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Big Toe Joint Exercises To Restore Movement After Bunion Surgery Aug 12th, 2019

Post-op rehab is a part of any surgical procedure – including minimally invasive bunion surgery. In this article, we are going to outline some rehabilitation exercises that can help restore movement in the big toe following minimally invasive bunion surgery. After 3 Days Post Operatively (5 times / day) Remove...

Treatment Options for Foot & Ankle Arthritis Aug 5th, 2019

While there are over 100 types of arthritis, the one that most commonly affects the foot and ankle is osteoarthritis (“osteo” means bone). Osteoarthritis develops as a result of aging and is known as “wear-and-tear” arthritis. As we age the thin covering (cartilage) on the ends of our bones can...

What to Expect Before & After Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery Jul 10th, 2019

Minimally invasive bunion surgery offers patients less pain and faster recovery than other bunion procedures. But many patients still have questions about the procedure. In this article, we are going to explain what you can expect before and after a minimally invasive bunion procedure. Before Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery Here...

Fact or fiction? 11 health myths exposed Jul 8th, 2019

Article by: Sharon Stephenson Via Now to Love June 23, 2019 Carrots give you night vision, drink eight glasses of water a day, swimming after eating will give you cramp.   We've probably all heard these sayings, and may even have repeated them ourselves. But let's be honest, how true...

Minimally Invasive Bunion Repair Offers Less Pain and Faster Recovery Jul 1st, 2019

Do you have a painful bunion that prevents you from wearing the shoes you want to wear? You may be a good candidate for minimally invasive bunion surgery. Dr. Neufeld is promoting a new, minimally invasive bunion surgery that he has a lot of experience with and now teaches other...

Tips for Preventing Ballet Injuries from a Foot & Ankle Surgeon May 21st, 2019

Article by Megan Staub via Falls Church PatchMay 16th, 2017 Stretching and strengthening the calf and ankle on a daily basis are key to preventing overuse injuries in the dancers. By Daniel Cuttica, D.O., The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics If you have watched a professional ballet performance, you likely noticed the dancers’ grace and...

Diabetic Living: Tips and Advice When Living With Diabetes Feb 25th, 2019

Article by Ruben Castaneda via U.S. NewsFebruary 25th, 2019   Exercising, eating well and following a medication regimen are strategies for managing diabetes. LIVING WITH DIABETES presents a wide array of challenges that can vary depending on your age, gender, family situation and other factors, says Dr. Garth Graham, a practicing cardiologist and president...

Dr. Neufeld appointed Medical Director of TAR Program Oct 19th, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Steven Neufeld, who has been appointed Medical Director of the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus Total Ankle Replacement Program at Inova Fairfax Hospital!

6 Podiatrist-Approved Products to Help Remove Corns Sep 14th, 2018

Article by Diana McKeon Charkalis via PreventionSeptember 14th, 2018 If you think corns are something only your grandmother has to worry about, think again. The hard, thick patches of dry skin that build up in areas of pressure and friction on the foot frequently come from ill-fitting shoes. And heels can be some...

Revolutionary New Bunion Surgery Offers Mobility While Healing This Summer Jul 8th, 2018

JULY 8, 2010 Surgeon/Inventor Dr. Steven K. Neufeld Reports Patients Walking While Healing Arlington, VA (July 8, 2010) – Bunion sufferers can shed their insecurities and confidently slip into sandals this summer thanks to Dr. Steven Neufeld’s development of the revolutionary Ludloff Plate™.  The Ludloff Plate has catapulted an improvement in...

Podiatrists Tell Us How to Pick Sandals So Comfortable You Can Wear Them All Day Jun 6th, 2018

Article by Elizabeth Yuko via She KnowsMay 17th, 2018 Every year, as soon as the temperatures start rising and the sun comes out, so do the sandals. They're cute and let you skip the step of putting socks on in the morning (bonus: less laundry) and are usually pretty versatile.  But sandals can...

Immediate Weight Bearing After Hallux Valgus Correction Apr 17th, 2018

Immediate Weight Bearing After Hallux Valgus Correction Using Locking Plate Fixation of the Ludloff Osteotomy: A Retrospective Review. Neufeld SK1,2,3, Marcel JJ1,2,3, Campbell M1,2,3. 1 Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center Division, Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics, Falls Church, Virginia (SKN). 2 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, MedStar Georgetown University, Washington, DC (JJM). 3 VCU Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Charlottesville,...

