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Garner (919) 661-4150
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May 2020

It can be difficult for older people to properly care for their feet. This can be a result of having trouble bending down to trim the toenails, and they may not notice if there are existing cuts or bruises on the feet. Wearing shoes that fit properly is crucial in possibly preventing painful foot conditions from developing. These can include corns, bunions, and calluses. Cracked heels is a common ailment among seniors, and mild relief can be felt when a good moisturizer is frequently applied. When the toes are not trimmed on a routine basis, or when they are trimmed improperly, ingrown toenails can develop, and can become infected without prompt treatment. Many elderly people are under the care of a podiatrist who can guide them with properly taking care of their feet.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Chukwuma Ukata, DPM from Advanced Carolina Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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Poor blood circulation in the feet can occur from things such as smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. It is very important to spot poor circulation early since wounds may not heal as quickly, resulting in potential foot ulcers and an increased rate of infection. In severe cases, poor circulation can result in amputation as well. People at higher risk, such as diabetics, should consider a yearly foot examination to check for circulation in the feet. If poor circulation is discovered, doctors can help their patients meet cholesterol or blood pressure guidelines. Since studies do show that exercise can lead to the improvement of circulation in the feet, patients should discuss different options for physical exercise with their podiatrist. 

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Chukwuma Ukata, DPM of Advanced Carolina Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Garner and Kenansville, 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 who can properly diagnose and treat this condition as quickly as possible.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Chukwuma Ukata, DPM from Advanced Carolina Foot and Ankle Center. 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 Garner and Kenansville, 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

How Do Ankle Sprains Occur?

The definition of an ankle sprain is a torn or stretched ligament in the ankle. The purpose of the ligaments is to hold the ankle bones in place, and they may become damaged if a foot injury has occurred. It can happen from stepping off of a curb unexpectedly, which may twist the outside ligaments of the ankle joint. Common symptoms that many patients experience from an ankle sprain can include severe pain and discomfort, swelling, and it may become difficult to walk. Many ankle sprains can be prevented by properly stretching the feet before beginning a run, and it is beneficial to wear shoes that fit correctly. If you have endured an ankle sprain, please consult with a podiatrist who can help you determine which treatment methods are best for you.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Chukwuma Ukata, DPM from Advanced Carolina Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

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

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Saturday, 02 May 2020 00:00

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Gout is a form of arthritis that can affect anyone. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

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