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By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
February 18, 2020
Category: Foot Treatment
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain can be a nasty problem. Here’s when you should seek medical attention…

If you are struggling with your heel pain or dealing with recurring or persistent pain in the heel or foot it may be time to turn to our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist Dr. Mukesh Bhakta for diagnosis and treatment. After all, there are many reasons why you may be dealing with heel pain and the root cause could also determine the most effective treatment for you. Don’t let pain keep you from enjoying your favorite activities.

What causes heel pain?

You may notice that your pain shows up gradually over time. This is usually the case with heel pain, as it’s often a result of overuse rather than an injury. The most common cause of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis, which causes pain below the heel bone that may also affect the arches of the feet. Other causes of heel pain include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Heel spur
  • Arthritis
  • An infection
  • Fracture
  • Bursitis
  • Tumor (rare)

When should I see a doctor?

The sooner you seek treatment the sooner your pain will go away; however, most people will choose to treat more minor symptoms on their own just by resting, icing and taking over-the-counter pain relievers; however, you should turn to our Gainesville, VA, podiatrist if your:

  • Heel pain doesn’t improve after a week of rest and home care
  • Pain continues to get worse
  • Pain is accompanied by severe swelling
  • Symptoms include tingling, numbness or weakness
  • Pain is accompanied by a fever
  • Symptoms make it impossible to move or bend the foot, or to put weight on the foot

During your evaluation, your podiatrist will go through your medical history and perform a in-depth physical examination. We will ask you questions about your symptoms. These questions can help us rule out certain conditions. Sometimes imaging tests and further testing is required.

Prince William Foot & Ankle Center provides a full range of foot and ankle services to the Gainesville and South Riding, VA, areas. If you are dealing with heel pain that isn’t responding to at-home care then call our office today at (703) 753-3338 for an evaluation.

By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center
May 09, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Heel Pain  

Does heel pain keep you off your feet? If so, Dr. Muskesh Bhakta, your podiatrist at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center in Gainesville, VA,heel pain can help determine the cause of your pain and offer treatments that will ease your symptoms!

 

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain has many different causes, including:

  • Bruises: Painful bruises can develop on the bottom of your heel if you step on a hard object or wear shoes that don't adequately cushion and support your foot.
  • Fractures: Accidents, falls, and sports injuries can cause bone fractures in your heel.
  • Plantar Fasciitis: This common cause of heel pain occurs when the plantar fascia, the tough band of tissue that connects your heels to your toes, becomes inflamed.
  • Plantar Calluses: Painful calluses may form on your heels if your shoes or socks don't fit properly or if the bones in your feet aren't the same length.
  • Inflammation: Inflammation in your Achilles tendon or its surrounding areas may also cause heel pain.

 

How can my Gainesville podiatrist help me?

Your podiatrist offers several different types of treatments that can be helpful if you have heel pain, including:

  • Orthotics and Heel Cups: Orthotics are prescription shoe inserts that improve the alignment of your foot, support your arches, and add an extra layer of cushioning. Heel cups are placed in the heel section of shoes to improve alignment and decrease pressure on the affected areas. Orthotics and heel cups may be recommended if you have plantar fasciitis, a stone bruise, Achilles tendonitis, retrocalcaneal bursitis, and other conditions.
  • Corticosteroid Injections: These injections are used to decrease pain and inflammation.
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy: Your foot doctor directs shockwaves at your heel to relieve inflammation and pain during this therapy.
  • Night Splints: Wearing specially made splints at night can be beneficial if you have plantar fasciitis. The splints help lengthen and stretch the tight fascia.
  • Physical Therapy: Physical therapy improves flexibility and strengthens the muscles that support your heel and ankle. Therapy can also help stretch your plantar fascia and Achilles tendon.
  • Surgery: Surgery is usually only recommended if more conservative treatments don't relieve your symptoms.

 

Give us a call!

Don't let heel pain change your life! Call your Gainesville, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Muskesh Bhakta, at (703) 753-3338 to schedule an appointment at Prince William Foot & Ankle Center!

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.