Find Answers From Our Roanoke Podiatrists About Your Foot and Ankle Pain
We love to hear (and answer) your questions! Listed are some frequently asked questions from our offices, as well as some we find very informative. Make sure to check out our blog as well, there you’ll find in-depth articles on common feet and ankle problems.
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What kinds of conditions can orthotics help?
Orthotics are versatile medical devices custom crafted for your feet that can be used to treat a wide array of foot and ankle issues. This is not an exhaustive list, but some of the conditions include – bunions, corns and calluses, cavus foot (high foot arch), flat foot, hallux rigidus, neuromas, and plantar fasciitis.
The reason these devices are so versatile is that we create them specifically for your feet and based on your unique gait. They are constructed from either soft or hard (or both) materials and can provide cushion or structure, depending on the intended function.
There are inserts that can be bought in the store, but those are not intended to cure a medical condition and should only be used for additional cushioning or arch support.
If you have a condition that might benefit from a pair of custom orthotics, contact Shenandoah Podiatry today. Call our Roanoke, VA office at (540) 904-1458. You can also use our online form to request an appointment at either location.
What is peripheral arterial disease?
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is common condition where narrowed arteries do not allow a normal level of blood flow to your limbs. This disease has widespread implications, but profoundly affects your feet and legs on account of their physical distance from the heart.
Since your legs do not receive an adequate amount of blood flow, symptoms like leg pain and cramping frequently accompany PAD. In addition to these, other signs of this ailment include leg numbness, cold sensations, and sores that either heal slowly or not at all.
The goals for treating this condition are to manage the symptoms and stop its progression. Treatment includes quitting smoking, eating well and exercising, as well as medications or surgery to increase function of the blood vessels.
If this sounds like something you are experiencing, make an appointment with our Roanoke, VA office and we can create a treatment plan for you. Shenandoah Podiatry is here to help you and your family with any foot or ankle problems, so contact us today through our online form or by calling (540) 904-1458 for our Roanoke location.
Can exercise relieve arthritis pain?
In the long run, staying active can help relieve arthritis pain. The disease causes pain and stiffness in your joints. This comes from a breakdown in the cartilage that covers the ends of your bones, which is something that no amount of movement can change. However, strengthening the muscles that support and surround the joint can help. Exercising also improves your range of motion and flexibility and allows you to maintain a healthy weight—all of which make a big difference.
The key to this is choosing the right kind of exercise. Running and other high-impact activities are not the right way to approach this. Instead, opt for swimming, yoga, or water aerobics, which can provide an array of benefits for you.
If you have arthritis and exercise is not part of your routine, Shenandoah Podiatry is here for you. We will take the time to understand your current condition and then find physical activities that are right for you. Our office can also administer a variety of treatments, so contact us today via our online form or give us a call at (540) 904-1458 for our Roanoke office.
Should I pop my blister?
If you have developed a blister that is not causing any issues, you should simply let it run its course. Eventually, the fluid inside will be reabsorbed by your body and the skin on the outside will dry up and fall off.
However, if you have developed a blister and live with diabetes, definitely do not attempt to pop it! Doing so creates a risk of infection that your immune system may not be equipped to effectively fight. Instead of popping blisters, a better course of action is to contact our office and let our foot professionals help you.
If you are otherwise healthy and the blister is causing pain or severe discomfort, you can consider popping it. When you take this route, be sure to sterilize the needle with alcohol, wash the surrounding area beforehand, treat the area with antibacterial ointment afterwards, keep the external flap of skin intact, and cover it loosely with a bandage.
When you need help with a troublesome blister, make an appointment with Shenandoah Podiatry and let the professionals handle it for you. Contact our Roanoke, VA office at (540) 904-1458 to schedule an appointment.
Why are my toenails turning black?
There are a couple of different reasons why your toenails may be turning black. The most likely cause of black toenails is physical trauma experienced by your foot. If you dropped something heavy on your foot, it might result in discoloration from bleeding or a blood clot under the nail.
