Posts for tag: plantar fasciitis
Just about everyone can expect to experience a little heel pain from time to time, which is perfectly normal. From uncomfortable shoes and aggressive workouts to spending too much time standing, your feet and ankles are subjected to a great deal of wear and tear, and are tasked with bearing the weight of your entire body. But prolonged or recurring heel pain can be a sign of an injury like plantar fasciitis, which is one of the most common causes of heel pain according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin, the podiatrists at Alexandria Family Podiatry, offer treatment for heel pain and other foot and ankle injuries in Sterling and Alexandria, VA.
Heel Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Sterling and Alexandria, VA
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition caused by inflammation to the long band of tissue that stretches from the heel to the base of the toes (plantar fascia). The plantar fascia provides shock absorption for the feet, but prolonged pressure and stress can cause small tears that lead to inflammation and pain.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, but there are a few factors that can increase your risk:
- Being between the ages of 40 and 60, the most common age group
- Flat feet or a very high arch
- Spending a lot of time on your feet
- Being obese or overweight, which can put additional strain on your muscles and joints
- High impact exercise, sports, and physical activity like distance running, basketball, and certain types of dance like ballet
The signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
- Sharp, stabbing pain from the bottom of the heel
- Pain that feels worse after exercise, or when you wake up in the morning or stand up after sitting for a while
Find a Podiatrist in Sterling and Alexandria, VA
For more information about preventing and managing your heel pain, contact Alexandria Family Podiatry in Alexandria and Sterling, VA, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee or Dr. Lin by calling (703) 823-2357!
Sooner or later, most of us develop a foot issue. Although many foot problems can be successfully treated at home, ingrown toenails and other conditions may require a visit to the foot doctor. Sterling and Alexandria, VA, podiatrists Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin share information on common foot issues.
Ingrown toenails occur when the sharp edge of nail begins to grow into the skin surrounding the nail. In the early stages, you may be able to free the trapped nail by soaking the foot in warm water and inserting a tiny piece of cotton under the nail. If you can't free the nail yourself, the edge of the nail can be removed during a minor procedure in our Sterling or Alexandria offices. If ingrown toenails occur frequently, removing the entire nail may be recommended.
You'll find no shortage of toenail fungus products in the foot care aisle of the drugstore. Unfortunately, these products aren't always effective because they can't reach the fungus present underneath the nail. Prescription topical or oral medications can be more effective. The newest option in toenail fungus treatment is laser light therapy. The light from the laser heats up the pigment in the fungus, killing it. Our practice was one of the first in the area to offer the innovative treatment.
If you wear high heels to work, you may be at increased risk of developing bunions. Bunions are painful bumps that form at the base of your big toes. The problem can also occur if you wear tight shoes, have a foot imbalance or have injured your foot. Switching to more comfortable shoes and splinting or taping your foot may decrease pain. If your bunions are very uncomfortable, surgery may be needed to realign your bones.
Plantar fasciitis causes pain in your heels due to an inflammation of the plantar fascia. The fascia is a band of tissue that connects your toes to your heel. Foot exercise, night splints and orthotics can reduce the pain in most cases. Although surgery isn't common, it may be needed if your symptoms are severe.
Are you concerned about ingrown toenails or another foot issue? Call Sterling and Alexandria, VA, podiatrists Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin at (708) 823-2357 to make an appointment.