Posts for tag: Foot Pain
Many adults experience foot pain at one time or another. Foot pain can result from a sports-related injury, a medical condition, or simply from the daily stress of walking or standing for extended period of time. Common causes of foot pain include bunions, ankle injuries, and heel injuries. Foot injuries are best treated by a podiatrist to ensure proper healing. Left untreated, a foot injury can progress and lead to chronic foot pain. The foot doctors at the Family Foot and Ankle Center are your Ashburn/Leesburg, Fairfax/Burke, Reston/Herndon, and McLean/Great Falls, VA, podiatrists for the treatment of foot pain.
Bunions are a common cause of foot pain for many people. Bunions develop when the joint of the big toe slips out of place and a bony protrusion, which is the bunion, forms on the side of the foot. Since the bunion protrudes outward, it readily rubs against the inside of the shoe and can become irritated, resulting in foot pain. One treatment possibility is surgery to correct the misaligned toe joint and remove the bony protrusion so it no longer rubs against the shoe. Other treatment options include wearing orthotics and/or roomier footwear.
Another common cause of foot pain is ankle injuries, such as sprained ankles. Ankle sprains occur when the ankle twists in a different direction as the foot, causing ligaments to become stretched out and sometimes tear. Untreated ankle injuries can lead to chronic ankle instability and foot pain. A podiatrist can recommend an appropriate treatment, which could include applying ice, resting the ankle, wearing compression bandages, or surgery to repair any torn ligaments.
Injuries to the heel are another common cause of foot pain. Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonosis, also called tendonitis, are the most common heel injuries. With plantar fasciitis injuries, pain occurs on the bottom of the heel. Heel spurs can also develop, which are hard calcium deposits that form on the bottom of the heel. With Achilles tendonosis, pain can be felt at the back of the heel where the Achilles tendon is located. A podiatrist can recommend the right treatment for your specific type of heel injury.
No matter the cause of your foot pain, various treatments are available through your podiatrist’s office that can help. To schedule an appointment with a podiatrist in Fairfax, VA, or a surrounding area, contact the Family Foot and Ankle Center at one of its four convenient locations: Fairfax/Burke (703) 273-9818; Ashburn/Leesburg (703) 723-9267; McLean/Great Falls (703) 556-8637; or Reston/Herndon (703) 723-2719.
Custom orthotics are removable shoe inserts that provide greater arch support and stability to the feet and ankles. There are different types of orthotics available depending on the issue and level of support that is needed. Basic orthotics are sold over the counter, but a custom pair designed specifically for your foot will provide optimal support and comfort.
When are Custom Orthotics Necessary?
Podiatrists typically recommend custom orthotics for people with flat feet, or very high arches. One of the most common signs that you may benefit from a pair of orthotics is heel pain (although you may also experience pain and swelling in other parts of the foot). You may also experience pain and swelling after normal and relatively low impact activities like standing or walking.
A good way to figure out if you are having pronation issues is to examine the soles of your shoes and sneakers. If the soles and insoles tend to become visibly more worn on one side, it may be a sign that your alignment is off and you are over or under pronating. A podiatrist may ask you to walk in your bare feet to observe your stride and gait (known as a gait analysis). If you experience persistent pain, swelling, or stiffness, especially after exercise or after long periods of rest, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.
Types of Custom Orthotics
There are a few different types of custom orthotics designs available depending on your needs.
Functional (also known as rigid) orthotics are made of harder materials and are usually prescribed for pronation problems or joint issues like arthritis.
Accommodative orthotics are designed to provide more cushioning and support and are typically prescribed for problems like plantar fasciitis and bunions.
In addition to improving your gait and foot and ankle alignment, custom orthotics can help to prevent related strains and injuries and relieve back, joint, and knee pain if it is caused by issues with your arches and pronation.
There is nothing worse than when your child is in pain and discomfort. Unfortunately, a problem is bound to surface at some point. Of course, you may not expect them to be dealing with foot pain. What could be going on and how should you treat the issue? And when should you visit a podiatrist to treat your child’s symptoms? We have all the answers and more.
Children will often experience some aches and pains from time to time, particularly during growth spurts. So, when is it just a normal discomfort and something worth getting checked out? First, ask your child to describe their pain. The location of the pain is important for determining the root cause.
Podiatrists often have parents bring their children in when they are suffering from heel pain. In some cases, Sever’s disease may be the cause of this pain. This heel condition affects the growth plate of the foot and is most common in children who are active or who are going through the beginning stages of puberty.
