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By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
October 29, 2018
Category: Podiatric health
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel PainIt's impossible to ignore heel pain when every step you take is so uncomfortable. Fortunately, Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, your Gainesville, VA, podiatrist at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center offers treatments that can improve your painful symptoms.

Why Do My Heels Hurt?

Heel pain can occur due to a variety of reasons, including:

  • Worn-Out Shoes: Do you remember the last time you replaced your running or walking shoes? After months of use, the cushioning layer inside shoes becomes compressed. Although the shoes may look perfectly fine, they no longer support your foot adequately. As a result, you may develop a stone bruise in the fat pad under your heel bone, Achilles tendinitis (inflammation of the long tendon at the back of your heel), or retrocalcaneal bursitis (inflammation of the cushioning sac under the tendon).
  • Plantar Fascia Inflammation: Is your heel pain worse first thing in the morning or when you stand after sitting for a while? If so, there's a strong possibility that you have plantar fasciitis. The condition occurs when the plantar fascia that runs along the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed. You may be at increased risk of developing plantar fasciitis if you are overweight, spend long hours on your feet, are over age 40, are a runner, wear poorly fitting shoes, or have flat feet or high arches.
  • Bone Spurs: Bone spurs can happen to anyone, but are particularly common after you've had plantar fasciitis. In addition to pain, swelling over your heel may also occur. In some cases, it may be possible to feel a bony bump on your heel. You may be at increased risk of developing a bone spur if you have arthritis, are overweight, have diabetes, spend long periods on your feet, run or walk on hard surfaces, or have a gait abnormality that stresses your heel.

How Can My Gainesville Foot Doctor Help?

Your podiatrist offers a variety of treatment strategies that will ease your pain. Most stone bruises go away on their own, but they will return if you continue to exercise in worn-out shoes. In addition to buying new shoes, you may benefit from orthotics, custom-designed shoe inserts that cushion your feet and keep them properly aligned in your shoes.

Other possible treatments, depending on your diagnosis, may include anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections, orthotics or heel cups, and night splints (for plantar fasciitis.) If you have Achilles tendinitis or plantar fasciitis, you may benefit from shockwave therapy. The treatments send shock waves deep into your tissues to trigger your body's natural healing abilities.

Get back on your feet with a trip to the foot doctor! Call Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, your Gainesville, VA, podiatrist at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center at (703) 753-3338 to schedule an appointment.

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
August 27, 2018
Category: Foot health
Tags: Sever's Disease   Heel Pain  

Severs Disease Heel PainHas your child been complaining of heel pain? Sever's disease may be the reason. Dr. Mukesh Bhakta of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center offers treatment for the disease and other foot and ankle conditions that affect your family's feet in his offices in Gainesville and South Riding, VA.

What is Sever's Disease?

Sever's disease, formally known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a painful inflammation that affects the growth plate in the heel. Growth plates are areas of cartilage found at the ends of the long bones in a child's body. As he or she grows, the cartilage is gradually replaced with bone.

The disease typically affects kids during a puberty-related growth spurt. It's most common in girls between the ages of 8 and 13 and boys between 10 and 15. During this time, it's not unusual for growth to occur very quickly. Sometimes, the heel bone grows faster than the muscles and tendons, which can cause them to tighten and place too much pressure on the bone. Fortunately, symptoms usually go away on their own after a few weeks or months.

What are the symptoms of Sever's disease?

These signs and symptoms often occur in children who have Sever's disease:

  • Pain at the back of one or both heels
  • Redness and swelling over the heel
  • Stiffness first thing in the morning
  • Trouble walking (particularly if your child has been very active)

Who get's Sever's disease?

Although any child can develop Sever's disease, it's more common in children who participate in sports that require jumping or running and may also be more likely to occur if your son or daughter is overweight or obese. Other risk factors include rolling the foot inward when walking, arches that are either flat or too high or differences in leg length.

How is Sever's disease treated?

Although convincing your son or daughter to stay off his or her feet for a few weeks may not be so easy, rest is an important part of your child's recovery. Your child's Gainesville or South Riding foot doctor may recommend exercises to stretch the muscles and tendons, heel pads or lifts to cushion the heel and reduce strain, or orthotics for flat feet or high arches. Shoes with plenty of cushioning will help reduce pain.

Does your child have any of the symptoms of Sever's disease? A visit to your Gainesville or South Riding, VA, foot doctor can help relieve his or her pain. Call (703) 753-3338 to schedule an appointment with podiatrist Dr. Bhakta of Prince William Foot & Ankle Center.

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
November 03, 2017
Category: Podiatric health
Tags: Heel Pain  

Chronic heel pain is one of the most common foot and ankle problems. While a little pain and stiffness from time to time can be normal, heel painpersistent pain is typically a sign of an injury or orthopedic problem like plantar fasciitis. Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, a podiatrist in Gainesville, VA, recommends scheduling an appointment if you are experiencing chronic pain.

