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July 2023

Tuesday, 25 July 2023 00:00

Foot Protection While at Work

Shoes are worn to protect the feet. Many working environments call for extra attention to be paid to the type of shoes that are worn during the workday. This is crucial in keeping the feet safe, as they can be exposed to dangerous circumstances. These can range from falling items to slipping on spills. Additionally, many people stand for the majority of the day, and this can put stress on their feet. Foot fatigue is common after a day’s work, and it is helpful if it is addressed. It may happen as a result of wearing shoes that do not fit well, which may cause the foot muscles to become tired. Research has indicated that lacerations, sprains and punctures account for about 10 percent of disabling injuries. The severity of these injuries may be reduced when boots are worn that have a steel toe. If you are interested in learning more about foot protection during the workday, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dr. Kendall Blackwell from InStride Wilson Podiatry Associates. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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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Tuesday, 18 July 2023 00:00

Three Stages of an Ingrown Toenail

An ingrown toenail can be a potentially dangerous foot condition if medical attention is not promptly received. An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail grows into the skin instead of over it. It is a generally painful ailment, and severely ingrown toenails may bleed and become infected. This condition can be divided into three stages of development. The first stage causes mild inflammation, and it is often uncomfortable. A granuloma may form in the second stage, which can become more painful, and produce pus. This granuloma can grow over the nail in the third stage, and the entire toe may become inflamed. The most common cause of developing an ingrown toenail is improper foot care. This can range from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly to trimming the toenails in a curved fashion instead of straight across. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you seek counsel from a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can perform minor surgery for permanent relief.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. 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 are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.


  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.


Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.


Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

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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Tuesday, 11 July 2023 00:00

Dealing With Achilles Tendon Pain

Experiencing pain in the back of the leg just above the heel may indicate an injury to the Achilles tendon. The pain may worsen with exercise and subside after resting. There may also be stiffness, swelling, and soreness in this area. A sudden pain in the back of the heel that feels like a kick in the ankle can be a sign of a torn or ruptured Achilles tendon. If this occurs, it is important to seek immediate medical help. A podiatrist will view imaging tests which can diagnose the exact cause of the injury, and determine its severity. A rupture is a full or partial tear in this tendon, which connects the heel to the calf muscles and allows you to walk. Ruptures to the Achilles tendon are more common among men between the ages of 30 and 50. They are also common among women who are 60 years or older. With an Achilles tendon rupture, it may be difficult to walk normally or to stand on tiptoe. This type of injury may be the result of falling, stepping into a hole, sprinting, or sustaining a cut in the back of the heel. Both surgical and non-surgical treatments are common for Achilles tendon injuries. For help in managing an Achilles tendon injury, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.  

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, 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.

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 Wilson, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 04 July 2023 00:00

Heel Blisters

Sometimes, when an individual purchases a new pair of shoes and wears them for the first time, a blister can develop on the back of their heels where the material rubs up against the skin. Although blisters can sometimes be small, they can cause a person great discomfort and pain. Heel blisters form essentially because of the friction against the skin. This is why it is essential for individuals to ensure that they are purchasing footwear that fits correctly in the first place. Shoes ought to be spacious enough that the toes and heels have sufficient room. However, shoes should not be so big that the feet ultimately fall out of the shoes. If you are someone that is currently struggling with blisters, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today about any potential treatment and prevention plans.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, 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.

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 Wilson, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

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