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Dr. Selene Parekh

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Butner, NC
23 years experience

Locations

Office

Butner, NC

Address

North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic/Duke Orthopaedics, 3609 SW Durham Dr., Butner, NC
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About

Bio

Dr. Parekh joined Duke Orthopaedics in 2009. Prior to his tenure at Duke, he was a Foot and Ankle surgeon at the University of North Carolina (UNC). While there, he was integrally involved in the teaching of medical students and residents. Furthermore, he served as the foot and ankle consultant to the Athletic Department, treating many of the well-known UNC athletes. A graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Parekh completed his internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and his fellowship in foot and ankle surgery under the direction of Drs. Keith L. Wapner, Paul J. Hecht, MD, Wen Chao, MD, and Michael Castro, DO at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduating from medical school, Dr. Parekh completed a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). This was supplemented by a one-year Healthcare Entrepreneurship Fellowship at the Wharton School of Business. His experiences led to the development of the “Business of Orthopaedics” conference, the first of its kind in the United States. The course exposes orthopaedic surgeons to a breadth of topics, from practice management to product development and entrepreneurship, to personal financial management, to leadership and negotiations. While at UNC, he was an Adjunct Faculty member at the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Currently, he is an Adjunct Faculty member at Duke’s Fuqua Business School.

Specialties
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Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Bunion: Bunions are where the big toe drift over the smaller toes. This causes pain, difficulty in finding shoes, and hammering and clawing of the smaller to... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Heel pain: Depending on your symptoms, pain in the heel can be from plantar fasciitis, heel stress fractures, the nerve being caught in scar tissue, or a number ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Longevity ankles: Good question. It depends on which one you are talking about. But, in general the data suggest a survivorship of 85-90% at 10 years. We don't have th... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Not reversible: Flat foot deformities are usually not reversible, even with weight loss.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
It can be: Flat feet can be genetic or it can be acquired.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: Scarring of tendons, ligaments, joints, or changes in the bone anatomy can sometimes cause corrections to be less than 100%.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Burning ankle: This could be many things from ankle arthritis, tendon issues, nerve issues, etc. If really bothersome, you should see a foot and ankle surgeon.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Up to 12 months: Ankle replacement surgery is a big surgery. Most of the gains occur in the first 6 months after surgery, but you will continue to improve for a full ... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Ankle arthritis: Absoultely. When you break your ankle, there is microscopic damage to the cartilage of the joint. This can lead to arthritis in the future.A.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Replace post fusion: This can be done. However the results of an ankle replacement placed after an ankle fusion are not as good as an ankle replacement done from the star... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Bunions: You can't get rid of a bunion without surgery. There are a number of nonsurgical techniques to minimize the pain, like a wider toe box, smaller heels,... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Swelling: Swelling with an ankle break or surgery can last 6-12 months. The swelling may or may not go away entirely.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Non surgical: Plantar fasciitis can be treated with a triad of night splints, therapy, and heel cups.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Pressure: Swelling in the legs can occur with any flight. However, the biggest concern is the development of a blood clot in the legs.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Surgery: The 3rd generation total ankles are all similar. You can view my surgical video on you tube.This will show you the technique for the surgery.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Silastic heel cups: Research has shown that silastic heel cups are 86% effective in helping with the treatment for plantar fasciitis.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Find dr: Depending on location, severity and symptoms, you may need nsaids, bracing/orthotics, or even surgery. See an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Numbness: The nerve can be damaged.Swelling after surgery can cause compression on the nerve as well.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Meds: This should be discussed with your pcp. Medications can prevent flare ups. Other medications can shorten flares when they occur.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Not safe: Unless medically needed, being induced is not a wise thing to do for your ankle situation. Your baby's health is much more important for now.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Many: There are many items that have been discussed globally, but these are not scientifically proven. These include: green tea, tumeric, glucosamine, accu... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Helps with support: Insoles help with support, however there has not been a study showing that insoles prevent arches from falling.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Depends: Ankle bursitis is an unclear term. There is an achilles bursitis. If that is what you have, nsaids (topical or oral), therapy, even bracing may be ne... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Time to heal: It depends on the location of the break and other things such as medications you take, your diet, and smoking. In general, most break heel between 8-... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Depends: Is really depends. There is a gradation of issues with the tendon from simple tendonitis/inflammation to tendinosis/degeneration. The tendonitis can... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Shoe: Shoes with wider toe boxes and smaller heels are less likely to promote bunions.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Bunions: Bunions can be painful at times and painless at other times. Increased pressure, shoewear and pressure on the lesser toes can cause pain.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Treatment: The surgical and nonsurgical management of a bunion can be managed by a foot and ankle surgeon, including an orthopaedic surgeon.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
No: Ankles can crack and pop for many reasons. If it does not hurt, we usually are not concerned with it.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Surgery: No. It should not change the length of your foot at all.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Return to play: Once the ankle is fully healed, you are not at an increased risk to rebreak the ankle.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Return to activity: This is touch to answer as it depends on: the type of break you had, if surgery was required, how long it takes for the break to heal, and if you have... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Rehab: Rehabilitation for a surgically treated Achilles tendon tear can take up to 1 year. If you look at the data on nfl players, it took them 11 months on... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Length surgery: It depends. There are 135 different surgeries. Depending on the surgery picked and the skill of the surgeon it can take anywhere 45min to 2 hours.
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Treatment: There are a number of things to do, including: rest, ice, elevation, cross training when the pain gets better, and most importantly physical therapy. ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Ankle arthritis: There are a number of issues that can playing a role from metal allergies (rare), to nerve damage, to ankle arthritis becoming more problematic.
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Better: There are a number of things that you can do, but you should see a foot and ankle surgeon for guidance. These include: physical therapy, bracing, cro... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Recovery: A full recovery is possible, but that ankle will no longer be the same. There will always be some stiffness, ache and swelling. Over time you have a... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Better: The motion is somewhere between where your bad ankle is and where your good ankle is.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Not really: Flat feet can happen for a number of reasons from normal aging to loss of activity of the primary arch support, the posterior tibial tendon. Strength... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Myth: This is a myth. Flat foot can be normal or pathologic depending on if it is symptomatic.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Stress fracture: Running on a stress fracture can increase your pain and cause the stress fracture to become a real fracture.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Nonsurgical option: There a a number of nonsurgical options that can be tried depending on the stage of the flat foot. These range from wedge cushions for the heel, arch... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Relationship: There is no long term between ankle sprains and an increased rate of ankle fractures in the future.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Recurrence: The recurrence rate for a bunion is about 10% when treated with surgery.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Break toe: Usually not. However, if you break the big toe in a location that it is part of a "turf toe" injury, you may need a cast.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Numbness: There are a number of reasons for this. Seeing your treating surgeon is most beneficial as he knows what was done in the operating room.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Depends: Testing for ankle arthritis begins with a phsyical exam and weight bearing xrays. At times, ct scans may be needed.
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Fusion vs replacemen: The easy answer is that it depends. You are young. With ankle replacement no impact activities are suggested. You will continue to have motion and w... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Big toe: The clicking and pain can be a number of things from big toe arthritis (hallux rigidus), to inflammation of the joint, to a loose piece of bone or car... Read More

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Dr. Parekh is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Parekh is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Boston University School of Medicine, MA
Graduated 1999MD

Awards

NC Best Doctor 2009
NC Best Doctor 2010
NC Best Doctor 2011
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