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Virginia Beach, VA 23454
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By Cho Foot & Ankle Specialists
January 29, 2016
Category: Foot Care
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Find out what foot and ankle issues we can easily and effectively treat.

According to a survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association, the majority of American adults (77 percent) say they suffer from foot pain but only one-third of them have actually seen a medical professional about it. If your foot problems are affecting foot and ankle problemsyour life or causing you distressing symptoms, then it’s time you visited our Virginia Beach foot doctors Drs. David and Carrie Cho for expert care.

Some of the most common foot and ankle conditions that your Virginia Beach, VA podiatrists see include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ankle Pain
  • Foot Pain
  • Heel Pain
  • Corn and calluses
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Hammertoe
  • Flat feet
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Infections
  • Sprained ankles
  • Warts
  • Ulcers and open wounds
  • Stress fractures
  • Morton’s neuroma

Some of these issues may cause pain and discomfort, as well as stiffness, inflammation, tenderness, redness, weakness or deformities in the foot or ankle. You may have difficulty walking or a decreased range of motion, which may also limit some of the activities you participate in.

Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis are the two main causes of heel pain, and this condition is most commonly found in athletes or those who are physically active.

Fungal infections such as toenail fungus or athlete’s foot can be treated with over-the-counter remedies but if you don’t find that they are reducing your symptoms after a few days it’s important to come in for a stronger and more effective treatment.

Injuries such as sprains, fractures, etc. should also be examined right away. While most traumatic injuries to the feet and ankles will recover after several weeks with the proper care and rest, there are some fractures that are so severe that they may require surgery in order to fully correct the issue.

Those with diabetes, nerve damage in their feet or circulation disorders should examine their feet every day to check for signs of infection or complications. Diabetes-related foot problems are serious and can lead to infection or amputation, if left untreated. Even the smallest blister or ulcer can turn into something serious, so it’s always best to play it safe and see us for treatment.

Some of the most common ways the issues above are treated include:

  • Rest
  • Icing
  • Shoe recommendations
  • Bracing or casting
  • Elevating
  • Non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications
  • Steroid injections
  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Shockwave Therapy
  • Surgery

Are you ready to say goodbye to foot pain or other problems? Then it’s time you turned to our Virginia Beach, VA foot experts at Cho Foot And Ankle Specialists. Don’t put your foot health on the backburner any longer.

By Cho Foot & Ankle Specialists
December 02, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Dealing with toenail fungus? We can help!

While toenail fungus may seem like a rather innocuous condition it can also be unrelenting and chronic. If you are having issues with Toenail Funguspersistent or severe toenail fungal infections then it’s time you sought treatment from your Virginia Beach, VA podiatrists Drs. David and Carrie Cho.

What causes toenail fungus?

Many fungal infections are caused by fungus that is found in wet environments like gym showers and swimming pools. One of the most common types of fungus to cause infection is Trichophyton rubrum. This fungus usually infects the skin first and then moves to the nail. The other most common cause of this infection is a type of yeast called onychomycosis.

Who is at an increased risk for fungal infections?

Since athletes are more likely to be in communal areas like gyms or pools they tend to be more susceptible to toenail fungus. This could also be because athletes usually wear more form-fitted, sweaty clothes, which can increase their chances of developing a fungal infection.

Also, the elderly and those with chronic health conditions are at risk. Any condition (e.g. cancer; diabetes) that negatively impacts your immune system will unfortunately leave you prone to infections such as these.

What are the symptoms of toenail fungus?

If you are battling a toenail fungus then you or your Virginia Beach foot doctor may notice any of these symptoms upon inspection:

  • Thickened, brittle or crumbling nails
  • Nails that are misshapen or distorted
  • Nails that are dull and have no shine
  • Nails that have changed color

An infected toenail may also move away from the nail bed, which can cause pain. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms we can help!

Is toenail fungus contagious?

Even though fungal infections are contracted through communal environments these fungal infections aren’t highly contagious. But these infections can still be transmitted from person to person if they have close contact. This is why it isn’t surprising to find more than one family member dealing with toenail fungus.

When should I see a doctor?

If you’ve tried over-the-counter measures without success, if you are experiencing any pain or noticing a foul odor, or if you have a circulation disorder or diabetes then you need to come in for treatment right away. The sooner you come in the better chance we have of preventing any complications.

Turn to the podiatric experts at Cho Foot & Ankle Specialists for all of your foot-care needs. Don’t let fungal infections affect your foot health. We are here for you!

By Cho Foot & Ankle Specialists
September 16, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

OrthoticsFind out if prescription orthotics from your Virginia Beach podiatrist can improve your foot health.

Sure, you could get some shoe inserts from your local drugstore, but they can't give you the necessary support and comfort you need for your feet and ankles. In fact, a lot of these one-size-fits-most inserts can do more harm than good. If you are looking for a way to improve your mobility and range of motion while also providing stability and shock absorption for your feet, then it’s time to talk to your Virginia Beach, VA foot doctors Drs. David and Carrie Cho.

There are two different categories that prescription orthotics can fall into:

  • Functional orthotics
  • Accommodative orthotics
Functional orthotics are usually made from semi-rigid materials such as plastic and are crafted to help control movement, as well as to treat foot pain and injuries such as tendonitis and shin splints.

