Save the Date! Dr. Kristin Kirby will be Speaking about Diabetic Foot Care on 6/11

Hosted by Novant Health Diabetes Center, there will be an evening discussion with our very own, Dr. Kristin Kirby, DPM, on June 11th. The event will be held from 6pm to 7pm in the Physician’s Plaza. It will be a great opportunity to learn more about diabetic foot care for yourself or a loved one. Contact Novant Health Diabetes Center to register at 704-384-7390.

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3 Ways to Avoid Foot Pain this Concert Season!

The much awaited summer concert season is finally here! All those who have booked their tickets months ago, you can hardly wait for the 17th or the 19th of May to listen to your favorite artists play live in Charlotte, NC; while the notorious English pop rock band ‘The 1975’ will be playing at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater on the 19th, our favorite country musician Chris Young will be sharing his music and spreading his love at the PNC Music Pavilion on the 17th of May. Nothing can ruin these magical nights for you…nothing except the fear of leaving the concert with aching feet, especially for lovers of the band ‘The 1975’, who will have to attend work the next day. You wouldn’t want to brag about the amazing time you had while your colleagues point out the blisters on your feet or the fact that you can hardly walk. It would ruin all the fun! And who would want to constantly keep sitting when they can join in the fun and dance the night away? We, at Foot and Ankle Associates, want you to have one of the best nights of your life. So here are the most easy-to-accomplish top three ways to avoid foot pain while standing for long periods of time at the concerts.

1. Wear Comfortable Shoes!

The necessity of wearing comfortable shoes cannot be emphasized enough, especially to women who willingly forego comfort in favor of style. That women can only look graceful in heels is a stereotypical notion created by patriarchy; it’s time to show the world that you can look as spectacular in a pair of slip-on sneakers as in those high-heeled stilettos. Flats can also be quite comfortable for long nights of standing. Or if you want some extra inches to be able to stand out in a crowd, platform wedges can feel more relaxing to your feet than those pointy heels after a couple of hours. You can also wear block-heel ankle or flat lace-up boots to comfortably dance to Chris’s classic country beats throughout the night. Men can wear fancy loafers or classic moto style boots in place of their usual office shoes. Or if you prefer sneakers, be sure to change your running shoes for some dressier designer loafers. Just make sure that whichever pair of shoes you select, it fits your feet perfectly and snugly.

2. Stand correctly!

Yes, trust us when we say that not many people know how to do that! Most people tend to stand with their hips jutting out, which throws that extra weight on their feet and stops the core musculature from supporting them. It’s highly important that your strong bones support your body, not the soft tissues, and they can only do that when you bring your hips in line with your body by leaning your weight backwards. Also, instead of flexing your muscles or keeping your toes duckfooted, let the muscles stay relaxed and the toes pointing forwards; it will take the added strain off your feet. All of this might need a little practice but the right posture can keep you fit for life! The good thing about a concert is, since your feet keep tapping to the beat, you don’t stand still for a long time, which in turn prevents your muscles from becoming stiff. So dance away without any guilt of harming your feet, because you are actually preventing foot ache in doing just so!

3. Sit!

Yes, yes, we know what we said before. But sitting for some time in between can help relax those tired muscles after hours of standing. Like you need sleep after a long day of work, your feet need some rest after carrying the burden of your body for a long time. Let the rest of your body become the bed by allowing your feet a break. And you don’t have to sit while Matty is singing in that powerful voice of his, because your feet will definitely rebel by wanting to stand up and keep dancing. Utilize the breaks in between to sit for a while to reenergize those exhausted feet so that when the band starts playing again, you can surprise everyone with the vibrant energy of your pair of dynamic dancing feet!

After following these tips, if your feet still hurt the next day, we invite you to visit our foot-friendly podiatric team at Foot and Ankle Associates. You can schedule an appointment by filling the form on our website or by simply calling at (704) 971-7100. Not only can we help you get rid of that annoying and debilitating pain, we can even design a special pair of custom orthotics for you to ensure that you keep walking efficiently and pain-free at your next favorite concert!

Foot Friendly Shoes

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Say Yes to Comfortable Shoes!

Look at the shoes you’re currently wearing— How do they feel? If you’re wearing heels and are feeling pain, then you’re wearing the wrong shoe for your foot type. And if you have on tight, narrow shoes that are suffocating your feet, even more reason to find a better fit. The shoes you choose to wear day in and day out can directly affect the health of your feet.

