Archive for June, 2011

Thank You Richey & Co.

June 29th, 2011 by Dr.Chang

We have been sending our patients to Richey & Co. in Barracks Road for years but today we got a really special treat…they visited our office with a huge selection of stylish shoes that can be worn with custom orthotics.  We had a great time learning more about what they have to offer…and doing a little shoe shopping, too! Richey & Co. was born 70 years ago and today they have 7 locations and over 15 Certified Pedorthists.   We love the fact that based on our diagnosis and recommendations, they are able to help our patients select the perfect shoes for them…and ones that looks great at the same time!

Here are some photos of what we saw today but they have many more styles available.  Be sure to visit their website or stop by the store to see them all…and tell them that Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle sent you!


What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

June 8th, 2011 by Dr.Chang

The most common reason, by far, that patients come to our office is because they are experiencing heel pain.  In fact, we see it so often that we are in the process of creating The Heel Pain Center of Central Virginia which will specialize in the treatment of heel pain (plantar fasciitis).  Today we would like to share a little more information with you on heel pain and it’s number one cause, plantar fasciitis.

What are some common causes of heel pain?
The number one cause of heel pain is a condition called plantar fasciitis. It is often characterized by pain on the bottom of the heel when you take your first steps in the morning, but can also last all day long—with pain often progressing the longer the condition remains untreated. In addition, other common causes of heel pain include tendinitis, stress fractures, neuritis, bursitis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and fat pad thinning.

What can cause Plantar Fasciitis specifically?
Plantar fasciitis can be caused by a number of factors, including weight gain, worn-out shoes, walking barefoot, increasing exercise, and walking on hard surfaces without proper support. Any of these factors, in combination with how your feet function mechanically, can cause plantar fasciitis.

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A closer at Plantar Fasciitis

The primary cause of heel pain, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue band (fascia) connecting the heel bone to the base of the toes. This pain is generally centered under the heel, and can be caused by (but not limited to) activities that include: wearing improper footwear, excessive weight, walking barefoot and/or walking barefoot on hard surfaces, and an increase in exercise. While many heel pain sufferers often assume their heel pain is caused by a heel spur on the heel bone (commonly referred to as “heel spur syndrome”), heel spurs have been proven to not be the cause of heel pain.
Plantar fasciitis is often successfully treated with custom orthotics prescribed by a podiatrist, injections, prescription medications, physical therapy and immobilization. The longer plantar fasciitis goes untreated, the more difficult it is to find relief, so above all, visit a podiatrist at the first sign of heel pain.

For more information, check out the APMA Get A Handle On Your Heel Pain Guide



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