The Foot Blog
Posts for category: Foot, Heel & Ankle Pain
Check out the video above of Dr. Waskin and Dr. Mount on CBS-6’s Virginia This Morning, talking with Bill Bevins about Bone & Joint Health National Awareness Week and also Pediatric Bone & Joint Health Week.
The foot is a very complicated thing, and one of the most overworked parts of the human body.
In fact, one-quarter of all the bones in our body are in our feet, and our feet are pretty complicated structures. With all the pressure coming down onto all those little bones in our feet, and how is it that they don’t just collapse? It’s due to the intricate relationship of how those bones function, for example, cushioning the impact when you step down, and evenly distributing pressure throughout the foot and other parts of the musculoskeletal system.
What causes children’s feet to hurt? Is that growing pains?
It really depends on the situation. If you’re walking around at King’s Dominion, your feet are going to hurt, but it shouldn’t be happening all the time with normal activity. As far as growing pains, that’s kind of a hotly debated topic. Growth shouldn’t hurt, and the reason why some people’s feet hurt at night is not completely understood; it may be related to restless leg syndrome, but the jury is still out on that.
A lot of other problems are connected to foot problems.
We see a lot of people with foot problems, but they’ll also have lower problems, knee problems. I had a long-distance runner who came in for a pinched nerve in her foot, but she happened to mention she was having a shoulder problem and no one could figure out what was causing that. We made her some custom shoe inserts to balance out her feet for the nerve problem. She came back a month later and said for the first time in years, her shoulder pain was gone.
Can feet be corrected permanently, or is that something that we have to do as life goes on?
There are a lot of surgical procedures that allow us to realign the feet. Especially in pediatrics, some children will have severe flat feet and sometimes a simple shoe insert won’t help, so we’ll sometimes do a surgical realignment, in fact that’s one of Dr. Mount’s areas of expertise.
Are people born with flat feet?
Everybody is born with flat feet, and generally you’ll get an arch as you age. The funny thing about flat feet, is they don’t have really good public relations, they get a bad rap in a lot of ways, but they’re able to adapt to uneven surfaces, but they also have a tendency to be more painful than higher arched feet. It does come to surgery sometimes, but a lot of times people can get better with shoe inserts or better shoes.
What causes children to get back pain and heel pain?
The most common cause of heel pain in children is usually at the back of the heel, and there’s a growth plate there that helps their heel expand lengthwise. What happens is the Achilles tendon attaches to that growth plate, there’s a lot of stress that goes through the Achilles tendon. Children, especially once they hit around 9 years of age, are starting to put on a little weight, they’re becoming more active, and they start stressing the Achilles tendon, so the growth plate could have pretty severe pain at the back of the heel. It’s got this horrible name called Sever’s disease, but usually with some simple treatment it will go away. Eventually, it’s pretty self-limiting; over time, if you’re willing to wait a few years, it will eventually go away on its own, but it’s usually better to get treatment for it.
Remember, The Foot & Ankle Center is Richmond’s all-in-one, total foot pain clinic for all ages. If you or your child are experiencing any kind of foot problem, we can help! Just use the button below to request an appointment.
This animated video from MLS Laser Technologies addresses a common question patients ask about this effective treatment for pain.
For most patients, the positive effect of MLS Laser Therapy is long-lasting. While each person and each condition varies, we’ve found that 85 to 90 percent of all patients receive tremendous relief from their pain and inflammation when they go through a series of MLS Laser Therapy treatments. While most patients may not need additional treatments in the future, some conditions like arthritis are degenerative. The great thing about the MLS laser therapy for arthritic patients is that once you feel better, you can be more active and this increased activity may help to minimize the long-term effects of arthritis. Even so, you may need an occasional single MLS treatment every four to six weeks over the course of the year, just to hold the inflammation at bay and keep arthritic pain in check. One of our podiatrists will be happy to discuss what treatment schedule will be best for you, and if MLS laser therapy would benefit you. Request a consultation today:
This short animation from MLS Laser Technologies explains what MLS Laser Therapy is, and how it works.
The MLS Therapy Laser is one of the most advanced lasers currently available to the medical profession. This FDA-cleared laser uses concentrated light energies to stimulate the body's own healing process to minimize pain, inflammation and arthritis, and reduce recovery times so you can return to a pain-free life. By using specific wavelengths and a patented delivery system, MLS Laser Therapy can speed up the process of relieving inflammation and pain associated with many conditions. The laser has a unique pain relieving effect, which can be dramatic! Many patients feel significantly better in just a few treatments. In fact, 85 to 90 percent of all patients will experience significant relief of their pain and inflammation, and can go back to a normal and productive life. Request a consultation with one of our podiatrists to see if MLS Therapy could help you:
This animated video from MLS Laser Technologies answers another question patients ask about this advanced treatment for pain.
Many people ask if there is any pain associated with MLS Laser Therapy treatments. There are many kinds of laser technology, each with specific characteristics. Through years of research and development, the MLS Laser was designed to treat conditions without an excessive thermal effect often felt as heat. Most people report that they do not feel anything during MLS Laser Therapy treatments. Occasionally, you may feel a slight warming sensation at the treatment site, which is normal, and an indication that the inflammation is being relieved and your body is responding properly. MLS Laser Therapy stimulates and jumpstarts your body's natural healing process, so you heal faster with less pain and inflammation. The MLS therapy laser is specially designed to treat you without any discomfort or negative side effects, so you can relax while you're being treated with this FDA-cleared and patented technology. Ask one of our podiatrists if MLS Laser Therapy would benefit you! Request a consultation:
Here’s another short video from MLS Laser Technologies to answer a question patients have about this remarkable pain treatment. Enjoy!
While the MLS Therapy Laser is FDA-cleared, treatments aren't covered by insurance yet. However, for most patients, when they consider that the MLS has an 85 to 90 percent efficacy for pain, inflammation and arthritis, and that the treatments are non-invasive, pain-free and provides quick relief — it’s an easy decision. In fact, with rising out-of-pocket co-pays for many patients, the cost of MLS Therapy Laser treatments may actually be less costly than other, more invasive treatments that are covered by insurance! At The Foot & Ankle Center, we have also decided to make the treatments as affordable as possible for you, so you can benefit from this advanced technology. MLS Laser Therapy is often the most efficient AND cost effective treatment option to start to heal and relieve your pain. Let us know if you have questions, or request a consultation with one of our podiatrists: