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By Blue Ridge Foot Centers
March 24, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: bunions  

Your podiatrist in Asheville, NC, can help with bunion pain.

Bunions can keep you from enjoying life, making even the most simple tasks, like putting on shoes, difficult or impossible. Bunion treatment has been around for a while, but now there is an exciting new way to treat bunions and get you back on your feet. It’s called Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction.

Dr. Daniel Waldman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, offers comprehensive foot care services, including innovative bunion surgery with Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction. Dr. Waldman is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Pediatric Surgeons. He teaches the latest procedures in foot surgery including minimal incision technique.

The more traditional ways of treating bunions include:

  • Wearing custom-fit orthotics or footwear
  • Shaving calluses and corns to relieve friction
  • Surgical treatment, known as a bunionectomy

Now, there is a new, more effective way to treat bunions, known as Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction. It works because unlike traditional methods, lapiplasty eliminates bunions by working in three dimensions, correcting the underlying joint misalignment and instability.

Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction works because it uses instruments specifically designed to move the entire bone back into its normal position, which straightens the toe and removes the bump. The unstable joint is secured with two small titanium plates, to keep your toe and foot in alignment and prevent the bunion from recurring. The technology works so well that patients are able to get back on their feet only days after surgery.

Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction has many advantages over traditional surgery. Consider that Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction:

  • Doesn’t require casting
  • Is weight-bearing within days
  • Allows you to walk in a surgical boot within 6 weeks, which is 6 to 8 weeks sooner than traditional bunion surgery

To find out more about bunion treatment using 3D Bunion Correction and other foot and ankle services, call Dr. Waldman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, at (828) 254-5371, or visit his website by clicking here. Call or visit the site today!

By Blue Ridge Foot Centers
February 22, 2021
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition affecting more than two million Americans. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says that the supportive plantar fascia becomes inflamed and painful, impacting mobility. At Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, your renowned podiatrist is Dr. Daniel Waldman, can diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis, returning you, and your feet, to normal.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Irritation and inflammation of the plantar fascia, plantar fasciitis happens when the connective tissue between the heel and toes is repeatedly overstretched due to:

  • Obesity
  • Overuse (as with running or standing on your feet too long)
  • High arches
  • New athletic activity
  • Tight calf muscles
  • The aging process

Heel pain is a presenting symptom, and some patients have small calcified projections off the front of their heel bones. These heel spurs add to the discomfort associated with plantar fasciitis. Typically, plantar fasciitis symptoms are worse in the morning and abate during the day.

Diagnosing and treating plantar fasciitis

Your podiatrist at Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, will inspect your painful feet, watch you walk, and do X-rays or other types of digital imaging if warranted. Many people with plantar fasciitis twist their feet to the midline (overpronation). This extra pressure on the plantar fascia leads to soreness, swelling, and difficulty walking and standing.

Dr. Waldman will fine-tune your treatment to suit your individual symptoms and lifestyle. Elements of your care plan may include:

  • Rest, ice, and elevation of the affected foot
  • Arch supports (customized shoe orthotics)
  • Changes in athletic training
  • Motrin to relieve pain and inflammation
  • Cortisone injections
  • Maintaining a recommended body weight
  • Wearing shoes with thick soles (no flip flops or going barefoot)
  • Massage and other kinds of physical therapy

Some patients do not respond well to conservative treatments. A surgery, such as plantar fascia release, can relieve pain and stiffness. Fortunately, Dr. Waldman is board-certified in foot and ankle surgery. A nationally and internationally known lecturer, Dr. Waldman is an expert in minimal incision surgical techniques.

Feel better now!

At Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, Dr. Daniel Waldman, and his team relieve stubborn plantar fasciitis. Don't wait. Let this expert podiatrist help you stay active. Phone us for an appointment: (828) 254-5371. Or, you may contact us through our website: blueridgefoot.com.

By Blue Ridge Foot Centers
December 31, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Corn Removal  

Corns are basically rough, thickened dead skin patches that commonly appear on bony or raised portions of the feet. These usually form due to constant pressure and friction from tight footwear. In some people, corns aren’t really that bothersome, and simple home treatments will suffice to remove them.
 

In others, however, they can become extremely sore and painful and will need proper medical treatment. Fortunately, some treatments can help get rid of corns and keep them away for good. If you’re having problems with corns, you can consult with your board-certified podiatrist in Asheville, NC, Dr. Daniel Waldman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers, to determine your treatment options.
 

Diagnosing Corns

Corns are easy to spot, so your podiatrist will simply inspect your feet to determine whether you have corns and rule out other possible causes of thickened dead skin patches like cysts or warts. If your podiatrist suspects that your corn might be caused by a physical abnormality in your foot, he’ll order an x-ray for confirmation.
 