Northern Virginia Magazine Top Doctor 2018 Jan 17th, 2018

JANUARY 17, 2018 Congratulations to Drs. Daniel Cuttica and Steven Neufeld for being named one of the top doctors in the Northern Virginia Magazine!    

Ankle Replacements Take Off as Devices Appear Durable Nov 12th, 2017

Article by Laura Johannes via The Wall Street JournalNovember 12th, 2017 Ankle replacements, a new kid on the block compared with knee and hip replacements, used to be deemed a risky bet for patients under 65. But as doctors steadily gain confidence that the replacements will last, Carrie Kvitko, 60, from Columbus, Ohio,...

Washingtonian Top Docs 2017 Oct 27th, 2017

OCTOBER 27, 2017 Congratulations to Dr. Steven Neufeld for once again be named one of the region's top doctors in the Washingtonian Magazine! 

How to Prevent Common Running Injuries Oct 10th, 2017

OCTOBER 10, 2017 From the Potomac River Run to the Marine Corps Marathon, the fall weather inspires runners of all levels to enjoy the outdoors and push themselves with a race. Yet some research studies estimate that every year, up to 90 percent of runners will find themselves sidelined with...

Dr. Neufeld: Inova Fairfax Hospital Grand Rounds Sep 1st, 2017

SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 INOVA FAIRFAX HOSPITAL DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINEMEDICINE GRAND ROUNDS “Common Foot and Ankle Problems - Traditional and Novel Treatments” Steven K. Neufeld, MDDirector, Inova Total Ankle Replacement ProgramOrthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center of WashingtonClinical Professor, Orthopaedic SurgeryVCU School of Medicine September 5, 201712:30pmCyrus Vesuna Auditorium(lunch will be served...

The most peculiar injury risk in college football: 10 hours a day in dress shoes Aug 31st, 2017

Article by Gene Wang via The Washington PostAugust 30th, 2017 It took three straight losses — including, most painfully, to Army — for Navy’s football coaches to start talking about their players’ shoes. Their team had fallen to its archrival in December for the first time in 15 years. A litany of players...

Ditch or not ditch: The dangers of flip flops Jun 21st, 2017

Article by Arielle Buchmann via WUSAJune 21st, 2017 WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - What is summer without flip flops?  Flip flops are a staple when it comes to the dog days of summer -- but is the fashion worth jeopardizing our health for? We spoke with Dr. Daniel Cuttica, a foot and ankle surgeon with The Centers...

How to Keep Your Body in Top Shape at Summer Intensives Jun 13th, 2017

Article by Chelsey Hamilton via Dance MagazineJune 13th, 2017 Few things are most frustrating than arriving at your summer intensive full of excitement—only to get injured, stuck sitting out on the sidelines and missing out on the experience you signed up for. To help you avoid this disappointment, we tapped Daniel Cuttica, D.O., an...

Spring 2017 edition of FootNotes is out now! May 16th, 2017

MAY 16, 2017 Click here to read the full article!

55 Rampant Health Myths That Need to Die Feb 7th, 2017

Article by Charlotte Hilton Andersen via Reader's DigestFebruary 7th, 2017 Myth: If you can walk on it, it's not broken “Just because you can move your foot, ankle, or other body part, or walk on it, after an injury does not mean that it is not broken. Ligaments, tendons, and muscles hold the bones together,...

The Winter edition of FootNotes is out now! Jan 24th, 2017

JANUARY 24, 2017 Click here to read the full article!

Baseline Concussion Testing Jan 19th, 2017

JANUARY 19, 2017 A concussion is a type of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) defined by the CDC as a "bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth".  As a result, brain cells...

Dr. Neufeld Grand Rounds Lecture Nov 18th, 2016

NOVEMBER 18, 2016 Dr. Steven Neufeld was honored to be the invited speaker at The University of Maryland Department of Orthopaedics Grand Rounds lecture on 11/17/2016.  He discussed Treatment for ankle arthritis – to fuse or replace.  This lecture was given to orthopaedic surgeons, residents, medical students, and podiatrists.

Is Peripheral Neuropathy Causing the Numbness or Tingling in Your Feet? Oct 31st, 2016

Article by Reuben Castaneda via US News & World News ReportOctober 31st, 2016 In September 2015, Rebecca Cole noticed tingling in her toes. Within a few weeks, the tingling changed to numbness, which spread to the soles of her feet. Cole had never had chronic or serious back ailments, but her parents had suffered from sciatica,...

