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Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

Research has indicated that foot pain women may experience may come from from wearing high heels. The balance in the body may be altered as a result of the ankles bending forward, and this is a feeling that is similar to standing on tiptoes. Additionally, the calf muscles may be shortened which may affect the Achilles tendon, and this may lead to painful injuries. It may be helpful to limit wearing high heels, or to choose a lower and wider heel. Stretching and resting the feet frequently throughout the day may be beneficial in preventing unwanted foot conditions that may be associated with wearing this type of shoe. If you would like additional information about the possible hazards associated with wearing high heels, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can properly assist you.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Eastern Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which parts of my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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

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Monday, 04 February 2019 00:00

There are many people who stand or walk for the majority of the day, in addition to people who spend time behind a desk. There are benefits to frequently stretching the feet on a daily basis, regardless of how the day is spent. The feet will generally feel better when the toes, ankles, and arches are stretched, and certain foot conditions may be prevented as a result of proper stretching techniques that are performed. The structure of the foot is balanced and this may aid in having pain-free movements in the foot. If this balance is disturbed by having muscles that are too tight or weak, heel pain that may be indicative of plantar fasciitis may develop, or spasms may occur. An effective stretch includes pointing and flexing the foot, which may aid in loosening hamstring muscles, and adding strength to the ankles and heels. If you would like additional information about the benefits of stretching the feet, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists  from Eastern Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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

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Monday, 28 January 2019 00:00

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that affects the heel and causes striking pain outward. This condition occurs when the connective tissue, plantar fascia, which runs along the underside of the foot, is injured or inflamed. It is most common in those who participate in activities like running that cause repetitive impact on the feet. Most of the time it can be treated with simple remedies that do not require surgery, but some severe cases require further action. Surgery is rare, but can be invasive, so many doctors are turning to alternative therapies. Shockwave therapy helps to trigger the repair and regrowth of the injured nerve. The plantar fascia is located in an area of the foot that does not receive much blood flow, which impedes on the its ability to heal itself. Shockwave therapy helps to pull blood to the plantar fascia to facilitate repairing the nerve. If you have plantar fasciitis, it is highly recommended to speak with a podiatrist about your treatment options.

Shockwave therapy is a treatment commonly used to treat various injuries and conditions, particularly plantar fasciitis in the feet. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists from Eastern Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves that are directed to the affected tissues of the body with pinpoint accuracy. The effects are very beneficial, leading to a production of collagen fibers, eliminating inflammation.

Who Benefits from Shockwave?

Shockwave is recommended for patients suffering from heel pain and associated problems. Heel pain is a common condition which can be caused by obesity, overexertion, and spending a substantial amount of time on hard floors with your feet exposed and unsupported.

Fast and Easy

The therapy is actually a simple process that can leave patients feeling better the very next day. Shockwave therapy is not as dramatic as it sounds. It enables more blood flow to effected areas, addressing the source of the problem and allowing treatment to last for a long time.

Treatment & Recovery Time

Shockwave treatment will enable your feet to recover quickly. This is especially important since surgery is not required. It is cost effective and does not require the use of anesthesia. This treatment is a better option to surgery, since it is proven safe.

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

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Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

The painful and uncomfortable condition that is known as a heel spur occurs when a hard growth develops into the arch of the foot. The most common cause for this condition to occur is the ailment known as plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is located on the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. If this band of tissue should become inflamed and becomes a chronic condition, a heel spur may develop. The symptoms that are generally associated with heel spurs may be pain that is experienced in the heel of the foot upon arising in the morning. This may dissipate as the day progresses, which may be a result of walking activities that may warm and stretch the plantar fascia. A proper diagnosis is typically performed, which includes having an X-ray, MRI, or ultrasound taken, and these methods may be helpful in determining the extent of the growth. If you have developed a heel spur, it is advised to consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible, so the correct treatment can begin.

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 one of our podiatrists from Eastern Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors 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 conditions 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 Greenville, NC. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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