Posts for: March, 2016
Many people believe that living with heel and foot pain is an inevitable part of life. Whether the source of pain is from a beloved pair of shoes or too many miles clocked on the treadmill, the "no pain no gain" mantra has been seared into the minds most everyone. And while some form of muscle strain is normal and inherent to any strenuous physical activity, excessive and persistent pain is often the body's way of letting us know that something is wrong.
What Causes Heel Pain?
The Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA based podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC treat patients for a range of foot and ankle conditions that can lead to acute and chronic foot pain. The most common sources of heel pain include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Stress fractures
- Heel spurs
Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis are the leading causes of heel pain. The treatment options for heel and other foot and ankle injuries will vary from case to case depending on the injury and the patient. While many incidences of pain might respond to conservative treatment like rest and over the counter pain medication, fractures and muscle or ligament and tendon tears may require more involved treatment.
Heel pain relief and treatment in Lake Ridge and Stafford
Occasional soreness and stiffness can be perfectly normal from time to time. A worn out pair of sneakers, or starting a new activity can sometimes cause temporary pain that often resolves on its own over time. But when pain persists or returns frequently, it can be a sign of an injury or strain. If you are suffering from heel, foot or ankle pain, contact a podiatrist at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC in Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA by calling (703)491-9500 and (540)720-0700 to schedule an appointment today.
Most people don't really give much thought to the health of their feet and ankles until something goes wrong. Unless you suffer from consistent problems that affect the lower extremities, such as diabetic neuropathy, arthritis or even flat feet, scheduling an appointment with a Stafford and Lake Ridge podiatrist rarely crosses anyone's mind. Most people either trim and file their own toenails, corns and callouses, or pay someone else to do it - most likely at a local mani/pedi salon close to the office.
Podiatry Services and Foot Care in Lake Ridge and Stafford
But podiatrists actually provide many essential medical foot care services beyond treating an infected ingrown toenail or shaving down a bunion. The board certified podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC, in Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA handle a range of standard and emergency foot and ankle conditions and accidents, including:
- Ankle instability and sprains
- Foot and ankle arthritis
- Wounds and emergency care
- Diabetic foot care
- Sports medicine
- Reconstructive foot and ankle surgery
A podiatrist is a specialist in treating conditions that affect the feet and ankles, and can usually offer more specific and targeted care than a visit to a general physician or the emergency room, depending on the condition.
Even basic podiatry problems like athlete's foot, fungal infections, or heel spurs are often made worse by putting off treatment until the symptoms become uncomfortable. People suffering from diabetes must make foot care a priority in order to avoid potentially serious complications. But all people can - and should - be aware of the health and wellness of their feet and ankles, and seek treatment for any symptoms or conditions out of the ordinary before they have a chance to progress and cause pain and potential problems with walking and movement.
Contact a Podiatrist in Stafford and Lake Ridge
If you are suffering from heel pain, bunions, diabetic or other foot problems, contact a podiatrist at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC in Stafford and Lake Ridge, VA by calling (540)720-0700 and (703)491-9500 to schedule an appointment today.