Posts for category: Podiatrist
Don't let heal pain slow you down!
The heel bone, also known as calcaneus, is the largest of the 26 bones in your foot. When you experience pain in that area, it makes sense why it can be very uncomfortable, even debilitating. Heel pain can be caused by a number of factors with a variety of treatment options. These causes and corresponding treatments are explained in this post by Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin, podiatrists at Alexandria Family Podiatry in Sterling and Alexandria, Virginia.
Many patients who visit their Sterling and Alexandria podiatrist with a chief compaint of heel pain are diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the ligament that connects the big toe to the heel. The pain usually develops over time in the bottom of the heel and occurs after activity or upon getting out of bed in the morning. Runners and those who spend a lot of time on their feet are at a higher risk of developing plantar fasciitis. Often the problem can be resolved by applying ice to the area, altering the exercise routine and doing stretching exercises at home. However, steroid injections or surgery to detach the ligament may be necessary if conservative treatments fail to bring results.
Another common cause of heel pain seen at Alexandria Family Podiatry in Sterling and Alexandria, Virginia is heel spurs. These abnormal calcium deposits form on the bottom of the heel bone and can be caused by ill-fitting shoes or poor posture. They can also form as a complication of plantar fasciitis. Wearing shoe inserts, called orthotics, rest and physical therapy may help; like other heel-related problems, your Sterling podiatrist typically employs conservative methods before more invasive procedures are recommended.
Breaking your heel bone can happen as a result of a fall or a high-impact car accident. When this happens, patients typically have severe bruising, swelling, and pain when attempting to place weight on the affected foot. Most fractures, including those of the heel bone, will need emergency evaluation. Your foot may be immobilized in a cast or brace to allow the bone to heal. Surgery may be required if the bones have moved out of place.
If you've been dealing with heel pain, don't suffer any longer. Call Alexandria Family Podiatry in Sterling and Alexandria, Virginia to set up an appointment with one of our skilled podiatrists today!
Knowing the signs of a serious problem will help you seek professional treatment sooner.
If you rush through your next toenail trimming, don’t be surprised if you experience a painful little problem known as an ingrown toenail. They can develop rather quickly and are often due to trimming nails too short or rounding the edges. Tight shoes and stubbing your toe can also cause ingrown toenails to arise. Sometimes as the nail continues to grow, the ingrown toenail may go away on its own. Sometimes warm water soaks and wearing open-toed shoes can help speed the healing process along; however, there are times where infection sets in and it’s time to see podiatrists Drs. Richard Lee and Steven Lin for treatment at Alexandria Family Podiatry in Alexandria and Sterling right away.
When to Seek Medical Attention
If you notice any drainage, increased pain and swelling, and a fever, these are signs that an infection has developed in the nail. When this happens, you need to see your podiatrist immediately.
Also, if you haven’t noticed an improvement in your ingrown toenail symptoms after three days, it’s time to schedule a visit.
Those with diabetes, poor circulation, HIV or other chronic conditions that may impede the healing process should also see their podiatrist right away for proper care.
Your Podiatrist Visit in Sterling and Alexandria
The first thing we will do is examine your foot to properly diagnose whether you have an ingrown toenail or not. We will also discuss your medical history with you to see if you have any preexisting health conditions that could make this condition worse. Depending on the state of your ingrown toenail, we will make a decision about what course of treatment would be best for you.
Sometimes we will file down the nail to help change its shape as it grows out. If there is extra tissue around the inflamed skin, we may remove this tissue to decrease swelling and promote healing.
If you are concerned about an ingrown toenail, it’s better to be safe rather than sorry. Call us at (703) 823-2357 in Alexandria or (703) 823-2357 in Sterling, if you notice any of the symptoms above or any new symptoms. Don’t suffer with the pain and discomfort of an ingrown nail. We can effectively treat your condition and get you back up and walking around in no time!