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By Reston Podiatry Associates, LTD.
June 16, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain   foot conditions  

The podiatry team at the Reston Foot and Ankle Center in Reston, Manassas and Leesburg, VA are focused on helping patients with foot problemsfoot problems ranging from plantar fasciitis to bunions. Find out who is more prone to developing foot conditions, why, and how you can avoid future problems yourself.

Women Who Wear High-Heels Everyday
As much as women love wearing attractive high heels, these shoes can wreak havoc on the feet -- especially when they’re worn for many hours during the day on a regular basis. It’s no wonder that women are at a higher risk of severe foot pain according to a report by the New York Times. High heels are designed for looks, not comfort. For instance, the front part of a heel is usually curved inward, causing the toes to crush together. This can cause bunions. The height of the heel also puts a strain on the ligaments that run under the feet and can cause plantar fasciitis or heel spurs to form.

Employees Who Work On Their Feet For Extended Shifts
The doctors at Reston Foot and Ankle Center often treat patients who have work-related foot pain. Here are some of the workers who most often complain about foot related injuries and pain:

- construction workers
- movers and heavy lifters
- waitstaff
- nurses
- teachers
- retail workers
- cashiers

Standing for long periods of time can cause pain from flat-footedness, including plantar fasciitis. Ankle and foot (stress) fractures are also a risk for employees who work with heavy objects and are on their feet for long periods.

Athletes Who Participate In High Energy Sports
There's a reason why many sports teams choose to have a podiatrist on staff. Athletes in sports like basketball, baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer and track often are prone to foot conditions like achilles tendinitis, fractures and heel sprains or pain. This is because they do a lot of running, twisting and turning on the balls of their feet. They also often complain about foot and toenail fungus from wearing sweaty sneakers for long periods of time.

Do You Fall Into Any Of These Categories?
If you fall into one or more of these categories of patients who are most prone to foot problems, please contact Reston, Manassas and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers for foot care solutions. Call the Reston office at (703) 437-6333, the Manassas location at (703) 368-7166 or the office in Leesburg at (703) 777-2101.

By Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers
August 25, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Any time a person engages in sports, they are running the risk of suffering an injury to the foot and ankle. Many of the injuries that cause foot ailments and pain are caused by high impact sports, such as

running. Other times foot problems can arise from wearing improper footwear or from inadequate training. 


 
There are a number of foot conditions that an athlete can suffer from, including ingrown toenails, athlete’s foot and blisters. Let’s take a brief look at two of the more serious and most common conditions: plantar fasciitis and ankle sprains. When these conditions occur, your podiatrist in Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg is available to provide you with the best treatment available.
 

Heel Pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot ailments experienced by runners and the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a thick, dense tissue that runs from the ball of the foot along the arch, connecting to the heel. People with flat feet or individuals who overpronate are more susceptible to heel pain because of the increased stress that occurs at the heel. 
 
Many times the pain is worse in the morning when you first get up, but subsides as you move around throughout the day. Treatment will vary depending on each case, but generally rest, ice and stretching can help ease the pain. When conservative treatments aren’t effective and the pain persists, see your Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg podiatrist at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers for recommended treatment, such as orthotics. 
 

Ankle Sprains

Caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the anklebones of the foot, an ankle sprain is one of the most common injuries experienced by athletes. The severity of a sprain will depend on the extent of stretching and tearing of ligaments. And how severe the tear is will determine how long it takes for your ankle to heal- sometimes up to several months.   When a sprain first occurs there will likely be chronic ankle pain. The ankle will swell and possible discoloration may occur. 
 
The RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) procedure should be administered right away for an ankle sprain. Serious ankle sprains, particularly among competitive athletes, may require surgery to repair and tighten the damaged ligaments.  If you’re prone to ankle sprains, avoid running on uneven terrain and wear firm, supportive footwear for improved stability. Unfortunately ankle sprains are often recurring. Your podiatrist in Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg can help determine the severity of your sprain and the necessary course of treatment, including exercises to strengthen the weak ankle. 
 
Heel pain and ankle sprains can be easily treated, yet many athletes delay proper treatment for fear of discontinuing their favorite sport.  Delaying treatment will only make the injury worse, often times leading to a far more serious injury that requires extensive care and treatment.  If you frequently participate in sports and other physical activities, it’s important to pay close attention to your feet and ankles as they are placed under tremendous pressure and are at high risk for injury. 
 
Remember to train properly for your specific activity and wear supportive shoes that offer stability for your specific sport.  If you are experiencing pain for extended periods of time, take time to rest. Chronic pain likely indicates a serious foot problem and continuing to play your sport will only make matters worse. Talk to your podiatrist in Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers about the best ways to prevent and treat common sports-related foot injuries. 
By Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers
June 18, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Custom Orthotics Bring Relief to Your Feet

 
If your feet are suffering from pain or other ailments, you are in luck.  Your podiatrist at Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers offers orthotics to help your stand, walk and run more efficiently and comfortably.  
 
Orthotic devices come in many shapes, sizes and materials to help alleviate your foot ailments. They also fall under three different categories, which include: rigid, soft and semi-rigid orthotics.  
 
At Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers, your podiatrist, we utilize orthotics to alter or modify foot function.  Orthotics are also designed to treat, adjust and support various biomechanical foot disorders.  The most effective are custom-made orthotics, which are created to meet the specific needs of an individual’s foot shape and problem. 
 
Your podiatrist in Reston, Manassas, & Leesburg prescribes orthotics as a conservative approach to many foot problems or as a method of control after certain types of foot surgery. Orthotics serve the purpose of correcting an abnormal walking pattern.  By slightly altering the angles at which the foot strikes a walking or running surface, orthotics make standing, walking, and running more comfortable and efficient.
 
Visit your Reston, Manassas, & Leesburg podiatrist today for an evaluation and to remain on track for healthy, pain free feet with orthotics. 
By Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers
November 01, 2012
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain  

Foot PainWhether you suffer from chronic heel pain, are embarrassed by toenail fungus or were recently diagnosed with diabetes, you can benefit from visiting a professional podiatrist.

Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people suffering foot, ankle and lower leg problems, such as corns, warts, bunions and sprains. Common conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes and peripheral arterial disease, which can damage the feet, can also be diagnosed and treated by a podiatrist. Even back pain can be traced to your feet and relieved through proper evaluation and treatment by a skilled foot specialist.

Not all foot and ankle problems warrant an appointment with a podiatrist. In some cases, rest, ice or even a change in footwear is enough to reduce the pain and get you back on your feet. But when foot pain and discomfort cannot be resolved by home treatment, you need a professional’s care—someone who specializes in foot-related injuries and disorders.

When to Call Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers

Feet are invariably the most ignored parts of the body. Too many people dismiss foot health until there is a serious, painful problem.Whenever a foot or ankle problem lasts for several days, contact a Reston podiatrist. Other signs that indicate a worsening condition and warrant medical attention, include:

  • Foot discoloration
  • Pain and swelling in one foot
  • A foot sore or wound that doesn’t heal

How often you should visit a podiatrist depends on the individual. Regular appointments can help you better understand the stresses and strains put on your feet and lower legs on a daily basis. Long-term care and prevention is also extremely important for individuals with diabetes, as podiatrists help prevent ulcerations and loss of limb with early diagnosis and care.

Remember, foot pain should never be taken lightly. Always consult Reston, Manassas & Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers for proper diagnosis of foot disorders.