Accommodative orthotics, on the other hand, are usually made from a soft material like foam and offer support and cushioning. This type of orthotics is best for those with diabetic ulcers and other painful conditions like calluses or bunions.

When Are Prescription Orthotics Recommended?

You may want to talk to your Virginia Beach podiatrist about how custom orthotics could help you if you are dealing with any of these foot or ankle problems:
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel, foot or ankle pain
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Bunions

If you are dealing with foot and ankle conditions that are causing you pain, then you need to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist in Virginia Beach. We will examine your feet and determine which type of orthotics are right for you. Call Cho Foot & Ankle Specialists to schedule an appointment today!

By Cho Foot & Ankle Specialists
July 02, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Discover some of the best ways to treat heel pain in Virginia Beach.

Most heel pain is the result of plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of a specific band of tissue known as the plantar fascia. The plantar Heel Painfascia tissue run from your toes to the back of the heel and when inflamed can make it extremely difficult to move without pain. If you are suffering from heel pain in Virginia Beach, discover how you can treat this problem now.

Conservative treatments for heel pain

Stretching and strengthening exercises: Calf muscle stretches can be extremely helpful for plantar fasciitis related heel pain. If you’re wondering which exercises would be most beneficial to you, talk to your Virginia Beach podiatrists Drs. David Cho and Carrie Cho today.

Ice therapy: If you are experiencing inflammation due to heel pain, wrap an ice pack in a towel and apply it to your heel for about 20 minutes at a time 3-4 times a day.

Supportive shoes: If you suffer from heel pain then you know the importance of having good shoes. Therefore, it might be time to go shoe shopping. Look for a pair of shoes that is going to offer maximum support for your arches. Surprisingly enough, look for shoes with a bit of a heel to help take stress off the plantar fascia tissue.

Medications: Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen can be an easy way to reduce both discomfort and inflammation. Talk to your Virginia Beach podiatrists first before starting a daily OTC regime.

Limit certain activities: If you are an avid athlete you may not want to but it’s important to give some of those strenuous activities a rest while you recover. Take it easy while you are healing so you don’t exacerbate your condition.

If you still experience heel pain after several weeks then it’s time to see your Virginia Beach podiatrists, who may recommend some of these other heel pain treatment options:

Orthotics: Your Virginia Beach podiatrists at Cho Foot & Ankle Specialists can help reduce heel pain by making customized orthotics that can fit in your shoes and offer the support you need to take pressure off the heel and other areas of your foot.

Padding and splinting: If you aren’t quite ready to go for custom-made orthotics than you can turn to padding or straps, which can also be placed in your shoes to help reduce the impact of movement and to take pressure off the fascia.

Steroid injections: If over-the-counter medications aren’t reducing your inflammation then you may want to consider corticosteroid injections, which can help with both pain and swelling.

Do I need surgery for my heel pain?

Many of our patients are able to eliminate their heel pain through these non-surgical options. But there are still some patients who will need surgery in order to properly treat their foot problem. If you are still experiencing heel pain after several months of conservative treatments then it’s time to talk to your Virginia Beach foot doctors about whether surgery is the next step. We would be happy to sit down with you and discuss your surgical options.

Suffering from heel pain? Ready to get back to your daily activities? Then it’s time to see your Virginia Beach podiatrists for treatment. Call Cho Foot and Ankle Specialists today at (757) 427-7447!

By Cho Foot & Ankle Specialists
May 01, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Toenail FungusWith summer quickly approaching and warm beach days that include flip-flops and bare feet more than regular everyday shoes, your feet are the last thing you want to feel self-conscious about. But for the many Americans out there who have unsightly toenail fungus, a lack of confidence often sits with them until summer has passed by and the feet-covering months are back.

At Cho Foot And Ankle Specialists, David J. Cho, D.P.M. and Carrie T. Cho, D.P.M.  provide lasting comfort for patients' feet, regardless of how bad their toenail fungus may already be. Though many cases of foot fungus can be tough to get rid of, there are topical creams, like ciclopirox, or oral antifungal solutions, like terbinafine and itraconazole, that will bring lasting relief. 

Laser or light-based therapies can also treat toenail fungus, while nail removal surgery (don't worry - a new one will grow back!) is another common route.

Take a look at some preventive measures you should take to prevent future toenail fungus from attacking your feet below:

  • Don't wear socks or shoes after somebody else
  • Don't share nail clippers
  • Don't cut your nails too short, and cut them straight across
  • Try wearing cotton socks
  • Change your socks at least twice each day, especially if you live an active lifestyle where you sweat often
  • Wear dry shoes that aren't too tight or restrictive on your feet
  • Remember to wear shower sandals when you're at public pools

Also, remembering to wash your feet on a daily basis from the ankle on down will help your feet stay clean. This makes them less conducive to bacterial growth (which leads to infection). Always dry your feet afterwards, because dry feet won't get infected as frequently as moist feet.

For more information on lasting toenail fungus treatments available right here in Virginia Beach, VA, give the office of Cho Foot And Ankle Specialists a call today at (757) 427-7447 and get your feet ready for summer!

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