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Monday, 24 September 2018 00:00

Plantar Fasciitis and Flip Flops

Recent research has shown that wearing specific types of flip flops may be beneficial in relieving some of the the discomfort that is associated with plantar fasciitis. There are several types of flip flops that may offer proper arch support, are easily worn, and are convenient to wear. When choosing to purchase this type of shoe, the importance of looking for specific features may be crucial in maintaining comfort and stability that is needed for daily activities. These may include insuring that there is a deep area the heel can fit comfortably in, in addition to having the arch supported properly. If you are afflicted with plantar fasciitis, it’s suggested to speak with a podiatrist who can properly evaluate this ailment and advise you on correct treatment options.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Derek T. Pantiel from Summit Podiatry. 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 one of our offices located in Wilmington, and Whiteville, NC.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 24 September 2018 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet.

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Monday, 17 September 2018 00:00

Types of Foot Surgery

If you should develop a bunion on the side of your big toe, you may want to consider permanent removal of this condition by having surgery performed. This particular procedure is referred to as an osteotomy, and may be effective in diminishing any pain that is associated with it. Additionally, a foot condition that is known as hammer toe may benefit by being surgically corrected. This type of surgery typically involves eliminating the joint appearing deformed, that is located between the toes, and may result in the toes becoming more flexible. Surgery that is referred to as an ankle fusion, may be beneficial in helping to heal ankle arthritis, which may be a result of a condition that is known as osteoarthritis. If you are afflicted with an Achilles tendon injury, surgery may be a reasonable option, which may eliminate the swelling and pain that is often associated with this ailment. If you are suffering from a severe foot malady, please consult with a podiatrist for a correct diagnosis and the best course of treatment, which may include surgery.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Derek T. Pantiel of Summit Podiatry. 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 one of our offices located in Wilmington, and Whiteville, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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If you have ever experienced a broken ankle, you are most likely familiar with the severe pain and discomfort that is often associated with it. It may be difficult to differentiate between a fracture and a sprain due to the fact that most symptoms may be similar. These may include bruising, swelling, and the inability to walk because of the pressure the ankle must endure. For severely broken ankles, the bone may protrude from the skin and prompt treatment is recommended. An X-ray is typically  performed to confirm if the ankle is broken or sprained. It’s suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can examine the broken ankle and discuss proper treatment options.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Derek T. Pantiel from Summit Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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

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Monday, 10 September 2018 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning?

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 00:00

Symptoms of Poor Circulation in the Feet

A condition known as poor circulation may often be a result of other health issues the body may have. These may include obesity, certain heart conditions, and diabetes. There are symptoms that are indicative of poor circulation in the feet, including experiencing a tingling sensation, total numbness, moderate to severe pain, or muscle cramps. There is a condition that is referred to as peripheral artery disease, or PAD, which can lead to poor circulation. The arteries and blood vessels become smaller, and this may restrict blood flow to the feet. The patient may experience nerve and tissue damage as a result of this condition not being treated. People who are obese may develop poor circulation and daily activities including walking and sitting that puts excess pressure on the feet, may possibly contribute to this ailment. If you are experiencing symptoms of poor circulation in the feet, please consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible.

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Derek T. Pantiel of Summit Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.

Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

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 one of our offices located in Wilmington, and Whiteville, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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