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Posts for: October, 2021

By AAL Podiatry Associates
October 26, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Does your heel hurt? Your podiatrist in Suffolk and Norfolk, VA, Dr. Jesse Anderson of AAL Podiatry Associates, can determine the source of your pain and offer helpful treatments.

Is it time to talk to your Suffolk and Norfolk foot doctor about your heel pain?

It's not always easy to figure out when you should call your podiatrist about your pain. Although minor problems can get better on their own, it's a good idea to get in touch with your foot doctor if you experience any of these issues:

  • Severe Pain: Don't wait to call if you're in severe pain. Pain is a warning sign and should never be ignored.
  • Difficulty Walking: Pain and trouble walking could be caused by several foot and ankle conditions, including fractures and sprains. If walking is painful and difficult, you can't put any weight on your heel, or you can't walk on your toes or bend your foot, don't hesitate to make a call to the podiatry office.
  • Lingering Pain: If you're still in pain after a week or two, it's time to visit the foot doctor.
  • Fever and Other Symptoms: Call if your heel pain is accompanied by a fever or if you notice tingling or numbness in your heel.
  • Change in Appearance: Get in touch with the podiatrist right away if you have pain and notice that your heel is swollen or misshapen.

What causes heel pain?

You could have pain in your heel for many reasons. Common causes include:

  • Injuries: Injuries are a common cause of heel pain. You might have fractured your heel after a jump, torn the Achilles tendon at the back of your heel during a run, or irritated the bursa that helps the tendon glide easily.
  • Plantar Fasciitis: An inflammation in the band of connective tissue that stretches between the toes and heel bone could be responsible for the stabbing pain in your heel. If you have plantar fasciitis, your pain will be worse when you first walk in the morning or after walking or standing following a period of inactivity.
  • Stone Bruise: Stepping on a hard object or wearing shoes without enough padding in the heel could have caused a bruise under your heel.
  • Heel Spur: Heel spurs are calcium deposits that form under your heel bone. Walking puts painful pressure on the deposits.

Your Suffolk and Norfolk, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Anderson of AAL Podiatry Associates, can help you manage your heel pain no matter what the cause. Call (757) 625-2962 to reach the Norfolk office or (757) 539-2098 to contact the Suffolk office.


By AAL Podiatry Associates
October 22, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bone Spurs  
Bone SpursBone spurs may develop on your foot over time and cause severe pain. Recovering from this health issue requires a careful approach and a myriad of different treatments. Understanding each of these options will help to make your recovery smoother and minimize your suffering as an individual. Here's what you need to know about this topic, including both non-surgical and surgical care options for your spurs.

Non-Surgical Care for Bone Spurs 

Most podiatrists attempt non-surgical care before turning to any operating on a bone spur. These simple steps help to minimize pain and relieve suffering. Typically, they'll start by suggesting over-the-counter pain medication or prescribing high-dose medicines of this type. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium can all help to cut back on this kind of bone spur pain. 

However, they may also suggest icing the area, prescribe regular massage visits, or even provide specialized shoes or footwear that support the bone spur and minimize your pain. The extra padding helps to keep the spur from rubbing up against the shoe and worsening. Sometimes, they may also prescribe a weight-loss routine, including a specialized diet and controlled exercise routines to help decrease foot pressure. 

Most of the time, these treatments help to minimize pain and keeps you on your feet. Typically, they rarely cause any serious complications and can be worked around in your day-to-day life. But, unfortunately, there are instances in which a bone spur could be more than a minor nuisance. In these situations, surgery is necessary to ensure that you recover fully from this problem.

Surgical Options 

Does your bone spur press on your nerves and limit your range of motion? If so, you're not alone. Many people experience this kind of struggle and need surgery to recovery. Surgeons start by checking the extent of your bone spur and seeing how it impacts your foot and leg and your mobility.

Then, they'll carefully come up with a surgical plan that removes the spur and keeps your body safe. This procedure requires carefully opening up the skin around the spur and surgically cutting it away from the foot. A short recovery period will follow, one that helps to ensure your foot fully recovers before you put excess weight on it.

Find Help Today 

If you think you have a bone spur and want to get help, reach out to a local podiatrist today to learn more. They'll work with you to find a treatment plan that makes sense. Catching it early enough should minimize your need for surgery. With this type of help, you can regain a pain-free life and transition back to the everyday experiences that your bone spur has robbed from you. 

By AAL Podiatry Associates
October 06, 2021
Category: Foot Injuries
Tags: Broken Toe  
Broken ToeA broken toe is one of the most common minor injuries that you can suffer. However, sometimes, it can prove difficult to tell whether or not you actually have a broken toe. As a result, it is best to know some signs that you do in fact have a broken toe. This is helpful information no matter whether you are planning to visit a podiatrist or if you are thinking about handling your broken toe all on your own. Stubbing your toe is pretty common and most of the time, the pain goes away relatively quickly and you continue with your day. If the pain does persist, you may have a broken toe, so keep these signs of a broken toe in mind. 

Are You Able to Put Weight on Your Foot?

One method that you can use to determine whether or not you have actually broken a toe is checking if you can put weight on your foot. If you can walk on your foot without limping or pain, your toe is likely not broken. Icing the toe and using some non-prescription anti-inflammatory medication will probably be enough. In the event that you continue to experience swelling or severe pain, you should see a doctor about your toe. 

Does Your Toe Have a Deep Wound?

You should take a close look at your injured toe. If your toe has a deep wound or cut, the bone in your toe might get exposed to the air and a doctor should check out your injured toe. Another sign that you have a broken toe is bruising. Additionally, one more sign that you have actually broken your toe is some discoloration on or near your toe. An obvious sign of a broken toe is if it is at a different angle than the toe on your other foot.

What Else Should I Know About Broken Toes?

Taping is a common solution for a broken toe. This works just fine if the break in the toe is simple and the bones are still in alignment. Taping your broken toe will not help it heal properly, though. That is why you should keep the following information in mind: 
  • Consult a doctor about your broken toe so it heals correctly.
  • Taping your toe could worsen the situation if you have a bad break in your toe. 
  • Taping your toe is only a viable solution in some circumstances.



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Norfolk Office

757-625-2962301 Riverview Ave Suite 510Norfolk, VA 23510

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757-539-20982401 Godwin Blvd Suite 1Suffolk, VA 23434