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Posts for: September, 2014

Vicky Holland, although suffering from Vicky Holland, will complete the final two legs of the World Series games in Stockholm and Edmonton before ending her season early. The Commonwealth Games champion and Olympic Triathlete has had severe inflammation this year due to the condition and has still made it this far. She understands how lucky she is to not have created any further injury to her foot and will take the time to recover for the next season. Holland admits, ““I’m not sure what the plan at the end of the season is, whether I will be in a boot or have shockwave therapy again or have injections … So it’s important for me now to finish the season early, address the issues I have and then go again.”

Shockwave therapy is just one of several options available as treatment for plantar fasciitis. For more information, speak to Dr. Stephen Kinard of The Foot & Ankle Associates of North Carolina. Dr. Kinard will answer all of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

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, attacking the source of the problem so treatment lasts 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.

For more information regarding shockwave therapy, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Ahoskie, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Marvin Jones' Foot Injury: What to Know About His Broken 5th MetatarsalDue to a fracture in the fifth metatarsal in one of his feet, Marvin Jones of the Cincinnati Bengals will miss eight weeks of the new football season. During his scheduled surgery, metal screws will be rooted into his broken foot to ensure proper healing. Jones could be back on the field by October 5th, if all goes according to plan.

After his surgery, Jones will have to keep the weight off of his foot and get routine x-rays. The wide receiver is a key player for the Bengals and his health is vital for the team’s success. Complications could occur if Jones is put back on the roster before he has fully healed which could lead to an even longer absence this season.

Broken feet can get in the way of everyday life and need to be treated immediately. If you think your foot might be broken, see podiatrist Dr. Stephen Kinard of The Foot & Ankle Associates of North Carolina. Dr. Kinard will evaluate the severity of your injury and get you an appropriate form of treatment.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is either bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated. Trying to keep the foot rested is important as the bones need plenty of time to heal and recover.

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

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A  study conducted by University of Colorado doctoral student Jason Franz has shown that barefoot running is really not all its cracked up to be. In fact, the study actually found that more people run efficiently wearing shoes than going barefoot.

The experiments, held in the locomotion lab, observed runners’ oxygen intake and carbon dioxide exhalation while running on a treadmill. The volunteers ran with both a lightweight running shoe and completely barefoot (but with equivalent weight to the shoe attached to the foot). The results were that the body requires about three to four percent more energy exertion whilst running barefoot. Franz speculates that the adjustments you make to cushion the impacts while running may require more metabolic energy from the body.

Barefoot running can be a difficult transition from traditional running. If you would like more guidance and more information, talk to podiatrist Dr. Stephen A. Kinard, DPM of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Dr. Kinard will treat your podiatric needs.  

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running

-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running

-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running

-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

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

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The Staffordshire and Stoke-on Trent Partnership (SSoTP), which is in charge of referring National Health Service patients with foot problems to podiatrists and chiropodists, was supposed to make appointments for 95% of newly referred patients within 3 weeks. However, they failed to meet their quota last month due to a large influx of people with foot conditions, so now their contract with the NHS has been redone with new stipulations.

Under the new contract the SSoTP is responsible for guaranteeing doctor visits within two days to 90% of people with pressing foot issues. Unfortunately, patients who have problems that need regular care but aren’t as severe may experience delays of up to six weeks before getting appointments.

Since the United States doesn’t have a National Health Service, people with foot problems are expected to choose a podiatrist on their own. For professional care for any kind of foot or ankle problem, consider seeing podiatrist Dr. Stephen A. Kinard, DPM of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Dr. Kinard will provide you with comprehensive and effective care for your foot condition.

Choosing a Podiatrist

It is important to find a good podiatrist when it comes to healing your foot concerns and pain. A good podiatrist should know how to identify your condition and should suggest the necessary treatments that can be done so that you can get back to good health.

Choosing a podiatrist is a relatively easy task that can be done through an online search engine, word of mouth via a friend, directory listings, yellow book, advertisements, newspaper ads, etc. It is up to you to choose the one that you feel is the closest to your location, is experienced and  has a good reputation in the field.

It is best to find one that cares about your health overall and is open and happy to help you alleviate any pain you might be experiencing. Another thing to consider may be the costs of a podiatrist, what insurance carrier you have and also if they specialize in anything specific.

Visit your podiatrist at the first signs of pain, discomfort, or injuries and if you notice any unexplainable pain in the feet.

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

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Development of cardiovascular problems may have a higher risk of occurrence for those patients who suffer from diabetes, says new research findings from doctors at St. George’s University of London. This cardiovascular problem development, seems to be at risk if the patient has peripheral neuropathy prior. The claims the scientists make are based conclusively on an examination they performed of about 13,000 people with type-2 diabetes who had no prior heart problems.

Neuropathy led to patients being more likely to experience a cardiovascular event than those patients who were not afflicted. This knowledge helps doctors predict when a diabetes patient will be more susceptible to heart disease. “There is likely an unmet potential to reduce cardiovascular disease in this group of patients through greater monitoring and simple treatments," said Consultant in Vascular Surgery Robert Hinchliffe.

Diabetes and peripheral neuropathy are systemic diseases that can do a lot of damage to the feet. For help dealing with the effects of a systemic disease in your feet, talk to Dr. Stephen A. Kinard, DPM of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Dr. Kinard can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Systemic Diseases and the Feet

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include: gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs, which relieves pain and inflammation  and other drugs which lowers the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus- is an increase in the level of blood sugar in which the body cannot counteract with the insulin in the body. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

·         Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

·         Peripheral Vascular Disease- can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet. 

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

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