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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.