The podiatrists at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center (OFAC) pride themselves on providing excellent patient care and superior service.
They treat the full range of podiatry problems at their state-of-the-art facilities in Falls Church and Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. For the highest quality care of all podiatry concerns, call or request an appointment online today.
Podiatry Q & A
What is podiatry? Back to top
Podiatry is the field of medicine that focuses on non-operative treatment of the foot and ankle. The podiatrists at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center use advanced technologies and the latest practices to provide you with the highest quality foot and ankle care available.
What are the common podiatry problems? Back to top
The podiatrists at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center provide comprehensive care for numerous foot conditions, including:
A fungal infection of your toenails causes your nail to become discolored, thickened, and easily broken. Your nail may turn white or yellow-brown and turn brittle. The fungal infection may also spread to the skin on your feet or between your toes. When this happens, it’s called athlete’s foot.
This happens when your toenail bends and starts to dig into the skin of your toe. Most ingrown toenails are minor and resolve on their own, but a toenail that becomes infected can develop into a serious problem.
People with diabetes require specialized foot care and should visit Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center for ingrown toenails.
Plantar warts are small, hard growths that develop on the bottoms of your feet. Though usually not a serious health concern, warts that cause foot pain or appear unsightly; treatment or removal is possible.
Corns and calluses
Corns and calluses are thickened layers of skin that develop on your feet and toes in response to friction and pressure. People who have diabetes or another condition that causes poor blood flow to the feet are at increased risk of complications from corns and calluses.
If you have diabetes, you shouldn’t trim corns and calluses yourself. The podiatry team at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center carefully trims your corn or callus to prevent injury and infection.
About 15% of people who have diabetes develop foot ulcers. These open sores and wounds commonly form on the bottom of the foot. Without prompt treatment, a diabetic foot ulcer can become infected and lead to serious complications, like an amputation.
How are podiatry problems diagnosed and treated? Back to top
To diagnose your condition, your podiatrist at Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center performs a thorough physical exam and reviews your symptoms and medical history.
Then, they recommend the most appropriate treatment for your specific condition. They provide a comprehensive array of effective podiatry treatments including:
- Oral and topical medications
- Laser therapy for toenail fungus and warts
- Wart freezing
- Custom orthotics
- Nail trimming
- Therapeutic injections
- Nail removal
- Callus/corn shaving
- Custom braces
If you have a painful or bothersome foot problem, don’t hesitate to call Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center or request an appointment online today.