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Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

Diverse Causes of Foot Pain

Foot pain is a common and often underestimated ailment that can stem from a myriad of causes. Plantar fasciitis, characterized by stabbing heel pain, usually arises from overuse or inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament. Bunions, those painful bony bumps at the base of the big toe, typically result from genetic predisposition and from wearing ill-fitting shoes. Achilles tendinitis, manifesting as pain at the back of the heel, often arises from overuse or tight calf muscles. Neuropathy, which induces numbness and tingling, can be caused by diabetes or other health conditions. Gout, a form of arthritis, is marked by severe joint pain and occurs when uric acid crystals accumulate in the joints. Stress fractures may develop from repetitive stress or overuse and cause pain. If you are experiencing foot pain for any reason, it is strongly suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can determine the cause and effectively treat it.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Scott Matthews, DPM, MD from Salem Foot Care . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Wikesboro, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Hammertoe, a relatively common foot condition, is often the source of discomfort and inconvenience for many individuals. This deformity occurs when the middle joint of one or more of your smaller toes becomes bent and stuck in an abnormal position. The affected toes often resemble the shape of a hammer, hence the name. Hammertoes can develop for a variety of reasons, including genetics, foot structure, or wearing ill-fitting shoes. High heels and shoes that squeeze the toes together can exacerbate the problem. Hammertoes can lead to pain, corns, calluses, and difficulty finding comfortable footwear. While the condition can be hereditary, early intervention through wearing proper footwear and certain medical treatment can help prevent or alleviate the discomfort associated with hammertoes, allowing individuals to maintain healthier and happier feet. If you are afflicted with hammertoe, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can guide you toward effective relief options.


Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Scott Matthews, DPM, MD from Salem Foot Care . Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.


  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes


Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe


Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Wikesboro, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

Seed Corns are Troublesome Growths

Seed corns, also known as porokeratotic eccrine ostial and dermal duct nevus, are small, painful, and often frustrating foot conditions. These minuscule, discreet calluses typically appear on the soles of the feet and can be mistaken for small plantar warts due to their size and appearance. Unlike warts, seed corns are usually found in clusters and are more likely to cause discomfort when walking or standing. The name seed corn is derived from their resemblance to tiny seeds, which can make them difficult to detect and remove effectively. While their exact cause is not entirely clear, factors consisting of friction, pressure, or certain types of shoes may contribute to their development. Fortunately, proper foot care, gentle exfoliation, and the use of moisturizing creams can help manage these bothersome seed corns, providing relief and comfort to those affected. If you have developed seed corns, seeking advice from a podiatrist is suggested for appropriate treatment and long-term prevention.

Corns can make walking very painful and should be treated immediately. If you have questions regarding your feet and ankles, contact Scott Matthews, DPM, MD of Salem Foot Care . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? And How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns are thickened areas on the skin that can become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure and friction on the skin. Corns press into the deeper layers of the skin and are usually round in shape.

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

  • Wearing properly fitting shoes that have been measured by a professional
  • Wearing shoes that are not sharply pointed or have high heels
  • Wearing only shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Although most corns slowly disappear when the friction or pressure stops, this isn’t always the case. Consult with your podiatrist to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Wikesboro, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Fencing and Foot and Ankle Injuries

Fencing is a thrilling dance of swords, a clash of sharp intellects, and a showcase of exceptional skills. However, within the fluidity of each swift lunge and precise comeback, the potential for injuries lurks in the shadows. It can help to be aware of early indicators of injuries in fencing to proactively try to evade them. Foot and ankle injuries such as sprains and strains can emerge from absorbing the impact of swift maneuvers and changes in direction. Typical signs encompass discomfort, swelling, and challenges in walking or bearing weight. Safeguard against foot injuries by investing in top-tier fencing footwear, executing thorough warm-up routines, and upholding precise footwork techniques. In cases of foot injuries, the recommended course of action is resting, elevating, and compressing the affected limb. If you participate in fencing and have sustained a severe or persistent foot or ankle injury, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Scott Matthews, DPM, MD of Salem Foot Care . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Wikesboro, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 03 October 2023 00:00

Tips for Preventing Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails can be excruciatingly painful and disrupt your daily activities. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken which may help to prevent this common foot woe. Trimming the toenails properly is important, and this is done by trimming them straight across. It is helpful to avoid cutting the nails too short or rounded, which may help to prevent ingrowth. It is also helpful to invest in good quality nail clippers that can make the process easier. Choose comfortable, well-fitted shoes that can provide adequate toe room, and refrain from wearing tight footwear that can exert pressure on the toenails, increasing the risk of incurring an ingrown toenail. Maintaining good foot hygiene is also essential. Wash your feet daily, drying them thoroughly, and keep the area around the nails clean. Applying a moisturizer to the skin surrounding the toes may also help to prevent ingrown toenails. A podiatrist can provide expert guidance and, if necessary, perform minor procedures to alleviate the issue. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you speak with this type of doctor who can help you with additional prevention techniques.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Scott Matthews, DPM, MD of Salem Foot Care . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.


  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition


Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.


Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Wikesboro, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 01 October 2023 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

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