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By Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers
December 08, 2014
Category: Foot Care
During your lifetime, your feet endure hundreds of thousands of miles, and may be among the most underappreciated and hardest working parts of your body. Taking care of our feet is important; especially since a simple every day task like walking can become painful if an injury or problem occurs. Fortunately, foot care can be simple and easy with the help of the podiatrist at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers.  Here are three easy ways to care for your feet in order to keep them looking, feeling, and functioning, as they should.  
 

Practice Routine Foot Care

It is true that most of us neglect our feet, and practicing good foot hygiene normally takes a back seat when compared to other health and beauty treatments. But we need to take care of our feet if we want to maintain a pain free and active lifestyle. Here are a few simple foot care tips that help keep your feet looking fresh and feeling at the top of their game. 
 
  • Wash your feet daily with warm water. Whenever you get your feet wet, make sure to dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes.
  • Keep skin soft and smooth with foot cream (ask your podiatrist at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers for suggestions) applied to the tops and bottoms of your feet. Do not put lotion between the toes to avoid causing an infection. 
  • Scrub your feet, especially the heels, with a foot scrubber or pumice stone on a regular basis to remove the dead cells. 
  • Trim toenails once a week, cutting the nails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails. 
  • In the sun, apply sunscreen to protect your exposed feet.
  • To keep you feet dry and odor free, make use of products like foot powders and sprays. 
 

Wear Appropriate Footwear

One of the best ways to keep your feet looking and feeling healthy is to wear the proper footwear. 
Purchase shoes that fit well and offer the appropriate support for your feet. The best time to buy shoes is later in the day, when the feet are swollen, and replace old, worn out shoes as soon as possible as they offer no support.  It’s also important to select and wear the right shoe for each sport or activity, such as running shoes if you’re a runner. Your podiatrist at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers can help you determine the best shoe that will offer the most support and stability for your feet.  
 
Taking care of our feet doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, incorporating a few extra steps into your daily routine can keep your feet looking and feeling their best. Always consult with your podiatrist at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers if you experience pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles. And if you are diabetic, you run a much higher risk of developing foot problems, so visit your podiatrist regularly for foot care tips and exams. 
By Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers
July 01, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Fitness and Your Feet

Most people do not realize the tremendous amount of pressure that is put on their feet during exercise.  For example, a 150-pound jogger puts more than 150 tons of impact on their feet while running three miles. Also during running, the 26 bones, 33 joints and 112 ligaments, and a network of nerves and tendons that make up the foot, all work together. Improper foot care during exercise can cause some of the over 300 foot ailments including athlete’s foot, blisters, corns and calluses and heel pain. Your podiatrist at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers is available to help you live pain free. 
 

Check Your Shoes

One of the most important things you can do for your feet while exercising is wear proper shoes, especially if there is running involved. Good shoes need to provide cushioning for shock absorption because of the force you are putting on your legs, ankles and feet. It is important to select a pair of shoes designed for the shape of your foot and its natural structure and inclination. Your podiatrists in Reston, Manassas & Leesburg will be able to help you find the best shoes for your feet and fitness regimen. 
 
Other tips for by good running shoes include shopping at the end of the day when your feet are slightly swollen to ensure a good fit. It also helps to wear the type of socks you will wear when running. If you use an orthotic, bring that as well when trying on shoes. Look for lightweight, breathable shoes to ensure comfort and consider buying two pairs and rotating them to extend the life of each pair. Running shoes should be replaced about every 400 miles. 
 

Other Guidelines for Foot Care

Besides having the right shoes for exercise, there are also other measures you can take to preserve the health of your feet. 
  • Wash your feet every day and make sure they are dried thoroughly. 
  • Good quality, well-fitting socks is also important for foot care. 
  • The more weight that is put on your feet, the more strain there is. 
  • Being in shape and being at a healthy weight will help take some of the stress off of your feet. 
  • Avoid walking barefoot. 
  • Do not ignore any foot pain. 
 
