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By Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists
April 23, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Find out if plantar fasciitis could be to blame for your foot pain.heel pain

Heel pain can be a real nuisance. It can make going about your day tough and it can certainly put a damper on your exercise regimen. But don’t fear! Our Hampton and Williamsburg, VA, podiatrists, Dr. Sara Bouraee and Dr. Mahmoud Salem, are here to tell you why heel pain happens and what can be done to eliminate it.

Do you experience heel pain that radiates under the heel and sometimes affects the arches of your foot? Is your heel pain often worse in the morning or after sitting for a long period of time? If so, then you could be suffering from plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain and it’s usually the result of overuse. This means that this inflammatory condition often comes about gradually over time rather than suddenly. Plantar fasciitis affects the thick ligament known as the plantar fascia that runs from the toes along the soles of the feet to the heels. The plantar fascia also provides support for the arches, which is why you may also experience achy or painful arches if you have this condition.

Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s impossible to properly diagnose yourself without first visiting your Hampton and Williamsburg foot doctors for an evaluation. This is because plantar fasciitis isn’t the only reason heel pain occurs. In fact, heel pain can also be the result of:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Bursitis
  • Heel spur
  • Osteomyelitis (a bone infection)
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Strains and sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Stress fracture
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

What causes plantar fasciitis?

There are many factors that can play into whether your feet are prone to developing this inflammatory foot condition at some point during your lifetime. Certain factors include:

  • Participating in certain high-impact exercises like running that can put a lot of pressure and force on the plantar fascia
  • Suddenly increasing the duration or intensity of a workout
  • Wearing shoes that don’t provide enough stability and support for the heels and arches
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Regularly standing for long periods of time throughout the day
  • Aging (it’s natural to lose some ligament elasticity as we get older)

Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists offer locations in Williamsburg and Hampton, VA, to serve you better. No matter whether you are dealing with heel pain or you have questions about the services we offer, don’t hesitate to call our office today.


By Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists
April 17, 2018
Category: Foot Health

Children's FeetLike adults, children and adolescents can experience a variety of foot and ankle problems. Many foot problems, such as flat foot, are congenital, while problems like heel pain are usually the result of an injury.  

Due to your child’s rapidly growing bones and tendons, many symptoms associated with foot and ankle problems can go unnoticed. For this reason, it is important parents pay attention to even subtle symptoms. Thorough, regular exams of your child's feet by a podiatrist may detect an underlying defect or condition and help minimize problems later in life.

Common Foot Problems

Children can experience a variety of foot problems, many of which go away as the child’s feet become more developed. This includes pigeon toes, flat feet and knock knees. In most cases, these congenital foot and leg problems do not require any medical intervention. 

Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are common in children, especially during warm months when kids are more likely to walk barefoot.  Forming on the bottom of the feet, these warts are caused by a virus that enters the skin, most often in public areas such as pools or locker rooms.  The condition can be very uncomfortable — like walking on a small pebble or stone — but is also highly preventable and treatable.

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are very common foot injuries for active kids, especially those who participate in sports. Sprains occur when the ligaments supporting the ankle are stretched or torn. Mild ankle sprains heal with treatment, while severe tearing may require more extensive care, including extended immobilization followed by physical therapy. As a general rule, rest, ice, compress and elevate the child’s ankle immediately following the injury.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when one or both sides of the nail begin to break through and grow into the soft skin of the toe. This can lead to painful irritation and infection. Common causes of ingrown toenails include poorly fitting footwear, toe injuries or poor nail trimming. Caught early, a child’s ingrown toenail can be treated at home, but if the pain persists or the condition worsens, treatment by a podiatrist is necessary to eliminate the infection.

Choose Proper Footwear

Many pre-existing foot conditions can be relieved and new problems prevented by simply ensuring your child is wearing proper shoes. Shoes that are too tight can cause blisters, calluses and corns on the toes and heels. Ingrown toenails can also develop and become infected. A child’s feet are constantly growing and developing, so it may be necessary to change shoe size every few months. Additionally, shoes have a tendency to lose proper cushioning and arch support over time. Footwear that shows a lack of shock absorption or wear and tear should also be replaced to reduce the risk for injuries.  

If you notice your child limping, constantly rubbing their feet, tripping frequently or consistently complaining of foot pain, then have them examined by your podiatrist or physician. Many problems can be easily identified and treated, and early intervention is the key.


By Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists
April 02, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Foot Health   Foot Care  

Healthy FeetThe feet are perhaps one of the most overlooked parts of the body. Don’t wait until something is wrong to give your feet extra attention. Keeping your feet feeling healthy and looking beautiful is easy!

How to Keep Your Feet Healthy

Here are some simple steps you can take to stay out of our office for painful foot conditions:

  • Inspect your feet regularly, being mindful of any changes in appearance, color and texture.
  • Maintain good foot hygiene by washing and drying feet regularly.
  • Choose proper shoes, and always wear the correct size.
  • Keep feet dry to prevent bacterial infections by wearing moisture-wicking socks.
  • Alternate shoes each day.
  • Trim toenails straight across and gently file away sharp corners to prevent ingrown toenails. 
  • Avoid walking barefoot to prevent injury.
  • When wearing sandals, remember to apply sunblock.
  • If your feet hurt, don’t ignore the pain! Consult your podiatrist if symptoms worsen or do not resolve.

Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you should pay extra attention to your feet, as you are at a higher risk for developing foot problems due to nerve damage and poor circulation. Mild foot problems, such as ulcers, corns, cracked heels and ingrown toenails can turn into serious complications without proper care. Since even the smallest cut can have serious consequences, it is important that people with diabetes inspect their feet every day and visit their podiatrist for routine exams.

When to Consult a Podiatrist

If you are experiencing foot pain, don’t ignore it! Pain, redness, swelling or discoloration are not normal symptoms and should be examined by a trained specialist.




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