Washingtonian Top Docs Oct 24th, 2016

OCTOBER 24, 2016 Congratulations to Dr. Steven Neufeld for being named one of the region's top docs in the latest edition of the Washingtonian magazine.  What a tremendous award to receive for the dedication and expertise that you continually provide to our patients!

Stress Fractures Oct 21st, 2016

OCTOBER 21, 2016 Stress fractures are a type of overuse injury. These tiny cracks in your bones develop when your muscles become overtired (fatigued) and can no longer absorb the shock of repeated impacts. When this happens, the muscles transfer the stress to the bones, creating a small crack or...

The Fall edition of FootNotes is out now! Oct 17th, 2016

OCTOBER 17, 2016 Click here to read the full article

La Plata woman regains active life with new ankle Oct 14th, 2016

Article by Darwin Weigel via Maryland IndependentOctober 14th, 2016 Karen Navarro of La Plata had her right ankle replaced a year ago after more than 20 years of pain and is back on her feet. Karen Navarro spent more than 20 years putting up with ever-increasing pain in her right ankle, eventually giving...

Falls Church Doctor Pioneers Total Ankle Replacement Surgery Oct 13th, 2016

Article by Matthew Delaney via Falls Church News-PressOctober 13th, 2016 Total ankle replacements have come to the forefront of medical procedures thanks to the Little City’s resident innovator Dr. Steven Neufeld and his practice, the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center. Prior to total ankle replacements, surgery options for deteriorating ankles were ankle fusions,...

Ep #75 - What is the 5th Metatarsal? Oct 4th, 2016

OCTOBER 4, 2016 Dr. Daniel Cuttica was featured on the 76ers Beat Podcast to discuss rookie star, Ben Simmons, and his injury during a scrimmage on September 30th, 2016. Click here to listen to the full podcast

Total Ankle Replacement Success Story!! Sep 28th, 2016

SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 Karen is a daughter, sister and fiancé from Maryland, who played competitive softball for 38 years. Unfortunately, while playing the sport she loved, Karen and sprained her right ankle during a game when she was 25, and her ankle was never the same. The joint twisted easily...

Here is the next edition of FootNotes! Sep 1st, 2016

SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 Click here for the full article

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Surgeon's Self-Designed Bunion Plate - A Giant Step Forward in Mobility Apr 21st, 2016

APRIL 21, 2016 Check out the Merete in Motion newsletter featuring Dr. Steven Neufeld where he discusses his patented MetaFix Ludloff Plate for Hallux Valgus cases.  This bunion plate will allow patients to get back on their feet and return to normal activities almost immediately! Click here for full article

Shockwave Therapy Apr 20th, 2016

APRIL 20, 2016 By: Nathaniel Schaefer, PA-C Exciting therapy now offered for the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis! Have troublesome Plantar Fasciitis or Achilles Tendonitis that won’t seem to go away despite a plethora of treatment? Want another possible solution that is noninvasive and requires little to no down...

The 9 Tips Foot Doctors Give Patients About Wearing Sandals Mar 22nd, 2016

Article by Kelsey Kloss via Reader's digestMarch 22nd, 2016 How to avoid blisters, pain, and foot damage when sporting your favorite summer shoe. Sandals should not bend in half With very flimsy flip-flops, you barely have more support than if you were barefoot. Lack of support can cause inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick...

Spotlight of the Month: Jason Weber, MD Jul 28th, 2015

JULY 28, 2015 This month we are spotlighting Jason Weber, MD, our 2014-2015 OFAC Fellow.  Ortrhopaedic residency is five years long, and most residents do a fellowship after graduating to further specialize in a certain field.  We are happy that Dr. Weber completed his fellowship at OFAC and disappointed that he...

Can I Improve My Balance? Jul 21st, 2015

JULY 21, 2015 By Matthew Bernier, MPT Can I Improve My Balance? Absolutely, but to improve your balance, you must first understand what systems govern balance or proprioception.  Your vision, the receptors of you inner ear, and the receptors in all your joints, and your proprioceptors all play a part in...

Spotlight of the Month: Camille Pineda, PT Jun 22nd, 2015

JUNE 22, 2015 Meet one of our newest OFAC staff members! Department: Physical Therapy Originally from: Manila, Philippines Has been with OFAC since: May 2015   Q: How did you get here? A: I got to the United States four years ago in May 2011.  I had been working as a...

