Posts for: February, 2019
How your podiatrists in Fairfax, VA, can help your feet feel better
Heel pain isn’t just annoying—it can also keep you off of your feet, and thereby affect your very ability to perform daily activities. To further complicate the issue, heel pain can both strike without notice and develop slowly over time. Luckily, your podiatrist can provide treatment to eliminate your heel pain and get you moving again. Drs. Steven Vetter and Jugal Daria at Oakton Foot and Ankle Center in Fairfax, VA, can help your feet feel better.
Heel pain can result from a variety of causes, including injuries such as bruises as well as developed conditions such as heel spurs.
One of the most common causes of heel pain is an inflammation of the thick band of tissue running across your heel, a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis can be caused by:
- Overpronation, or rolling your foot when you walk
- Walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time
- Carrying excessive weight, which causes foot stress
- Participating in high impact sports like running or jogging
No matter what is causing your heel pain, there are some easy steps you can take to help you deal with your symptoms. You can try:
- Icing your heel several times each day
- Stretching your arches several times during the day
- Elevating your feet and taking the weight off of your heels
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
- Always wearing supportive, comfortable shoes appropriate to the activity you are doing
For stubborn, severe heel pain, you need the help of the expert podiatrists at Oakton Foot and Ankle Center. They offer a wide range of services to help relieve your heel pain symptoms and get rid of heel pain for good. They may recommend:
- Custom-fit orthotics and footwear to support your feet
- Stretching and physical therapy exercises to keep you flexible
- Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications
You don’t have to deal with heel pain on your own. You can get help by calling Drs. Steven Vetter and Jugal Daria at Oakton Foot and Ankle Center in Fairfax, Virginia. Call (703) 352-8888 now to help your feet!
Many people think corns and calluses are the same thing, but there are differences. A corn is smaller than a callus, and has a hard center which is surrounded by inflamed tissue. Unlike calluses, corns can be painful and make it difficult to wear shoes. The good news is, your podiatrist can help get rid of corns and get you back on your feet.
Corns typically develop to protect your feet and toes from friction and pressure. They can be found in both weight bearing and non-weight bearing areas including between your toes, and on the tops and sides of your toes.
According to the Mayo Clinic, common signs and symptoms of a corn include:
- A thick, rough area of skin
- A hardened, raised bump
- Tenderness or pain under the skin
Since corns are caused by friction and pressure, you can do a lot to prevent corn development. Remember to:
- Wear shoes with plenty of room for your toes
- Use padding or bandages in your shoes
- Soak your feet in warm water to soften corns
- After soaking, rub the corn with a pumice stone to remove hardened skin
- Moisturize your feet every day to keep your skin soft
If you have diabetes and you develop a corn or other foot problem, you need the help of an expert, your podiatrist. Self-treating foot issues when you are diabetic can lead to injuries that don’t heal and could get worse, resulting in a serious infection.
Fortunately, your podiatrist can recommend several treatment options to get rid of corns, including:
- Trimming away excess skin to reduce friction
- Corn-removing medication containing salicylic acid
- Custom-fit inserts or orthotics
- Surgery if the corn is caused from friction due to poor bone alignment
You don’t have to deal with painful corns by yourself. Get some relief from the pain by visiting your podiatrist. Your feet are important, so seek out the best care possible to protect your feet.
Heel pain is one of the most common complaints a podiatrist hears about from patients. If you are dealing with heel pain above the heel bone then you could be dealing with Achilles Tendonitis, a result of overuse. The Achilles tendon is the longest tendon in the body and it serves to connect the muscles of the calf with the lower leg and heel bone.
While Achilles Tendonitis tends to occur most often in runners, this condition can still occur in athletes that play certain sports such as soccer or tennis. Unfortunately, this tendon does weaken as we get older, which makes at an increased risk for developing this overuse injury as we age.
What are the symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis?
The most obvious symptom of Achilles Tendonitis is pain above the heel bone. When the pain first appears it’s usually pretty mild and you may only notice it after running; however, over time you may notice that the pain gets worse after certain exercises. Along with pain you may also experience stiffness or tenderness in the heel, especially in the morning or after long periods of sitting.
When should I see a podiatrist?
If this is the first time that you’ve ever experienced heel pain then it’s a good idea to turn to a foot doctor who can determine whether Achilles Tendonitis is causing your symptoms or whether it’s something else. If you’re experiencing chronic heel pain around the Achilles tendon it’s also a good time to see a doctor. If the pain is severe or you are unable to put weight on your foot it’s possible that you might be dealing with a ruptured tendon, which requires immediate attention.
How do you treat Achilles Tendonitis?
In most cases, Achilles Tendonitis can be treated with simple self-care options. Unless symptoms are severe you may be able to treat your heel pain by:
- Taking over-the-counter pain medications
- Avoiding high-impact activities or activities that exacerbate symptoms
- Elevating the foot to reduce swelling
- Performing stretching exercises or undergoing physical therapy
- Icing the heel
- Wearing custom orthotics
- Replacing worn-out shoes, especially running shoes
Surgery is only necessary if your symptoms aren’t responding to any other nonsurgical treatment options after several months or if the tendon is torn.
If you think your heel pain could be the result of Achilles Tendonitis then it’s time to turn to a podiatrist as soon as possible. A podiatrist can provide you with a variety of treatment options, from simple lifestyle modifications to custom orthotics.