Patient Reviews

“Adorable practice ! Great front desk staff and easy scheduling – obviously dealing with COVID issues with at times needing to move appointments around (to me is understandable). I’d been to two other doctors to help me deal with the issues- and Dr. Patel finally was the one who ordered specific creams for the issues. I’d been using / following an over the counter regimen from CVS and she explained why the prescriptions she’s calling in would work better. Her creams resolved it!! Don’t be fooled by the older appearance of the offices / apparatuses- the expertise in dealing with the issues is what matters !”

“Dr. Patel helped me with a corn problem which no former podiatrist had solved. I am grateful and recommend her wholeheartedly.”

“I had a great experience here. Attentive doctors and staff who listened and explained. These days it’s nice to have a medical practice that is willing to have a conversation with patients. I highly recommend!”

“Dr. Cannon is a phenomenal doctor. What impresses me most is that if he comes across a question or issue, he actually takes time to research it and educates me about pros and cons of medical decisions. Dr. Cannon is so much more than other docs who just want to write you prescriptions. I feel very fortunate to have found his practice. He is complemented by overall excellent staff, the whole team delivers top-shelf care. Highly recommended.”

“Dr. Cannon is a phenomenal physician and surgeon. I will honestly be sad when my visits end after my recovery. He feels like a friend, but one that can preform gods work when correcting broken scary looking feet. All jokes aside, I’d recommend him to anyone and everyone. He’s made a broken foot and surgery as enjoyable experience as that can be. He is accessible, personally returns my phone messages, does not make you feel rushed, and has a lovely bedside manner. I wish I could tip the man, except my insurance stole all my monies. Thanks for everything, Dr. Cannon!”

“Dr. Cannon is a specialist in podiatric medicine with practice in Falls Church, VA. Although the office is small, it is busy and conveniently located, with parking immediately adjacent to the building. Although I’ve known Dr. Cannon only in a professional setting and for just a few years, it’s easy to see that he quickly puts one at ease. Based on my experience and observation, I’ve found him to be very well informed on a wide variety of topics. Because I am not a medical professional, I particularly appreciated the way he informed me of his diagnosis and proposed plan of treatment – and pleased that he is my doctor!”

“I have had a myriad of complicated ailments and have been tossed around from physician to physician, for years, until I landed under Dr. Cannons care. I found out immediately, that not only is he a medical practitioner of the highest caliber but he also possesses the rare quality of having an excellent understanding of the background of each of his patient’s needs and value. You start feeling better just by his very demeanor and presence in the room. Outstandingly patient; thorough in his tests, assessments and follow ups; an extremely efficient, kind and pleasant group of staff in his office; the best network of specialists and therapists, caregivers he refers…Dr. Cannon is the full package… I feel I am no longer just a number in some doctor’s roster but a real living being that is being greatly cared for. I am truly thankful!”

“My former podiatrist retired, so I moved to Falls Church Foot and Ankle Center for my foot care. It was easy to make a first appointment with Dr. Dahria. She is excellent – friendly and knowledgeable. Recently, I saw Dr. Cannon when Dr. Dahria was out on maternity leave. He is excellent as well. Parking is easy. Covid precautions are fine such as taking temps; masks required; social distancing; hand sanitizer.”

“I have been seeing Dr. Cannon for a few years now. He’s so great to listen to me. I am a diabetic, so routine exams are important. I never have a long wait time, nor is the office overly crowded. The staff is great and so friendly.”

“Dr. Cannon is the best foot doctor I’ve worked with. He knows exactly what he is doing and he is also very personable. After a few years of troubles with the cartilage under my big toe and with my achilles tendon, he provided the right treatment and solutions to fix the pain so I can start running and exercising again without issues. Probably the best foot doctor in NOVA/DC area. Highly recommended!”

“Dr. Patel was so kind and an absolute pleasure to talk to. I’d trust her with any of my foot and ankle surgical needs and recommend to friends and family without hesitation.”

“Dr Cannon is awesome!!! Was great with elderly moms!! Even turned us on to a wonderful inhome PT/OT/ST company when mom was having issues unrelated to feet.
Now I’m seeing Dr C. Planning toe surgery.
Staff scheduling and callbacks not so great but I’d recommend Dr Cannon!!!!!!!!”

