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Bunions
...Over time, bursitis or arthritis may set in, the skin on the bottom of the foot may become thicker, and everyday walking may become difficult—all contributing to chronic pain...

Are Your Shoes a Breeding Ground for Bunions?
...Besides changing how a foot looks and feels, a bunion will cause or contribute to: restricted range of motion in the affected toe or toes hard calluses and corns from the shoe rubbing on the bunion bursitis, or inflammation of the fluid-filled cushions in the foot arthritis metatarsalgia, inflammation of the forefoot or base of the toes bunionettes, very small deformities at the base of the little toe hammer toe, a significant bend in the middle joint of the second toe Diagnosis and Treatment of Bunions   If you are experiencing foot pain and swelling, consult your Fairfax, Virginia podiatrist without delay...

What Is An Ingrown Toenail And How Do You Treat It?
...Other causes of ingrown toenails include: improper shoe gear, especially in sports trauma to the foot foot issues like hammertoe or bunions obesity diabetes arthritis toenail fungus poor hygiene improper gait If an ingrown toenail becomes persistent, reoccurring or extremely painful, it should be treated by your podiatrist...

Causes of Heel Pain
...While this is usually the most common reason for heel pain, there are certainly other conditions that could lead to foot pain including: Achilles tendinitis Heel spur Bursitis Heel pad inflammation Tarsal tunnel syndrome Stress fracture Less common causes of heel pain include: Bruised bone Peripheral neuropathy Osteoarthritis Morton’s neuroma How do you know if your heel pain is due to plantar fasciitis...

How to Care for Flat Feet?
... You are at greater risk of having flat feet if you: Are older Are diabetic Are overweight or obese Have rheumatoid arthritis Have injured your foot or ankle Some of the signs you have flat feet include: Flattened arches Pain in your arches or heels Increasing foot pain when you are active Swelling and pain on the inside of your ankles It’s important to maintain a healthy weight to avoid stress on your feet...

Flat Feet
... Factors that increase your risk of flat feet include: Excess weight Age Injury to your foot or ankle Rheumatoid Arthritis Pregnancy When to See Your Podiatrist Most adults with a fallen arch experience little to no pain...

Heel Pain Treatment Options
...Other causes include: Achilles tendinitis Achilles tendon rupture Stress fracture Arthritis Tarsal tunnel syndrome Heel spur Bursitis Osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone) Page’s disease of bone Peripheral neuropathy Heel Pain Treatment Options For more mild-to-moderate cases of heel pain, your podiatrist may recommend simple conservative treatment options that you can incorporate into your daily routine from the comfort of home...

How to Treat Your Bunions
...Affecting women more often than men, bunions can form due to arthritis or long-term wear of narrow and crowded shoes; bunions also appear to be a genetic issue...

Could Orthotics Help Me?
Orthotics are assistive devices that are inserted in shoes to help correct and prevent a number of common foot and ankle problems, like low arches or arthritis...

Treating Hammertoes
...You may suffer from: Formation of corns on the joint Pain in the ball of the foot Pain due to pressure from footwear on hammertoe Redness and swelling of hammertoe Restricted motion of the toe joint Types of Hammertoes Like many things, hammertoes come in different types: Flexible hammertoes: They are moveable at the joint Rigid hammertoes: This is when tendons tighten There are several causes of this abnormal foot growth: Wearing tight shoes Pressures on tendons and joints Heredity, trauma, and arthritis Improper balance of the muscles in toes develops Advice from your Fairfax Podiatrist Foot issues can have simple solutions, while others if left too long, may cause severe problems...

Caring For Arthritic Feet
Arthritis is a joint condition that affects roughly 54 million American adults according to the Arthritis Foundation...

Types of Custom Orthotics
... Functional (also known as rigid) orthotics are made of harder materials and are usually prescribed for pronation problems or joint issues like arthritis...

How Orthotics Can Treat Your Foot Issue
...They can be very helpful if your feet always seem to be sore, you have arthritis in your feet, or you have diabetes and want to avoid blisters...

Are Orthotics Right for You?
...Soft orthotics are beneficial for patients with arthritis in the feet and ankles, diabetes-related foot problems, or foot deformities...

Causes of Hammertoe and Treatment Options
...Contributing to the odd shape, pain, corns, calluses, and sores of hammertoes are factors such as: Wearing tight, narrow shoes and high heels Heredity (the deformity runs in families) Arthritis Diabetes Poor circulation An unusually high arch Imbalances in gait (or how you walk) Age plays a role as well, particularly if other deformities, such as bunions, exist   How your podiatrist can help Accurate diagnosis and treatment is key to limiting the progression of hammertoes...

Geriatric Foot Care
...Aging feet can be more prone to injury, arthritis, foot pain, and other conditions...

Dealing With Claw Toes and Mallet Toes
...Less often, these conditions are linked with other conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, stroke, or an injury to the ankle or foot...

