Learn more about these frequent foot ailments and what can be done to treat them.
While you may not think about it much your feet have a pretty incredible responsibility. After all, they do have to be able to support your entire body day in and day out. This is a large undertaking, so it’s not all that surprising that feet are also prone to injury, just like anywhere else. Our Woodbridge, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Ranieri, provides some insight into three common foot problems and how they are addressed.
There are many reasons why someone might experience heel pain. Of course, the most common cause is plantar fasciitis, a condition that causes inflammation in the thick, fibrous tissue known as the plantar fascia. Heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis is often more severe in the morning or after sitting for long periods of time.
How to treat heel pain: Most people will find that heel pain will go away on its own as long as they rest and take a break from any high-impact activities like running, which will only make it worse. Icing the foot several times a day, taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications and sometimes even bracing the heel while you sleep can also help provide relief until the fascia heal.
If symptoms do not go away within a couple weeks, or actually get worse, then it’s time to call our Woodbridge foot doctor.
A bunion is a hard deformity that forms at the base of the large toe. As it gets worse, it can cause the big toe to even lean against the smaller toes. A bunion might not seem like a big deal but it can cause severe pain. Bunions are a progressive disorder, so if you catch it early and take preventive measures the problem should not get worse.
How to treat bunions: Similar to heel pain, you’ll want to ice the joint when it’s painful or swollen, brace the foot to help realign the big toe and even swap out high heels for regular supportive shoes. The shoes you wear should provide enough room for the bunion and prevent toes from bunching. If pain is severe or affects your daily activities, then give us a call.
If you trim your toenails too low or cut them at a curve then you may be faced with an ingrown toenail, which causes redness, swelling and tenderness where the edges of the nail meet the skin.
How to treat ingrown toenails: Soak your toenail in warm water several times a day to ease discomfort. Keep your feet dry whenever you aren’t soaking them. If pain or redness becomes severe (or if it hurts to wear shoes) we will need to treat the nail ourselves.
If you are dealing with foot pain or other problems then Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, has you covered. Lean on us for the support and care you need to get back on your feet.