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August 2020

Monday, 31 August 2020 00:00

Reasons for Reconstructive Foot Surgery

Foot reconstruction is a type of surgery that is performed to correct the anatomy of the foot and restore proper function. Someone might need reconstructive foot surgery following a major injury to the foot that affects the foot’s soft tissue or bones. Vascular diseases, which can interfere with circulation in the lower limbs, may require surgical intervention. Other issues which can cause deformities include metabolic diseases, such as diabetes and gout, that alter the blood and nerve supply of the foot, and tumors. Finally, birth defects such as clubfoot would also need to be corrected via reconstructive surgery. For more information on reconstructive foot surgery, please consult with a podiatrist.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Chukwuma Ukata, DPM of Advanced Carolina Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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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Sunday, 30 August 2020 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

A recent review of studies on ankle injuries found that ankle sprains are one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries, affecting approximately 2 million people in the United States each year. Ankle sprains are especially common amongst athletes. However, about half of all acute ankle sprains treated in emergency departments across the country did not occur during a sporting activity. This review also found that many people with acute ankle sprains reported that they had a history of ankle sprains in the past, suggesting that spraining your ankle once makes you more likely to sprain it again in the future. Because of this, injury prevention is very important. Strengthening the muscles and improving biomechanics of the lower limbs may help prevent ankle sprains. If you have sprained your ankle, it is recommended that you see a podiatrist for treatment.

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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Monday, 17 August 2020 00:00

What to Eat to Help Manage Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis that causes sudden pain, swelling and inflammation of the joints, typically in the big toes. Gout attacks are caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. Fortunately, you may be able to minimize the occurrence of gout attacks by altering your diet. To lower the levels of uric acid in your blood, it is recommended that you avoid consuming organ meats, game meats, fish and other seafoods, foods that contain added sugars or yeasts, and sweet beverages such as fruit juices and soda. Foods that are safer for people who suffer from gout include fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, whole grains, low-fat dairy, eggs, coffee, tea, herbs, spices, and plant-based oils. For more information about gout, and for treatment and prevention options, consult with a podiatrist today.

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 and Kenansville, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 10 August 2020 00:00

Are Flip-Flops Failing My Feet?

Flip-flops are a staple of summer footwear, especially at the beach or pool. However, wearing flip-flops may do more harm than good for the health of your foot. If you frequently wear flip-flops, you may notice that you have to constantly flex your toes to keep the shoes firmly on your feet. This toe flexing can lead to bunions and hammertoes, conditions that disfigure the joints of your toes. Flip-flops also provide very little support to your feet while you walk, potentially increasing your likelihood of foot and heel pain, especially if you have flat feet or fallen arches. Since flip-flops increase your feet’s exposure to the elements, you may also be at risk for developing fungal infections, like athlete’s foot and toenail fungus. If you must wear flip-flops, you may be able to avoid damage to your feet by wearing them only for short periods of time. For more information on the effects of flip-flops on your feet, and for treatment of any foot condition, consult with a podiatrist today.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Chukwuma Ukata, DPM from Advanced Carolina Foot and Ankle Center. 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 Garner and Kenansville, NC.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 03 August 2020 00:00

Preventing Stress Fractures

A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone that can cause swelling and pain that increases over time. Stress fractures in the feet and ankles are notoriously common among runners and athletes who participate in sports that require frequent running, such as soccer. A stress fracture can take weeks or even months to heal, often requiring a walking boot, brace, or crutches to keep weight off of the affected foot. This can sideline an athlete from both their sport and activities of daily living. Fortunately, there are things that you can do that might prevent these injuries. When running, increase the amount of miles that you run slowly, as running too much too soon puts enormous strain on your muscles and bones. You may want to take days off from your sport or exercise routine to rest your feet. It is also recommended that you get enough sleep, eat a balanced diet, and avoid processed sugars, which can increase inflammation in the body. If you suspect you may have a stress fracture or want to learn more about what you can do to prevent this injury, consult with a podiatrist today.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Chukwuma Ukata, DPM from Advanced Carolina Foot and Ankle Center. 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 Garner and Kenansville, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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