Ankle Surgery Patient: “Exceptional care, outstanding outcome…” Aug 20th, 2014

AUGUST 12, 2014 Joshua’s Story Exceptional care, outstanding outcome–hearty thanks to Dr. Buchanan for the surgery, Matt Bernier for the physical therapy, and the whole OFAC crew! I broke my ankle badly four months ago.  As an active runner, skier, and climber, I was looking for the best and brightest...

Total Ankle Replacement Patient: “It has brought me back to the world of athletics that I love.." Apr 4th, 2014

APRIL 4, 2014 Meet “Mimi” – one of our most high-energy and optimistic patients! Be sure to check out the video below! Her Story “I initially found OFAC about 5 years ago by reading the Washingtonian Top Doctors. I wanted the best doctor in the area and a specialist in feet...

Dr. Neufeld Appointed as Clinical Professor at VCU Oct 29th, 2013

OCTOBER 29, 2013 Congratulations to Dr. Steven Neufeld, who has been appointed by Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine as Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery!

Dr. Cuttica Co-Authors Cartilage Injury Article Aug 8th, 2013

AUGUST 7, 2013 To view the article, please click here:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/23465946/?i=1&from=cuttica%20dj.

OFAC & Inova Fairfax Hospital Team Up Aug 7th, 2013

AUGUST 7, 2013 The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center recently teamed up with Inova Fairfax Hospital to provide one of the first comprehensive total ankle replacement programs in the country. Read about it here: In Health Winter 2013.

Dr. Neufeld’s Vilex FUZE Aug 7th, 2013

AUGUST 7, 2013 Dr. Neufeld’s recently introduced Vilex FUZE is an FDA approved, patented product that has been used in 10 surgeries to date.

Dr. Neufeld Case Report Published: Irreducible Longitudinal Distraction-Dislocation of the Hallux Aug 7th, 2013

AUGUST 7, 2013 Dr. Neufeld Case Report Published: Irreducible Longitudinal Distraction-Dislocation of the Hallux Interphalangeal Joint Click here for more information: Dr. Neufeld_Am J Orthop Case Report.

Dr. Steven Neufeld appointed to chair the AOFAS Health Policy Committee Mar 4th, 2013

MARCH 4, 2013 Congratulations to Dr. Steven Neufeld, who has been appointed to chair the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society’s Health Policy Committee!

Dr. Cuttica shares his expertise at the 2nd Annual ENDURAHealth Summit! Feb 26th, 2013

FEBRUARY 25, 2013 Thinking about signing up for your first marathon, triathlon or other endurance sporting event? Come to the 2nd Annual ENDURAHealth Summit on March 16 for some tips from the experts, including our very own Dr. Daniel Cuttica, who will be discussing how to protect your feet & ankles!...

First Total Ankle Replacement Using the Innovative Prophecy Technology! Feb 26th, 2013

FEBRUARY 25, 2013 Congratulations to OFAC’s own Drs. Matthew Buchanan and Daniel Cuttica for successfully implanting the  first total ankle replacement in the DC Metro area using the Prophecy custom preoperative navigation guides! This new technology allows surgeons to more precisely align the ankle implant before surgery, allowing for more accurate...

Common Signs and What to Expect From an Ankle Injury Oct 16th, 2012

OCTOBER 15, 2012 By: Daniel J. Cuttica, DO What Is an Ankle Fracture? Varying degrees of ankle injuries can occur while competing in sporting events.  These injuries are typically caused by poor training practices, improper equipment, lack of conditioning, or insufficient warm up and stretching. A fracture is a complete or...

Congratulations to Dr. Cuttica Published in the Foot & Ankle International Journal Sep 15th, 2012

SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 Dr. Daniel Cuttica was recently published in the journal Foot & Ankle International for his contribution to a study titled, “Arthroscopic Treatment of Osteochondral Lesions of the Tibial Plafond.” Summary of Study: “Osteochondral lesions of the distal tibial plafond (OLTPs) are an uncommon problem. The purpose of this study...

Competitor Magazine “Editor’s Award: Most Innovative” Sep 13th, 2012

SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 Editor's Pick, Most Innovative: Hoka OneOne Stinson Tarmac.  Pick them up at Remarkable Feet, a retail store located at OFAC's Falls Church location! According to Competitor Magazine, Hoke OneOne Stinson Tarmac is the most innovative running shoe on the market.  Here is what they have to say...