Getting Rid of Corns

If simple treatments such as wearing loose and breathable footwear and padding the affected area fail to work, or you’re dealing with recurrent and/or painful corns, your podiatrist in Asheville, NC, might recommend the following treatments:
 

  • Shaving Thickened Skin: This is done through the use of a scalpel and must only be performed by your podiatrist to avoid infection.
  • Custom Orthotics: If you’ve previously tried OTC orthotics that didn’t give you the relief you need, your podiatrist will prescribe customized orthotic devices that will be tailor-made for you. These can help treat your corns and keep them from coming back.
  • Medicated Pads: Your podiatrist may likewise recommend medicated pads and other medications for treating your corns. The main purpose of these pads is to deliver certain acids when fitted over the corns and break down the thickened skin to make it softer and easier to remove. You should only use these under the guidance of your podiatrist, particularly if you have diabetes.
  • Surgical Intervention: If a foot abnormality, like an internal bone misalignment, is causing recurrent corns, surgery may be necessary. The procedure can effectively keep the corns from coming back by getting rid of the source of constant friction and pressure.
     

Need Relief From Your Corns? We Can Help

Call 828-254-5371 to arrange a consultation with your board-certified podiatrist in Asheville, NC, Dr. Daniel Waldman, here at Blue Ridge Foot Centers. Dr. Waldman also teaches surgery nationally and internationally, including the latest Minimal incision technique.

By Blue Ridge Foot Centers
November 25, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Fungus  

Sometimes life gets hectic -- we rush to shower, dry off some, and then shove our damp feet into tight shoes. Every once in a while, our feet may start constant itching, signaling that we may have developed athletes' foot. Clear it up with Dr. Daniel Waldman at Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC. Dr. Waldman is board certified, teaches surgery nationally and internationally, including the latest minimal incisions, and can help you get itch-free.

Here are some tips to take care of your feet at home while getting rid of your foot fungus:

  • Keep your feet cool and dry. Make sure that your socks are clean, fresh, and do not have any moisture in them. Foot fungus, also called tinea pedis, need a warm wet environment to thrive.
  • Do not share personal belongings. Foot fungus is contagious, so it is critical to change all bedding, socks, shoes, and other items that might have come in contact with the infected foot.
  • Wear shower shoes. Whether at the pool, after a shower, in the gym, try wearing shower shoes. It lessens the risk of a fungal infection of the foot.
  • Use over the counter medication. Many drugstores carry affordable creams that are specially formulated to destroy foot fungus. When used as directed, these topicals can give you results in just a few days.
  • Change your diet. Many yeasts and fungi thrive on sugars that are introduced to the body by diet. Try to reduce your starch and sugar intake as you take action to heal your infection.

While these tips can be quite effective, sometimes patients have to take a prescription oral medication to clear things up. Dr. Waldman can counsel you on which course of action to take and answer any questions you may have about your treatment.

Contact Blue Ridge Foot Centers, serving Asheville, NC, at 828-254-5371 to schedule a consultation.

By Blue Ridge Foot Centers
November 17, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Are you concerned about getting another ingrown toenail? At Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, your board-certified podiatrist can help you prevent another episode of this common foot problem. Dr. Daniel Waldman helps many patients just like you have healthy nails and well-functioning feet.

A deformed toenail

How does an ingrown toenail happen? Onychocryptosis, as podiatrists call it, happens when the corner of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin. Usually, the big toenail is involved, says Healthline, and pain, tenderness, redness, and infection may result.

Factors contributing to an ingrown toenail include:

  • Incorrect nail trimming
  • Wearing shoes which are too snug in the toe box
  • Inherited foot structure
  • Wearing sweaty, poorly-fitting socks
  • Trauma to the toe
  • Repeated pressure to the toe through sports (kicking a ball, dancing)

Treatment typically involves soaking the foot at home and the use of pain medication as needed. However, when symptoms continue or worsen, you should see your podiatrist in his Asheville, NC, office for an eyes-on exam.

Dr. Waldman may recommend partial nail removal, an in-office procedure performed with a local anesthetic. The National Health Service says this surgery works 98 percent of the time.

Preventing ingrown toenails

These are the steps you can take to avoid, or lessen the severity of, onychomycosis:

1. Trim your toenails straight across with a sharp, clean pedicure tool. Do not round the corners.

2. Wear shoes that are roomy and well-fitting, placing no pressure on the big toes.

3. Washing and drying your feet daily to avoid fungal infections, such as Athlete's foot.

4. Changing your socks daily, or whenever they are sweaty or wet.

5. Wear safety shoes at work (with steel toes to protect against trauma).

6. See your podiatrist right away at the first sign of redness or pain.

Contact Blue Ridge Foot Centers

Dr. Daniel Waldman can help you with a variety of foot health problems, including ingrown toenails. He is nationally and internationally known for his advanced surgical methods, including the latest in minimal incisions.

Call our Asheville, NC, office for an appointment with this outstanding podiatrist: (828) 254-5371. Or, contact us through our website: www.blueridgefoot.com.





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