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Posts for: August, 2016

By The Foot & Ankle Center
August 06, 2016

Peripheral Arterial Disease and Your Feet

Can your feet help doctors detect a potentially serious circulatory problem such as peripheral arterial disease, also known as PAD? And could PAD lead to complications with your feet? As it turns out, there is a connection between your feet and this common condition in which narrowed arteries reduce the blood flow to the limbs. Here are some things to be on the lookout for:

  • Do your legs ache after you’ve walked even a short distance?
  • Do your toes or feet hurt at night?
  • Does one foot feel colder than the other?
  • Does the skin on one foot look unusual?

These are signs your feet may be giving you that could indicate peripheral arterial disease. If you have one or more of these symptoms, you should see your podiatrist and/or a cardiologist who has a specialty in diagnosing and treating peripheral arterial disease.

Free Seminars & Screenings in September

To raise awareness and educate our patients about this condition, the podiatrists at The Foot & Ankle Center are teaming up with cardiologists from Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists (VCS) to offer two free seminars on peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Join us at either seminar to learn the facts about PAD, its risk factors and tips for prevention, and take advantage of free screenings.

Free Circulation Screening & Free Foot Screening

Attendees at either seminar will receive vouchers for a free 10-point foot screening and a free ankle-brachial index or ABI (a simple, painless examination comparing blood pressure in the feet and arms to detect PAD).

Sign Up for Either Seminar:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 13, 5:45 - 7 p.m., at The Foot & Ankle Center
    1465 Johnston-Willis Drive, Richmond, VA 23235 (at Johnston-Willis Hospital, Medical Building II)
    Presenters: Dr. Mitchell Waskin, Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Dr. Mark Newton

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20, 5:45 - 7 p.m., at Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists (VCS), Harbourside Office
    6120 Harbourside Centre Loop, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Presenters: Dr. Alexander Mount, Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Dr. Mark Newton


Space is Limited, Register Now to Reserve Your Seat

To register for either seminar, please call The Foot & Ankle Center at 804-320-FOOT, or Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists at 804-521-5815, or click the button below to sign up for either seminar:

Register for Seminar



Podiatrists from The Foot & Ankle Center and Cardiologists from VCS


By The Foot & Ankle Center
August 06, 2016
Category: Bunions
Tags: bunions  

Bunion Solutions Part 3 of 4

While most bunions occur in adults, we have also seen bunions in children. Pediatric bunions can be a problem, because they can interfere with a child’s ability to play sports, walk or take part in activities. Most bunions in children develop because of structural problems with the bones and cartilage of the big toe joint; this is usually due to heredity. Here are a few things to be aware of when it comes to bunions in children:

  • When treating bunions in children, non-surgical options are generally tried first. If begun early, while the child’s bones are still developing and pliable enough to respond, it may be possible to prevent the need for surgery in the future. Non-surgical treatments may include proper shoe fitting, orthotics and padding. Toe spacers and night-time bunion splints may also be used.  
  • If non-surgical methods don’t achieve the desired results, then surgery may be indicated. It’s best, if possible, to wait until the child reaches their teens and attains skeletal maturity, but this isn’t mandatory. If a bunion is causing pain and discomfort to a child, and limiting their activity and quality of life, then surgery may be the best solution, even at a younger age.
  • You should be aware that bunion surgery on a child is a highly specialized procedure. A child’s bones are smaller than an adult’s, and still growing — so surgeons must be careful not to damage the growth plates. Pediatric bunion surgery should be performed by a podiatrist who has a specialty in pediatric foot and ankle surgery. (This is a specialty we offer at The Foot & Ankle Center.)

You may wish to check out our bunion page for more information.

If you think your child is developing a bunion, it’s important to see a podiatrist soon. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have, or make an online appointment: