Posts for: February, 2018
Bunions affect about 31 percent of adults according to the Framingham Foot Study. Some cases are relatively minor and only show a slight deformity, while other cases are interfering with the patient's ability to walk and wear shoes. If you think you may have bunions, find out for certain by visiting Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle in Hampton and Williamsburg, VA.
Bunions—A Common Foot Deformity
Bunions are foot deformities that cause pain, discomfort, and embarrassment for millions of Americans. Pressure on the big toe causes the toe to move inward while the joint moves outward, enlarges, and swells. The big toe starts to crush or overlap the other toes. This is not a problem that will go away on its own—you must have them treated by your Hampton or Williamsburg, VA podiatrist as soon as possible.
What Causes Bunions?
Women who wear pointed high heels often complain about bunions. In general, wearing uncomfortable, inexpensive shoes—especially when you do a lot of walking every day—can cause bunions to form. Some people are more prone to this foot problem due to an arthritic condition.
The treatment for bunions depends on the severity of the condition. A small bunion can often be corrected by wrapping the feet and wearing custom orthotics or pads for an extended period of time. Taking some time off your feet may also aid the healing process. If there is a callus on the bunion, that will be removed by your podiatrist. Certain therapeutic exercises can also help with joint mobility. A night splint, worn while sleeping, can help with realignment. If non-invasive solutions don't work, a surgery called a bunionectomy may be required.
Realign Your Feet
Bunions will likely continue to increase in size and become more painful to live with if you don't have them treated promptly. Dr. Sara Bouraee and Dr. Mahmoud Salem can help you at their Hampton and Williamsburg, VA podiatry office. Call (757) 220-3311 or (757) 224-7605 today to schedule a foot consultation.
Heel pain is one of the leading problems that sends patients to visit their podiatrist, and it’s no wonder. The relentless ache in the bottom of your foot or the sharp pain as you step out of bed in the morning is often enough to persuade even the most stubborn patient to make an appointment with his or her podiatrist.
Because there are many potential causes of heel pain, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, nerve damage or arthritis, it’s important to have your foot examined by a podiatrist with expert training in heel pain. Our practice will examine your foot, determine the underlying source of your heel pain, assess your symptoms, make a proper diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan based on your individual case. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent more serious problems.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, occurring when the thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) that connects the heel to the toes becomes irritated and inflamed. When the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension, tissues of the fascia may tear or stretch, which leads to pain.
Faulty foot structures, such as flat feet or high arches, are common causes of plantar fasciitis. Non-supportive shoes and increased weight or strain may aggravate the condition as well.
Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
- Bottom of the heel pain
- Pain that intensifies after sitting for extended periods of time and subsides after a few minutes of walking
- Pain that worsens over a period of months
Most types of heel pain, once properly diagnosed, can be successfully treated with conservative measures, such as use of anti-inflammatory medications and ice, rest, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, footwear modifications and physical therapy. The longer heel pain is allowed to progress, the longer treatment can take. When plantar fasciitis doesn’t respond to conservative care, your podiatrist may recommend surgery as a last resort. Always seek care from our office for heel pain in its earliest stages for proper treatment.
When foot problems don’t respond to conservative treatments, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to relieve pain, correct a foot deformity or restore function in your foot and/or ankle.
Podiatric surgery is performed by board certified foot surgeons who specialize in surgery of the feet and ankles. An expert podiatrist can diagnose the cause of your foot pain and determine whether surgical intervention may be helpful for you based on factors such as type of procedure being performed, your age and medical history.
Our practice offers a variety of surgical procedures aimed at solving your lower extremity pains and deformities. Foot surgery is performed to treat many foot problems including:
- Heel pain
- Nail problems
Surgical treatment for foot and ankle problems can help you return to your active lifestyle while relieving pain and discomfort. Benefits of surgery include:
- Resolution of painful, chronic foot problems
- Increased mobility and ability to perform and participate in everyday activities
- Improved foot appearance
- Ability to wear a broader range of footwear and walk more comfortably
Following surgery, your podiatrist will provide you with detailed instructions on caring for your foot/feet during recovery. Your podiatrist will work with you to ensure the foot heals normally and without complications for the best possible outcome.
When your feet hurt, your entire body hurts. At our practice, we do everything possible to get you back on your feet with the latest conservative treatments to resolve your problem without surgical intervention. And when conservative methods aren’t responsive, we can provide the highest quality of expert care for all foot and ankle conditions using the most current surgical techniques for shorter recovery times and an enhanced outcome.