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March 2022

Tuesday, 29 March 2022 00:00

When to Call a Podiatrist for Ankle Pain

Ankle pain may be due to a sprain or strain, a blunt force injury, muscle weakness or chronic joint instability, nerve compression in the tarsal tunnel, arthritis, gout, tendonitis, a fracture, or another condition. If you are experiencing pain or inflammation in your ankle, you may try to rest the ankle, elevate it, ice it, and compress it. It is suggested that you call a podiatrist if your pain does not improve, you notice a visible deformity, your calf or ankle feels tender, hot or swollen, you cannot put weight on the affected foot, or if you are limping. Your podiatrist will be able to examine you and run tests, along with any necessary imaging in order to diagnose your condition properly. A treatment plan will be created based on their findings and the cause and severity of your ankle pain.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, 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.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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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Wednesday, 23 March 2022 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 22 March 2022 00:00

A Common Form of Heel Pain

The plantar fascia is a strong supportive tissue that runs under the arch of the foot, connecting the heel to the base of the toes. It helps distribute weight evenly across the foot which enables us to walk and run with ease. If the plantar fascia gets stretched or stressed excessively, it can become painful and inflamed. This condition is known as plantar fasciitis. Certain factors that contribute to this condition include wearing shoes that don’t support or cushion the feet properly, having low or high arches, being obese, increasing the intensity of workouts abruptly or exercising on a hard surface, standing for prolonged periods of time, and old age. In addition to creating heel pain which usually is at its worst in the morning or after periods of rest, plantar fasciitis can increase the likelihood of calcium deposits forming on the heel bone (heel spurs). Podiatrists have a great deal of experience treating plantar fasciitis as it is the most common form of heel pain. Reach out to a podiatrist if you believe you have plantar fasciitis to get on the road to recovery.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, 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.

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

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Tuesday, 15 March 2022 00:00

When Is Toenail Surger​​y an Option?

Many rheumatoid arthritis sufferers find that ingrown toenails have become an ongoing problem. An ingrown toenail occurs when the outer edge of the nail gets embedded in the surrounding skin. This can cause pain, swelling, and possibly an infection. If this happens regularly, surgery to remove the nail may be an option to consider. If you still have a good blood supply to the feet and toes, and if you are not currently having a rheumatoid flare-up, removal of the toenail is a viable option. Surgery, which can be carried out by a podiatrist, is a long-term solution. But it’s important to remember that because of rheumatoid arthritis the healing process may be slow. Other options can include changing your footwear to a larger size and seeing a podiatrist to set up a series of regular foot-care appointments as a preventative measure. 

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Chukwuma Ukata, DPM of Advanced Carolina Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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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Wednesday, 09 March 2022 00:00

Easy Ways to Deal With Sports Injuries

A few things can help to prevent a sports-related injury to the feet and ankles. Pre- and post-exercise stretches are a great way to reduce the chance of muscle strain and overuse. Also, if you feel like your body is telling you to rest, it would be wise to listen to your body and take a break. Pushing through fatigue commonly leads to injury, especially in adults who forget how old they are. If your sport requires protective gear, make sure it is in good condition and that you wear it. Stay hydrated (drink water) before, during, and after activity. Among the most common sports injuries to the feet and ankles are inflammation of the Achilles tendon, broken bones, sprains, and strains. At the first sign of severe pain, it’s a good idea to stop the activity immediately, because ignoring it can make the situation worse. Apply the common rest, ice, compression, and elevation treatment routine to the affected area. If your pain continues or worsens, it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist as quickly as possible for an examination, a diagnosis, and a treatment plan that will get you back in the game.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Chukwuma Ukata, DPM of Advanced Carolina Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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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Tuesday, 01 March 2022 00:00

What Is a Plantar Fascia Rupture?

A band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes, called the plantar fascia, often becomes inflamed and is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Sometimes this tissue can also rupture, which may feel like a tearing pain in the arch of the foot. It is usually the result of a sports-related injury, especially while jumping and landing, or making sudden stops and starts. Although a plantar fascia rupture is relatively uncommon, it is far more prevalent in people with chronic plantar fasciitis and flat feet, as well as those involved in football, basketball, dancing, tennis and soccer. Swelling, tenderness, and bruising are common symptoms of this type of injury. Weight-bearing on the affected foot is extremely painful and not recommended. A podiatrist can examine your foot to determine the severity of the injury, usually with an imaging test. Pain medication, icing the area, and wearing a protective boot to stabilize the foot are among the ways to treat such a rupture. It’s a good idea to make an appointment with your podiatrist as soon as possible for an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, 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.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain

Diagnosis

To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.

Treatment

Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

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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