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By RESTON, MANASSAS, AND LEESBURG FOOT AND ANKLE CENTERS
November 13, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

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 bunionsan 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.

By Reston Podiatry Associates, LTD.
September 10, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Neuroma  

A neuroma is a condition affecting the toes or feet that is often associated with a tingling or burning sensation. Other symptoms include Neuromanumbness, 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

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.

By Reston Foot and Ankle Center
April 30, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain is one of the most common foot complaints among adults in the US. In fact, according to the American Podiatric Medical heel painAssociation, 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.

By RESTON FOOT & ANKLE CENTER
December 19, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

Learn more about the telltale signs that you might be dealing with this common foot problem.

A bunion is a bony protrusion that affects one or more toe joints, though it typically develops within the joint at the base of the big toe. You may be wondering what causes a bunion to develop in the first place or whether there is a way to prevent it. You may even be Foot Bunionswondering whether or not you might actually have one. Here are the telltale warning signs of a bunion, as well as when you should visit one of our Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg, VA, podiatrists for treatment.

Risk Factors

Anyone can develop a bunion. Of course, there are certain risk factors that can increase your chances. These risk factors include,

  • Genetics, given that bunions often run in families
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight or narrow (especially high heels) as they crowd the toes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Even though bunions don’t always cause problems, they are permanent unless you decide to undergo surgery (this is recommended when the bunion is causing persistent pain, affecting your quality of life, and does not respond to conservative treatment).

Symptoms

So, how do you know whether or not you have a bunion? The most obvious sign is that there is a hard, bulging lump sticking out at the base of your big toe. Over time, this protrusion can cause the big toe to even lean in towards the smaller toes.

Sometimes the bunion may become red, painful, or swollen, especially if you wear shoes that are too tight or narrow, as they can put unnecessary pressure on the bunion. A corn or callus may even form on the bunion.

Seeing a Doctor

Even though most bunion symptoms can be managed with simple at-home care, it is a good idea to visit the doctors at Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers if you are dealing with:

  • Severe or persistent foot pain
  • A visible lump on the joint of the big toe
  • Limited mobility or stiffness in the big toe
  • Trouble finding shoes that fit because of the bunion

Are you wondering whether or not you have a bunion? Is foot pain or stiffness around the big toe bothering you? If so, it’s time to turn to our foot and ankle specialists to find out. The podiatry team at Reston, Manassas and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Center is here to help, with offices in Reston, Manassas and Leesburg, VA, to serve you.