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The Mystery of the Return of the Bunion: Why Could Bunions Reoccur After Surgery?

Surgery is always a stressful time in someone’s life. You put all your trust in a doctor and his or her team’s abilities. But there’s always a slim possibility that something could go wrong. When you are going in for…

How Can You Treat Your Bunions: 5 Ways to Avoid Surgery

No matter what sort of medical condition you are going through, the number one thing to avoid in most cases is to try and avoid surgery at all costs. However, sometimes the condition gets to be so unbearable or at…

10 Reasons Why an Athlete Should Still Visit a Foot and Ankle Doctor, Even Without Pain

If you are an athlete, you are probably always on your feet, moving around, shifting your weight from one foot to another, while your feet take a beating. Every athlete knows that their bodies can take a beating while competing…

How does MLS Laser Therapy treat your tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, and other foot ailments?

When you have any of these ailments, especially associated with your feet and you are on them 24/7, the situation can feel hopeless. Even if you feel like you’ve already tried everything out there, there might still be hope. MLS…

10 Must-Have Features When Buying Diabetic Shoes

If your doctor has suggested that diabetic shoes will benefit you and your feet are in desperate need of a change, you might be left on what feels like a never-ending hunt to find the perfect diabetic shoes. Before you…

10 Reasons Why a Foot and Ankle Doctor Should Handle a Diabetic’s Foot Care Needs

Every single year across the United States, almost 75,000 lower limb amputations occur in diabetic patients that have nothing to do with a trauma-induced incident. The statistics are astounding and eye-opening. What preventative measures can be done to help a…

Orthotics are an Investment in Your Health

Our staff at Foot & Ankle Clinic of the Virginias wants you to be able to do your favorite activities, without having to endure foot or ankle pain. We probably aren’t going out too far on a limb to assume…

4 Ways to Prevent Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are one condition you definitely want to avoid, if you can help it. One, they’re unsightly. Two, they can cause significant pain and tenderness and make it difficult to wear shoes comfortable. Third, if untreated they could lead to…

What Is the Best Way to Trim Your Toenails?

Some skills are learned at such a young age that we can’t remember what it was like—or think that we might be doing it “wrong.” You’ve probably never given how to brush your teeth, or use a fork, or put…

How Ingrown Toenail Removal Works

As a general rule of thumb, we attempt to treat every foot and ankle condition in the least invasive way possible. The good news is that many problems are effectively resolved with conservative treatment. Sometimes, though, we do need to…

Is It Time to See a Podiatrist About Your Ingrown Toenails?

Toenails have a simple function: grow slowly, and in the correction. Frustratingly, they often fail in that task. For many reasons, the edge or corner of a toenail might take an unwelcome detour into the soft flesh of your toe,…

How to Relieve Heel Pain at Work

Heel pain is a frequent, and frustrating, companion to those who work on their feet. Whether you work in energy, R&D, healthcare, education, retail, the service sector, or any other active role, the daily grind can leave your heels aching and…

A Runner’s Guide to Preventing Foot and Ankle Injuries

As the temperatures start to heat up this summer, the sidewalks, trails, and pathways are filling up with runners going out for their morning or evening jog. We hope you’re one of them! We probably don’t have to tell you…

Is Your Heel Pain Achilles Tendinitis … or Something Else?

Achilles tendinitis is a common source of pain and misery in the heels and ankles, especially among active adults. Repetitive, high-stress activities (think running, tennis, or basketball) can cause the tendon fibers to swell, tear, or even degenerate. Older adults are…

What to Do if You Sprain Your Ankle

Ankle sprains are the most common lower limb injury—and sports injury of any type—in America. As a matter of fact, as many as 20% of all sports-related injuries are ankle sprains. Despite this, many people aren’t sure about the best way…

Are the Signs of Fungus Afoot?

Feet are particularly vulnerable to fungal infections, for lots of reasons. Here are just a few: We stick them in sweaty shoes and socks all day. They may not get as much attention from the soap as other parts of…

Don’t Be Rash: Ways to Avoid Athlete’s Foot

Trust us: athlete’s foot is one condition you definitely want to avoid. If you’ve ever had it, you know what we mean. Even a relatively mild case can be extremely aggravating, and even embarrassing. A dry, scaly, reddish rash develops, often along…

The Trouble with Tight Achilles Tendons

Your body contains around 4,000 tendons—give or take—but none of them can match the Achilles in either thickness or strength. Also known as the “heel cord,” the Achilles attaches the powerful, explosive calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) to the foot,…

Spring Forecast: A Chance of Fungus

The numbers are in, and we have your spring forecast for 2017! It’ll be hot and humid, with lots of rain and a chance of fungus! Surprised? Don’t be. As temperatures and humidity levels increase, you may find yourself more…

Bunionettes: Bunions on Your Baby Toes

Most people are familiar with bunions—those big, knobby, bony, protruding bumps that can develop on the inside of some feet at the base of the big toe. Did you know, however, that the same thing can happen to the little toe,…

Growing Up Can Be Hard on the Heels

Childhood is often the most active time of life. While a typical American adult might take an average of around 5,000 steps per day, adolescents can easily double or triple that figure, especially if they enjoy playing outside or are…

Try Stretching to Help with Heel Pain

Heel pain is extremely common. Some estimates suggest that about half of all Americans struggle with it at one point or another. We’re not talking about minor aches and pains here, either, which we all experience to some extent. We’re talking…

What Really Caused Your Bunion?

There are a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings about bunions, despite how incredibly common they are. Many people assume that only older ladies can get them, or that you can only develop them by wearing high heels. While there’s a sliver…

Kids Get Bumps on Their Big Toes Too

If someone asks you to think about a person with bunions, chances are you probably wouldn’t imagine a child or adolescent. The stereotype, of course, is that bunions are a condition only experienced by women in their middle or older ages.…

The Best Shoes for Bunions

White water rafting is big around here, but once you go ashore, are your feet roaring as loud as the rapids? Bunion pain can put a real damper on your activities and your shoes can make matters worse. If you feel like…