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By Prince William Foot & Ankle Care
April 18, 2016
Category: Podiatric health
Tags: Bunions  

Is your bunion pain beginning to become too much to handle? Do you feel pain while you walk, have trouble bending or straightening your big toe or experience redness and swelling at the base of your big toe? If so, bunion treatment may be necessary. Fortunately, many options are available with help from your Gainesville, FL podiatrist at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center.Bunions

What are bunions? 
Bunions are a bony growth located at the base of the big toe. As a bunion grows, it pushes the big toe towards the smaller toes, forcing the toes to push sideways. Due to its location, the body’s weight falls directly onto the bunion, making walking and standing painful. The resulting lump of the bunion tends to rub against shoes, causing irritation and swelling. Women are more likely to develop bunions than men though men can develop them as well. Genetics also play a part in the presence of bunions.

How are bunions treated? 
Sometimes, simply switching the shoes you wear is enough to relieve bunion pain and irritation. Avoid narrow or pointed shoes, such as high heels and try to wear shoes with a big enough toe box to properly accommodate for the foot’s width. Icing the foot or taking over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen help relieve pain and swelling. In more severe cases, your Gainesville doctor may determine you need bunion surgery called a bunionectomy.

What is a bunionectomy? 
A bunionectomy is a surgical procedure which removes the bunion itself and realigns the muscles in the foot to provide normal functionality and pain relief. Bunion surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. You will need about six weeks of recovery time, wearing a walking boot and, if necessary, using crutches. However, bunion removal has a high success rate. Avoid bunions from reforming by wearing comfortable shoes and avoiding narrow toe boxes.

Your podiatrist can help you determine if you would benefit from bunion surgery. For more information on bunion treatment, please contact Dr. Mukesh Bhakta at Prince William Foot & Ankle Care in Gainesville, FL. Call (703)753-3338 to schedule your examination today!

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, PC
February 18, 2016
Category: Podiatric health
Tags: Baseball  

With athletes across the country ramping up for baseball season, the health of their feet is often overlooked next to all the excitement. However, thanks to the quick movements, sudden bursts of sprinting and side-to-side motions of the sport, foot injuries are prevalent in America’s favorite pastime. With help from your Gainesville, VA podiatrist, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta at Prince William Foot and Ankle Center, you can be on the lookout of some of the most common foot injuries this baseball season.

Ankle sprains: With all the sprinting, sliding and jerking required in baseball, ankle sprains are frequent injuries. This type of injury causes a plethora of future problems if left untreated. For this reason, sprains should be treated as soon as possible. Symptoms include swelling, tenderness, pain, bruising and being unable to put weight on the ankle.

Tendon injuries: Injuries to the achilles and peroneal tendons are common among baseball players. Overuse of these tendons is usually the culprit of the injuries though an increase in use could also be the cause. The best tool for treating a tendon injury is your podiatrist. They can help you determine which is the best course of treatment for your specific situation.

Plantar Fasciitis: This condition occurs when the band of tissue connecting the foot’s heel and arch becomes torn or inflamed.

Neuromas: This nerve damage which takes place in the ball of the foot is most often caused by wearing poorly fitting shoes. It is often described as feeling like there is a rock in the shoe. Your Gainesville foot doctor treats neuromas with anything from cryosurgery to anti-inflammatory medication. The best treatment depends on your particular situation.

The best way to determine the best treatment and prevention options for these conditions is to consult with your podiatrist. The use of orthotics, or special inserts in your shoe, treats many conditions, and may even prevent them. Medications and injections help speed up the healing process and reduce pain and swelling.

For more information on keeping your feet healthy during the upcoming baseball season, please contact Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, D.P.M. at Prince William Foot and Ankle Center in Gainesville, VA. Call (703)753-3338 to schedule your appointment today!

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
August 13, 2015
Category: Podiatric health
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Plantar FasciitisUnderstanding the causes behind plantar fasciitis can help you treat this condition effectively.

If your heel is giving you severe pain when you first get out of bed in the morning, you could have plantar fasciitis. This injury happens when the fibrous band of tissue (the fascia) that runs between your heel bone and your toes becomes inflamed, usually from overuse. Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, your Gainesville, Virginia foot doctor at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, has some more information about this common condition and how to deal with it.

Risk factors for plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis has been found to be more common in people who are female, overweight, or work at a job that necessitates walking or standing for long periods of time. Those whose arches are abnormally flat or high can also be at risk. Your Gainesville foot doctor Dr. Bhakta also sees plantar fasciitis develop in patients whose main method of exercise is running or walking.

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis

Usually, the first symptom that sends people to their Gainesville foot doctor Dr. Bhakta is the presence of pain in the bottom of the heel upon getting up in the morning or after a long period of sitting down. The pain is typically described as a dull ache, sometimes bruise-like. If left untreated, the plantar fascia can tear, leading to a buildup of extra calcified tissue. This is known as a heel spur and can lead to further problems with your foot, leg, hip and back because it changes the way you walk.

Treatment of plantar fasciitis

Your Gainesville foot doctor Dr. Bhakta has a number of treatments available for plantar fasciitis. Resting and applying ice can help diminish pain and swelling, and wearing orthotic inserts in your shoes or a splint at night can give your foot the support it needs to heal. He also recommends various exercises designed to stretch out the plantar fascia. Most people improve within a month or two of treatment; steroidal injections and surgery are typically used when other more conservative methods fail to bring relief.

If you've been experiencing heel pain, call your Gainesville foot doctor's office today for an appointment. The podiatry staff at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center look forward to helping you regain your footing!