Heel Pain Treatment in Gainesville, VA

There are two types of heel pain: under the heel, and just behind the heel. One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which causes pain under the heel due to strain or inflammation of the plantar fascia, the tendon that runs the length of the foot from the heel bone to the base of the toes. Another common source of heel pain is Achilles tendonitis, which causes pain behind the heel due to strain or an injury of the Achilles tendon.

What Causes Heel Pain?

According to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, heel pain is the most common podiatric complaint, and can result from a number of causes. Everything from the normal wear and tear of walking or exercising on hard surfaces, to wearing shoes with inadequate support can put strain on the bones and joints of your feet and ankles, making them more susceptible to pain and injuries.

Because foot and ankle injuries are very difficult to self diagnose, you should schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for persistent pain (lasts for several weeks, or clears up and returns). Depending on the severity and underlying cause of your heel pain, conservative treatments are usually successful in relieving heel pain. If you have low arches/flat feet, your podiatrist may recommend orthotics to help keep your feet in proper alignment and to prevent excessive strain on your feet and ankles.

Find a Podiatrist in Gainesville, VA

Don't wait for your heel pain to become debilitating. For more information about plantar fasciitis and other causes and treatment options for foot and ankle pain, contact Prince William Foot & Ankle Center by calling 703-753-3338 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bhakta today.

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
October 21, 2016
Category: Foot health
Tags: Heel Pain  

Do you experience heel pain that makes it difficult to be on your feet all day? If so, you're not alone. Heel pain affects millions of heel painAmericans every year. The good news is that Dr. Mukesh Bhakta, who is a Gainesville, VA podiatrist at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, can help you achieve pain relief. Here's how we can help alleviate your heel pain.

Medications- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, or naproxen (Aleve), can be used to help relieve your heel pain. You can also get heel pain relief with targeted topical pain medications from our Gainesville podiatrist.

Stretching Exercises- Our podiatrist offers stretching exercises designed to stretch both your plantar fascia and your calf muscles. This should help relieve your pain and improve flexibility in the affected foot. Stretching exercises will also improve your balance and stability.

Cortisone Shots- Patients who have heel pain may benefit from a cortisone shot when other treatments do not help. The numbing effect usually lasts two or three hours after the injection. The cortisone shot will relieve your heel pain over the next several days, and it will continue to work for several months.

Physical Therapy- One of the best ways to treat your heel pain usually involves a physical therapy program that uses manual and stretching techniques. Our podiatrist offers treatments that reduce the need for medications and surgery, and allow our patients to participate in a recovery plan designed for their specific needs.

Orthotic Devices- Our podiatrist offers orthotic devices that relieve heel pain and provide arch support and cushioning to help protect your feet from the shock generated with each step you take. Orthotic devices immediately treat pain at its source.

Say goodbye to your heel pain. Call Prince William Foot & Ankle Center at (703) 753-3338 right now to schedule an appointment with our Gainesville, VA podiatrist. Get your life back on track by receiving the best heel pain treatment available.

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, PC
January 04, 2016
Category: Foot health
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain can be one of the most annoying – and painful – maladies anyone can suffer.

For those who live in the Gainesville, VA area, Prince William Foot and Ankle Center is a knowledgeable and helpful resourceHeel Pain option for those who are dealing with heel pain.

Heel pain generally occurs in two areas, behind the heel and beneath the heel.

Pain beneath the heel may be caused by any of a number of conditions. Some of the more common maladies include heel spurs, which is a calcium deposit that can form at the point where the fascia tissue band connects to the heel bone, plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the fascia tissue.

Pain that occurs behind the heel is generally associated with inflammation of the Achilles tendon. Runners often develop such issues.

If you are experiencing any of these conditions you should address it at once; it is generally agreed that one should not continue doing activities that cause pain, nor should one ignore chronic pain. Treatment options vary for heel pain, depending on type and severity of the condition. However, as a general rule, you should see a doctor immediately if one experiences such symptoms as:

  • Severe pain or swelling
  • Inability to bend the foot downward, rise on toes, or walk normally
  • Heel pain is accompanied by fever, numbness or tingling in the heel
  • Severe pain immediately after an injury

However, some conditions may not require a visit to the doctor. If your heel pain is not that severe or you do not experience symptoms like those listed above, you can try to treat it at home. Many suggest the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate). New shoes that fit properly and provide adequate support, and even added foot supports such as heel cups or wedges can help.

Over the counter pain medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen can help as well.

It’s a good idea to go ahead and schedule an appointment to see your Gainsville doctor if you have heel pain that continues even when you’re not walking or standing, or if the heel pain lasts for longer than a few weeks even after you have tried to treat it yourself.

For more information about heel pain and treatment options for heel pain, call Prince William Foot and Ankle Center in Gainesville, VA, at 703-753 3338 or visit the website at