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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!

 

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

If your doctor recommends daily exercise, try new things. If you are feeling adventurous, you should try hiking. Hiking is a great form of exercise because the fresh air enables you to think clearly, and to be stress free; which is not only good for your physical health, but it is also good for your mental health.

In Manassas, there is different hiking trails that you can explore. The nearest trails around here are the Bull Run Occoquan Trail, the Bull Run Mountains, and the Manassas National Battlefield Park. The Occoquan Trail has a beautiful sight of the Occoquan River and it is 7.8 miles long. You can find a nice 5 mile trail at The Bull Run Mountains, and there is a run down historic that is a must see. The last trial, at the Manassas BattleField Park is a 8.6 mile trail that has a stone house and canyons spread around the park. All of these hiking trails are beautiful historic sites that you should checkout.

Although Hiking is great, you should also keep in mind that your feet need to be protected from the uneven terrain to prevent injuring your foot. To prevent injury consider getting hiking shoes or at least a shoe with a thick sole, and remember if you ever have a foot injury come to Bull Run Foot and Ankle Clinic to get treated.

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Dr.Greg Cardinal, is a hardworking, friendly, and outgoing. Before becoming a podiatrist, he was a musician for 15 years, which is where he started to impact the lives of others. He helped hundreds of people who were serving in the military by performing therapeutic music.

He decided to continue his passion for helping others by pursuing a career in podiatry. His interest include all aspects of primary podiatric care. After years of hard work, Dr. Greg Cardinal is recognized as a graduate of a dual degree program in Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Management. He is also affiliated in 6 other institution. Dr. Greg Cardinal is experienced and ready help with any podiatry related problems.

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Contributing Writer: Carmen Thorpe

An artistic, visually interesting, interpretation of the traditional high heel is stepping into the pictures of Instagram and the feed on Twitter. The #heelconcepts are pictures of people –actually their foot–  creating a high heeled or a heeled shoe from an assortment of items; anything can create a heel, from donuts and coffee to make-up and more.  Pictures have been posted from all over and we have compiled our Top 5 Favorites (counting the one above) :

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APMA reports this on the actual wearing of high heels: http://bit.ly/10grwNw

For this edition of Footprints, we wanted to feature some yearbook photos of Dr. Moien.
Not only was he active in sports, but he was a member of the Cadet Corps and the Senior Class President.  According to his senior yearbook, he was “off to college and a medical career.”

Photo via hibridal.com

Photo via hibridal.com

Since we received such positive feedback for our articles about high heeled shoes, we wanted to do another high heel-related post.

About.com‘s podiatry expert, Dr. Catherine Moyer, compiled a list of tips for how to continue wearing the shoes you love without the painful side effects.

Tip # 1 — Be sure you’re wearing the right size.

According to Dr. Moyer, this is the Number One mistake made by women.  She recommends having your feet professionally sized when you go shopping.  Our shoe sizes change throughout our lives and even having children can cause your feet to go up a size or so.

Tip # 2 — Educate yourself on your personal foot type.

As we’ve said before, there are different types of feet.  Different types of feet require different support from shoes.  A podiatrist can do this for you, or you can do a simple at-home test.  Wet the bottom of your foot and stand on a piece of construction paper that you’ve placed on the ground.  This will tell you if you’ve got flat feet or a high arch.

Tip # 3 — The thicker the heel, the better.

Ever noticed how thicker-heeled shoes just feel more comfortable?  There’s a reason for that.  Stilettos cause your feet to wobble, which is not good for your general podiatric health.  Of course, sometimes the outfit calls for a thin heel, but if you include them as a part of your everyday wardrobe, it may be time to start switching it up and adding thicker heels for better balance.

Tip # 4 — Avoid thin soles, opt for the platform.

Even a slight platform will alleviate some of the pressure when walking in heels.  Thinner soles will almost always cause pain at the bottom of the foot.

Tip # 5 — Take breaks.

Take a few moments throughout the day to take off the shoes and stretch your ankles and your toes.

Image Source: MarieClaire.com

Image Source: MarieClaire.com

Periodically, we receive foot-health questions from our website contact form.  Since launching the site, we have gotten many different questions regarding sports and foot health.  Several of those questions have been about dance — specifically Pointe.  Since there have been so many, we wanted to provide a little information about Pointe and foot health.

Before even starting Pointe, it is customary to have a pre-Pointe evaluation.  Most often this is done by a specialist such as a podiatrist.  The evaluation is to determine whether or not the dancer is prepared, physically, to begin dancing Pointe.  Because Pointe puts unusual stress on the lower calf and the foot, it’s important to have the dancer checked out beforehand to avoid advancing to soon.

The average starting age for Pointe is 11 or 12 years old.  Most dancers begin Pointe after at least five years of traditional ballet instruction and training.  In a pre-Pointe evaluation, the podiatrist would check for signs to ensure that the dancer has the technical functioning in their foot to prevent injury.

The podiatrist will likely review medical history and any previous dance-related injuries, foot structure, muscle strength and flexibility, and lower leg alignment.  Of course, there may be other parts to the exam, but those are some of the main ones.

Another important thing to consider when your dancer is starting out with Pointe is the shoe and its fit.  Podiatry Today says that proper fit is very important:

Shoes that have been fitted incorrectly will accelerate issues with calluses, blisters, toenail trauma and, inevitably, bunions and hammertoes. Many dancers without properly fitted shoes will resort to stuffing various padding items into the shoe in attempting to adjust the fit, often making matters worse.

Like any sport, dance can lead to injury and it’s important to seek medical advice when beginning a new phase of training.

Do you have any dancers at home?  What do you do to prevent injury?

 


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