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It is fairly common for a person to have broken their pinky toe. This can happen as a result of a heavy object falling on top of it, or possibly from stubbing it against a piece of furniture. When the pinky toe is broken, you may still be able to walk on it, however it can produce severe pain and discomfort. An effective treatment for a broken pinky toe may be referred to as buddy taping. This is done by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it. This procedure may help to support the broken toe as the healing process takes place. Severe fractures may produce a fever, and it may be necessary to perform surgery or to take pain medication. If you have broken your toe, please consult with a podiatrist who can properly treat a broken toe

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact with one of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Research has indicated that many running experts suggest shoes that are used for jogging and running are purchased half a size larger. This may be helpful in avoiding overall discomfort and in preventing painful blisters. Benefits of having extra room in the shoes are that it may provide ample space for the toes to point and flex, in addition to avoiding ingrown toenails from developing. It is important to measure your feet later in the day, and every time new shoes are purchased. If you would like more information about how to buy shoes that fit properly, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

It is important to find shoes that fit you properly in order to avoid a variety of different foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Shoes have many different functions. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet, and allow us to safely play sports. You should always make sure that the shoes you wear fit you properly in order to avoid injuries and deformities such as: bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more. It is important to note that although a certain pair of shoes might be a great fit for someone else, that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for you. This is why you should always try on shoes before buying them to make sure they are worth the investment. Typically, shoes need to be replaced ever six months to one year of regular use.

Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting

  • Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot
  • Don’t buy shoes that fit too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit
  • Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to ½”) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right
  • Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot

The shoes you buy should always feel as good as they look. Shoes that fit properly will last longer, feel better, and improve your way of life each day.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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If you are experiencing poor circulation in your feet, it may be difficult to walk, and even standing can be problematic. Research has indicated that lifestyle choices may play a significant role in developing poor foot circulation. These may include smoking, lacking exercise, and eating unhealthy foods. This condition occurs when the arteries become narrow, and it is difficult for the blood to flow freely through them. The symptoms that many patients associate with poor circulation can include a tingling sensation, and the feet may feel cold or numb. Additionally, existing wounds may take longer to heal, and toenails do not grow as fast as they normally would. Moderate relief may be found if compression socks are worn, and this is typically helpful in increasing the blood flow. It is important to implement healthy lifestyle changes that can consist of practicing a gentle exercise routine, drinking plenty of water, and quitting smoking. If you feel you have poor circulation, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.

Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Ingrown toenails are a painful, and often an uncomfortable condition that can develop for a number of reasons. Most commonly, they will form due to tight or improperly fitting shoes, an infection, trauma, hereditary reasons, or not trimming your toenails correctly. You may notice you have developed an ingrown toenail by recognizing redness, swelling, a tender feeling on the surrounding skin, the toenail being oddly shaped, or slight bleeding or pus coming from the toenail. Some patients have found relief by packing, taping, or using nail braces to alleviate the pain. Some doctors may suggest partial or full removal of the nail, depending on its severity. For more information about ingrown toenails, we recommend you consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and advised treatment plan.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. To learn more about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your 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 one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Patients who experience stress fractures that affect the feet can often feel frustrated. A stress fracture is known as a small crack in the bone and can be referred to as a hairline fracture. It occurs as a result of repeated stress that can gradually happen during frequent running or from standing for the majority of the day. The recovery process is generally lengthy and may require that you stay off your feet. People who are affected with severe stress fractures may find it helpful to wear a protective boot to aid in the healing process. There are methods that can be implemented, which may help to prevent stress fractures. This can include gradually increasing mileage and building muscle strength that will support your chosen type of running. If you have a stress fracture, it is strongly recommended that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. 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 one of our offices located in Ahoskie, Durham, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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