Choosing the right shoes for females

There are so many shoe styles to choose from for women, but which ones won’t hurt your feet? If you have ever felt pain and discomfort while wearing your shoes that is a clear sign that you are not wearing the right ones. Women often inflict more punishment and pressure on their fee than men as a result of the variety of show types, but that doesn’t need to be the case.

When wearing improper footwear, women can develop foot problems that might have been avoided if they wore proper shoes. When choosing shoes, think of what activity you might be participating in and choose a shoe based on that. Remember to wear shoes that have ties, a vibram type composite sole and a relatively wider heel. In following these specifications, you can keep your feet healthy and pain-free.

Choosing the right shoes for males

Men’s shoes will be quite a bit different than what women wear. The best shoes for men tend to be an oxford style shoe, which is often associated with wing-tip or cap toe designs. Slip-ons, dressy loafers and low dress boots can also be a good option for men. It is also important for men to be cautious of their activities and what shoes would work best.

Purchasing new shoes

When it comes to purchasing shoes, we have some tips that should help you find the perfect fit. The next time you’re at the shoe store, remember these important tips:

  • Measure your feet while standing.
  • Pay attention to the fit of your bigger foot.
  • Don’t buy shoes that you need to break-in.
  • Select a shoe with appropriate cushioning and flexibility.
  • The size of your last pair of shoes isn’t always reliable.

The next time you’re at the store picking out new shoes, make sure you are choosing the right shoe for your activity—your feet will thank you.

If you continue to experience foot pain, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly, expert team at Foot & Ankle Associates. We can be reached via phone or by our online contact form. 

New Year, New You? Here’s 5 Tips For Runners to Avoid Heel Pain

We are now two weeks into 2019, and if this is the year that you’ve decided to take your fitness seriously we want to make sure your feet stay healthy so you can reach your goals! It doesn’t matter if you’re brand new to running or have participated in 10 marathons, you need to take proper steps before running to avoid foot pain — especially in the heel area. Heel pain is very common for people who participate in high-impact activities like running.

While some people will want to jump right into their workout so they can start losing weight or seeing results immediately, others will use caution and ease into the process. Taking the time to stretch or finding the right shoe is crucial in avoiding heel pain, but there’s more to it than that. Here are some steps you can take in order to avoid heel pain or any related injuries:

1. Buy Proper Running Shoes

Running shoes should provide support for your arches and cushion to reduce that impact between the ground and your feet. Avoid shoes that are too tight or ones that rub or irritate your heel bone. Be sure to walk around the shoe store and even try running before purchasing any new shoes.

2. Don’t Forget to Warm Up

Warming up before taking a run is a great habit to get into, especially when it comes to preventing heel pain. Try stretching out your feet from a seated position or rolling a ball under your foot for at least two minutes. This should loosen the muscles and help prevent any pain/soreness.

3. Look at Running Surfaces

Hard surfaces like concrete can take their toll on your feet over time. Consider changing your route to include a grass, sand or dirt surfaces to reduce the impact on your feet.

4. Take Advantage of Orthotics

Even if you have the most comfortable running shoe possible, the support or cushioning might not be enough to protect your heels. Custom orthotics are made specifically for your feet, so they are more effective than over-the-counter shoe inserts.

5. Rest

Just because you’ve set a New Year’s resolution, it doesn’t mean you have to accomplish it in a week. Like the other muscles in your body, your feet and the muscles within need periods of rest between activities. Don’t be afraid to take a day off if you are sore.

If heel soreness or pain doesn’t go away on its own, it could be a structural issue with your foot or it could be a condition like Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Spurs. In these cases, your podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Associates can diagnose and offer a treatment plan that will get you back out and running ASAP. Click here to schedule a consultation online or click below to call the office that is most convenient for you.

Mooresville Office:  (704) 662-3660

Huntersville Office (704) 892-5575

Denver Office:  (704) 966-1338

Charlotte Office:  (704) 971-7100

4 Winter Foot Care Tips

Even when you are in full holiday-mode a couple weeks from now, it’s important to remember to take extra care of your feet during these colder months. Because we are often wearing warm socks or boots, it’s easy for feet to get sweaty and uncomfortable. Mix that with the dry air of winter and there can be problems. That’s why it’s crucial to protect your feet and ankles from the elements of wintertime.

Most people assume that simply wearing boots and keeping their feet warm is the key to keeping feet healthy. While it certainly helps, there is a lot more that goes into keeping your feet healthy during the wintertime. If you want to make it through the holiday season without any issues, check out the four helpful tips we’ve outlined below!

