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By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC
October 29, 2018
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: ankle pain  

It’s important that you never ignore ankle pain

Is your ankle hurting and you're unsure why? Well, you’ve come to the right place! After all, there are many issues that could be causing your ankle pain and it’s important that you get to the bottom of the problem so that you can allow it to heal properly. Read below to learn more about ankle pain and find out when it’s time to visit our Stafford, VA, podiatrists for care.

Sprained Ankle

If you sprained your ankle, you have overstretched or even torn the ligaments that are attached to the anklebones. Along with pain you may also notice bruising or swelling around the ankle. In some cases, you might not be able to put weight on the foot without it causing you pain.

  • How to Treat It: Sprains are minor and, as a result, usually don’t require more than simple at-home care. The best way to treat a sprained ankle is with the RICE method, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. These treatment options will help reduce pain and inflammation which is crucial if you want the foot to heal quickly. Minor sprains often go away in a few days.

Ankle Fracture

There are three bones within the ankle. If one or more break, you will immediately notice pain, swelling, and bruising around the ankle. You may even hear an audible pop or snap the moment the fracture occurs. The ankle may be tender or it may be difficult to walk on the foot.

  • How to Treat It: Your foot doctor may give you prescription pain relievers to help manage pain. You may also have to wear a splint or cast to protect the ankle until it heals. Rest is key to making sure your ankle makes a full and swift recovery. Just like with a sprain, it’s important to follow the RICE method. Only in rare cases is surgery necessary.

Arthritis

If you are dealing with persistent pain in both ankles along with stiffness or swelling in the feet, you may be dealing with rheumatoid arthritis, an immune disorder that affects the joints. If you suspect that you might have arthritis, it’s important to visit our Stafford, VA, foot doctor right away for an evaluation.

  • How to Treat It: Even though there is no cure for arthritis, our foot and ankle specialists can provide several treatment options that can reduce the severity of your symptoms. Medications along with prescription orthotics, special exercises, physical therapy, and certain lifestyle modifications can help you manage arthritis for life.

Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia is proud to serve the Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA, areas. If you are dealing with ankle pain, it’s important that you find out what’s going on. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with us. We are here to help.


By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC
October 22, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: warts  

What Causes Warts?

Got foot warts? Nearly everyone will have a wart at some point in their lives. Warts are typically small, hard skin growths caused by an infection with humanpallilloma virus. Foot warts are treatable. Foot warts are among the most common dermatologic conditions podiatrists treat. Read on to learn about the causes of warts.

An HPV Infection

Common warts are caused by by an HPV infection. Over 100 types of HPV exist. Certain types of HPV infection cause cervical cancer. Some types of HPV infection cause foot warts, while others cause warts that appear on the face, neck, or hands. Of the 100 types of HPV, about 60 cause common warts on areas such as the hands or feet.

Skin-To-Skin Contact

Wart viruses are contagious. You can get foot warts from skin-to-skin contact with people who have warts. However, not all HPV strains are highly contagious. You can get the wart virus by touching an object that another person's wart touched, such as clothing, towels, shoes, or exercise equipment.


Breaks in Your Skin

HPV infects the top layer of skin and usually enters the body in an area of damaged or cut skin. Cuts from shaving can provide an avenue for infection. Getting a scrape can also bring on common warts. Foot warts are very common in swimmers whose feet are scratched by rough pool surfaces.

A Weak Immune System

In most cases, your immune system defeats an HPV infection before it creates a wart. Someone with a weakened immune system is more vulnerable and therefore more likely to develop warts. Immune systems can be weakened by HIV or by immunosuppressant drugs used after organ transplants.


If you want to get rid of foot warts, see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Many types of effective wart treatments are available. They include salicylic acid, cantharidin, cryotherapy, laser treatment, and surgery. Your podiatrist can help you get rid of foot warts once and for all!


By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC
October 05, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain   Heel Spurs  

Have you been experiencing any heel pain or bothersome tenderness without any obvious cause? Although heel spurs themselves sometimes do not cause acute discomfort, they are frequently associated with the painful inflammation known as plantar fasciitis, a condition commonly described as feeling like a knife is wrenching through your foot. Read below for more information on the typical causes, symptoms, and treatments of heel spurs.

What is a Heel Spur?

A heel spur is often the result of overstraining foot muscles and ligaments, overstretching the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes), and repeatedly tearing the heel bone membrane. From these actions arises a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. Risk factor for developing the condition include:

  • Possessing any walking gait abnormalities

  • Regularly running or jogging on hard surfaces

  • Wearing poorly fitted or overly worn shoes

  • Wearing shoes that lack arch support

  • Being excessively overweight or obese

What are The Symptoms?

Heel spurs do not carry many symptoms by themselves. However, they are often related to other afflictions, most typically plantar fasciitis. The most common sign of this combo of conditions is a feeling of chronic pain along the bottom or back of the heel, especially during periods of walking, running, or jogging. If you are experiencing this recurring inflammation, it is a good idea to visit your local podiatrist's office and inquire about undergoing an x-ray or ultrasound examination of the foot.

What are the Treatment Options?

The solutions to heel spurs are generally centered around decreasing inflammation and avoiding re-injury. They include:

  • Applying ice on the inflammation

  • Performing stretch exercises

  • Wearing orthotic devices or shoe inserts to relieve pressure off of the spur

  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to relieve pain

  • In extreme cases, surgery can be performed on chronically inflamed spurs

If you are dealing with symptoms of heel spurs or pain in your feet, turn to a podiatrist so that we can get you back on your feet. Don't ignore your pain.