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By Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists
October 22, 2018
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

How your podiatrists in Williamsburg, Virginia can help with plantar fasciitis pain

You’ve probably heard about plantar fasciitis and you might even be wondering if you have it. The truth is plantar fasciitis is a common problem, and you don’t have to be a runner to suffer from it. If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis pain, Drs. Sara M. Bouraee and Mahmoud A. Salem of Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists can help you out! They have two convenient office locations in Williamsburg, and Hampton, Virginia to help you and your feet.

So What is Plantar Fasciitis Anyway?

Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which the band of connective tissue, known as the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed and painful. If you have plantar fasciitis, it’s common to feel a sharp, stabbing pain running across your heel and possibly spreading to the side of your foot. The pain can be worse in the morning when you first get up and stand, or after you exercise.

Common Symptoms and At-Home Treatments

It’s true that plantar fasciitis is common in runners, but you can also experience symptoms if you overpronate (roll your feet inward) when you walk. Plantar fasciitis is also caused by:

  • Having flat feet
  • Carrying extra weight
  • Wearing unsupportive footwear
  • Walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time

There are a few simple tips you can try to get relief from plantar fasciitis symptoms. Consider:

  • Putting ice on your heel for 15 minutes, several times during the day
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol or ibuprofen
  • Stretching your arches and switching to more supportive shoes

Treatments for Serious Cases

Plantar fasciitis symptoms can be severe and may not always be resolved with at-home treatment—this is when your Williamsburg podiatrists can help. Common plantar fasciitis treatments available at Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists include:

  • Stretching exercises and physical therapy to increase flexibility
  • Custom-made footwear and orthotics to provide support
  • Prescription medication to decrease inflammation and pain
  • Physical therapy exercises and stretching
  • Custom-made orthotics or footwear
  • Prescription anti-inflammatory medications
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment to treat pain and inflammation

Interested? Call Today!

Your feet are important, and if you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, you may have difficulty getting through your day. The good news is that you can easily find relief from plantar fasciitis symptoms! Just pick up the phone and call (757) 220-3311 for Dr. Sara M. Bouraee and Dr. Mahmoud A. Salem of Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists in Williamsburg and Hampton, Virginia.

By Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists
October 19, 2018
Category: Foot Care
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 Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists
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.

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