Foot and ankle pain is a very broad category with a variety of different types and causes. Experiencing a dull ache? A sharp, shooting pain? Feel like you're stepping on some phantom object? Whatever the issue, at Capital Podiatry Associates, we're committed to identifying the cause of your discomfort and providing you with the best, most efficient treatment to make it a distant memory.
Common Causes of Foot and Ankle Pain
According to a study from the University of Maryland Medical Center, an estimated 75 percent of Americans will suffer from foot or ankle pain at some point in their lifetime. That's not all that surprising, considering everything we put them through. Our feet and ankles bear our weight and help us remain upright and, though they're built to withstand a lot of wear and tear, occasional problems can still happen. Here are some of the most common conditions we treat at our Alexandria podiatry practice:
- Sports injuries. While sprains and fractures can sometimes be considered sports injuries, many athletes and athletic individuals experience persistent pain as a result of placing too much strain on the muscles, bones, or tendons. Such injuries can occur in one sudden burst of intensity or over a long period of repetitive stress. Achilles tendinitis, stress fractures, and bursitis are good examples of sports-related injuries.
- Plantar fasciitis. Infamous for causing sharp, stabbing pain and discomfort when getting out of bed or getting up after a long period of inactivity, plantar fasciitis is one of the most frequent sources of heel pain.
- Arthritis. Joint pain can strike throughout the feet but is most often felt in the toes and ankles. Podiatric arthritis can take several forms, from the general "wear and tear" of osteoarthritis to rheumatoid arthritis to the searing nighttime pain of gout.
- Nerve pain. Tingling, burning pain, and occasional numbness may be a sign of peripheral neuropathy, a type of nerve damage. The condition is often associated with diabetes but can have other causes as well.
We Get to the Source of Your Pain and Develop a Personalized Treatment Plan
Too many people put off seeking help for foot or ankle pain for far too long, thinking that it's either something they'll just have to live with or hoping that it will go away on its own. Neither assumption is true. Not only do we offer numerous effective options for managing or eliminating pain in the foot or ankle, but delaying treatment in the hopes that the problem will heal on its own can sometimes lead to further damage. Don't risk it. Capital Podiatry Associates will get to the root of the problem, provide an accurate diagnosis, answer your questions, and recommend a custom course of treatment that fits your needs and lifestyle.
Depending on your needs, your treatment may include custom orthotics, stretching exercises, changes to your routine, or changing your footwear. In some cases, we may recommend advanced treatments like laser therapy to relieve pain and encourage the healing of damaged soft tissues. Everything is determined on a patient-by-patient, case-by-case basis, so you can always feel confident that the care we provide is right for you.
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The worst thing you can do for podiatric pain is nothing at all. Take the first step toward healthier, happier feet and ankles: Complete our contact form or call our Alexandria office at (703) 560-3773 to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.