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It’s that time of year again, when Richmond Magazine publishes their annual “Top Docs” edition, and we all get to see which doctors other doctors rank most highly. We’re excited to announce that our very own Dr. Mitchell Waskin has made the list of Richmond’s top podiatrists again! In fact, this is the ninth year the Foot & Ankle Center has made the Top Docs list. Dr. Waskin is deeply honored, and he would like to thank all the area physicians who voted for him!
While it’s wonderful to receive this type of recognition from our peers, we know that our patients have many things to consider besides awards when choosing the best foot doctor for their needs. Many people like to check online reviews such as Google and HealthGrades. Another important consideration when researching podiatry clinics is the range of services provided. The Foot & Ankle Center at Johnston-Willis Hospital is now the area’s largest, most comprehensive foot clinic, and as part of Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, we have access to one of the largest groups of podiatry specialists in the nation. We’re also the only local clinic that offers on-site physical therapy, a fall prevention and balance program and a medical-grade nail spa, all conveniently located on our premises.
If you have any sort of foot issue, we invite you to get in touch. Our podiatrists, Dr. Waskin, Dr. Mount and Dr. Pica are all welcoming new patients, and we would love to hear from you.
Now that we’re well into the warm weather, here are some of Dr. Waskin’s tips for keeping your feet healthy all spring and summer long. He joined Bill Bevins and Greg McQuade on Virginia This Morning on CBS 6 to talk about it! Here’s a little of what he had to say:
A lot of people have been sedentary over the cold winter months, but as the weather turns warm and we become more active, we may start to notice issues with our feet. If you have a foot problem, it’s important to see your podiatrist. This is especially true if you’re diabetic, along with wearing the right type of shoes so that your activities won’t damage your feet. Staying flexible is also important for everyone. Stretching exercises can help, or you might consider taking a yoga class to help with flexibility, which can help prevent injuries.
The number one problem that we see as people become more active is heel pain, or plantar fasciitis. You’ll know if you have it, if you step out of bed in the morning and your feet hurt so much you can hardly walk. If you have that problem, you’ll want to get it treated — 95 percent of the time we can treat this condition effectively without surgery. Bunions and hammer toes can also cause problems for people. For these types of issues, wearing the right type of shoes or sometimes pads can help, or surgery may take care of the problem.
The great majority of problems we see are functional. The foot is quite complex — more than a quarter of all our bones are in our feet — that’s more than 50 bones in our feet, plus hundreds of ligaments and more than 60 joints. But most problems can be helped by controlling the function. Custom orthotics are one important way we do that. We can provide custom orthotics for many types of shoes, from diabetic athletic shoes to dress pumps. We have a specialist in our clinic who can help patients get fitted with the correct type of shoes and custom orthotics.
If you have a normal foot structure, you can get a basic running shoe with good arch supports and you probably won’t need anything else. But if you have flat feet, high arches or other foot issues then you may need a custom orthotic to insert in your shoes.
The foot is quite complex, but for many foot problems, there are simple solutions — so see your podiatrist to see which solution is best for you. To make an appointment with a podiatrist at The Foot & Ankle Center, please give us a call at 804-320-FOOT or use the link below!
Each spring, Richmonders snatch up the “Top Docs” edition of Richmond Magazine to see who made the list. We were honored to see that our own Dr. Mitchell Waskin made the list of Richmond’s top podiatrists, again! This is the eighth year the Foot & Ankle Center has made the Top Docs list. Congratulations to Dr. Waskin, and to all the other podiatrists who made the list.
Richmond is certainly fortunate to have so many excellent options for healthcare, including podiatry. With so many good choices, how do you choose the best foot doctor? Certainly, awards such as Richmond Magazine’s Top Docs are one way to gauge a healthcare provider’s reputation. Online reviews, such as HealthGrades and Google are another way, as are referrals from family, friends and your primary care physician.
Of course, you'll also want to look at each practice’s capabilities. If you’re seeking treatment for a foot problem, can the doctor provide all (or at least most) of the services you'll need under one roof, or will you have to go one place for your diagnosis and treatment, and then another place for physical therapy, and another place for custom orthotics or specialty nail care? At the Foot & Ankle Center, we provide all of these services right here in our clinic. It helps us provide the highest quality of patient care, which is a top priority for us, and it also serves as a major convenience for our patients.
If you’ve got a foot problem, we’re here for you. Please give us a call or Request an Appointment right here on our website.