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3701 Henderson Dr
Jacksonville, NC 28546

September 2020

Monday, 28 September 2020 00:00

Sources of Heel Pain

The two main causes of heel pain are heel spurs and plantar fasciitis. Heel spurs are bony projections that form at the bottom of the heel bones. They are very common, and in most cases, they aren’t noticeable. Heel spurs cause heel pain in approximately 5% of people who have them. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, from the heel to the toes. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. Both conditions share similar risk factors, such as repetitive athletic stress, obesity, tightness in the calf muscles, and high arches. Both conditions also have similar treatments, including resting and icing the affected foot, changing footwear, and performing foot stretches. Imaging studies, such as X-rays, can be helpful in differentiating between the two conditions. For more information about heel spurs and plantar fasciitis, speak with a podiatrist today.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, 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.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please 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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Monday, 21 September 2020 00:00

Foot Trauma Can Happen Gradually or Suddenly

Injuries to the feet and ankles may occur as a result of gradual wear and tear, or from a sudden fall. Children who frequently participate in running and jumping activities may experience foot trauma from suddenly changing direction during soccer or football games. In older adults, muscle mass and bone strength can diminish, and their balance and vision may slowly deteriorate. Bruises can be common if an ankle sprain happens, and may be accompanied by severe pain and discomfort. A stress fracture is defined as a hairline crack in the bone, and can typically develop gradually from repetitive motion. If you have any type of pain in your feet or ankles, it is recommended that you confer with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose your condition and offer the correct treatment options.

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 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.

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 our office located in Jacksonville, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Saturday, 19 September 2020 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Monday, 14 September 2020 00:00

To Pop or Not to Pop (Your Blister)

If you have a blister on your foot, you may feel tempted to pop the fluid-filled pocket under your skin. Should you? The general consensus is that you probably shouldn’t. A blister is filled with serum, the liquid part of your blood that contains protective substances like antibodies. Popping or draining your blister removes the serum and makes a hole in your skin, opening the area up to infection. Popping the blister can also cause more pain than simply having an intact blister on your foot. Additionally, it is very important to avoid popping your foot blister if you have diabetes, heart failure, peripheral artery disease, swollen legs, venous ulcers, or a condition that affects your immune system, as these things can increase your chances of getting an infection. If you have a painful foot blister, it is recommended that you visit a podiatrist for treatment. 

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. 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 develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often 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.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

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, 08 September 2020 00:00

How Are Stress Fractures Diagnosed?

A common reason for stress fractures of the feet to occur is from repetitive overuse. Many runners can experience this type of injury, and the bones in the center of the foot can be at risk. These types of fractures gradually occur as small breaks in the bone. The common symptoms that many patients can experience often include pain and discomfort in the front of the foot, tenderness surrounding the affected area, and it may appear to be bruised. Having an MRI taken is generally an effective method of diagnosing a stress fracture, and the average healing time is approximately six to eight weeks. It may be beneficial to perform certain types of stretches to promote healing, and many patients find it helpful to wear a walking boot. If you have pain in your foot, and think it may be a stress fracture, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Jacksonville, NC, PLLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

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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