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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.
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
If you need foot or ankle surgery, we can help. Our podiatrists perform surgery to treat a variety of foot or ankle conditions. Surgery can correct problems with the feet or ankles and alleviate any pain and discomfort that might have been caused by a particular foot or ankle condition. The doctors at Reston Foot and Ankle Center are your foot and ankle surgery podiatrists in Reston, VA.
Conditions Treated with Surgery
If you are experiencing persistent pain and discomfort in the feet and ankles, or struggle with limited mobility, you might benefit from surgery. Certain medical conditions and injuries to the feet or ankles can limit mobility and cause chronic pain and discomfort. Foot and ankle surgery can correct problems with the feet or ankles, increase mobility, and reduce or eliminate chronic pain and discomfort. Your Reston, VA, podiatrist can determine if foot or ankle surgery would benefit you.
Foot or ankle surgery can be used to treat several different problems and conditions, including:
- Arthritis of the ankle
- Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
- Injuries to the achilles tendon
- Adult-acquired flatfoot
- Metatarsal problems
- Morton’s neuroma
- Hammer toes
Foot and Ankle Surgery
Some foot and ankle surgeries can be completed in about one hour with patients returning home the same day. More complicated surgeries can take several hours and patients might spend part of the recovery period in the hospital before returning home. Whether the surgery is a quick outpatient procedure or a more complicated inpatient one, complete recovery from any type of foot or ankle surgery takes time. Patients should stay off their feet as much as possible for several weeks following surgery in order to fully recover.
The podiatrists at Reston Foot and Ankle Center can help if you need foot or ankle surgery. To find out if foot or ankle surgery is right for you, schedule an appointment with one of the experienced Reston, VA, podiatrists by calling (703) 437-6333. Alternate Foot and Ankle Center locations include Manassas, (703) 368-7166, and Leesburg, (703) 777-2101.
Don’t let heel pain become the new norm for you. Find out what’s going on.
Are you dealing with heel pain? If so, you aren’t alone. In fact, heel pain is one of the most common issues that our Reston, Manassas and Leesburg, Virginia podiatrists diagnose and treat. If heel pain is bugging you, or if it’s the first time you’re dealing with heel pain, then it’s time to visit a foot specialist to learn the best way to handle your symptoms.
More about heel pain
No matter whether you are just experiencing heel pain for the first time or it's a recurring issue, one thing is certain: you need to figure out the cause in order to prevent it from happening again in the future. Let us shed some light on this symptom.
The two most common causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis (which causes pain under the heel) and Achilles tendinitis (which causes pain behind the heel). So, how do you know whether you have plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis? Well, you may not be able to tell from symptoms alone, meaning you should turn to a foot doctor in Reston, Manassas or Leesburg VA, who can properly diagnose the problem, figure out what’s going on, and determine how to best treat it.
When should I see a doctor?
Often times, healthy individuals can get away with caring for their symptoms and letting the problem heal itself without having to come in for an evaluation; however, if you are dealing with diabetes or nerve damage in your feet, it’s important that you seek medical attention right away if you are dealing with foot pain or other symptoms.
You should also schedule an appointment with a foot specialist if the heel pain makes it difficult or painful to stand on the foot or to walk. If your heel pain doesn’t respond to at-home care, gets worse or lasts more than a couple of weeks, then it’s time to see one of our podiatrists for a consultation.
How can I care for my heel pain?
Heel pain can often go away all by itself; however, it’s important that you are giving your feet the proper TLC they need to heal properly. This includes,
- Resting and avoiding high-impact activities (e.g. running)
- Icing the heel 15-20 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day
- Wearing supportive and properly fitted shoes
- Wearing arch supports or other supportive devices within the shoes
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce pain and swelling
- Stretching and performing foot exercises to improve mobility and range of motion
Concerned? Call our office today!
Are you dealing with heel pain that is getting worse or not responding to at-home care? If so, then it’s time to call the experts at Reston, Manassas and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers. Schedule a consultation with us today and nip your pain in the bud.
Many foot and ankle injuries can be managed and treated successfully with conservative options like rest and physical therapy, depending on the nature and severity of the injury. However, when conservative treatments are insufficient, surgery may be necessary to relieve symptoms, restore function and mobility, or prevent permanent damage. The podiatrists at the Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers in Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg, VA, offer a range of options to help you recover from common orthopedic injuries and conditions like sprains, fractures, and heel pain.
Foot and Ankle Surgery in Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg, VA
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, cause of the injury, conservative treatments are usually the first course of action when dealing with foot and ankle problems like mild to moderate strains and joint issues like pain and inflammation. However, if a condition like a tear or a fracture is too severe, or your condition becomes chronic and stops responding to conservative treatments, surgery may be necessary to get you back on your feet so to speak.
When is Foot and Ankle Surgery Necessary?
Some of the most common causes for foot surgery include:
- Joint damage/bunions
- Bone spurs
- Ligament or tendon ruptures/tears
- Broken bones
- Deformities or abnormalities
- Nerve damage
Even if conservative treatments have worked for you in the past, surgery may be the best option to relieve ongoing symptoms like pain and mobility issues, or to prevent permanent damage to a joint or nerve tissue. The type of surgery and required recovery time and rehabilitation treatment typically depends on the condition and individual patient, and in some cases, you may still have to undergo physical therapy treatments in addition to surgery.
Find a Foot and Ankle Surgeon in Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg, VA
For more information about foot and ankle injury treatments and surgery, contact the Reston Foot and Ankle Center by calling (703) 437-6333 to schedule an appointment with a foot and ankle surgeon today. Call (703) 368-7166 for the Manassas location, or (703) 777-2101 for the Leesburg location.