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Alexandria Family Podiatry
FALL 2012 Newsletter

“On Your Way to Healthy Feet”


Richard G. Lee, D.P.M.
Steven H. Lin, D.P.M.

How Can I Tell If My
Shoes Fit?

This is a question we hear frequently...“Why do I have heel pain in the morning, but it goes away or gets less painful throughout the day?” The most common cause of this condition is due to a condition called Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is usually referred to as heel pain.

Heel pain is caused when the ligament in the foot, that runs from the toes to the heel, becomes inflamed and tight. The plantar fascia becomes irritated from the constant pulling when you walk. Weight gain, increased activity, or a chronic injury like heel spurs can create this condition or make it worse.

Why is it so Painful in the Morning?

The pain is more intense in the morning because your foot has been resting for an extended period of time. Initial pain is felt when you wake up and put all of your body weight on the foot. Overnight, the muscles, ligaments and tendons in your foot have become tight and rigid. Once you apply pressure by standing up, you are stretching them more than they can handle from being so inflexible.

Usually the pain will subside throughout the day, or become less painful. There are different treatment options that can help relieve pain from this problem.

Alexandria Family Podiatry has a special 20% discount on all Medical and Professional line Crocs. Visit www.crocsrx.com and enter our referral code 40012000 upon check–out to receive your 20% discount. Pass the offer on to your friends and family!


Health News


Now Laser Treatment for fungal nails can improve the appearance of your nails.

Benefits of LASER:

– – Improves and promotes clear
      nail growth
– – Quick in–office visit
– – Pain Free
– – No side effects
– – No down–time

Call our office at
(703) 823-2357 for
a Laser consultation.

Back to School, Back to Sports Could Mean Injuries

Fall is quickly approaching and with back to school season, comes back to sports for many children. During this time, podiatrists see a lot of injuries from overuse, improper shoes/shoe sizes, and other easily overlooked issues.

Blisters are caused by friction when shoes and socks rub repeatedly on the skin. Also, if your child is not wearing socks blister can form. Another big cause of blisters is shoes that are too tight or don’t fit properly.

Turf toe is more common among athletes who compete or train on artificial turf, which is where it gets its name. The pain develops in the base of the toe at the ball of the foot. The cause of turf toe is usually due to cramming the toe into the foot from jumping too hard or constant pressure from running on the hard surface. Shoes or athletic footwear may also be to blame.

Shin splints Shin splints is named for pain to either side of the leg bone, caused by muscle or tendon inflammation. It is commonly related to a collapsing arch, but may be related to a muscle imbalance between opposing muscle groups in the leg. They are usually caused by high impact exercise, improper stretching, or an existing issue like flat feet.

Heel Pain an increased activity level often start an episode. A change of shoes from well supporting walking or athletic shoes to floppy sandals can do it.



Important News About You!
We dedicate this space to say thank you to all of our patients and friends who have so kindly made referrals to our office. There is no greater compliment you can pay us than to entrust us with the referral of a friend or family member. Your trust and confidence means the world to us and has helped our practice to grow over the years. We’d like to say a very big THANK YOU to the patients who have sent us a referral this month…THANKS!
Diabetic Recipe Butter Rum Patties

Pour rice into blender and work into a powder. Pour into large bowl or food processor and add remaining ingredients. Work with wooden spoon, or in processor, until mixture is completely blended. (Mixture will be sticky).

Form into 20 patties. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake 300F 15-20 mins until surface feels dry.

If You Refer a Friend or Family Member to our office, that person will receive a
FREE Office Visit!!

*Must be a New Patient, X-rays and Treatment Not Included


Here’s an excerpt of a letter from one of our patients:

“I have been coming to Alexandria Family Podiatry and Dr. Lee for many years. The office staff members are all very kind and efficient!”

~Betty E. Stewart
Alexandria, VA


Thanks Mrs. Stewart for your kind words!! ~AFP

Meet Our Staff

* Richard G. Lee, DPM
* Steven H. Lin, DPM
* Wanda Smith, Office Manager
* Jean Swain, Patient Coordinator
* Christina Smith, Patient Coordinator
* Karen Yee, Marketing Coordinator



One evening after work John drove his secretary home after she was unable to start her car. Not wanting to bother his wife, Maureen, he decided not to mention it to her.

Later that night, John and Maureen were driving out to eat when John spotted a high-heel shoe hidden under the passenger seat. Pointing to something out the passenger window to distract his wife, he picked up the shoe and tossed it out of his window.

They arrived at the restaurant a short time later and were about to get out of the car when Maureen enquired, ‘John, have you seen my other shoe?’

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