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By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
March 27, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Find out how to get your heel pain under control.heel pain

Is heel pain keeping you from your favorite activities? Not sure the last time you were able to lace up and go for a run without experiencing pain? If heel pain is affecting you then it’s time you turned to our Alexandria, VA, podiatrist, Dr. Angelo Pace, to find out what’s going on so you can nip the problem in the bud and get back to what really matters.

Causes of Heel Pain

There are many reasons someone might develop heel pain. Of course, while this problem can happen to anyone it more commonly occurs in athletes/runners and those who are overweight. The two most common causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs the length of the feet, to become inflamed and irritated. This is usually not the result of an injury but rather gradual overuse. Of course, if you happen to suddenly increase the intensity or duration of a workout this too can result in plantar fasciitis.

Achilles tendonitis is the result of tiny microtears in the tendon that do not heal properly. Over time, these microtears weaken the tendon and cause pain, swelling, and other problems for the sufferer. Achilles tendonitis causes pain above the heel rather than under it or near the arches like plantar fasciitis does.

Other causes of heel pain include:

  • Heel spur
  • Heel bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Heel pain inflammation
  • Severs disease
  • Stress fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Poor circulation
  • Bone bruise
  • Bone cyst
  • Morton’s neuroma

Treatment Options

How our Alexandria foot doctor treats your heel pain will depend entirely on the root cause. During your evaluation we will perform a physical evaluation, potentially run imaging tests and ask you questions regarding your heel pain. Once we determine the cause we will create an individualized treatment plan to cater to your needs.

Sometimes simple conservative measures such as over-the-counter pain medications, bracing or splinting, wearing shoe inserts, and resting and icing the heel is enough to manage symptoms until the condition goes away. Other times more aggressive measures such as corticosteroid injections, shockwave therapy or surgery are necessary if symptoms don’t improve with at-home treatment options.

With two offices in Alexandria, VA, Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center is here to provide you with the podiatric care you need to get back on your feet. Don’t let heel pain keep you down. Call our office today.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
December 29, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunion  

Bunions can be unsightly, uncomfortable, and disruptive to your everyday life. Bunions are a common problem with the big toe's first joint, Bunionsand often associated with genetics, footwear that unnaturally crowds the toes, or a combination of the two. People with arthritis are also prone to developing bunions. Once your bunion has been diagnosed by Dr. Angelo Pace at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, VA, your treatment will be tailored to your needs. To learn more about the various bunion treatments available, read on.

Pain relief

Bunions that form due to arthritis often ache or throb. To combat this, your Alexandria podiatrist might suggest taking over-the-counter analgesics to help with the pain and swelling. Propping your foot up and alternating ice and heat application directly on your toe can also help make you more comfortable.

Footwear and correctors

Sometimes the best bunion treatment can be a new pair of shoes! If your bunion isn't advanced, your feet may respond well to a wider, more comfortable shoe with plenty of room in the toe box. Your Alexandria podiatrist can also make recommendations for bunion pads, cushions, or splints that can help realign your toe over time and prevent friction from the inside of your shoe. You should work with Dr. Pace when wearing bunion correction devices to make sure you're using them properly.


Severely painful bunions that are unresponsive to conservative treatments may need surgery. For this treatment, your Alexandria podiatrist removes and repositions the structures inside the affected toe.

If you think you need bunion treatment, contact Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, VA, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Angelo Pace today!

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
November 03, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Do your feet and legs ache after standing or walking, even if you don't walk that far? Orthotics may help ease your pain. Dr. Angelo Pace orthoticsof Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, VA, explains how orthotics can help you.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts placed in your shoes. Unlike one-size-fits-all drugstore inserts, orthotics are molded to fit your feet and are designed to address your particular foot issues. Prescription orthotics are also much more durable than over-the-counter inserts, provide better support for your feet than over-the-counter inserts and last years rather than months.

How do orthotics relieve pain?

The proper alignment of your body depends on the condition of your feet. If you have a weak arch or foot imbalance, your entire body can suffer. Pain in the feet, ankle, legs, hips and back can be a sign of a foot problem that can be easily corrected simply by wearing orthotics in your shoes. Orthotics improve the position of your foot, ensuring that it provides a stable foundation for your entire body.

During your visit to our Alexandria office, Dr. Pace will examine your feet, review your medical history and watch the way you walk to determine if you have any issues that affect your gait. If you can benefit from orthotics, measurements and 3D images of your feet will be used to create orthotics that will decrease your pain and improve your comfort. There is an adjustment period when you first begin wearing orthotics. Initially, you may only wear the inserts for a few hours a day. As you get used to the inserts, you'll wear them for longer periods of time.

Will orthotics help me?

