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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.
The feet endure stress throughout the day as you walk around, climb stairs, or stand for extended periods. Participating in athletic activities or high impact workouts can put additional stress on the feet. Over time, repeated stress can lead to foot pain and other problems, such as stress fractures. A podiatrist can diagnose the problem and recommend an effective treatment option. In Reston, VA, a podiatrist at Reston Foot and Ankle Center, with alternate locations in Manassas and Leesburg, can tell you if you have a fracture and prescribe the right treatment.
A stress fracture occurs when a bone in the foot or toe is cracked. Stress fractures can develop in the feet over time due to repeated stress. For instance, running for extended periods or jumping up and down repeatedly, such as in certain sports, are both high impact activities that can cause stress fractures. Stress fractures can be prevented by wearing footwear with extra padding and by limiting the performance of high impact movements, such as running and jumping.
Resting the feet is important when a stress fracture develops. Resting helps the fracture heal properly. Without sufficient rest, the fracture can become worse and a cast will be needed to heal the problem. Signs that you have a stress fracture include swelling and persistent pain in the feet that gets worse over time. If you suspect you might have a stress fracture, a Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg podiatrist can perform an examination, which might include x-rays. If you do have a fracture, the podiatrist will recommend the appropriate course of treatment.
Fractures in the feet can be successfully healed with proper treatment through a podiatrist. Ignoring symptoms, such as pain or swelling, will only result in the condition worsening over time. It is best to treat a fracture early on when you first suspect you have one. A Reston, VA, podiatrist will confirm whether or not you have a fracture and prescribe a course of treatment if you do. Call (703) 437-6333 schedule a foot exam at Reston Foot and Ankle Center. Call (703) 368-7166 for the Manassas location or (703) 777-2101 for the Leesburg location.
A bunion is an abnormal, bony prominence that develops on the joint at the base of your big toe. As the big toe joint becomes enlarged, it forces the toe to crowd against your other toes, and the pressure exerted on your big toe joint results in inflammation and pain. Early treatment is necessary to decrease the risk of developing joint deformities.
Bunions develop due to prolonged abnormal pressure or motion on your big toe joint, most often caused by inherited structural defects, poor-fitting shoes, foot injuries, or congenital deformities. Women are generally more prone to bunions because of the shoe types typically worn, such as high-heels and narrow-toed shoes.
Bunion pain can range from mild to severe, often making it difficult to wear shoes and perform normal activities. You should contact our office if you notice the following symptoms:
- An enlarged, visible bulge on your big toe joint
- Restricted movement of your big toe or foot that prevents you from performing normal activities
- Irritation, corns or calluses caused by the overlap of the first and second toes
- Frequent pain, swelling or redness around your big toe joint
Treatment For a Bunion
Treatment for a bunion will vary depending on its severity. Identifying the condition in its early stages is important to avoid surgery, with the main objective of early treatment being to relieve pressure and stop the progression of the deformity. Many times conservative treatments, such as padding, modified footwear or orthotic devices can be highly effective for preventing further growth and reducing the pressure and pain.
We recommend the following for reducing pressure and pain caused by bunions:
- Wear comfortable shoes that don't cramp or irritate your toes and avoid high-heeled shoes
- Apply ice to reduce inflammation and pain
- Our podiatrists can show you how to apply padding to your foot to place it in its normal position and reduce stress on the bunion
When early treatments fail or the persistent pain associated with your bunion is interfering with your daily activities, a surgical procedure may be recommended as a last resort to realign the toe joint and alleviate the pressure. We can advise you on the best treatment options available to relieve pressure on the bunion and slow the progression of the joint deformity.
Flat feet, sometimes called “fallen arches,” is a foot condition that affects up to 12 percent of American adults. It’s not unusual for patients who have flat feet to eventually experience problems with heel and foot pain. If you’re struggling with the effects of flat feet, help is available from a podiatrist at Reston Foot and Ankle Center in Reston, Manassas and Leesburg, VA.
Do You Have Flat Feet?
It’s relatively easy to tell if you have flat feet by doing a visual check. A normally shaped foot has a natural inside arch. If you look at the inside of your foot when standing and it is flush with the floor, that is a sign of flat feet.
Effects of Flat Feet
Many people live with flat feet for much of their lives and don’t think much of it. It often develops in childhood or the foot condition is present at birth. Though it’s not one of the most pressing podiatric problems, some people can begin to experience foot pain due to flat feet. Fallen arches are often related to a condition called plantar fasciitis. In some cases, a diagnosis of flat feet can prevent you from playing certain sports or working certain jobs. Painful progressive flatfoot can lead to a disability.
Flat Feet Treatments
Flat feet (or fallen arches) are caused by weak tendons and ligaments in the arches of the feet. There are ways to strengthen those ligaments and improve the structure of your foot. Here are a few common flat feet treatments offered by your Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg, VA podiatrist:
- Foot wrapping, taping, and bracing.
- Orthotic inserts to lift the inner arch.
- Physical therapy to exercise and heal damaged tissue.
- Anti-inflammatory medications.
- Foot surgery in debilitating cases.
Relieve Your Symptoms
A podiatrist at Reston Foot and Ankle Center in Reston, Manassas and Leesburg, VA can help you get relief from the effects of flat feet. Call 703-437-6333 (Reston), 703-368-7166 (Manassas), or 703-777-2101 (Leesburg) to schedule a consultation appointment.
Are you interested in finding the best methods for managing your bunion symptoms?
Yikes! Bunion pain! Is there anything worse? Anything that makes it difficult to walk around without discomfort is sure to affect your day-to-day life. The goal of our Manassas, Leesburg and Reston, VA, podiatrists is to make sure that you have the knowledge that you need to manage your bunion symptoms effectively. If you aren’t sure how to handle this issue, we are here to help!
Wear the Right Footwear
If you have shoes that put too much pressure on your bunion or that bunch up your toes then you have to know that this will only make things worse. These shoes need to be tossed out and replaced with shoes that have little to no heel and offer a large, spacious area for your toes. If toes can wiggle around freely then this is a good sign that these shoes will also be good for your bunion.
Wear Custom Orthotics
Even if you find properly fitted footwear, sometimes you still need a little bit more support than what your shoes can offer. If this is the case then you may want to consider getting custom orthotics (shoe inserts) from our Manassas, Leesburg and Reston foot doctors. Custom orthotics are specially designed to fit your foot and its specific structural issues, which means that when you place them into your shoes they will distribute weight evenly so your bunion won’t take the brunt of walking around.
Do you have questions about handling your bunion symptoms? Is your bunion pain getting worse? If so, it might be time to turn to Reston Foot and Ankle Center. We offer three convenient locations in Reston, Manassas and Leesburg, VA, to serve you better.