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November 2019

Monday, 25 November 2019 00:00

Common Types of Foot Pain

The feet are considered to be the foundation of the body, and may feel aches and pains from performing daily activities. Many types of foot pain can be caused by poor foot structure, or from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. A common form of pain can be found in the heel, which may be indicative of plantar fasciitis or a heel spur. The condition that is referred to as flat feet may cause pain in the middle of the foot, where the arch would generally be found. Patients have found moderate relief when custom-made insoles are worn, which may provide the support that is needed. Bunions may cause pain as a result of inflammation, and can become irritated as the affected part of the foot rubs against the shoe. If you experience any discomfort in your feet, it is strongly advised that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can determine the cause and offer treatment options.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Eric Simmons from InStride Foot & Ankle Center of Durham. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Durham, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019 00:00

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Monday, 18 November 2019 00:00

Impacts of Rheumatoid Arthritis on the Feet

Rheumatoid Arthritis, or RA for short, may develop when your immune system attacks your joint lining tissue, causing painful inflammation and stiffness. To help detect if this condition is affecting you, note the following symptoms: pain or stiffness in the toe joints, aching or soreness in the feet after regular activity such as walking or standing for long periods of time, and swelling in your toe joints or ankles. To help relieve these symptoms, it is advised to wear open-toed shoes, get regular sleep, quit smoking, reduce stress, and keep your joints warm. It is important to note that symptoms don’t always show up right away, which is why it is recommended that you see a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and advised recovery regime.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact Dr. Eric Simmons of InStride Foot & Ankle Center of Durham. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Durham, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 11 November 2019 00:00

Possible Causes of Stress Fractures

If a bone is overused as a result of standing on hard surfaces for the majority of the day, a stress fracture may gradually develop. This may also occur by frequently participating in sporting activities that encompass repetitive movements. Patients who have endured stress fractures may notice considerable pain and discomfort on and around the affected area. Research has indicated that risk may increase for women to endure such stress fractures, and this may be a result of possible diminished bone density. Other factors of developing stress fractures may include obesity, improper bone alignment, or certain medications that cause the bones to weaken. If you have a stress fracture, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper treatment options.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Eric Simmons from InStride Foot & Ankle Center of Durham. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Durham, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 04 November 2019 00:00

Toenail Fungus Can Become Severe

A common condition that many patients suffer from is known as toenail fungus. There are noticeable symptoms that exist with this condition and they often consist of yellowed and thickened toenails. In severe cases, the nail may separate from the nail bed, and can eventually fall off. It is caused by a fungus that lives and thrives in moist environments. These areas can include public swimming areas, shower room floors, and locker rooms. It is considered to be contagious, and measures can be implemented that may help in preventing this condition. These can consist of wearing appropriate shoes while in these types of places, and it is helpful to avoid sharing towels and shoes. There are several treatment methods that can be used for toenail fungus, and it is advised to consult with a podiatrist who can provide the best options for you.

For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Eric Simmons of InStride Foot & Ankle Center of Durham. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Durham, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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