Smelly Feet—More Than Just Embarrassing Jul 7th, 2012

JULY 6, 2012 By: Daniel Cuttica, DO Foot odor can be an embarrassing and sometimes uncomfortable problem for many people.   However, understanding the problem and taking some simple measures can help. Sweating Leads to Odor The main cause of foot odor is related to sweat; thousands of sweat glands in the...

Foot Fracture or Ankle Sprain – How Can you Tell? Jun 16th, 2012

JUNE 15, 2012 By: Daniel J. Cuttica. DO The quick answer is, unless you are a specialist, you can’t.  They both can have similar symptoms, but a board-certified orthopaedic foot and ankle doctor can best determine which it is. Ankle Sprains Sprained ankles commonly occur about 25,000 times every day. They...

Shoeless Running—Risks vs. Benefits Jun 5th, 2012

JUNE 4, 2012 Written by Daniel J. Cuttica, DOPublished in the June edition of YourHealthMagazine Ever since man came out of the trees to walk and run on the ground, we have perfected this form of mobility. Award-winning runners from underdeveloped regions, still run barefoot, as they had all their lives....

Giving Thanks 5K Nov 11th, 2011

NOVEMBER 11, 2011 The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center has decided to sponsoring the Giving Thanks 5K Marathon in Vienna Virginia to benefit the Wounded Warrior project and theIntrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The marathon is November 24th, 2011 and will start at 8:05am at Centennial Park in Vienna. Registration fees: $20.00 by November 20...

Flatfeet: Painful and Correctable Jan 3rd, 2011

JANUARY 3, 2011 There’s an easy way to tell if you have flat feet. Simply wet your feet and stand on a dry surface that will leave an imprint of your foot. A normal footprint has a wide band connecting the ball of the foot to the heel with an...

Diabetic Foot Care Dec 17th, 2010

DECEMBER 17, 2010 Do you have diabetes? If so, we’d like to share some important information about keeping your feet healthy. Diabetes can cause your feet serious problems – small cuts can have big consequences. Diabetes decreases your blood flow, so your injuries are slow to heal. When your wound...

Aching Feet? Get In Step Dec 10th, 2010

DECEMBER 10, 2010 Many people suffer needlessly with chronic foot and ankle pain, and often chalk it up to an inevitable side effect of sports or aging. Sports Injuries. Untreated sports injuries can be a major culprit in aching feet for the young and the athletic. Runners, dancers and others, who...

Are Your Feet Happy With You? Nov 29th, 2010

NOVEMBER 29, 2010 Your feet play a large part in your general health, especially after a certain age. Proper care and maintenance of your feet can help prevent serious issues. Neglected feet can lead to serious issues such as fungi and ingrown toenails; problems that you might consider seeing a foot...

Office Re-Location Nov. 2, 2010 Nov 2nd, 2010

Board-certified orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeons, Drs. Steven K Neufeld andMatthew Buchanan and podiatrist, Dr. Evetta Borden annouce with great joy and excitement our office relocation to a new state-of-the-art, eco-friendly 10,000 s.f. facility effective Monday, November 1, 2010*: Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center2922 Telestar CourtFalls Church, VA 22042Tel: 703.769.8420 (office phone remains unchanged) As...

The 6th Annual Merrifield Fall Festival Oct 26th, 2010

OCTOBER 26, 2010 The staff of Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Center had a great time at the 6th Annual Merrifield Fall Festival on October 16, 2010. With our big move set for November 2nd, it was a wonderful opportunity to reach out to our new community. We couldn’t have done...

Experimental Therapy for Sore Heels Has Skeptics Oct 18th, 2010

by Richard Knox , NPR.orgOctober 18, 2010 (NPR.org) – Dressed in street clothes, Tara Cassidy Driscoll lies face-down on an examining table at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Orthopedic surgeon George Theodore is about to blast her foot with powerful shock waves generated by sound. After numbing her foot with Novocain, Theodore turns...

Synthetic Dust May Replace Bone Grafts Apr 3rd, 2010

APRIL 3, 2010 Steven K. Neufeld: Synthetic ‘dust’ may replace bone grafts – Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/dec/10/synthetic-dust-may-replace-bone-grafts/print/ By Ann Geracimos, 5:45 a.m., Wednesday, December 10, 2008 Strong when solid, the human ankle is the source of immense grief when impaired. Compared to the hip or knee, the ankle is the smallest joint...