Tuesday, 16 August 2022 00:00

A bunion is easy to notice. It is classified as a deformity and is a bony protrusion on the side of the big toe. It can develop as a result of genetic factors or from wearing shoes that are too tight in the toe area. Research has shown it affects approximately 35% of people who are over 65 years old and may affect their quality of life if not promptly treated. The medical term for a bunion is called hallux valgus and happens when the first long bone of the foot meets the first bone of the toe. When this moves out of alignment, a bunion has formed. It often develops slowly and if it becomes severe it may shift the other toes toward each other. Flexibility and range of motion may negatively affect the foot, and the skin may become irritated. Some patients experience foot injuries, and this may lead to the development of a bunion. Additionally, existing medical conditions including flat feet and rheumatoid arthritis may increase the risk of getting a bunion. If you have noticed a bunion on your foot, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you, which may include surgery for permanent removal.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of InStride Family Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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Monday, 15 August 2022 00:00

Painful deformities, such as hammertoes, can be treated. Stop living with foot pain, and have beautiful feet again!

Tuesday, 09 August 2022 00:00

A stress fracture in the foot is common among people who enjoy running and participating in sporting activities. It is considered to be a hairline fracture, and gradually happens from repetitive stress that is put on the bones in the feet. People may refer to it as a fatigue fracture, and it is a weakening of the bone. There may be additional risk factors at play in why some people develop stress fractures and others do not. These can include not consuming enough calories, having an earlier stress fracture, or possibly from having low body weight. Many people can endure a stress fracture from training too rapidly and frequently, as this does not allow adequate time for the bones to get used to the added stress. Additionally, if running is done on hard surfaces, it may contribute significantly to getting a stress fracture. Relief generally begins with stopping the activity that caused the fracture, and resting the affected foot which may help to relieve swelling. If you have endured a stress fracture, it is advised that you speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible so the correct treatment can begin.

 

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from InStride Family Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

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

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Tuesday, 02 August 2022 00:00

Fluid-filled ganglion cysts are benign masses that can develop in tissue surrounding a tendon as well as in other locations. Ganglion cysts in the feet can occur on top of the foot or in the ankle and are sometimes visible on the skin. If they press against a tendon, joint, or footwear, they can be painful. It is a good idea to have your podiatrist evaluate and diagnose any growth that is causing pain in your ankle or elsewhere on your feet whether or not you suspect a ganglion cyst. They will typically monitor the growth and may prescribe custom orthotics or footwear modifications to alleviate pressure being placed on it. If the cyst becomes overly painful or bothersome, your podiatrist may try aspirating it or using steroid injections to shrink it. A surgical treatment may prove beneficial if the cyst returns or is non-responsive to more conservative treatments. 


 

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from InStride Family Foot Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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

 

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