The Foot Blog
Podiatrist Mitchell Waskin and Physical Therapist Stephanie Sultzer joined Bill Bevins on Virginia This Morning on CBS6.
Every second of every day in the United States, an older adult falls. This is the number one cause of death from injury among older Americans. Stephanie Sultzer and Dr. Waskin joined Bill Bevins to talk about it on Virginia This Morning.
Keeping one’s balance involves a combination of things working together: inner ear function, vision, the ability to feel with one’s feet on the ground, muscle strength, flexibility and more. Balance therapy can help patients reduce their risk of falling, but it’s important that they continue to follow the therapist’s instructions, even after therapy sessions have ended, to maintain their results.
The podiatrists and physical therapists at The Foot & Ankle center have developed a comprehensive Fall Prevention & Balance program, in which we work with patients to improve their balance. We also address environmental factors in the home, behavioral risk factors, footwear, assistive devices, nutrition and water intake, which all factor into balance. Our program also includes following through with patients after therapy. We call and talk to them personally, ask if they have any questions, if they need new exercises, new directions, or if they need to come in for another consultation. We can also connect them with a local gym to help them maintain their results.
Maintaining balance and preventing falls is a lifelong challenge that increases with age. The Foot & Ankle Center’s Fall Prevention & Balance Program can help patients of any age improve and maintain their balance. For more information, please give us a call, or use the link below to request an appointment.
There are some crazy myths out there about guys and pedicures.
Let's set the record straight (then scroll down to save $10):
- Myth #1: “Pedicures are for girls.” We’re not sure how this got started, but everyone needs healthy feet — men and women! A professional pedicure in a clean environment is a great way to help keep your feet fit.
- Myth #2: “Cutting my nails is no big deal.” Actually, how you cut your nails is very important. Cutting them too short or missing little pieces at the edges can lead to painful ingrown toenails. (And if you happen to be diabetic or undergoing chemotherapy, cutting your nails takes on even more importance, because of the risk of infection.)
- Myth #3: “Getting a pedicure is uncomfortable.” On the contrary. You’ll relax in a deluxe massaging recliner while your feet soak in a warm, soothing bath. An expert technician will gently trim and file your toenails, remove excess skin from your feet, exfoliate and massage your legs and feet with a sugar-crystal scrub and massage them with a moisturizing lotion, finishing with a buff. Some men may even opt for our reflexology pedicure for more relaxation and revitalization. A pedicure is a great way to relieve stress and take it easy for a while.
- Myth #4: “Pedicures are only cosmetic.” This is completely inaccurate — there’s an important health component to taking care of your feet and nails. Many men have rough, dry, calloused feet, which can crack and become infected. Foot problems can cause problems with the way you walk, leading to hip, knee and back pain. Also, making sure your feet are clean, exfoliated and moisturized can help prevent bacteria from breeding. This is especially important if you shower or walk barefoot in your gym’s locker room.
- Myth #5: “I’ll be the only guy in the nail spa.” Don’t be so sure. You'd be surprised how many men visit our medical-grade nail spa on a regular basis. Certainly, some are prodded by the women in their lives, but many march in here on their own because they consider keeping their feet and nails healthy an important part of their overall fitness.
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Come in by Oct. 31, 2017 and SAVE $10 on an Essential Pedicure (normally $50). Just fill out the Appointment Request form below and enter the code “Guys Save $10” in the box where you’re asked to describe the nature of your appointment (or call 804-320-4322 and mention this deal).
In two previous blog posts, I discussed prevention of ingrown toenails and a home treatment that may provide some relief (for people who are otherwise in good health). However, if you currently have an ingrown toenail, there are some situations in which you should absolutely see a podiatrist and not attempt to treat it yourself.
You should see a podiatrist about an ingrown toenail if …
- You see drainage, excessive redness or signs of infection,
- You have severe pain,
- You've tried a home remedy and it didn't work, or
- You have diabetes, peripheral vascular disease or other circulatory disorders (if you have any of these conditions, you should see a podiatrist immediately, at the first sign of an ingrown toenail, to avoid serious complications.)
What can a podiatrist do to treat your ingrown toenail?
An experienced podiatrist can properly diagnose and determine the most effective treatment for your ingrown toenail. At The Foot & Ankle Center, our podiatrists routinely treat ingrown toenails. In many cases, we'll apply a numbing agent to your foot and remove the ingrown portion of the nail. We may also prescribe medication to treat any infection that has occurred. Some people have a chronic problem with a particular toenail that keeps becoming ingrown; in those cases there is a procedure we can do that will permanently prevent ingrown toenails. We can also advise you on ways to prevent ingrown toenails in the future, including proper nail care and shoes that fit well.
If you've been suffering with ingrown toenails, please know that we've been able to help many others who've had the same painful problem. I encourage you to make an appointment today, and see how we can help you.
This animated video from MLS Laser Technologies addresses a common question patients ask about this effective treatment for pain.
For most patients, the positive effect of MLS Laser Therapy is long-lasting. While each person and each condition varies, we’ve found that 85 to 90 percent of all patients receive tremendous relief from their pain and inflammation when they go through a series of MLS Laser Therapy treatments. While most patients may not need additional treatments in the future, some conditions like arthritis are degenerative. The great thing about the MLS laser therapy for arthritic patients is that once you feel better, you can be more active and this increased activity may help to minimize the long-term effects of arthritis. Even so, you may need an occasional single MLS treatment every four to six weeks over the course of the year, just to hold the inflammation at bay and keep arthritic pain in check. One of our podiatrists will be happy to discuss what treatment schedule will be best for you, and if MLS laser therapy would benefit you. Request a consultation today:
This short animation from MLS Laser Technologies explains what MLS Laser Therapy is, and how it works.
The MLS Therapy Laser is one of the most advanced lasers currently available to the medical profession. This FDA-cleared laser uses concentrated light energies to stimulate the body's own healing process to minimize pain, inflammation and arthritis, and reduce recovery times so you can return to a pain-free life. By using specific wavelengths and a patented delivery system, MLS Laser Therapy can speed up the process of relieving inflammation and pain associated with many conditions. The laser has a unique pain relieving effect, which can be dramatic! Many patients feel significantly better in just a few treatments. In fact, 85 to 90 percent of all patients will experience significant relief of their pain and inflammation, and can go back to a normal and productive life. Request a consultation with one of our podiatrists to see if MLS Therapy could help you:
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