Your feet and ankles go through a lot on a daily basis. They bear your weight, keep you moving, and endure the occasional accidental whack against a chair or coffee table with little complaint. Despite what these biomechanical marvels do for you, it's easy to take them for granted, only realizing how crucial they are when something starts to go wrong. Sound familiar? Fortunately, you've come to the right place for help.
Capital Podiatry Associates provides expert diagnoses and care across the spectrum for patients experiencing a wide range of painful or unsightly foot, ankle, or toenail problems. We're committed to getting to the source of your discomfort and offer an array of effective therapies, from conservative to advanced, to help you find relief. Here's a look at just a few of the many conditions we treat at our Alexandria podiatry practice.
Foot and Ankle Pain
Foot and ankle pain—and especially heel pain—are very common podiatric problems. Sadly, far too many people who experience this issue put off seeing a doctor when they should take action. If you've had consistent pain or discomfort that hasn't improved with time, the odds of it getting better on its own are extremely low. In some cases, the pain—and the underlying condition causing it—can continue to worsen without treatment. Our podiatry specialists can correctly identify the source of your pain and provide the most beneficial form of treatment. Examples of common causes of foot and ankle pain include:
- Plantar fasciitis. In our experience, this is the number-one culprit when it comes to heel pain. The condition occurs when the strong band of tissue running beneath each foot (the plantar fascia) becomes overstrained, developing small tears and inflammation. If your heel hurts right when you get up in the morning, plantar fasciitis may be to blame.
- Bones spurs. Characterized by hard growths that form along bone edges, bone spurs aren't always problematic but, in some cases, can become painful.
- Arthritis. This joint pain and stiffness can have a number of causes, including wear and tear (osteoarthritis), abnormal immune response (rheumatoid arthritis), and a buildup of uric acid that crystallizes and deposits in the joints (gout).
- Metatarsalgia. Pain in the forefoot or ball of the foot is often caused by overuse or trauma that puts excessive force against the front of the foot.
Foot or ankle injuries can happen to anyone, regardless of what activities you enjoy or your level of expertise. While many sports injuries happen as a result of an impact or sudden force, such as sprains and fractures, many others are the result of overuse, pushing the body too hard or too far. Examples of foot and ankle sports injuries include:
- Stress fractures. As opposed to fractures that break clean through a bone, stress fractures are small cracks that run along the bone's surface.
- Achilles tendinitis. This is a painful inflammation of the largest tendon of the body, which connects the heel bones to the calf muscles. In severe cases, the Achilles tendon can tear or fully rupture.
- Turf toe. Often seen in people who play field sports where the foot is planted into the turf, this condition is a sprain of the ligaments around the big toe joint that results in an unnatural bend.
Just like older feet, young feet can experience pain and other common podiatric conditions, including ingrown toenails, plantar warts, sports injuries, and even bunions. Active adolescents may also suffer from heel pain as a result of pressure or strain against their growing heel bone. This condition, known as Sever's disease, is only seen during this period.
Those aren't the only reasons we recommend pediatric foot care. Some children may be born with foot deformities, while many have flatfoot or other "quirks" that tend to vanish with age. Our skilled podiatrists can evaluate your child's feet to determine whether they're developing normally or require treatment.
Diabetic Foot Care
For patients who have diabetes, both preventative care and immediate response to injuries are extremely important to a healthy and mobile future. The effects of diabetes can lead to even small cuts turning into large ulcers. Daily self-examinations and regular podiatry checkups can help prevent wounds or catch them before they become dangerous. When wounds do occur, our specialists have the technology and training to treat them and encourage accelerated healing to reduce the risk of infection.
Offering a Full Range of Treatment for All Your Podiatric Needs
Our office provides care for many more conditions, including but not limited to:
- Ingrown toenails
- Fungal toenail infections
- Plantar warts
- Gait problems
- Corns and calluses
- Peripheral neuropathy
Request an Appointment With One of Our Specialists
When you or a loved one has a foot, ankle, or toenail problem that is affecting your quality of life, the worst thing you can do is just wait and hope it all blows over. Take the first steps toward receiving the relief and expert podiatry care you deserve: Contact Capital Podiatry Associates through our online contact form or call our Alexandria office at (703) 560-3773 to schedule an appointment.