Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Stretches for Plantar Fasciitis

How to Stretch your Plantar Fasciitis?

Here are some tips from Dr. Kevin McDonald our InStride Family Foot Care podiatrist:

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Medical Pedicures

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If you have any questions regarding to your feet, please do not hesitate to contact our InStride Family Foot Care at 704-786-4482. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Women's Feet

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Thursday, September 15, 2016


Corns are calluses that form on the toes because of bones that push up against shoes and build up pressure on the skin. The surface layer of the skin thickens, irritating the tissues underneath. 

Hard corns are usually located on the top of the toe or on the side of the small toe.
Soft corns resemble open sores and develop between the toes as they rub against each other.

Improperly fitting shoes are a leading cause of corns. Toe deformities, such as hammertoe or claw toe, also can lead to corns. 

Self-care for corns includes soaking feet regularly and using a pumice stone or callus file to reduce the size of the corn. Special over-the-counter, non-medicated, donut-shaped foam pads can be worn to help relieve the pressure and discomfort. For large or lasting corns, please contact our InStride Family Foot Care at 704 -786-4482. We can shave off the corns to help your feet feel and look better.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Claw Toe

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Claw toe is caused by nerve damage from diseases like diabetes or alcoholism, which can weaken muscles in the foot. The term stems from the toes' appearance—toes that look like claws digging down into the soles. Claw toe may lead to the formation of painful calluses. Claw toe worsens without treatment and may become a permanent deformity over time.

Common symptoms of claw toe include:
  • Toes bent upward from the joints at the ball of the foot.
  • Toes bent downward at the middle joints toward the sole of the shoe.
  • Corns on the top of the toe or under the ball of the foot.
Claw toe deformities are easier to repair when detected early. Splints or tape is used to hold the toes in correct position.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sturdy Shoes

What type of shoes should we wear when having pain on the bottom of foot?

Dr. McDonald has an answer for that! Check out his video clip below! 

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Metatarsalgia (foot pain in ball)

Pain in the area between the arch and toes, or ball of the foot, is generally called metatarsalgia. 
The pain usually centers on one or more of the five bones (metatarsals) in this mid-portion of the foot. Also known as dropped metatarsal heads, metatarsalgia can cause abnormal weight distribution due to overpronation.
Metatarsalgia occurs when one of the metatarsal joints becomes painful or inflamed. People often develop a callus under the affected joint. Metatarsalgia also can be caused by arthritis, foot injury (from sports, a car accident, or repeated stress), hard surfaces (cement or tile floors), and specific footwear (rigid-soled work boots).

A simple change of shoes may solve the problem. In more severe cases, custom orthotics may be prescribed to alleviate the pain and prevent overpronation.

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Monday, May 30, 2016


NC/SC Podiatrists Collaborating With CDC on an Infection Prevention Project

Wrote by
 Publisher-Barry Block, DPM, JD

InStride Foot and Ankle Specialists(IFAS) is one of ten medical practices in the United States selected to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) and the Joint Commission on a research project designed to prevent and control infections in ambulatory healthcare settings. The goal of this three-year program will be to create model infection control plans to be used to prevent infections across the country. Gary Laio, DPM is the leading investigator for InStride Foot and Ankle.

Kevin McDonald

IFAS is based in Concord, North Carolina but has seventy-six podiatrists and over sixty locations spread across North and South Carolina. IFAS President Kevin McDonald, DPM stated, "We are grateful for the opportunity to be part of this important initiative to decrease the incidence of infections in outpatient settings in America. The access to the latest protocols and procedures by working with the CDC fits in perfectly with our best practices program."


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Athlete's Foot Treatment

If untreated, skin blisters and cracks caused by Athlete's Foot can cause serious bacterial infections.

The treatment of Athlete's Foot depends on the type and extent of the fungal infection, so it is important to consult your podiatrist before choosing a therapy.

Athlete's Foot can usually be treated with antifungal creams. Re-infection is common, so it is important to continue the therapy as prescribed, even if the fungus appears to have gone away.

