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Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Foot drop is a condition characterized by the inability to lift or move the foot and toes. It is characterized by the failure to clear the ground when you take a step, forcing the need to have a marching gait when walking. Foot drop typically results from nerve injury, such as sports injuries, keeping the legs in one position for a long time, or peripheral neuropathy. Certain surgeries, including hip or knee replacements, also may increase the risk of foot drop. Treatment approaches vary, depending on the underlying cause and the duration of the condition. Exercises to strengthen and stretch the muscles of the leg and foot can help to improve mobility. Additionally, braces, splints, or custom orthotic shoe inserts can provide support and maintain proper foot alignment. In some cases, electrical nerve stimulation devices may be employed to aid nerve function. Surgical interventions, such as joint fusion or nerve repair, may be considered for those with permanent impairment. For help with managing foot drop, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a full examination and an accurate diagnosis to determine what the proper treatment is for you. 

If you have any concerns about your feet, 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.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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, 09 April 2024 00:00

Diabetes can lead to a variety of foot ulcers, which are wounds and sores that will not heal in a normal time frame. Ischemic ulcers are typically found on the toes and lateral foot areas. They are a result of underlying blood flow problems. Neuroischemic ulcers arise from a combination of diabetic neuropathy and peripheral artery disease, and tend to form at the metatarsal heads. These ulcers present a complex challenge because both damaged nerves and blood vessels are involved. Neuropathic ulcers, a common complication of diabetes, usually begin as callous formations on the bottom of the foot before progressing to ulceration. Patients with severe peripheral neuropathy may exhibit altered gait, skin changes, and reduced sensation, all of which increase the risk of ulcer development. The importance of regular foot exams and proactive foot care in individuals with diabetes cannot be overstated. If you or someone you know is living with diabetes, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist at the first sign of ulcers on the feet.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, 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.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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, 02 April 2024 00:00

Blisters are small fluid-filled pockets that commonly form on the skin and can be particularly bothersome when they develop on the feet. Whether caused by friction from wearing ill-fitting shoes, prolonged walking, running, or heat, blisters can cause discomfort and interfere with daily activities. While most blisters on the feet heal naturally within a week, it is essential to avoid popping them yourself, as this can increase the risk of infection and prolong recovery time. Instead, gently cover the blister with a dry, sterile dressing to help protect it as it heals. If there are signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or pus, seeking prompt medical attention from a podiatrist is suggested. Podiatrists may prescribe antibiotics for infected blisters or perform procedures like blister drainage under sterile conditions for larger or more painful blisters. If you experience persistent or recurrent blisters on your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to ensure safe and effective treatment as well as prevention strategies.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. 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 are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can 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.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

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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Sunday, 31 March 2024 00:00

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!

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