The Foot Blog

Posts for: April, 2015

By Dr. Mitchell Waskin
April 24, 2015
Category: Diabetic Foot Care
Tags: spa  

People with diabetes are at greater risk for developing a foot ulceration or infection, which could lead to amputation if it becomes severe. In fact, foot problems are the number one complication that put diabetics in the hospital each year.

Because diabetics have to be so careful about keeping their feet healthy and preventing infection, proper nail care takes on a whole new level of importance for them. This is one very important reason that I opened the Foot & Hand Spa here inside The Foot & Ankle Center, on the campus of Johnston-Willis Hospital. This gives everyone — including diabetics — a beautiful, comfortable place to have their nails done. And, it's absolutely clean; in fact our spa follows the same cleanliness standards as a hospital.

A specialty Diabetic Pedicure is a good choice for patients who have their diabetes under control and do not have severe peripheral arterial disease. Here in our medical-grade nail spa, all of our nail technicians are licensed professionals who understand the anatomy of the foot, diseases of the skin and nails, and the complications associated with diabetes. If you come to us for a Diabetic Pedicure, your nail technician will check your feet carefully for open wounds, pressure spots, infections or other signs that may indicate a problem. And, a board certified podiatrist is always nearby if your technician finds anything that requires medical attention.

Our Diabetic Pedicure is extra gentle, and our nail technicians use instruments that are less likely to damage the skin. Also, since diabetes tends to dry out the skin, which increases the chance of infection, our Diabetic Pedicure incorporates foot masks and hydrating lotions to make the skin as soft and supple as possible.

You can help prevent diabetic foot complications by paying attention to proper foot care. A Diabetic Pedicure in our hospital-clean, medical-grade nail spa can be an important part of preventive foot care for diabetics. To schedule yours, give us a call or request an appointment online.

Our next "Diabetes & Your Feet" seminar is coming up soon, and we invite you to join us if you or a loved one are living with diabetes. I'll talk about proper care for diabetic feet and how you can lower your risk for amputation by up to 85 percent, and will be happy to answer your questions after the presentation.

The event is free, but space is limited, so be sure to register for the seminar to reserve your seat!

Free Seminar: Diabetes & Your Feet

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 5:45 - 7 p.m.
At The Foot & Ankle Center

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We look forward to seeing you there!


By Dr. Mitchell Waskin
April 11, 2015
Category: Our Clinic
Tags: orthotics   shoe inserts  

Recently I was a guest on Virginia This Morning on CBS 6, to discuss ways you can help keep your feet healthy this spring and summer.

April is National Foot Health Awareness Month. With warmer weather, people are getting outdoors. Here are some tips to help keep your feet healthy this spring and summer — and really, all year long.

A lot of people this time of year are concerned with colds and allergies, but why don't we pay more attention to our feet? 80 percent of people have a foot problem during their life; 50 percent of people have a foot problem at some time that actually interferes with their work or their ability to exercise or even walk. A lot of these problems are relatively simple to take care of.

I sometimes divide problems into three categories: Traumatic, medical and functional. Traumatic foot problems result from an injury to your foot. Medical foot problems include things like diabetes and circulation problems that effect the foot. Functional foot problems include conditions such as bunions, hammer toes, heel spurs or pinched nerves in your foot. These problems are often easily fixed — sometimes through surgery and sometimes through something as simple as a shoe insert.

Many functional foot problems are preventable. Sometimes foot problems are inherited — you could inherit a gene that gives you a greater chance of getting a particular foot problem. If we know that a parent has had a particular type of foot problem, there are sometimes we can do to help prevent the same type of problem from developing in their child.

So, what are some things you can do this spring and summer to help keep your feet healthy and prevent foot problems? Start with proper footwear. Lots of people like to wear flip-flops in the summer — if you really want to wear flip-flops, be sure to get one with an arch support built in, which you can find fairly easily these days. Also, be sure to protect your feet, especially if you have diabetes — that means don't go barefoot, even at the pool. You need to protect your feet from injury and bacterial or viral infections which you can pick up if you walk around barefoot. Also, remember to protect your feet from the sun by putting sunscreen on your feet — this helps prevent sunburn, skin cancer and other problems.

Throughout the year, wearing shoes that fit properly is important. Many people have problems with pronating feet that can lead to hip, knee, back or even shoulder problems. Sometimes when we correct a foot problem, other problems may tend to get better as a result.

If you have a problem with your feet, don't wait to get it checked out. It's not normal for your feet to hurt. If you have pain in your feet, make an appointment to get it checked out!

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By Dr. Mitchell Waskin
April 01, 2015
Category: Toenail Fungus
Tags: toenail fungus   spa  

It was a bit of a rough winter here in the Richmond area, but spring is officially here, and some of you are  breaking out your warm-weather footwear. But for others, warm weather is a frustrating reminder that you have to hide your feet because of ugly toenail fungus that won't go away.

Toenail fungus is a more common problem than you might think, and it can be tough to get rid of. We've treated patients who finally came to us after years of trying to clear it up using home remedies, topical treatments or medications. Unfortunately, the home remedies and topical treatments don't usually work very well, and the medications may have the risk of side effects.

So, what's the solution? At The Foot & Ankle Center, we have the area's first FDA-approved laser for treating toenail fungus, and we've seen remarkable results, even in stubborn cases. There's absolutely no down-time, and the treatment only takes about 20 minutes. The only problem is, once the laser has killed the fungus, which is good — you still have to wait for the old, fungal nail to grow out as your new, clear nail grows in to take its place, and that can take months. But that doesn't mean you can't have great looking nails right now!

We offer, at the medical-grade spa inside our clinic, a special treatment that can instantly transform an ugly, fungal nail into what looks like a perfectly normal nail. It's called Keryflex. Keryflex is a resin that our nail technicians put over the old, fungal toenail, making it look like a normal, healthy nail. You can get a pedicure and polish your Keryflex nail, just like you would your other nails, and it looks great.

If you'd like to learn more about laser treatment of toenail fungus, request an appointment. Or, attend our free seminar on April 23, and you'll be eligible for a free laser consultation (a $154 value):

Free Seminar: Goodbye, Ugly Toenail Fungus!

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 5:45 - 7 p.m.
At The Foot & Ankle Center
Attendees can get a free laser consultation.

Register Now