with restrictions in everyday activity.  Ignoring the pain is not a good idea.  Dr. Mahavadi,  The Bull Run Foot Clinic notes that many active patients experience knee pain from walking or running incorrectly. 

The Mayo Clinic notes that one condition called Chondromalacia Patella or “Runners Knee” is common and can be treated with ice and rest.  Shoe inserts can also be an option to correct walking and running or gait problems.  For more advanced stages, physical therapy may be required. 

The Jackson Clinics is just one of many physical therapy options in Northern Virginia.  Dr. Kristin Sykes, PT, DPT  worked with one of our patients to teach the  proper ways to stretch to ease the pressure on the cartilage in her knee and to reduce pain.  She also gave her a take-home set of instructions for stretches to do on her own.  Six weeks can be an average time for physical therapy sessions.

Do you have any experiences with Runner’s Knee?


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