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Monday, 22 February 2021 00:00

Three Grades of Ankle Sprains

Many patients experience ankle pain at some point in their lives. It could occur as a result of enduring an ankle sprain. Ankle sprains typically cause severe pain and discomfort and should be treated by a professional. Suddenly stepping off of a curb or walking on uneven surfaces may result in a sprained ankle. The amount of force involved generally governs the severity of the sprain. Minimal tearing of the ligaments can be referred to as a grade one ankle sprain. This can produce mild tenderness and walking is usually not hindered. An incomplete tear is known as a grade two sprain. This is accompanied by swelling, bruising, and moderate pain. In a grade three sprain, the affected ligament tears completely, the ankle is unstable, and walking is likely impossible. Mild relief from any type of ankle sprain consists of frequently elevating the affected foot, and it is beneficial to wrap the ankle with an elastic bandage for stability. If you have sprained your ankle, please consult with a podiatrist who can offer you the correct treatment options.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. Kendall Blackwell from InStride Wilson Podiatry Associates. 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 are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

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

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

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

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Monday, 15 February 2021 00:00

Painful Heel Spurs


A common symptom of a heel spur is pain in the heel and surrounding areas. It is defined as a bony growth that forms on the bottom of the heel, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. It often occurs in patients who have plantar fasciitis, which affects the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. It can occur as a result of standing on hard surfaces, and walking for the majority of the day. It can be properly diagnosed by having an X-ray taken, which is necessary in determining how severe it is. Mild relief can be found when the affected foot is elevated, and the activity that caused the gradual development of the heel spur is temporarily ceased. If you are afflicted with heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can diagnose and treat heel spurs.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Dr. Kendall Blackwell from InStride Wilson Podiatry Associates. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Wilson, NC. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Friday, 12 February 2021 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.

Monday, 08 February 2021 00:00

Important Keys for Senior Foot Care

As the feet get older, they can become worn down from years of supporting the body. The skin becomes less elastic, which can lead to issues such as blisters and cracked heels. Because of the complexity of issues that can arise, wearing the right footwear is one of the most important factors in caring for your feet. Shoes should have a proper grip and gently hug the feet. Keeping the feet clean, warm, and dry is important as well in order to prevent an infection. The toenails should be cut short and straight across in order to prevent ingrown toenails. Any issues with the feet should be checked by a podiatrist in order to prevent them from getting worse. This includes any sores or other abnormalities. A podiatrist will also be able to provide other recommendations on how to care for your feet.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Kendall Blackwell from InStride Wilson Podiatry Associates. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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Many people who are eager to take up the sport of running often start with walking. This generally means that two different pairs of shoes are worn. Walking shoes typically have a lower heel, and shoes that are worn for running have a thicker sole. This adds to the cushioning of the shoe, and the sides can also be thicker. A good pair of running shoes will help to protect the joints, ligaments, and muscles while running is done. This is not necessary while walking, which has a result of less impact on the body. If you would like additional information about the differences between walking and running shoes, please consult with a podiatrist who can provide the information you are seeking.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with Dr. Kendall Blackwell from InStride Wilson Podiatry Associates. Our doctor can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

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

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An ingrown toenail is noticeable when the toenail grows into the surrounding skin. This is a condition that can cause severe pain and discomfort, and can occur for a variety of reasons. These can include genetic factors, wearing shoes that do not fit properly, or it may happen if the toenail has endured an injury. Common symptoms many patients have include swelling, redness, and soreness in the surrounding area. It may feel better if you soak the affected toe in warm water, as this can help to soften the area so the nail can separate from the skin. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, please speak to a podiatrist as quickly as possible so the correct treatment can begin.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Kendall Blackwell of InStride Wilson Podiatry Associates. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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Monday, 18 January 2021 00:00

Treatment for Hyperhidrosis

Plantar hyperhidrosis causes excessively sweaty feet. This problem can be embarrassing, and having constantly wet feet may increase your risk of developing certain foot problems, such as blisters or athlete’s foot. Fortunately, there are many treatments available for plantar hyperhidrosis. For mild to moderate cases, using an antiperspirant is recommended. Antiperspirants can come in a variety of forms to help reduce sweating by blocking the pores from which sweat escapes. Another potential treatment is iontophoresis, which can inhibit the overactive sweat glands’ ability to produce sweat. If you have excessively sweaty feet, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist, who can help you find the right treatment for you. 

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Dr. Kendall Blackwell of InStride Wilson Podiatry Associates. Our doctor 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 Wilson, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 13 January 2021 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Monday, 11 January 2021 00:00

Can Flat Feet Cause Foot Pain?

Flat feet is a condition in which the arch on the bottom of the midfoot region is absent. In infants and toddlers, the arch is not yet developed and having flat feet is typical. As the child ages, a normal arch usually develops. However, for some individuals the arch may not develop, and they will continue to have flat feet into adulthood. Flat feet will often be asymptomatic, not causing pain or any other problems. Unfortunately, some people can experience foot pain or discomfort due to their flat feet. People with flat feet are also more likely to have overpronation, a gait pattern in which the feet turn too far inward while walking. Overpronation can sometimes cause foot pain to develop. If you have flat feet and are experiencing foot discomfort or pain, it is recommended that you see a podiatrist for treatment. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Kendall Blackwell from InStride Wilson Podiatry Associates. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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Monday, 04 January 2021 00:00

Why Does the Top of My Foot Hurt?

Because of the complex system of bones, muscles, and joints in the feet, foot pain can be indicative of a variety of issues. Pain at the top of the foot can lead to issues when walking or standing still, and is most often caused by an overuse injury. An extensor tendonitis occurs when the tendons that run across the top of the foot become inflamed. Stress fractures can also lead to pain in this area. A midfoot sprain could cause the foot bones to hit against each other and inflame the small joints at the top of the foot. Peripheral neuropathy, which is the result of nerve damage, may also affect the top of the feet. If you are experiencing pain in the top of the foot make sure to consult with a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment.     

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Kendall Blackwell from InStride Wilson Podiatry Associates. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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