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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Sever's disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common heel condition that primarily affects children and adolescents during periods of rapid growth. Contrary to its name, Sever's disease is not an actual disease but rather an overuse injury that occurs when the growth plate at the back of the heel becomes inflamed. This growth plate, the calcaneal apophysis, is particularly vulnerable during growth spurts when bones, muscles, and tendons develop at different rates. The repetitive stress on the growth plate from activities such as running or jumping can lead to pain, swelling, and tenderness at the back of the heel. Factors such as tight calf muscles, improper footwear, and engaging in high-impact sports contribute to the development of Sever's disease. If your child participates in sporting events and has developed heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat Sever’s disease.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Chukwuma Ukata, DPM from Advanced Carolina Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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 injuries.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

For individuals with diabetes, proper foot care is essential to prevent complications arising from nerve damage, circulation issues, and infections. Regular check-ups with a podiatrist are vital to maintain healthy feet. Managing diabetes and adopting a healthy lifestyle are key factors in ensuring foot health, including regular podiatric exams, daily blood sugar monitoring, engaging in regular exercise, and maintaining a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Daily foot care routines are equally important and include inspecting the feet thoroughly, washing them daily with mild soap, drying them well, and moisturizing dry skin. Healthy foot habits encompass avoiding antiseptic solutions, and heating pads, walking barefoot, and attempting to remove foot lesions independently. Proper toenail care is important but should be done safely, especially if there are visual or circulatory issues in the feet. Footwear choices are critical, and it is essential to wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes with ample toe room, avoid materials that do not breathe, and inspect the inside of shoes regularly. To recognize early signs of foot problems, if you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you schedule regular appointments with a podiatrist.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, 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.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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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Monday, 12 February 2024 00:00

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, 06 February 2024 00:00

Neuropathy, a condition characterized by damage to the nerves, frequently manifests with distinct symptoms in the feet. Sensory disturbances are common, with individuals experiencing tingling or a sensation akin to pins and needles. Numbness is another hallmark symptom, contributing to a reduced ability to perceive temperature and touch. Many individuals with neuropathy report a burning or stabbing pain in their feet that often disrupts daily activities. Muscle weakness may accompany these sensations, leading to difficulties in maintaining balance and coordination. The symptoms of neuropathy can be progressive, and as the condition advances, individuals may face challenges with mobility and foot function. Early recognition of these common symptoms is important for timely diagnosis and intervention. If you have neuropathy that is affecting your feet, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can guide you toward relief and management techniques.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in 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 for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then 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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