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By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC
May 11, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Ankle Injury   foot pain   ankle pain  

A little pain is common after an ankle injury, but when your ankle doesn't seem to be getting better, it's time to visit your podiatrist. Your ankle painLake Ridge and Stafford Foot and Ankle Center podiatrists explain the signs and symptoms that can indicate that you have a serious ankle injury.

Warning signs and symptoms

Ice packs and rest can help decrease pain and swelling when you have an ankle injury. Often, after you rest your ankle for a few days, it will start to feel better. Unfortunately, in some cases, pain doesn't decrease or becomes worse. If you're not sure if you should see your podiatrist, it's always a good idea to call our office and ask if your symptoms warrant a visit. Because ignoring symptoms can lead to long-term damage, prompt treatment is important.

Signs and symptoms that occur after a serious ankle injury include:

  • Severe pain
  • Numbness or loss of feeling in your ankle or foot
  • Pain that lasts more than a week or two
  • Pain that doesn't improve after taking over-the-counter pain medication
  • Red streaks on your ankle
  • Swelling that isn't relieved by ice and over-the-counter painkillers
  • An obvious deformity or the appearance that a bone is dislocated
  • Change in skin color
  • Difficulty walking or putting any weight on your leg

How can your podiatrist help you?

When you visit your podiatrist, they'll perform a complete examination, ask you a series of questions about how the accident occurred and order diagnostic tests, such as X-rays. X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests are useful in diagnosing a variety of ankle injuries, including fractures, sprains, tendon dislocation and osteochondritis, a lesion that can form when the ankle is twisted.

Depending on the cause of your injury, your doctor may recommend that you use crutches or wear casts, braces or compression bandages while your ankle heals. Although most sprains and fractures get better without surgery, it may be needed if the injury is severe.

Are you concerned about a foot condition or ankle injury? Contact 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. Protect your feet with podiatric care!

By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC
May 09, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: flat feet   foot pain  

From your Lake Ridge and Stafford podiatrists, learn about flat feet and how they could affect you.

Flat feet don't just affect your feet but can also cause pain in your knees, ankles and hips. Your Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA podiatrists--flat feetDr. Douglas Stabile, Dr. Mark Scripps, Dr. Richard Derner, Dr. Andy Joseph Roussel and Dr. Michael Cashdollar--explain how to tell if you have flat feet and what you can do to treat the problem.

Take the wet test

The wet test offers a simple way to tell if you have flat feet and involves just three steps:

  1. Immerse your feet in a container of water.
  2. Step on a brown paper bag, sidewalk or other surface that will allow you to clearly see the imprint of your feet.
  3. Take a close look at the imprint. The inner portion of your foot between your toes and heel will appear very narrow on the imprint if you have a normal arch. If that area is completely filled in or almost completely filled in, you have flat feet.

Why are flat feet a problem?

When your feet are flat, tendons and ligaments in your feet become weak, which causes pain in your feet, especially in your arch or heel. Pain may also be felt in your leg muscles. Because flat feet can change the alignment of your leg, pain can eventually occur in your ankles, knees or hips, and your posture may even be affected. Pain may not be obvious when you are sitting or lying down, but tends to get worse when you are active.

Why do I have flat feet?

Some people are born with flat feet but others develop the condition after an injury. Other possible causes include:

  • Wear and tear due to aging
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Torn or stretched tendons
  • Broken bones
  • Posterior tibial tendon damage

How can my foot doctor help me?

Your podiatrist can offer several solutions that will help ease your pain. Custom-made orthotics are worn in your shoes and raise your arch, which helps keep your leg aligned. Stretching exercises may be recommended if your condition is caused by an Achilles tendon that is too short. Physical therapy may also be recommended.

Are you tired of dealing pain from flat feet? Call your Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA podiatrists--Dr. Douglas Stabile, Dr. Mark Scripps, Dr. Richard Derner, Dr. Andy Joseph Roussel and Dr. Michael Cashdollar--at (703) 491-9500 for Lake Ridge and (540) 720-0700 for Stafford and find out how podiatric treatment can help you.