If you are dealing with heel pain, here are the telltale signs that it’s time to see a medical professional.
Even if heel pain is fairly common, it doesn’t mean it’s something that should just be swept under the rug. Pain of any kind is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t right. This is something you don’t want to ignore. Our Sterling and Alexandria, VA, podiatrists Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin provide some explanations as to why you may have heel pain and when you should seek medical care.
Causes of Heel Pain
Maybe you think you know what might be causing your heel pain, but most people really don’t know. One day they wake up and suddenly they notice discomfort. If this sounds like you, you aren’t alone. Here are just some of the common causes of heel pain:
- Plantar fasciitis (the most common)
- Achilles tendonitis
- Heel spur
- Heel pad inflammation
- Stress fracture
When to See a Doctor
While we know that people like putting off seeing a doctor until the last minute, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then it’s time to give our Sterling and Alexandria, VA, foot doctors a call right away:
- Severe heel pain
- Pain along with serious heel swelling
- Tingling or numbness in the heel or the rest of the foot
- Pain accompanied by a fever
- Can’t walk or bear weight on the foot or heel
- Can’t move or bend the foot
These are all symptoms that require immediate attention. Of course, you should also schedule an appointment with us if you are dealing with heel pain that has lasted over a week. If icing the foot, elevating it and staying away from high-impact activities just aren’t cutting it, you may require more aggressive care that only we can provide. Don’t you want to get back to your routine as quickly as possible? We thought so!
Alexandria Family Podiatry has two convenient locations to serve you, whether you are in Sterling, VA, or Alexandria, VA. Now you can get the care you need, from heel pain treatment to caring for diabetic feet. We offer an array of services to cater to your ever-growing foot needs.
Ingrown toenails are a common, painful condition in which the side of a nail grows into the flesh. Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin at Alexandria Family Podiatry in Sterling and Alexandria, VA, offer state-of-the-art treatments for ingrown nails. Read on to find out how to treat your ingrown toenails.
1. Foot Soak
A homemade foot soak is often recommended as the first step for an infected toenail before prescription medication can be obtained. Soak your foot in a salt water foot bath for 15 minutes and cover the area with a bandage.
If you have an ingrown toenail, make an appointment with a Sterling or Alexandria podiatrist. If an infection is present, antibiotics may be prescribed. If your podiatrist has prescribed a course of antibiotics, be sure to take all of the medication, even if your symptoms have improved.
3. Lifting the Nail
For an ingrown nail, your foot doctor may carefully lift the nail edge and place a splint or cotton under it. This separates the toenail from the overlying skin and helps the toenail grow above the skin edge.
Your podiatrist might suggest minor surgery to remove all or part of the ingrown toenail. After applying a local anesthetic, your foot doctor will remove part of the nail’s side border. Following the procedure, your foot doctor will cover the area with a bandage. Most patients experience very little discomfort after the procedure.
Say goodbye to that ingrown toenail for good! Call Alexandria Family Podiatry at (703) 823-2357 right now to schedule an appointment in Sterling or Alexandria, VA. Get your life back on track by receiving the best ingrown toenail treatment available.
Do you find yourself getting blisters a lot? Are you wondering what the culprit could be?
Are you someone who does a lot of walking, running or hiking? If so, you may notice that you get blisters more often than you would like. What are these painful bumps and what causes them to appear? From the office of our Alexandria and Sterling, VA, podiatrists, Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin, learn more about blisters and how you can prevent them.
These little fluid-filled sacs develop when feet get warm and begin to sweat or swell. When feet swell up they are more likely to rub up against shoes. This friction and rubbing will inevitably lead to blisters. You may find that you develop more blisters during hot and humid days, particularly when you are outside running or walking.
Of course, moisture of any kind can really play a major role in the development of blisters. This is something a lot of people don’t realize. From humidity and rain and sweat, wet skin isn’t as durable and is more likely to blister. And if socks get sweaty, this is yet another way to increase friction, particularly when your feet are in shoes.