Orthotics can be helpful if you suffer from:

  • Pain in your heels, feet, ankle, knees, hips or back
  • Weak arches
  • Flat feet
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Bursitis
  • Achilles tendonosis
  • Foot imbalances or structural abnormalities
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Chronic pain from a previous foot or ankle injury
  • Aches and pains when standing for hours

Orthotics can ease your foot and ankle pain. Find out if you can benefit from orthotics by scheduling a visit with Dr. Pace of Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center in Alexandria, YA. Call (703) 971-7100 to make an appointment for the Walker Lane office or (703) 360-9292 for the Sherwood Hall Lane office.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
August 23, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Oh, no. The big toe on your left foot has a very sore and reddened area on the side of the nail. Even putting on your socks hurts, never ingrown toenailmind donning those dress shoes for the work day. What's happened here? You could have an ingrown toenail. Your Alexandria, VA foot doctor, Dr. Angelo Pace, see numerous ingrown toenails at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center. He'll know how to help.

Symptoms of ingrown toenails

The Institute for Preventive Foot Health estimates that a full 40 million Americans have had one or more ingrown toenails. That's a lot of discomfort. So what does this common foot malady look like?

Dr. Pace says he sees people of all ages with ingrown toenails in his podiatric office. Symptoms vary a bit, but mostly, patients present with sore, reddened toenails that have pushed into the skin at the corner of the nail. Sometimes swelling and pus, indicating advanced infection, is present, too, and the nail itself may be pulling away from the top of the toe.

Treatments and prevention in Alexandria

An ingrown toenail usually warrants a trip to your foot doctor's office where he will examine your foot and ask about your symptoms. He may prescribe an oral antibiotic to alleviate infection, and he may trim back the part of the nail that is intruding into the surrounding soft tissue. Depending on the specifics of your case, Dr. Pace may remove a vertical portion of the nail with a simple treatment called partial nail plate avulsion.

At home, be sure you always trim your nails straight across with clean clippers. Wash your feet each day, and wear clean, well-ventilated shoes and socks. While ingrown toenails depend in part on foot structure, heredity and repeated wear and tear (as with sports), clean feet are less prone to athlete's foot fungus (Tinea pedis). This pesky microorganism loves dark, moist environments and creates the itching, burning, blistering, and yes, ingrown toenails common to athlete's foot.

Additionally, wear good shoes. Avoid dress shoes that are too tight and narrow, especially in the toe box. Alternate different pairs, and throw out overly worn shoes as they can create pressure points and throw off your gait.

See your foot doctor right away

If you have symptoms of an ingrown toenail, see our Alexandria, VA podiatrist, Dr. Pace. He'll get you comfortable, healthy and moving again.

By Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center
June 26, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Pumice Stones  

Your foot doctor in Alexandria, VA, wants you to understand the basics of caring for your feet--the parts of your body that support and pumice stonecarry you through your busy day. If you notice that your feet are rough, dry and callused, you are not alone. Most adults experience some unsightly toughening of the skin on their heels, soles of the feet and toes, and they often use pumice stones to relieve those symptoms. Dr. Angelo Pace at Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center tells his patients the dos and don'ts of using a pumice stone so feet look and feel their very best.

What is a pumice stone?

A pumice stone is a mildly abrasive gray stone composed of natural volcanic lava. Used for generations in industrial applications such as polishing stone, horticultural enhancement, and filtering water, pumice also relieves dry scaly patches of skin. Used correctly, it's a coarse, but gentle, buffer that exfoliates skin for a smoother, more youthful appearance. Most household or salon quality pumice stones are the size of a rectangular bar of soap, or they may be a bit narrower and attached to a plastic handle for ease of use.

How do you use a pumice stone?

After purchasing a pumice stone, wet it with warm water. Additionally, wash and soak your feet for about 10 minutes to soften the rough areas. Then, using a circular motion, gently rub the stone over the callused areas. Do not rub your skin too hard. Just apply the stone for a few minutes, avoiding soreness or deep abrasions. Then, dry your feet. You may have to repeat the process daily for a few days to get the effect you desire.

Are pumice stones safe?

Used judiciously, yes, pumice stones are safe. The key is gentle application says the American Podiatric Medical Association. These experienced and highly credentialed foot doctors also warn patients to never use cutting tools such as razors or scissors on areas of scaly skin.

Further, while pumice stones help many individuals get the skin on their feet in shape, Dr. Pace and his team urge patients who are diabetic, have poor circulation or are on blood thinners to avoid pumice stones. These patients are at increased risk for bleeding and foot infections and should see their foot doctor in Alexandria for the treatment of any kind of foot condition. In fact, diabetics should visit their podiatrists at least once a year for routine check-ups.

How's the skin on your feet?

If you want your feet to feel good and look good, a pumice stone may help. Of course, Dr. Pace can advise you on many ways to care for and support the skin, nails, toes, tendons, bones and other parts of your feet. Why not call Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center today to arrange a routine check-up in Alexandria, VA? Call today to speak to a team member.

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Advanced Pace Foot and Ankle Center is a podiatrist focusing on podiatric procedures such as bunions, heel pain, and orthotics.
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