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Josh Zeid will miss the rest of the season after his foot surgeries in the upcoming weeks. ( Smiley N. Pool / Houston Chronicle ) It was discovered early on in the season that MLB athlete Josh Zeid would miss the rest of the season in order to fix the sesamoiditis in both of his feet. The Houston Astros reliever was required to have a separate operation for each foot, broken up by six weeks of healing. With the operation of his right foot completed at the end of July, Zeid prepared for his second surgery of the left foot just this past October. The timing of his surgery as well as the projected healing time puts in question his readiness and capability for the 2015 season as well as any chances of an Opening Day bullpen appearance.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact one of our podiatrists of The Foot & Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors will perform a diagnostic exam and treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.


Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in North Carolina. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Ex-orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Taryn Rose, has teamed up with architect, Enrico Cuini to create a pair of high heels that are genuinely comfortable and feet friendly. The team has built a $40 million business with the designs and they have also started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the “wing shoes.” The collection will be called Enrico Cuini for DRESR and has carbon fiber wings built into the insoles that support and cushion all parts of the arch. “The wings ‘flutter’ as you walk to provide a pumping action, which helps blood flow back to your heart from your feet,” stated Dr. Rose. “This provides comfort and decreases swelling in your feet.”    

High heels can negatively affect your feet if they do not offer enough support. If you would like to learn more, speak to one of our doctors at Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina. We will answer all of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts 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.  Also, 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. 

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in North Carolina. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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 Northeastern Indiana Credit Union Chapter (NEICUC) collaborated with Samaritan’s Feet International to establish the Samaritan’s Feet event that provided three hundred pairs of shoes for members of the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne and the Euell A. Wilson Center. The purpose of the event was to help spread share and hope among local children. In addition to getting new pairs of shoes, members also had their feet washed by volunteers of the event. Many leaders of Samaritan’s Feet believe it is possible to demonstrate to the youth that dreams are achievable through actions such as these. The event was financed and coordinated logistically through the NEICUC, whom also helped recruit over 40 volunteers to help run the project. President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne, Joe Jordan commented, “It is wonderful to see the collaborative efforts that have been done on behalf of the youth in our community.”

Proper fitting shoes are a necessity for growing children, as they can help prevent possible foot concerns during development in the future. To learn more about the importance of proper shoe fitting in children, speak with one of our doctors at The Foot & Ankle Associates of North Carolina.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in North Carolina. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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 Lawmakers and administration officials have a new trend to compete over that is non-political: their health. Thanks to smartphone apps and sensors such as the Fitbit, Washington, D.C. employees are making sure they get in their recommended 10,000 steps a day. Due to recent technology, anyone that owns a smartphone can track their steps, miles, calories burned, and heart rate and office-held competitions over the daily amount of steps ensures the new health trend. “The type of people you find on Capitol Hill are very competitive by nature,” said Alexa Marrero. “You have a bunch of Type A personalities in jobs prone to keeping you behind a desk all day, so there are a lot of people who have found this as a fun way to get up.”

Walking is a tried and tested way to successfully exercise the feet. To learn more, consult with Dr. Stephen Kinard of The Foot & Ankle Associates of North Carolina. Dr. Kinard will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Exercise for Your Feet

If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.


Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.

Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.

Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in North Carolina. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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