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By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia
March 05, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

Find out what foot issues you could face if you continue to wear improper footwear.

Most days our feet are subject to being crammed into shoes. Maybe a lot of forethought went into the kind of shoes you would wear—what shoes would match your outfit best or which ones look stylish; however, how much thought went into how comfortable your Bunionsfeet would actually be? Many shoes like high heels put a lot of unnecessary pressure on certain parts of our feet, which can cause sore spots and injuries. Your Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA podiatrists share the price your feet will pay when you wear the wrong shoes.

Aching pain

Foot pain is often directly related to the types of shoes you wear, which is particularly true for women. In fact, one survey conducted by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Association found that about 75 percent of women surveyed experienced some form of foot pain. By shoving your feet into narrow shoes with towering heels, it's no wonder your feet are crying out for a little TLC.


If you tend to wear shoes that are too tight or loose, then expect the friction from the shoes to cause some painful problems like blisters. If you have ever experienced a blister, then you know just how painful they can be, and how hard they can make it to just walk. While blisters do often disappear on their own without treatment, to prevent them from forming it’s always important to wear properly fitted shoes at all times.


Have you begun to notice a large, hard bump at the base of your big toe? If so, then you could be dealing with a bunion. A bunion is a bony lump that protrudes out from the side of the foot and can cause pain and swelling. Bunions can continue to grow, making it hard to fit into your shoes without discomfort. Wearing tight, narrow shoes only exacerbates the problem. Unfortunately, the only way to get rid of bunions is to have surgery.

Heel pain

Plantar fasciitis is a condition known to cause stabbing and sometimes severe heel pain. Whether you participate in physical activity or just have high arches, you may experience this kind of heel pain frequently with this disorder. The pain most often appears in the morning, when you take your first few steps. The pain may subside throughout the day, but be exacerbated by physical activity.

If you are an athlete who experiences heel pain you may want to blame your shoes. Opt for shoes that offer full support of your activities and talk to your Lake Ridge or Stafford, VA podiatrist about whether orthotics could also offer additional foot support.

Don’t let foot pain and problems slow you down. If you think your problems might be due to the shoes you are wearing then it’s time to ditch them for a new, better-fitting pair. If you are experiencing any foot or ankle problems then it’s time to contact one of our Board Certified Foot and Ankle Podiatric Surgeons for treatment in Lake Ridge or Stafford, VA. Call Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia today!

By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia
March 04, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Ankle Injuries  

Don’t let these issues affect healthy ankles. Be proactive and protect your feet from injury.

While ankle injuries are often considered to be a problem that befalls athletes, you don’t have to be involved in sports to develop Ankle Painankle issues. In fact, anyone can experience an ankle injury; however, men between the ages of 15 to 24 have the highest ankle sprain prevalence. If you are suffering from an ankle injury in Stafford or Lake Ridge find out the most common causes.

Walking on uneven surfaces

Whether you’re an avid runner or someone who just enjoys a daily walk, be sure to check out your surroundings before lacing up your tennis shoes. Even just walking on an uneven surface, which puts both the foot and ankle in an awkward position, can cause your ankle to roll. A rolled ankle will most likely result in an ankle sprain.

Wearing poorly fitted shoes

It really should come as no surprise that high heels are bad for your feet. Aside from making issues like bunions and hammertoes worse, these shoes also put your ankle in a bad position, making walking difficult. Sandals and shoes that are loose fitting also fail to offer proper ankle support. Be sure to always opt for shoes that not only fit you properly but also offer the right amount of support for both your feet and ankles.


While you don’t have to be an athlete to develop an ankle injury it’s still one of the most common causes of ankle-related problems. Sports that require you to stop or change direction quickly like basketball or tennis put your ankles at risk for over rotating or twisting. If you are an athlete we highly recommend spending time finding the ideal shoes to offer support your ankles and feet while on the court. Go a step further and talk to our Board Certified Foot and Ankle Podiatric Surgeons at our Stafford or Lake Ridge locations about whether or not custom-made orthotics would also be beneficial to your foot health.

Besides these top reasons, other issues such as falls, landing poorly after a jump or a car accident can be to blame for your ankle injury. If you are experiencing pain, swelling or problems walking due to ankle problems, then it’s time to see one of our Board Certified Foot and Ankle Podiatric Surgeons for treatment in Lake Ridge or Stafford, VA at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia.