Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What is the best kind of ankle brace to wear?

There are a number of different ankle braces that are available. The most simple, an ACE bandage or pull-on ankle brace provides minimal support. It can work, however, to provide some additional support after there is full recovery from an ankle sprain. There are pull-on ankle braces that also have additional support to provide more stability to the ankle and help prevent it from being twisted. There are also lace-up braces that provide the most stability of all braces that can be found in pharmacies or running stores.
There are ankle braces that are more durable and effective. We carry many of them in our InStride Family Food Care Office. For those who have a history of chronic ankle sprains, Dr. McDonald will make a custom ankle brace for maximum protection and prevention.


For additional questions, please contact our InStride Family Foot Care at 704-786-4482 or visit at https://www.familyfootcare.info/.
 



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Athlete's Foot (tinea pedis)

Athlete's Foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a skin disease caused by a fungus that usually occurs between the toes. The fungus attacks the feet because shoes create a warm, dark, and humid environment that encourages fungus growth. Warm, damp areas around swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms are also breeding grounds for fungi.

Symptoms of Athlete's Foot include drying skin, itching, scaling, inflammation, and blisters on and between the toes. Athlete's Foot can spread to the soles of the feet and to the toenails as well as other parts of the body, which is why timely treatment is so important.

You can prevent Athlete's Foot by:

  •     Not walking barefoot, particularly in public pools and locker rooms.
  •     Reducing foot perspiration by using talcum powder.
  •     Wearing light and airy shoes.
  •     Wearing socks that keep your feet dry, and changing them frequently if you perspire heavily.

While fungicidal and fungistatic chemicals are usually used to treat Athlete's Foot problems, they often fail to contact the fungi in the lower layers of the skin. For persistent Athlete's Foot, a prescription topical or oral antifungal drug may be needed. 
Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications.

If you have any questions or concerns about your feet, please don't hesitate to contact our InStride Family Foot Care at 704-786-4482 or visit our website at http://www.familyfootcare.info/.




 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Gout | Learn more about it

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Does nail polish cause toenail fungus?

Nail polish in and of itself does not cause toenail fungus. That's not to say that it doesn't contribute to the situation. Fungus is an opportunist that infects the toenails when they are damaged. Nail polish can cause damage to the toenails.

Most nail polishes contain damaging chemicals, such as formaldehyde and toluene. Nail polish remover contains acetone. All of these damage the toenails and cause the white streaking that many women experience when removing their polish. This damage weakens the toenails and make them more susceptible to developing a fungus infection.

There are alternatives to harmful nail polish. We carry Dr.'s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish which does not contain the harmful chemicals that regular nail polish tends to have; instead it is formulated with vitamins and an all natural antifungal agent to nourish the nails.

For additional questions, contact our InStride Family Foot Care at 704 -786-4482 or visit at http://www.familyfootcare.info/.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Broken Ankle

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, doctors have noticed an increase in the number and severity of broken ankles since the 1970s, due, in part, to the Baby Boomer generation being active throughout every stage of their lives.
The ankle has two joints, one on top of the other, and three bones. A broken ankle can involve one or more of the bones, as well as injury to the surrounding connecting tissues or ligaments.
There are a wide variety of causes for broken ankles, most commonly a fall, an automobile accident, or sports-related trauma. Because a severe sprain can often mask the symptoms of a broken ankle, every ankle injury should be examined by a physician.

Symptoms of a broken ankle include:
  • Bruising.
  • Swelling.
  • Immediate and severe pain.
  • Inability to put any weight on the injured foot.
  • Tenderness to the touch.
  • Deformity, particularly if there is a dislocation or a fracture.
The treatment for a broken ankle usually involves a leg cast or brace if the fracture is stable. If the ligaments are also torn, or if the fracture created a loose fragment of bone that could irritate the joint, surgery may be required to secure the bones in place so they will heal properly.


If you have any questions regarding your feet, please don't hesitate to contact our InStride Family Foot Care at 704-786-4482 or visit our website at http://www.familyfootcare.info/.



Monday, June 26, 2017

Forefoot Pain

Do you have persistent pain in the ball of your foot? - Check out this video from Officite:




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Monday, May 22, 2017

Venous Stasis

Venous stasis is a loss of proper function in the leg veins that normally carry blood back toward the heart. This may occur following injury to the veins, which may lead to blood clots in the superficial veins (known as superficial phlebitis) or blood clots in the deep veins (known as deep venous thrombosis).

Individuals with this condition usually exhibit swelling of the legs and ankles. The superficial veins in the legs may be varicose, causing the veins to be enlarged and appear as a cord or a bunch of grapes. Patients often complain of a feeling of fullness, aching, or tiredness in their legs. These symptoms worsen with standing, and are relieved when the legs are elevated. As the condition progresses the blood continues to collect in the feet, ankles, and legs.

Rest, elevation, and compression stockings are the most common forms of treatment.

For additional questions, contact our InStride Family Foot Care at 704 -786-4482 or visit at http://www.familyfootcare.info/.