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.
If you need foot or ankle surgery, we can help. Our podiatrists perform surgery to treat a variety of foot or ankle conditions. Surgery can correct problems with the feet or ankles and alleviate any pain and discomfort that might have been caused by a particular foot or ankle condition. The doctors at Reston Foot and Ankle Center are your foot and ankle surgery podiatrists in Reston, VA.
Conditions Treated with Surgery
If you are experiencing persistent pain and discomfort in the feet and ankles, or struggle with limited mobility, you might benefit from surgery. Certain medical conditions and injuries to the feet or ankles can limit mobility and cause chronic pain and discomfort. Foot and ankle surgery can correct problems with the feet or ankles, increase mobility, and reduce or eliminate chronic pain and discomfort. Your Reston, VA, podiatrist can determine if foot or ankle surgery would benefit you.
Foot or ankle surgery can be used to treat several different problems and conditions, including:
- Arthritis of the ankle
- Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
- Injuries to the achilles tendon
- Adult-acquired flatfoot
- Metatarsal problems
- Morton’s neuroma
- Hammer toes
Foot and Ankle Surgery
Some foot and ankle surgeries can be completed in about one hour with patients returning home the same day. More complicated surgeries can take several hours and patients might spend part of the recovery period in the hospital before returning home. Whether the surgery is a quick outpatient procedure or a more complicated inpatient one, complete recovery from any type of foot or ankle surgery takes time. Patients should stay off their feet as much as possible for several weeks following surgery in order to fully recover.
The podiatrists at Reston Foot and Ankle Center can help if you need foot or ankle surgery. To find out if foot or ankle surgery is right for you, schedule an appointment with one of the experienced Reston, VA, podiatrists by calling (703) 437-6333. Alternate Foot and Ankle Center locations include Manassas, (703) 368-7166, and Leesburg, (703) 777-2101.
Don’t let heel pain become the new norm for you. Find out what’s going on.
Are you dealing with heel pain? If so, you aren’t alone. In fact, heel pain is one of the most common issues that our Reston, Manassas and Leesburg, Virginia podiatrists diagnose and treat. If heel pain is bugging you, or if it’s the first time you’re dealing with heel pain, then it’s time to visit a foot specialist to learn the best way to handle your symptoms.
More about heel pain
No matter whether you are just experiencing heel pain for the first time or it's a recurring issue, one thing is certain: you need to figure out the cause in order to prevent it from happening again in the future. Let us shed some light on this symptom.
The two most common causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis (which causes pain under the heel) and Achilles tendinitis (which causes pain behind the heel). So, how do you know whether you have plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis? Well, you may not be able to tell from symptoms alone, meaning you should turn to a foot doctor in Reston, Manassas or Leesburg VA, who can properly diagnose the problem, figure out what’s going on, and determine how to best treat it.
When should I see a doctor?
Often times, healthy individuals can get away with caring for their symptoms and letting the problem heal itself without having to come in for an evaluation; however, if you are dealing with diabetes or nerve damage in your feet, it’s important that you seek medical attention right away if you are dealing with foot pain or other symptoms.
You should also schedule an appointment with a foot specialist if the heel pain makes it difficult or painful to stand on the foot or to walk. If your heel pain doesn’t respond to at-home care, gets worse or lasts more than a couple of weeks, then it’s time to see one of our podiatrists for a consultation.
How can I care for my heel pain?
Heel pain can often go away all by itself; however, it’s important that you are giving your feet the proper TLC they need to heal properly. This includes,
- Resting and avoiding high-impact activities (e.g. running)
- Icing the heel 15-20 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day
- Wearing supportive and properly fitted shoes
- Wearing arch supports or other supportive devices within the shoes
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce pain and swelling
- Stretching and performing foot exercises to improve mobility and range of motion
Concerned? Call our office today!
Are you dealing with heel pain that is getting worse or not responding to at-home care? If so, then it’s time to call the experts at Reston, Manassas and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers. Schedule a consultation with us today and nip your pain in the bud.
Repetitive impact on feet can increase risk of damage
Reston, Manassas, Leesburg, Virginia, 10/10/18 -- — Stress fractures of the foot are becoming more common in runners, especially first-time marathoners, according to Northern Virginia foot and ankle surgeon Steven Gordon DPM,AACFAS.
The growing popularity of marathons among beginning runners has contributed to the increase in repetitive stress injuries, including stress fractures of the foot, seen by Dr. Gordon, a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Often, first-time marathoners enter a race with little or improper long-distance training. The lack of experience coupled with the repetitive impact placed on the feet during the run can produce enough stress to cause hairline breaks in the bones of the foot.
“Runners who increase their mileage too quickly or change to a more intense phase of training may be more susceptible to a stress fracture due to the increased force placed on the bones,” says Dr. Gordon. “A general rule of thumb for runners is to increase the mileage by no more than 10 percent each week. Runners who are training also need to have adequate rest time in between runs to help decrease the risk of a fracture.”
Runners at all levels of experience are also at higher risk for stress fractures if they wear improper shoes while running or training, suffer from flatfoot or other foot deformities, or have osteoporosis. Signs of a stress fracture can include pain, swelling, redness and possibly bruising of the area.
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“Stress fractures can occur anywhere in the foot and can eventually lead to a complete break of the bone if left untreated,” Dr. Gordon explained. “Early diagnosis and treatment are important to ensure proper healing.”
If a break is suspected, Dr. Gordon advises runners to immediately follow the RICE protocol—Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. If pain and swelling last longer than a few days, an appointment for an x-ray and diagnosis is in order.
In most cases, treatment includes rest and immobilization with casting of the foot. Surgery may be required in certain instances to repair and stabilize a stress fracture that has progressed into a full fracture.
Runners can take action to prevent repetitive stress injuries in their feet by wearing supportive athletic shoes and slowly building up their activity levels according to their abilities. “If a runner suffers from abnormal mechanics in the foot, such as over pronation or hypermobility, custom orthotics can also be helpful to prevent these injuries,” Dr. Gordon, adds.
If you suspect you have a foot injury or fracture, call Dr. Gordon’s office at 703-437-6333 for an evaluation.
For additional information on stress fractures and other foot injuries, visit FootHealthFacts.org.
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