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Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

Taking Care of Your Feet

Feet go through a lot of wear and tear over the course of one’s life, so it's important to take small steps to ensure their overall health. Wearing comfortable shoes is key when trying to keep your feet healthy. Shoes that are tight or lack support can lead to various types of uncomfortable foot conditions. Some of these conditions include bunions, Morton’s neuroma, ingrown toenails, and blisters. Daily walking routines help keep the muscles in your feet active, flexible, and strong, which could prevent fallen arches or other complications later on in life. Most of the time, feet spend majority of the day confined to a shoe, which can trap moisture and bacteria. Cleaning your feet daily and wearing socks helps to prevent bacterial and fungal infections. Moisturizing your feet also contributes to their health by preventing dry, cracked, or scaly skin. If you would like any additional information on how to care for your feet, then it is suggested you speak with a podiatrist.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, 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.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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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Living with foot pain is hard on your body.  Give us a call and let us find out what's wrong.

Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

What Causes Cracked Heels?

The uncomfortable condition known as cracked heels may develop for a variety of reasons.These may include standing for extended periods of time, wearing shoes that have an open back, or existing medical conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. The noticeable symptoms of cracked heels often include thickened skin in the heel area, and cracks, or fissures appearing at the end of the heel. Pain and discomfort are often associated with this condition, and mild relief may be obtained by washing and drying the feet frequently, followed by utilizing a good moisturizer. If the fissures should become deep, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly diagnosis and treat this condition.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, 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.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

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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The elder population may experience foot conditions as the aging process occurs. It is common for the feet to lose cushioning, and the skin and nails may become brittle and dry. Any foot sores that may be present may heal slowly as a result of poor circulation. Many patients experience corns and calluses, and research has indicated that if proper shoes are worn, these conditions may be avoided. Elderly people may suffer from ingrown toenails, which may often be caused by trimming the toenails improperly. If diabetes is a concern, proper care must be taken to ensure the feet are kept clean and dry. If there are sores or cuts present, it is suggested to seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition, and offer guidance on how to properly take care of elderly feet.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, 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.

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 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, 11 February 2019 00:00

Do your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately?

Monday, 04 February 2019 00:00

Methods That May Aid in Falls Prevention

Research has shown that 33% of elderly people will fall this year, and many are reluctant to discuss it with their physicians. It’s important to take measures which can possibly prevent falling, and this may be beneficial in avoiding painful fractures. Additionally, after a fall has occurred, many seniors may not be willing to perform certain activities, and this may possibly be a result of a fear of falling that has developed. When specific measures are implemented, the risk of falling may be diminished. These may include removing any clutter that may be present in the home, installing grab bars in the shower and bathroom area, and removing any loose carpeting. Additionally, having proper lighting may aid in the prevention of falls. If you have fallen and have injured your feet or ankles, please speak to a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Dr. Derek T. Pantiel from Summit Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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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