Tuesday, August 6, 2019


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Bone spurs are a very common foot problem. In the feet, they develop most frequently in the heel, near the toes, and on top of the big toe joint. The spurs are small outgrowths of bone. In and of themselves, they are generally harmless. However, their location may cause friction or irritation from shoes or other foot structures, which can lead to other foot problems.

Heel spurs refer specifically to bone spurs in the heel. Heel spurs are growths of bone on the underside, forepart of the heel bone and occur when the plantar fibrous band pulls at its attachment to the heel bone. This area of the heel later calcifies to form a spur. With proper warm-up and the use of appropriate athletic shoes, strain to the ligament can be reduced.

Anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, corrective shoes, and/or orthotics (special shoe inserts) are some of the common treatments for spurs. Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medication. Surgery may be prescribed if spurring around the joint becomes severe or leads to recurrent pain from persistent corns.

Contact our InStride Family Foot Care at (704)786-4482 if you have questions or concerns regarding your foot health. We are more than welcome to answer your questions and help you to have healthy feet.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Shoes for Bottom and Side Foot Pain

Do you have pain on the bottom or side of your foot?

Do you stand on your feet a lot?

Check out this below video from Dr. McDonald for some good tips that can help you find the right shoes for your feet.

Hint: Make sure that the sole of your shoe is cushioned, and make sure that you are wearing sturdy shoes that give lots of support for your foot. 

If you experience pain in the bottom or side of your foot, please do not hesitate to contact our InStride Family Foot Care at 704-786-4482. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Maximize Prevention for Diabetic Foot Complications with New Technology

Diabetic Feet – What’s the Big Deal?
Individuals with diabetes are more susceptible to serious foot problems due to nerve damage, vascular damage or both. If you are a diabetic, your feet can be considered "at risk”.

Over time, elevated blood sugar damages the nerves to the feet causing peripheral neuropathy which creates numbness, tingling and even pain. When someone has peripheral neuropathy, he or she may not feel a blister or wound forming. One might not even feel the puncture from a sharp object on the bottom of the foot.

Seemingly minor injuries can cause an opening in the skin that can become a serious health risk. Advanced neuropathy may lead to severe bone and joint foot injuries... without any pain at all!

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) occurs when the arteries carrying blood to the feet become narrow and stiff, leading to decreased oxygen and nutrient being delivered to the tissues. PAD is commonly seen in diabetics and is the major cause of foot amputations.

People with diabetes tend to have problems with wound healing. Factors relating to wound healing include decreased kidney function and impaired eye sight, as well as PAD. Thus, it is very important to find and treat any infections or wounds on the feet of people with diabetes.

How Will a Screening Help?

Early detection of diabetes is important to control the complications that come along with the disease including kidney, eye and cardiovascular disease. Moreover, research worldwide has also shown time and time again that early detection of the vascular and neurologic damage is very important for prevention of ulcerations and amputations.

More than 100 million US citizens are diagnosed with diabetes and diabetic amputations are on the rise! According to a study reported by Reuters Health in December of last year for every 1,000 individuals with diabetes (under the age of 45), 4.2 will result in a limb amputation. This number grew from 2.1 in 2009 to 4.2 by 2015.

Early detection of the vascular and neurologic damage is crucial for prevention of ulcerations and amputations. InStride Family Foot Care utilizes innovative technology to identify those at risk and to monitor any condition changes. TM-Flow Technology is offered for the early detection of both vascular and neurological complications for at-risk patients, including those with diabetes.

Screenings will save on patient budgets too! It has been reported that three years of follow-up care for an ulcer that has healed can cost as much as $27,000. The cost for someone who eventually needs an amputation can go as high as $70,000!

Diabetic Screening Innovations - TM-Flow Technology

TM-Flow technology measures blood flow in the feet and toes, as well as the state of the arteries. Artery strength must be detected to determine if a person’s body will be able to heal a sore, ulcer, or wound. TM-Flow also tests the density of the body’s C Nerve Fibers which are responsible for neuropathic pain. Heart rate and changes in blood pressure are also measured to assess the nervous system.

Reliable, objective testing of both the arterial and nervous systems enables Dr. McDonald of InStride Family Foot Care to provide specific preventative measures for each unique patient. For patients who do have an ulcer, he is able to identify those at risk for delayed healing, which helps determine the best course of treatment.

When patients have a screening with TM-Flow at InStride Family Foot Care, they are given recommendations to protect their feet and to protect their overall health. Following the screening, Dr. McDonald will discuss their results and make suggestions in diet, exercise, and supplement recommendations as part of the visit to benefit the circulation and nerve function to the feet.