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April 2020

Monday, 27 April 2020 00:00

Feet May Change Shape During Pregnancy

The growing fetus and hormonal changes are among the top reasons many pregnant women notice their feet becoming tired and swollen. The weight that is gained may cause the foot structure to change, and larger shoes may have to be purchased to accommodate this change. The arch in the feet can become flat, which may occur as a result of relaxed ligaments. It may become difficult to trim the toenails in advanced pregnancy, and it is suggested that a family member help you to maintain daily foot care. There are some pregnant women who notice warts on the bottom of the feet. These are referred to as verruca, and may cause pain and discomfort. It is considered to be a contagious virus, and medical advice may be needed from a podiatrist who can help you to treat this condition.

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 April 2020 00:00

Where Is the Achilles Tendon Located?

The Achilles tendon is a portion of tissue that is located in the back of the leg, and connects the heel to the calf muscles. It enables the feet to point and flex, and it is important for strength and flexibility to be maintained. People who participate in running and jumping activities may experience an Achilles tendon injury, as this can cause severe pain and discomfort. It can also happen as a result of gradual overuse, or from a sudden injury. It may be beneficial to perform gentle stretching techniques that can strengthen the Achilles tendon and surrounding areas before beginning a new sport. Common symptoms patients may experience can include stiffness in the calf and heel upon arising in the morning, consistent pain in the back of the leg, and it is often difficult to walk. If you feel you have injured your Achilles tendon, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, 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.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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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Thursday, 16 April 2020 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

One of the most common injuries involving the ankle is a sprained ankle. If the muscles surrounding the ankle joints are weak, it’s likely that an injury may occur. Athletes often have issues with ankle injuries, which is why it’s so important to practice stretching before and after athletic activity to help prevent injuries such as ankle sprains. Ankle circles are a beneficial stretch when performed regularly. To perform it properly, you’d need to sit on the ground with your legs bent in front of you, crossing one leg over the other. You’d then begin to circle your ankle counterclockwise and clockwise, switching back and forth between your right and left ankle. Calf raises are another stretch that can help strengthen the lower legs and prevent sprained ankles. This exercise is done by standing flat on the floor and lifting your heels up and down, avoiding letting the heels touch the floor. For more information on how to best prevent getting a sprained ankle, it’s suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for professional advice.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. 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.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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, 06 April 2020 00:00

Treatment Methods for Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis may occur when the two sesamoid bones in the foot become inflamed, typically due to an injury. Repeated trauma or pressure placed on the ball of the foot is a common reason for this condition to develop. Dancers and basketball players are more likely to develop sesamoiditis due to the nature of their sport and the pressure often placed on the ball of the foot. For your sesamoids to recover it is imperative to reduce that pressure. Some ways to alleviate the pressure on the balls of your feet are by using foot inserts, a hot and cold foot roller, or metatarsal pads. For professional advice and a proper diagnosis, it’s suggested that you speak with a podiatrist.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Dr. Derek T. Pantiel of Summit Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

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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