Wash Twice a Day

During the winter months, it’s important to add to your personal hygiene routine by washing your feet twice a day — once in the morning and once at night. As warm and comfortable as your boots and socks may be, they actually create a warm, dark environment  the perfect breeding ground for fungus and other bacteria. To counteract this, wash your feet twice daily with soap and warm water. Then make sure to dry thoroughly afterward. Doing so can help prevent toenail fungus and other related foot/skin conditions.

Moisturize

The cold, dry winter air is the main cause of dry skin, but we also contribute by spending time in homes or offices with forced air. Dry skin on your feet can lead to the build-upof calluses which can eventually cause painful sores that can become easily infected. Foot infections are especially dangerous for diabetic patients.

So in addition to washing your feet more often, be sure to moisturize your feet regularly. The skin on your feet is actually thicker than the skin on the rest of your body, so don’t be afraid to moisturize often. You can use over-the-counter products or visit your foot doctor at Foot & Ankle Associates if you need something stronger.

Don’t Forget the Nails

Keeping toenails properly trimmed is important for preventing conditions like ingrown toenails and toenail fungus. This is especially true during the winter months because our feet are often confined to closed-toe shoes and large boots. It can be difficult to notice any infections or fungal growths because our feet are always covered. That’s why it’s important to not only manicure nails properly, but also perform self-evaluations and visit your podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Associates Mo0resville, Huntersville, Denver or Charlotte, NC offices for treatment as soon as you think there’s a problem.

Adjust Stride and Stretch

If you are a runner and enjoy running outside to the point where you don’t stop during the wintertime, there are some precautions you should take. Winter often brings dangerous running conditions like ice. When there are dangerous conditions, try shortening your stride to maximize stability. Colder weather also means less flexibility because your muscles become stiff more easily. While your first inclination might be to just run until you are warmed up, muscles actually work more efficiently when they are warm. Running without warming up could be a big problem — so be sure to stretch before starting.

If you have feet problem this winter or have questions about winter foot care, visit our experienced podiatric team at any of Foot & Ankle Associates North Carolina locations. Click the office links below to schedule an appointment online or call the office most convenient for you to speak with a member of our front office team.

Mooresville Office:  (704) 662-3660

Huntersville Office (704) 892-5575

Denver Office:  (704) 966-1338

Charlotte Office:  (704) 971-7100

Welcome Dr. Kristin Kirby!

We are proud to announce the latest physician to join our team, Dr. Kristin Kirby!

After graduating from Columbia College in South Carolina, Dr. Kirby received her graduate degree from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. She also focused on foot trauma, ankle surgery, sports medicine and diabetic limb salvage during a three-year surgical residency through the  Heritage Valley Health System in  Beaver, PA. Aside from her passion for podiatry, her personal interests include traveling, fishing, kayaking and SEC football.

Dr. Kirby looks forward to treating you and we are excited to have her join the Foot & Ankle Associates family. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kirby or would like to learn more about her, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or fill out the appointment request form on our website.

 

 

FAA Sponsors Go Beyond Challenge

Foot & Ankle Associates recently sponsored a table at the 1st Annual GoBeyond Challenge on November 7, 2015. Dr. Joe Ades and Dr. Francesca Zappasodi participated at the event.  GoBeyond is a rundraising arm of Above & Beyond.  To learn more about the mission of Above & Beyond, please visit the website at http://abovebeyond.cc.  Foot & Ankle Associates has locations in Huntersville, Mooresville and the University area to serve all of your foot and ankle needs.  Please feel free to contact the office at (704) 662-3660 to make an appointment or request an appointment via our website homepage.

Welcome Dr. Zappasodi

We are proud to introduce our newest physician at Foot & Ankle Associates, Dr. Francesca Zappasodi.

Dr. Zappasodi recently moved from Orlando, Florida where she completed a three-year surgical residency program in foot and ankle surgery at Florida Hospital East Orlando.  She also served as chief resident during her surgical training at the well-regarded podiatric residency program in Florida.  Her surgical training included areas such as ankle arthroscopy, flatfoot reconstruction, and lower extremity trauma.

She is experienced in the non-surgical and surgical treatment of athletic injuries, arthritis, flatfeet, diabetic foot conditions, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, ingrown toenails and other foot and ankle conditions.

Dr. Zappasodi received her graduate degree, doctor of podiatric medicine, at Des Moines University in 2012 and received her undergraduate degree in Microbiology & Molecular biology at the University of Central Florida in 2008.

