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When babies' feet have ample room to move about in, the muscles in the feet become stronger by kicking and wiggling the toes. Research has shown that it’s not necessary for babies to wear shoes unless the weather is cold when they are taken outside. Babies feet grow rapidly, and it is beneficial to monitor the size of the shoes and socks that are worn for optimum comfort. Washing and drying the feet is a good hygiene practice to implement daily with extra attention taken to thoroughly dry between the toes which  may prevent excess moisture from developing. Most children begin to walk about 12 months of age and it may be beneficial to notice if the child’s feet or toes turn out. Wearing shoes that fit properly will aid in comfortable walking, and choosing shoes that are made of lightweight materials will allow the feet to breath. If you would like additional information about how to choose proper shoes for your child, please schedule a consultation with a podiatrist.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Piedmont Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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It is no secret that high heels are uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. However, if you choose to wear heels you should be aware of the consequences that wearing these stylish shoes may entail. Stress fractures are one of the most common injuries that may occur from wearing heels. If you accidentally turn your foot inward you may strain or break the ligament structures around the lateral side of the ankle; causing a lateral ankle sprain. Arthritis can also develop in those that wear heels too often.  This is because you compensate while standing or walking in heeled shoes which causes the joints to wear down. In addition, heels have the potential to worsen your pre-existing foot conditions. For example, bunions can grow and become more painful when you wear heels compared to flat shoes.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Piedmont Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which parts of 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.  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.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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

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Friday, 18 May 2018 00:00

How to Prevent Blisters on the Feet

It’s important to know and understand why blisters may develop on your feet. The choice of shoes that are worn may be a contributing factor in the formation of blisters. There may be ways to avoid this condition from developing. These include purchasing shoes that fit comfortably and wearing appropriate socks that will keep your feet dry. Additionally, using insoles may aid in eliminating the friction that specific shoes may cause. Research has shown how the use of a particular soap or powder may increase the possibility of having to contend with blisters, and it’s suggested to cease using products that irritate the skin. Please schedule a consultation with a podiatrist for additional information on the prevention of blisters on the feet.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Piedmont Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Cary, Apex, Dunn, and Benson, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Why Do Corns Develop?

There are several different reasons for why corns on the feet to develop. These may include being on your feet for long stretches of time and wearing poorly fitting shoes that may cause friction. A corn typically resembles a round area of hardened skin that develops on the toes, and generally may cause pain and discomfort. Additionally, corns may form in between the toes, and this is commonly caused by wearing non-absorbent socks that allow moisture to develop. Some patients are able to file the corn, preceded by soaking the foot in warm water. This may enable the corn to soften, making it easier to file. It may be beneficial to use corn pads that will provide a protective layer that can possibly diminish the pressure. It’s advised to consult with a podiatrist for additional information and treatment options about corns.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Piedmont Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctors to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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

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When weight gain is experienced in pregnancy, the feet will typically be affected. Retaining fluid in the body is a common side effect of pregnancy, and this is often evident in the ankles and feet. This condition is known as edema and may be a result of the enlarging womb affecting circulation in the feet. Additionally, many pregnant women experience flat feet, also known as fallen arches. This is a frequent ailment that develops as a result of the excess weight that is gained, and may often lead to pain in the heel or the ball of the foot. There are several ways to treat swollen feet including elevating and resting your feet as often as possible, ingesting a diet that is low in sodium, and partaking in a gentle stretching and exercise routine. If you experience severe pain in your feet while pregnant, please consider scheduling a consultation with a podiatrist for additional information and treatment options.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Piedmont Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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When you decide to purchase a new pair of shoes, it’s important to have your feet properly measured. This can be achieved at the shoe store by using a measuring device designed specifically for determining the correct shoe size. If you have a bony protrusion on the side of the big toe often referred to as bunion, one foot may need a larger size shoe to accommodate this condition. Research has suggested the best time of day to have shoes fitted is when the feet are their largest, later in the day, which may often be due to normal swelling which typically occurs. There are numerous ailments that may result from poorly fitting shoes, including the formation of blisters and corns from wearing shoes that may be too tight. You may also possibly experience pain in the arches from choosing shoes that are too big. If you have questions and would like additional information on how to learn your correct shoe size, please schedule a consultation with a podiatrist.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Piedmont Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors  will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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 proper 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, improper 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

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

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

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