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Recovering from Sports Injuries

How to Prevent Foot and Ankle Sports Injuries

Nothing is more frustrating for an active person than an injury. Sprains, strains, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis—a lot can go wrong with a foot or ankle that’s been subjected to an unexpected blow, or sometimes just too much force over too long a time period without a chance to rest and recover.

Tips to Prevent Fungal Nails

When was the last time you wore your favorite pair of sandals? If your toenail fungus has been keeping you from looking your best, or if you are just tired of being embarrassed, come visit us at Carmel Foot Specialist, P.A. today!

Keeping Kids Busy (and Off Their Feet) After a Foot Injury

As any parent (or anyone who has ever been a child) can attest, nicks, scrapes, cuts, and bruises are all a part of growing up.

Combine boundless energy with still-developing physical coordination and, frankly, a lack of common sense? Yeah, accidents are going to happen.

Fortunately, most […]

Caring for Common Foot and Ankle Issues in Children

Avoid Surgery with These Heel Pain Treatment Options

At Carmel Foot Specialists, our doctors can rightfully be called foot and ankle surgeons. We all completed surgical residency programs. We’ve trained in advanced techniques. We perform foot surgery every week.

We’re good at it. We enjoy it, even.

So it might seem weird when we also […]

Heel Pain Prevention Tips

Heel pain. It’s an inevitable part of getting older or being physically active, right?

Wrong! Haven’t you learned anything from this blog? (Just teasing. A bit.)

Heel pain is a fairly common part of life for many of us, but it’s not normal. And in truth, there’s […]

Answering Your Questions About Stem Cells, AmnioFix, and Regenerative Medicine

Because we put a high priority on being able to offer our patients the most advanced treatments, our team has brought in several advanced technology and regenerative medicine therapies in recent years.

Naturally, this leads to a lot of questions from our patients! In particular, we […]

Recovering and Healing After a Marathon

It’s already been more than a week since the Charlotte Marathon. But if you ran the full 26.2, and you still haven’t fully recovered from your endeavor, don’t worry. You’re not alone!

With the possible exception of a small handful of extreme ultramarathoners, just about everybody […]

Running Injury Prevention Tips (for Rookies and Marathoners Alike)

For those who’ve been around the Booty Loop more times than they can count and yearn for something more, the Charlotte Marathon is right around the corner!

Our city’s hilly terrain gives the event a reputation—deserved or not—as a fairly challenging race as far as marathons […]

The Best Playlist to Keep You Running

Music can be a powerful motivator.

Perhaps that’s why a 2016 Runner’s World survey found that more than half of dedicated runners (61 percent, to be precise) prefer to run with tunes cranking through their earbuds—at least when they’re on the treadmill.

The right playlist can pump […]

All About Ankle Instability and Reconstruction

Here’s something we tell our patients over and over again:

Don’t underestimate an ankle sprain.

We don’t say this just because we want you to come see us. (Although we do want you to come see us!) We say it because ankle injuries are serious business, and […]

Top Tips for Traveling Feet

When you live life on the go, you need your feet to be able to go along with you.

It’s hard enough having to skip out on a local event or cut playtime with the kids short because your swollen, aching feet just won’t cooperate. Foot […]

Benefits of Yoga for Foot Health

Whether you’re an experienced yogi, casual drop-in, or total beginner, there are lots of things to love about practicing yoga.

Some of the most well-known benefits, of course, include relaxation and stress relief, improved flexibility and balance, better breathing, and more energy.

But did you know that […]

Why Your Balance Is Something You Can’t Afford to Lose

Most of us take our sense of balance for granted—until we lose it, that is.

The ability to sense where you are in space, move gracefully, and stay on your feet as you go about your day isn’t a given. It’s a skill that you develop […]

Healthy Eating for Healthy Feet

If you like cooking your own food, nothing beats a weekly trip down to the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market.

