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Monday, 29 July 2019 00:00

The Purpose of the Achilles Tendon

The Achilles tendon is located in the back of the calf, and its purpose is to connect the heel bone to the calf muscles. People that frequently participate in specific sporting activities may experience injuries to the Achilles tendon. This is the result of the tendon stretching too far, possibly making it rupture and tear. This can cause considerable pain and discomfort, and daily activities may be difficult to complete. Some of the symptoms that are often associated with this ailment can include difficulty in standing on tiptoes, walking up the steps, and some patients may notice the back of their ankle is bruised and swollen. It can help to ease the pain when elevating the affected ankle as often as possible, as this may help to reduce existing swelling. Treatment can include wearing a brace or splint, which may help to stabilize the foot. If you feel you have injured your Achilles tendon, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you towards the best treatment options.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot Care of Jacksonville, NC, PLLC. Our doctors 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 our office located in Jacksonville, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Saturday, 27 July 2019 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a form of arthritis that can affect anyone. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

A blister is a small pocket of fluid that can form on the foot. They vary in size and can occur for a variety of different reasons. On the feet, blisters can cause difficulty in walking, standing and exercising for long periods of time. Blisters can be caused by friction created by being on your feet for several hours a day, poorly fitting shoes, excessive moisture or perspiration and fungal infections. Some home treatments for blisters include cleaning it with antiseptic, making a small puncture in the blister with a needle, allowing the fluid to completely drain out and covering it with gauze or a bandage. There are also a couple ways to prevent yourself from getting a blister. To do this, it is necessary to be able to assess the cause of the blister. If it is due to friction, then make sure you are wearing properly fitted shoes. If you are active in sporting activities, make sure that you keep your feet dry and apply foot powder as to avoid the feet getting sweaty. If you have developed a blister, it is recommended that you consult with a podiatrist to figure out the best treatment method. 

 

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot Care of Jacksonville, NC, PLLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

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

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:00

What Is Cuboid Syndrome?

If you have pain on the outside of your foot, you may have cuboid syndrome. The cuboid is a bone on the outer part of your foot. The ailment occurs when this bone moves out of its place. There is no concrete test for cuboid syndrome, so many times, the pain is misdiagnosed. If you have sprained your ankle before, engage in activities such as ballet or running, or have flat feet, you may be more likely to incur this condition. Luckily, this infliction is typically simple to treat. For example, you can perform exercises in order to strengthen the foot. Additionally, a doctor may be able to manipulate the foot to put the cuboid bone back in its proper location. Medical tape, orthotics, and a “cuboid wedge” could also be used to fix the placement of the bone. For relief from the discomfort, you can apply ice to your foot and rest as much as possible. If you believe you may have this condition, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, consult with one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Jacksonville, NC, PLLC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

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

 

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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 00:00

Sweaty Feet and Plantar Hyperhidrosis

The medical condition that is referred to as plantar hyperhidrosis is indicative of excessively sweaty feet. Patients who have this condition have difficulty in keeping their feet dry for the majority of the day. This is often the result of large amounts of sweat that is produced by the sweat glands, and this can be an uncomfortable issue for patients who suffer from this condition. There are methods that can be implemented which may help to prevent plantar hyperhidrosis from developing. Using a foot powder that has antifungal properties may help to alleviate some of the odor that is often associated with this ailment. It may also be beneficial to wear shoes that are made of a breathable material, which may include leather or canvas. Additionally, it is important to regulate the body temperature, and this can be accomplished by drinking plenty of water for the majority of the day. If you feel you have this condition, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can guide you toward beginning proper treatment.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot Care of Jacksonville, NC, PLLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Jacksonville, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 July 2019 00:00

What is PRP?

PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is located in your body’s own blood. It is responsible for clotting the blood and it also contains growth factors necessary for healing damaged tissues of the tendons and ligaments. Athletes in the MLB and NFL are widely treated with PRP for foot and ankle injuries such as chronic tendon injuries, Achilles injuries and heel pain. The treatment for PRP is done similarly to a blood test. A small amount of blood is drawn from the arm and is then placed in a centrifuge. The plasma portion is separated and placed into a syringe for injection into the injured part of the body. This allows for the healing process to speed up and for patients to return to their physical activities right away. PRP is also considered a viable option for patients that have pain associated with tendinitis in the Achilles, plantar fasciitis and other common foot and ankle injuries. If you feel PRP would be the right treatment for you, see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you are suffering from a foot condition, contact one of our podiatrists of Family Foot Care of Jacksonville, NC, PLLC. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood taken from a patient and spun in a centrifuge, concentrating the amount of platelets. The plasma is then re-injected into the site of injury or damage, assisting the body in repairing damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and tissue. PRP helps the body speed up its healing process.

Uses of PRP

Injuries affecting the foot sometimes don’t heal properly because of poor blood circulation. The healing time slows down, and recovery time is affected by poor blood supply. PRP injections will speed up recovery and resolve this issue.

Treatment

PRP is the first regenerative treatment for damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments. No surgery needed. It is only applied with an insertion of a needle.

Ultrasound – An ultrasound is needed for proper placement of the platelets.

Injection – When the first injection is received, the patient will return to the doctor in about 2 to 3 weeks and monitor the recovery process.

Recovery time – Some people respond to treatments differently. Therefore, depending on your condition, the doctor will make any remaining decisions on how many more injections are needed, or if any additional ones are even required.

Benefits

One may be able to avoid major surgery, and recovery time will be cut down. PRP injections also avoid creating scar tissue and damage to the area. Risks are also very low using PRP as a treatment. There is no risk of rejection, contracting a disease from using another person’s blood, or infection.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Jacksonville, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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