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May 2020

Flip flops are easy and comfortable to wear for activities that require little walking. These types of shoes are designed with inadequate support when they are worn for the majority of the day. This is a result of poor arch design, which can cause uncomfortable foot conditions to develop. Some of the signs that flip flops are being worn for long periods of time can include cracked heels, and the overall foot may feel tired. This can come from the toes constantly grasping the shoe to keep it from falling off. Additional dangers can include accidents to the feet, and it may be easier to sprain the ankle if falling occurs. Please consult with a podiatrist if you would like more information about what type of flip flops are better for the feet than others. 

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Eric Simmons from InStride Foot & Ankle Center of Durham. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

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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If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Monday, 18 May 2020 00:00

Common Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

The band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes is known as the plantar fascia. If this tissue becomes inflamed, it’s likely the foot condition known as plantar fasciitis may develop. Plantar fasciitis can cause a great deal of heel pain for those affected. Early detection and prompt treatment can be helpful for a speedy recovery. There are a few signs to look out for if you believe you may have developed plantar fasciitis. If you are experiencing pain when you first step out of bed in the morning, when seated or standing for prolonged periods of time, or going up and down stairs, you may have plantar fasciitis. For a proper diagnosis and suggested plan of treatment, it’s suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Eric Simmons  from InStride Foot & Ankle Center of Durham. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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 May 2020 00:00

Possible Causes Of Stress Fractures

People who frequently participate in running and jumping activities may be prone to experiencing stress fractures. This is defined as a hairline fracture in the bones of the feet, and can worsen without prompt treatment. Many people choose to pay little attention to the dull ache stress fractures may cause, and will continue to pursue their chosen sport. Additionally, this condition may develop in patients who have nutritional deficiencies, or weak bones from existing medical conditions. Some of the symptoms that are generally associated with stress fractures can include swelling, pain that may diminish while resting, and the affected area may be painful to touch. If you feel you have developed a stress fracture, please speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Dr. Eric Simmons from InStride Foot & Ankle Center of Durham. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

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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Monday, 04 May 2020 00:00

Where Is The Cuboid Bone Located?

There are seven bones in the foot that are referred to as tarsal bones. The cuboid bone is included in this group, and it is located on the outside of the foot. An injury can cause the ligaments surrounding this bone to become inflamed, and this is known as cuboid syndrome. It can be a common injury among athletes, and can cause considerable pain and discomfort. It may happen as a result of frequently running for extended periods of time, or from medical conditions that can include flat feet. Recovery may often begin with eliminating the activity that caused the injury, followed by elevating the foot, which may help to reduce existing swelling. Some patients may find mild relief when the affected foot is taped, as this may offer additional stability as the healing process takes place. If you feel you may have cuboid’s syndrome, please consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, 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.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

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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