Lasting cases of Athlete's Foot may require foot soaks before applying antifungal creams.
Severe infections that appear suddenly (acute) usually respond well to treatment.
Toenail infections that develop with Athlete's Foot tend to be more difficult to cure than fungal skin infections.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Good Socks

What kind of socks that we should get?

Check out below video clip from Dr. McDonald!

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Gangrene is caused by lost blood supply to the foot or bacterial infections that result from open sores or ulcers. 

Diabetics are most prone to foot gangrene because they typically have poor circulation or nerve damage, which can lead to loss of blood supply.

Any sudden onset of foot or leg pain accompanied by lower skin temperature and skin color changes may indicate a sudden blockage of blood flow to the legs.

Gangrene is a serious condition, particularly when it is caused by an infection, which can spread throughout the body. 

Gangrenous tissue must be surgically removed, followed by oxygen treatment and intravenous antibiotics to kill any infection. If you suspect gangrene, please contact our office or seek other immediate medical attention.

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InStride Family Foot Care at 704 -786-4482 or visit at

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Haglund's Deformity

Haglund's Deformity (also known as pump bump or retrocalcaneal bursitis) is a painful enlargement on the back of the heel bone that becomes irritated by shoes. It normally appears as a red, painful, and swollen area in the back of the heel bone. Women tend to develop the condition more than men because of irritation from rigid heel counters in shoes that rub up and down on the back of the heel bone.

Changing shoes, soaking feet, and anti-inflammatory medications often mitigate the symptoms of this problem. Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications.

For additional questions please contact:

InStride Family Foot Care at 704-786-4482 or visit at

Monday, February 8, 2016

How to Topically Treat Toenail Fungus

More about Fungal Nails!

Check out this video clip from Dr. McDonald on how to topically treat toenail fungus!


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Monday, January 25, 2016

Fungal Nails

Since fungal nails are usually more resistant and more difficult to treat than Athlete's foot, topical or oral antifungal medications may be prescribed. Permanent nail removal is another possible form of treatment for fungal nails.

After a fungal nail infection has cleared up, you can take steps to prevent the infection from coming back.

Keeping the fungus under control will help prevent a fungal infection of the skin from reinfecting the nail. Before bed, thoroughly wash and dry your feet, and apply a non-prescription anti-fungal cream to the entire foot from the ankle down. Use the cream every night, then gradually apply it less often. Keep your feet dry. Dry feet are less likely to become infected. Apply powder to your dry feet after you take a shower or bath.

Other tips:

  • Don't share nail clippers or nail files with others.
  • Don't share shoes or socks with others.
  • Try not to injure your nail, such as by cutting it too short (trauma to the nail may lead to infections).
  • Wear dry cotton socks, and change them two or three times a day if necessary.
  • Wear dry shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet (tight, enclosed, moist shoes contribute to fungal toenail infections).
  • Wear shower sandals or shower shoes when you are at a public pool or shower.


Follow basic foot care guidelines and you more than likely can head off most common foot fungus problems.

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InStride Family Foot Care at 704-786-4482 or visit at

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Treating Foot Odor

Persistent foot odor can indicate a low-grade infection or a severe case of hereditary sweating. In these cases, our practice may prescribe a special ointment. You apply it to the feet at bedtime and then wrap your feet with an impermeable covering such as kitchen plastic wrap.

Soaking your feet in strong black tea for 30 minutes a day for a week can help. The acid in the tea kills the bacteria and closes the pores, keeping your feet dry longer. Use two tea bags per pint of water. Boil for 15 minutes, then add two quarts of cool water. Soak your feet in the cool solution. Alternately, you can soak your feet in a solution of one part vinegar and two parts water.

A form of electrolysis called iontophoresis also can reduce excessive sweating of the feet, but requires special equipment and training to administer. In the most severe cases of hyperhidrosis, a surgeon can cut the nerve that controls sweating. Recent advances in technology have made this surgery much safer, but you may notice sweating in other areas of the body after the procedure.

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