Our office staff compiled a list of questions that patients frequently
ask us. This may save you some time as you are considering podiatric
care. If you have any other questions, please call at 703.421.1900.
Will my treatment be covered by insurance?
We accept most insurance plans. Providers and limits of coverage
do change frequently, however, and we try to stay current. We
will assist you on checking the features of your plan, and also
in the paperwork. Below is a list of insurances taken with links
to their websites.
Aetna HMO/PPO, Alliance, Anthem BCBS, Carefirst BCBS, Cigna HMO/PPO, Medicare, MAMSI-MDIPA, OneNet, Optimum Choice, Tricare, Unicare, United Health
Are my shoes causing my foot disorders?
Usually a foot disorder is already present and shoes can aggravate
it. Some examples are bunions, hammertoes, ingrown nails, and bony
How can I have better foot health?
Make sure your shoes fit properly and are of high quality. Clean
and dry your feet thoroughly each day. Visit your podiatrist if
you have aches or pains or you notice some changes in the skin.
Is exercise good for my feet?
In most cases, exercise is great but it is important to stretch
and warm up first. Always "break in" new shoes slowly.
If you are a diabetic, consult a podiatrist before doing any weight-bearing
How does diabetes affect my feet?
Diabetes can affect blood flow and nerves in the feet. If the tissues
have been damaged, it is very difficult to heal a wound and fight
infection. The nerve damage is called neuropathy (numbness) and
you can "walk a hole (ulcer) in the foot" and not even
know it. The most important thing a diabetic can do is check feet
daily for changes.
How does arthritis affect my feet?
Arthritis is a disease of the joints and there are about 30 joints
in each foot. If any joint is out of alignment or has abnormal motion,
arthritis can set in. This kind of arthritis can wear the cartilage
out and lead to pain. Supportive shoes, shoe inserts, and medication
can help ease the painful arthritic foot.
Can I use over-the-counter foot care products?
These are generally safe products when used properly. Diabetics
should be careful or abstain from using any medicated pads or solutions.
Over-the-counter foot supports are an economical way to improve
foot function and comfort. Over-the-counter antifungal medications
are effective for athlete's foot but should not be used long term.
Visit a podiatrist if athlete's foot lasts more than two weeks.
If I have heel pain, will the treatment necessarily
No, more than 90 percent of the time this type of problem can be
cured by conservative measures. Sometimes fear of surgery prevents
a person from getting needed care. You can call our office at 703.421.1900
for a professional consultation.
Does Dr. Shuman perform office surgery?
A majority of our surgeries are performed in our office surgical
suite under local anesthetic. More involved cases or severe infections
are usually done in the hospital. Sometimes patients are anxious
or nervous before surgery and they can be given an oral mild sedative
before office surgery.
Does it take a long time to get in to see the
Typically we can accommodate a new patient within days and we make
every effort to see semi-emergencies, infections, and injuries the
same day. We realize that your time is important and our office
policy is to see you within a few minutes of your appointment time.
Are you taking new patients?
Yes, we are always accepting new patients to our practice. Please
call 703.421.1900 for an appointment.