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January 2020

Monday, 27 January 2020 00:00

Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

It is common knowledge that pregnant women have swollen feet. This typically occurs in the second trimester, and can be a result of hormonal changes, the growing fetus, and lifestyle habits. Research has indicated mild relief may be found when the feet are elevated as frequently as possible, and eating foods that have limited sodium. Additionally, it is beneficial to wear comfortable shoes, and to practice gentle stretching during the day. Some of these stretches can include rotating the ankles, pointing and flexing the feet, and it may help to refrain from crossing your ankles. If you would like additional information about the impact pregnancy may have on the feet, please consult with a podiatrist.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Dr. Derek T. Pantiel from Summit Podiatry. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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Monday, 20 January 2020 00:00

How to Best Treat a Toenail Infection

Nail fungus, typically picked up from not wearing the proper footwear in communal showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools, is contagious and can lead to a great deal of pain if left untreated. When the fungus gets under the nail, it will likely cause the toenail to thicken, harden, and become discolored. The nail may also become brittle and fall off. Those with diabetes, circulatory issues, or an immune deficiency are more likely to develop a toenail fungus infection. Your chances of getting an infection may also increase with age. As far as treating the infection, we recommend you see a podiatrist as soon as possible for a physical exam, as well as to get a sample of your nail tested to determine if the infection truly is fungal.  Once diagnosed, a podiatrist may suggest oral treatments, topical treatments, laser treatments, or for more severe cases, surgical treatments. For professional care and an advised treatment plan, we recommend you consult with a podiatrist as soon as possible.

For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Derek T. Pantiel of Summit Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wilmington, Whiteville, and Burgaw, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 17 January 2020 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!

Monday, 13 January 2020 00:00

Ankle Sprains and Fractured Ankles

There are many reasons why ankle pain may exist. It is considered to be a common  injury, and the type of ankle pain can range from a severe sprain to a broken ankle. It can occur as a result of suddenly stepping off of a curb and twisting the ankle, or from participating in certain sporting activities. The tendons in the ankle help to make it possible to walk and run, and if these become torn or stretched, severe pain and discomfort may occur. Once a proper diagnosis is performed, the correct treatment can begin. Moderate relief may be found when the affected ankle is elevated, which may help to alleviate existing swelling. When the ankle is wrapped in an elastic bandage, the foot may feel adequately supported. If you have fallen and your ankle is affected, please speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper healing treatments.

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 Dr. Derek T. Pantiel from Summit Podiatry. 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 one of our offices located in Wilmington, Whiteville, and Burgaw, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 06 January 2020 00:00

The Tibial Nerve and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

The tibial nerve is generally affected when tarsal tunnel syndrome exists. This nerve runs through the tarsal tunnel, and is located near the ankle. Damage to the tibial nerve can occur as a result of consistent pressure that can happen from participating in running and jumping activities. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this condition can include a shooting pain, or a tingling or burning sensation. There may be medical conditions that can lead to tarsal tunnel syndrome which can include diabetes and flat feet. Effective treatment methods can include the possible use of steroids that may help to manage swelling, and in severe cases, surgery may be a necessary option for relief. If you have developed this ailment, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you to identify and manage this condition.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Dr. Derek T. Pantiel of Summit Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

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

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