Winter is over. It’s time to unleash the beasts…the beasts that have been hidden away in boots and socks for months. Feet, it’s time to shine! Here, Dr. William Knudson offers helpful hints on making feet as summer ready as possible because…who wants to wear UGGS in August?
Make feet neat with a pedicure
Dr. William Knudson suggests booking a pedicure at least twice during summer to help feet look their best. Unlike other periodic beauty treatments, a pedicure offers immediate visible results. And, pedicures are not just for women. More and more men these days are opting to have their toenails trimmed by a professional, reports Dr. William Knudson. Continue reading
As a licensed podiatrist for over 15 years, Dr. William Knudson is an expert about medications and treatments used to thwart foot pain.
Q: Is there a single cause behind most cases of foot pain or discomfort?
Dr. William Knudson: A number of causes have been revealed throughout the years, so confirmation from an experienced podiatrist is advisable. Many treatments allow the patient to maintain proper foot health without bearing considerable expense. With dozens of over-the-counter treatments now available on the market, patients can treat foot pain without breaking the bank. If the pain disrupts quality of life, professional therapy may still be necessary, however.
Q: What’s perhaps the most common ailment of today’s patients?
Dr. William Knudson: Many patients have suffered from fallen arches. Fallen arches most often benefit from a combination of ice and rest. These twin measures can reduce inflammation and ease discomfort. Arch supports in the shoes have also been shown to provide some much-needed relief. Continue reading
A more effective treatment for onychomycosis (also known as nail infection) is now offered by the practice of respected podiatrist Dr. William Knudson. Laser therapy can help Dr. Knudson’s patients avoid pain and embarrassment associated with cracked and yellowed nails. This convenient and economical treatment has proven to achieve considerable results with minimal complications.
Nail infection is defined as a fungal infection of the nail plate, matrix or bed, accounting for 50 percent of all cases of nail disease. Nail infection is more than just a cosmetic issue. It can often limit a person’s mobility and cause problems with circulation. Dr. William Knudson has observed additional pain in a number of patients who experience conditions such as diabetic foot ulcers and venous stasis. Without treatment, fungal infections can spread to other parts of the body. Nail infection is more common in people over the age of 60. Continue reading
Dr. William Knudson regularly sees patients who suffer from fallen arches, a common cause of foot pain. To better understand the onset of fallen arches, it’s important for patients to know all of the causes, symptoms and treatments of this potentially debilitating condition.
Many different symptoms have been associated with fallen arches, according to Dr. William Knudson. In most cases, the pain is not located in the entire arch of the foot but is focused in one particular area. Most patients report pain from standing that becomes much worse after walking for a short period of time. Along with the pain, some patients experience a tremendous amount of swelling.
The arch of a person’s foot is composed of joints and bones. These tightly held joints and bones form what podiatrists often refer to as a “bridge.” Repeated weight and force can result in this “bridge” breaking or buckling, which causes the patient extreme pain. Continue reading
Q: Why are shoes such a critical element in a child’s development?
Dr. William Knudson: Having a child comes with a series of memorable firsts. These celebrated firsts—first word, first tooth, first step—are among the most important developmental milestones recorded by parents. In my podiatry practice, a child’s first steps are of particular interest. When a child starts to walk, it’s time to buy their first pair of shoes. There are a number of useful facts and guidelines to help new parents choose the right pair of shoes.
Q: How should parents approach the purchase of their child’s first pair of shoes?
Dr. William Knudson: Baby feet grow extremely fast. In fact, toddlers will generally pass through two size sizes in one year. It’s advisable for parents to check their child’s shoes once every couple of months to ensure that they aren’t too tight. Children’s feet typically grow much faster during warmer seasons, so pay special attention during the spring and summer months.
Every day, patients come into the Leesburg office of Dr. William Knudson with a variety of foot maladies. The ankle and foot specialist helps patients with both foot care and treatment, advising families on the importance of proper footwear. Among the many issues that Dr. William Knudson deals with in the course of his practice are several that come up repeatedly. Today, Dr. William Knudson answers some of the frequently asked questions from his patients at Podiatric Care of Northern Virginia.
Q: What is the most common foot problem you see?
Dr. William Knudson: Fungal and bacterial issues are often the reason patients come to see me. Often they’ll notice strange toenail discoloration or blisters and itchiness.
Q: Why are fungal problems so common?
Dr. William Knudson: Feet spend so much time crammed into shoes and socks, it’s easy for moisture to build up, especially for extremely active people.