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How to Deal with Heel Pain
...Stretch If you suspect that your heel pain is due to your sports or exercise routine, then stretching can work wonders towards relieving your heel pain...

How To Deal With Heel Spurs?
...Steven Vetter has a series of stretching exercises that he recommends to his Fairfax podiatry patients...

Heel Pain Treatment
...Through increased pressure, repeated stretching, and wear and tear, the tissue can develop small tears that lead to painful swelling and inflammation...

How to Care for Flat Feet?
...Vetter may recommend: Custom-made orthotics and supports Thermal therapy, stretching and physical therapy Prescription anti-inflammatory medication Bracing or taping your foot Surgery may be indicated if your pain isn’t resolved by non-invasive treatment...

Bone Spurs
... Conservative treatments for bone spurs include: Change in footwear Weight loss Padding or insoles Deep tissue massage and stretching If you're experiencing chronic foot pain, schedule an appointment at our office...

Flat Feet
...It is caused by overstretching the tendon that supports the arch...

Treating Heel Spurs
... A heel spur is often the result of overstraining foot muscles and ligaments, overstretching the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes), and repeatedly tearing the heel bone membrane...

What is Achilles Tendonitis?
...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...

Are You Dealing With Heel Pain?
...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...

Is Plantar Fasciitis Causing Your Heel Pain?
...    You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including: Wear shoes that fit well Wear proper shoes for each activity Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition Lose excess weight If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist immediately...

Causes of Hammertoe and Treatment Options
...Surgery is an option, too, but only if the hammertoe is very advanced and cannot be addressed by these simpler interventions: Wearing low-heeled, comfortable shoes with proper arch support and room in the toes Padding the hammertoe (moleskin is a frequent choice) Using custom-made shoe orthotics (inserts) to balance muscles, tendons, and ligaments and to correct gait issues such as overpronation Removing or padding calluses or corns on the toe Corticosteroid injections Taking over the counter ibuprofen to lessen pain and relieve inflammation Exercising (stretching your feet and toes morning and evening) Toe splints   Find out more If you need relief from your hammertoes, phone our Fairfax office today for a consultation with Dr...

Taking Care of Flat Feet
... Performing certain stretching exercises prescribed by a podiatrist...

What are Bone Spurs
... Conservative treatments for bone spurs include: Change in footwear Weight loss Padding or insoles Deep tissue massage and stretching If you're experiencing chronic foot pain, schedule an appointment at our office...

Plantar Fasciitis
...This includes: Resting and avoiding exercise and high-impact activities that will make symptoms worse Icing the heel and arches of the feet up to 20 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day Wearing supportive shoes with a low heel Placing custom orthotics within shoes for additional support Performing specific foot stretching and strengthening exercises Taking over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce pain and swelling Wearing a night splint to reduce morning pain and stiffness Your foot doctor can show you a variety of exercises to perform that can alleviate heel pain and stiffness associated with plantar fasciitis...

Common Disorders of the Achilles Tendon
... Physical therapy may include strengthening exercises, soft-tissue massage/mobilization, gait and running re-education, stretching, and ultrasound therapy...

Chronic Ankle Instability
...Each subsequent sprain leads to further weakening (or stretching) of the ligaments, resulting in greater instability and the likelihood of developing additional problems in the ankle...

Calcaneal Apophysitis (Sever's Disease)
... Stretching or physical therapy modalities are sometimes used to promote healing of the inflamed issue...

Capsulitis of the Second Toe
... Stretching...

Flatfoot-Pediatric
...Stretching exercises, supervised by the foot and ankle surgeon or a physical therapist, provide relief in some cases of flatfoot...

Haglund's Deformity
... Stretching exercises help relieve tension from the Achilles tendon...

Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
... Non-Surgical Treatment Treatment of plantar fasciitis begins with first-line strategies, which you can begin at home: Stretching exercises...

Lisfranc Injuries
...Therefore, when they are weakened through a sprain (a stretching of the ligament), patients experience instability of the joint in the middle of the foot...

Pediatric Flatfoot
...Stretching exercises, supervised by the foot and ankle surgeon or a physical therapist, provide relief in some cases of flatfoot...

Plantar Fasciitis
... Non-Surgical Treatment Treatment of plantar fasciitis begins with first-line strategies, which you can begin at home: Stretching exercises...

Shin Splints
... This condition usually occurs bilaterally (both legs) and can be alleviated by rest, use of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, icing, a change in training habits, stretching exercises, and properly fitted shoes...

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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
(703) 352-8888
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