Dr. Zappasodi is Board Qualified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, is an Associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and is a member of the North Carolina Foot and Ankle Society and the American Podiatric Medical Association.

In her free time, she enjoys long distance running and has participated in several half and full marathons.

Dr. Zappasodi has privileges at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville and Novant Hospital in Huntersville.

Dr. Zappasodi is currently accepting new patients at our Mooresville and Huntersville clinics.  Please feel free to call the office at (704) 662-3660 to schedule an appointment.

Hypocure Subtalar Implant for Flat Feet

The shape of your feet and its effects on foot function has been well documented.  Specifically Flat Feet can cause an increase pressure in the soft tissues that support the twenty eight plus bones in one’s feet.  Flat Feet has been shown to increase the stress experienced because of abnormal shape and abnormal motion (excessive pronation). If you ever had any kind pain in your feet, you know that persistent pain can also lead to compensation and overuse of other parts of your feet, ankles or legs.  Multiply this by the reported 5000-10,000 steps taken day to day, and you have a recipe for chronic pain.  Flat Feet have been linked to Bunion Deformities, Joint Pain, Posterior Tibial Tendinitis, Plantar Fasciiits/Heel Spur Syndrome, Achilles Tendonitis, Stress Fractures and even Ingrown toenails to name several foot and ankle problems.

Unfortunately, Flat Feet can significantly affect your quality of life.  Many working hours have been lost to chronic pain associated with flatfeet, especially those that have to stand on their feet for the majority of their job.  Athletes often have to miss time with their respective sports because of issues associated with flatfeet.  As we have seen in our practice, this problem can also affect children and can significantly impact their activities of daily living, resulting in tired legs, muscle fatigue, arch pain, and heel pain. Having Flat feet certainly increases the chances of having foot related issues at one point in time.

Typical non surgery related treatments include rigorous stretching, over-the-counter inserts, custom made orthotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory and steroidal anti-inflammatory oral medications, physical therapy and, steroid injections.   Treatment considerations are dependent on what your foot and ankle specialist finds during his or her clinical examination.  Here at The  Foot and Ankle Associates, we offer many treatment options before procedures. Sometimes, however, these treatments are not enough despite exhausting conservative therapy.

A relatively simple option available to some patients is a device called Hyprocure.  Think of this as an internal orthotic. The Hyprocure Implant is a device that can help some patients slow or stop the chronic pain cycle they experience from their flatfeet.  Studies have shown this device capable of blocking abnormal motion and decreasing the stress placed on the joints, bones, ligaments and tendons of your feet. It is a titanium alloy device that helps with the positioning of foot, preventing a bone that is part of your ankle joint from collapsing .With local anesthesia and IV sedation, this device can be easily placed within your foot in less than 15 minutes.

Not everyone is a candidate for this device and your doctor at the Foot and Ankle Associates Clinics can help you make this determination.  Some people’s feet have experienced too many adaptive changes for so long that they cannot have this device without additional procedures.  Even if you are not a candidate for this procedure, your Foot and Ankle Associates Doctor, with his or her expertise or associated doctors within the practice, could help improve your lifestyle.

Orthotics

Do you have pain in your feet? Have you ever tried an orthotic to treat this pain? Many people have bought orthotics or shoe inserts from a sporting goods store or drug store to try and treat their foot pain and for many people these temporary generic orthotics do provide some relief. But for others this does not meet their pain relief expectations. For these people a custom made orthotic from a foot and ankle specialist may be indicated.

Custom orthotics from a foot and ankle specialist can be used to treat a plethora of foot and ankle ailments. Some of these indications include but are not limited to plantar fasciitis (heel or arch pain), Achilles tendon pain, bunions, hammertoes, neuroma, athletic injuries, calluses, and corns to name a few. Custom orthotics place your foot in an ideal position for your body to function in and can relieve pain throughout your body.

Not all “custom” orthotics are the same. Only a medical professional specializing in foot and ankle pathology, such as a podiatrist, can truly analyze your feet for subtle biomechanical abnormalities and design the correct custom orthotic for you.

Don’t be fooled by poor imitations claiming to be “custom” orthotics, make an appointment today with our physicians Dr. Ades, Dr. Shapiro, and Dr. Robinson. If you think a custom orthotic may help your foot and ankle pain please contact our office online at www.footandankleassociates.com or by phone at (704) 662-3660.