The Benefits of Orthotics
... Soft orthotics if need help with balance and stress relief for your feet; soft orthotics are an excellent choice if you are diabetic, have arthritis, or are suffering foot pain from bone deformities...

Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD)
...The tendon has deteriorated considerably and arthritis often develops in the foot...

Ankle Arthritis
Arthritis is a general term for a group of more than 100 diseases...

Ankle Fractures
...Failure to do so can lead to infection, deformity, arthritis, and chronic pain...

Ankle Pain
Ankle pain is often due to an ankle sprain but can also be caused by ankle instability, arthritis, gout, tendonitis, fracture, nerve compression (tarsal tunnel syndrome), infection and poor structural alignment of the leg or foot...

Fractures of the Calcaneus (Heel Bone Fractures)
...Furthermore, if the fracture involves the joints, there is the potential for long-term consequences such as arthritis and chronic pain...

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
...Diagnosis is also challenging because of the similarities between symptoms of DVT and those of other conditions such as a pulled muscle, an infection, a clot in a superficial vein (thrombophlebitis), a fracture, and arthritis...

DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)
...Diagnosis is also challenging because of the similarities between symptoms of DVT and those of other conditions such as a pulled muscle, an infection, a clot in a superficial vein (thrombophlebitis), a fracture, and arthritis...

Equinus
... Foot Problems Related to Equinus Depending on how a patient compensates for the inability to bend properly at the ankle, a variety of foot conditions can develop, including: Plantar fasciitis (arch/heel pain) Calf cramping Tendonitis (inflammation in the Achilles tendon) Metatarsalgia (pain and/or callusing on the ball of the foot) Flatfoot Arthritis of the midfoot (middle area of the foot) Pressure sores on the ball of the foot or the arch Bunions and hammertoes Ankle pain Shin splints Diagnosis Most patients with equinus are unaware they have this condition when they first visit the doctor...

Fallen Arches
... Common problems associated with fallen arches include plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, increased fatigue, and arthritis of the foot and ankle...

Flatfoot-Adult Acquired
...The tendon has deteriorated considerably and arthritis often develops in the foot...

Foot Arthritis
Arthritis is a general term for a group of more than 100 diseases...

Fracture-Ankle
...Failure to do so can lead to infection, deformity, arthritis, and chronic pain...

Fractures of the Calcaneus (Heel Bone Fractures)
...Furthermore, if the fracture involves the joints, there is the potential for long-term consequences such as arthritis and chronic pain...

Fracture-Toe
...For example: A deformity in the bony architecture which may limit the ability to move the foot or cause difficulty in fitting shoes Arthritis, which may be caused by a fracture in a joint (the juncture where two bones meet), or may be a result of angular deformities that develop when a displaced fracture is severe or hasn’t been properly corrected Chronic pain and deformity Non-union, or failure to heal, can lead to subsequent surgery or chronic pain...

Hallux Rigidus
...Hallux rigidus is actually a form of degenerative arthritis...

Heel Bone Fractures
...Furthermore, if the fracture involves the joints, there is the potential for long-term consequences such as arthritis and chronic pain...

Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
... Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation, or, rarely, a cyst...

Inflammation: Acute
...When it is chronic, the inflammation reflects an ongoing response to a longer-term medical condition, such as arthritis...

Joint Pain in the Foot
... Joint pain may be caused by trauma, infection, inflammation, arthritis, bursitis, gout, or structural foot problems...

Lisfranc Injuries
... Arthritis and problems with foot alignment are very likely to develop...

Osteoarthritis of the Foot and Ankle
What Is Osteoarthritis...

Plantar Fasciitis
... Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation, or, rarely, a cyst...

Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD)
...The tendon has deteriorated considerably and arthritis often develops in the foot...

Pump Bump (Hallux Rigidus)
...Hallux rigidus is actually a form of degenerative arthritis...

Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Foot and Ankle
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis...

Synovitis
...It is commonly associated with specific diseases such as arthritis or gout, but may also be the result of overuse or trauma...

Talar Dome Lesion
... Complications of Talar Dome Lesions Depending on the amount of damage to the cartilage in the ankle joint, arthritis may develop in the joint, resulting in chronic pain, swelling and limited joint motion...

Tarsal Coalition
...Less common causes of tarsal coalition include infection, arthritis, or a previous injury to the area...

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
... Systemic diseases such as diabetes or arthritis can cause swelling, thus compressing the nerve...

Toe and Metatarsal Fractures (Broken Toes)
...For example: A deformity in the bony architecture which may limit the ability to move the foot or cause difficulty in fitting shoes Arthritis, which may be caused by a fracture in a joint (the juncture where two bones meet), or may be a result of angular deformities that develop when a displaced fracture is severe or hasn’t been properly corrected Chronic pain and deformity Non-union, or failure to heal, can lead to subsequent surgery or chronic pain...

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Oakton Foot & Ankle Center, PLLC

Fairfax, VA Podiatrist
Oakton Foot and Ankle Center
10721 Main St., Suite #3500
Fairfax, VA 22030
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