Some children end up having flat feet, which can also lead to pain and overtired muscles. The arches of the feet typically develop by the age of 5 years old. Of course, this isn’t always the case for all children. If you notice that your child doesn’t have visible arches when they are standing up then their foot pain could be due to flat footedness. Children with flat feet often experience tired, achy feet and legs that get worse with physical activity. Fortunately, this is an issue that can be addressed by a podiatrist.
Sometimes your child’s pain is the result of an injury. Maybe they came off the field limping or they twisted their ankle walking down the stairs. If you suspect that your child has sustained an injury or if they have had an accident then you need to take them to a foot specialist right away for care.
Another reason your child may experience foot pain may have to do with their shoes. The shoes they wear day in and day out should provide their changing feet with the proper support they need. As shoes get too old and begin to wear away, certain spots may start to rub against your child’s foot and cause irritation and pain. Changing shoes every three to four months is a good rule, particularly if they are active.
Of course, if you have any concerns about the health of your children’s feet it’s always a good idea to call a podiatrist to have your questions and concerns addressed.
Any workout instructor or coach will tell you that you have to stretch your body before participating in strenuous activity, and that is good advice. However, stretching isn’t a cure-all for all that ails your feet. Here are a few busted stretching myths that you may have been taught in physical education class as a youngster. The full truth can be found by making an appointment to talk to your podiatrist.
Myth 1: Stretching Prevents All Foot Injuries
Stretching regularly reduces the chance of injury to the feet, but it doesn’t prevent injuries from happening altogether. Researchers at the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney found that stretching before physical activity doesn’t really make a difference as to whether an injury will occur. Also, if you think that stretching before a workout will eliminate soreness the next day, that’s also a myth. Stretching just gives you more flexibility and may help reduce the occurrences of serious sprains.
Myth 2: Even Stretching for Just Under a Minute Helps
Many people who stretch before a workout or sports game only do so for a few moments before jumping fullspeed into the activity. But studies have shown that stretching for just 30 to 45 seconds is not enough to make a significant effect on the flexibility of muscles and joints in your feet. Stretching longer (at least five to 10 minutes) is a better idea. Some experts suggest that simply easing slowly into the activity may even be more helpful than stretching in some cases.
Myth 3: Stretching Will Heal the Muscles and Joints
Some patients neglect to visit their doctor when they have foot pain because they believe that simple stretching will heal torn or sprained ligaments. Stretching is a way of making your joints and muscles more flexible, but it does not heal them. Additional treatments and therapies are necessary to successfully heal torn, damaged or inflamed body parts.
These myths busted should not discourage you from stretching your feet and other body parts—just know that you shouldn’t think of it as a replacement for professional care and advice from a qualified podiatrist. If you’re an athlete having foot pain or complications, schedule an appointment to discuss the issue with your podiatrist today.
For some women, there’s nothing quite as exciting as getting a brand new pair of elegant high heels. High heels come in a number of attractive styles, including pumps, stilettos, wedges, Mary Janes, platforms and sling backs. But those pretty heels can hide some pretty ugly truths. Take a moment to learn more about the hidden dangers of high heels and how they can cause serious problems for your feet.
Heel spurs are bumps that form on the heel bone over time due to continuous friction or pressure. The design of many high heeled shoes puts a strain on the back of the foot, leading to complications with heel spurs and irritation of the skin.
Women who wear very high heels also put their ankles at risk of injury. If the wearer falls or has a sudden movement in the wrong direction, it could cause a sprained ankle. The higher the heel, the worse the potential effects of a fall.
One of the most commonly reported problems that podiatrists receive from women who wear high heels is the appearance of hammertoes. A hammertoe develops as the toes are pinched and squeezed forward in the front of the heel—the toes begin to bend at the joints into an unnatural shape. In some cases, the joints are aggravated to the point where the wearer can no longer bend the toes back up.
Corns and Calluses
Hammertoes are often seen in combination with unsightly corns that develop on the tops of the toes due to friction with the shoe. Calluses also often develop on the sides of the feet and on the bottom, where the ball of the feet meets the ground each time you take a step.
As gorgeous as those high heels on the rack may look, it’s also important to think about how your feet could look after a while if you wear them often. If you enjoy wearing high heels, protect your feet by maintaining regular appointments with your podiatrist. A number of modern solutions and foot therapies are available, so if you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, call your podiatrist today to schedule an urgent consultation.