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Tuesday, 31 January 2023 00:00

The development of a child’s feet is often overlooked when speaking about how the body progresses. The feet are the foundation of the body and carry its weight throughout the day. The feet are responsible for motor movements that include walking, running, and standing, and the foot bones will strengthen under stress. This can happen in the earlier stages when the baby pushes their feet against a car seat or similar object, and the bones will fully develop at approximately 18 years of age. The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and the arch will begin to form at two years old. There are 14 bones in the toes, and they play a crucial role in maintaining balance and stability. Additionally, the toes help with pushing off while walking, running, or jumping. Research has shown that by massaging your child's feet, an improved foot-eye coordination may occur, in addition to walking on varied surfaces. If you would like more information about the stages of development for your child's feet, please consult with a podiatrist.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Summit Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

Bunions, which are deformities in the toes, can be extremely painful. Most bunions occur on the big toe, forcing the bottom of the toe out and the tip of the toe inward toward the other toes. Another type of bunion is termed a bunionette, which causes the same effect, only this time it occurs on the little toe. Most people develop bunions because of a genetic predisposition to the deformity. The development of a bunion can be made worse by external factors. Among them is wearing shoes that are too tight or too small. Any footwear that pushes the toes inward may increase pressure on an already unstable toe joint. Some people with high arches are prone to developing bunions, as are those with flat feet. In some cases, ligaments in the toe structure may be loose, which contributes to abnormal movement of the bones. If you have bunions that have become painful and inhibit your ability to carry out daily activities, it is a good idea to visit a podiatrist. A number of treatment options, ranging from non-invasive to surgical, are available that can help correct this condition.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Summit Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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

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Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

Foot ulcers are generally caused by an underlying disease or condition that makes it difficult to detect sores or cuts on the feet. The most common causes are as the result of diabetes, which can result in neuropathy, or peripheral artery disease, which results from constricted blood vessels. Foot ulcers are basically sores that don’t heal properly, with the end result of damaging the skin to the point where it degrades and could turn into gangrene. There are preventative measures available to ward off the worst effects of foot ulcers. Among them are carrying out daily inspections of the feet, toes, and ankles to detect cuts, sores, or cracks in the skin that can become infected. Washing and thoroughly drying the feet daily is recommended, along with use of an emollient to avoid cracks in the skin. It is thought best to avoid going barefoot and to wear shoes with a wide toe box and well-cushioned sole. Regular visits to a podiatrist who can monitor and correct any foot issues are also suggested. 

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 one of our podiatrists from Summit Podiatry. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Wilmington, Whiteville, and Wallace, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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