What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Do you feel pain in the heel of your foot when you first get out of bed in the morning? How about late at night? You might have something called plantar fasciitis. In this WLTX interview, Dr. Paul Bearden of Lexington Podiatry, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, talks about the condition and how Lexington Podiatry can help patients feel better.

The plantar fascia in a ligament on the bottom of your foot. It can get tiny tears in its fibers that become inflammed and cause pain. Some patients experience difficulty putting weight on their heel. Over time, the pain can become worse.

Courtesy: American Podiatric Medicine Association

Women tend to report more cases of plantar fasciitis than men. That could be because of poor shoe choices or having smaller feet. People who stand a lot at work, athletes and people who carry extra weight may also develop the condition.

Sometimes, it can go away on its own. Other times, it gradually gets worse and becomes a chronic condition.

At Lexington Podiatry, doctors can work with patients on stretching exercises and good arch support in shoes and orthodics. In some cases, surgical intervention may be necessary.

If you suffer with this problem, call Lexington Podiatry at (803) 356 – 4712 or visit LMCLexingtonPodiatry.com.

More than 1,300 Women Participate in Heart and Sole

More than 1,300 women participated in the Lexington Medical Center Heart and Sole Women’s Five Miier on Saturday, April 21 in Columbia. Heart and Sole raises awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women and celebrates the power of a healthy lifestyle. This year’s event featured a new start time and new course. Enjoy the slide show below and for a list of race results, visit HeartAndSoleRun.com. We hope to see you at the Start Line next year!

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On the Road Again

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present a new blog series called “Meet the Patients.” We share the stories of some of the members of our community that we have the privilege of treating in our hospital network.

Diane McNinch was born with a genetic heart condition called Long QT Syndrome. That’s where the muscle cells of the heart take an abnormally long tie to “recharge.” Untreated, LQTS can increase the risk for a life-threatening arrhythmia. Doctors with Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, implanted a defibrillator in Diane’s side to help keep her heart in a healthy rhythm.

The technology has allowed her to continue her passion for running. She shares her story below.

Many people have no symptoms, no family history of heart problems and may never know they have the condition. Others may have a family history of sudden cardiac death or worrisome symptoms. Symptoms can include palpitations, lightheadedness, loss of consciousness, seizures or even cardiac arrest. People with symptoms should see their doctor.

Diane is more than 1,200 women running in the Lexington Medical Center Heart and Sole Women’s Five Miler in Columbia tomorrow. You can still register. Visit HeartAndSoleRun.com.

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