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!
Do you suffer from heel pain? If you do, it’s time to think about some relief from the stabbing, annoying, debilitating effects of heel pain. Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin at Alexandria Family Podiatry in Alexandria and Sterling, VA, want to help you and your feet feel better.
You have a higher risk of heel pain if you are flat-footed, are pregnant or diabetic, carry excess weight, or do high-impact sports like running, jogging, or tennis. If you wear shoes without enough support, you can also develop heel pain. You should always wear appropriate, supportive shoes to perform the activities of your life and avoid going barefoot.
The first step in treating heel pain is to discover what is causing it. You can develop heel pain from:
- A heel bruise, caused by stepping on sharp objects
- A heel spur, caused by excess calcium deposits on your heel
You can try some simple home remedies to relieve heel pain caused by a heel bruise or heel spur. Consider:
- Elevating your feet and resting
- Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications
Heel pain is often the result of plantar fasciitis, a condition caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue running across your heel. You can develop plantar fascia if you walk or stand on hard surfaces for long periods of time, or if you are flat-footed.
For plantar fasciitis, you can try some of the home remedies listed above, but the best option is to visit your Alexandria, VA, and Sterling, VA, foot doctor. At Alexandria Family Podiatry, they offer several effective treatments for plantar fasciitis, including:
- Custom-fit orthotics
- Stretching and physical therapy
- Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)
You don’t have to suffer from bothersome heel pain. You and your feet deserve to feel great, so just pick up your phone and call (703) 823-2357 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lee or Dr. Lin at Alexandria Family Podiatry in Alexandria and Sterling, VA!
Are you already dreading the summer due to your toenail fungus? It's hard to feel comfortable wearing sandals or going barefoot if your toenails are thick and yellow. Fortunately, your Alexandria and Sterling, VA, podiatrists, Drs. Richard Lee and Steven Lin, offer effective treatments for toenail fungus.
Why don't over-the-counter products work?
The fungi that cause toenail fungus don't just affect your nail but are also found on the nail bed underneath your nail. Products available over-the-counter at drugstores can be helpful if you have a mild infection, but these fungal treatments aren't strong enough to penetrate deep into the nail and can't reach the nail bed. As a result, you probably won't see much difference in your nail after treatment, even if you follow package directions.
What options do foot doctors offer?
Your podiatrist may offer one or more these toenail fungus treatments:
- Creams and Polishes: Your foot doctor may prescribe a cream or polish that you'll apply to your nails daily. These prescription-strength products are strong enough to penetrate the deep layers of your nails, although you'll probably have to use them for about a year. Creams and polishes are generally recommended for mild-to-moderate toenail fungus.
- Oral Medication: Oral anti-fungal medication may be a good choice if your infection is severe or stubborn. You'll need to take the medication for six to 12 weeks. Oral anti-fungal medication isn't recommended if you have congestive heart failure, allergies, or liver disease.
- Laser Treatment: Laser treatment is the newest treatment for toenail fungus. The thin beam of laser light heats and destroys the pigment that gives the fungus its yellow color. Although the fungus will be killed after the treatment, your nail will still look the same. In a few weeks, you'll see clear growth from the bottom of the nail.
- Removal of the Nail: Sometimes, it's necessary to remove the nail to reach the fungi on the nail bed. However, nail removal is usually only needed in severe cases of toenail fungus.
Seeking treatment? Call one of our locations in either Sterling or Alexandria today!
A visit to your foot doctor can help you get your toenail fungus under control! Schedule an appointment with Drs. Richard Lee and Steven Lin by calling (703) 823-2357 for both the Sterling and Alexandria, VA, offices.
How your podiatrists in Sterling, VA, can help with ingrown toenails
Ingrown toenails can be unsightly and painful. They can also take a long time to heal. Sometimes you may need a little extra help from an expert. Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin at Alexandria Family Podiatry can help your feet feel better. They have two convenient office locations in Sterling and Alexandria, VA, to treat your feet.
You may have an ingrown toenail if your toe looks swollen and dark red or purple. You may also experience throbbing pain and pressure around and underneath your toenail.
There are some helpful tips that can prevent ingrown toenails. Remember to:
- Always cut your toenails straight across
- Avoid cutting your toenails too short
- Wear closed, protective shoes to avoid injury
- Wear shoes with adequate room for your toes
If you do develop an ingrown toenail, you can try some simple home remedies which might help. For example:
- Wear sandals to relieve pressure until your toe heals
- Soak your toe in warm water several times during the day
- Place dental floss under your toenail to push the toenail above your skin
- Apply antibiotic cream and bandages to your toenail
- Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications
If your ingrown toenail doesn’t heal, it’s time to get some help from your podiatrists. Professional treatments can heal your toe and get you back on your feet. Your podiatrist may recommend:
- Lifting and separating your toenail from your skin
- Trimming the ingrown part of your toenail
If you have an ingrown toenail, you don’t have to wait and worry, hoping the toenail will heal on its own. Get help and relief quickly by calling Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin at Alexandria Family Podiatry, with offices in Sterling and Alexandria, VA. Call today and help your feet feel better!
What's the best way to take care of diabetic feet? It's vigilance, constantly guarding against serious complications related to wounds, circulation, nerve function and more. At Alexandria Family Podiatry in Sterling, Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin partner with their patients for best continuing care and treatment outcomes.
How diabetes affects your feet
Diabetic neuropathy threatens foot health. High blood sugar levels characteristic of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes reduce a patient's perception of heat, cold, pain, and other sensations controlled by the nervous system. When you combine neuropathy with the impaired circulation and dry skin diabetics experience, wounds and poor wound healing result.
Caring for diabetic feet
A daily care regimen is critical to a diabetic's podiatric health. Your Sterling podiatrists tailor care plans suited to each diabetic patient's needs and risks. However, in general, these guidelines help every person with diabetes stay healthy:
- Wear well-fitting shoes to protect your feet from bruising, laceration and pressure points.
- Alternate pairs of shoes, especially in the hot weather when feet sweat a lot.
- Never go barefoot, even indoors.
- Wear quality, clean socks every day.
- Wash and dry your feet daily. Inspect them for color changes, scratches, bruising, blisters, or other signs of injury.
- Avoid heating pads, hot water bottles, and over the counter heat patches as treatment for pain or cold feet. Carefully test your bath or shower water for temperature.
- Trim your toenails straight across with clean clippers to avoid ingrown toenails. If you cannot do this yourself, your Sterling podiatrist will do it for you.
- Moisturize your feet every day, but don't put lotions or cream between toes.
- Stop all tobacco use as the toxins in smokeless tobacco and cigarettes impair circulation in the extremities.
- If you develop a sore, ingrown toenail, corn, callus, severely cracked skin, or another suspicious change in how your feet look or feel, see your podiatrist right away.
In-office podiatric care is key
The American Podiatric Medical Association says that routine diabetic foot care by an experienced podiatrist decreases the chances of in-hospital care by 24 percent. At Alexandria Family Podiatry in Sterling, VA, Dr. Lee and Dr. Lin and their team will work with you to keep your feet and ankles functional and as healthy as possible. If you're diabetic and it's time for your routine check-up, please call our office for an appointment at one of our convenient locations in either Sterling or Alexandria, VA, at (703) 823-2357.
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