Admittedly, Saturday mornings can get a little crazy. But despite the rush, there’s no substitute for fresh, farm-to-table meats and veggies. The food just plain tastes better, […]

Fixing Foot Pain (So You Can Get Back on the Links)

Whether you’re a scratch golfer or a lifelong duffer, there’s plenty to satisfy your craving for the links in and around Charlotte!

Granted, most of us don’t exactly the spare change lying around to get into any of the “big four” country clubs—Charlotte, Carmel, Myers Park, […]

8 Options for Family Fun in Charlotte

Memorial Day is right around the corner, and the last day of school just a few weeks after that. So if the fact that temps have been in the 80s and 90s all month hasn’t already convinced you, we’ll make it official: summer’s here.

Of course, […]

Top Tips to Keep You Running (and Even Enjoy It!)

There’s no shortage of runners in Charlotte. Station yourself somewhere along the Booty Loop on a pleasant afternoon, and it won’t take you long to realize it.

Are you one of them? Would you like to be?

That’s great news! We love running and want to encourage […]

Best Day Trips Around Charlotte

We’ll admit it—we’re a little spoiled living here in Charlotte. There’s a reason (or rather, many of them) that U.S. News and World ranked us the No. 14 best place to live in the United States! Beautiful neighborhoods, world class shopping and dining, four distinct […]

Too Young for Heel Pain: Getting Kids Back on Their Feet

They grow up so fast!

One minute, you’re holding your newborn child in your arms for the first time. Blink, and they’re learning to walk, talk, and maybe even throw a little sass your way. Blink again, they’re off to college. Maybe you might want to […]

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Plantar Warts

Buckle up, because today we’ll be covering just about everything you ever wanted to know about warts—and probably some stuff you didn’t want to know, too! (At least not until they appear on you or a loved one, anyway.)

There’s a lot of confusion out there […]

Ingrown Toenails, Part 2: Getting Rid of Them for Good

This is part 2 of our 2-part series on ingrown toenails. Go back and check out part 1 if you missed it!

Last week we took a long, hard look at some of the most common causes of ingrown toenails. We covered a lot of ground! […]

Ingrown Toenails, Part 1: Where On Earth Did They Come From?

This is part 1 of our 2-part series on ingrown toenails. Check back next week for part 2!

Ugh, ingrown toenails! They throb and swell with pain. They’re so tender that they can make just putting on a pair of socks an exercise in human misery. […]

Laser Pain Therapy: A Revolutionary Solution for Your Pain

MLS laser therapy is a revolutionary treatment for pain. It’s changing lives for the better, and we’re incredibly excited that we can offer it to you. But before we get into too much detail about what it is or how it works, we’d like to […]

Is Your Spa as Clean as You Think?

A clean spa is a safe spa. So, we have to ask … just how safe is your local spa?

Sure, everything might look clean on the surface. But how many people have used that foot bath today? What kinds of organisms might be hiding in […]

Peyton Manning suffers from chronic plantar fasciitis & a torn plantar fascia

Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Denver Broncos, suffers from chronic plantar fasciitis and a torn plantar fascia in his left foot.  The injury occurred during the November 8th loss against the Indianapolis Colts.

The plantar fascia is a ligament-like band running from your heel to the ball of […]

Former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith tears Achilles tendon

Former Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith is out for the rest of the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon during last Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers. He will have surgery early next week followed by rehab.

The Achilles tendon is a long tendon that runs from your […]

Lateral Ankle Sprain or Something More

Pain following a lateral ankle sprain is not unusual. The immediate pain and swelling can be managed using the RICE technique: rest, ice, compression and elevation. Following a reasonable recovery period (2-4 weeks), most injuries will have healed. When disability persists, more damage may have […]

Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys receives PRP Therapy

According to USA Today, Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver Dez Bryant received Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy last week, injecting stem cells collected from his hip into his ankle, in hopes to speed up his recovery time. Bryant broke his fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot & underwent foot surgery last month.

After an […]