Can you remember a time when bunion pain wasn't part of your life? If a bunion is affecting your activities and lifestyle, you need to talk to an expert. Here at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers, your podiatrists offer several treatments designed to ease your pain.
When Should I See a Podiatrist?
In the early stages, it may be possible to treat your painful bunion with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, ice, and adhesive pads that cushion the bony bumps. Wearing wide shoes that don't press on your bunion can also help. As the bunion progresses, however, home treatment may no longer be effective.
Make an appointment with your podiatrists in Reston, Manassas, or Leesburg, VA, if:
- It is Difficult to Walk or Stand: Walking and standing shouldn't be uncomfortable. If they are, it's time to see your foot doctor.
- Your Social Life is Being Affected: When your foot hurts, you may find yourself turning down invitations and avoiding activities or hobbies that you've always enjoyed. Bunion treatment can ease your pain, allowing you to participate in life fully once again.
- You've Noticed a Few Alarming Changes: Schedule an appointment with your podiatrist if your toe becomes numb, or if your bunion appears red and feels warm.
- Your Pain Has Affected Your Personality: It's hard to remain positive and optimistic when you're constantly in pain. Chronic pain can make you feel irritable, affect your ability to concentrate, and may even be a factor in depression.
How Your Podiatrist Can Help?
Your foot doctor can offer a variety of treatment strategies depending on the severity of your bunions. For instance, toe exercises will help keep your toe flexible, which may decrease pain. Your podiatrist may also recommend that you wear splints at night to improve the alignment of your foot.
Orthotics, custom-made shoe inserts, cushion your foot and improve its position during the day. If over-the-counter pain medication isn't helpful, your foot doctor may recommend steroid injections.
Although these measures can help, they won't reverse your bunion. Surgery offers the only way to remove bunions and may be recommended if you have severe pain or your bunion interferes with your daily life.
Need Relief? Give Us a Call
Has bunion pain disrupted your life? Schedule an appointment with the podiatrists here at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers by dialing (703) 437-6333 for the Reston office, (703) 368-7166 for the Manassas office, or (703) 777-2101 for the Leesburg office.
Have over-the-counter wart medications failed to get rid of the bumpy growths on your foot? The podiatrists at Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers in Reston, Manassas and Leesburg, VA, offer treatments that can finally eliminate your warts.
What causes warts?
Warts form when your skin is exposed to a strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV enters the skin through large or small breaks in the skin. Cuts, scratches, and dry patches of skin provide the perfect entry point for the virus.
The virus causes rapid growth of skin cells, resulting in a bumpy wart on most parts of the body. If you have a wart on the bottom of your foot, the growth may be flat instead of raised. These growths, known as plantar warts, become flat due to constant pressure placed on your feet when you walk and stand.
Plantar warts can make walking very painful, but that's not the only concern if you have this type of wart. Back and hip pain can occur if you alter the way you walk in an attempt to relieve pressure on your warts.
Warts can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact or exposure to the virus on a floor or other surface. You can get warts on your feet if you walk barefoot in public locker or pool areas or if your foot brushes against a wart on a friend or family member's foot. The virus can also be spread by using the same towels, shoes, socks, clippers, or nail files as someone who has a wart.
When should I see my Reston, Manassas, or Leesburg foot doctor?
If home treatment doesn't work or your warts make walking painful, it's a good idea to schedule a visit with your podiatrist. Although over-the-counter products can be helpful in some cases, they're usually not strong enough to reach the deepest layers of the wart.
Wart treatment options include:
- Strong topical medications and ointments that remove the wart layer by layer
- Cryotherapy to freeze wart cells
- Laser therapy to heat and kill wart cells
Are you tired of living with warts? Schedule an appointment with the podiatrists at Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers by calling (703) 437-6333 for the Reston, VA, office, (703) 368-7166 for the Manassas office, or (703) 777-2101 for the Leesburg office.
A neuroma is a condition affecting the toes or feet that is often associated with a tingling or burning sensation. Other symptoms include numbness, a feeling of thickness, or pain in the ball of the foot. There can be different types of neuromas, but most are caused by tissues rubbing against a benign growth of nerves in the toes or feet, which can cause irritation. A podiatrist can recommend an appropriate treatment for the type of neuroma you have. The professionals at Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers are your Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg, VA, podiatrists for the treatment of a neuroma.
Morton’s neuroma is a specific type of neuroma that most often develops between the third and fourth toes. With this type of neuroma, there is a thickening of the tissues surrounding the nerves that lead to the third and fourth toes. Morton’s neuroma tends to develop as a result of irritation caused by wearing shoes with high heels or that are too narrow. Trauma to the foot can also cause Morton’s neuroma. Common symptoms of Morton’s neuroma include numbness in the toes and a burning pain radiating from the ball of the foot to the toes.