In order to reduce the likelihood of getting blisters while wearing socks, look for socks that only offer moisture-wicking material. Of course, this doesn’t always prevent blisters entirely. If you find that you suffer from sweaty feet, our Alexandria and Sterling foot doctors can recommend a foot powder to use every day to help keep feet dry to reduce the chance of blisters.
You can even look for foot balms that are designed to create a protective layer over the skin to stop friction from rubbing skin raw. By taking the time to perform these safety measures ahead of time, you can prevent blisters from ruining your outdoor excursions.
While blisters are rarely cause for concern, if you are experiencing them regularly and they are making it difficult to wear shoes, then it might be time to talk to our Alexandria Family Podiatry in Alexandria and Sterling, VA, about other ways to prevent this from happening.
Could bunions be responsible for your foot pain?
There are so many reasons that you could be experiencing foot pain, but if your discomfort is due to bunions then it’s time you visited our Sterling and Alexandria, VA podiatrists Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin to get the care you need. While bunions aren’t typically serious it’s important that you know how to care for your bunion to prevent the problem from getting worse.
What is a bunion?
Take a minute to look at your feet. You should be able to draw a relatively straight line from your heel to the tip of your big toe, but if you have a bunion then you may realize that the joint at the base of your big toe juts out quite a bit. You may even notice that the big toe leans inward toward the rest of your toes.
What are the symptoms of a bunion?
If you’re experiencing foot pain and you’ve noticed this bony lump near your big toe then you may certainly be dealing with a bunion. If this is the case, your next step is to visit one of our Sterling and Alexandria, VA foot doctors to make sure that you do in fact have a bunion. X-rays may also be used to determine whether a bunion is present. Through this thorough physical evaluation, we will be able to come up with a specialized treatment plan to help reduce your symptoms and make living with a bunion more manageable.
What are the treatment options for bunions?
The only way to remove a bunion is through surgery. Of course, the idea of surgery may have many people feeling a bit nervous but we are happy to report that the majority of people with bunions can happily manage their symptoms with simple self-care measures. Sure, you will still have your bunion but unless your bunion is causing you severe pain or affecting your physical activities surgery is a last resort.
Wearing proper footwear that gives your feet room to move (and doesn’t put pressure on your toes), wearing shoe inserts (also known as orthotics), icing or taking over-the-counter pain medications when you notice inflammation or pain, and applying bunion pads to protect your bunion while wearing shoes are all simple measures you can take to make sure your bunion symptoms are under control.
If you are experiencing symptoms that seem related to bunions or you are dealing with foot pain it’s time to turn to our doctors at Alexandria Family Podiatry in Sterling and Alexandria, VA.
Alexandria Family Podiatry specializes in the treatment of toenail fungus. If you've tried unsuccessfully to tackle your stubborn, unsightly fungal toenails with topical creams and ointments or with oral medications, consider laser treatment. Our office was one of the earlier podiatry practices in the Washington, DC area to offer laser treatment for fungal nails. We've performed over 1,000 laser treatments on our patients who have been diagnosed with onychomycosis, or toenail fungus.
With our vast experience and advanced laser technology, the doctors at Alexandria Family Podiatry have the expertise to help you improve the appearance of your damaged nail. Here are some successful results from our laser treatment:
FOX LASER for Toenail Fungus
This patient's left foot had several infected toenails. Notice the big toe on the "before" photo. It is yellow, thickened, and brittle.
After several treatments, the "after" photo shows the big toe with new, healthier nail growth, which is more natural and clear in color.
The appearance of the third nail in the "after" photo shows a fuller, grown-out nail without any chipping or crumbling.
This patient was committed to battling his long-time struggle with toenail fungus. Dr. Lee and our laser technician followed an aggressive year-long treatment plan using the laser. The results speak for themselves. The toenails started out crumbly, thickened, and yellow--particularly the big toe. After laser treament, his toenails show greater clarity, luster, and healthier growth.
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