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Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Heel pain, often caused by plantar fasciitis, is a common condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue running along the bottom of the foot. This condition typically results from overuse, wearing poor footwear, or excessive standing and walking, leading to micro-tears in the fascia that cause pain and stiffness, especially in the morning. Treatment for plantar fasciitis usually involves rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and wearing supportive footwear. However, incorporating regular stretching into the treatment regimen can significantly alleviate chronic cases. Stretching exercises target the plantar fascia, Achilles tendon, and calf muscles, helping to increase flexibility, reduce tension, and promote healing. Techniques such as calf stretches, towel stretches, and plantar fascia-specific stretches can be particularly effective in managing symptoms and preventing recurrence. If you have persistent or severe heel pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist, who can provide specialized care and further treatment options.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Chukwuma Ukata, DPM from Advanced Carolina Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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

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Friday, 12 July 2024 00:00

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Choosing the right hiking shoes is important for both comfort and safety on the trail. When picking your hiking footwear, focus on protection, comfort, and weight. Your shoes should protect your feet from cuts and environmental damage and prevent blisters even after long hikes. Lightweight shoes help to conserve energy, making each step easier. While high-cuff boots are thought to offer ankle support, they often don't make a significant difference and may increase the risk of ankle rolls. Experts suggest performing strengthening exercises as an effective way to improve ankle stability. Breathable shoes  allow your feet to dry quickly, which reduces the chance of blisters. Waterproof shoes can become heavy and waterlogged, making your hike more strenuous. Don’t overlook the importance of good socks. Seamless, cushioned wool socks are ideal, providing both durability and quick drying. Hiking shoes combine the best aspects of boots and trail runners, offering a balance of protection, comfort, and durability. They tend to last longer and provide the necessary support while being lighter and more flexible than traditional boots. If you experience foot pain after hiking, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

It is important to find shoes that fit you properly in order to avoid a variety of different foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Chukwuma Ukata, DPM from Advanced Carolina Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Shoes have many different functions. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet, and allow us to safely play sports. You should always make sure that the shoes you wear fit you properly in order to avoid injuries and deformities such as: bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more. It is important to note that although a certain pair of shoes might be a great fit for someone else, that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for you. This is why you should always try on shoes before buying them to make sure they are worth the investment. Typically, shoes need to be replaced ever six months to one year of regular use.

Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting

  • Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot
  • Don’t buy shoes that fit too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit
  • Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to ½”) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right
  • Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot

The shoes you buy should always feel as good as they look. Shoes that fit properly will last longer, feel better, and improve your way of life each day.

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

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by the accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints, often affecting the feet, particularly the big toe. It leads to sudden, severe pain, in addition to redness and swelling. Gout predominantly affects middle-aged men and postmenopausal women, especially those with a diet high in purines, a substance found in red meat and alcohol. The condition is often diagnosed through blood tests measuring uric acid levels and joint fluid analysis to detect urate crystals. Treatment focuses on reducing pain and inflammation with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, or colchicine. Long-term management includes medications like allopurinol or febuxostat to lower uric acid levels. For foot-specific care, patients may elevate the affected foot and wear comfortable, supportive footwear to alleviate symptoms and prevent flare-ups. Preventing gout involves maintaining a healthy diet, staying hydrated, and avoiding foods high in purines. Regular exercise and weight management are also critical. If you have gout that is negatively impacting your feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for specialized care and tailored advice.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Chukwuma Ukata, DPM from Advanced Carolina Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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