Posts for: October, 2017
Don't know what to do about that pain in your heel? The podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center often treat heel pain in their Reston/Herndon, Ashburn/Leesburg, Fairfax/Burke and McLean/Great Falls offices. They share information about common heel conditions and explain what can be done to decrease your pain.
Common causes of heel pain
Your heel may ache or throb if you have one of these conditions:
- A Stone Bruise: If you have a stone bruise, your heel will feel tender and sore if you touch it or put pressure on it when you walk. Stone bruises can occur due to stepping on a hard object or running or walking in shoes that don't provide enough support or cushioning.
- Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that occurs when the plantar fascia on the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed. The fascia is tough band of tissue that serves as the connection between your heels and toes. If you have plantar fasciitis, you may notice that your pain is worse in the morning or after you sit or lie down for a while.
- Heel Spurs: Heel spurs are caused by calcium deposits. You may develop them if you've had plantar fasciitis, regularly participate in activities that involve running or jumping, wear unsupportive shoes or are overweight.
- Plantar Calluses: Plantar calluses cause a thick, painful build up of skin on your heel. They can occur if poorly fitting shoes rub against your heel or you wear socks that don't fit well.
- Achilles Tendinitis: An inflammation in the Achilles tendon, the tight tendon at the back of your ankle, may also cause ankle pain. The condition tends to affect runners, particularly those who wear worn-out shoes, and people who are obese or have flat feet. Your risk of developing Achilles tendinitis increases with age.
How can my foot doctor help?
A visit to a Reston/Herndon, Ashburn/Leesburg, Fairfax/Burke or McLean/Great Falls office is a good idea if you have a heel pain that hasn't improved after a week or two of home treatment. Relieving your pain can be as simple as shaving your callus or injecting cortisone to ease your Achilles tendinitis pain. Adding a prescription insert to your shoes can be helpful if you have plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis. Exercises or physical therapy may also be effective in relieving the pain of both conditions. Depending on the cause of your condition, you may also benefit from other therapies, including walking boots, splints, shockwave therapy or even surgery.
Are you ready to put an end to your ankle pain? Schedule an appointment by calling (703) 723-2719 for Reston/Herndon office, (703) 723-9267 for the Ashburn/Leesburg office, (703) 273-9818 for the Fairfax/Burke office or (703) 556-8637 for the McLean/Great Falls office.
Athlete’s foot is a harmless fungal infection that happens to countless people every year. If you are someone who doesn’t wear your shower shoes at your local gym’s locker room or the community pool then you may find yourself prone to developing athlete’s foot. If athlete’s foot does happen to you, it’s important that you not only treat the issue but also know how to treat it so that it fully goes away. Here’s what to do if you find yourself faced with this fungal problem.
If you already know you have athlete’s foot then the next step is to treat it. More often than not this issue can be treated with over-the-counter medications. This means that you can easily go to your local pharmacy and find an anti-fungal medication that could clear up your athlete’s foot over time. Of course, if you are someone who gets athlete’s foot regularly, has severe athlete’s foot symptoms or you also have diabetes then you’ll want to see your podiatrist right away.
In some cases, over-the-counter medications aren’t enough to get rid of the infection. If this is the case then a foot doctor will be able to prescribe a much stronger antifungal cream or topical medication. It can take a couple weeks for symptoms to clear up. Make sure that you continue to use the medication until it is finished otherwise you could risk a reinfection.
In the meantime, there are ways to care for your feet either during an infection or after the infection has been treated to prevent another one in the future. This means keeping feet dry at all times, whether you are stepping out of the shower or the pool. Whenever feet get wet, thoroughly dry them off to prevent them from becoming a breeding ground for fungus to grow.
Look for footwear and socks that have breathable materials. If you are prone to sweaty feet, apply an antifungal powder to your feet or your shoes before putting on footwear. When you take your shoes off make sure to give them a full day to air out before wearing them again. You can also apply more talcum powder in the shoes to eat up the moisture while they air dry.
You’ll also want to protect your feet in public areas where fungus thrives. Local swimming pools, gym showers, and locker rooms are breeding grounds for fungus. Always wear protective sandals whenever you are in these environments.
Whether you are dealing with a nasty bout of athlete’s foot or you just have questions about ways to properly care for your feet, it’s the perfect time to turn to a podiatrist who has all the answers.
It can be pretty embarrassing to take your shoes off and feel like you left a puddle of sweat behind. How can feet be this sweaty? If this scenario sounds like you, then chances are good that you may be wondering what could be going on to cause this awkward issue.
If you have extremely sweating feet then you could be dealing with a condition known as hyperhidrosis. This is something that can happen to anyone but tends to be more common in younger adults. If you have hyperhidrosis of the feet you may also find that the palms of your hands sweat more than most.
Why is this happening to you? Unfortunately, it can be a bit tricky to determine why this is happening to you. Perhaps this is something that runs in your family (thanks, mom!). It’s hard to tell, but those with true hyperhidrosis will experience sweaty feet all the time, not just when it’s hot or humid out.
So, what constitutes hyperhidrosis? Besides the obvious extreme sweating, you may also notice that your feet slip and move around in your shoes more. You may be more prone to embarrassing foot odors or even infections. If you have diabetes and are dealing with any foot problems, even seemingly innocuous ones like sweaty feet, it’s still important that you visit a podiatrist to help you manage your symptoms and to prevent complications.
There are some at-home measures you can take to reduce sweaty feet symptoms. Make sure to thoroughly wash your feet everyday and dry them completely. Once feet are dry, you can apply a talcum or antifungal powder onto your feet and your shoes to prevent infections and to reduce sweat. It’s also a good idea to wear socks that are breathable and wick away sweat and moisture from your feet. If you aren’t sure what kinds of shoes and socks to wear, you can always turn to a foot doctor for advice.
If you are dealing with severely sweaty feet or you aren’t able to handle the issue on your own then it’s time you turned to a podiatrist for some answers. While a lot of people can find easy ways to manage their symptoms and reduce perspiration, it’s not always easy for everyone. Call your foot doctor today.