Treatments for Neuroma
There are a few different methods for treating neuroma. The right treatment for you might depend on the specific type of neuroma you have or the particular symptoms you are experiencing. Your Reston, VA podiatrist, could recommend an appropriate treatment for you. Treatments for neuroma include:
- Wearing orthotic shoe inserts to reduce pressure on the nerves
- Cortisone injections to reduce inflammation and swelling
- Alcohol sclerosing injections to reduce or eliminate the pain
- Surgical removal of the benign growth of nerves
Other measures that can be taken to alleviate the pain or discomfort caused by neuroma involve wearing footwear that will not aggravate the condition. For some patients that could mean wearing roomier shoes or shoes with lower heels. Corrective footwear can also be helpful for minimizing irritation, pain, and discomfort.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of neuroma, such as numbness or a sensation of tingling or burning, professional treatments are available. A podiatrist at Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers can recommend the right treatment for you. To schedule an appointment with a podiatrist in Reston, VA, call (703) 437-6333. Appointments are also available at our Manassas and Leesburg locations. For the Manassas office, call (703) 368-7166. For the Leesburg location, call (703) 777-2101.
Dr. Steven Gordon, Dr. Shaun Hafner, Dr. Lisa Beckinella and Dr. Nancy Han of Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers announce that they are now offering the Aspen Laser at their offices. The Aspen Laser is a drug-free, non-invasive treatment for pain relief and delivers light energy right to the body’s cells, treating pain and inflammation at the source.
Laser therapy works by penetrating the skin and underlying tissue, the photons of the laser light are absorbed by the cells and converted into energy. This energy is the key to helping the cells become normal and healthy.
The Aspen Laser has advantages over other treatments, such as the fact that it treats the cause of pain and injury, instead of treating the symptoms and masking the pain only temporarily. Laser therapy treatment helps to decrease inflammation, muscle tightness and soreness, pain, and increase the range of motion and faster recovery. There is no pain associated with treatment and most patients actually notice a warm, and often soothing feeling. Another advantage is that the moment a person leaves the office, they may resume normal daily activity, as long as they don’t overexert for a few days.
Laser therapy is also a quick treatment, usually taking between 5-10 minutes, depending on the condition being treated.
To learn more about the Aspen Laser and the conditions that can be treated, contact Dr. Gordon, Dr. Hafner, Dr. Beckinella, and Dr. Han of Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers. Call us today.
- Reston - (703) 437-6333
- Manassas - (703) 368-7166
- Leesburg - (703) 777-2101
Heel pain is one of the most common foot complaints among adults in the US. In fact, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association, three out of every ten Americans report that their heels hurt because they are too active and on their feet constantly. If this sounds like you, you're in luck - here at Reston Foot and Ankle Center in Reston, VA, your team of four podiatrists helps people resolve heel pain, particularly as it relates to an inflammatory condition called plantar fasciitis. Learn more about your treatment options by reading below!
Heel pain and plantar fasciitis
Most persistent and uncomfortable heel pain is associated with a condition known as plantar fasciitis. It involves the connective tissue along the arch of the foot between the base of the toes and the calcaneus, or heel bone. This band of tissue becomes inflamed and painful when people run, walk, dance, or simply stand for long periods of time. Consequently, many teachers, nurses, runners, and other athletes suffer from plantar fasciitis.
The mechanism of injury is simple: as the person places their foot on the ground, the arch flattens, and the plantar fascia stretches, especially if the foot rolls in toward the mid-line. Tight, poorly-fitting footwear with little arch support add to the problem, and women seem more prone than men because of their high-heels and pointy-toed shoes.
Treating heel pain
Many people recover well from plantar fascia by losing weight, resting, icing their feet, and choosing shoes which are more sensible and supportive. Your Reston, VA, podiatrist can tell which treatment is best for you by examining your feet, watching how you walk, and performing MRI or X-ray imaging. The foot doctor may prescribe corrective shoe inserts (custom orthotics) and a regimen of calf stretches and other exercises or even physical therapy as needed.
While surgery is not preferred, sometimes it is necessary if the pain continues for several months with no real relief. It is also important to note that Reston Foot and Ankle Center offers a minimally-invasive procedure as an alternative to open surgery.
Contact us for your consultation
We have three offices to provide you with long-lasting relief from heel pain. For our Reston location, phone (703) 437-6333, for Manassas, call (703) 368-7166, and for Leesburg, contact us at (703) 777-2101.
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