Contact yReston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers as soon as you feel any pain in your feet. The earlier an ailment is diagnosed, the easier it is to heal. 
By Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers
April 15, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Proper Footwear  

Proper Footwear for Men and Women

An average day of walking brings a force that is equal to several hundred tons on your feet and is subject to more injury than any other part of your body.  This shows just how important the need to protect your feet with proper footwear is.  Feet carry a lot of pressure, therefore keeping them well maintained is important for vitality and life. Your podiatrists in Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg is available to offer solutions for the best shoes for your feet. 

 

Men and Their Shoes

According to Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers, the best shoes for men seem to be oxford style shoes, which are ordinarily associated with wing tip or cap toe designs.  Additionally, slip-ons, dressy loafers and low dress boots can also be suitable shoes for men to wear.  As you can see, though, the styles that men are capable of wearing are indeed different than those women should be wearing.  
 
As with women, Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers states that men should buy specific shoes for work, leisure, and special activities.  Your shoes should match the intended activity.  When buying shoes it is important to:
  • Have your feet measured while you’re standing
  • Always try on both shoes, and walk around the store
  • Always buy for the larger foot; feet are seldom exactly the same size
  • Don’t buy shoes that need a “break-in” period.  Shoes should be comfortable immediately
  • Shop for shoes later in the day
  • Select a shoe with leather upper, stiff heel counter, appropriate cushioning, and flexibility at the ball of the foot.
  • Don’t rely on the size of your last pair of shoes because your feet do tend to get larger

Women: Watch for Comfort, Not Fashion

Women tend to inflict more punishment and pressure on their feet than anyone else.  Improper footwear worn by many women can bring about unnecessary foot problems that could easily be avoided. High heels cause many of the foot problems that are brought on as a result of improper footwear.  
 
To relieve the harmful effects of wearing heels, women should limit the time that they wear them, or eliminate them altogether.  If you must wear heels, it is important to alternate with supportive sneakers or flats for part of the day, in addition to a varied heel height.  There are comfortable and attractive walking pumps for work and other social activities.  These will blend comfort with pleasure.  
 
Most importantly, the activity in which you may be participating in is vital in choosing the proper shoe.  Wearing the right shoe for a certain activity is the most important factor in your choice for shoes to wear.  
 
Your podiatrists at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers are specially trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all foot conditions.  Protect your feet by buying appropriate shoes for your occasion. 
By Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers
February 20, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Selecting the Best Walking Shoes


When it comes to your health and your feet, walking helps both.  At Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers, we want to make sure you are wearing the right shoes to better protect yourself from injury. To protect your feet from complications, it is important to choose the right shoe for your feet.

As a walker, you should look for a good quality, lightweight walking shoe with breathable upper materials, such as leather or nylon mesh.  The heel counter should be very firm, as it should have reduced cushioning to position the heel closer to the ground for walking stability. Additionally, the front area of the shoe should have adequate support and flexibility.

Your podiatrists at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers also urge you to make sure the shoe fits your feet accordingly.  The shoe should be snug, but not too tight over the sock.  It should also have plenty of room for the toes to move around.  What athletic shoes you choose are important as well because you don’t want your shoe to become too tight when wearing socks.

More shoe tips offered by your Reston, Manassas & Leesburg podiatrists include:

  • Check the shoe width to make sure it is comfortable and accommodates the width of the ball of your foot.
  • Make sure the shoe provides good arch support.
  • See that the top of the heel counter of the shoe is properly cushioned and does not bite into the heel or touch the anklebones.  


Proper footwear is essential in protecting your feet from injury and pain, as well as allowing you to properly walk for exercise.  Initially, it is important to meet with your podiatrist in Reston prior to beginning any exercise or walking routine.  With the consultation of your podiatrists in Reston, Manassas & Leesburg, a proper walking regimen can be created to ensure appropriate exercise.