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By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC
March 06, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Is heel pain keeping you down? Pain that occurs following an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, warning us about the damage we have suffered. SoYour Heel Pain Could Be Plantar Fasciitis what causes heel pain?
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain. The pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or perform daily activities. If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you first get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame. Contact your podiatrist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle. Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief, as the pain will often return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • Wear shoes that fit well
  • Wear proper shoes for each activity
  • Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
  • Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
  • Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
  • Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
  • Lose excess weight
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist immediately.  
By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC
January 14, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Need help for persistent heel pain? Your podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia (with locations in Stafford and Lake Ridge) get to the root cause of your foot ailment and treat it effectively. Is it plantar fasciitis or something else? Learn more about why your heel could be hurting and what you can do.Heel Pain

The causes of heel pain

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says that most heel pain originates with overuse. Overuse, plus time, age and weight issues often add up to inflammatory conditions of the foot and ankle such as:

  • Plantar fasciitis, a swelling of the connective tissue between the heel bone and base of the toes
  • Heel spurs, small bony projections often accompanying plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis, an overstretching of the big tendon which runs between the heel and the calf muscles
  • Stress fractures, tiny breaks in the calcaneus, or heel bone, usually associated with running, jumping or dancing
  • Arthritis
  • Bone bruise


Treating heel pain
Surprisingly, most heel pain doesn't require surgical intervention. More conservative measures, and preventatives, usually suffice to control or eliminate the sources of discomfort. However, to determine your best course of treatment, your Stafford or Lake Ridge podiatrist will need to examine your foot and take digital X-rays and any and perhaps another imaging system if necessary. With a confirmed diagnosis, you can proceed with a treatment plan fitted to your diagnosis, other medical conditions, and lifestyle needs.
Treatment recommendations for heel pain often include:

  • Rest, ice, and elevation (helpful for stone bruises)
  • Shoes with wide toe boxes and good arch support (plantar fasciitis often results from an imbalance in gait)
  • Custom-made shoe inserts (orthotics) to support and balance the foot
  • Over the counter medications
  • Stretching exercises before strenuous workouts
  • Cortisone injections
  • Heel pads
  • Wearing shoes at all times, even indoors
  • Losing weight to avoid excessive pressure on the heels and other parts of the foot


Call us
If your heel hurts, please don't wait. Get relief and avoid long-term problems. Contact Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia. We have two locations and are open Monday through Saturday: For Lake Ridge Foot & Ankle Center, phone (703) 491-9500, and for Stafford Foot & Ankle Center, call (540) 720-0700.

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.

By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC
March 09, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

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 Heel Pain 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
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis

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.

By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia
December 04, 2014
Category: Podiatry
Heel PainIf you are experiencing heel pain you are not alone. Heel pain is a common issue for many people and can be due to main different factors of everyday life. It is highly imperative to correctly diagnosis the cause for the heel pain you are experiencing. Once properly identifies the symptoms can be addressed with the appropriate treatment.

If you are experiencing heel pain it could be due to these causes:

  • Plantar Fasciitis - Out of all the cause for heel pain, plantar fasciitis is the most common. If you are experiencing heel pain from prolonged walking and standing then it is likely that you have plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is due to inflammation of the tight tissue that forms in the arch of the foot, which causes irritation.
  • Heel Spur - A heel spur is a calcium deposit on the bottom of the heel bone. A heel spur can be visible with an X-ray and can be seen to extend forward by as much as a half-inch. If the spur is not visible on the X-ray, the condition is referred to as "heel spur syndrome"
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome - Tarsal tunnel syndrome is very similar to carpal tunnel syndrome and is caused by the entrapment of a large nerve in the back of the foot.
  • Stress Fractures - Stress fractures of the heel bone, or calcaneus, are a more uncommon cause of heel pain. If athletes are experiencing heel pain it is important to consider stress fractures to be a cause, especially if the athlete is a long distance runner.
  • Posterior Heel Pain - Posterior heel pain refers to symptoms behind the foot, rather than underneath. Achilles tendonitis and retrocalcaneal bursitis are the causes associated with posterior heel pain.
Plantar fasciitis is most commonly seen in long distance runners and accounts for a significant percentage of all running injuries. The running conditions that someone is exposed to can have an important effect. Running on hills or awkward terrain can lead to plantar fasciitis. However, this condition is not limited to runners or athletes.

The most common causes for plantar fasciitis are:

  • Advanced or new activity/training
  • Prolonged standing on hard surfaces
  • Flat feet
  • Tight calf muscles
  • improper footwear
  • increased weight

Call Lake Ridge & Stafford, Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia Today!

Early diagnosis and intervention is important. Heel pain can be treated by physical therapy courses that are non-invasive and very successful. For more information about heel pain in the Stafford area visit http://www.lakeridgefootankle.com/
Are you a patient of Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!