Fantastic Feet with Dr. William Knudson

Feet shouldn’t be neglected, says podiatrist Dr. William Knudson, but care for the lower extremities can be confusing. Here, Dr. Knudson sets the record straight on foot care. Most feet require only basic care, explains Dr. William Knudson. But, how that care is carried out can mean the difference between dry, cracked feet and feet that deserve an audience. According to Dr. William Knudson, washing feet daily with an anti-bacterial soap helps keep germs and unpleasant odors at bay. He recommends following this up with a weekly soak in warm water, a quick exfoliating treatment, and a coat of shea butter for soft and supple ankles, toes, and heels. Excessively dry/damaged feet may benefit from heel pads or a humectant balm, which helps retain moisture. Dr. William Knudson also suggests using sunscreen on the tops of the feet to protect from UV rays and burning. […]

March 28th, 2016|

New Treatment for Fungal Toenails

Laser treatment offers dramatic results for people suffering from nail infection, reports Dr. William Knudson.   Podiatrist Dr. William Knudson, who provides 19 years of clinical experience, is expanding his services with an exciting new treatment. Dr. William Knudson is pleased to introduce a safe and effective new laser therapy for feet and toes. According to Dr. Knudson, nail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a relatively common condition that affects up to 10 percent of people worldwide. This new laser therapy has proven to be a safe and highly effective solution in the treatment of onychomycosis, says Dr. William Knudson. The laser can also be used for warts and scar reduction. Symptoms of Nail Infection Dr. William Knudson points out that fungus can cause nails to become discolored or yellow. Other symptoms of nail infection include buildup of skin underneath the nail and white streaks or spots on the nail surface. As the infection progresses, the nail may become brittle, thick and completely separated from the nail bed, says Dr. William Knudson. It can cause an individual significant pain when walking or wearing shoes. […]

March 21st, 2016|

Common Foot Problems

A Description of Some Common Foot Ailments BUNIONS If you have a bunion, you know it can be a painful enlargement of the joint at the big toe. The skin over the joint becomes swollen and is often quite tender. Bunions can be inherited as a family trait, can develop with no recognizable cause or can be caused by shoes that fit poorly. An important part of treatment is wearing shoes that conform to the shape of the foot and do not cause pressure areas. This often alleviates the pain. In severe cases, bunions can be disabling. Several types of surgery are available that may relieve pain and improve the appearance of the foot. Surgery is usually done to relieve pain and is not meant for cosmetic purposes. HEEL PAIN Heel pain is extremely common. It often begins without injury and is felt under the heel, usually while standing or walking. It is usually worse when arising out of bed. Inflammation of the connective tissue on the sole of the foot (plantar fascia) where it attaches to the heel bone is the most common cause of pain. It is often associated with a bony protrustion (heel spur) seen on x-ray studies. Most cases will improve spontaneously. Heel and stretching, medication to reduce swelling of the soft tissues in your foot and shoe inserts (orthotics) are quire helpful. If pain continues, steroid injections or walking casts are used. Only in the most troubling and prolonged case is surgery recommended. […]

March 14th, 2016|

Dr. William Knudson Tells Patient How to Summer-Proof Feet

According to Dr. William Knudson, skin cancer of the foot can sometimes be fatal. While any type of skin cancer can be found on a person’s foot, the most common is melanoma. Unfortunately, melanoma is also the most serious form of skin cancer. Dr. Knudson provides patients and the general public as a whole with helpful tips that may ward off this troubling health issue. Q: What are the telltale signs of skin cancer? Dr. William Knudson: Look for freckles or moles that change in shape or size, even on the soles of the feet and under the toenails. If something suspicious appears, visit your doctor immediately. Q: What other forms of skin cancer are most common among the population? Dr. William Knudson: Other forms include basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Many symptoms of skin cancer can go unnoticed without regular exams. Although prolonged exposure to the sun is the primary cause of skin cancer, other causes may include light skin color, aging, tobacco use, artificial UV radiation, environmental carcinogens, HPV infections and certain genetic disorders. […]

March 8th, 2016|

Tips on Caring for Aging Feet

With an ever-expanding population of senior citizens, podiatrists like Dr. William Knudson are challenged to help patients adjust to the effects of years of wear on their feet. Our feet take more abuse than many other parts of the body, since the foot absorbs much of a person’s body weight, making direct contact with hard surfaces with only the sole of a shoe to protect it. For older patients, proper foot care is essential. Dr. William Knudson has a few tips to ensure your feet stay healthy and strong for many years to come. […]

February 23rd, 2016|

Ask the Doctor: Choosing Proper Shoes for Your Children

Dr. William Knudson has worked in the field of podiatric medicine since the 1990s. Having seen many patients with painful foot problems, he says that good foot care begins at a young age. By educating parents on the basics of proper foot care, Dr. Knudson believes he can help kick off a pattern that will lead to foot health throughout a child’s life. Today, Dr. William Knudson addresses a few of the most common questions he gets from parents who visit Podiatric Care of Northern Virginia. Q: How can I tell if my child’s shoes fit? Dr. William Knudson: Obviously, having your child’s feet measured is important, but also check for excessive wear. If the sides of the shoe are worn out, it may be a sign your child needs a shoe with an increased width. Once a shoe’s toes or heels begin to show major signs of wear, it’s probably time to buy a new pair. […]

February 11th, 2016|

Foot Talk from Dr. William Knudson: Neuroma and Bone Spur Treatments

Dr. William Knudson knows that certain foot disorders can be especially painful for his patients. When a patient enters his Leesburg, Virginia practice, Dr. Knudson sympathizes and immediately seeks to provide the patient with relief. Usually patients want to know what to expect from treatment, so his first priority is to explain to a patient his or her treatment options and a timeline for those treatments to take effect. When one of my patients presents with neuroma, it’s likely that he or she has never heard of the condition. In fact, the patient likely only knows that he or she is experiencing foot tingling and numbness, and I understand that can be disconcerting. A neuroma is caused when a nerve becomes inflamed, causing the surrounding tissue to swell. By the time a patient makes an appointment to come into Podiatric Care of Northern Virginia, he or she is often in quite a bit of pain. […]

January 27th, 2016|

Dr. William Knudson Discusses the Importance of Good Shoes

Dr. William Knudson often deals with patients who have spent many years forcing their feet into fashionable shoes. To those patients, the Leesburg podiatrist gives a number of tips, stressing that well-fitting shoes that promote foot health do not have to be unattractive. The important thing, according to Dr. Knudson, is that the shoe allows the foot to comfortably exist in its natural shape. The first place I like to begin with my patients is to remind them about the pressure the human foot endures each day. The average person takes 5,000-7,000 steps per day, and your foot absorbs much of the impact of these steps. This is why proper footwear is so important. Walking only one mile, which averages out to only 2,000 steps, puts 63 tons of pressure on each foot, and this doesn’t include the extra pressure induced by high-impact sports like running, tennis, or basketball. […]

January 12th, 2016|

What is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist, also called a doctor of podiatric medicine, is a specialist who provides medical diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, including, but not limited to sprains and fractures, bunions, heel pain/spurs, hammertoes, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, corns and calluses. A podiatrist also renders care of sprains, fractures, infections, and injuries of the foot, ankle and heel. In addition to undergraduate medical school training, podiatrists also attend graduate school for a doctorate degree I podiatry. Podiatrists are required to take state and national exams, as well as be licensed by the state in which they practice. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, there are more than 17,800 practicing podiatrists in the United States. Podiatrists are in demand more than ever today because of a rapidly aging population. In addition, according to the association, foot disorders are among the most widespread and neglected health problems affecting people in this country. […]

January 5th, 2016|