Another form of trauma that might not be as immediately evident is the kind that takes place within the shoes of long-distance runners. When toes repeatedly hit the fronts of running shoes, and particularly if nails are not trimmed properly, it can lead to black toenails.
Other causes include chronic ingrown nails, fungal infections, and even health problems that affect the rest of your body. Although this is quite rare, malignant melanoma is a possible explanation for a black toenail. This is an extremely serious medical condition, so it is important to have an expert diagnosis.
If you need further information, treatment for a painful nail, or want to be sure that your black toenail is not malignant, Shenandoah Podiatry is here for you. Contact our Roanoke, VA office by calling (540) 904-1458.
Does laser treatment for fungal nails hurt?
Laser treatment for fungal nails is an effective, safe, and generally painless procedure. This FDA-approved therapy does provide a slight warming sensation for some, but the majority of our patients report no pain or discomfort. This is an ideal way of handling a condition that can impact your quality of life, lead to embarrassment, and even pose a risk of serious health problems for individuals who live with diabetes or immune disorders.
Our laser therapy treats the condition at its source and will not damage your nail or surrounding tissue. This is a “walk in, walk out” procedure that takes only half an hour and you can go right back to your daily activities immediately afterwards.
You do not have to live with unsightly fungal nails! Contact Shenandoah Podiatry and find out more about treating your condition with laser therapy. Call our Roanoke, VA office at (540) 904-1458 or request an appointment online.
Can fungal toenails be treated?
Fungal toenails can definitely be treated, but it is important to keep in mind that this condition will not go away on its own. If you want to eliminate toenail fungus and have the clear, healthy nails you deserve, you need to begin treatment with one of our skilled foot specialists. This process will take some time, so do not wait too long before starting.
There are various treatment methods available for this condition, but we are finding that laser nail therapy is a quick and effective option that provides optimal results. Our office uses PinPointe laser treatment which is safe and proven to restore nails. A single session only takes half an hour and you will walk out the door afterwards without an issue.
Don’t let the embarrassment of unsightly, discolored toenails keep you from wearing sandals or going barefoot on the beach in warm weather! Let the experts at Shenandoah Podiatry restore your nails to a healthy, natural state with the use of effective laser nail therapy. Schedule an appointment with our Roanoke, VA office by calling (540) 904-1458 or use our convenient online form.
Can I still exercise with a stress fracture?
When considering whether or not to exercise with a stress fracture, the answer depends on what kind of exercise you are contemplating. Running, jumping, and playing tackle football are definitely out of the question when you have sustained a stress fracture. Low-impact activities like swimming, bicycling, yoga—and maybe even walking—are not only possible, but also something we often recommend for patients who are dealing with this injury. These kinds of activities are a great way to maintain conditioning and physical health while waiting for your fracture to completely heal.
Proudly serving the Roanke, VA communities, Shenandoah Podiatry is your source for accurate diagnoses, effective treatment, and patient-centered care for any foot or ankle issue you may be experiencing. Contact our friendly staff by calling (540) 904-1458 for our Roanoke office, or by using the form on our website today.
What causes stress fractures?
Stress fractures are common overuse injuries we treat that are caused by repetitive application of force or stress. These often result in athletes from excessive running or jumping, especially in such sports as track and field, basketball, and cross country. In addition to sport-related causes, normal use of a bone weakened by osteoporosis can also lead to one of these hairline cracks happening.
Preventative measures include building up frequency, duration, and intensity of your workout program gradually rather than making sudden changes. You can also reduce your risk by cross-training with low-impact activities and getting proper amounts of calcium and nutrients in your daily diet.
When you feel pain in a specific location that worsens in time, and has no obvious point of origin, it is likely that you have suffered a stress fracture. These fractures are commonly found in the foot, ankle, or lower leg and you should make an appointment with our practice for a proper diagnosis and effective treatment plan. Contact Shenandoah Podiatry by calling (540) 904-1458 to reach our Roanoke, VA office or schedule an appointment online.
How long does laser treatment for toenail fungus take?
The laser procedure typically takes about 30 minutes.