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Dealing with heel pain? Here’s how to get it under control.
Heel pain is one of the most common foot problems that is treated by our podiatrists in Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg, VA. While some people may be able to treat their heel pain at home, it’s also important to recognize when you may need to see an expert for care. While there are many reasons someone may deal with heel pain the most common causes are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.
Fortunately, these two foot problems can often be treated through simple home care measures such as:
Icing the heel for 10-15 minutes twice a day
Resting as much as possible with feet elevated
Avoiding high-impact activities like running
Taking pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications
Stretching feet throughout the day
Wearing supportive shoes that provide proper arch support
Placing custom orthotics (shoe inserts) in your footwear for additional cushioning
Wearing a night splint
Of course, there are certain home care options that our podiatrists can help with for these very common but very treatable conditions Here at our practices in Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg, VA, we can show you how to use a night splint, administer a cortisone injection, fit you with a walking boot, measure your feet for custom orthotics (shoe inserts) and show you how to properly stretch your feet to reduce heel pain and stiffness. Additionally, we have diagnostic modalities available on site including digital X-Ray and diagnostic sonogram.
When to See a Doctor
At-home care not doing the trick? Noticing symptoms getting worse or just not budging an inch? If so, then it’s probably time to see a podiatrist. In some cases, it might not actually be plantar fasciitis that’s causing you problems. Our podiatrists will be able to figure out the root cause and then provide you with a simple strategy to help promote faster and more effective healing.
In chronic and persistent cases your heel pain may require further treatment including:
Electrical stimulation therapy
Surgery (in very rare cases)
Need Relief? Give Us a Call
Are you looking for a podiatrist in Reston, Manassas, or Leesburg, VA, that can treat your persistent or chronic heel pain? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Call Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers at (703) 437-6333, (703) 368-7166, or (703) 777-2101 (respectively) to schedule an appointment.
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.
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.
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.