The Foot Blog
Posts for: October, 2016
We're doing it again! For the second year in a row, we're observing National Diabetes Awareness Month with our "Selfie Footie" campaign. Now through Nov. 30, for each Selfie Footie you post on our Facebook page , we'll give $5 to the American Diabetes Association, up to $2,500. As a bonus, you could win a free pedicure! The Selfie Footie on our Facebook page with the most "Likes" by noon each Friday in November wins a free pedicure in our medical-grade nail spa ($50 value)! In a tie, the one that was posted FIRST wins. See contest rules.
Why do we care so much about kicking diabetes? Because we see a lot of patients with diabetic foot problems, which are are the number one cause of hospitalization for diabetics, sometimes leading to amputations. (This is also why we stress the importance of annual comprehensive diabetic foot exams! If you're diabetic and you haven't had your annual foot exam yet, please make an appointment as soon as possible!)
Help us raise awareness and dollars for the American Diabetes Association! The more Selfie Footies you post on our Facebook page by Nov. 30, the more we'll raise. Each Selfie Footie is worth $5, so post as many Selfie Footies as you can! If you're not sure how to post a Selfie Footie on our Facebook page, just follow the instructions below. Thank you!
How to Post a Selfie Footie With Your Smart Phone:
Recently, doctors from The Foot & Ankle Center and Virginia Cardiovascular Services (VCS) teamed up to present educational seminars and raise public awareness about Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD. Podiatrist Dr. Mitchell Waskin and Cardiologist Dr. Ashwani Kumar joined Greg McQuade on the CBS6 show, Virginia This Morning, to talk about this common, potentially serious condition that effects 8 to 12 million Americans.
- What is PAD? PAD is basically a clogging of the arteries. It can happen anywhere in the body but particularly in the lower extremities, in the legs. As it decreases blood flow, it can lead to gangrene and amputations. And PAD doesn’t just effect the leg — people who have PAD also are at increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
- What are some of the symptoms? One typical symptom of PAD is pain in the legs during exertion, such as when walking or going up stairs. Most of the time this pain will go away when you rest. The most common symptoms of PAD are fatigue, difficulty in walking or gait problems. One problem is that PAD often effects older people, who simply blame their symptoms on their age and don’t get medical attention as a result.
- If it’s not addressed, what could happen? Over time, as the disease progresses, it can lead to pain even when at rest. It can also reduce the blood supply to your leg. You could become more prone to developing an infection, and the infection may not heal as quickly as it should because of insufficient blood flow. If blood flow is not restored, it could lead to gangrene, which can lead to amputation.
- What steps can people take to prevent PAD? One risk factor for PAD is genes — you may inherit the condition. But there are other risk factors that you can control. A healthier lifestyle is important. If you do have symptoms, such as tiredness in the calf muscles when you walk just a short distance, you should seek help. Podiatrists and interventional cardiologists are specialists who treat patients with PAD.
- Even at a later age, can people improve their cardiovascular health? Yes. There are risk factors that we should look at. For example, if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, you should work with your doctor to control that. And if you smoke, you should quit. Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors that leads to PAD. Being physically active, exercising on a regular basis and keeping your weight under control are lifestyle changes people can make at any age. These can help prevent the development or further progression of PAD.
The Foot & Ankle Center and Virginia Cardiovascular Services provided two free seminars on PAD in Richmond, Va. Both practices provide screenings for PAD. Contact us if you’d like more information, or to make an appointment for a screening.
Please note that your appointment is not final until our scheduling coordinator has contacted you to confirm your appointment. If you need to cancel an appointment, or will be delayed, please call us as soon as possible at 804-320-FOOT (3668).
The Foot & Ankle Center, located on the campus of Johnston Willis Hospital, is Richmond’s most comprehensive clinic for foot & ankle problems. Dr. Waskin recorded this video tour to give you a tour of the clinic, and give you an idea of the many services we provide.
The tour starts in our front lobby and waiting area. We stop at the check-in counter, then walk back into the clinical area. This is where we have our patient exam rooms. Down the hall is a room where we have our digital imaging equipment, designed especially for providing X-ray and ultrasound images of the feet. Then, we walk around the corner, where we see a nurses’ station on the left, and more patient exam rooms on the right. In our patient exam rooms, patients can watch educational videos on various foot topics. In one patient exam room, we have our digital ultrasound that allows us to see the inside of your foot without the use of X-ray.
We offer advanced laser treatments in our clinic. The MLS Laser provides instant pain relief for many patients suffering from foot and ankle pain. We’re the first clinic in Richmond to offer this treatment. We’re also the clinic that brought laser treatment of toenail fungus to the Richmond area, so we’ve introduced a number of new laser treatments to the region.
There are other services we offer here at The Foot & Ankle Center that you may not find at other podiatry practices. For example, on-site physical therapy. Our full-time physical therapist works with patients right here in our clinic, to help them increase their strength and mobility. We also have a full-time pedorthist on staff. A pedorthist is a professional who specializes in shoes and orthotics, or shoe inserts. Our pedorthist fits patients with custom inserts, and can even provide inserts for specific types of shoes – everything from a dress pump to a sports or walking shoe. And speaking of shoes, our pedorthist can also help our patients who need specialty shoes. We have probably the largest selection of diabetic shoes you’ll find, with a huge variety of styles. This is so important, because if you have diabetes, wearing the right kind of shoes is critical to your health. Besides shoes, we also have diabetic socks and other foot products here, for our patients’ convenience.
The last stop on our tour is The Foot & Hand Spa, Richmond’s first, most experienced medical-grade spa for the hands and feet. If you enjoy having a professional manicure and pedicure, but worry about germs and infection, you’ll be glad to know – we follow the same rigorous sterilization protocols as a hospital. We even offer specialty pedicures for diabetics, people undergoing chemotherapy and people with arthritis -- and doctors who treat those patients often send them here to have their nails done, because preventing infection is so important for those patients. We also offer the Keryflex pedicure for people with toenail fungus; this is a specialty pedicure that completely covers up a damaged, fungal toenail and makes it look normal in minutes.
When it comes to foot and ankle care, we’ve got just about everything you need right here under one roof. If you have any questions about our services, or want to make an appointment, just give us a call at 804-320-FOOT, or request an appointment online.