“Dr. Cannon has cared for my feet and ankles for many years. He is excellent with his work, but is also a caring and compassionate individual.”

“Dr. Cannon is wonderful! Both he and his staff are accommodating and helpful. Whenever I go in, he is fast, friendly and gentle. I would definitely recommend Dr. Cannon!”

“Dr. Cannon is the best! Booking an appointment was so easy and the staff were very kind, helpful, and responsive.”


Anatomy of a Shoe

Athletic Shoe Guidelines

Children’s Shoes

Corrective and Prescriptive Shoes

What to Look For

Getting a Proper Fit

Foot Care

Basic Foot Care Guidelines

Athletic Foot Care


Children’s Feet

Corns and Calluses

Diabetic Foot Care

Foot Care For Seniors

Foot Self-Exams


Self-Assessment Quiz

Women’s Feet

Your Feet at Work

Bunion Prevention

Burning Feet

Fungus Problems

Ingrown Nails


Basic Foot Care Guidelines

  1. Don’t ignore foot pain. It is not normal. If you experience any type of persistent pain in the foot or ankle, please contact our office.
  2. Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet may indicate Athlete’s Foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.
  3. Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely.
  4. Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; this can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems should not treat their own feet, because they are more prone to infection.
  5. Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest, and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.
  6. Select and wear the right shoe for each sport or activity that you are engaged in (e.g., running shoes for running).
  7. Alternate shoes—don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day.
  8. Avoid walking barefooted. Your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. At the beach or when wearing sandals always use sunblock on your feet.
  9. Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment may turn a minor problem into a major one.
  10. If you are a diabetic, please contact our office and schedule a check-up at least once a year.

Foot Anatomy

The foot is made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and numerous tendons. Complex biomechanics keep all these parts in the right position and moving together. Given these intricacies, it is not surprising that most people will experience some problem with their feet at some time in their lives.

Within each foot, the essential structure can be summed up as follows:

  • Seven short tarsal bones make up the heel and back of the instep.
  • Five metatarsal bones spread from the back of the foot toward front and make up the structure for the ball of the foot. Each metatarsal is associated with one of the toes.
  • Fourteen phalanges, small bones, form the toe structure.
  • Tarsal and metatarsal bones provide the structure for the arch of the foot.
  • Bands of ligaments connect and hold all the bones in place.
  • A thick layer of fatty tissue under the sole helps absorb the pressure and shock that comes from walking and everyday movements.

When To Call a Doctor

When To Call a Doctor

People call a doctor of podiatry for help diagnosing and treating a wide array of foot and ankle problems. Please contact our office if you experience one of the following:

  • Persistent pain in your feet or ankles.
  • Changes in the nails or skin on your foot.
  • Severe cracking, scaling, or peeling on the heel or foot.
  • Blisters on your feet.

There are signs of bacterial infection, including:

  • Increased pain, swelling, redness, tenderness, or heat.
  • Red streaks extending from the affected area.
  • Discharge or pus from an area on the foot.
  • Foot or ankle symptoms that do not improve after two weeks of treatment with a nonprescription product.
  • Spreading of an infection from one area of the foot to another, such as under the nail bed, skin under the nail, the nail itself, or the surrounding skin.
  • Thickening toenails that cause discomfort.
  • Heel pain accompanied by a fever, redness (sometimes warmth), or numbness.
  • Tingling in the heel; persistent heel pain without putting any weight or pressure on your heel
  • Pain that is not alleviated by ice or over-the-counter painkillers (such as aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
  • Diabetics with poor circulation who develop Athlete’s Foot.

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, such as 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 in 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 an estimated 15,000 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.

Typically, podiatrists:

  • Consult with patients and other physicians on how to prevent foot problems.
  • Diagnose and treat tumors, ulcers, fractures, skin and nail diseases, and deformities.
  • Perform surgeries to correct or remedy such problems as bunions, clawtoes, fractures, hammertoes, infections, ruptured Achilles, and other ligaments and tendons.
  • Prescribe therapies and perform diagnostic procedures such as ultrasound and lab tests.
  • Prescribe or fits patients with inserts called orthotics that correct walking patterns.
  • Treat conditions such as: bone disorders, bunions, corns, calluses, cysts, heel spurs, infections, ingrown nails, and plantar fasciitis.